I locked eyes with Cody once he released our bonds. "So ... will you help us?"
"Of course, Nephew."
After turning around, Ren spat. "... dogs ... ."
Cody narrowed his eyes, and his lips twitched. He took a deep breath and peeled his eyes off of Ren. "Does my brother know?"
With terror racing through my veins, I shivered. "I'd rather keep the city from burning to the ground ... ." Dad ... .
"That's true." Cody chuckled. "My brother is not known for being subtle."
"Ren--" I licked my nose. "--are you still with us?"
When he spun to face me, Ren hissed. "Of course. ... I have a score to settle with Maru."
So ... it is about revenge. I nodded to my two companions and stepped from the decimated lot.
Next: Part 18