We Hacked A Government Satellite
“She’s worth whatever chaos she brings to the table, and you know it.”
Dom stepped out of the room he shared with Anna, quietly shutting the door behind him. Spencer pushed himself off the wall and asked, “How is she doing?”
“She’s struggling. It’s getting worse. The length is shortening, but the pain is increasing,” Dom replied, running a hand through his hair. “She says it means that Elsa is blacking out faster, which most likely means she’s losing her strength.”
Bile rose in Spencer’s throat. “Any word-”
“No, not yet. All Lily said was that the stone is most likely from the shores of the Great Lakes, probably in Michigan, but she won’t know until the soil analysis comes back.”
“I don’t think Elsa will be able to wait that long…” Movement over the corner of Dom’s shoulder caught my attention; I noticed Mia hesitantly approaching us. “What’s up?”
“I couldn’t help but overhear your conversation, and I think I might be able to speed up the process,” Mia said, clasping her hands behind her back. “Well, Clara and I can.”
“Do it. Whatever it is, do it.”
Dom, however, didn’t appear convinced. “Why aren’t you telling us what this way is? And why haven’t you brought it up sooner?”
“Because it involves hacking into a government satellite,” Mia replied in such a matter-of-fact tone, it led me to believe this wasn’t the first time she and Clara had hacked into it. I couldn’t help but stare at my packmate with newfound respect.
“Will you two get caught?”
“Probably not. We’ve done it before. Didn’t get caught then.”
I frowned. “Why did you need to hack into a government satellite?”
Mia shrugged. “Clara and I were bored.”
“I don’t even want to know, but if you think you can do it without getting caught, then do it,” I said firmly. “Elsa can’t hold on much longer.”
Saluting me, Mia rushed off to find Clara and presumably begin their search. Dom shook his head and said, “Remind me again how you found these people?”
“Best I don’t, but they were our allies, so I trust them,” I replied, turning on my heel and heading to my office. My brother followed closely behind. “We need to start creating a plan for when we find Elsa. I’m not letting any more Starks or Laroches die if I can help it, and I’m not going in there without a plan. We can at least formulate a basic plan, like teams and strategies, and we’ll alter it when we discover where she’s being held.”
“If you hear or smell Elsa before you see her, you’re not going to be able to control your actions,” Dom said, shutting the door behind us.
“You don’t know that,” I replied shortly, sitting in my chair. “I’m an alpha. I have more control than most.”
“Not when it comes to Elsa. She’s your mate, and every fiber of your being will be telling you to go after her, not stay back with your pack.”
“How do you know?”
Dom sank in his chair. “Because if what I feel for Anna is even an iota of what you feel for Elsa, then, believe me, I know. All I could think about when the Shadows found us was getting her to safety. I didn’t care about mine; I didn’t care about escaping and finding you and leaving her alone. All I could focus on was her.”
“Tell me about it.” Dom chuckled quietly. “I don’t know what the Laroche twins are made of, but I’d be damned if I said it wasn’t our downfall.”
“You love Anna, don’t you?”
“Yeah… I tried not to. She deserves a guy who can give her a family, but I couldn’t help it.”
“Does she love you back?”
“I think so. I hope so.”
“Don’t fight it, Dom. I speak from experience when I say the longer you fight it while being around her, the stronger the feelings will become. You can either be with her or avoid her, and since the latter didn’t work-”
“Are you really throwing my own words back in my face?”
“I hate you.”
“Love you too. Now, what do you say we-” Dom’s phone interrupted me, and he swiftly pulled it out. He barely managed to say Lily sent a text before he found me hovering over his shoulder, reading over the message. My heart sped up at the information, and I said, “If we give this to Mia and Clara, I have no doubt they’ll be able to find her.”
“Let’s not waste any time then.” Dom stood up. “You bring this to them. I’m going to check with Anna to see if she’s been able to see anything during her attacks. I doubt she has but-”
“Water,” Anna said weakly from the doorway. Dom and I whirled around to find her sagging against the door frame, her haggard, weary eyes staring at us in determination. “She’s on the water.”
Dom nearly knocked me over, rushing over to her. “How do you know? Did you have a vision? Are you okay?”
“She saw it when they hung her off a balcony.”
“Who did what?” I demanded, clenching my fists. My nails dug into my palms, but the pain kept me grounded and from descending into the red haze threatening to cloud my vision.
“The Shadows. It was a torture method,” Anna continued softly. “I saw it too. Elsa said something about allies, but we got cut off before she could continue.”
“Let’s bring all this information to Mia and Clara. They’ll be able to narrow down locations from this,” Dom said, swiftly quelling my rage. Putting an arm around Anna’s shoulders, he walked downstairs with her. I was right behind them, practically breathing down their necks, I was so close. We found Mia and Clara at the dining room table, the rest of our pack standing around them with avid curiosity. They made room for the three of us upon our arrival.
“Check the shores of Lake Michigan,” I said, bracing myself on the table next to Clara. “Based on the soil analysis and Anna’s contact with Elsa, it should be on the coastline. Most likely the UP.”
“On it, boss,” Clara said, typing madly away into the computer. I saw many numbers and letters and things I probably shouldn’t be seeing, but since I didn’t understand what I was seeing, I figured it wasn’t horrible.
Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed Anna frown. “Are you hacking into something?”
“Government satellites,” Mia replied, pointing out something to Clara as she did so.
“Do-do I want to know how you know this?”
Clara shrugged. “When we lived in Wisconsin, there was an FBI agent that thought we were terrorists for a bit, and so he was constantly surveilling us. Little did he know is that when he was in his office, which was on the first floor of his house, we were watching him to make sure he hadn’t discovered anything about us.”
“We also snuck in and found his password book. We took a picture and left. Still have it on our phones.” Mia waggled her cell before shoving it back in her pocket. “We logged onto his computer, wrote down all the names of the websites he used, then worked on it back home with our secure server.”
“Okay, but how are you smart enough not to get caught?” Anna asked worriedly. “You can’t be much older than me.”
“I’m twenty, Clara is eighteen, but we both graduated early and took a few college courses on IT before our lives went to shit. Learned a few things from some of the shadier kids, but hey, it worked.”
“And how many times have you done this?”
“A few times. The first time, we tried using it to see if our parents were tracking us after we left, but they weren’t. Actually…” Mia trailed off, bowing her head. “It seems like everyone from our pack disappeared. We haven’t seen any activity at the compound since we left.”
“I’m sorry,” Finn said gently, an understanding glimmer in his eyes.
“Maybe we’ll find out what happened to them one day…” Mia stood up and squared her shoulders. “For now, though, we have an alpha to find. Clara should be accessing it in three… two… one…”
An active satellite map popped onto the screen, and Clara zeroed in on the shores of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan in particular. With everyone’s keen eyes glued to the screen, I doubted we’d miss the building imprisoning Elsa. We watched as Clara slowly dragged the map around, showing moving vehicles, strolling pedestrians, and sailing ships offshore. I couldn’t help but feel slightly weird about spying on these unsuspecting people, but then I reminded myself this was for Elsa, and I suddenly stopped caring about the potential invasion of privacy and incredibly illegal act of hacking into a government satellite.
“What’s that?” Rey asked, pointing to an oddly squared shape on the border of the forest and beach, blending in almost seamlessly with the trees. “Is that a-”
“Building?” Dom finished, leaning forward. “Yeah, it is. What are the coordinates?”
“Here,” Clara said, writing the numbers down.
“It can’t be that easy, can it?”
“Maybe some benevolent force is helping us out,” Finn suggested. Everyone stared at him disbelievingly. “What? Someone’s got to be the optimist here.”
“Clara, Mia, keep an eye on it to ensure it’s the Shadows,” I instructed. “Dom, Rey, Finn, come with me. We need to develop a battle strategy. The rest of you, start packing because we’re going to rescue our alpha.”