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
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Rating: Chapters vary between G - NC-17
Revised May 2, 2001
As always, I owe so much to Pol.
Finding Shelter From The Storm
walked down to the dirt road.
was right behind her with a hand on Hubert’s collar. The dog growled
deep in his throat. The silence after the two shots was ear deafening.
man she had shot in the back lay motionless in the dirt. One of the
kneeling women, the brunette, was already struggling to get on her feet.
The other one, whom she had recognised as Doctor Morrison, was still
kneeling, looking dazed.
Laura never took her eyes off the two goons standing about three yards behind the agents. They weren’t moving. She smiled crookedly and motioned with her gun for them to drop their weapons.
don’t mind if my friend here takes care of those, do you boys?” she
asked amicably, watching them as they threw an UZI and a Colt 44 automatic
to the ground.
walked over to pick up the weapons. When she came close, one of the men
moved towards her.
didn’t even have time to warn the blonde. Sunny twirled, kicked out and
sent the man flying. Laura grinned. This girl was too good to be true.
looking over at the agents, Laura raised her leg and removed her boot
she said and tossed it towards the brunette.
agent took the knife and knelt behind her partner, freeing her hands.
Morrison grabbed the knife with unsteady hands and returned the favour.
The brunette pulled the doctor up and then collected the confiscated
weapons from Sunny.
know where to aim,” she mumbled to the blonde who just nodded and walked
over to Laura.
we have a problem,” the auburn haired woman said casually. “We have to
decide what to do with our friends here. I would imagine that you’d want
to call for back up?”
had regained her composure and walked up to Laura.
is not that simple,” she said darkly. “We have to be more innovative
than that, Farlow.”
noticed Sunny shooting her a look and groaned inwardly. This was not how
she had planned their day.
had left Emma and John early in the morning, taking a small road through
the forest to stay away from traffic. After walking for a couple of hours
they spotted a van similar to the one who forced them off the road days
earlier. Quickly Laura and Sunny had taken cover in the woods as the van
pulled off the road.
Silently they watched as three men jumped from the van and ran down the road, weapons in hand.
instincts had kicked in and they had followed them at a distance.
she and Sunny had not simply stolen the van and driven off she had no
the men not been hard. The
goons seemed intent on what ever it was they were pursuing and never
bothered to check behind them.
had happened next had shocked both women.
the assault on the two agents had made Laura blood turn cold. She had
watched and waited as the scene before them unfolded and had turned ugly.
When it looked as if the agents were about to be killed, she had acted
without hesitation, shooting the scum before he committed the execution.
had recognised Doctor Morrison instantly. This woman had been hot on her
trail for years now and on more than one occasion she had been close
enough for Laura to observe her. This was their first meeting face to
think we better secure them,” the brunette now said and handed the UZI
over to Morrison. “I am sure they have more of those comfy little clamps
walked over to the men and with a nonchalant use of her elbow against his
neck she sent the only standing man to the ground. Frisking him, she found
several plastic clamps. She quickly secured their hands behind their backs
and then their feet. With a devilish grin she then used two extra clamps
to connect their hands and feet to each other’s.
back to the other women she passed the motionless blonde man on the ground.
Nudging him with her toe without stirring a reaction she knelt and felt
for a pulse on his neck.
shook her head. “He’s dead,” she said calmly and rose to her feet.
shrugged. “Too bad.”
glanced at her but she wasn’t up to facing the blonde regarding this yet.
secured her weapon and lowered it.
Farlow, this is one shooting you won’t be blamed for. Thank you for
saving our lives.”
resisted the urge to roll her eyes.
your eternal gratitude wouldn’t happen to extend to letting us just
wander off, would it?” she drawled.
made a face and shook her head.
I can’t do that. But things are complicated. We need to get out of here.”
not lowering her weapon, studied the doctor. She was pale and small beads
of sweat pearled on her forehead and upper lip. She realised that both of
the agents looked bruised and in dire need of food and rest. She nodded
once I agree. Their vehicle is down there,” she motioned with her chin
down the road.
about them?” Sunny asked, her deep melodic voice almost startling the
all looked at Laura who frowned.
of my reputation with the Bureau, I don’t take out defenceless people.
Not even if they are scum like these two.”
say we just leave them,” the brunette said grimly. “A little crawling
will do them good.”
looked like she wanted to object but closed her mouth. Laura saw her start
to sway and before she realised what was going to happen, the redhead’s
knees were buckling.
the brunette gasped and reached for her partner.
tall blonde caught the petite woman before she hit the ground. Gently she
lifted the agent up in her arms.
fainted,” she said and looked worriedly at her burden.
brunette touched the pale face of her colleague. “She has a fever. Damn,
she has a head injury and she has been without food and water too long.”
suggest we move,” Laura said and started walking. The others followed,
Sunny carrying the unconscious agent in her arms. Laura glanced at her and
women didn’t have to walk far. Parked behind the next curve was the van.
Joan and Laura reached for the handle to the back door at the same time.
Exchanging looks, Joan sighed and stepped back.
my guest,” she said dryly and watched Grace Farlow break into the van
within twenty seconds. Joan was impressed. She knew the van had extra
protection but the older woman had broken into it with ease.
you,” Laura said and nodded at Joan who climbed in and then turned to
take Dawn from Sunny Stewart.
She looked down at the pale face and felt her heart twinge.
was burning up. They had to
make her drink and she had no clue how to do this while she was
climbed in past her.
“Just as I thought. There is a bunk bed up here,” she said.
carried Dawn over to the bed and put her down. Joan looked out the windows,
noticing in the corner of her eyes that Farlow did the same. There was
nothing stirring out there.
need to get out of here,” the brunette said solemnly. “You drive and
I’ll take care of Dawn. And Farlow… this doesn’t mean that we’re
not bringing you in.”
older woman’s eyes narrowed and she carefully placed her weapon in her
belt. Shooting Joan a cold look she nodded.
agree, for now. Just one more thing, my name is Laura.” Her voice was
low and calm but Joan could hear the deadly serious tone underneath the
nodded. “Okay, for now, you’re Laura.”
Stewart had brought the enormous dog inside and closed the door. She
walked over to Dawn and touched her forehead. “She is burning up. We
have to wake her,” she said calmly.
nodded and while Laura hot-wired the van, she sat down next to her partner
and shook her gently. “Dawn,” she called. “Wake up, we must get you
to drink. Dawn?”
matter how she tried, the redhead couldn’t do more than briefly open her
eyes. Sunny had fetched mineral water from the small fridge but there was
no way they could get the doctor to drink. The water splashed over her
lips, only threatening to choke her.
have to feed her,” Sunny said.
do you mean?” Joan asked, more sharply than she had intended. The blonde
looked like a nice girl but the agent was growing more and more concerned
with her partner.
must feed her, like this,” Sunny said and took a sip of water from the
bottle and then demonstrated how she meant by letting it trickle slowly
from her full lips into the sink. “I would do it, but I might scare her,
make her choke. She is your friend. You must turn her a little on her side.
You can do it this way with people who are not entirely unconscious.”
just stared for a couple of seconds but then resolutely grabbed the bottle
and took a mouthful of water.
nodded and kneeling on the floor she leaned in over Dawn and carefully
opened her mouth. Turning the agent’s head a little towards her, Joan
let a small squirt of water trickle in between the dry lips beneath hers.
relief when Dawn automatically swallowed encouraged her to repeat it six
more times. She rose from the floor and looked gratefully at Sunny who
Joan said. “I need to drink something too. Did you see anything more
solid in there?”
nodded and opened the fridge again. Taking out three packs of sandwiches
she gave one to Joan and went up front to Laura, handing her one too. She
sat down next to the older woman but not before letting her hand grace the
back of the auburn head.
raised an eyebrow and smiled.
then sat down next to Dawn and let her own hand do a similar manoeuvre.
Stroking the tousled and dirty hair out of her partner’s eyes she bent
down, putting her lips against the redhead’s ear.
better, Dawn,” she whispered. “Get better.”
drove along smaller secondary roads for hours.
was at the wheel for the first two and then Sunny took over. They had not
exchanged many words during the drive and the blonde was full of questions.
She didn’t dare to ask Laura anything as long as the agents were there.
over to her right she saw Laura sitting in a relaxed way on the
passenger’s seat. The only thing giving the older woman away was the
small movement of the muscles around her jaw.
if she felt Sunny’s glance, Laura turned her head.
okay?” she asked quietly.
was a slight hesitation.
not really. I had planned to talk to you today, to explain …”
faced the road again, pressing her lips together.
don’t have to do this,” Sunny said uncertainly. “With them …”
motioned to the back with her head.
they’re all right,” Laura smiled wryly. “I’d have to say that
those two are the good guys in this.” She pinched the base of her nose.
passed a sign informing her about an upcoming intersection and looked
questioningly at Laura. The older woman turned her head to the back of the
We are coming up at the intersection here. Still south, I assume?”
brunette who had introduced herself as Joan in passing earlier came up
south. There is only one way we can go from now. I talked to Dawn, she is
awake, and she agrees.”
flinched but managed to steer the van across the busier road.
going to Jared?” she asked cautiously, wondering if this had been
Laura’s intention all along. “Laura?”
nodded again. “Yes, he is the only one who can and will help us. His
strongest reason for doing so would be you.”
tightened her grip of the steering wheel. She didn’t like the sound of
this. Laura had that final, indifferent tone in her voice that she had
come to both fear and dislike.
… am I bate or am I the reason for us going south?” the blonde asked,
glad that her voice didn’t betray the whirling emotions inside her.
little bit of both,” Laura answered. “But the only reason I was
heading south with you was to keep you as safe as I could. I couldn’t
…” Her voice trailed off.
cleared her throat and returned to her partner.
Sunny asked quietly. “What couldn’t you?”
auburn haired woman dragged a hand across the back of her neck.
couldn’t bear it if anything happened to you,” she said in a low voice,
filled with more emotions than she had shown since their shower this
morning. She glanced at Sunny, her eyes a dull grey.
considered this and let the van take the soft curves smoothly.
are putting yourself on the line for me,” she realised. “You feel
guilty. Perhaps you even feel obligated to keep me safe, to stop anything
from happening to me because of you. You have risked getting caught all
along from doing so, haven’t you? These … “ she waved one carelessly
to the back of the van, “ … agents, they won’t let you go, will they?”
laced her fingers on her lap, shaking her head slowly.
they won’t. But I’ve outrun them before, I can do it again.”
for how long?” Sunny whispered. “For how long will you run, Laura?”
name isn’t Laura,” the older woman said harshly, biting her lower lip.
know. You are this Grace Farlow, aren’t you?”
glanced at her.
you heard the name before?”
laughed, an odd little croaking sound.
on TV a hundred times or so. The scientist who … supposedly,”
she pointed out, “stole government research material, set her lab on
fire and killed fourteen innocent people and several others later. Among
them her sister and brother-in-law.”
didn’t even flinch. She kept her gaze at the road, a strange half smile
on her narrow lips.
heard of me all right,” she said calmly.
meeting you, I don’t see how any of that can be true,” Sunny stated,
hanging on to the wheel with cold fingers.
made Laura flinch. Her body went rigid in the seat and her head snapped to
the left, her eyes nailing Sunny.
don’t know anything about me!” she growled. “You don’t know
anything about who I was back then!”
I didn’t know you then, but I know enough now to give you the benefit of
the doubt,” she replied hotly, tears forming in her eyes. “You are
like a hunted animal, with animal instincts. You move like a thief in the
night because you need to, not because you want to.”
covered her mouth with a trembling hand.
are caring, you are unselfish and you … you need me,” the blonde
continued, her voice choked.
older woman sighed and closed her eyes briefly. Then she got up and stood
behind Sunny. She stroked the blonde hair and smoothed down the younger
woman’s ponytail. The soft hands ended up resting against a long, white
neck, caressing it with the gentlest of fingers.
are so damn protective,” Laura whispered.
are you,” Sunny said defensively.
both are, then,” the other woman agreed.
we are going to Jared’s … shouldn’t we call him?”
said a cool voice from behind, startling them both, “I don’t think we
will surprise him by showing up. Perhaps the fact that it’s all four of
us will, though.”
Morrison was leaning against her partner who helped her to sit down in the
passenger’s seat. She had freshened up. More water and food had helped
the agent find her bearings again. She now regarded them all with even
blue eyes, her authoritative presence almost as palpable as Laura’s.
Stewart, won’t call Malachai before we get there. We got the impression
that even his organisation, no matter how legit these days, has been
shot the agent a worried look.
visited Malachai before going to River Meadow,” Dawn continued
matter-of-factly, “and he is the only one we can trust right now. There
is a mole in the Bureau. We are not sure whom to trust. One thing these
last days have proven is that who ever it is, doesn’t want you found,
Farlow. Or should I say; wants to find you first.”
felt Laura’s fingers jerk against her skin at the sound of the name she
only reason I’m sharing this information,” Dawn said sternly,
directing her cool blue eyes towards Laura, “is that this means that the
evidence against you may have been engineered.
There’s been far too many computer screw ups, missed surveillance
operations … stake outs.”
regarded the older woman severely.
don’t need to tell you that far too many lives have been lost over
couldn’t agree more,” Laura answered, her voice calm but Sunny felt
the tremors moving through her fingers.
got up and motioned for Laura to sit again. Leaning a little against her
partner, the agent returned to the back of the van.
was a brief silence and then Laura sat down. Sunny focused on the driving,
carefully keeping an eye on the fuel gauge. They would have to pull over
soon to fill the van up.
told you I was bad news,” Laura eventually said, her voice casual.
also told you … that I wasn’t the among the worst of them.”
what are you thinking?”
bit her lip, then sighed, feeling very tired.
don’t know what to think. If you’re asking if my feelings have changed;
the answer is no.”
have killed people.”
had known it must have been in self-defence but relief flooded her anyway.
She chanced a look Laura’s way. The older woman was staring at the road
again, obviously remaining calm only by doing so.
I ask you something, Laura?” Sunny held her breath.
never stole anything, did you?”
shifted in her chair and regarded the younger woman through her eyelashes.
I didn’t. I didn’t take anything from the institute. It was all
destroyed in the fire. Still, I have what they all want, right here.”
sank down onto the bunk bed with a sigh. It had taken every bit of what
little strength she had to go up in front and be the boss. She looked up
at Joan who hovered above her trying so clearly not to look concerned.
redhead smiled faintly.
is one tough lady,” she said quietly, nodding towards the front of the
she scares the hell out of me. She just looks at you with those piercing
eyes and you have absolutely no idea what she’s thinking.”
saved our lives. She could have stolen the van and just taken off with
regarded the young blonde’s dog that slept soundly, sprawled all over
the lethal guard dog. He looks … cosy?” she said shaking her head.
“They make an unbelievable trio, that’s for sure.”
impressed me. Miriam never mentioned that she is a martial art expert.
That kick wasn’t beginner’s luck,” Joan said.
it wasn’t. She isn’t very blasé. The way she looks and acts around
Farlow is anything but cool or casual.”
brunette sat down next to her partner.
are you feeling? Do you want anything to drink?”
I’m fine. I just needed to sit down for a bit. Thank you for taking care
of me earlier.”
had vague memories of drinking water from her partner’s mouth and
blushed faintly. It had been such an intimate thing and she wasn’t sure
she remembered it correctly.
it was my pleasure,” Joan grinned.
rolled her eyes but allowed her heavy head to fall onto the other
woman’s shoulder. “We must keep driving,” she stated firmly. “We
need to get to Malachai as soon as possible. It is too dangerous to stay
at motels or in the van. We must keep going.”
don’t have any cash either, it is still in the car,” Joan reminded her.
“All I have are the clothes on my back, my gun and my ID.”
nodded. “Same here.”
came back and Dawn sat up, trying to not slump back again.
“We need gas,” the auburn haired woman stated. “Sunny is pulling over soon. Just so you know.”
you have cash?” Dawn asked sharply.
smiled, a feral grin that didn’t convey any happiness.
that she returned to the front.
Dawn moaned and let her head fall back onto Joan’s shoulder. “She
reminds me of my former boss.”
mean, Ms Jones? I never met her, but I am told that woman was something
could turn a good day into a disaster just by showing her face. She
personalised the word ‘trouble’, I swear. When she became head of the
Washington office and Monroe replaced her, we all sighed in relief. But
perhaps … we would have been better off with Jones. She was a pain, but
… she was honest and fair.”
arm circled Dawn’s shoulders.
don’t trust anybody from Monroe and up, do you?” she asked carefully.
I don’t. There isn’t much I can do before we arrive at Malachai’s.
But once we do … I will make some phone calls and stir the nest a little.”
Joan said warningly. “Not one of those reckless stunts again? Please …
buried her face against the softness of her partner’s neck.
me?” she asked breathlessly. “I have a feeling it may be a while
before we get the chance again and I … I need you … As for reckless
stunts; I learned most of them from you, remember?”
had been dark for more than four hours when they pulled up at the
warehouse where Malachai lived.
had driven the last three hours and now she stopped the engine and gazed
out the window. Laura and Sunny
came up behind her.
lives here?” Sunny asked sounding surprised.
Joan answered and rose from the seat.
went back into the van and grabbed her torn trench coat. Dawn was already
standing by the back door, her gun in one hand and the other one on
growling,” Dawn said quietly. “He hears something.”
hadn’t heard the dog earlier but now she did. A soft, murmuring growl
reverberated through that huge, muscular body.
and Laura joined them.
on alert,” Laura whispered to the blonde, motioning for her to take care
of her dog. “We don’t want him to be the first one out.”
glanced back. She nodded briskly and opened the door a couple of inches.
At the same time, Laura and Joan moved up to the front. Joan opened the
passenger’s door. Ducking she let her body slide through. Laura followed
agent motioned for the older woman to circle the car to the left. After a
quick glance under the car Laura complied. Joan reached the back of the
van just as Dawn climbed down. Sunny and the dog followed. They started
walking towards the large door, making sure the coast was clear.
you get us inside without having to knock?” Joan asked Laura.
auburn haired woman shook her head.
has an extensive alarm system,” she said. “We don’t have to knock.
He’s already seen us.”
Dawn said. “That could mean that somebody else has too.”
was a sudden rumble when the large door slid up. Laura pushed Sunny behind
her to the right of the opening. The other two moved to the left.
door came to a stop. There was a short silence. Joan couldn’t see
anything in the darkness.
a nice surprise, ladies,” Malachai’s voice said.
you alone?” she asked, letting her hand fall on Dawn’s shoulder.
course. It is the middle of the night,” he answered friendly. “Don’t
stand out there in the dark, come in.”
brunette shook her head. Something was off.
wrong,” she whispered in Dawn’s ear. The doctor nodded.
Sunny’s voice called.
was a short silence and then he spoke again.
This is indeed a surprise. Did you bring that big oaf Herbert with you?”
was proof enough for Joan.
going in,” she hissed and pushed past her partner.
She entered the dark hallway.
my man,” Joan beamed.
hiding her gun in the large folds of her trench coat she entered the dark
hallway. Remembering where the light switch was, she casually walked close
to the wall and slammed her hand against it.
light flickered and then flooded the large room.
took in the scene.
stood between two men. Each had a gun aimed at him. There were no sign of
Mary or the children.
agent threw herself into a roll, ending up at the bottom of a small
staircase. She shot the closest goon. Hitting him in the shoulder she sent
the man flying into a wall.
ducked and was down on his stomach. Joan rolled again and fired twice. The
bullets tore up the other man’s biceps and hand, disarming him. He
pivoted violently but stayed on his feet.
Laura and Dawn were inside, jumping over her as she tried to get on her
came like a bat out of hell. Growling deep in his throat, he landed on all
fours on the man still standing, hurling him to the floor.
staggered to her feet, her back aching.
others had secured the two men. Laura and Malachai were checking out the
doorways leading from the hallway. Joan sighed, rubbing her hip.
pushed a couple of buttons behind a console, making the large door go
Tremayne,” he said, a little out of breath. “You move like lightning.”
made a face, not even looking at Dawn.
had to do something,” the brunette mumbled.
did you know?” Malachai grinned, hauling the closest bleeding man over
to the other one.
called the girl Sunshine and the dog Herbert.”
nodded approvingly and then smiled at Sunny.
there, sweetie. It was clever of you not to correct me,” he said.
regarded him calmly. “I understood that something was wrong. I wasn’t
aware that Ms Tremayne … Joan … would play cowboy like that, though.”
was I,” a soft, menacing voice said behind Joan.
came up and took her by the arm.
you all right? We’ll talk about this … later.”
swallowed but then grinned.
shots fired had attracted the attention of several other people in the
building. Three men and two women appeared from different directions.
and Joan raised their guns but Malachai stopped them.
“No, no … those are part of my regular staff. These two however,” he gestured towards the moaning men being guarded by Hubert, “are new. They’ve only been on my pay roll for six months.”
you sure?” Dawn asked, cautiously looking the newcomers over.
sure as I can be.”
agent nodded and lowered her weapon a little.
need to take care of these two,” she said, motioning towards the injured
people will do that. Let’s go inside.”
showed them into the living room.
looked around. There was a fire going in the fireplace like last time.
There was a turned over glass of brandy on the coffee table and a thick
book lay tossed on the floor.
just came and grabbed you when we drove up, didn’t they?” Joan asked,
gratefully sitting down on the couch.
I was reading, enjoying my late night brandy and suddenly they … Well, I
guess they caught me completely by surprise,” he admitted sheepishly.
“I knew, or suspected, that somebody was not loyal, but I had no proof.”
sank down next to Joan. Laura stood close to the fire, her gun still in
her hand, staring at the flames.
regarded the older woman curiously. Sunny had approached the scientist,
standing just behind her. The blonde leaned into her friend and mumbled
something into her ear.
crooked, enigmatic smile appeared briefly on Laura’s lips and then she
shook her head. This made Sunny smile too, changing the young woman’s
usual standoffish appearance.
need your help,” Dawn said, turning everybody’s attention back to
had guessed that when suddenly you showed up on my doorstep together. I
assume that you all ran into trouble?”
looked around the room.
did,” Dawn confirmed. “If it hadn’t been for Laura and Sunny showing
up when they did … they saved our lives.” She told him shortly what
had happened since they left his place days earlier.
listened and then turned to Sunny.
and give me a hug, sweetie,” he smiled tenderly. “I haven’t seen you
in so long.”
Joan’s astonishment, the statuesque blonde walked over to him and knelt
beside his chair. She put her arms around his neck she hugged him for a
long time while he stroked her back.
she pulled away, small tears were glistening in her eyelashes.
missed you,” she said quietly.
know,” he smiled. “We all missed you too.”
are Mary and the children?”
a safe place. I couldn’t keep them here right now.”
nodded to herself. She realised he must have sent his family away right
after assisting her and Dawn.
should get some rest,” Dawn interrupted the reunion. “Tomorrow I need
to make some calls. There is somebody out there who is pretty frustrated
right now. We have managed to foil their attacks on at least six separate
occasions. They must be furious.”
you are furious, you make mistakes,” Laura’s throaty voice said,
making them all turn their heads towards her.
was still standing by the fire and Joan thought she could detect a slight
tremor in the petite body.
rose from the floor and looked down at Malachai.
you have a room Laura and I could use?” she asked calmly.
have the two guestrooms upstairs. They are connected and if you put that
wolf of yours outside and lock them from the inside, you will be safe.”
rolled her eyes. She knew what Dawn was thinking.
if reading her mind, Malachai grinned at her.
think you found your guestroom satisfactory last time?” he teased gently.
the darkening features of Dawn’s face, Joan mumbled something
appropriate before getting up. She extended a hand to her partner without
thinking and only when Dawn took it with a wry smile did she remember her
sore back muscles. The pains shooting through her made her give a muted
eyes narrowed and Joan groaned inwardly. She realised she was bound to get
looked around the guestroom.
was just as welcoming and cosy as before but her heart rate was still up
and she couldn’t appreciate the luxurious surroundings. She pivoted and
glared at Joan.
brunette was sitting on the bed, trying to push off her left boot.
in pain, aren’t you?” the doctor accused softly.
shot her a careful look.
a little. The light in the hallway was flickering and I misjudged the
distance to the staircase.”
sighed and walked over to partner. She leaned down and pulled at the
reluctant boot. It came off easily and she repeated the manoeuvre with the
her toes with a sigh of relief, Joan peeked up at her.
had to do something, Dawn,” she said.
but did you have to go in like a madwoman, shooting the place to
pieces?” Dawn asked exasperatedly. “One second you were behind me, the
next you were in there, bullets flying …”
had the element of surprise on my side,” the other woman objected.
nodded and dragged a hand through her hair.
but you had no idea about what to expect … what the scene …”
it went fine,” Joan interrupted and rose from the bed. “Can’t we
just let it go and concentrate on what to do next?”
regarded her wearily. She was so tired.
Joan’s actions had scared her during the shooting … She groaned
right,” she whispered. “But if you ever, and I mean it, ever do that
to me again …”
stepped close to her and pulled her into a tight embrace.
sorry. I just had to do something,” she repeated. “I know how you hate
being helpless and I know I stole the initiative. You’re still
recovering from the crash and I … I’m not.”
held on to the lean woman in her arms. Hugging her close she buried her
face against the softness of the tall, slender neck. They were both dirty
and had smelled better, but she was so grateful to be close.
need a bath or a shower,” Joan said. “I have no clue what to wear
were plenty of towels if I remember correctly,” Dawn said and smiled,
went into the bathroom and Joan started filling the bathtub while Dawn ran
can you take a shower when there is a tub here?” Joan asked in disbelief.
blushed, a deep crimson. She hardly dared look at her partner.
thought we could take turns using the shower to get clean and then … if
you want to, take a bath together?”
glanced at Joan, afraid that she had assumed too much, her cheeks still
brunette looked a bit dazed but quickly recovered. Smiling softly she
nodded her consent and began to undress.
bit her lip and began to pull of her torn and muddy trousers. She let them
fall into the same pile as Joan’s equally dirty clothes. Her partner was
slower to undress, hindered by apparently aching muscles and after getting
rid of the rest of her clothes, Dawn showered quickly, needing time to
find her balance.
scrubbed herself off and washed her hair quickly, almost falling out of
the shower when Joan opened the glass door to enter.
brushed against each other when they passed in the narrow opening. Dawn
could not stifle a soft gasp.
tub was full. Dawn turned of the water and sank down into the tub. Small
cuts and bruises stung a little from coming into contact with the scented
water but the heat was soothing just the same. The doctor tipped her head
back, relaxing for the first time in two days.
water stopped running in the shower and Joan came out. Dawn regarded her
through her eyelashes, admiring the glistening wet body. Her partner was
also full of cuts and bruises and she walked carefully, like she was in
Dawn said cautiously, “If you sit with your back turned against me, I
could take a look at it. You look like you’re in pain.”
made a face but stepped into the tub and sank down between Dawn’s legs.
Sitting ramrod straight she let the doctor examine her back.
let her fingers stroke the blackening bruise just beneath the right
shoulder blade. Carefully she palpated the area.
is not too bad,” she stated, “but you will be sore for a while.”
reached out and pulled the brunette against her. Joan allowed and relaxed
against her partner’s chest.
you all right like this?” Dawn asked, her hands holding on around the
other woman’s waist.
nodded. Her head lolled back and found a resting place against Dawn’s
didn’t speak after that, just sat there and let the hot water surround
them, making them feel at least a little safer together.
paced the floor in front of the bed, over and over.
was talking to Hubert in the corridor outside the guestroom. The scientist
had to smile in spite of her inner turmoil, hearing the blonde give the
dog verbal instructions.
stopped pacing when she reached the window. She wearily dragged a hand
through her hair, still wet from the quick shower.
out, she saw nothing but black asphalt among abandoned warehouses and
garages. She noticed that it had rained again.
entered the room again, locking the door behind her.
think I will take a shower too,” she said quietly and headed for the
wait,” Laura said, raising a hand.
Sunny stopped and looked questioningly at her, she shook her head.
go ahead. Take a shower. We can talk when you’re done.”
blonde nodded and closed the door behind her. Laura flinched when she
heard Sunny lock the door.
sat down on the bed and grabbed a pillow, hugging it against her as if
trying to keep her aching intestines inside.
ever-present stomachache, only interrupted and forgotten on the occasions
when Sunny wrapped her arms
around her, was there. She moaned quietly. A foreboding feeling of letting
everybody down, of breaking Sunny’s heart … of losing everything again,
hit her hard.
fell to her side, her body curling up in pain. She buried her face in the
pillow, crying soundlessly,
soaking it with her tears.
had not been many tears over the last year or so. She had gone from one
town to another, never stayed long, always on the move. There had always
been a demand for a presentable woman with her particular skills.
had changed her looks, dyed her hair so many times, she had almost
forgotten what her natural colour was.
soft hands turned her over, pulled her into a warm embrace.
Laura,” Sunny said. “Tell me … “
so sorry, darling,” Laura whispered, clutching at the younger woman.
“I’m so very sorry …”
body shook with sobs, tearing agonisingly from her throat. The only thing
keeping her from losing it completely, were the strong arms holding her,
pressed her mouth, her face, against the slender shoulder under her,
trying to mute her anguish.
… I didn’t … kill … Maria and Paul,” she cried. “I wasn’t
the one … I never …”
…” Sunny hushed and hugged her closer. “I know. I know.”
poured from Laura’s lips in staccato, chopped off by the tears flowing
freely, as memories flooded her, making her nauseous.
had already … resigned … left the Institute … I was only going back
because … and then … there was the explosion … the fire … Oh, god,
there was nothing … nothing, I could do! I knew they were there … all
those people … and I couldn’t do anything …”
She felt her stomach overturn and she broke free from the embrace, stumbling blindly for the bathroom. Throwing herself to her knees by the toilet, painful retching shook her compact body.
cool hands were there right away, supporting her forehead as she vomited
over and over as if her system was purging itself of the agony.
there was nothing left, Sunny pulled her away from the toilet and lifted
her up in her arms. She carried her into the bedroom and put her gently
down on the bed. She then went back to the bathroom and returned with a
washcloth, wiping Laura’s face carefully.
glanced up at her through tear-filled eyes.
vue,” she croaked, trying to smile.
…” Sunny smiled softly. “Are you feeling better?”
really,” the scientist answered, “but not worse either. May I have a
glass of water?”
fetched one for her and she thirstily gulped it down.
you,” Laura said and put it on the nightstand.
moved around the room, turning off the lights except for a small lamp in
the window. Then she climbed into bed and pulled Laura onto her shoulder.
really need to sleep,” the blonde said quietly. “You will need all
your strength tomorrow.”
closed her eyes and bit her lip.
was going to need more than her strength. She was going to have to find a
way to leave Sunny, outsmart the agents … and all this without getting
anyone else killed.
snuggled closer to the lithe body next to hers.
had had a restless night, tossing in bed trying to find a comfortable
position. Eventually Dawn had reached out for her without a word.
agent had gratefully allowed herself to be embraced, relishing in the soft
touch of the smaller woman. Dawn’s scent had filled her senses and she
had been lulled to sleep within minutes.
she realised that both their bathrobes had come undone during the night.
smiled shyly and didn’t move. She didn’t want to wake Dawn up if that
meant losing that sensual touch.
glanced at the alarm clock. It was early yet, only five-thirty. They were
facing a hard day and she wanted Dawn to rest for as long as possible.
partner chose that exact moment to open her blue eyes and dreamily regard
… good morning?” the redhead said sleepily.
Joan smiled, hoping that Dawn wouldn’t realise how close they were just
you okay?” Dawn asked and yawned.
smiled drowsily. Then she moved a little and immediately shot Joan an
know,” the brunette said wryly. “I don’t know how that happened.”
partner blushed, a deep crimson colouring her cheeks.
tried to pull back but the feeling of the small, soft body against her own
hand started making little circles over Dawn’s quivering stomach, as of
its own volition. The agent’s head spinning from the current of
feelings, she bent down and pressed her lips against Dawn’s.
moaned and wrapped her arm around Joan’s neck. There were no hesitation
in the way her lips parted and the brunette let her instincts take over,
allowing the tip of her tongue to enter her partner’s mouth.
moaned into the soft, dark sweetness of the doctor’s mouth. The magical
feeling between them grew, took charge and they kissed over and over,
abandoning every uncertainty they had been victims of before.
Joan,” Dawn sighed. “You … are so beautiful.”
buried her hands in Joan’s dark locks and pulled the other woman closer
as she devoured her mouth.
let her, encouraging her by circling the tiny waist of her partner with
her hands. She pulled the responsive woman nearer, pressing her own naked
skin against the shivering agent’s.
them over, Dawn was suddenly on top, framing Joan’s face with her hands.
her partner with wide eyes, she leaned in and nibbled at Joan’s lower
lip. Sucking it into her mouth, she let her tongue trace it before kissing
the other woman again.
felt herself going out of control, losing herself in the flames created by
the petite woman in her arms.
tried to catch her breath, tried to remember where she was and what she
was doing there but all she could think of was the passionate desire
permeating every part of her.
Dawn,” she gasped. “Dawn, we need to stop … I … this is a little
withdrew as if somebody had kicked her.
her wildly tousled hair and narrow eyes she looked like a wounded animal
withdrawing from a fight.
heart ached. This was not what she had meant.
not like that,” she whispered reaching out for the other woman. “Not
made Dawn flinch but she allowed the taller woman to pull her back into
wrapped a wayward robe around them both. Slowly rocking, she held her
love it … I love kissing you, touching you,” Joan explained, her voice
trembling a little. “It’s just … it’s all happening too fast.
You’re hardly awake and I … I didn’t plan it this way.”
do you mean? Planned it?” Dawn asked huskily, hiding her face against
I had sort of imagined it being a bit more … you know, slow. More
romantic? Now it was all fire … and all I wanted was to ravish you. That
can be fine too, but I … I want it to be right between us. You are far
too important to me …” Her voice trailed off and she felt utterly
naked and vulnerable.
was still for a couple of seconds and then tipped her head back.
want romance?” she asked, her face not revealing anything.
silly huh?” Joan shrugged, an awkward feeling building inside her.
looked down and then faced her again, this time with a tender smile on her
not silly. Just very sweet.” She kissed the stunned agent softly on her
lips. “I think I will like being romantic with you, once this is all
over. But don’t be afraid of the fire, it isn’t dangerous. We are
still in control, you know. As long as it is you and I, we will both be
caressed the other woman’s cheek, keeping their gaze locked together.
heart melted and she hugged the doctor close. “Oh, Dawn, I … I care
about you so much. I can’t imagine not being with you.”
returned the hug.
know, Joanie,” she whispered. “You know I love you, don’t you?”
heart skipped several beats.
happened to make you so brave, Dawn? A couple of days ago you avoided me
like I had the plague or something.” Joan pulled back a little to let
her eyes feast on the beautiful woman in her arms.
smoothed down the dishevelled tresses of Joan’s hair.
was almost killed yesterday and so were you. The only thing I thought of
when that man pressed the gun to my head was that I’d never told you my
kissed her again. Sweet little kisses, tracing her lips and following her
jaw line, making the redhead shiver.
will never regret telling me this,” Joan vowed quietly. “I will be
careful with your heart.”
looked scared for a moment but then smiled. “I know you will.”
walked downstairs with Hubert trotting after her.
was numb and still dressed in one of Malachai’s guest bathrobes.
the large kitchen located beyond the living room, she looked at the two
agents having breakfast with their host.
sweetie,” Malachai smiled. “Did you sleep well?”
she mumbled. “I did.”
frowned and put down the bowl of fruit he was holding. Walking over to the
blonde he took her by her shoulders.
wrong, Sunny?” he asked cautiously.
tone of voice had alerted Dawn and she circled the kitchen table to join
raised her right hand, willing herself to unclench her fist. She was
clutching a small piece of paper.
took it and smoothed it out.
stared wide-eyed at Malachai.
did it, Jared, …” she whispered almost soundlessly.
had joined them, reading over Dawn’s shoulder.
am sorry, Sunny. This is how it has to be. Laura.’ That damn,
stubborn woman,” she swore under her breath. “What the hell does she
think she is doing?”
pinched the base of her nose, regarding the blonde.
do you think, Sunny?” she asked kindly.
swallowed hard and tried to speak past the large, choking lump in her
“She’s sacrificing herself for our sakes,” she said flatly, "by giving herself up.”