The flash was so bright that it almost blinded even me. The helicopter started to spin out of control but I didn’t have time to care about that or what happened to anyone else. Without me having to say anything the two girls jumped into the car and we drove off like bats out of hell. When I looked behind me I could see that no one had started following us yet.
“We need to get out here fast,” Kelly said. “There’s no doubt that they are tracking us. They definitely know what car we have.”
“We’ll ditch it right away,” I informed her.
I drove down the road and pulled into a parking lot of another motel. We all got out and broke into another car. As quickly as I could I hotwired it and we were on the move again.
I don’t know how we did it, but we escaped the agency’s radar.
“How did they know where we were?” I asked out loud, not really expecting an answer. “We were running for two weeks but they still knew where we were.”
“We got cheap cellphones and everything,” my sister pointed out.
I paused for a moment so that I could think about it. It occurred to me that Kelly might know.
“How much do you know?” I asked her.
She stayed silent for a minute.
“You have ten seconds before I throw you out of this car,” I warned her.
“What?” Alex asked, confused and scared.
“She knows how we were tracked and I want to know.”
Kelly wore a face of guilt and regret. “You used the credit card to get to the hotel didn’t you?”
“No, I pulled out some cash before we got there.”
“Then they knew we were close by.”
“I guess that was a little carelessness on my part.”
“It’s more than that.”
I turned to the passenger seat to look her right in the face. “What do you mean?”
“Where do you think that money comes from?”
I let that statement sink in as it all came flooding into my head: the agency had been the one funding me. The credit card was paid for by them. All this time and I had no idea.
“Damn,” I said.
There was something else that we hadn’t discussed since the day that I had killed Larry.
“Did you know?” I asked her.
“Know about what?” she replied.
“Are you lying to me?”
“I seriously had no idea.”
“But you were always following me.”
“Yes, but I didn’t know that Roy was part of the agency. I’m sure they grabbed someone that we didn’t know so there would be no slip ups.”
I nodded my head. I wasn’t happy but what she was saying definitely made sense.
We were defeated once again. I took the card out of my wallet and stared at it for a long time, realizing how I had taken it completely for granted. I now had no idea how I was going to get any money from there on out. I took the card and threw it out the window…