I woke to the sound of the doorbell. I went and answered it.

"Hi Elaine," said Maria quietly.

"Look, I'm sorry, Maria," I replied. "But I can't join Chiass again. They used me."

She brightened. "Oh, no! That's not what I'm here for at all! I'm ex-Chiass, just like you! Can I come in now?"

"Oh, sure," I was still suspicious. "Come in."

She sat down on the couch. "I was just wondering about your new friends."

I shut the door and sat down across from her. "You mean Ben, Gwen, and Kevin. Yeah, they're cool. We've fought the Chiass together."

Maria's eyebrows rose. "So you must want to keep close watch, make sure they don't find out about you."

I started. "I thought that information was only given to people deep in the Chiass system."

"I pulled some strings," she played with her dark hair. "Now, do you know where they are? I heard Chiass was interested in Ben's abilities."

I jumped up. "They went to the Circuit City down by the mall."

Maria got up as well. "Thank you for your time, Elaine." She pulled a two-way out of her pocket. "Target located south in the commercial district."

"W-was this a set up?" I said dumbly.

"Of course it was," she snapped. "You should've known. I do believe you just betrayed your friend. See you."

She left. I grabbed my keys and headed for my car. I had to stop Chiass.