The bullets stopped. All I heard was the stomping of boots and the low groan of someone who hadn’t managed to get out of the way of all that lead.
“Moira Erdini!” someone said. “Come on out! You are under arrest!”
I goggled at Moira. “What did you do?” I wasn’t asking about her knife.
“I’m in serious trouble, Max,” she whispered as she turned toward me. “You can’t let them take me.”
I’ve seen Moira face down a vampire. I watched her spit in every one of a hydra’s faces. I’d never seen her so scared.
Max and Moira appear in the short story ‘Friends Like These’ by Matt Forbeck, published in The New Hero: Vol 2.
Matt Forbeck has been a full-time creator of award-winning games and fiction since 1989. He has designed collectible card games, roleplaying games, miniatures games, board games, and toys, and has written novels, short fiction, comic books, motion comics, nonfiction, magazine articles, and computer game scripts and stories for companies including Angry Robot, ArenaNet, Del Rey, Adams Media, Simon & Schuster, Atari, Tor.com, Boom! Studios, Ubisoft, Wizards of the Coast, Games Workshop, WizKids, Mattel, IDW, Image Comics, and Playmates Toys. His latest novels — the critically acclaimed science fiction thriller Amortals and urban fantasy Vegas Knights — are on sale now, and his next one, Carpathia, ships in March. For more about him and his work, visit Forbeck.com.
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