Once we are behind a building, well out of eye-line and hearing distance, Colin pushes me against the wall. His face is angry.
“Who is Ricky?” he growls.
“I…” I shake my head. I’m trying to think. Who is Ricky?
“Did you recognise someone at the airport?” He asks, giving me a shake that makes my neck ache.
“A voice,” I gasp. “I thought a voice sounded familiar, but I’m not certain.”
Colin releases me and steps back. He frowns. “You must know him.”
“He let us escape…”
“I know,” I say. The run from the airport had been too easy.
“So, who is he?” Colin asks.
“I only dated one Ricky, but it can’t be him.”
I sigh. “Because he’s dead.”
“What?” he asks.
“Ricky is dead. We were engaged, but there was an accident and he didn’t survive,” I say, feeling the familiar lump in my throat.
“Where did he work?”
“He was a security officer.”
Colin is quiet for a moment. “Where?” His voice is quiet and I think he has an inkling what the answer might be.
“Bio-Industrial,” I say. My eyes are wide with shock. “But he died five years ago.”
“So you have a fiancé who died five years ago and who happened to work for a massive drug company,” he says and when he looks at me I can see distrust.
“Ricky is dead.” But as I say it I wonder if I truly believe it. That voice had sounded like him.
Colin gives me a wary grin. “You don’t believe it.”
“But why fake his death? We were happy. It broke me when he died.” I start to pace. “It makes no sense.”
“How?” I demand, suddenly very angry.
“Think about it. Max has broken from the faction he was in and is going to give a form of the cure to the humans. Maybe they knew.”
“They would have had to suspect before the plane landed,” I say.
“Maybe Max was meant to meet them.”
“But instead leaves with us,” I finish. “In which case they have been tracking us.”
Colin nods. “But we only got away because your boyfriend recognised us.”
I sneer at that. “If Ricky is alive then he is not the man I remember. That man would never have done this, not to me.” I don’t mention the fact that he had been my first love, or that we had always planned to grow old together.
Suddenly Colin enfolds me in a hug. “We won’t leave you.” I realise than that my emotions must have been visible on my face and I let myself believe him. I have to. If Ricky is alive then I don’t know if I can resist him.
“Do you think he is human?” I ask.
Colin steps back. He looks at the ground in concentration and finally shrugs. “He might be, but then he might not. We were human at the airport so there is no way to know. Only Max would know.”
“The people who shot you were human.”
He nods. “So, shall we rescue Max?”
I grin. “Yes.”
“We might have to take out Ricky.”
I grimace. I don’t want to but I nod. I’m not sure that I could. Colin takes my hand and starts to lead us back toward the warehouse. I resist.
“What?” he asks.
“Do we have a plan?”
“Get in, get Max, get out,” he says with a grin. “And try not to get shot.”
“Oh, good.” I shake my head and follow.