Elijah lowered the cup down from his lips.
“What kind of trouble?” he asked.
“The tracking device, for one,” Adrian answered. “Right now they still know where you are. They know that you are right here. They most likely are outside in that van. You have to get out of here, hopefully without them noticing, deposit the device somewhere a few blocks from here, and then fly off as fast as you can.”
“Where is it?” Elijah assumed they had the tracking device on hand.
“Here.” Billy answered. He picked up a tin bowl and handed it over to Elijah. It reminded him of something where bullets are put after they have been extracted. Like what they would have done for his parents. If his parents had lived.
He picked the device up. It was a small, circular piece of metal. I guess I’ll just throw you in an alley somewhere. He dropped it back in the tin and put it down on the desk. He kept his hand on it for a moment though, fingering the thin edge.
“Well,” he started. “That doesn’t sound too difficult. Just..”
He took a deep breath.
“Look, I’m going to need to give you a few hours before I call you in,” Adrian said.
“In other words I need to get going.”
She nodded. “Yeah. So stuff your face and run.”
Elijah smirked and took the sandwich Adrian handed him.
A few minutes later they were grabbing their bags, preparing to head out. Billy said he would stay to close up the place. Adrian and Elijah started for the hallway. Billy went up to the door of the office.
“Take care, you two,” he said, as they all paused for a moment. Elijah didn’t have anything to say to Billy, that was their unspoken agreement. But Adrian wanted to say something, Elijah could tell by the way she glanced down at the floor, trying to find some words.
“It’s alright, Adrian,” Billy said at length.
“I know,” she answered. She looked up at him. “Thank you.”
She reached out her hand. Billy took it and held it for a moment. “Nothing about this to your sister right?”
“Nothing. As far as you are concerned this never took place.” They let go and Adrian turned and started down the hallway. Billy and Elijah nodded to each other, and then Elijah followed her.
The moon was out when they went outside, and they went silently under it down the stairs. When they reached the last metal step, they snuck around the corner of the building, where it was shadowy and out of the light.
The night was still warm. If they were in the forest, crickets would have been humming thickly in the trees. Instead the city hummed and played a backdrop of activity as Adrian and Elijah turned to face each other.
No one was in the parking lot, nor anyone in the alleys around. There was no sign of the grey van either.
“Where are you going to go, Adrian?” Elijah asked.
“Drive for now. Back home,” she answered.
“Long way alone.”
“I’ve done it before.”
They both were silent. They looked at each other, like that was all they ever wanted to do in the world. Or as if that was the last thing they would ever do. Elijah knew time was ticking, but still it was Adrian who spoke first.
“Where will you go?” she asked. Elijah shook his head.
“I don’t know,” he looked down for a moment. “Away. Then…”
Then what? I’m the Raptor now. Not Elijah Burton, not a CEO. I have nothing but my wings.
“Will I see you again?”
The words caught Elijah off guard. He looked back at her, and yes, she was earnest. He took her hands in his.
“I don’t want this to end, but I don’t know,” he answered. “I have to disappear to save my life, and maybe yours.”
He was surprised when she laughed a little.
“I don’t think so. I’m going to do whatever I can to dismantle them,” she said. He knew she meant the Correlation.
“You might go down for that.”
“I intend to.”
He wished there was more time. More time to stay there with her.
“I guess you’re out of a job.” He said.
“You are too.”
He shook his head. “Ghosts don’t have jobs.”
“Who are you going to haunt?”
“I told you I don’t know. I have to get away first, then I’ll figure it out.”
She let go of his hands and reached hers up around his shoulders. So this might be the last time. He wrapped his arms around her.
“Go.” She whispered. “Fly.”
He kissed her, and she gripped on to him. But then he ran off into the dark. He didn’t look back. But she watched him, watched him like the night was swallowing him like it was ocean, and there was hardly a chance that he would return to shore.
She shook herself and took a deep breath to slow down her heart. She knew it wasn’t time to give up yet.