"No. I do not think I will need a harness." I again returned. "Let's just get the collar and get out of here." Feeling the raised hairs on the back of my neck again, this time much stronger I began to worry.
"Yeah I am getting the same feeling." Yalu whispered low enough. My supernatural hearing allowing me to catch the audio. "Alright, guess that will be it." She said putting the extra-large dog collar for canines between ninety pounds and up, on the counter. "Just pretend he isn't there, for right now." The Vixen continued to mutter while interacting with the Cashier.
"Have a nice day." The bright sales associated offered, handing the collar in a small plastic bad which Yalu stuffed inside her trench coats plastic bag.
"Thank you." Yalu returned to the woman in the same preppy mannerism. Exiting out the store I overheard the Caucasian woman order, "Now keep track. If he figures out what we really are, then he won't have a problem pointing us out to the entire mall."
"Okay." I whispered back. Using my hearing and my nose I began to concentrate on the man's footsteps and scent. He wasn't that hard to separate from the entire population of humans stuffed inside this mall that was least up until my senses caught onto four other similar sounding and smelling men. Their footsteps the same distance apart. The scent still reeking of blood and drugs.
"We got about five minutes until we are back in the food court. Keep a slow pace, remember act human."
Nodding my head, I began to feel my heart rate rise the longer I kept focusing on their own unusual characteristics. "Two of them are closing in, about eight feet behind us." I whispered to Yalu while sustaining the same counterfeit grin, lightly elbowing her in that same playful manner and keeping my head straight.
"Okay. Just stay focused." Yalu expertly ordered as we entered the open-concept food court. Walking through the dining area, we continued to walk towards the back entrance into the mall. Seeing that the sun was still up high in the sky made me more nervous about our slip away. If it was in the pitch blackness of the night, we could easily accomplish breaking away, but as always life was throwing the curveball.
Reaching the outdoor parking lot, we sustained a calm pace towards the red sports car. Pretending that we had not felt the presence of Hunters on our trails. As Yalu grabbed for Mhykal's car keys to unlock the vehicle, I noticed her hand was slightly starting to shake. I hadn’t sensed any other signs of panic emanating from her up until now. And seeing it was enough to make my own anxiety ten times worse. Once the car was unlocked, we slowly slid inside, continuing to keep up the front. Closing the passenger side door, I stretched around and began to pack the bags in the backseat of the car which had more room than the trunk did unfortunately. Coming back around I saw that Yalu was doing the same, dropping the plastic bags of clothes and accessories on top of my own. Whirling back around, the Vixen then proceeded with putting the key into the car's ignition. Revving the car up she put the vehicle's gear stick into reverse. Pressing her foot slightly on the gas, I prepared to feel my body shift as we moved backwards, though my body shifted forward. The car jerked to a stop.
"Shit!" Yalu growled, hastily moving the vehicle's gear stick back into park.
"What?" I questioned trying to keep my racing heartbeat under control.
"I can't back up." She snarled.
Looking in the rearview mirror I saw that there was someone standing right in the direct path of the vehicle. Fixing my sights on the man, I absorbed all his visible characteristics. Noting that under his bulked-up light Fall Jacket, there was a vest strapped across his chest. I did not need another glance to know who this guy was. "So just run him over." I returned feeling my usual dark side overrun my currently panicked personality.
"I can't!" Yalu shouted. "I wouldn't mind to but if I had in the least harmed him, I would have a Felony on my record and for us Unnaturals that is automatically a death sentence." She inaudibly mumbled. "If we get caught all I have to do is press a button on my phone and the GPS tracker will go off alerting Mhykal and all the others ranked high in the Syndicate to our location. Okay? So, don't panic. Stay calm." Yalu voiced, attempting her best to remain also tranquil for not only my sakes, but hers as well. "Just stay calm." The Vixen then repeated this time directing the statement at herself.
Leaning back in the leather seat, I attempted to release a slow breath 'til I overheard a knock on the car door window. Jumping three feet up in the air, completely spooked, I glanced over onto my side, then back over to the driver's side of the car perceiving that all the men who had pursued us inside the mall had surrounded the sportscar. "Great." I thought. "Now what?"
"Turn off the vehicle!" One of the men ordered Yalu. His voice sounding very low, and of high authority. Cautiously observing all of his behaviors the same man voiced a second order for us to exit the car.
"Just get out of the car." Yalu quietly whispered to me while she turned off the vehicle. Leaving the keys in the ignition, she pretended to put them in her pocket, yet it was the same pocket her cellular phone was located. Slyly pressing the GPS phone tracker, Yalu began to unbuckle her seatbelt and proceed with finally stepping out of the sports car. Deciding to follow her procedure, I ensued with the exact same routine. From there I watched Yalu effortlessly go along with the human's commands. I knew I had to also follow ensue however unlike the ‘Rebelling’ Vixen, I had slain plenty of people and I was not afraid of a 'Death Sentence', I would rather get 'Euthanized' than go through all that same torment in another Institution.
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