Brian realizes that the fight with Jian and his father was a distraction. Racing back to the house, he finds that Jordan and Elise are gone, taken to the river by Lien. Just as they take her out, they are greeted by Jordan’s brother, Scott.
“Good bind her well with ropes of air,” Scott said.
“Kinda harsh,” Caleb began.
Scott glared at him. “Kid, I don’t know you, but I assure you, it’s the only thing that will hold her. Brian.”
Doing as instructed, Brian lashed Lien with air. Lifting her to his shoulder, he carried her back to the house. She woke and tried to get free, but Caleb clunked her again, knocking her out once more. When they were back at the clearing, the found that Jian and Fēng were in the fire pit, also bound by air.
She hugged her brother almost fiercely. “Where is everyone?” she…
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