#flashfictionmagic -A POND IN THE WOODS
Lise bit down on a squeal of pain as Jack’s boot heel came down on her toes. “Get off,” she hissed.
She shoved and he lurched forward, nearly tumbling out into the open. He braced one hand on the damp, mossy boulder they hid behind and glared back at her. “They could have seen me!”
She thinned her eyes and shrugged. “You’d think of something, wouldn’t you?”
He hmphed like an old, crotchety lady and turned back to spy on the trio of men in black.
Lise considered shoving him again, if only to get him out of the way so she could finally see. But then the men would scatter and their mission today would fail. She curled her lip at Jack’s camouflage-clad shoulders instead. Why had she found him attractive before? He’d been nothing but condescending ever since she joined him and her brother on this mission.
You stay here, Lise. It’s too dangerous. Set that down, Lise. It’s too heavy. Cook us some supper, Lise. You ought to know how.
As if she joined the mission to cook!
A giant splash echoed through the trees and she started, following Jack into a crouch. The new view showed two men bending over the small pond, their hands held out. Where was the third?
Her gaze landed on the long ripples spreading across the opaque water.
Long enough for a body?
He nodded, jaw grim. “We need to get closer once they leave.”
Her heart thudded. “Do I finally get to be useful?”
“You’re more than useful.” Jack quirked his mouth and hers went dry, much to her irritation. “They’re leaving,” he muttered. “Move quickly once they’re out of sight.”
Lise let her gift seep over her skin, until she looked like nothing more than a vapor over the forest floor.
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