Uber Star Trek Voyager, JAG and X-files. No infringement
intended since this is an original story. Among other
things it is about same gender love between consenting adult women and if that is illegal where you are or offensive to
you in any way - please hit your back button!
Rating: Chapters vary between G - NC-17
Revised May 2, 2001
Pol - we had fun editing, didn't we? Thank you for your enormous patience and all the laughter.
Finding Shelter From The Storm
was early evening.
had begun to fall.
glistening asphalt reflected the street lamps and the headlights of the
sat at the narrow desk in the back of the van.
she rubbed her eyes, knowing they were red from being overstrained. She
and Joan had spent several hours surveying the tall building.
all that time Monroe had appeared only once but gone back in. All they
could do was wait patiently and prepare in the event that Monroe made his
move against Farlow.
part of their mission preparation Joan prepared two backpacks.
packs would provide each agent with enough firepower to take on a small
contingent. Going through the arsenal in the van, Joan carefully selected
two handguns and one Mini Mag for each of them. The Mini Mag was a
better-developed version of the Israeli UZI, a small weapon that handled
well and could deliver up to two hundred rounds in a matter of seconds.
The handguns, a semi-automatic Colt Python, chosen for it’s
overwhelming firepower and a Remington .22; a weapon for close combat,
completed their equipment together with two combat knives.
approved the choice of weapons. She even accepted the knife although she
personally found knives repulsive and barbaric.
were large amounts of ammunition stored in the van’s drawers. The
brunette packed several rounds of it into their backpacks, including some
made a face at Dawn as she regarded the bullets that would penetrate most
hope we don’t have to use them,” Joan said grimly.
Dawn replied, glancing at her partner as Joan moved further back into the
van, looking for something. “You know what’s at stake here apart from
Farlow’s life. There is no
way we can allow her research to fall into the wrong hands. It would alter
nodded. “I know.”
took out two bulletproof vests from a cabinet and put them next to the
backpacks on the bunk bed.
had taken up residence on the bed too, looking like he was guarding and
approving of Joan’s efforts. He sniffed the bag packs and then tilted
his head, regarding them both with a decidedly amicable look in his brown
the brunette said and patted the dog. “All we need now is something to
eat and our man.”
flashed a lopsided grin.
left in that fridge?” she asked.
opened the small refrigerator.
in luck. Three
Twinkies and a sandwich … oh, and diet coke!”
you,” the doctor smirked. “Hand me a Twinkie.
I could use a sugar fix at the moment. You, no doubt are starving
so take the sandwich.
gave her partner a Twinkie.
ate it while watching the monitors. In the corner of her eye she saw the
other woman open a Twinkie for Hubert as well and she quickly hid a smile.
she sat up straight.
the engine, Joan,” she said, with new energy in her voice.
pushed some buttons and one screen went blank. A green tinted picture of
the building they were watching, taken by an infrared camera, replaced it.
our man and it looks like he’s in a hurry,” Dawn called to Joan who
had taken the driver’s seat.
followed Monroe’s movements closely.
man left the building, walking briskly across the street to a dark blue
tossed his briefcase in the back seat as he got in behind the wheel.
Driving away he didn’t seem to notice the van pulling from the curb to
kept her eyes locked on Monroe’s car. They could not afford to lose him
in the heavy rush hour traffic.
kept a modest pace. It wasn’t hard for Joan to follow him, staying two
or three cars behind.
calling Jones,” said Dawn, reaching for the car phone on the dashboard.
dialled her former boss.
on the move. Any progress on your part?” Dawn asked.
we found what we came for. We’re in my car.
Are you headed in the direction we thought?”
Will you be rendezvousing with us?”
hung up, knowing that if Jones’ phone was being monitored, the people
chasing Farlow might be on to them.
driving towards Alexandria,” Joan said.
is it,” Dawn agreed. “Let’s hope he isn’t foolish enough to corner
did Jones’ have to say?”
found something at city hall. They’re driving towards Alexandria. When
we figure out where this is going down, we’ll call them again. They
should be able to get there in time, maybe even ahead of us, in this
both noticed Monroe shifting lanes, indicating a right turn.
we go,” Joan said almost merrily but with a steely expression in her
a safe distance, she followed him on to the expressway. The traffic was dense but moving at a steady pace.
in a hurry all right,” Dawn noted, her eyes narrowing.
grinned joylessly. “I can’t help but think he has underestimated
Farlow,” she said. “I’ve never liked the guy. He’s always so damn
smug … so patronising.”
face facts, even the two of us underestimated Farlow on more then one
occasion,” Dawn stated grimly. “She’s brilliant, decisive and lethal.
Even before all this went down she ran that research clinic, that entire
institution, for over ten years with absolute power. Her word was law but
something happened to change all that.”
partner shook her head.
must have tried to force Farlow to do something she didn’t want to do.
Whether it was someone within or outside the government is hard to tell.
When she tried to walk away … they called in the heavy artillery,”
That’s what bothers me. These people are obviously well connected.
They’re well funded, well equipped and willing to do what ever it
takes to accomplish their mission.
really frightens me is the fact that they’ve managed to infiltrate the
Bureau. How else can you
explain the fact that we were manipulated into chasing an innocent woman
all these years? I know
all the evidence pointed at Farlow but in the light of what we know now
… I wish we could have done things differently.”
extended a hand, cupping the back of Dawn’s head.
she said softly. “This isn’t the time to be second guessing our
actions. We have to stay focused on this mission if we are going to save
Farlow and stay alive ourselves. We can’t be uncertain how to do this
when Jones and Sunny join us. We need to stay focussed.”
squared her shoulders.
right.” She reached behind her and pulled Joan’s hand forward to her
lips, kissing her partner’s palm. “Of course you’re right.”
brunette smiled, still keeping her eyes on Monroe’s car, looking almost
predatory in the flickering light.
know,” she said.
Jones’ car was cold and Sunny shivered in the passenger’s seat.
older woman glanced over at her as she drove down the busy street.
soon have the heat on.”
okay,” Sunny muttered, clasping her hands tightly together in her lap.
shifted lanes and took a right turn, overtaking several cars as she did
so, causing them to honk their horns at her.
saved us going around three blocks,” Jones said, sounding pleased.
regarded the tall woman next to her.
handled the car skilfully and even seemed to take pleasure in driving in
and out of the lanes, forcing some of the other drivers to slow down in
order not to bump into the red car.
were driving along a busy intersection when the call from Dawn came. Jones
talked briefly with her and hung up with a smug smile on her lips.
driving towards the Potomac,” she said. “Have you ever been to DC
is a large area along the river, called Alexandria. We were lucky to
stumble over that old guy at the archive. The woman he described has got
to be Farlow. It was a pity he couldn’t find the maps he showed her, nor
the blueprints. I suppose she hid them. But he knew which mill she
examined and where it was.”
he was very helpful,” Sunny agreed.
talked to that old man, realising that he had seen Laura only yesterday,
had made her stomach lurch. She missed her so much.
had decided to take a cab back to the parking lot near the Monument and
get Jones’ car.
driving for a little more than an hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic, the
congestion began to lighten as they drove along the Potomac. The further
they drove along the water the more the buildings looked worn out and
had missed the crossroad they were looking for and had to circle back to
kept her eyes on the signs and when she saw the old abandoned cotton mill
she inhaled sharply.
this it?” she gasped. “This looks like the building in that old
picture at the archive!”
Jones agreed and drove passed the building.
we’re not driving up and parking outside it. We’re going to park a bit
down from here and wait for Monroe to appear. Morrison and Tremayne will
be right behind him.”
heart was pounding so hard she could hardly breathe.
Laura could be in there …” she managed.
know. But we won’t do her any good by charging in without any means of
helping her. Trust me, Sunny. This is how it has to be,” Jones
blonde regarded her, wanting to object and make her turn the car around.
All she could think of about was Laura.
ice-cold feeling of perhaps being too late flooded her. Her eyes narrowed
in a way that Laura would have recognised. Setting her jaw and pressing
her lips together she pushed herself further back into the seat.
see,” she said emotionlessly.
glanced at her as she made a turn and parked half way behind a wooden
shack. From there they would be able to spot any cars arriving from the
do understand, don’t you?” Jones asked Sunny. “There’s nothing we
can do until we get back up.”
reached for her cell phone, dialling the number to the van.
didn’t take her eyes off the older woman. She raised an eyebrow
questioningly when the seconds passed and there was no reply.
wrong,” she said grimly. “They’re not picking up.”
blonde regarded her coldly.
her eyes focused behind Jones.
is more bad news,” she said motioning towards the road.
dark sedan was pulling up into the parking lot of the abandoned cotton
mill. There was no sign of the van.
moved her stiff, aching shoulders.
old cotton mill had become increasingly cold as darkness had fallen. She
had been sitting in the same position for over an hour now.
wanted to cover all angles.
spot she had chosen was optimal for her purpose. She had a clear view of
all the entrances and adequate cover and concealment behind some heavy
had been furious with herself for almost nodding off an hour ago. She had
pinched herself hard to stay awake.
was so tired. Not having slept well for the last couple of nights and then
making all the preparations. She was beginning to worry about making
mistakes out of sheer fatigue.
Sunny’s face appeared in her thoughts.
gasped soundlessly, not prepared for such a strong image. It was
overwhelming and it left her feeling very vulnerable. She wanted to close
her eyes and just engulf herself with memories of how it felt to hold that
tall, curvaceous body to her own.
touch was unlike anything she had ever felt.
hands were soft and strong at the same time. There was a certain shyness
about the younger woman that stirred both tenderness and arousal in Laura.
knew that Sunny was inexperienced when it came to love. For some
unfathomable reason that she might never find out now, the beautiful woman
was a virgin. Thinking about it she realised that Sunny had changed the
subject quickly when it came up.
needed to approach Sunny regarding this. If the younger woman would allow
her to get close again and Laura managed to survive the next few hours.
didn’t know what broke her out of her reverie.
minute she was thinking about the only happiness she had experienced in a
long time and the next, she was holding her breath, listening intently.
was a soft, almost inaudible scraping noise.
moved carefully a little to the right, peaking along the closest machine.
couldn’t make out anything. The large hall was dark. The street lamps
cast an eerie light through the dirty windows and the rain running down
them painted a moving pattern on the floor.
heard the noise again, this time more clearly. It was coming from her
knew it had to be Monroe.
also knew he wasn’t alone.
had been following Monroe at what seemed to be a safe enough distance.
along the Potomac and entering the Alexandria industrial area they had
reached an intersection that turned out to be fatal.
kept her eyes on the dark sedan. She was afraid to lose sight of it; there
were a number of roads leading from the one they were on. The darkness and
the rain only made matters worse.
sedan drove across the road and then everything happened quickly.
cars from opposite directions drove into the intersection just as the van
was crossing it.
cut them off, making Joan gasp and throw the van to the right. The other
car collided with the passenger door, making a large dent in it.
two women bounced painfully against their seat belts.
loud thud and a howl indicated that Hubert landed on the floor in the back
of the van.
men jumped out of the first car and aimed guns at the windshield.
down!” Joan shouted, tugging at her seatbelt with one hand and pressing
down the central lock button with the other.
glanced to her right and saw that Dawn was sitting slumped in her seat,
flung herself to the right, pulling Dawn towards her. Opening the clasp on
Dawn’s seat belt, she freed her partner dropping her quickly to the
floor of the van.
Hubert was next to her.
dog closed his powerful jaws around the shoulder pad of Dawn’s jacket
and pulled her to the back of the van. Joan threw herself after them.
phone rang but there was not time to answer it.
for the gun in her belt Joan took the safety off and cocked it.
carefully to the front of the van, she could see the men outside moving
several shots were fired.
ducked but the bullets ricocheted off the glass, leaving only a scratch
for the state of the art van, Joan decided to ignore the goons for now.
leaned over Dawn, feeling her pulse. Relieved to find it strong and steady,
she moved her partner over on her side.
agent then reached for one of the backpacks with a grim look on her face.
out the ammunition, she dropped the clip from the Colt and slammed the
clip containing titanium bullets into it.
grabbed one of the bulletproof vests and laid it over Dawn. Then she
reached for the second vest. Pulling
it on, she stealthily moved up to the front of the van.
over the dashboard she saw the men, two of them aiming their weapons at
the van, the other two arguing. They were about seven feet away.
Hastily she crawled to the back of the van, climbing on top of the bunk bed and she slid open the hatch in the ceiling.
a feral grin she rose. She
was just slim enough to slip through the opening.
carefully she pulled the trigger.
out the armed men nearest the van she quickly turned towards her other two
assailants and fired as the raised their guns towards her.
both men in the chest, she climbed back inside. Not missing a beat, she
was back in the driver’s seat.
the ignition she was relieved to hear the engine roar to life.
backed the van clear of the two cars, and then speeded away; veering
around the four bodies she left behind. She didn’t know if any of them
were still alive and she didn’t give a shit. There would be time for
that later. Looking in her
rear view mirror she could see traffic coming to a stop and a crowd
forming in the intersection. Somewhere
in the distance she heard a police siren.
she kept driving along the road that Monroe had taken, hoping to spot the
the car phone she punched in the numbers.
signals went through before an out of breath Jones answered.
here,” Joan said harshly.
the hell are you?” Jones barked, sounding as if she was running.
along the river. I just passed a factory with three large chimneys.”
was a brief silence.
on for about half a mile and then turn left after a closed lunch
restaurant. Keep driving until you see my car. It is a red BMW.”
going on?” Joan asked, daring to glance back at Dawn’s motionless body,
guarded by Hubert.
got trouble, but I guess you know that.”
I ever,” Joan mumbled. “I’m turning now.”
be here soon.” There was a click as the connection was broken.
turned to the left and after passing a large, abandoned building she
spotted Jones’ car and pulled over.
agent got out of the car, still holding her cocked gun in her hand.
Jones emerged from behind the shed. She looked tousled like she had been
running. Raising an eyebrow she regarded the battered van.
into trouble?” she asked shortly.
four of them as a matter of fact,” Joan stated solemnly. “Dawn was
hurt when they crashed into us. I have to check on her.”
women entered the van. Dawn was just beginning to sit up.
you okay?” Joan asked and sank down next to her partner.
… I think so,” the doctor answered, rubbing her temple. “I think I
banged the other side of my head this time.”
bothering to cover up her feelings, Joan hugged the woman she loved for a
brief second. She was pleasantly surprised when her partner didn’t
withdraw right away, rather leaning into her for support for a few
Dawn freed herself and looked up at Jones.
is Sunny?” she asked.
my bad news,” the older woman replied gravely. “I left the car to get
a clear view of who was approaching us. When I had confirmed that it was
Monroe and that there were two other cars coming from the other direction
to join him, I returned. She was gone.”
what does she think she’s doing?” she groaned.
joining Farlow,” Jones said, clenching her teeth. “I should have
realised that she wasn’t going to take orders from me. From you, perhaps,
but not from me.”
got up, swaying a little at first, but then squaring her shoulders with a
determined look on her face.
we now have one mad scientist trying to take out the bad guys alone and
one love struck motel owner who is trying to save said scientist.
need to get in there.”
called for back up,” she said. “When Sunny left, she forced my hand. I
had to make the call. They’ll be here shortly but that may still be too
took one of the backpack, removed her jacket and strapped it on. Dawn
pulled one of the bulletproof vests on and then reached for the second
are you sure you’re up to this?”
no other choice. We can’t wait for backup. We have to move in now.
I’ll be fine Joan, honest.”
looked at Dawn for a moment before nodding.
regarded them and pulled out her gun.
need to go in the back way,” she said. “The cars are parked close to
the old offices. We should go in from the other end.”
opened the back door of the van. The three women stepped out into the rain.
Hubert jumped out after them before any of them had the chance to stop him.
Strangely enough he stayed at Dawn’s side, as if he was still guarding
they circled the old cotton mill, listening for voices or anything that
would betray the whereabouts of either the missing women or the Monroe and
his associates. Only silence met them.
reached the back of the mill. It was devoid of vehicles or people. A large
door was located twenty yards from the corner and Joan picked the padlock
holding a rusty chain with ease.
door opened without too much noise and they all slipped inside.
halted, waiting for their eyes to get used to the darkness. Then the three
women moved slowly along the wall, staying hidden by the remnants of old
turned her head and made a sign to slow down.
looked at Joan and signalled that she and Jones should stay put.
tried to shake her head, to let the redhead know that it wasn’t safe to
go on alone but Dawn was already moving.
Joan saw her partner stop in her tracks at the sound of the
characteristically husky voice of Grace Farlow.
far enough, Monroe.”
held her position along the wall.
the hall with eyes that were used to the dark, she could easily make out
the shape of a tall man in a dark overcoat. Monroe.
He was walking casually, with the confidence of a man thinking success was just around the corner.
was getting close to where she wanted him to stand and she knew she had to
reveal her presence.
far enough, Monroe,” she said, satisfied that her voice was strong and
carried over the large hall. The resounding echo would make it hard for
him to locate her.
stopped walking and turned his head.
meet again,” he said. “I hope you’ll honour our deal. You promised
to take me to Farlow.”
smirked. Monroe sounded smug.
have every intention of following through,” she said, rising from the
floor. Careful not to make a sound she circled the large machine in front
of her. She was still out of sight as he was standing half turned away
from her. “You’ll see Farlow when I’m certain that you have honoured
your part of the deal.”
here, aren’t I? I came alone.”
bull,” Laura stated calmly. “You’ve posted agents around us. You’d
be a fool not to.”
stiffened, his hands clenching. “My
mistake, I should’ve told you,” he tried to amend. “Just a
precaution, you understand.”
so fast. I need reassurances. What have you done to ensure her safety?”
tall man pivoted slowly, apparently trying to trace her voice.
discussed this with nobody except my closest men. They are loyal and can
scientist almost laughed out loud at the blatant lie.
So, where are they now, these trusty fellows of yours?” the scientist
you pointed out, they’re guarding the doors.”
knew he was lying. She was sure the men were already inside the building,
perhaps even in the hall.
she bluffed. “I want Farlow to feel that it’s safe. She will enter on
here?” Monroe asked incredulously, losing some of the indifference of
his tone of voice.
by. Remember, my signal could just as easily tell her to vanish. She’s
good at that you know.”
she is. There’s no need for her to run any longer. New evidence has been
brought forward. She’s no longer a suspect in the bombing,” he said,
felt herself go pale.
it was. Out in the open, the barefaced proof she needed. He had allowed
his greed, his desire to get his hands on her to speak too quickly. He
really must be desperate.
be pleased to know that, agent Monroe,” Laura said, her voice huskier
you signal her?” the man asked, not bothering to show his impatience
could. But I’m not totally convinced that she won’t run when she sees
your men. I think you need to call them, to let her know that it is all
above board here. After all, she’s been on the run for a long time;
surely you can understand her trepidation.”
the protection …”
them, Agent Monroe,” Laura demanded softly.
man raised his left wrist to his mouth, issuing orders in a low voice.
squeaked and three men entered from three different directions. Nobody
passed Laura and she knew there had to be at least one more man lurking
about somewhere. These guys always travelled in pairs.
four too, please,” she said in a low voice before retreating behind the
machine and moving towards the other corner.
sighed and talked into his wrist again.
fourth man entered just behind where she had been standing and Laura
rolled her eyes in relief that circumstances had protected her from being
five men now stood in a wide circle. Laura felt herself go cold.
gentlemen, are we all assembled?” she asked, her voice a low growl.
all here,” Monroe stated, looking around him.
I see,” she murmured.
inhaled deeply and then moved out behind them. Her sneakers made her
better drop those guns, boys,” she suggested amicably.
looked back at Joan and Valerie Jones.
of them had frozen in their tracks when they first heard Farlow’s voice.
Jones mouthed, raising an eyebrow at Dawn who nodded.
older woman shook her head and moved past Joan to join the doctor.
on earth is she up to?” Jones mumbled.
sounds confident,” Dawn whispered back.
pressed her lips together. “I know, that’s what worries me,” she
looked at the large dog behind the brunette, making sure that Hubert would
not be able to get by her. The dog regarded her calmly before sitting down
and looking like he knew exactly what was at stake.
listened in on the conversation between Farlow and Monroe.
got him right where she wants him,” Dawn said quietly. “She’s
confusing him by talking very loud. I can’t pinpoint where she’s
standing. Neither can he, since he’s standing in the middle of that
large hall with the sound echoing from all directions.”
doctor squinted into the hall. The darkness was not as imprenetable as it
had seemed when they first walked in. She could make out Monroe’s
silhouette and also something dark in the shadows further down the hall.
definitely not alone,” she whispered to Jones.
she realise that?” Joan asked worriedly.
better,” Jones mumbled, shifting the gun in her hand.
was relieved to hear Farlow demand the presence of the other ‘agents’.
The doctor doubted that any of the men joining Monroe in the hall were
from the Bureau.
four too, please,” they heard Farlow order.
gave them enough time to press against the wall as a fourth man walked
dangerously close by them.
didn’t growl but a silent hiss emerged from his throat, making Joan put
a stifling hand over his nose. The dog quieted immediately. Dawn gave a
small sigh of relief.
had moved in front of them and was now scanning the upper ledges. Dawn
realised that she was looking for more shadows, for any sign of unwanted
surprises that Monroe might have cooked up for Farlow.
shimmer in the dark caught her eyes and she grabbed Joan’s arm, pointing
to a ledge about thirty yards down the hall.
eye narrowed as she tried to focus.
she saw it.
steadily with her feet well apart, aiming a gun down at the men in the
machine hall, was Sunny.
she was dressed in dark clothes, she wasn’t easy to spot, but her blonde
hair glimmered and so did the metal in the gun she was holding in a
god,” Dawn mumbled. “The cop’s daughter. Damn.”
go,” Joan said. As Dawn nodded approvingly, she began moving soundlessly
down the narrow corridor along the large hall, holding her gun with both
hands against her shoulder.
regarded Sunny, momentarily grateful that the blonde had the sense to
stand still and not make a sound. She could only hope that the men
didn’t think to look up, or that Sunny would do anything hasty in trying
to protect Farlow.
had now spotted the young woman too and was making a face at Dawn.
we found her,” she said solemnly.
motioned to the older woman to follow her and the two women moved closer
to where Dawn thought Farlow’s voice originated from.
next thing they heard made them stop.
better drop those guns, boys.”
was setting her plan in motion.
moved soundlessly along the narrow corridor that stretched along the large
knew there had to be a staircase somewhere, leading to the ledge where
Sunny was standing. Moving around a corner, the brunette was facing three
couldn’t open the first door. She pulled hard at the doorknob but it
wouldn’t budge. The second door led to a small room, probably a former
office of some kind. There was an old wooden desk and a knocked over
raised her gun to her shoulder and opened the third door.
was a metal staircase leading up in a narrow circle.
tried walking up a couple of steps. The metal whispered under her feet,
but she was relieved that it was almost inaudible.
on hard to the railing Joan walked in the darkness, hoping that she would
reach the top and Sunny, before the blonde did something to aggravate the
remembered telling Dawn that Sunny was a loose cannon but she never
imagined the young woman take such an initiative. Sunny was standing
perfectly still on that ledge, resembling a nemesis on a mission.
reached the top of the stairs and now she could hear Farlow and Monroe’s
was a doorway to her left. It had a broken door, hanging loose on its
hinges. She moved through it, carefully not to scare Sunny.
blonde was standing in the exact same position about twenty-five yards
Cautiously holding her gun to her shoulder with one hand and the other one slightly extended in front of her, Joan started walking along the ledge. It was also of metal, with thick, dirty ropes as railings.
she was ten yards from Sunny, the young woman spotted her in the corner of
her eye. She twirled soundlessly, aiming her gun at Joan.
quickly put a finger to her lips and motioned Sunny to stand still and to
not say anything.
eyes widened, probably from relief and then she turned her attention back
on the small crowd beneath them.
agent moved closer and stood just behind the blonde.
need to get out of here,” she whispered.
shook her head.
to me,” Joan mumbled. “Jones and Dawn are down there, trying to figure
out a way to get Laura out. We don’t need to worry about you getting
trigger happy up here.”
pressed her lips together. Looking over her shoulder, her expression made
Joan shudder. There was a definite lack of emotions if you didn’t count
the cold burning fire in her eyes.
please,” she tried. “Laura wouldn’t want you to risk yourself like
this. If they start shooting down there, who knows where all the stray
bullets and ricochets are going to end up.”
blonde only shook her head again, resumed her position with her gun
followed her aim. Of course, the other woman was aiming directly at
Joan hissed. “If I can’t convince you to come with me, you’re going
to have to put up with me up here instead.”
knew she couldn’t get Sunny to budge and there were no way she could let
the young woman remain here alone. She moved to Sunny’s left and
assessed the situation below.
was standing with her back turned towards her and Sunny, about twenty
yards away. Monroe and his goons were standing in a wide circle, facing
pulled her hand out of her pocket and held up something Joan couldn’t
told you,” Laura continued, her voice velvet over steel, “drop the
on the same side in this, remember,” Monroe tried.
I know, but Farlow is very suspicious,” the auburn haired woman stated
firmly. “If she comes in here and sees that you have not complied …
you can tell her …”
guns,” Farlow interrupted callously. “No debate.”
could see Monroe tensing and knew that her boss was being cornered in a
way that might turn very ugly. Facing this woman without being able to
hide behind his gun was not his forte.
all of the men reached inside their coats and jackets and removed some
form of weapon. Tossing them on the floor, they looked to Monroe for
smirked. She wondered what was going through her boss’ mind.
Farlow said, taking a step towards them. “It’s reassuring that you can
provide such a sign of good faith, Monroe. Now kick them over to me.”
agent hoped that Monroe didn’t detect the not so subtle hint of sarcasm
in Farlow’s voice.
maybe I can let her enter,” Farlow continued as he and the men kicked
the weapons towards the woman facing them.
heard Sunny inhale sharply and nudged the young woman warningly.
Monroe said, raising his hands. “I think it’s time.”
chuckled. Nudging the discarded weapons aside she shook her head.
shivered at the callous sound. She knew that the moment of truth was here.
There was no way to stall it.
certainly is,” the woman below her and Sunny replied. “For once you
are absolutely correct, Monroe.”
took a step towards the men again and held up her left hand.
agent could see the scientist holding a small object but she couldn’t
make out what it was.
this?” Farlow said, her voice a low, dangerous growl. “You don’t
want me to push this button, but I will if you don’t talk.”
are you talking about?” the tall man in front of her said, raising his
voice. “You’re supposed to call Farlow. We have a deal.”
you stupid man … you really have no clue, do you? I am Grace Farlow.”
froze in his place, staring at her.
bluffing,” he said.
me,” Farlow said, her voice sinking into a hiss. “Why don’t you try
to get closer and take a good look? Not too close, though, or I might have
to press this button prematurely.”
was now fully aware of what the device in Laura’s hand was.
it, Farlow,” she mumbled, glancing over at Sunny. “Okay, that does it.
We need to get out of here right away. Come on.”
regarded her stubbornly.
You can leave if you want to, I’m staying.”
heaven’s sake, Sunny! Laura has a detonator in her hand and is
threatening to blow this place to smithereens. We need to get out. Now!”
looked down at the small woman facing the five men.
detonator?” she mumbled, looking visibly shaken. “But that means
I know what it means. Come on.”
tugged at Sunny’s arm, trying to get the tall blonde to move.
resisted at first but then began to quietly walk behind the agent.
she detonates, she …” she whispered.
means to take them all out. That could include her,” Joan whispered back
over her shoulder. “Now move!”
held up the detonator and watched Monroe’s face distort from rage.
you’re Farlow,” he said coldly. “Do you mind telling me why we had
to go through this song and dance?”
a stupid question even from you,” Laura replied calmly. “I had to make
sure you came in person. I had to make sure you would bring your trusted
fellows here. Since they are probably as corrupt as you.”
tall man lowered his hands, clenching his fist.
are you talking about?” he growled.
come on. No need to pretend anymore,” the scientist drawled.
knew she was taunting him but it was necessary. Only if he lost his temper,
if she could bait him enough, would he start talking.
may have fooled most people at the Bureau. I, however, have my own sources
and they all say the same thing. You’ve been playing both fields for a
long time, Monroe,” she continued, deliberately making her voice sound
obviously doing some powerful person’s dirty work for them.
instance, you’ve been the commanding officer of the agents hunting me
down since the beginning. Isn’t it amazing that even when they got
within spitting distance of me … they never caught me?”
became good at hiding,” Laura said thoughtfully, not taking her eyes off
the men. “But you know, I wasn’t that good to begin with and yet they
were never even close. Then there was that disaster at the warehouse. Now
tell me, Monroe … how is it that your agents could be there so promptly
and still miss me? Your rookies ended up dead but that wasn’t your
intention, was it? Wasn’t it all just an elaborate plan to get rid of
those very skilled agents that were so hot on my trail?”
comment made Monroe take a step towards Laura.
held up the detonator, her thumb on the red button.
right there,” she snarled. “One more step and we’re all dust.”
have no proof,” the man said angrily, but stopping where he was. “You
cocked her head.
isn’t that interesting?” she grinned. “You say I have no proof. I
would have thought that an innocent man’s first words would be that I
the corner of her eye she saw one of Monroe’s goons move towards her.
be stupid, you there on the left,” she said, not taking her eyes off
their boss who was standing less than ten yards from her. “Get back to
where you were.”
man hesitated and then took a step back.
think that a smart man like yourself would’ve anticipated something like
this? Or recognised me? I can’t imagine how many times you must have
stared at my picture. Have I really changed all that much?” she said,
grinning brightly at him.
the agent suddenly spat. “You fucking bitch!
really was very predictable.
seem to have lost your cool,” she now provoked him. “Are your men here
aware of how capricious you can be? Or are they still under the impression
that you are in charge?”
glanced involuntarily at the younger man to his right.
scientist smiled maliciously.
isn’t it? To feel these unspoken doubts from people who are supposed to
was the last straw for the tall man in front of her. Monroe took two quick
steps forward and found himself staring down the barrel of Laura’s gun.
She shoved the detonator in his face, her thumb hovering above the button.
off!” she shouted. “Back off or the last thing you ever see will be me
pressing this button!”
“She’s rigged some explosives,” she
mumbled to Jones.
The older woman sighed and leaned in closer,
trying to assess the situation.
“Has she made them kick their guns away?”
she asked quietly.
“At least that’s something. We need to
make our move soon, before this gets out of control.”
Dawn agreed. She wondered if Joan had reached
Sunny. She was afraid to lean any further forward to check. She certainly
hoped that Joan had overheard the dialogue between Monroe and Farlow.
“If you have any suggestions, I would be
happy to act on them,” she whispered over her shoulder.
“Back up should be here any moment,”
Jones said, “but we’re out of time.”
“I agree. We need to get in position to
back Farlow up. I’m convinced that these guys have more up their sleeve
and she knows it. She hasn’t taken her eyes off them for one second and
she is willing to push that detonator no matter what Monroe thinks.”
The two women moved along the corridor, to a
Dawn leaned into the hall carefully, staying hidden behind a large machine. Looking up at the ledge she saw Joan pulling Sunny along. So her partner knew how deadly the situation had become. Good.
Reaching into her backpack she pulled out the
“Move,” she mouthed to Jones who nodded
Both women retraced their steps into the
corridor, moving back to where they stood earlier.
Dawn knew she must find a way to cross the
Jones would take up position at one of the
doorways. They couldn’t wait for Joan.
tried not to give in to her rage. She was furious at him of course but she
had to stay in control if she was going to get this fool to talk.
me, Monroe,” she hissed. “Why you have sunken so low as to sell out to
some illegal organisation. It has to be a well-organised crowd behind this
pursuit. It has cost them a fortune.”
glared at her and pressed his lips together.
says I sold out? You’re a woman accused of killing all those people,
including her sister and her brother-in-law?
Who’s going to believe you?” he growled.
forget a couple of things very conveniently,” the auburn haired woman
said smoothly. “One; you have falsified documents at the Bureau for
years. Two; you have endangered the lives of agents under your command.
Three; you are responsible for the death of two rookies. Shall I go on?”
circumstantial, you have no proof. You
obviously are a dangerous woman and your research is just as deadly. If I
had to stoop to unconventional mean to ensure your capture so be it. Who
would find fault in that? As
for Morrison and Tremayne, I’ve done nothing to endanger them. Neither
one of those two have any clue that this is going down.”
felt herself go cold.
she said in a low, menacing voice. “You’re very confident. What about
Sunny Stewart? She certainly was endangered.”
gave a crooked smile.
yes,” he drawled, “your favourite blonde. Now tell me, Farlow … how
did you land such a babe?”
Laura held her breath, knowing that she had him right where she wanted him. There was no way he could have known about Sunny unless he had monitored her the last week. Either he had received information from the men that chased Sunny outside the motel, or the men who ran them off the road.
an innocent in this,” she hissed.
the agent smirked, “she was an innocent. Being bed mates with you
sort of changed that, didn’t it?”
oily tone of voice made Laura’s stomach lurch. Gripping the detonator
harder in her hand she regarded the man in front of her with repulsion.
you for enlightening me,” she said tight-lipped. “You have no idea how
grateful I am.”
laughed, but she could detect a glimpse of uncertainty as he clenched his
I don’t know what you mean. There is no way you can get out of here.
Unless you mean to push that button and kill all of us, including
forced herself to remain standing where she was. All Laura wanted to do
was put a single bullet through his smirking face.
you admit that you sent your goons after me and by doing so, endangered
Stewart and anybody else who came in contact with me,” she insisted.
eyes narrowed and glanced around him.
pretty adamant in trying to get me to talk,” he said slowly. “One
would think that you’re wearing a wire or have a tape recorder here
could only smiled. She had done just that but nowhere he would ever find
in this poor light.
her triumphant smile, the angered man leaped forward, making her take a
couple of steps back. She clutched the detonator to her chest and aimed
her gun at him.
know what?” Monroe grinned. “I don’t think you have the balls to
pull either the trigger or press that button. You’re in here with us and
I bet you are eager to get back to that blonde, aren’t you?”
made a new attempt to close the distance between them by circling to her
stopped in him in his tracks.
is where you are wrong,” she said.
her gun she fired twice above their heads.
men threw themselves on the floor. Rolling towards their weapons, they
tried frantically to reach them.
moved backwards, firing between in front of them.
soft, secretive and loving smile formed on her lips as she whispered;
The detonation of the C4 plastic explosive was nothing compared to the ear deafening thunder when the large factory roof caved in.