THE MADAGASCAR MATTER – Chapter Four

If you missed Chapter One, you can read it here right now! or read the Chapter Two snippet here! Or the Chapter Three snippet here! Chapter Four Andrian kept a steady pace as we plowed through the dense vegetation. It wasn’t a jungle, per se, but the foliage was pretty thick. That was good for us since it meant we’d have decent cover from the hunters behind us. Some of the tree trunks we passed would have easily stopped 7.62 rounds from the Kalashnikovs. The hunters would have to get close before they unleashed any more fire. Noise was a concern, though. Picking your way through dense undergrowth is tough. The leaf litter alone crinkled underfoot like a paper bag and each sound seemed to travel for miles. Andrian kept glancing back at me and frowning. But he wasn’t carrying Zero on his shoulders and I was. Sweat drenched my clothes. I was breathing hard, too. But we kept plowing on. After a quarter mile, Andrian paused and waved me up to him. "Why’d we stop?" Andrian pointed at Zero. "I’m worried about him." "Makes two of us. But stopping isn’t going to help him." "Yes but I’m thinking that we not proceed to the village, after all." I shook my head. "Why not? You said there’s someone there who can help him. I say we make for that." "And we’ll be leading the men pursuing us right to the village. They won’t hesitate to kill everyone there. Including us." He was right. The guys with big guns didn’t look like they’d be too willing to only take who they needed. "So, what do you suggest?" "We penetrate their search line." © 2010 by Jon F. Merz All rights re­served Get the rest of Chapter 4 RIGHT NOW - sign up below!
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