'How many, friends?'
'Maybe too many friends for your helicopter to hold or, as I suspect there might be as few as one. I will explain everything on the journey north.'
A click of the lock allowed Ting to step outside the helicopter. Lightning created a cavity in the wall directly below where Ting was standing.
Ezra saw a pale blue light shining from the direction Ting was running to. Aiming all four powerful beams from the helicopters' searchlights along the path Ezra lit the obstacles that would have tripped, trapped or swallowed his friend.
Ting ran, with the faint light of hope beckoning him to hurry.
'There she is, Ting,' the faint light of hope flickered over the body of the fallen Sound.
Ting had never seen a more miserable sight. The Sound was alone in the rain. Collapsed on the broken tiles of the platform, holding a cello bow in her right hand. Too weak to stand. Too exhausted to call out.
'Come now. It's time to take you home,' Ting gently lifted Amanda into the helicopter.
'Something has happened,' Ezra said as he secured Amanda in the rear passenger seat. 'You don't have long to tell Mister Moses your story. His power supply is low, very low. So is ours.'
Ting pulled on his safety harness, contacted Fiona inside the Water Tower, then activated Mister Moses.
The Sounds waited outside the Water Tower from the moment Fiona pressed the button to end Ting's communication. 'They're on the way back.'
'Look there,' cried Flakey, 'four bright lights in the sky.'
Ezra brought Mister Moses' helicopter down to the ground. He turned all exterior and interior lights off. The door swung open, steps unfolded, Ting stood in the doorway.
Flakey walked forward to meet Ting. 'How many?' he asked.
'Just the one,' Ting replied.
'Is it Amanda?'
Ting stepped aside.
Every face, in every place had a tear in both eyes as Flakey escorted Amanda off the helicopter.
Ting beckoned Edith over. 'Mister Moses in on the helicopter.'
'He can only talk to you through the computer screen.'
Edith started to climb the...