A Single Bound 13

Morgan twisted to look at Teri, Max, and Aiden.  They all had their eyes locked on the two men.  Dr. Fiedler must’ve been who Agent Taggert had called to the school yesterday.  Pieces of the puzzle were starting to fall into place in Morgan’s mind, but she wasn’t sure if she even wanted to understand.

If Dr. Fiedler worked for the government, and his subjects were kids, she didn’t think the doctor and Taggert were really working with the FBI.  Morgan could hear everyone’s breathing getting faster.  The two men had started walking towards the stage.  Between them facing the other way and the extra distance, she couldn’t make out what they were saying anymore.

“Can anyone hear what they’re saying?” Morgan asked.

“Shh,” Max said.

Morgan had the urge to smack the sophomore on the back of the head, but she held her hand in check.  She settled for staring daggers at what little of his temple she could see around Teri’s hair.

“I can’t hear anything either,” Aiden said.  Morgan felt vindicated.  “We should get closer.”

They all looked at Aiden.  No one wanted to be the first one through the door.  Feeling three sets of eyes on him, Aiden decided he had to step up.

“Max,” he said.  “You open the door and I’ll go through first.  Keep low.”

His whisper was so quiet Morgan could barely hear it.  She and Teri took a couple steps back so Max had room to swing the door open.  Max was pulling the door open when Teri lunged forward and put hand on his arm to stop him.

“Do it slower.  It’s going to creak.”

No one asked her where she was getting her information from.  Max opened the door as slowly as he could.  The metal hinges groaned, but the noise wasn’t loud enough to carry.  At least that’s what Morgan hoped.

Aiden slipped through the half open door.  He was so tall that even crouched over he was still visible above the seats, but luckily Taggert and Fiedler were both facing away.  Teri leaned against Morgan’s shoulder.  For someone so small, she felt pretty heavy.  Looking over, Morgan saw Teri’s face was pale and her eyes were fluttering.

“Are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m just really tired all of a sudden.”

“Do you need to sit down?”

Teri shook her head and blinked a few times.

“No, I’m good.  Let’s go.”

Morgan let Teri go through the door first so she could keep an eye on her.  Once the two girls were through and safely behind the first row of seats, Max slipped into the auditorium and held the door as it closed one hairsbreadth at a time.

Morgan crawled to the end of the row and stuck one eye out into the aisle.  Dr. Fiedler and Agent Taggert were talking right at the stage.  She couldn’t make out what they were saying.  Suddenly, Dr. Fiedler turned right towards her.  Morgan snapped her head back behind the seats and held her breath.  In the silence, Morgan could hear the hammering of her heart.

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