Caren glanced at the leather-tube strapped across Edric's back. "Did
you kill Delion?"
Edric's jaw was tense. "No."
"He saved my life," Renata groaned.
"I only assumed Delion would die like the others." Edric tried to avoid Renata's grateful glances. "He said he's got copies of the manuscripts."
"Awesome," Caren said sarcastically.
He helped her lift Renata over a rock. "I'm going after him, Caren."
She calmly looked at him. "Delion's a criminal. Let the authorities deal with him."
He began to unbutton the collar of his sweater. "Delion is now the second most dangerous man in the world. I'm the only one who can stop him."
She saw the golden chain glittering around Edric's neck. She needed to ask the following question, even though she was afraid of the answer.
"Why?" Her voice sounded flat. She glanced at the wonderfully strange object resting on his chest.
He covered the Stone of Babylon with his trembling hand. "I'm now the most dangerous man who ever lived."