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An individual may still visit her. Alexandra bit her lip. She didn’t are looking to be anyplace close to the clearing. Nick Jones could see her and assault back. yet Mama Hannah will be damage. a minimum of, she will be terrified. Alexandra swallowed on the knot of worry in her throat. Lord, I’m so scared! aid me! She gritted her tooth and commenced towards the clearing. Grant’s tent used to be nonetheless status, its lantern swinging because the silhouetted males brawled round it. the opposite lantern lay at the floor. A patch of burning kerosene unfold around the grass towards the crumpled tent. fireplace! the place did provide retain his water? Alexandra raced to the sting of the camp and found the heavy plastic tank. Hurling her shoulder opposed to it, she controlled to topple it to the floor. Then she rolled it towards the hearth. As she neared the tent, she may see a huddled form relocating underneath the canvas. “Grant? ” Mama Hannah’s voice referred to as weakly. “Toto? ” Terrified to reply for worry that the attacker may perhaps listen her, Alexandra uncapped the tank and allowed the sloshing water to gurgle out onto the licking flames. Then she plunged towards the tent. “Mama Hannah! ” she whispered. “I’m coming for you! ” She came across the tent beginning simply as a vehicle began up on the fringe of the clearing. was once supply operating away? Or used to be Nick escaping? made up our minds to aid the single individual she may perhaps really belief during this desolate tract, she tunneled below the folds of canvas. within the utter darkness, she ran into the sting of an overturned cot, then crawled over it. She banged her brow at the nook of a steel trunk. “Ouch! Mama Hannah? ” “Alexandra, i'm right here! ” “I’m coming for you. carry out your hand. ” She reached into the void and felt the contact of hot hands. “Are you o.k., Mama Hannah? ” “Oh, Alexandra, my toto! ” Mama Hannah’s palms slipped round the more youthful girl. “I were praying for you! yet now I see you're good. ” “Praying for me? What approximately you? ” “God is with me,” Mama Hannah whispered. “‘The Lord is my gentle and my salvation—so why may still I be afraid? ’ it truly is for you I worry, and for my furnish. ” Alexandra huddled lower than the tent, her head on Mama Hannah’s shoulder. “Nick Jones is out there,” she acknowledged, hearing the scary silence outdoor. “He got here for me. He’s going to harm us. ” “Pray, baby. Pray. ‘You are my God! hear, O Lord, to my cries for mercy! O Sovereign Lord, my powerful savior—’” “Mama Hannah? ” Grant’s voice broke in the course of the murmured prayer. “Where are you, Mama Hannah? ” “Here, toto! we're within the tent. ” “Who’s with you? ” “Alexandra. She is holding me. ” The tent started to carry overhead, and Alexandra struggled to push away the sagging textile. Mama Hannah was once the protector, she sensed—and no longer the opposite direction round. Alexandra have been so fearful. She was once nervous even now. however the outdated woman’s calm voice and delicate phrases of desire and luxury gave her energy. “Come with me, Mama Hannah,” she acknowledged, emerging to a crouch. “We have to get you out of right here. ” “Oh, toto, let me to sit down till the tent has risen. the fellow triggered me a small damage.