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"That boy dies in four hours." The words were all but lost beneath the roar of a low-soaring helicopter that swept across the darkening sky before vanishing into cloud. Thundering past the encircling treeline, it whirled thick cold air as the big man cast a cigar to the ground, grinding it angrily.

"Sheriff Cahill, " a radio barked inside a patrol car and he turned, staring. His square face had been chafed by the bitter winter wind. He reached through the window and palmed the microphone. "This is Cahill."

The voice at the other end was cautious: "Sheriff, volunteers searching the trailhead haven't found any sign of the kid. And the Guard is spread out all the way to Cedar Pass but they ain't found nuthin' either."

The frown deepened on Cahill's broad face. "Listen, " he growled, "We have four hours 'til dark. If we don't find that boy before then, he's gonna freeze to death. Weather report says we got heavy snow coming. How many birds we got in the air?"

"Six." Static on the line increased. "But it's hard to see through the trees 'cause the clouds are cuttin' the light pretty bad."

Cahill cursed under his breath and leaned against the car, which tilted at his imposing weight. "Keep everybody moving, " he said. "We don't stop, not even if we lose the light. If the rest of us are hurtin', think how a four-year-old boy feels out there."

A black pickup stopped beside him as Cahill tossed the mike onto the seat. He turned to the sound of sliding gravel and his mouth opened in surprise as a man, followed by a great black wolf, stepped from the door. The man came around the front of the vehicle, staring hard at Cahill.

"What do you have, Frank?" he aslways been amazed the design, knew Hunter had made it himself.

"Dogs been over the tracks?" Hunter asked.

"Yeah. Dogs. Volunteers. Hell, every damn body."

"Tell everyone to stay where they're at." Hunter frowned at the forest, which was darkening quickly. "The tracks are gonna be messed up enough."

He looked at the huge wolf.

"Ghost, " he said.

With primordial strength -- a terrifying animal strength brought to life with the single word -- the enormous wolf turned, massive muscles bunching and hardening beneath the heavy black coat. The huge head, as broad as an anvil, went to the ground as it padded toward the treeline.

"Hey, Hunter, " Cahill called after them, his voice revealing a faint nervousness. "You really think you have a chance? I mean, what with the tracks all messed up like they are?"

Hunter hesitated, and his stern eyes -- eyes a strange blue revealed a determination that chilled even more than the blast of freezing wind that rushed over them.

Hunter turned away. Vanishing into wild.
Winter whispered in a gathering wind as snow drifted over his small form. And he could feel the darkness gathering, could sense the sun was almost gone.

"So cold..."

The boy cried and held himself and wished desperately that he was someplace else, someplace warm. As he cried, he trembled and rocked back and forth on the snow-covered ground, his teeth chattering. There was no place to go, and nothing he could do but cry.

He wished someone would find him.
Deep in the forest, Hunter moved like a human tiger, bending to study the ground with a quick, keen alertness. In the distance behind him, he heard National Guard helicopters flying in a wild and desperate pattern.He paid them noheed as he moved quickly forward, knowing that Cahill was right. The boy would die with night, probably within a few hours. Then, hurtling a log that the child had slid beneath, Hunter bent down, studying the ground again.

The boy was wandering left, right, left again -- as a child had the frustrating habit of doing. That's what made a child far more difficult to track than a full-grown man. A man would generally move in a fast straight line. But a child would just venture aimlessly, no true sense of purpose or direction as he became distracted by the tiniest things.

Also, Hunter could tell from the dragging tracks that the boy was perilously fatigued. And with the cold slowing his blood, he would be even more disoriented.

Hunter bent and read the tiny, almost indiscernible tracks. If the boy weighed more it would have been far easier. But the kid was so light, the tracks so vague, that he had to be careful not to miss them in the fast fading light. Then he raised his face against the descending sun and frowned, imagining what the boy would be feeling, scared and lost and alone in this harsh wilderness.

Hunter's gaze hardened.

"No, boy, you ain't gonna die..."

It had taken him an hour to find tracks that hadn't been marred by search parties. Then, tracking for another hour, he saw where the search party had lost the boy's prints. And for the last two hours Hunter had pushed himself without remorse, allowing no rest.

He knew he was close

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Author : HUGGINS
Publisher : Simon
Data Published : 02 July 2003
ISBN : 0671043692
EAN : 9780671043698
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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