Several loud bangs made them jump and their ears rang. The window nearest Jennie crashed inward and two figures climbed through. One ran to the door as it banged open and Scarlet staggered into the bedroom. Her sudden entry knocked Lyta off balance and she nearly fell. Ravyn knelt on the bed and ripped the blindfolds from Jennie and Nicole. She cut the ropes that bound their ankles. With the blindfold removed, Jennie cried out when Scarlet lunged at her with a knife. Ravyn spun and blocked the blow with her left arm and kicked out at the same time. Scarlet hit the floor hard, but retained the knife.
“Finish untying them and get them outside!” Lyta turned back to the door.
“I can’t! They’re handcuffed to the bed!”
“Shit!” Lyta hurried over and pulled a set of keys from her pocket. “Use the smallest!” Shouts and thuds came from the living room.
As she grabbed the keys, Ravyn noticed Scarlet lunge at Lyta. “Look out!” Ravyn knocked her friend aside. At first, she felt a hard blow. Next burning pain radiated across her upper back. Ravyn collapsed; keys and knife hit the floor.
Lyta dove at Scarlet’s legs and brought the woman down. She disarmed her by breaking her right wrist. “One more move and I’ll snap your neck like a match stick!” Lyta harshly whispered. Scarlet stopped struggling and allowed herself to be handcuffed.
Satisfied that this particular fish wasn’t going to get away, Lyta spoke into the mike. “Lynn, get in here! Ravyn’s hurt!” She retrieved the keys and freed Nicole and Jennie. They hurried to Ravyn.
Barely conscious, blood soaked her shirts; Ravyn felt a hand lightly caress her cheek. “Jennie?” Even though she kept still, pain coursed through her. Vision dimmed and voices sounded distant.
“Ravyn, don’t move,” Nicole said as she accepted the medical kit from Lynn.
“I’m here.” Jennie kissed Ravyn’s cheek. “Do as Nickie says, ok?”
“Is Lyta all right?” Ravyn fought the darkness that threatened to enclose her mind.
“She’s fine, Ravyn,” Nicole assured her as she donned a pair of gloves. She cut away the vest and shirts. “Jennie, there’s a bottle of alcohol in the bag and bandages.”
She found the items. “Nicole, is there anything I can do?”
“Keep Ravyn calm while I take care of this cut. I don’t have a local to give her, so it’s going to hurt like a hell when I clean and bandage it.” Nicole glanced at Lynn. “I’ll need you to hold her shoulders down.”
“Not a problem, Nickie. I tried to get hold of a local, but no luck.” She set her weapon down. “Give me the nod when you’re ready.”
Lyta searched the pockets of her prisoner and found three cell phones. She stuffed Nicole’s and Jennie’s phones into a vest pocket. She also found a wallet, another knife, a Glock, car keys, and loose change. Smiling in satisfaction. Lyta opened the back of Scarlet’s phone and removed the SIM card. With her own cell phone, she took pictures of the items in the wallet and several shots of the prisoner.
“You’ll pay for this, Lyta Dinet. The boss doesn’t like it when people don’t do as they’re told,” Scarlet said. “Give us the stuff and we can forget the whole thing.”
Lyta ignored her as she brought out a piece of rope and tied Scarlet’s ankles together. “Nickie, I’m going to the other room.”
“I need your help.” Nicole opened the bottle of alcohol. “Lynn, hold down Ravyn’s shoulders. Lyta, I need you to hold down her legs.”
“All right.” She picked up her weapon and moved to Ravyn’s legs. “Why the hell did she do that? She could’ve been killed!”