(In which Tess doesn’t let Michael leave, the humans don’t get there in time, and Liz is Done.)
They're not going to make it in time.
Liz knows this, deep in her bones, and she also knows that they can't stop because maybe she's wrong, she's been wrong before, and this time she
to be wrong because it can't end like this. Alex's killer does not just get to leave the planet with her bastard child and the lover that should never have been hers. Alex deserves better.
Tess deserves worse.
Maria swerves, kicking up red desert sand with the Jetta’s tires, and they all pile out of the trusty, battered vehicle before the engine has stopped rattling.
Liz leads the sprint toward the pile of rocks that houses the granilith and the fate of their friends, her pulse a bitter beat she can taste like tabasco on her tongue.
She pounds on the stone wall until her hands are scraped and bleeding and her throat is hoarse from screaming—first pleas, and then obscenities. She has to be wrong, she
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