“Why were you singing to them?” asked Tim, as he watched Leo swing back and forth.
“Some people never grow up, do they,” said Ace, staring at Leo. “Leo had a tough childhood.”
“Okay, but what about the singing?”
“They’re water angels. Things sound different when you’re underwater. They were out of the water and things were loud, they were also dry and terrified. Singing calms them and reminds them of the water they live in. They aren’t from around here, remember?”
“Will they be okay?”
“I hope so,” said Ace, keeping an eye on Joseph. “They are peaceful and beautiful beings.”
“Don’t look but Ian just went down the slide,” whispered Tim. “They aren’t like the guys in The Godfather movies.”
Ace turned to him. “There are a lot of things I like about you,” she said softly. “I hope you don’t die.”
“Thanks,” he said. “I hope I don’t die either, but we’re standing in a playground watching grown men play on the swings and slide, what could possibly happen?”
“You just HAD to say something, didn’t you,” she said, shooting a guy out of the tree. “Don’t look at the light.”
“What light?” he asked, and fell face first into the sandbox.
“THAT light,” she sighed, shooting two more men.
Leo, Joseph and Ian were shooting and yelling to each other as the light from the drone swept back and forth. Ace pulled a button off her jacket and threw it into the air. It attached itself to the drown and the light went out, as the machine crashed into the wading pool. Everything stopped for a minute and when nothing happened Ace and her crew, hauled Tim to his feet.
“He looked at the light,” said Joseph. “How stupid is he?”
“He didn’t know,” sighed Ace. “He’s not one of us.”
“I thought everyone knew not to look at the light,” said Ian.
“I don’t think he’ll look next time,” chuckled Leo. “Want me to throw water on him, Ace?”
“Oh, please do,” smiled Ace.
“Why am I all wet?” asked Tim, gasping for air.
“I don’t know,” snickered Ace, “but I love the way your t-shirt looks.”
“Funny,” he said. “My head is killing me.”
“You looked at the light.”
“THAT’S what people DO when you tell them NOT to DO something,” he groaned.
“You’re lucky you passed out right away. You would have been blinded if you had stared at it. The headache is a normal reaction to looking at it,” she said.
“I know something that could make me feel better…I think,” he grimaced and covered his eyes.
“Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. Take these and you’ll sleep for a few hours. When you wake up you’ll be fine.”
“What are they?” he asked, looking at the three orange discs in the palm of his hand.
“They are pills that help people who looked into the light, Just take them.”
“Did you take the pills for your leg?” he asked, as he chewed.
“How are the others?”
“How many did you kill?”
Ace smiled. “All of them.”