That was when it got hairy. Suddenly there was a snap behind them. Rock motioned to Lily to be quiet, and made symbols meaning to get down. They hunched in the bushes and in a few moments Lily heard another snap. There was someone, or something out there with them. Fortunately it had become dark as they had traversed along. their way In another few moments a small patrol became visible. Lily tensed and shifted her feet for a better seat and Rock glanced her way with a frown to be quiet. She glared back and gestured with her chin that she was on board with the plan. At least she hoped she was. It was her idea to sit quietly and wait for them to pass, not seeing them. She hoped that was what Rock was thinking. It was hard to tell with him sometimes. They held their positions, and their breath as a five man team walked right by them, like they weren't there. Lily was working very hard not to look at them, or their faces, in particular. She didn't want to make eye contact with anyone. I'm a bush, I'm a bush, she repeated to herself in her mind to keep herself focused and still. When Rock put a hand to her shoulder she nearly jumped out of her skin. She hadn't realized that they had passed already and long gone. He grinned a little sideways grin at her and her cheeks burned with embarassment. She was just greatful they didn't have to fight them. It tired her out no end to shoot people. She would rather pretend to be a temp, or intern and weasle her way around, not Rock. He always wanted to go in, guns blazing, damn the consequences. Not her style. At least he opted for peaceful methods like camoflague this time.

"Y'okay?" he asked, the grin still on his face.

"Yeah, I'm fine. I was just concentrating on being still. That's all. What now? Do you think we'll run into much more of them?"

"No, I don't. I think we just saw a training exercise. If we went 200 yards out, we'd probably find one stoned guard, supposed to be watching and the rest of them surrounding a campfire, heating up their MRE's. Too easy. No problem for us. They walked right by us, in plain sight and didn't see us. They were thinking about the beer or pot one of them has on them. They didn't want trouble either. and weren't looking for it. We're in. The base is close, and we are going in through the service entrance, that's where you come in here...I need you to bypass the alarm and hack the system to get us in quietly."

"What if I don't know how to do that?"

"Of course you do, you know you do. Why are you resisting now? Don't you want this over with? Don't you want to retrieve the data and be gone and off to find K?"

He had hit a sore point. She did. she did want this to be over, she did want to find K. She hung her head and then looked up at him earnestly.

"Are we going to get out of this alive?" He seemed stunned by the question. Or maybe he was stalling for time to tell the lie. Hard telling. He looked at Lily, quite seriously, and said,

"If I have anything to say about it. "


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