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NIGHTGAMEChristineFeehanCHRISTINEFEEHANJOVEBOOKS,NEWYORKForMyReadersBesuretogotowwwchristinefeehancomtosignupformyPRIVATEbookannouncementlistandreceiveaFREEexclusiveanimatedscreensaverPleasefeelfreetoemailmeatChristinechristinefeehancomIwouldlovetohearfromyouAcknowledgmentsThereareseveralpeopleIhavetothankFirstandforemost,JenniferLasseterandBrianFeehanfortheirunfailinghelpwithsomanyaspectsofthisbookSpecialthankstoWilsonandRoseMaeuxfortheirhelpwiththeCajunlanguageAndespeciallyPaulaandMikeHardinwhosograciouslytimeandtimeagainfoundbooksandinformationandevenmadeacoupleoftripstothebayouformeThankyoutoDamonWeedoftheFriendlyCityTattooShopforbringingmyGhostWalkercresttovividlifeADFBooksNERDsReleaseCHAPTERRaoul“Gator”FontenotpausedintheactofstuffinghisshirtintohisduffelbagwhensomeoneknockedonhisdoorThemeninhisSpecialForcesparanormalsquadweren’tallthatpoliteandtendedtojustbargerightin,nomatterwhattime,dayornightInallthetimehe’dknownthem,noonehadeveractuallyknockedonhisdooranddefinitelynotwithsuchatimidtapHoldingapairoffadedjeansunderhischin,hehaphazardlyattemptedtofoldthemashejerkedopenthedoorDrLilyWhitneyMillerwasthelastpersonheexpectedtofindHissquad,theGhostWalkers,astheirpsychicunitwasoftenreferred,owedLilytheirlivesShe’drescuedthemfromtheirlaboratorycagesandsavedthemfrombeingmurderedLilyownedtheeightyroommansionwherethemenoftenstayed,butsheneverventuredintotheirwingShepreferredtoaddressthemtogetherasaunitinthemoreformalconferencerooms“Lily!Whatasurprise”Heglancedoverhisshoulderatthedisarrayinhisbedroom“DidImissameeting”SheshookherheadShelookedcalmandcoolReservedTheusualLily,butsheheldherselftight,tootightSomethingwaswrongWorse,hergazeavoidedhis,andLilyalwayslookedamanstraightintheeye“Gator,Ineedtospeaktoyouprivately”Raoulwastrainedtoheartheslightestnuanceinavoice,andtherewashesitationinLily’sHe’dneverhearditbeforeHelookedpasther,expectingtoseeherhusband,CaptainRylandMillerHisdarkbrowshotupwhenhesawshewasalone“Where’sRye”DrPeterWhitney,Lily’sfather,hadtalkedthemen,allfromvariousbranchesofSpecialForces,intovolunteeringtobepsychicallyenhancedThedoctorhadremovedtheirnaturalfilters,whichhadleftthemextremelyvulnerabletotheassaultoftheemotions,sounds,andthoughtsoftheworldaroundthemItwasLilywhohadhelpedthembuildshieldstobetterfunctionintherealworldwhentheywerewithouttheiranchorsInallthosemonths,GatorhadneverseenherwithoutRylandHeknewLilyfeltguiltoverthethingsherfatherhaddoneandwasuneasyintheirpresence,butshewasasmuchavictimastheywereandshehadn’tvolunteeredHereluctantlysteppedbacktoallowherentryintohisroom“Sorryaboutthemess,masoeur”HeleftthedoorwideopenLilyfacedhiminthemiddleoftheroom,herhandstightlylinked“Iseeyou’renearlyreadytogo”“ItoldGrandmereIwouldcomeassoonaspossible”“SoyourfriendisstillmissingHowawful”“Yes,Ian’sagreedtocomewithmetohelpsearchIdon’tknowhowmuchusewe’llbe,butwe’lldowhateverwecan”“Doyouhonestlybelievethisgirlisn’tarunawayThat’swhatthepolicebelieve,”LilyremindedhimShe’dbeentheonetousehercontactstogetalltheinformationforGator“IpersonallylookedintoeveryreporttheyhadonherJoyChiasson,twentytwo,nicelookinggirl,sanginthelocalbluesclubsThepolicebelieveshewantedoutofLouisianaandtookoffMaybewithanewman”Heshookhishead“Iknowthisfamily,LilySodoesGrandmereIdon’tbelieveforamomentsheranawayTwoyearsagoanotherwomandisappearedDifferentparish,noknownconnection,andthepolicethoughtshe’dleftofherownvolitionaswell”“Butyoudon’t”“NoIthinkthereisaconnectionTheirvoicesTheybothsangOneinclubs,oneinchurchandtheater,butIthinktheconnectionistheirvoices”Lilyfrowned“Ifyouneedanything,wecanhelpfromthisendJustcallandanythingwehaveisatyourdisposal”Shewasstillavoidinghiseyes,andherknuckleswerewhitefromtwistingherfingerssotightlyGatorwaitedinsilence,forcinghertospeakfirstWhatevershehadtosay,hehadafeelinghewasn’tgoingtolikemuchLilyclearedherthroat“Whileyou’rethereinthebayou,wouldyoumindkeepinganeyeoutforoneofthegirlsmyfatherexperimentedonI’vebeenrunningcomputerprobabilities,andthelikelihoodofIris‘Flame’JohnsonbeinginthatarearightnowisveryhighThismightbeoneofthefewchanceswehaveoflocatingher”“Thebayouisabigplace,LilyIcan’timaginejustrunningintoherWhywouldyouthinkshe’dturnupinmybackyard”“Well,itmightnotbethatbig,notifyou’researchingtheclubsforcluestoJoy’sdisappearanceOddlyenough,FlamesingstooSheworkstheclubsinthecitiesshepassesthrough”“AndwhywouldshebeinNewOrleans”“Theburningdownofthesanitariuminthebayouwaswellpublicized,andIthinkitwilldrawhertoyourhometownIthinkshe’slookingfortheothergirlsmyfatherexperimentedon,thesameasweare”Gatortookhistimeanswering,studyingherfaceashedidsoMostlyhereplayedthesoundofhervoiceinhishead,thetinyvibrationsonlyhecouldhear,theonesthattoldhimshewasnervousandgivinghimonlypiecesofinformationorthatshewaslyingLilyhadnoreasontolietohim“Whatmakesyouthinkshewouldbelookingfortheothergirls”TherewasasmallsilenceLilyletherbreathoutslowly“MyfatherwroteacomputerprogramandinputwhatheknewofherpersonalityanddecisionmakingtraitsTheprogramcalculatedthattherewasaneightythreepercentchancethatshewouldhuntforthegirlsAndwhenIfedthenewsarticleintotheprogramitalsogaveanextremelyhighprobabilitythatshewouldsuspectthefirehadsomethingtodowithDahliaandtheWhitneyTrust”“Ireadseveraloftheaccounts,”headmitted“Theydidreportthemurders,andtheyobviouslyknewitwasahitofsomekind,anassassinationsquad,soyeah,shemightcomelookingformoreinformation”“I’msureofit”“WhichofthemissinggirlsisIris”RaoulalreadyknewtheanswerLongbeforeDrWhitneyhadexperimentedontheadultmen,hehadacquiredgirlsfromforeignorphanagesandexperimentedonthem,psychicallyenhancingthemWhenthingshadbeguntogowrong,hehadabandonedallofthemexceptLily,whomhe’dkeptandraisedashisowndaughterIrishadbeenasmallredheadwithdefianteyesandanattitudethesizeofTexasThenurseshadnicknamedher“Flame,”andfromthemomentshelearnedWhitneyforbadethename,IrisusedittomakehimangryShe’dbeenfouryearsoldRaoulhadstudiedthetapesofthelittlegirlfarmorethananyoftheothersShehadafewabilitiestheothersknewnothingaboutbuthedidhesharedthosesameabilitiesEvenasachildshe’dbeensmartenoughorangryenoughtohidehertalentsfromWhitneyHernicknamewasappropriate:Flame,alittlematchstickthatcouldflareupandbeasdestructiveashellundertherightcircumstancesWhitneydidn’tknowhowveryluckyhewas“Irishaddeepredhair,almostthecolorofwine,andshehasacutehearingShe’sabletomanipulatesoundinextraordinaryways”“Andshe’sananchor”Thatwouldmeanshewasn’tasvulnerableassomeoftheothergirlsShecouldexistintheworldwithoutashieldLilynodded“IbelievesheisIknowitwouldbelikelookingforaneedleinahaystacktryingtofindher,butyouneverknowShe’dbesomewherebetweentwentytwoandtwentyfivenowMyfatherkeptmeticulousrecords,yethedidn’tbothertorecordourbirthdates,whichmakesnosensetomeIdidanagesimulationonthecomputerHere’swhatshe’dlooklikenow”ShehandedhimthephotographHisheartnearlystoppedbeating,thenacceleratedwildlyFlamewasbeautifulNotjuststriking,buttrulyexquisitelybeautiful,unlikeanywomanhe’deverseenEveninthephotographherskinlookedsosofthefoundhimselfrunningthepadofhisthumboverherfaceHekepthisexpressionrelaxed,charming,unworriedtheusualmaskhewore“Youknow,Lily,thechancesoffindingherarealmostnil”ShenoddedherheadandhergazeskitteredawayfromhisItwasn’ttherealreasonshe’dcomeGatorwaitedSheshuffledherfeetbutdidn’tspeak“Spititout,LilyI’veneverbeenmuchforgamesSaywhatyoucametosay”Sheslidpasthimtocatchtheedgeofthedoor,peeringoutintothehallwaybeforeshuttingitcarefully“Thisisconfidential”“Youknowwe’reaunitIdon’tkeepthingsfromKylandormymen,notifitimpactsthemandwhatwedo”“That’sjustit,Gator,Idon’tknowifitdoesI’vediscoveredacoupleofthings,andI’mcheckingthemoutYouhavetounderstandtheseexperimentshavespannedmorethantwentyyearsTherearedozensofcomputersandharddrives,storagedisksandzipdrivesIhaven’tevengottentoyet,andthatdoesn’tincludehandwrittennotesIstartedwiththegirlsbecausewewantedtofindthem,butmyfather’sobservationsaremostlyonpaperandoldarchiveddisksHereferencesnearlyeverythingwithnumbersIhavetofigureoutwhatthenumberreferstobeforeIcankeepgoinginmyresearchtoseewhathedidIt’sverytimeconsumingwork,anditisn’teasy”Lilydidn’tmakeexcusesThiswassofaroutofcharacterforherHadshediscoveredthetruthabouthimHehadwatchedthevideoofIris“Flame”Johnsonsomanytimesmaybeshe’dbecomecuriousMaybeshe’dseenhimstopthetapeandstudythepicturetheonethatshowedthewallsexpandandcontractslightlyTheonewherethefloorshiftedminutelywhenFlame’slittlegazehadnarrowedonthedoctorShe’ddetestedDrWhitneyandhertemperhadbarelybeencontrolled“Whathaveyoudiscovered,Lily”“Ithinkmyfatheralsodidgeneenhancingonthegirlsaswellasonsomeofyoumen”ThewordsleftherinalittlerushThistimehergazemethissquarelyasiftryingtoreadhisreactionHecountedtoteninsilencebeforehespoke“Whywouldyouthinkthat”“Thereferencingnumbershavetwolettersbesidethem,andIcouldn’tfigureitoutGEIwentthroughamillionpossibilitiesuntilIfoundasmallhiddencabinetinthelaboratoryItwaslockedandcodedTherewereseveralnotebooksonIrisShewasdefinitelygeneticallyenhancedGEThoseletterswerethroughoutthefiles,andI’veseenthemonseveralotherfilesMostofthefilesIthinkthelettersreferencebacktogeneticenhancement”“ThegirlsYouusedthephrasethegirlsratherthanonusAsinincludingyourself”Lilyshookherhead“TherearenoGEnotationsinmyfilesanywhereBelieveme,Ilooked”“Whydoyouthinkthatwouldbe,Lily”Hekepthisvoicefiat,even,ultracalm“Heusedvirusestointroducethetherapytothecells”Hervoicefalteredforthebriefestofmoments,butshecarriedon,herchinup“Idon’tthinkhewantedtotakeanychanceswithme,andhecouldusemeasthecontrolsubject”“WhatwasinthefilethatIshouldknowabout”“FlamehadcancerThesymptomspresentednearlythesameasleukemiaBruising,fatigue,abnormalbleeding,boneandjointpainAllofitHeputitintoremission,but”Shetrailedoff“Buthedidn’tstopHecontinuedtoenhancehercells”Lilylookedmiserableasshenodded“YesHecontinuedtoexperimentonherOneoftheproblemswhenusingavirustoinfectthecellsisthebodyproducesantibodiestofightitoffBythesecondorthirdround,itdoesnogoodtousethatvirus”“Sohemadeupanotherone”“SeveralofthemHeobviouslywantedtoperfecthistechniqueforlateruseIthinkallofusgirlswerehisfirsttries”“Youmeanhisexpendablerats,”GatorinterruptedharshlyHecurledhisfingersintotightfists“YouwereallexpendableNoonewantedyouAndhedidn’tlikeher,didheShewasalotoftroublebecauseshewassostrongwilled,justasDahliawasDahlia,whowasraisedinasanitarium,notahome”“That’strue,Gator,butthankfully,althoughDahliaisenhanced,shehasneverhadcancerNorcouldIfindreferencestocancerinthefilesofanyoftheothergirlsheexperimentedon”Lilypressedherfingertipsjustabovehereyes“Ihaven’tgonethrougheverythinginFlame’sfilebutthecancerreturnedseveraltimesandeachtimeheadjustedthevirusandcontinueddopingherafterheputthecancerinremissionShe’sveryenhanced”“AndyoususpectIamaswell”Shebitherlip,butnoddedagain“Areyou,GatorCanyourunfaster,jumphigherNoneofyouhaveevermentionedittomenotevenRyland”Heavoidedthequestion“Areyouwarningusthatanyonewhomightbeenhancedissusceptibletocancer”“Ihavenoidea,”shesaidtruthfully“IbelievehewasworkingonawaytopreventthedopingfromstimulatingthewrongcellsIthinkheusedFlametoperfecthistechniquesohecouldmakecertainyouandtheothershadfewerproblems”“Charmin’sonofbitch,wasn’the”Gatorstuffedthejeansintotheduffelbagwithashortviolentstabbingmotion“Heusedherlikeadamnlabrat”“It’sworsethanthat,GatorIhopetoGodI’mwrongIcanbarelyconceiveoftheideathatthemanIknewasmyfathercouldhavebeensuchamonster,butIdon’tthinkhewantedtocureFlameIthinkheknewshe’dgetsick,andhefiguredheradoptedparentswouldbringherbacktohim”“Buttheydidn’t”“NotthatIcanseeButthechancesofthecancerrecurringseemlikelyRegulartreatmentforleukemiawouldhelp,butitwouldn’tcureherThecanceriscausedbyoneparticularwildcell”“Andheknewthat”Lilynoddedreluctantly“WithoutadoubtheknewitThefirsttimeheexperimentedwithputtingthecancerintoremission,heusedavirustoinsertDNAthatcausedthecancercellstoselfdestructbyproducingaproteinthatwasdeadlytoitselfThesecondtimeheusedamethodofactuallyforcingthecancercellstoproduceaproteinthatidentifieditselftoherimmunesystem,therebycausingherimmunesystemtoattackinaconcentratedforce,successfullydestroyingthecancerItwasbrilliantreally,faraheadofhistime”TherewasatraceofadmirationinLily’svoiceshecouldn’thidefromhimFurysweptthroughhimUglyDangerousAsnarlingdemontriggeringanaggressiveresponseGatorturnedhisbackanddraggedairintohislungsHenotedthewaythewallsexpandedandcontracted,themovementnearlyimperceptible“Ifhewassodamnedbrilliantandsuccessfulatdestroyingcancer,Lily,whydidn’thereporthisfindingstotheworldWhydidhesecretawayhisdatainahiddenlaboratory”“Anyhospital,university,orprivatefacilitiesinvolvedinhumanexperimentssuchastheWhitneyTrustarerequiredtohaveInstitutionalReviewBoardstoensuretheresearchcomplieswithDepartmentofHealthandHumanServicesregulationsfortheprotectionofhumansubjectsAndanyexperimentinvolvinggeneinsertionmustbeapprovedinadvancebyanInstitutionalBiosafetyCommittee”Heturnedtolockhisgazewithhers“Sobringingunwantedorphansintothecountry,virtuallybuyingthemandusingthemashumanlabratstoexperimentwithgeneticenhancement,psychicenhancement,andcancerdoesn’tfallintotheacceptedregulationsHewouldhavebeenlabeledthemonsterhewasandhewouldhavebeenjailedHetorturedthatchildAndnowshe’souttheresomewhere,isn’tshe,LilyShe’soutthereandyouwantherfoundbecauseyouandIbothknowshe’svery,verydangerousandshe’sgotahellofamadonfortheWhitneyTrust,doesn’tshe”“Iwantherfoundbecausesheneedshelpandshe’soneofus,”Lilycorrected,herchinupWhenhecontinuedtolookhersteadilyintheeyeshergazeshifteddowntoherhands“Spititout,Lily”“HealsofoundawaytostimulatethegrowthoftumorswithgenetictherapyandthenhecausedthecancercellstocutofftheirownbloodsupplysothetumorwitheredanddiedThatkindofresearchisinvaluable”“OnherFlameHegavehercancer,deliberatelyHewasasonofbitch,wasn’the,LilyApatheticmonsterwhohadtofindsomekindofkickintorturingchildrenHowoldwasshewhenhedidthistoherHowlongdidhehaveherWhydidn’tyoutellusallthis”“Youaren’thelpingmebytalkingthisway,GatorThishappenedalongtimeagoI’mfindingallthisoutaboutmyfatherMyfatherAmanIlovedandrespectedIcan’thelpbutseehisbrillianceAndyes,itwasmonstroustoperformsuchexperimentsonchildren,onanyhuman,buthedidandthatdoesn’tchangethefactthathewasabletoperformmedicalmiraclesHewaslightyearsaheadofanyoneelseinhisfieldIwantherfound,Gator,becausesheneedsusAndsheneedsmedicalhelpHerbodyisatickingbombandwillturnonhersoonerorlaterShemustcomebackhereandletmehelpher”Suspicionflickeredforamomentinhiseyesbuthequicklymaskedit“Shemakesahellofanexperiment,doesn’tsheShemustbeawalkingmedicalmiracle”“That’snotwhy,GatorSheneedstobewherewecanhelpher”“Hasitoccurredtoyouthatshe’llthinkyouwantherbackhereformoreexperimentsIhatetobetheonetopointthisouttoyou,Lily,butyouhavethatsameloveofscienceYouputitbeforemorality,andyouadmireamonsterwhotorturedchildrenIfIcanseethatinyou,sowillshe”“Youcansaywhateveryoulikeaboutme,GatorIbelieveweneedresearchandyes,Iadmirehisbrilliance,evenwhileIcondemnthethingshedidIdonotputitbeforemorality,butdoyouhaveanyideahowfaraheadofhistimehewas”“Soyou’vesaid,morethanonceWhoareyoutryingtoconvince,Lily”“DNAwasfirstsequencedinItwasn’tuntilthefirstgenomewassequencedDon’tyouseewhatthatmeansHehadtohavebeenyearsaheadofthegameWiththethingshedid,weshouldbeabletofigureoutbettergenetherapyandpossiblywhichvirusestouseasvectorswithoutthepossibilityoftriggeringcancerinunstablecells”“Lily”Gatorrakedahandthroughhishairinagitation“Youaren’tgoingtogetmetoseehimassomekindofaworldsaviorHedeliberatelycausedachildtogetcancer,notoncebutrepeatedly”“Youaren’tlisteningtome,GatorDon’tyouseehowtheresearchhedid,monstrousornot,couldbebeneficialItallhappenedyearsagoWecan’tchangewhathedid,butwecanacknowledgehisbrillianceandusewhathefoundoutIt’stheonlywaytobringsomegoodoutfthehorrorheinflictedonusall”HebreatheddeeplytocalmthetemperpushingsoclosetothesurfaceLilydidn’tknowwhathewascapabledoingNoonedidNotevenWhitneyAndhesuspectedFlamewasjustascapableofthesamemassdestructionashewas“Damnhimtohell,Lily,forwhathe

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