As he watched Nate plunge the final sword into the box, their eyes connected. His intense gaze felt as if it could see right into Gabriel’s soul. There was something else, an intense determination, that watched him now. It wasn’t until he heard Keeno gasp, both he & the officer jumping quickly from their seats on the wooden bench.
When he noticed the blood seeping out of the box, his hands immediately covered his face. He took in a ragged, shaky breath as he tried to comprehend what was happening. Bug stood silently beside him, not moving to protect anyone as he’d been hired to do. He was calm, as if he’d been expecting this all along.
Gabriel felt sick to his stomach as the room started to sway beneath his feet. Nauseous & lightheaded, he tried to keep himself from crumpling to the ground. He felt two arms encircle him, pulling him in close to their body. You’re okay, Gabriel. Just breath, Keeno whispered soothingly into his ear. Gabe felt himself clinging to the slender man, willing this nightmare to end. Detective Lewis has him. He can’t hurt you now.
Josey? Is he…? Keeno stiffened & he could feel him begin to nod sadly. Gabriel began to weep softly, unable to make the tears stop. It felt as if another part of his heart were being ripped from his chest yet again. Someone else that he cared for was gone. How had he ended up in this hell? As his sobs deepened, he felt the other man tighten his embrace. I’m so glad you’re okay, he finally managed to say.