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Holiday Abduction (Alien Abduction #6)(11)
Eve Langlais

“Gentlemen, can I help you? Are you lost?”

The craggy fellow in the middle, his hair cut short and graying at the temples, perused her as he said, “Ma’am, I’m Agent Farley, and I’m here on behalf of the Department of Defense. We’ve come to check on a report of an unidentified object landing in this vicinity.”

She widened her eyes. “Really? What was it? A meteor? Plane? Weather balloon?”

Agent Farley frowned. “No. Unidentified as in UFO, ma’am.”

“Aliens?” She added a giggle to her faked incredulous reply. “You can’t be serious. Is this some kind of a joke?”

“No joke, ma’am. Our equipment tracked an object to this location. Did you hear or see anything out of the ordinary?”

She shook her head. “Nope. I’ve been here all night, baking cookies. I haven’t seen or heard a thing.”

“Do you mind if we come in and look around?”

“Do you have a warrant?”

“We don’t need one when it comes to the nation’s defense.”

“And how do I know you are who you say you are? I mean, anyone can put on a suit and claim they work for the government.” She held the door only partially ajar as she refused them entry.

As if expecting this, badges were flashed at her, which again didn’t prove anything. Jilly wouldn’t know a real one from a fake one.

“Do you have a phone number I could call? You know, so I can check on you.”

“Ma’am, we are going to request you move away from the door.”

“Or?”

“Please don’t make this any more difficult than it needs to be.”

“But I’ve already told you I didn’t see anything. Your computers were wrong. So I don’t see why you need to come in.”

Agent Farley, who seemed to be in charge, addressed his next words to the guys who’d spilled out of the second suburban and approached.

“Take the woman into custody and then search this place.”

“Hold on a second,” she protested as they advanced on her, three men dressed in black combat gear replete with helmets and holstered weapons. Shit was starting to get uncomfortably serious and tense.

“Is there a problem?”

Vile’s sudden question from behind her had her almost groaning. So much for bluffing her way out. Agent Farley would take one peek at his purple face and the jig would end.

Except the guys in front of her didn’t react, but they did halt as Agent Farley said, “Who are you?”

An arm slid around her waist as Vile replied. “Her mate of course. My name is John. John Smith.”

The most banal name in existence, which matched his totally banal human appearance.

Having peeked at Vile when he replied, Jilly had to consciously remind herself to not let her jaw drop as her previously purple, fanged visitor now sported Caucasian skin, normal, flat-edged teeth, and what appeared to be a plain white T-shirt and jeans.

Odd because pressed against him, her hand clearly touched fabric that was not denim-like in texture.

“The file we compiled on the way over made no mention of a boyfriend,” said the government honcho with suspicion.

“I didn’t know big brother was interested in my love life,” she retorted, quickly recovering from her shock and doing her best to play along.

Not that it mattered.

“Grab him too,” Agent Farley ordered.

“I would advise against it,” Vile/John replied in a low voice at odds with the genial expression on his face.

“Now listen here, you are going to let us in so we can search the premises.”

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