Mac leaned back against the tree and waited. The ring of oaks around the cemetery was enough to offer cover and at the same time provide a vantage point to observe. He had three clear exits marked in his head, and his hands itched to be holding his weapon.
Spider would be there any minute, and if Mac knew him, which he did, he had way more than three exits organized before he came anywhere near. That was part of the job. Of their former job. To know how many exits there were from any situation. This whole attending the funeral shit was a long way past dangerous and tipping over into stupid, but their brother was dead in a casket, and there was nothing that would keep them from honoring him now.
“He’d hate we were here, y’know?” Spider drawled from next to him. Mac didn’t flinch. He was used to Spider and his ninja-like infiltration skills. But he heard the words and emotion tightened in his chest. Spider was right: Wade Gillis would have told them to keep their fucking heads down and not to do anything stupid.
Mac was only worried about one thing. “Are Jane and the kids gonna be okay?” Although Mac had been made the team leader, Spider was still a skilled strategist and prided himself on thinking outside the box and covering all eventualities.
Spider nodded. “I put some feelers out, have eyes on them. She reckons she’ll go home to Tacoma to be with her family, so I can’t see that they’ll get dragged into it.”
Standing here in the cemetery was the very definition of stupid, and Mac was utterly convinced there was no way Spider could put any kind of spin on what they were doing, positive or not.
He backed closer to the tree when a dark sedan made its ponderous way toward the main chapel. The car didn’t look like a funeral car, more like an unmarked cop car. If anyone was coming to this funeral in the hope of finding Mac and Spider, they were going to be disappointed. But neither of them should even be there since they had all agreed in better times they would never attend each other’s formal funerals.
They’d been scattered to the four winds in August 2011. Wade had stayed a Marine but over in Intelligence. He’d been the one up on the ridge, the sniper, the one who saw what happened, but was cocooned from the horror of it all. And now he was dead.
Bear had never come home from that horrific summer night. Hell, his funeral was the burning pyre of that mission, with his teammates watching in silence.
Spider, he’d kind of done okay; he was a shadowy security expert with a good line in ready money and dealings that he didn’t share with Mac.
That was the three of them, and then there was Mac himself. The broken one. Wounded, a brave soldier, with a medal and all, he hadn’t called himself an active Marine for three years, even though his blood was Marine to the last cell. Once a Marine…
“You ever hear anything else from Wade before the accident?” Spider asked.
“After we met up three months back? Just the email,” Mac said. He shrugged his jacket closer around his shoulders. There was a chill here on this fall day, and his chest ached with the ice of it in his lungs.
Spider grunted his agreement. The email had been for both of them from Wade, a newsletter of sorts, news, photos of his kids, a link to a news article about someone they’d known in the Marines, nothing special. Apart from one word. Abseil. A code word that meant his suspicions had been confirmed. A simple instruction to get the hell out of dodge and lay low.
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