-hides from angry readers-

I am so so sorry for the delay. I'll really try to post the next chapter sooner. Please don't kill me.


-Cassie-

I heard voices from the darkness around me and felt someone's hands shake me.

"Ow..."

"Wake up, Cassie. Silver needs you"

I opened my eyes to see Jaceno kneeling next to me. "What?"

"Get up. I'll tell you on the way"

He pulled me up and as we walked, he leaned down and whispered something in my ear that made me spin around to stare at him. He shook his head when I was going to ask him if it was true then pushed me toward Silver. The cyborg looked down at me and nodded slightly at Jace before turning to shout over the hill we were near.

"Jimbo? I'd like to trade ya somethin fer the map!"

"Yeah sure, Silver. Like what? Your right arm? I could really use some of those gadgets about now!"

I saw Silver's face tighten then he smiled. "Oh I think I got somethin you'll like even more! You want Cassie or should I give her to someone else?"

There was silence for a few moments then I heard Jim's cold and angry reply. "You better not be bluffing. Come up here so I can see"

Silver grinned and shoved me toward the top of the hill. I glared at him then turned to see Jim coming towards us from a tall stone tower, Morph following close behind. Silver steered me towards a large rock in the center of the clear area and plunked himself down, keeping a hold of my arm.

Jim stopped a few feet away and gave me a small smile before turning to scowl at Silver.

"Now, what exactly do you want? You know that the Captain won't let me give you the map."

Silver grinned. "Oh I know you, Jimbo. You can be very persuasive when you try."

He smirked. "Who says I'm going to try after what you did?"

"Oh I think you will, considering that until I get that map Cassie stays with me."

I rolled my eyes. "Oh come on, Silver, thats one of the most cliche lines ever! Whats next, 'who would you rather see die? Girlfriend or best friend'?"

Silver frowned and tightened his grasp on my arm slightly. "I'd try and be a bit less snippy, Cassie. Or else."

"Again with the cliches, Silver. You know, if I didn't know any better I'd say that you'd run out of original phrases. Like 'you've got the makings of greatness in ya'?" My smile was completely gone by now, replaced by a furious glare. "What happened to 'chart your own course' and 'I hope I'm there, catchin the light comin off ya'? Face it, Silver, the only reason you said those things is because you were trying to keep us from finding out what you were doing."

He stared at me, his mouth hanging wide open effectively silenced.

"She's right, isn't she, Silver," Jim said quietly. "All those things you told us that night meant nothing. Except for 'stick to it'. I know exactly what to make of that. You're not getting that map, no matter what."

Silver slowly stood and glowered at us. "Listen to me: I don't care what you say, I'm going to give you one last chance. Either you bring me that map by dawn tomorrow or we'll blast you with the Legacy's cannons. Come on, Cassie."

I yanked my arm away and stepped away quickly. "I'm not going anywhere with you. Shoot me if you want but I'm staying right here."

He glared at me for a few moments and I met it with one of my own. Finally he sighed and looked away. "I guess it doesn't really matter now does it? Either way I know exactly where you are. Stay here if you like but I want that map." he snapped before he turned and stalked off down the hill.

As soon as he had disappeared I felt Jim's arms come around and squeeze me tightly. "I thought you were dead," he said with a grin.

I turned around and hugged him back. "I thought the same about you. What happened?"

"I'll tell you later. We'd better get back inside before Doc tries to come and save us himself."