“She’s getting weaker,” Ethereal whispered.
“It’s only a matter of time,” Silver added.
“Yay!” Sparky exclaimed.
Hours later, Clara woke with a start. Most hunters were conditioned to be light sleepers. It was like sleeping in an unfamiliar bed, woken by all the stray sounds that could not be accustomed to.
Hunters maintained this state every time they slept. That explained why hunters were predominantly lucid dreamers. They needed to remain aware of the outside world, even as their minds processed what happened that day.
The sound that woke her was faint, and not of a mechanical origin. Clara placed a hand on the shotgun and popped out her earbuds with a solid tug. Whatever the source, it originated from above.
“They found you,” Ethereal said.