Indominus Rex’s enclosure was oddly silent when Lydia entered the glass viewing
room. Too quiet. The hairs on her arms rose in alarm, a shiver racing down her
spine. Derek’s presence just behind her was warm, solid, and steady—but she
definitely didn’t find that a comfort.
you’ve never seen this thing before?”
have seen it before,” she shot back.
“When it was in the lab, but I didn’t work on it. Dr. Wu was the only one with clearance.”
rounded her side, approaching the glass. He had
changed, into a v-neck and hunting vest, strapped a knife into a holster at the
small of his back, and loaded up a gun into her car. Lydia had almost snapped we’re not charging into battle but had
reminded herself that she was a professional.
planted his hands on his hips, eyes glued to the enclosure. She couldn’t help
but picture a predator, taking careful stock of its surroundings, ferretting
out threats. Ridiculous. Even if
Derek Hale acted more animal than human most days—who wears jeans to a job
were your observations when it was in the lab?”
wasn’t in there very long,” Lydia said. “It was designed to grow exponentially.
Within a week of hatching it was moved into this paddock.”
mean it’s been in here its whole
life? By itself?”
had a sister… but…”
ate it.” She hadn’t been the one to find the remains, but she’d seen the bloody
aftermath, the dinosaur shrieking the next room.
head swiveled around and pinned Lydia in place. Only through sheer willpower
did she not squirm under his narrowed gaze. “It ate its sister. Most dinosaurs are pack animals—if it ate a
pack-mate and now… living by itself, with no outside interaction other than a
not the one who needs the report, Mr. Hale,” Lydia snapped. “Write all this
down and email it to Mr. Masrani.”
spun on her heel, hating that he always made her feel like her skin was too
tight over her bones. Men were easy for Lydia—she managed them deftly, even if
she hadn’t had a decent boyfriend in five years—and she hated that Derek Hale
would not be managed. As one of the
head scientists under Dr. Wu she should
outrank him. He never acted like she did.
on the thermal scan,” she said to the security guard munching on a sandwich.
“Where the hell is it?”
never been to this enclosure before, but she’d heard from Allison that the
dinosaur was very interested in what
went on beyond its large living space. The first month it had been moved here,
she’d learned quickly where her food would be coming from and had tried to bite
off a handler’s arm.
was a spider-web fissure in the glass just in front of Lydia from where the
dinosaur had rammed its head.
Dangerous, she had thought
and could admit, at least privately, she had never supported genetically
is…” the security guard stared in wide-eyed horror at his monitors. “It’s not
possible—thermal reading’s not picking anything up?”
not possible!” Lydia snapped. “Is the machine defective?”
those claw marks always been there?” Derek asked quietly from the corner.