That’s Just Madness

“Won’t the Agency come after you?” Ezra said, blinking.

“The only way they could mount a rescue, would be to come at these people with both fists, Ezra,” Chris said, sounding upset. “The lives lost trying to get back one agent? It… wouldn’t be worth the risk. They won’t send anyone.”

Ezra stared at Chris with wide eyes. “They’d just… let you die?” he asked, blinking. He shook his head. “How can they… What could they ever tell themselves that would justify that?”

“It’s for the greater good,” Chris said. His brows furrowed and he shook his head. “If, by my death, I can help save others, then that’ll be enough.” Looking troubled, he added, “I’m just sorry to have gotten you wrapped up in this.”

“Listen to me and listen well,” Ezra growled. “There is never a reason to sacrifice people for some imagined greater good.” He strained against the bindings that held him. Then, he shook his head. “We’ve got to get out of here and, if the Agency isn’t willing to send someone, then we’ll just have to do it ourselves.”

“Ezra,” Chris said, blinking, “if – if they have us, it might save innocent lives!”

“And it might not,” Ezra said, rolling his eyes. “I know that we can save ourselves. I can’t speak for the thousands of others that might or might not live if we do, but I don’t know them and I do know you.”

He gave one last tug and his hands were free. He loosened the knots on the ropes around his ankles and then untied Chris. “I’m not leaving you here, Chris. You are coming with me, if I have to drag you out kicking and screaming.”

Chris hesitated for a moment, then nodded. “All right, Ezra,” he said. “We’ll do it your way – for now.”

Nodding, Ezra grabbed Chris by the hand and headed for the door. He didn’t feel like he’d ever understand how people in the Agency thought. How could death ever be the answer?


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