Uber Star Trek Voyager, JAG and X-files. No infringement
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Rating: Chapters vary between G - NC-17
Revised May 2, 2001
Pol, my beta reader is the reason this chapter made it at all. I needed her more than ever this time.
Finding Shelter From The Storm
was a sheer sight of beauty.
was standing in the doorway looking out on the patio behind the motel. The
pool was empty and autumn leaves were on the ground. The sun had set half
an hour ago and the air was chilly.
However it was not the picturesque scenery that had caught the auburn haired woman’s attention, but the slow, fluent movements of her travel companion as she practised the ancient art of tai chi.
hair was down and though she was dressed in grey sweats, still she managed
to look as graceful and delicate as a ballerina in the soft light of the
like the essence of beauty, Laura mused, and yet she doesn’t seem to
notice it. She walks around this world, carrying herself as if she was
plain or nothing special. But she’s very special.
smiled crookedly in self-deprecation. Oh, how sweet it was to wake up next
to her; wrapped up in those slender arms with her breath on the side of my
neck. It probably was a good thing I woke up first and pulled my hands out
from under her tee-shirt, she snickered to herself. That could have
self-ignited things beyond my control.
would be so easy to just engage in a physical relationship with this girl.
She was susceptible to Laura; there was an earth shattering attraction
older woman grinned.
was an understatement. Sunny was rapidly becoming much too important to
her. This was unwise, considering her situation. There were times when it
felt so good being around this wonderful creature; she could almost forget
about the tremendous burden and loneliness of the past five years and why
that kind of existence was necessary.
was startled out of her reverie as the slender blonde suddenly exploded in
a violent series of kicks and parries. Like a flash moving in carefully
estimated patterns, she flew across the patio, small grunts emerging from
her throat as she demolished some imaginary adversary. Not until she
noticed Laura standing in the doorway, her coffee mug half way to her open
lips, probably looking outright stunned, did she stop.
older woman dipped her head in approval and gave a crooked smile.
we going to have to register you as a lethal weapon? You are full of
surprises, my dear,” she drawled.
regarded her calmly, cocking her left eyebrow.
getting some exercise before we start driving again. What do you do to
stay in shape Laura?” she asked.
I get enough exercise from just trying to stay ahead.” And alive, she
thought. “It’s quite enough for me, I think.”
think you look wonderful.”
almost dropped her mug, but tried not to show how the compliment surged
through her body, aiming for her heart.
you,” she said quietly. Then she squared her shoulders, drank the last
of her coffee and turned to go back into their room.
need to get going,” she said over her shoulder. “We have quite a drive
ahead of us. I’ll take the first shift at the wheel.”
you sure you can manage?” the blonde asked worriedly, walking in behind
I’m fine. No sign of infection thanks to those antibiotics you got for
looked pleased but also a bit apprehensive.
promise to let me know when you’re tired?” she asked cautiously.
rolled her eyes.
younger woman moved closer and held out her hand in a silent appeal. Laura
pursed her lips and took it lingeringly. Her skin is like satin, even her
hands, she thought. I could definitely lose myself in those eyes and her
scent. Even now, when she is a little sweaty, she smells divine.
liked waking up next to you,” Laura mumbled. “It’s also very
pleasant to share a bed with you. You don’t move around much.”
do you,” Sunny said, her eyes sparkling. “When I woke up late in the
afternoon because of that brief thunderstorm, you were sound asleep. I
don’t think you would’ve woken up even if the lightning had struck the
was a thunderstorm?” Laura asked incredulously. “I didn’t hear
you didn’t. You slept right through it.”
older woman shook her head in disbelief. Then, something else struck her.
what time did you wake up?” she asked tentatively.
no, Laura thought and closed her eyes. I woke up five thirty, right there
with my hands all over your perfect body, my dear.
glanced at Sunny who looked like everything was perfectly normal.
… um … I,” Laura croaked, losing her voice and feeling utterly
embarrassed. This was not like her. She was composed, calculating and
could be cold and cruel when necessary. Still this voluptuous blonde,
possessing a childlike innocence that defied all logic, could make her
blush with just a look.
Sunny stepped closer and carefully taking hold of Laura’s shoulders, caressing them softly. “You look so vulnerable in your sleep,” she said. “When the thunder woke me, I wasn’t sure where I was at first. But then I turned and saw you lying there. You were holding on to me as if you needed me even in you dreams. That was a special moment, Laura, don’t be embarrassed about it.”
shook her head.
guess you noticed that … I was a bit too intrusive. Honestly, Sunny, I
had no idea that I was …” Her voice trailed off and she shook her head
again, giving the blonde a rueful smile.
you were fondling me underneath my tee-shirt?” Sunny added helpfully.
inwardly, Laura nodded.
that was so innocent,” Sunny stated brightly. “I liked it.”
she let go of Laura and hurried into the shower.
don’t mind you touching me at all,” she called over her shoulder as
she ran the shower.
have such gentle hands.”
you only knew what tasks these ‘gentle hands’ sometimes do, Laura
thought wearily, packing her last items into her backpack.
Turning, she regarded her empty gun harness. Originally the plan was to head north but that was too obvious, so they headed south instead. Several factors weighted this decision: obtaining a gun and Sunny’s safety.
Sunny didn’t know it but the fact that Jared Malachai lived in this direction influenced Laura’s final choice considerably. She felt Sunny needed someone to go to where she would be safe if things escalated beyond Laura’s control. Although she wanted more than anything for this escape to succeed, Laura knew the odds were high against it.
A gun and a sanctuary for Sunny would make the odds of survival balance in their favour but ultimately she would have to make a decision. Sunny’s determination to stay with her would be irrelevant. Laura would ditch her in a heartbeat, sending her to off to Malachai if the threat to Sunny’s life became too great.
would break her own heart, of course, but there was no way she would
compromise Sunny’s life.
had only driven ten miles when the weather changed for the worse.
new thunderstorm was upon them and this time the rain came down with a
vengeance; Laura could hardly see the road ahead of them. She drove slowly,
trying to keep the car from sliding down into the ditch. After two hours
driving under these circumstances, her shoulders now ached and she thought
it was time to let Sunny take over the wheel.
headlights were speeding towards them from behind. Laura tried to evade
them but there was no time.
inhaled sharply. She tried to hold on but failed as the vehicle rammed the
backend of their small car.
fought for control. The lights from the headlights were blinding The
vehicle, a van, was trying to force their small car off the road.
The situation was impossible.
Pushing the accelerator to the floor she tried to escape.
van quickly followed in pursuit. Violently
hitting the small car sending it careening off the road.
deafening sounds of metal on metal and shattering glass enveloped the car
as flying debris sliced their skin and Hubert howled in the back.
car came to a sudden halt, its engine dead. Everything was eerily quite.
The van was gone.
Sunny, are you okay?” Laura called, fighting frantically to get out of
the restraining seat belt.
I think so,” a trembling voice next to her answered.
need to get out. This was no accident. Get the dog,”
quickly out of the car, Laura was seized.
A large hand covered her mouth and a strong arm circled her waist.
Farlow, I presume,” a deep voice rumbled in her ear. “We finally meet.”
heart skipped a beat and her next reactions were instinctive.
her foot, Laura rammed it into her assailant while her hands to flew to
his face jabbing both thumbs into his eyes. The man screamed and holding
her closer, trying to restrain her further.
auburn haired woman continued to apply pressure to the eyes digging her
fingertips into his cheeks.
continued to cry out as his tight grip began to loosen a little.
sank her teeth into the fleshy hand that covered her mouth. Then she saw
something that made her heart sink.
Sunny, an even larger man was approaching from behind. Sunny had her head
still in the car, talking to Hubert, trying to untangle the dog from their
tactics, Laura released one hand from her assailant’s face and began
clawing the hand covering her mouth.
her assailant pulled his hand back to strike.
her chance Laura quickly moved under his arms.
Getting her left leg under his she tossed him and followed through
with a quick kick temporarily putting him out of the picture.
whirled around, clenching her teeth, fighting the pain. The wound was open. Blood
was no doubt trickling down her side again but it didn’t matter as she
focused on her next foe. Never
taking her eyes off her target, she crouched.
Sliding her right hand up the leg of her jeans, she grasped the
concealed boot knife and began to circle the car.
as she was about to make her move she stopped.
Before her widening eyes Sunny had backed out of the car. Turning
her head over her shoulder, the blonde had reached out, both hands
supporting her bodyweight against the car, and erupted with a powerful
kick hitting the man behind her in the chest.
staggered back, waving his arms trying to keep his balance. Then a huge
shadow emerged from the back seat, growling, flying through the air and
clamping down its jaws around the man’s right wrist.
held his grip, sending the man to the ground, landing with a loud thud in
the muddy terrain.
heard breathing behind her and twirled around, raising her knife against
her attacker who was stumbling to his feet, trying to find her by
squinting through the rain with his swollen eyes.
off,” Laura snarled, making sure he saw the knife.
the fucking dog off me,” cried the man on the ground, almost covered
entirely by the
animal. “He is chewing down to the bone. Bruce, shoot the god damn
doesn’t have his gun anymore,” Sunny stated and regarded the scene
looking amazingly calm.
Bruce can’t help you much there,” Laura agreed, flashing a grin
towards Sunny. “Sunny, there’s the van.
Get our stuff and get behind the wheel. See if the damn thing
grabbed their backpacks and tossed them into the van. She got in behind
the wheel. Turning the key,
the engine began to roar. Laura
carefully kept an eye on the man standing ten feet away. Hubert was doing
a great job keeping an eye on the wailing man on the ground.
gave a thumbs up through the windshield.
signalled to her to drive as close as possible and then opened the large
door in the back. She inhaled deeply, held her breath to stand the
inevitable pain and then climbed inside it.
Sunny,” she said briskly and then called out the door. “Hubert, come
on boy! Come here!”
dog dropped the man’s hand and moved like lightning, jumping inside the
van and knocking Laura over. There was a loud thud, as something brushed
by them both and Laura closed her eyes in shock.
she screamed, terror making her voice high-pitched.
what?” the blonde asked, surprise in her voice.
god, Laura thought, trying to get up to close the door. The bullet that
had almost taken out both Hubert and herself had not hit Sunny either.
herself to her knees she pushed the sliding door closed. Looking around
her jaw dropped. She had wanted a gun. She could count to ten different
firearms just from where she sat on the floor. Expensive surveillance
equipment as well as bunk beds and a small kitchen added to the luxury.
going, Sunny,” Laura said and started crawling towards the lower bed.
“I’ll just rest here for a while.”
glanced back for a second.
bleeding again,” she decided, her voice trembling.
not bad, I promise. We need to put as great a distance between them and us
as possible and then hide the van somewhere. Do you think you can drive,
term of endearment was past her lips before she realised it.
nodded, her back against the older woman.
regarded the stiff demeanour of the soaking wet woman at the wheel. The
blonde had her eyes glued to the wet and muddy road in front of her but
she kept raising her hand and wiping her face, over and over.
took Laura a few minutes to understand but once she did, she crumbled a
good lord, she thought wearily, she was tough as nails back there. She
kicked like a fury against that man, really kept her cool. But now,
knowing that I’m hurt again, she’s crying.
sign said River Meadow Motel and Joan sighed inwardly.
is all we’ve have done these last days,” she muttered. “We drive, we
share a room, we drive and then share a room again … Feel like I’m
caught in a time loop.”
glanced at her partner, her brow furrowed.
you alright? You have been driving most of the day, you must be beat.”
I’m fine, really. I will be glad to get in there and get a room. Even if
we find Farlow, I am dying to take a shower and have a sandwich or
see. If she’s here, we need to be on top of things. She is way too
smart. These years have taught her more than any person need to know.”
nodded and got out of the car. The rain was pouring down and they both ran
to the reception.
a smiling middle-aged woman greeted them with a warm smile met them.
evening, ladies,” she said, “bet you’re glad to be out of that
we are,” Dana agreed amicably. “May we to talk to Sunshine Stewart,
smile faded just a tad, Joan was sure she saw the apprehension come and go
in her dark eyes.
am sorry, but Sunny is away on a trip. May I help you instead?”
and Dawn exchanged a look.
is one thing we didn’t expect, Joan thought.
this can only be dealt with personally,” she smiled. “When will Ms
Stewart be back?”
friendly smile stayed in place.
don’t know,” the woman told them kindly. “Sunny didn’t say.”
this was interesting, the brunette thought and felt Dawn stiffen next to
you want a room for the night?” the lady asked.
please,” Dawn said. “Did Ms Stewart say if she’d be in contact with
you anytime soon? Surely she wouldn’t leave her motel unattended for any
longer period of time?”
the smile definitely faltered as the woman pressed her lips together a
I ask who you are and why you want to get a hold of Sunny?” she asked
only nodded a little.
have a message for her from Jared Malachai and it’s important that we
deliver it personally,” she said. “My name is Dawn and this is my …
was startled by Dawn’s choice of word and regarded her colleague with a
silent question in her eyes. Dawn raised an eyebrow at her, a strange
sparkle in her eyes.
one moment, please,” the woman behind the counter said and grabbed the
phone. She dialled a number and talked briefly to someone. When she hung
up her expression had changed completely. She looked much more
approachable and even came around the desk.
Miriam and I am sorry if I sounded a bit stand offish earlier,” she
smiled sheepishly. “It is just that we have had a bit of a … situation
here and we don’t know who we can trust. But Jared says you can be
trusted and that is good enough for me.” She nodded to a small couch
beneath the window. “Please take a seat and I’ll tell you everything.”
and Joan sat down and Miriam pulled up a chair. There were no other guests
in the reception at this late hour and they would immediately spot anyone
coming through the door.
isn’t here because she felt she had to go with Laura Carter after she
and Hubert had been attacked by those men,” Miriam blurted out.
wait a minute,” Joan said, raising her hands, “take it from the
Carter was a guest here and she was shot by someone. Sunny helped her and
they seemed to … well, find each other on a personal level. Hubert is
Sunny’s dog and when she was out walking him, she was attacked by two
men who probably were the same ones who shot Ms Carter.”
and Joan could only stare at each other.
where are they now?”
don’t know. They are going to call in once a week to let us know that
they are okay.”
let this young girl leave with a woman who is being pursued by men with
guns?” Joan asked incredulously.
is hardly a child, she is twenty-eight,” Miriam said but Joan could see
she wasn’t all that pleased about the situation. “And Sunny said it
could become dangerous for her to stay behind too. That they might think
she knew where Laura Carter was.”
pulled out the picture Jared had given them.
brunette rubbed her forehead.
did Laura Carter say about all this. From what we know, she prefers to
got the impression that she was a loner by necessity,” Miriam nodded.
“But when Sunny insisted that she and Hubert would join her, she
didn’t have enough strength to resist. Our Sunny can be very stubborn.”
shit, Joan thought. Grace Farlow was obviously more human than they had
anticipated, even after all these years on the run.
will stay the night here and we also need to know what car they used. We
need a recent picture of Sunny and we also need to see the room where …
Laura Carter stayed.”
in luck,” Miriam smiled wryly. “It’s the only vacant room. You’ll
be staying there. Room number three, the second on your left.”
can’t sign in, but we’ll pay of course. Cash,” Dawn informed her.
friends of Jared, we don’t mind.”
room was immaculately clean.
sighed. Not only because it was unlikely they would find any traces of
Grace Farlow in here, but because this was another room they were going to
share that boasted one bed; this time queen size.
guess the next time we have to share a single bed, she smiled inwardly.
see you’ve noticed the bed,” Joan smirked, looking back over her
we can do this,” the brunette smiled impishly. “I am getting used to
snuggling close to you.”
comment startled the redhead, making her eyes go wide and stare at her
partner in horror.
frowned, apparently not anticipating such a strong reaction.
was a joke, Dawn,” she said carefully. “Just a joke.”
exhaled slowly, chastising herself.
doesn’t know, she thought, angry at herself. She doesn’t know.
know, sorry,” she said quickly and dropped her suitcase on the bed. “I
hope they have something for us to eat here, or pizza delivery somewhere
pop over to the reception and ask,” Joan offered and left without
waiting for an answer.
she had closed the door behind her, Dawn sank down onto the bed, hiding
her face in her hands. How long am I going to have to put up with this?
she asked, tears burning behind her eyelids. Another night in an even
smaller bed. I don’t know if I can take it.
only had to close her eyes to remember the way Joan had held her in that
narrow phone booth earlier. She had trembled, cried, and still the
brunette had made her laugh with her crazy talk.
is good for me, Dawn realised, hastily raising her head in surprise at the
revelation. Her easygoing, cheeky personality, her toughness over all that
vulnerability is so far from my stiff and composed nature. She makes me
feel … complete, I guess.
door opening behind her broke her out of her reverie. She turned around,
carefully disguising her feelings before looking at her partner.
don’t these look great?” Joan said merrily and placed what looked like
enormous sandwiches on the little dining table. “They call them killer
smiled and shook her head.
probably topple over and die if I ate a whole one,” she admitted. “No
doubt you will eat half of mine as well. I don’t know where you put all
that food, Joan.”
grinned and pulled off her trench coat, letting it fall on the bed next to
just burn so much calories keeping up with you, my feisty redhead,” she
smiled. “Look, they had a large bottle of diet coke left.”
comment had thrown her a bit, but the huge bottle of coke made her laugh.
guess you’re all set, then,” Dawn smiled.
I will be fed and I won’t be thirsty. You want some?” she asked
holding up a glass.
even I am thirsty enough to drink some of that stuff,” Dawn relented and
accepted the glass. “If you cut that killer sub there in two I will have
did that and handed her the large baguette.
ate in silence, tired and hungry, both of them. After Joan finished the
rest of Dawn’s baguette and got rid of the wrapping, she turned to the
redhead and nailed her with her dark eyes.
we need to talk. I’ve been on the receiving end of so many mixed signals
during the past few days and I need to know why you’re jumpy, which is
understandable, but there is more. Talk to me, Dawn.”
felt all the colour leave her face and her mouth go dry in an instant.
I …” Damn, there were that lump in her throat, right on schedule.
don’t mean to pressure you, that is the last thing I want,” the other
woman said softly. “But I must know what you are thinking. It’s just
you and me here, we are alone on this case. We can’t call in for back
up, we can only trust each other. And I feel you are holding something
do? Well, that’s an understatement if I ever heard one, Dawn thought,
her mind at a complete standstill for fear of revealing anything that
would give her away.
doctor got up from her chair and paced the room, trying to think of a
plausible explanation that would satisfy Joan. Oh, god, I shouldn’t even
think the words ‘satisfy’ and
‘Joan’ in the same sentence, she thought, furious at herself for not
being able to keep this strictly professional.
‘Joan’ in the same sentence, she thought, furious at herself for not
being able to keep this strictly professional.
she began apprehensively. “First of all, this isn’t about something
you’ve done. You‘ve done
nothing wrong. Do you believe me?” She glanced over at her partner,
seeing that she had her complete attention.
the brunette answered calmly.
cleared her throat.
have been, experiencing some personal … issues,” she said. Oh for
heaven’s sake, this is sounding so strange, she will think I am losing
it or something, she thought, mentally kicking herself. “Anyway, will
you just trust in me that it is strictly personal and that there is
nothing you can do about it?”
regarded her for a moment and then got up and stepped well inside Dawn’s
do believe it’s personal,” she agreed and looked down at the other
woman. “What I don’t buy is the fact that you believe is that you
can’t share it with me and that I’m suppose to just accept this and
let you handle it yourself.
was stunned. Stunned that Joan sounded so calm and determined. Stunned
that her body was reacting the way it did, every little cell screaming out
to the other woman.
you are not alone in this. Ever since that night at the warehouses
you’ve been hurting and so have I. But you’re taking it much harder
than I am. Please, don’t shut me out. I …” she frowned, looking
unsure, “… I don’t like it. It makes me feel like I’m letting you
doctor couldn’t move and certainly not speak. The lump in her throat was
almost making her nauseous, or it could be the killer sub, she thought
her right hand moved without a conscious intention. It reached Joan’s
face and cupped her cheek and then her chin. Her index finger traced the
curved lips of her partner who gasped in surprise – or was it shock?
Dawn didn’t care, her finger was telling her things she didn’t know
but always suspected. Like that Joan had the softest lips, they were a
little moist and they could tremble in the sweetest way.
There was a soft gush of air against her finger as Joan breathed her name
…” Dawn said gently. Like in a trance she let her finger part Joan’s
lips and carefully examine their soft and vulnerable texture.
wetness on the inside coated Dawn’s finger making it glide easily back
and forth between her lips. The small, white teeth inside were explored
with the same thoroughness. When she started to pull her finger out, a
tentative tongue darted out and then hid behind Joan’s teeth again.
Dawn whispered, her eyes huge in the dimly lit room.
tongue slowly appeared again, tasting the intrusive finger cautiously
before becoming bolder and lapping at it more confidently. The redhead
groaned softly and leaned in a little more.
encouraged the woman in front of her.
mouth opened some more and then the finger was sucked in further, engulfed
by satin surroundings making delicious little sucking movements.
couldn’t believe what was happening between them. She purred deep in her
throat; the erotic sound reverberating within the woman in front of her.
Joan raised her hand and gently took hold of the one so intimately
connected to her mouth; holding it firmly in place.
…” the redhead whispered shakily, letting her free arm circle Joan’s
waist, pulling her closer.
slowly pulled the now buzzing finger, giving her partner a shy but
brilliant smile before planting a kiss in her palm.
she said, looking down at her.
was trembling all over, her breath so deep and rapid, it almost choked her.
She stared at
brunette, realising that both of them seemed as taken aback and affected
by the feelings raging between them.
me,” she said in a low voice, not daring to drop her gaze although her
cheeks were burning.
say that,” Joan frowned. “Don’t say you’re sorry. I’m not.”
words. Dawn desperately wanted to believe them but she didn’t dare to.
She had stepped way out of line; there were really no excuse for how she
had behaved towards her partner. Her junior partner.
I am,” she insisted, letting her arms fall to her sides.
brunette regarded her closely.
are doing it again,” she said, a sad tone entering her voice. “You are
withdrawing from having to discuss anything personal with me. You don’t
trust me, that’s it, isn’t it? You don’t think I am capable of
judging what’s good for me or not. You feel like you have to protect me
from everything. Including you! Damn you, Dawn … damn you …” She
told the stunned woman in front of her and then her voice broke and she
almost sobbed the last words.
doctor didn’t know what to think. Was Joan saying that she was attracted
to her? Or was she just saying that Dawn should let her make her own
decisions even if that meant rejecting her?
stepped back and folded her hands over her chest, glaring grimly at her.
hate it when you do this,” she said through clenched teeth. “You are
so damn overbearing at times, Doctor.”
flinched. Yes, I am, she thought wearily. And that is one reason of many
for you to stay clear of me, Joanie. You don’t need a high-strung,
overbearing, screwed up agent with a broken heart.
of what she was thinking must have reflected in her eyes because the
brunette suddenly mellowed a little and lowered her eyes.
sorry,” she sighed. “Calling you names won’t make you like me, will
me like you?
ridiculous statement made Dawn laugh, a bitter kind of chuckle that
quickly sent tears running down her cheeks. This startled Joan, forcing
her to act and she pulled Dawn into a fierce embrace.
… don’t, Dawn,” she mumbled. “I’m sorry. Don’t cry.”
the gates were temporarily open and the tears soaked everything in their
no,” the brunette groaned, “why can’t I learn to keep my big mouth
not your fault,” Dawn sniffled. “It is … well, I think it’s
everything. This case, this never-ending journey and … I guess it’s
you, a little bit. But not because anything you’ve said or done. It’s
cocked her head, looking at her partner.
is it your fault? Tell me, don’t shut me out.”
hesitated. I can’t tell her everything, she thought quickly, but I
can’t keep hurting her.
nudged her towards the bed.
let’s sit down,” she suggested. “We need to settle this or we'll
find ourselves in big sh- … trouble.” She grinned sheepishly.
nodded and sat down. Joan kept her hand in the small of her partner’s
back, administering a gentle little massage to the tense muscles there.
doctor cleared her throat and managed to get rid of the lump for now.
must wonder why I … did that,” she began, gesturing at Joan’s mouth
and feeling a bit flushed, but chose to ignore it. “I am sorry about
that, you shouldn’t have to put up with that from any superior
didn’t put up with it,” Joan immediately objected, “I liked it.”
took Dawn by surprise and she forgot what she was going to say, right away.
did?” she asked incredulously.
brunette grinned impishly and let her hand circle Dawn’s waist.
it was the other woman’s turn to blush faintly.
Well, because it felt good and I … uh, it was exciting. You never
touched me like that before and I never knew it could be so … erotic.”
smiled a trembling, crooked smile.
and mouths, Joanie, can be very erotic.”
realise that now,” Joan said and swallowed. “But before tonight, I
have never … you know, explored it like this.”
we are going to be specific now, Dawn thought exasperatedly. All right,
mean, you haven’t explored that kind of foreplay?” she asked, trying
to sound casual even if her heart went ballistic in her chest.
not that either.”
do you mean?”
have never touched another woman like this before.”
Oh damn, indeed, Dawn thought. I should have known.
I have always wondered about it,” Joan continued, not noticing the
have always been compelled to look at you.
At first I couldn’t understand why I needed to be so close to you
all the time. But I know that I’m content in ways I never felt before. I
guess it’s only logical that I would be … I don’t know, attracted to
you, as well.”
is no oxygen left in the room, Dawn thought. I can’t breath. She is
being too honest, too soon. I can’t deal with this but I can’t hurt
her either. Not even if my life depends on it. I must say something, but
didn’t freak you out?” she asked, her voice only a whisper, scared to
death that she might have misunderstood the other woman.
no!” Joan blurted out and hugged her. “I don’t scare easily and you
know me, I’m tuff as nails.”
you are, are you?” Dawn said softly against the strong shoulder.
I don’t freak out easily.”
I don’t want you to feel bad about … us touching, like that.”
squeezed her hard.
okay,” the redhead relented. “I won’t.”
said I won’t.”
brunette let go of her a little and pulled back.
I trembled so hard from sucking on your finger, it would be interesting to
find out what would happen if we actually…”
inhaled sharply, her eyes widening.
parked the van in a small glade, half a mile down a gravel road.
had not heard a sound from Laura in the back for a while. She had driven
as fast as she had dared in the stormy, rainy night. Now she unbuckled her
seatbelt and swiftly moved over to the back.
older woman was lying on the lower bed and was pale in the dim light.
Hubert was sitting next to her, his head resting on her thigh, as if he
was trying to keep her safe by being as close to her as possible.
Hubert, she is hurt, isn’t she?” Sunny mumbled as she opened Laura’s
jacket and pulled up her sweatshirt. The bandage was bloody but not as bad
as she feared.
grabbed her backpack and pulled out the first aid box. With slightly
unsteady hands she removed the old bandage and replaced it. She examined
the small cuts on Laura’s hands and the slightly larger one on her cheek,
but decided they could wait. Having done that and pulled down the
sweatshirt again, she sat back on her heels, regarding the auburn haired
she said. “Wake up and look at me … please?”
were a tiny trembling of eyelashes and then a foggy blue-grey glance was
directed her way.
Are you all right?”
just a few minor cuts. I parked where they won’t find us, Laura. We need
rest. I had to change your bandage. Are you in much pain? It’s time for
you pills anyway.”
shook her head.
it’s not bad, really. I’ll be fine if I just take one of those
knockout pills you gave me last night.” She grinned weakly at the
get them for you,” Sunny said and rummaged through her backpack again.
she said and tucked them into Laura’s hands. “I’ll see what they
have in the fridge.”
lots of beer,” Laura drawled hazily.
opened the fridge and the first thing she saw was indeed beer. She cocked
an eyebrow but then saw a couple of cokes sitting on the bottom shelf. She
opened one and brought it to Laura.
It was this or beer,” she smiled.
the other woman said and quickly swallowed the pills with some of it.
she tried to sit up but paled considerably and sank back.
let me help you,” the blonde offered but when she was going to pull
Laura up, the other woman shook her head.
let me stay down,” she said and closed her eyes. “I really only wanted
to be closer to you.”
the blonde said. “We can arrange that.”
the dog aside she stretched out next to Laura on the narrow bed, wrapping
her arms around the older woman.
this? Is this okay?” she asked casually.
feels incredible just to hold her, she thought to herself. She is so
charismatic and strong; you forget how small she is and how fragile she
feels when you’re holding her this close.
this is great,” Laura sighed contentedly.
because there is no way I can let you go, Sunny thought.
feel so unbelievably good when I’m around you. The way you look at me,
with those blue-grey eyes almost piercing holes in me … it’s almost
look in your eyes today when those men attacked us, I don’t think I ever
want to see that again. It was such a deadly grim look.
wonder what you would have done with that knife if Hubert hadn’t been
wonder what you have done before to survive and what marks this kind of
existence has left on your
nuzzled the older woman’s cheek, breathing in the scent of her shampoo.
Laura shifted and turned a little against her.
too cold. We both need to get out of these clothes,” Sunny said, trying
to sit up.
Not yet. I need you to hold me.”
flinched at the naked sorrow in Laura’s voice.
is so driven by what ever it is in her past. Maybe it’s why she takes me
by surprise every time she shows this vulnerable side, even if it was the
first thing I noticed about her.
hold you, just relax,” she soothed the shivering woman next to her. “I
won’t move until you’re ready.”
was a gentle sigh against Sunny’s neck, sending a shudder down her spine.
hate feeling like this,” Laura muttered.
dependant, this furious … this scared.
hugged her closer, mindful of her wound.
men? Who were they?” she asked tentatively, not wanting Laura to think
she was prying.
the good guys, that’s for sure,” Laura said blandly.
I gathered that. They seem very well equipped for being bad guys.”
The bad guys are often better equipped than the good ones. The higher the
stakes the greater the motivation. Nothing motivates like the smell of
money or the fear of death.” The older woman laughed weakly, but was
apparently not amused.
you, Laura, what category do you fall into?”
mean, am I a bad guy or a good guy?”
that’s not what I mean. What drives you? What motivates you to stay on
the run like this? Sometimes I get the feeling that you are fleeing for
your life … but then … that’s not all, is it?” Sunny said quietly.
that’s not all. I wish I could tell you everything. I haven’t talked
to anyone about this for a long, long time. I think Jared guessed some of
it. But you won’t ever be safe if I tell you.”
the others simply assume that you did?”
raised her head and regarded her intently.
necessarily. I’ve been doing this for a long time and managed to leave
practically no trace. Only when I stayed with Jared a little too long did
they catch up with me. He tried to help me but somebody blew the whistle.
No doubt someone falling into ‘the smell of money’ category,” Laura
gently pulled her down onto her shoulder again.
now you’re paying the price for that,” she concluded angrily.
a way. But I’m not an innocent in this, darling,” Laura sighed. “I
may not be one of the really bad guys, but I pushed my luck more times
than I can count, done things I’d never thought I’d do.” She
let me get you into warm and dry clothes,” Sunny pleaded.
older woman stiffened but relented.
she said. “I guess pneumonia isn’t something that would be in our
rose and grabbed Laura’s backpack. She pulled out a set of sweats before
carefully helping the other woman to sit up. Gently she peeled off the
damp and cold clothes, checking the bandage, feeling relief when it was
sat next to her, her hands gripping the edges of the bunk bed hard with
her eyes closed. Her body was milky white, dusted over with small freckles.
Sunny regarded her tenderly, not shy about the older woman’s nudity
raise the arm on the wounded side first,” she said calmly. “Yes.
That’s it. Now the other.”
eased the dry clothing over her body.
She was fully aware how Laura despised being in a position that
required someone’s help. It
was not her intention to emphasise her helpless or make her make her any
more uncomfortable than necessary.
completing the task Sunny helped Laura lie down again.
then started to take off her own damp things. Shivering in the cold van,
she pulled out some dry clothes and quickly put them on.
must be some way to get the heat up in this luxury vehicle, she thought
and moved to the dashboard. She flipped a couple of possible switches and
suddenly there was hot air coming through the ventilation system. Good,
she thought, now we will be able to stay the night here and catch our
breath. Laura needs her rest.
gazed out the windshield. There was only the quiet vast forest around them;
she had not seen any houses on their way down the road and the glade was a
bit off road. The van was a four-wheel drive and easily moved through the
went back to the bed and found Laura propped up on her elbow, waiting for
“Did you see anything … anyone?” she asked hoarsely, her eyes bloodshot and red-rimmed.
and Hubert is quiet, too,” Sunny replied.
opened the door in the back and let the dog out for a quick run. He did
what he was supposed to and then jumped back into the van, not stopping
until he was in place beside the bunk bed again.
closed the door and then bent down and patted her dog. “He is not
leaving your side, that’s pretty significant.”
do you mean?”
knows you’re important to me. He knows I want you to be safe.”
does, huh? Well, come to bed, darling. I will feel much safer.”
smirked but got into the bed, under that blanket. Immediately Laura moved
onto her shoulder, burying her face there, sighing the blonde’s name.
you smell so good,” the older woman mumbled. “Even if I couldn’t see
you, I would recognise you just by inhaling that scent of yours.”
smiled and kissed the auburn hair.
Am I heavy?”
you are just right.”
chuckled quietly. “I am, am I? Now what would you mean by that?”
blushed and was grateful for the darkness. “I just meant that you are
… not heavy.”
Sunny, I shouldn’t tease you,” Laura said remorsefully. “I’m
rolled her eyes. It wouldn’t do to let her know how she affects me when
she is so tired and in pain. But her voice reverberates in me, does things
to me that I never knew were possible. The huskiness of it is enticing. It
makes her seem dangerous as well as tremendously alluring. I don’t
understand how this could happen so quickly, but she is becoming the
centre of my attention. Where she is; there, my dreams are born.
sleepy voice of the woman on her shoulder brought her back.
no, don’t be sorry,” Sunny smiled. “Just go to sleep, Laura. I
won’t leave you.” She kissed the top of Laura’s head again.
… do that again.”
repeated the gesture.
tipped her head back, offering her lips.
you think it’s wise?”
not, but … please?”
blonde didn’t want to ever make Laura beg; she bent down and pressed her
lips gently on hers. She didn’t deepen it but let her full lips nibble
the older woman’s lower lip, caressing it tenderly until Laura trembled
in her arms. Only then did she let her go and tucked her in beneath her
Laura replied in a strange, shivering voice.
there are things we need to discuss,” Sunny said with more confidence
than she felt, “but now you must rest.”
last comment made the auburn haired woman go stiff.
wonder what is going on in that blonde head of yours now; I don’t like
the sound of that. You are going to make me another wild suggestion,
aren’t you, my darling?
closed her eyes, again inhaling the strangely comforting scent of her
doesn’t give an inch, sometimes, she thought. I am not the easiest
person to get along with. After all I’ve been through these last five
years … my social skills are down to a minimum when it comes to a young
girl’s tender heart. If I weren’t wounded, I would probably not
hesitate to seduce her right here and now …
Laura wasn’t fooling herself. She would never deliberately seduce Sunny,
take that gorgeous body just for her own pleasure, knowing she sooner or
later she must leave her.
leaving her might soon become a necessity. There was no way she would
stand by and let a situation
like what happened tonight happen again.
you need to leave me, she thought sorrowfully, if that’s what it comes
down to, I will drive you away, darling. I will do it in a way that makes
you think you want to leave me. I can only hope that you’re too
innocent to realise that. I have learned how to do that to people. I have
it down to an art, how to alienate, as well as entice people, in ways
you’d never want to know. If I think you are safer somewhere else I’ll
drive you away and you’ll be glad to leave.
older woman let her lips move a little over the satin skin on Sunny’s
neck. She would have to give her up, sooner or later and it would break
her heart. This was just another very good example why there were no point
in staying in one place too long.
just get your heart ripped out.
lied on her half of the bed, listening to the soft breathing sounds coming
redhead had fallen asleep instantly but she couldn’t relax. She kept
going over the events of their evening, trying to determine what was
behind Dawn’s atypical behaviour.
was so stunned when she touched my face like that, she thought. And, oh
god, when she let her finger touch my lips, I thought I’d faint.. I was
scared; I was exhilarated … I was definitely interested!
smiled wryly into the darkness.
And the look on your face, that wide-eyed surprise when you thought I was about to kiss you. For a moment, I almost followed through. I leaned into you, you lips parted. I was so close. You really expected reckless Joan to just jump you.
You are probably not even aware of the fact that I’m pretty shy. I can mouth off and I can be a pain in the butt about some things, but when it comes to you …
just too scared. Scared of stepping over that invisible line you have
drawn around you.. It is like a border that can’t be crossed. The uninvited soon discover the chances for being throttled
tiny voice inside my head tells me that you’d never do that to me. But
I’m afraid, so I stepped back, give you your space and joke it all away.
a moment tonight I swear I
saw disappointment on your face, but I might have been mistaken. There are
such things as wishful thinking …
shifted a little and a small hand ended up on Joan’s stomach, making her
jump a little.
keep your hands to yourself even in your sleep, can you? she thought and
put her own hand on top of Dawn’s. Well, I don’t mind. I think there
is a lot you’re not telling me and if I can get you to open up and talk
to me, perhaps I will get you to kiss me too. She rolled over to her side,
facing her partner whose hand now ended up around Joan’s waist.
let hers do the same, circling the other woman, pulling her a little
could get used to this, she thought and grinned. I could definitely get
used to holding you like this, Doc, if you’d let me. I don’t know when
I realised it, but now I do. I hope we can catch up with our target soon.
I’d like to go on that vacation with you and explore all these explosive
sighed, the sweetness of her breath gushing over Joan’s face. The
redhead snuggled closer, burying her face against her partner’s neck.
…” she mumbled and then went back to sleep right away.
here …” the brunette whispered, kissing the red locks beneath her chin.
thoughts returned to Grace Farlow, or Laura Carter as she called herself
wonder why she decided to allow that young woman to tag along. She could
have refused or simply just not cared, and gone on alone but she didn’t.
I’d like to see Malachai’s face when he realises this. Farlow even
brought the damn dog. Could it be that our fugitive is falling for this
young lady? Now wouldn’t that be something? Grace Farlow, the powerful
and brilliant scientist who escaped everything the law has thrown at her
and the opposition who wanted what possessed. Wouldn’t it be ironic if
she got caught because of some infatuation with an unknown blonde?
made a face at her cynical way of thinking. What if what these women
shared was more than that? Like love?
let her hands caress the slender, small frame lying close beside her.
had never realised that she could see Dawn in this light, that she could
feel this protective, this … loving towards her.
the feel of that body next to hers, so soft and round in all the right
places in spite of her diminutive form.
sure wouldn’t mind if she woke up now so I could kiss her, she thought,
but knew that she could never be so selfish. Dawn hardly slept a full
eight-hour on any night and now she was so completely relaxed she slept
like a child.
are one tough woman, Doc, Joan mused, but you are so much more than that.
You may be the “Bureau Bitch” at times, but you feel so many emotions
and you hide them so well. I’ve
watched you cry over all the horrors we’ve seen, I’ve watched it eat
your soul and nobody sees it but me and only because I’ve made it my
business to do so. You need somebody who looks out for you.
Most of all, you need someone to help save you from yourself.