The Dead Of Night (Tomorrow, Book 2)
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A few months after the first fighter jets landed in their own backyard, Ellie and her five terrified but defiant friends struggle to survive amid a baffling conflict. Their families are unreachable; the mountains are now their home. When two of them fall behind enemy lines, Ellie knows what must happen next: a rescue mission. Homer, the strongest and most unpredictable among them, is the one to take charge. While others have their doubts about his abilities, Homer has no choice but to prove them wrong - or risk losing everything to the enemy.
at any moment I would burst through into the open, that didn’t happen. The trees continued, as thick as ever. After ten minutes I stopped and gazed around. Sometimes the bush seemed like an ocean, the same in every direction. Perhaps if I had a better sense of smell I could have noticed more differences. The earthy smell of soil rich with moisture and growth; the musty smell of mist; the faint eucalyptus tang from the gum leaves: I knew these varied from tree to tree, from place to place, but I
the ground as though praying: kneeling, with his head bowed. Then he fell to the ground, sideways, and lay there. I gazed at him, horrified, for a moment, before throwing the rock away as though it were contaminated. I ran to Fi and grabbed her by the shoulders. I don’t know what I wanted from her, but I didn’t get it. She just stared into my eyes like she couldn’t remember who I was. Then I realised the man could wake up again at any moment. I shook my head hard, to try to get some sense back
the people in the orchard, but there were no signs of the ones in the buildings. But after ten minutes the soldier who’d gone into the machinery shed came ambling out and joined his mate by the truck. He 133 was obviously trying to bot a cigarette. It took him a few minutes but finally the first man pulled out the packet and handed one over. Then they both got in the cab of the bigger truck and sat there to have their smokes. ‘We’d better get out of here,’ Robyn said. ‘We’ve got these guns with
‘that you’re going to sweet-talk me into anything else.’ ‘But my charm and personality ...’ ‘Yeah, yeah, I know all about that.’ He lay beside me with his head resting on his right arm, looking at me thoughtfully. He had the trace of a smile. ‘What are you thinking?’ he asked presently. 144 ‘Oh.’ He’d caught me by surprise. It was too exciting having him this close. I was getting hot under the blankets. ‘I don’t think I want to answer that.’ ‘Go on.’ ‘I’ll answer part of it. I was wondering why
‘Oh, I just burrowed away through the garden like a little rabbit,’ Fi said. ‘I took forever getting to the house. And when I was finally about a metre away from the back wall I realised the sentry was asleep. So I could have walked in whistling and she wouldn’t have woken up. I was a bit worried because it was ten to four, and I thought she’d miss the change of shift. But she had one of those watches with an alarm, so just when I thought I’d have to go over and wake her up, the alarm went off.