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
As always - I owe so much to Pol.
Finding Shelter From The Storm
arriving on the scene, Dawn had parked behind what was left of Vincent’s
was returning to the car when she heard the roar of an approaching vehicle.
Raising her head she saw a large van speeding towards their position. Dawn immediately recognised the similarities between it and the vehicle that had tried to force them off highway days earlier.
she turned to Joan to warn her but the brunette had already noticed that
van and was running towards her.
Joan was too far away Dawn frantically ran to the car.
the door open, grateful that the key was still in the ignition, she turned
it, slammed the car into gear and pushed the gas. With wheels spewing
gravel she manoeuvred the car between Joan and the van.
van raced towards them.
reached out as Dawn stopped the car. Wrenching the passenger door open,
she threw herself inside.
she shouted as she slammed the door
throttled the engine, shifting the car into gear; they skidded onto the
road, tires screeching. The rapid motion nearly tossed Joan into the
backseat. Franticly she
grabbed hold of the dash.
floored the accelerator just as the van hit them from behind, lessening
you all right?” Dawn shouted over the screaming tires.
Just drive!” the brunette yelled back, turning to see their assailants.
worry about these guys. You focus on driving,” said Joan as she pulled
her revolver from its’ holster
concentrated on the road ahead letting their car fly through the curves.
The small car was fast but it didn’t have the van’s horsepower.
the rear window exploded in a million small beads of glass.
The next shot took out the rear view mirror.
it Dawn, keep you head down!”
Dawn ignored her. If she was going to get them through this she had to keep her eyes on the road.
through the curves at a murderous speed Dawn fought for control as she
felt the rear end fishtail. Desperately, she tried to compensate.
car spun out of control.
Screeching tires and burning rubber engulfed
them as the car revolved several terrifying times careening off the road
until it came to a shattering halt against thick brush.
head slammed against the window to her left.
The taste of blood filled her mouth where she had bit her tongue.
herself up, she squinted through the haze and watched as the van rushed by
them before its’ driver applied the brakes.
she looked up as Joan flung the door open and grabbed her.
get out! We need to get out of here now,” the brunette said hurriedly.
Come on, there is no time! Dawn?”
leaned into the car and hauled Dawn out.
redhead tried to remain standing on unsteady legs. She attempted to focus
on the van and saw two men jump out as the driver started to back it
dragged her away from the car. Nausea rose in her throat and she swallowed
it down, over and over.
they slid through the mud and the wet autumn grass.
heard footsteps behind them and realised that their chances of outrunning
their pursuers were unlikely.
she gasped, still dizzy and slightly disoriented. “Leave me here and go
on … I have my gun, I can hold them off.”
do this to me,” Joan growled and took a firmer grip of Dawn, one hand
strongly around her upper right arm and one arm circling her waist. “We
do this together or we don’t do it at all.”
hung on as the determined brunette dragged her.
redhead turned her head and saw the two men who were quickly closing in on
the ground gave way and both the women fell.
and sliding they plummeted down a steep precipice. Obstacles in their path
bumped and bruised their bodies as they descended at a neck breaking
seemed to go on forever but eventually Dawn landed with a groan on the
bottom of the ravine. She had banged her head again and now her vision was
impaired. She tried to focus her eyes to find Joan but all she could make
out were some blurred bushes and trees.
she called, her voice a mere whisper since all the blows to her back caved
her lungs in. “Joanie …”
coughed. That hurt like hell
I’m here,” a breathless but familiar voice said. “Are you all
… I can’t see … it’s all a blur,” Dawn answered, loathing the
tone of panic in her voice. “Joanie …”
here, don’t worry,” her partner said soothingly. “You’re pretty
banged up, you know. Just rest for a minute, okay? When we’ve caught our
breath, we can start moving again.”
felt Joan pull her to the side. Slowly
she rested her head on Joan’s lap. The brunette’s breathing was as
shallow and quick as her own, but she didn’t seem to have hit as many
obstacles on the way down.
… breath in and out slowly,” Joan cautioned and the doctor felt
herself being cradled and stroked over her head. She closed her eyes and
tried to breath evenly.
she opened her eyes a minute later, her vision was back and she sighed in
better now,” she stated and rose from the other woman’s lap.
“Let’s go. They can’t be far behind us.”
gazed at the dishevelled woman in front of her.
was blood trickling from a small gap in her lips and on the left side of
her face was smudged with dirt. She could see several tears in the black
reached out and gently caught the blood with her thumb, removing it.
regarded her carefully then nodded, “I can’t hear them, but they’re
probably close by. We better get a move on.”
rose and extended a hand to Dawn, pulling her up.
doctor stifled a groan. Her back and head ached and there was something
wrong with two of her fingers on her left hand.
are you doing?” Dawn asked, determined not to let any signs of her aches
and pains show.
bit sore, but other than that I’m fine,” Joan reassured her.
began to walk south keeping a good pace, trying to get as far away from
the men as they could.
had clutched Dawn’s right hand in hers.
could hear the shallow breaths coming in tormented gushes from Dawn.
wanted to stop and let the other woman rest but there were not time for
that. They had to move on.
half an hour the terrain cleared up and they were on a gravel road.
will be a little easier for us,” she said encouragingly to Dawn.
doctor nodded and briefly closed her eyes.
regarded her for a second and then she put her arm around the smaller
woman’s waist again and as they began to walk again.
was getting colder. Even if they had several hours of daylight left, it
was safe to assume that the temperature would continue to drop.
another hour they kept walking along the small road never seeing any
traffic or houses.
can’t go on,” Dawn suddenly said, turning a pale face towards her
knew that Dawn must be at the end of her rope.
“We can rest,” Joan agreed casually, locating a fallen tree and guided the shivering redhead there.
both sank down and to Joan’s surprise, Dawn leaned against her, resting
her head on Joan’s shoulder. The brunette put an arm around her
partner’s narrow shoulders, squeezing them reassuringly.
a little,” she said, “we need to find shelter and take a look at your
bumps and bruises.”
so dizzy,” Dawn said quietly. “I think I have a concussion.”
put a gentle hand under the other woman’s chin and examined her eyes.
are equal in size and reactive to light,” she said allowed the doctor to
rest her head again. “We better keep an eye on you though. That was a
nasty crash and an even nastier fall. The reason I wasn’t hurt in the
car is because I ended up on the floor.”
am glad that you’re all right. You might need to go on alone and get
huffed and hugged the weary redhead closer.
don’t think so,” she growled. “I’m not leaving you.”
sat on the log for another ten minutes until the cold became unbearable.
need to move on,” Joan said carefully, nudging Dawn who was almost
asleep on her shoulder.
Oh, yes, you’re right,” the agent replied and stood up on shaky legs.
there was the sound of an approaching engine and they both stiffened. Joan
squinted in the direction the sound was coming from. To her dismay it was
a large, black van speeding towards them.
Run!” Joan shouted and pushed the doctor ahead of her and then grabbed
her arm, dragging her into the forest. Dawn groaned in pain but followed
her partner in, small branches whipping at her cheeks and getting tangled
in her hair as she ran.
glanced over her shoulder but there were nobody there, not yet. She knew
they had no chance to outrun them. They had to hide, but where?
Dawn fell for the third time and rolled over clutching her knee, Joan knew
they couldn’t run anymore. Frantically scanning the area she noticed a
large spruce tree twenty yard from them. If she could get Dawn and herself
under its, hanging branches …
beyond anything she had ever felt, she still managed to lift Dawn up, half
carrying and half dragging her to the tree.
shoved the branches aside and pushed the smaller woman inside. Quickly
rearranging the branches they way they were before, she then flung herself
to the ground, next to Dawn, holding her close, trying to share some
need to stay here and be really quiet,” she explained, noticing the
unusual haze in Dawn’s eyes. “Can you stop moaning, Dawnie … please?”
she begged, worried sick that the men would find them.
pulled out her gun, checked the clip inside and then did the same with
seemed to get a grip and nodded to her partner, clamping a hand over her
trembling lips, stifling the moan of pain that rose from her vocal chords.
don’t hear them yet, perhaps they didn’t see us?” Joan though out
groaned. “I’m guessing they did.”
words had just left her lips when they heard approaching footsteps.
aren’t exactly sneaking around, Joan thought.
her weapon, sliding the safety off, she regarded her partner, more worried
about her than anything else.
met her gaze with something of her usual determination.
fire unless it is your last option,” the redhead cautioned in a hoarse
won’t,” Joan answered menacingly, knowing she would defend Dawn at any
men came closer, searching in a frighteningly methodical way.
Their muted voices and the noise their steps made on the wet ground
allowed Joan to follow their movements. She moved stealthily to the right,
carefully looking through the branches. A tall, heavily built man stood
about ten yards away with his back turned against her. There were two more
men to the left and one to the right of him, all of them carrying long
sticks to push the undergrowth away with.
the man to the left called. “I’ve found something.”
of the men walked over to him and studied the ground where Dawn had fallen
studied the men as they moved in circles, widening their search parameter
little by little.
a sinking feeling, realising how utterly thorough they were, Joan assumed
a steady kneeling position, anticipating that they would have to shoot
there way out.
frantically signalled her partner to wait.
nodded as she grimly observed her targets.
she brought her left hand to her face pointing two fingers at her eyes.
She then raised three fingers in the air and pointed in the
direction where each man stood, silently signalling to her partner the
number of assailants and their positions.
large man was still standing only ten yards from their position.
The other two had resumed their search on the other side of him.
Suddenly he turned and started to randomly poke through some bushes
to the right. This put him out of Joan’s field of fire.
If he decided to approach their position from this angle she would
have to shoot to her right and then roll to her left in order to take out
the other men who undoubtedly would be firing blindly into their position.
she let her narrow eyes follow every movement outside the thick branches
as continued to assess the situation. She didn’t dare shift firing
positions. Any noise
might give her and Dawn’s position away. The tree offered good
concealment but little cover.
was so quiet beside her; she feared that her partner was unconscious. She
didn’t dare take her eyes off the men, but wanted desperately to just
glance down at her partner.
the man to her right moved within one yard of the spruce, making her
clutch the gun tighter before willing herself to relax the grip. Raising
it to eye level she held him in her sight, forcing her breaths to become
long and even. Resting her right hand in the palm of her left she let the
barrel follow the target.
woke up, glancing at her watch and the luminous hands. She realised that
she had only slept for an hour. She felt Laura lying tucked up against her
from behind, her armed draped over her, a hand on the blonde’s stomach.
moved her feet a little, trying to find a more comfortable position and
right away the older woman’s hand pressed her back against a firm,
aren’t we, Sunny thought. That’s fine with me.
let her hand follow Laura’s arm, stroking it gently.
way the auburn haired woman had touched her last night, caressed her until
the trembling magic had reached her every nerve and made her gasp for air
had frightened and excited her all at once. Yet, she had trusted Laura to
know what to do.
glad that I told her the truth, Sunny mused. I’ll have to tell her why I
have withdrawn from this kind of intimacy. She deserves to know.
hand moved upwards a bit, ending up just beneath Sunny’s breast, making
the blonde shiver. The touch was very light, almost tickling her and she
smiled into the darkness.
you could have seen your face when you touched me before, Sunny mused. How
it glowed with tenderness … and I guess, with your own suppressed desire.
Your lips became fuller, your eyes glistened and they were the brightest
colour of blue. The passion made my eyes close but I really wanted to
watch you as your hands and lips moved across my trembling body. I am so
sorry that I couldn’t look at you when everything exploded inside me.
There was just no way I could make myself do that, I lost control.
shifted and Laura moved onto the younger woman’s shoulder. Long slender
arms embraced the sleeping woman, carefully holding her as to not wake her.
Sunny mouthed soundlessly into the night. “Is that really your name?”
man came closer and quickly turned his head when one of the other goons,
an emaciated blonde man of indefinable age, whistled hard.
you! Get a move on!”
large man, now only a couple of inches away from the branches separating
him from Joan and her gun, sighed exasperatedly and stomped over to the
kept him in her sight.
quickly stole a glance at Dawn and was sickened to see the redhead
shivering in a foetal position. Her eyes were half closed, the whites of
her eyes barely visible.
in there, Dawn,” Joan mouthed to her partner as she forced herself to
concentrate on the task at hand.
men moved away about twenty yards, widening their search.
silently shifted her weapon to her right hand as she used her left hand to
unbutton her trench coat while she watched the three men.
Shrugging out of the coat she threw it over Dawn, making the other
woman flinch a little.
was getting dark.
would work to their advantage, but it would also make it that much colder
and Joan did not think Dawn could tolerate much more.
thirty minutes the men were out of sight.
ground was cold and uneven; making Joan’s left knee ache. Dressed in
jeans and a sweatshirt she had little to defend herself from the bitter
cold temperatures. She had lost all track of time.
the revolver on safe, she holstered it. Quickly she reached for Dawn’s
weapon that was lying on the ground next to her and tucked it beneath the
band of her jeans.
not to make any noise, she leaned over her partner, touching her forehead.
was cold but not as cold as she feared. The trench coat had prevented what
little warmth the doctor possessed from leaving her too quickly.
Joan whispered, cautiously covering the pale lips with her hand.
took a couple of attempts from the increasingly desperate Joan before
Dawn’s eyes fluttered open. Misty blue eyes looked questioningly at the
brown pair hovering above her.
… they‘re gone; for now at least. We need to move; they are bound to
come back, something tells me they only went to get flashlights. These
guys want us dead. They’re adamant about finding us,” Joan whispered
and removed the trench coat.
helped Dawn up, steadying her while the shorter woman regained her
will we find our way without a flashlight?” Dawn mumbled. “It is going
to be pitch black soon.”
is almost a full moon, so we should be able to see something. We aren’t
the ones looking for somebody, we just need to keep going.”
She pulled on her trench coat and then carefully buttoned Dawn’s shorter coat all the way up to her chin.
you manage?” the brunette asked quietly.
nodded and allowed Joan’s arm to circle her waist for support.
moved as quickly as they could in the opposite direction than the men had
the abandoned log cabin had been a strike of unforeseen good luck. Dawn
regarded the small room she was in. There were an old cast iron stove, a
bench along the far wall and a broken chair. It wasn’t much, but it was
a roof over their heads and a place to hide.
glanced over at Joan who was still standing in the door, her narrow eyes
searching the terrain outside the cabin.
moon was casting a ghostlike light over the trees, making the shadows move.
More than once during their two-hour walk the brunette had thrown Dawn
behind a tree or behind a large rock, thinking she heard or saw something.
frowned and embraced herself.
were not much left of Joan’s casual, almost cool, image this evening.
When she had woken Dawn up and removed the trench coat there had been
something new and indescribable in her brown eyes, something wild.
sank down on the bench, rubbing her throbbing temple.
closed the door and came over to the bench. Sitting down next to the
smaller woman she reached out and gently touched her left temple.
have a bruise there. How are you feeling?” the brunette asked quietly.
I’ll live,” Dawn mumbled wryly.
sorry, I pushed you so hard tonight.”
did what you had to. What I would have done had the circumstances been
reverse,” Dawn said, smiling faintly. “I would love to make a fire in
the stove, but we have no way of knowing if they will spot it … or if
the chimney will explode. The place looks like it’s been abandoned for
you haven’t seen my place, then. It makes this look like the Ritz,”
Joan grinned with something of her usual relaxed attitude. “I think the
roaches have a field day in my cabinets now that I am gone.”
have roaches?” Dawn asked incredulously.
But if I did, they would be in roach heaven.”
did her in. Despite the headache, her bruised knee, the cold and the
hunger, Dawn laughed out loud. Bending over and clutching her side her
laughter burst out and made her lose her breath.
Dawn, it wasn’t all that funny? … Hey, stop it …” Joan rolled her
eyes but smiled at the teary eyed agent. “You really have no sense of
timing, you know.”
dear lord … you just sounded so funny …” Dawn wiped her cheeks,
unknowingly smudging even more dirt across her pale complexion.
looked at Joan and was relieved to see the brunette looking a little more
like her usual self. “Are you as hungry and thirsty as I am?” she
worse. Haven’t seen a diet coke all day,” Joan muttered. “I could go
without food, no problem, but the coke …” She shrugged.
think we passed a well outside,” Dawn thought out loud. “Shall we see
if it still has drinkable water?”
sounds a bit adventurous, but I guess we’d better. You rest here, I’ll
way. I am not letting you go out there alone. Give me my gun, I’ll cover
you when you have your head down there.”
complied grudgingly and removed the gun from her jeans.
took it and the warmth of it made her fingers greedily circle it, knowing
it had rested against Joan’s stomach.
well was as old as the cabin, perhaps even older, but in good shape. The
bucket was still attached at the end of a rope and Joan lowered it
carefully, grinning at Dawn when it landed with a muted splash.
pulled it up and cautiously tasted the water, dipping her finger in it.
think it’s okay,” she said, “but I don’t know if it’s full of
germs or metals or anything. I don’t taste anything funny, though.”
lifted the bucket and carried inside. Dawn glanced around her and listened
into the night but only the normal forest sounds could be heard. Still no
sign of the men.
Joan had put the bucket on the bench and Dawn was pleased to see that it
wasn’t leaking. She cupped her hand and scooped up some water, drinking
it thirstily. After repeating the manoeuvre five more times she leaned
back and closed her eyes. Even the headache subsided a little as the cool
fluid entered her system.
was gulping down water just as eagerly, being less careful than Dawn and
spilling it all over her chin and down her sweatshirt.
doctor stared at the glistening drops of water that ran down that tanned
complexion. There was hardly any light in the cabin, only what the
moonbeams streaming in through a very dirty window provided. She could
barely make out Joan’s soft features but the water enhanced the lines
and the sheer beauty of the face before her made the agent’s heart ache.
are beautiful,” she whispered huskily, her voice almost inaudible.
eyes widened as she shot Dawn a look.
are beautiful,” Dawn repeated, her eyes caressing the brunettes
doctor extended an unsteady hand and wiped away the drops of water. Joan
closed her eyes and leaned into the touch.
will get through this,” Dawn said, cupping her partner’s chin in her
hand. “We will get through this and I will prove to you just how
beautiful you are.”
eyes opened and she smiled that soft, shy smile she so seldom gave anyone.
that a promise, Dawn?” she asked gently.
know you always keep you promises.”
need to rest,” Joan pointed out, holding Dawn’s hand against her cheek.
If you rest first, I’ll take the first shift. Okay?”
really wanted to take the first shift and let Joan rest, remembering the
look of wildness in her eyes, but she was exhausted and fearing she would
fall asleep made her nod gratefully.
me in three hours, all right?” she asked.
dipped her head and scooted to the farthest end of the bench, a place
giving her full view out of the dirty window. She patted her lap,
indicating for Dawn to lie down.
doctor hesitated for a couple of seconds and then slowly sank down to rest
her head on the brunette’s lap. Feeling suddenly utterly safe and very
sleepy, she pulled her coat tighter around her and closed her eyes.
kept her eyes gazing out the window.
was in a situation where she had to stay focused on the mission a hand but
the warmth head resting on her lap moved her in ways she never thought
possible. She knew then
that she would do anything to protect this woman.
moved outside the window and she allowed herself to quickly glance down at
the woman sleeping with her head on her lap. With her face buried against
the brunette’s stomach and she laid curled up in her coat. The cabin was
cold and Joan carefully touched Dawn’s cheek to check her temperature.
She was cold but not as much as her partner feared, perhaps because they
were huddled so closely together.
resumed her position and kept her eyes locked on the silent forest outside.
hours passed and when she began to yawn as she checked her watch and
realised that almost four hours had passed. Dawn had slept right through
them, not even stirring once. Joan had checked her temperature and
breathing several times but as far as she could judge there were no
complications. Dawn was but
exhausted sleeping soundly.
she said and carefully shook the agent’s slender shoulder.
there was nothing but then the redhead stirred and moaned quietly. Turning
her head and blinking up at Joan in a surprised and drowsy manner, she
smiled, taking Joan’s breath away.
it my turn now?” Dawn whispered hoarsely. “Or are we in trouble?”
realised that the doctor was joking, knowing that she would have pushed
her off her lap and already be at the window with her gun in hand if there
was any sign trouble.
watched in astonishment as an impish grin formed on her still not fully
your time,” the brunette managed. “Nothing much going on here.”
for my heart going berserk, she thought and tried to look casual.
shook her head a little and sat up. Swinging her feet onto the floor, she
grimaced a little and grabbed her knee.
it bad?” Joan asked, motioning for the knee, visible through the tear in
not especially, but I am sore for being in the same position for … what
time is it?”
were supposed to wake me over an hour ago.”
know, but you were sleeping and I thought you needed that more than I did,
for now. How is your head? Still got a headache?”
glared at her but then relented.
is better,” she said softly. “The bruise is tender, but the nausea is
rose and drank some water from the bucket. Then she went back to the bench
and looked down at Joan.
wonder if this cabin has an old outhouse or something?” the redhead said,
have to go?” Joan asked. “That has been on my mind for two hours now.”
Well, should we take a look, since you won’t be able to rest if you’re
in this state?” she smiled wryly.
nodded and they stepped outside after checking through the window.
found a dangerous looking outhouse that had lost half of its roof.
carefully pulled the narrow door opened and gazed inside.
we struck gold,” she said, smiling broadly, “it even has some
newspaper here … from 1971. I guess we could use that …” Her voice
trailed off as Dawn laughingly shook her head and pushed the brunette
go first, I’ll keep watch,” she grinned.
was relieved; not only physically but also that Dawn was so casual about
it. The stuck up, distant Bureau Bitch was not at all as detached or as
posh as everybody thought. In fact she was down to earth and extremely
caring and practical, Joan decided and arranged her clothes to go back
waited for her and with a crooked smile she entered the outhouse, pulling
the door closed behind her.
it’s dark in here,” Joan heard her mutter.
finding the zipper?” the brunette teased.
I hope there aren’t any spiders here. I hate spiders.”
What about snakes?”
is a snake in here?” the doctor asked with apparent concern.
I just wondered if you hated them too. Guess you answered my question.”
were some inaudible mumbling and then the agent came outside, zipping her
trousers and buttoning them.
fetched the bucket and they took turns rinsing their hands while the other
one poured from it.
reached into her pocket and hauled out a handkerchief. She rinsed it and
then carefully cleaned Dawn’s face, mindful of her bruise.
Without a word the redhead let her do it and then she surprised her partner by returning the favour.
closed her eyes, her heart missing a beat as she relished in the gentle
touch and shivered at the touch of the cool handkerchief and Dawn’s cold
go inside,” Dawn decided and pulled at Joan’s arm. “I will let you
sleep for two hours and then we will move on. We need to find our way back
to a populated area today.”
nodded as she sat down on the bench.
closed the door and then took the same position her partner had had
earlier. She smiled faintly at Joan and patted her lap.
down, Joan,” she said simply.
brunette complied, sighing softly as her head ended up on her partner’s
thighs. She closed her eyes and inhaled Dawn’s own scent, mixed with the
earthy smell of the forest clinging to both their clothes.
there was a small, soft hand in her hair. Over and over it stroked her
dark brown tresses, all dishevelled from yesterday, soothing her no end.
It only took her a couple of minutes to fall asleep.
woke up with her arms full of one delicious blonde.
regarded the tousled head on her shoulder and then became acutely aware of
the hand resting on her breast.
her eyes she felt her entire body go rigid and then a soft fire began to
sweep through her veins.
tried to pull away but Sunny was so much taller and heavier than she was,
it was impossible to untangle herself without waking the younger woman.
my … she thought frantically, what do I do now? If I wake her, she might
be embarrassed or she might think …
herself for blowing this way out of proportions Laura decided to just lie
still, hoping for Sunny to shift before waking up.
thought about the night before. How she had laughed at Sunny’s attempt
at being casual about all the aliases they used, how the old man, John had
greeted them with a baseball bat and then decided to trust them simply
because of their gender.
grinned. Being a fugitive together with this amazing blonde sure made it
more interesting. Then her smile faltered. She might have to put plan B in
motion since there was no ride in sight.
of it, she pressed her lips against the blonde hair in a moment of regret
and tenderness. This caused Sunny to stir and her hand on Laura’s breast
moved involuntarily, causing the older woman to gasp.
… Laura?” Sunny whispered.
You sleep some more,” Laura tried, her voice huskier than usual.
you all right?” the blonde persisted, although in a very sleepy voice.
time is it?”
don’t know, I can’t reach my watch, but it is still dark,” Laura
answered feverishly trying not to think about the warm hand making little
movements around her breast.
seemed to realised how she was positioned and where her hand was at that
same instant. She inhaled and raised her head to glance at Laura but she
didn’t remove her hand.
…” she whispered uncertainly.
okay, don’t worry,” the older woman reassured her.
okay … if I touch you?” Sunny asked, her voice unsteady.
it is. But you don’t have to, only if you want to … only if you want,”
Laura managed, as feeling in close resemblance to fear choked her voice.
Sunny only looked at her, her hand making careful little circles on the outside of Laura’s tee shirt. The older woman bit her lower lip to stifle a moan and close her eyes, afraid to let her passion show.
nipples reacted with an aching hardness and Laura involuntarily arched her
back to get closer to Sunny’s cautious touch. This encouraged the
younger woman to stroke more firmly, more insistently which made a moan of
pleasure escape from Laura’s throat.
this feel good?” Sunny asked, her voice only a whisper.
gazed up at her, nodding wordlessly. It felt good, very good.
Sunny’s hand slid down her stomach, found the soft skin under the tee
shirt and moved upwards again. Shivering now, having this wonderful
creature so close to her, the auburn haired woman extended an arm and
pulled Sunny closer.
me,” she mumbled against the blonde’s cheek.
turned her head and found Laura’s lip in a tender kiss that turned
passionate within seconds.
…” Laura moaned into the softness of the other woman’s mouth. Their
tongues danced, tasted each other and the kiss went on and on while Sunny
moved her hand to Laura’s breasts, this time finding only soft and
She caressed and pinched the nipples and Laura could only kiss her and shiver in her arms.
… you are incredible,” Laura groaned.
you who are wonderful,” Sunny said huskily, planting kisses along the
other woman’s neckline. “I love kissing you, touching you …”
head was spinning, from passion but also from fear.
is going too fast, she thought frantically, and I’m not sure I can stop
caught Sunny’s busy hand in hers and pulled the blonde in for a hug.
… Wait,” she pleaded breathlessly. “This is going too fast … and
we have to get going, darling.”
younger woman’s eyes glazed over and she blushed faintly.
her mind, Laura hugged her even harder.
you didn’t do anything wrong,” she explained tenderly. “I just want
us to take it slow … you know … we are in a lot of trouble and we
never … I just don’t want you to get hurt.”
can touching you like this hurt me?” Sunny asked flatly.
can. Trust me it can,” Laura sighed. “If we get seriously involved, if
we really make love, it can become hard for you later on …”
why will making love change what I am feeling already?” Sunny objected
and sat up on the bed, swinging her feet over the edge. “I already …
care for you … more than I can say. How will making love or not alter
groaned inwardly and propped herself up on her elbow.
making love adds to all that,” she stated firmly. “We have feelings
for each other, strong feelings. And if we make love, we will strengthen
the bond even more. If something happens to me … and it very well could,
you would have given me something …”
voice trailed off and she sank back down onto the pillow, regarding the
weary young woman.
was quiet for a moment, lowering her head, avoiding Laura’s gaze. Then
she smiled enigmatically and rose from the bed.
taking a shower,” she said casually and got up. Patting the sleepy dog
in the other bed she entered the bathroom without looking at Laura.
older woman lied speechless in bed, staring at the half closed door.
was that all about, she asked herself and sat up. She just … smiled and
her head she rose from the bed and couldn’t help but smile at the drowsy
dog, snuggling into the pillow on the other bed.
are one lucky dog,” she mumbled and scratched his ear.
wagged his tail lazily, licking her hand.
like me, huh?” Laura smiled crookedly. “You are crazy. I’m nothing
but trouble for you and your mom.”
walked over to the window and noticed the sun rising. It was going to be a
cool, clear day. At least it wasn’t raining anymore; this would make
their trip a little easier.
don’t look forward to stealing another car, she thought wearily. A
little flame of fear, it was seldom acknowledged but often present,
couldn’t be ignored.
stood motionless in the doorway to the bathroom. Her mind raced with
scattered thoughts of all the lonely years. Moving in and out of the
periphery of peoples lives, but never belonging …
was in the shower behind an almost transparent shower curtain. She moved
and hummed, her luscious, slender body turned into a milky white under the
swallowed hard. The sight was once again sheer beauty and her heart ached.
really thinking she pulled her tee shirt and panties off and then checked
the wound after removing the bandage.
if in a trance she stepped into the shower next to the young woman who
didn’t even flinch.
just regarded Laura with that enigmatic smile again and grabbed the
shampoo bottle. Pouring some in her hand she washed the auburn hair with
then shifted a little, grabbed a soap, worked up lather and started to
wash Laura’s stiff shoulders, gently massaging them and by doing so,
making the older woman relax into her touch. Gentle hands traced aching
muscles along Laura’s back, as she casually washed her legs and then
turned her around.
looked questioningly at her and when Laura nodded a bit shakily, the
blonde ran her soapy hands down her chest, washing her breasts, her
quivering stomach and then only brushing lightly against the auburn hair
beneath it, she moved up again. With lingering strokes she washed
Laura’s arms and hands and then she surprised the other woman again by
moving in behind her, holding her close to her own slippery body.
Laura gasped but leaned her head back onto the blonde’s shoulder.
…” Sunny hushed and let her hands caress Laura’s now aching breasts.
“I’ve got you.”
kept her hands there for a long time as the hot water cascaded over them,
rinsing the soap away, only leaving the glistening wet bodies there.
closed her eyes and let go of her thoughts and her fears. Caught up in the
moment she allowed herself to just feel, to just be. It had been so long
… so frightfully long since someone had touched her.
pulled her closer to her ample chest, the hard nipples poking into
Laura’s back, making the older woman moan a little. Sunny’s right hand
followed the softness of Laura’s stomach down to the soft hair at the
apex of her thighs.
me, Laura,” the younger woman whispered. “Please let me …”
could only nod; her voice was gone.
long fingers started stroking her swollen folds, easily sliding in between
them. She jumped when they brushed against the aching nubbin there.
…” Laura groaned and her hips moved against the soft touch. “Oh,
are wonderful, Laura,” Sunny whispered through the water coming from
above. “Relax against me … I’ll hold you.”
moaned and let her body lean against the taller woman. Spreading her legs
a little to allow easier access she blushed faintly at how ready she was,
how wet she had become just by waking up next to this amazing young woman.
…” she groaned and undulated against the intrusive fingers. “Yes
let her fingers pick up a slow, steady pace and it was not long until
Laura started gasping and tremble.
me,” she breathed, “I think I’m falling.”
… I’ve got you,” Sunny reassured her and kept her fingers playing.
it was over her. Like a whirlwind, the ecstasy flowed through her, sending
little bolts of lightning wherever Sunny’s hand touched her, into her
thighs and her stomach.
groaned and convulsed against the younger woman who supported her.
descending and shakily pivoting in Sunny’s arms to hug her, to hold her,
Laura hid her face against the long, white neck of the young woman.
darling,” she whispered.
you all right?” Sunny asked quietly, holding Laura close.
all right,” Laura said throatily. “You … you must have felt that.”
nodded and kissed the auburn hair.
be fine,” Laura stated, “just let me … rest a little.”
better move, the water is getting colder. I think we just used up all of
their hot water,” Sunny said regretfully.
have? Oh, that will be hard to explain.”
moved out of the shower, still holding each other. Sunny turned off the
water and then wrapped them both in a large towel, making a cocoon of them
together. She put a finger under Laura’s chin and tipped her head back
to brush a kiss over her lips.
was that for?” Laura smiled, secretly pleased by the younger woman’s
desire to keep touching her.
guess, a sort of thank you.”
should be thanking you, darling,” Laura smiled crookedly.
just shook her head and hugged her close, nuzzling the wet hair. “This
is what I mean, Laura,” she whispered uncertainly.
leaned back to gaze into the icy blue eyes.
are you talking about, Sunny?” she asked.
still feel the same. I felt the same for you before you touched me last
night … and I feel the same for you after holding you now. The love is
words reverberated within Laura, making her both cringe and become
deliriously happy. She knew, that the young woman had strong feelings for
her, maybe even loved her … but to hear that usually so cool and
matter-of-fact voice tremble and declare it so openly took her by
surprise. She simply wasn’t prepared for it and cursed herself for not
being more perceptive to the signs leading up to this.
dump this beautiful creature at Malachai’s; it would devastate her.
Laura closed her eyes and leaned into the embrace.
two minutes more and then we have to thank our hosts and move on, she
thought wearily. Then I will have to break somebody’s heart – again.
left the cabin at daybreak.
had quenched their thirst at the well and now Dawn felt confident that she
would at least manage a couple of hours, crossing the forest.
had decided to follow a small, almost overgrown dirt road lead from the
cabin. It would make the walk easier than stumbling over rocks and roots
had surprised Dawn by tucking the doctor’s hand on her arm and by doing
so, wordlessly suggesting that she accept the support.
had sighed but relented, after a while grateful for the help. She was
weakening but tried to hide it by just placing one foot in front of the
other. With sheer power of will she kept walking.
They had to get out of there and she knew there was no way she
would ever be able to convince Joan to leave her behind.
things been the opposite, she wouldn’t have either.
locked her gaze at the narrow road ahead of them, knowing that Joan was
covering the peripheral, carefully looking for any signs of their
followers from yesterday.
you okay?” the brunette asked, changing her grip and letting her other
arm circle Dawn’s waist.
Dawn lied, trying to smile. They had only been walking for a little more
than an hour and she was ready to lie down and rest on the closest log.
are walking a bit unsteadily,” Joan said casually and pulled her closer.
“Put your arm around me and I’ll hold on to you. We need to keep
know,” Dawn grimaced and complied.
moved on and after an additional half hour the doctor’s feet ached so
badly she had to bite her lip not to moan from the pain.
came out of nowhere without any signs or warning.
men stood before them brandishing weapons, pointing them the two tousled,
finally,” the skinny blonde man said, carefully moving closer and
took you so long, ladies?”
let her arm slid down Joan’s hip and move slowly behind her back, trying
to not be too obvious.
no, no,” the blonde man cautioned, waving his gun warningly. “Don’t
motioned to the other two men towards the women. He maintained cover as
the other two frisked the two women, unbuttoning their coats and removing
one of them stepped behind Joan and yanked back her arms, slipping a small
plastic clamp over her wrists. Dawn could see the brunette bite her lip
and wince at the pain of having her circulation cut off.
hands received the same treatment and she felt her left shoulder ache from
the violent abuse.
hands forced them to kneel. Dawn knew without a doubt; this would be a
downright execution, all the signs were there. She glanced over at Joan,
knowing by the thin lips and the narrow eyes that she knew it too.
two men moved away, leaving room for the blonde man to approach them, a
revolting smile playing on his lips.
let his gun slide under Dawn’s chin and forced her to meet his eyes.
so posh, nor so bitchy now, Doctor Morrison?” he taunted triumphantly.
have the advantage,” Dawn said through clenched teeth. “You know who I
am but I don’t recall you. What?
No introductions?” She managed to sound as condescending as she
could, hoping to throw him a little, buying them time.
hid it well, but she thought she could see him frown.
don’t see the need since you are at the end of the road, literally.”
let his gun slide along her jaw line, up her cheek and then pressed into
her temple, making her bruise ache and she couldn’t withhold a groan of
… hurts, doesn’t it?” he said in mock sympathy. “Well the good new
is, it won’t for much longer.”
nudged her again with the gun and then there was first one shot fired and
then one more only a second later.
thin blonde man stumbled and fell. He nearly knocked the two women over,
landing on his stomach several yards away. The other two men just stared
at his motionless body.
there was the calm, throaty voice of Laura Carter.
“Now, gentlemen, is that any way to treat a lady?”