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Using the van for cover, Thomas and three others slipped around the house toward the back bedroom where Ettie had been taken. Thomas quickly jimmied the window open and slipped inside, with Jeremiah close behind him.
While Thomas blocked the inner door, Jeremiah approached the bed where Ettie lay curled in a fetal position.
"Miss Ettie, it's Jeremiah O'Shea," he whispered.
She lowered her arms fractionally and Jer briefly shone a light on his face so she could identify him.
"We're going to get you out of here, but first I need to know where you're hurt so we don't injure you any more."
"Everything hurts," Ettie whispered.
"Okay, let me do a quick check to make sure we can move you safely." Jer did a rapid trauma check. "We need to get you out of here as quickly as possible. I'm going to strap you onto a backboard and then we'll go."
Ettie nodded and closed her eyes as Jer lifted her from the bed. He and Thomas carried her to the window and gently handed her out to Jebediah and one of Kingston's people. Then he and Thomas slipped out into the darkness and quietly closed the window behind them, leaving pillows under the blankets on the bed where Ettie had been.
As they slipped into the back of the repair van, Thomas radioed Kingston's man inside the house with Fred they were ready to go. In a couple minutes, Fred and the other man came out of the house.
"Hey, you didn't put the washing machine back together!" The man who had let Fred inside appeared on the porch.
"Gotta go!" Fred waved as he walked rapidly toward the van.
As they opened the door to slide inside, a bullet pi-zinged off the roof of the van.
(Excerpt from Legacy of Truth, copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel)
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