“Any talk of a ransom?” Nigel questioned.
“Yeah and no. At first, that’s what I thought it was about, then I began to wonder if it wasn’t more of a vendetta. They didn’t seem intent on injuring Jackson, they wanted him in one piece, it was the thread of every conversation. Jackson can be a smart mouth and he wouldn’t let up and it was getting to one of them. He kept threatening to beat Jackson, wipe the smirk off his mouth, shut him up, that sort of thing.”
“I know I can’t help much, but I’d rather stay until we get Jackson free of these assholes.”
Nigel thought a moment,” As long as you stay behind with June, out of harm’s way.”
“You sure did a wonderful job leaving clues,” June said pride evident in her voice.”
“I hoped it would be enough, something.”
“It was, it’s how we knew which direction to go, which path to follow.”
Nigel agreed, “You did good, Roland.” Nigel walked away to confer with his men. Now they had numbers and an idea of how prepared the men were, he could formulate a plan.
Nigel had contacted the local authorities updating them on the current situation and they had undercover men stationed at every entrance should the suspects managed to escape.
As soon as they could identify the culprits involved, a full-on investigation would ensure. Nigel had to admitted he was a cop at heart and his blood was pumping.
His long-standing friendship with the local constabulary meant he was covered should excessive force be required. He hadn’t drawn his gun in months, but he was prepared for that eventuality. Tossing a quick look at June he unclipped his gun. He noticed her eyes widen at the possibility.
Roland was in pain but kept a protective arm around his sister as they followed several feet behind with Mark covering their backs. Brad Harris and John were still in the lead. Suddenly a shot rang out and everyone hit the dirt. The sound came from directly ahead of them but wasn’t directed at them. Trouble in the ranks, Nigel wondered? Was someone getting antsy or had the leader shown up prepared to take out anyone that could tie him to the current events?
He signalled to Brad and Harris who kept moving while John dropped back to cover June and Roland.
As they made their way quietly forward, they could hear yelling. It was couched in echoes and difficult to understand but clearly the individual was furious. It sounded like someone was kicking everything in their path and the onslaught continued for a couple more minutes which gave them the opportunity to advance more quickly.