Beyond Saving

by Lara Wilson

Slade ignores the flames, dashing between falling rubble, listening for signs of life. What he finds shocks him, and he drops to his knees, shaking his head in denial.

"Take her." The voice is burned, tearing from charred lips, and the eyes that lift to his are lidless and blind. Beneath the ruined body, protected by him, is a little girl. "Save her for Roy."

Slade wants to scream, 'he took you from me', but the child is sobbing for her Uncle Dick, and all he can do is gather her close and swear to save her as Dick dies.


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