Sterling-A Montana Dayton Novel Chapt.12

ec556-moonthumbTime ticked by slowly. Montana’s house stayed dark inside and it was now well after midnight.

“Maybe we’re wrong.” Chase said hopefully.

Jamie shook her head, they returned to their waiting game.

A short time after 2 am Montana’s garage door opened, her bike rumbled to life.

“Here we go.” Max said his hands clutched around the steering wheel, knuckles white.

They pulled out behind her with the lights off until she was a safe distance away. He didn’t think she had a clue they were following her, as a matter of fact he was sure she had no idea what was going on.

He’d gotten a glimpse of her face as she backed out of her driveway. It was expressionless. She was also riding unprotected; she wore only jeans, a tank top, and her sandals. It wasn’t safe, and she wasn’t stupid. Earlier in the day she’d gone out with her boots, leather jacket, and helmet on.

“Where they hell did she go!?” Chase said scanning the distance. “She was right there, now she’s gone!”

“Slow down,” Jamie whispered, “and keep your eyes open.”

They slowed.

A burning sensation raged over Jamie’s tattoo. “Let me out! Let me out! I’m going to be sick!”

Max slammed on the brakes, pulling over. Chase shot out of the truck with Jamie right behind him. She made it two feet off the road before getting sick, losing all of her dinner. She pulled in a deep breath then dry heaved a few times before wiping her mouth and standing up shakily.

“You can leave the truck here.” She croaked to no-one in particular. “This place is deserted.”

Chase took her elbow to help steady her. She shook him off and started walking to the ocean. She stopped short, holding her hand up. “We can’t go any further.”

Max saw Montana and stepped forward.

“No!” Jamie whispered harshly, bringing her arm up so quickly she smacked Max in the chest. “Watch,” She bent down, picked up some sand and tossed it in front of her. The sand stopped in mid air and fell straight to the ground.

“What the hell?” Max growled.

Montana stripped off her clothes and was now wading into the ocean. He wanted to stop her.

“Sterling put up an energy field of some kind. If we go any further he’ll know.”

Chase held up his binoculars. “Max there are sharks swimming around her.”

“Shit!” Max exclaimed taking his binoculars out. “Are you sure there’s no way to get to her?” He watched Montana dive under the water, disappearing in the distance.

“All we can do is wait,” Jamie replied, getting comfortable in the sand.

Jamie jumped up. “I think with some practice I can get through this without him knowing.”

Max glanced at her. His heart had been stuck in his throat for the last hour. Montana hadn’t come up for air. For all he knew she could have drowned and been eaten by the sharks.

Jamie smirked. “She’s fine; he won’t let anything happen to her.” Until he was ready she thought, keeping it to herself.

“How are you going to get through?” Chase asked changing the subject.

“Spells,” She frowned. “Up until now my family had great powers and used them when needed. I practiced, but couldn’t get most of the spells to work right. I still have the book. I’m sure there’s one in there to void that.” She pointed at the energy field no-one else could see.

“How long would you need?” Max grumbled.

“A couple days at least, Sam can watch the shop. I’ll practice until I puke.”

Max’s frown deepened. “What will happen if this Sterling does escape?”

She blew out a breath, “He’ll reap chaos across the world. He can raise the dead. How do you kill something that’s already dead? We may not be able to stop him once he reaches his full power,” she took a deep breath, “then he will kill Montana when he’s done with her, unless he decides he wants to keep her. If he keeps her she’ll be living in a worse state than she already is.”

“Do you have any friends that can help?” Chase asked, his heart sinking.

He knew Max dealt with a lot of strange stuff in his life, but he didn’t think either one of them were prepared for this.

“No, as far as I know my family was the last of the protectors.”

Max raised his eyebrow.

She waved her hand toward the ocean and shrugged. “As far as I know everyone else is dead.”

“Here she comes!” Chase bolted to his feet. “She’s alive!”

Max swung his binoculars back up to his eyes. She was swimming back, finally. He watched the sharks swim around her before gliding back into the dark ocean.

She seemed to float onto the beach, the waves crashed around her ankles into the sand. She reached for her clothes. The moonbeams glowed over the pearls she was wearing. A thick strand of pearl necklaces interlaced her throat, two more thick strands of pearls covered each wrist, and there were strands of pearls hanging off her ears. At least now he knew where her earrings went.

He was amazed she could look so healthy after what he saw this morning. Her body was in great shape, and the pearls brought out her tan, she didn’t even look tired right now. He glanced at Chase. Chase was blushing, but had put down his binoculars to give her some privacy.

“We need to move. I haven’t seen her bike, so I don’t know which direction she’ll be heading in. And I don’t know if she’ll be more aware of her surrounding now either.” Jamie moved in the direction of the truck.

Max stayed behind until Montana was dressed again and gliding towards her bike. She was parked uphill from them making it easier for him to follow her out. Her face was still expressionless.

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

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