When they reached the vehicles, the soldiers tossed Brody’s body into the back of one of their transport trucks. Raven glared at them and climbed in behind him. She was caught off guard when Draven grabbed her arm and helped her in. Muttering thanks, she moved to Brody’s side and gently turned him over. His head was covered in blood, and he made no noise.
The man with Brody was tossed in behind them. He moaned, then rolled over and sat up a little more.
She glanced down at her brother. He was standing below the truck bed, looking up at her. A few of the soldiers awaited orders behind him. “They need medical attention, Drav. Get Mary, please.”
He glared at her. “Absolutely not! I won’t risk her for the likes of them.”
“They won’t hurt her. I promise. You know I wouldn’t let anything happen to her.” She looked down at Brody. He was still breathing, but barely. Meeting her brother’s eyes again, she pled with him one last time. “Please. I can’t loose him.”
He stared at her, then turned to one of the soldiers behind him. “Go get Mary.” He turned back to face his sister. “If anything happens to her, it’s your life for hers.”
Raven closed her eyes for a second, then glanced back up at her brother one more time. “I know. Nothing will happen.”
In a moment, Mary appeared behind him. Draven turned to face the nurse and his cheeks turned red. He reached a hand out to her as she climbed up into the truck, closed the back and hurried away before the soldiers could see his face.
Mary hurried over to Brock’s side. She took his pulse and listened to his breathing. Raven could see the concern in her face as she looked up. “He needs a doctor. I’ll do what I can, but he needs a doctor.”
Raven nodded, then stood and hurried to the back of the truck. She opened the back of the truck and screamed for her brother. He was almost to the tank, but stopped when he heard her voice. She jumped out and ran to him. “He needs a doctor. Mary says she’ll do what she can, but he needs a doctor.”
Her brother nodded. “We’ll head back as fast as we can, sis.”
She threw her arms around his neck. “Thank you! Thank you!”
He pushed her back, but had a slight smile on his face. “I know what it is to love someone and not be with them.” He glanced towards the truck. “Do you think she likes me?”
She glanced in the same direction. “Mary?”
“Yeah. Do you think she’ll ever like me?”
Raven drew in a deep breath. This wasn’t the time to talk about this, but she knew it was on her brother’s mind. “I’ll try to find out.”
He turned back to her and smiled, but it quickly disappeared. “I’m not sure I want to know. But either way, I’ll do anything to make her happy. Tell her that.”
She nodded and began to make her way back to the truck as her brother climbed into the tank. It wasn’t the ideal time to ask such questions, but if it got her out of the mess she was in, she was willing to take the chance. Maybe, just maybe, if her brother had someone else, he would finally let her go.