Last time we left Henry watching Icarus and Cassie ride away and determined to find a way to take Icarus and the other Riders down. Today we’re back with Icarus and his reaction to the run-in.
Icarus wanted to tell himself that it was the rumbling of his bike’s motor that was making all his muscles feel as if they were shaking. He knew better, though. He’d been riding long enough to know the difference.
No, this was a totally different kind of shakiness. One that he’d felt before. When he’d been locked behind that cell door. When he’d learned Henry had taken Birdie from the very parking lot he’d just left. When he thought Hawk would be lost to them, and there wasn’t anything he could do to stop it.
Being helpless, powerless. That’s the only thing that brought it on. And he absolutely hated that feeling.
He pulled over to the side of the road and let the bike idle. Cassie leaned up over his shoulder and asked, “What’s wrong?”
“I have to go back, but I can’t just leave you here.”
“What are you talking about? I thought we were going back to the clubhouse. We don’t need anything back there that badly.”
But, her voice was starting to shake. So, he thought she knew exactly what he’d meant. “I can’t just let him walk away. What if he follows us? If he tries to run us down, or just tracks us back to the clubhouse. Then, he’ll target all of us. I have to make sure he doesn’t do that.”
“He’s not behind us, Grady. You’d have seen him if he was. Wouldn’t it be better to just get back home and let everyone know what happened. Then, they can be on guard.”
Home. He was pretty sure it was the first time he’d heard her refer to the clubhouse that way. Even though he was still chilled from the run-in with Henry, that sent some warmth through him.
He tried to make himself relax. Cassie was still with him, they’d left Henry back at the store. The people he cared about were still safe.
He just wasn’t sure how long they’d remain that way. Not if Henry really did plan to come after them. But, he nodded and revved up the engine again. “All right,” he said. “We’re going home.”
And he’d make sure everyone was on the lookout for the trouble he was sure was just over the horizon.
Will they make it back to the clubhouse okay? What will Henry do?