Survival Instincts by May Dawney

Survival Instincts by May Dawney

Author:May Dawney [Dawney, May]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Published: 2017-12-01T05:00:00+00:00

Dani met her halfway down.

Despite all her lies and schemes, Lynn relaxed just a little as she laid eyes upon her. At least she wasn’t alone in this building full of enemies.

Dani inspected her. Judging by the squint that etched into Dani’s features, Lynn was showing her wear and tear. “You okay?”

Lynn nodded. She was nowhere near okay either physically or emotionally, but it was useless to dwell on that right now. “One dead.”

Dani continued to inspect her.

Lynn tried to weather it.

Eventually, Dani relented. “Good. There’s a staircase at the end of the hall. I didn’t find anyone else, but I think I heard something upstairs.” She observed Lynn. “Are you ready for more?”

Lynn nodded again, without knowing if it was true. “Let’s just get this over with.” She pushed past Dani and headed down the hallway. She was tired—so tired. Whoever remained, she just wanted to dole out justice, go to sleep, and forget.

There was only darkness up the steps. She forced her tired muscles to grip her tomahawk more tightly and walk up.

Dani followed her quietly.

From halfway up the stairs, Lynn could look through the glass panels of the railing that squared off the staircase. A narrow hallway led all down the length of the building, mirroring the one downstairs. Doors opened into a space that Lynn couldn’t see into from here. Waist-height white walls blocked her view. She went up a few more steps until she could look through long panes of glass atop the walls. As quietly as possible, she took the last step up from the stairs and stopped to slide her gaze over the mayhem beyond the glass.

From here, she could just make out the layout of the large space. The left side was piled full of junk—mostly dividers, desks, and chairs—while the right side had been cleared and made up as a living space. Three makeshift beds lay under the windows.

Dani stepped up with her. “Three beds.” She whispered the words. They were almost entirely drowned out by the sound of the rain that was more pronounced here, as they were under the roof.

Lynn nodded. Three beds, three people. One of their attackers still lurked somewhere in the building. She rounded the railing and tried the door farthest to the left. It opened easily, and she slipped inside.

Dani followed her in but stayed a few paces behind her. She lowered herself down to the ground and looked through the pile of office paraphernalia. She lay her spear on the floor and took out her knife.

Their gazes met.

Dani nodded slowly.

There hadn’t been any communication about the plan of action, but they both knew basic hunting strategies.

Lynn pushed up and rounded the pile. She let her gaze slide over the mess but still saw nothing.

“Come out and meet your death with honor.” Despite her anxiety, Lynn’s voice was mercifully steady and calm. The hairs on the back of her neck stood on end, and she felt targeted in the middle of the room. There was a good chance the third attacker was hiding somewhere else, and then she’d left herself exposed.


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