Lise looked over her shoulder one more time, shivering involuntarily in the cold night.
The instructions that Teresa had sent brought her to this broken down loading dock at an hour where even the drunks were sleeping it off. She had followed a circuitous route, trying not to capture anyone’s attention. As near as she could tell, she succeeded. She stepped up to the dilapidated door, and knocked softly. The door opened slightly, but she could only see darkness inside. She heard Teresa rasp “Get in here,” so she stepped forward and let out a slight gasp as the door slammed behind her.
“I didn’t think you’d come.” Teresa said, her form obscured by darkness.
“Well, the consensus was that it is a trap.” Lise replied softly.
A low chuckle drifted from Teresa’s darkened form. “I’m sure he didn’t want you to come.”
Lise replied “Actually, Colonel Gearheart was the one who tried to talk me out of it. He left me with the distinct impression that if something happened to me, he would make the life of the person responsible short, hot, and very unpleasant.”
“Rick.” Teresa spat. I never understood why he and Cooper are such good friends. And if it weren’t for him, Evan might…” Her voice trailed off in the darkness.
Lise didn’t know what to say, but she was fairly certain that anything she might say would be wrong, so she opted to let Teresa talk.
“I’m sure I must seem like quite a bitch to you, Major. Maybe I am. I’ve come to think that I never really appreciated my husband. I know I never understood his kind of power, at least not until I came to see how it has endured. I guess I would have never been satisfied with him, because it was bound to make him a magnet for all the wrong kinds of attention, and it did. But I loved my sons…I STILL love my remaining son, but I never had the closeness with them they had with Cooper.”
Lise listened, feeling not quite surprised at these admissions, but wondering why Teresa had chosen to confide in her.
“And I would like to get something straight, Major. I don’t like you. I probably never will. But I like how happy Cooper is with you. I’ve been watching you all for a month or so now, and you are clearly a good thing for him. Just because I left him, it doesn’t mean that I hate him, and I really am glad to see the two of you together.”
Teresa paused, and even in the dark room, Lise could see her tilt her head upward. Lise thought she could hear the tiniest noises crossing the ceiling above them.
“Dammit! You were followed!” Teresa hissed. Before Lise could respond, the door crashed in and chaos, disguised as flashes, smoke, and pain followed.