When the elevator door opened, Forge bolted out, Sophia on his heels. Kai and Declan followed their lead since they didn’t take the path to the library but went in the opposite direction. Kai heard Ori’s footsteps approaching and it wasn’t more than a few seconds before he fell into step with Kai. Kruger stayed a meter or so behind them.
“Do we know what’s going on?” Ori asked.
Kai shook his head but that was all he had time to do.
Blair was backing down the hallway, arms held out in front of him. “Calm down…just stop and--stop!”
The vampire they’d locked in the werewolf room had gotten loose. He snarled and snapped, then he began screaming, and launched himself at Blair.
“Crap!” Forge spat and darted forward.
Declan pushed his arm across Forge’s chest and shoved him away. Ripping off the hood of his hazmat suit, Declan dashed between Blair and the man. A wave of cold hit Kai—it made him stagger sideways a few steps. Declan’s forehead broadened and his jaw elongated. He stood his ground, facing down the oncoming, deranged vampire. He didn’t shout. Only a small percentage of vampires could fully shift and when they did they could make a noise that would incapacitate other vampires. The wave of cold he projected did enough to confuse the charging vampire. He turned one way, then the other, and faced Blair again.
“Get back!” Porter shouted. He brandished a Taser and skidded to halt a meter or so from Blair and the man.
Forge recovered and ran to Blair, grabbed him around the shoulders, and pulled him away just as Porter fired. The Taser shot hit the man in the back, but that barely slowed him down. Forge and Blair slammed into the wall and Forge jumped in front of Blair a split second before the vampire whirled toward them and spat. Forge was still wearing his hazmat suit, but Blair had taken his off. Pink-tinged saliva hit Forge’s face shield, streaking the plastic. He growled.
Porter fired again and the vampire stumbled forward. At the same time Declan and Kai lunged at the vampire, grabbing him as he dropped face first. Declan returned to normal and caught the man. Kai quickly stepped up and pulled him away since Declan was no longer protected by the hazmat suit.
Kai took advantage of the vampire’s weakened state, caught his neck in the crook of his arm, and applied enough pressure to cut off his air supply and render him unconscious. Easing him to the ground, Kai stepped away, shaking his head. “How did he get out?”
“I need that,” Lucas said to Forge, stopping him from wiping his face shield clean. His shoulders slumped but he didn’t argue.
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