By Alex Archer, Jon F. Merz
Their final worry got here real. after which issues bought worse. Annja Creed jumps on the probability to hitch a fellow archaeologist on a quest to discover a relic. yet she's no longer so overjoyed approximately northern Siberia, the place they're hoping to find whatever buried within the long-undisturbed soil of Russia's frozen terrain. after they achieve the city of Jakutsk, Annja is cast off by means of its grey panorama and hugely superstitious population. They declare they're being hunted. Then one of many villagers is going lacking. The locals blame the Khosadam, a ghost of a fallen goddess acknowledged to ingest the souls of the departed. yet there are not any clean graves. She is now looking the residing. while Annja seeks to wreck the apparition, she discovers an excellent extra scary fact -- and will have hit a useless finish.
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That means, if to any extent further vehicles come searching for an individual to smoosh, they could have me. ” “Wise guy,” Annja remarked. He smiled. “Just idea I’d supply. ” Gregor slid onto his motorbike. “I will pass forward. ensure the street is obvious. ” He pedaled off and Annja received on her personal motorbike. “He’s very severe this morning. ” Bob nodded. “He used to be conscious sooner than you. ” “Big shock. ” “We referred to final evening. Gregor is of the idea that we are going to locate hassle in Yakutsk. he's anxious approximately you. ” “I can watch after myself, thanks,” Annja stated with a grin. “Any head wounds though. ” “Oh, sure,” Bob acknowledged. “We may still get going. If Gregor’s involved, he’ll pedal just like the satan himself used to be after him. ” Annja driven off and located the going a lot more straightforward. For a number of hours the line wound its manner farther up the mountain, yet then began to descend at a gentle velocity. a couple of part mile forward, she might see Gregor operating his method down the line. not anything appeared to faze him. His legs labored simply and he saved glancing round the facets of the line. Annja regarded in the back of her and observed Bob on the subject of to begin the descent. He waved as soon as after which leaned ahead, awaiting that rush of downhill pace that each one cyclists take pleasure in as soon as they’ve accomplished a difficult climb. The descent took the higher a part of an hour, yet on the finish, the line evened out. They have been in a seriously forested sector, with tall pines and scraggly birch trunks dotting the panorama. massive boulders thrown up from the depths of the earth bordered the line as they pedaled on. yet Annja observed little to indicate civilization. Bob rode up subsequent to her. “This a part of the rustic is distant. even supposing we’re nonetheless kind of just about Magadan, it’s like one other planet out the following. bizarre, huh? ” “It doesn’t suppose cozy—that’s for sure,” Annja acknowledged. “And these woods look something yet pleasant. Even the bushes appear to be leaning in on us. ” “It is more or less claustrophobic, isn’t it? ” Bob requested. “Just a piece. ” “Gregor’s stopped his motorcycle. ” Annja seemed forward. convinced sufficient, 1 / 4 of a mile away, Gregor had stopped. They rode up and he spoke. “We are shut. ” Bob regarded and smiled. “There. ” Annja his gaze and observed the 1st symptoms of civilization she’d visible because they left Magadan. “Not precisely a bustling urban, is it? ” Gregor shook his head. “Yakutsk is small. quite a few hundred humans dwell there. yet they're reliable souls. ” He passed out a few strength bars. “You’ve been there prior to? ” Annja requested whereas consuming. Gregor shrugged. “I was once hooked up to an army unit that operated during this region as soon as. decades in the past. ” “Any buddies nonetheless left in those components? ” she requested. “Everyone is pleasant, after they get to understand you. This a part of my state is distant. Strangers will not be a ordinary factor to determine, so the folks dwelling listed here are a bit of suspicious. yet having me with you is ok. they are going to be comfortable to satisfy you after they see me. ” Bob nudged Annja. “Gregor’s like a VIP price ticket to any membership again within the long island. ” “Handy man to have around,” Annja stated. Gregor grinned. “We trip now. ” They acquired again at the motorcycles and pedaled on.