I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)
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Nine of us came here.
We look like you.
We talk like you.
We live among you—but
We are not you.
We have powers you dream of having.
We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—
But we are real.
They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four. I am next.
say. “Why wouldn’t I after that? It was bullshit. Mark’s dad’s job is to enforce law, even when his son breaks it.” I shrug in the darkness. “I think they received their punishment.” I bite my lip, terrified of the police getting involved. If they do I’ll have to leave, no way around it. We’ll be packed up and headed out of town within the hour of Henri knowing. I sigh. “Don’t you think?” I ask. “I mean, they’ve already lost several of the night-vision goggles. They’ll have to explain that.
stare. There is gel in his hair. I’ve never seen gel in his hair before. He walks to the side of the car, opens the door, and slides in beside me. “Hi, Sam,” Sarah says, then introduces him to her mom. Sarah reverses the car out of the driveway and pulls onto the road. Both of Sam’s hands are planted firmly on the seat in nervousness. Sarah turns down a road I’ve never seen before and makes a right turn into a winding driveway. Thirty or so cars are parked along the side of it. At the end of
Sarah. We’re about thirty feet behind the house. I feel a cut on the top of my head from the broken glass of the window. Dozer is the first one up. He seems fine. Abby is a little slower. She limps on her front paw, but I don’t think it is anything serious. I lie on my back and hold Sarah. She is starting to cry. I can smell her singed hair. Blood drips down the side of my face and gathers in my ear. I sit in the grass to catch my breath. Sarah is in my arms. The bottoms of my shoes have melted.
“John, turn your lights off,” he says. I comply. “Now, on my word, pull the blinds.” I walk to the side of the window and wrap the cord twice around my hand. I nod to Henri, and over his shoulder I see that Sarah has placed her palms against her ears in anticipation of the blast. He cocks the shotgun and aims it. “It’s payback time,” he says, then, “Now!” I pull the cord and the blind flies up. Henri fires the shotgun. The sound is deafening, echoing in my ears for seconds after. He cocks the
that?” she says in a more demanding tone than a questioning one. “I don’t,” I say. Six moves the fridge from the door. Bernie Kosar immediately starts scratching at the door, trying to get out, growling. “I can’t make you all invisible,” Six says. “If I disappear, I’ll still be nearby.” Six grabs hold of the doorknob and Sarah takes a deep, shaky breath beside me, squeezing my hand as tightly as she can. I can see the knife quivering in her right hand. “Stay close to me,” I say. “I’m not