Lise came to slowly, and marveled at how the pain in her head started softly, and came to creep out over her entire body. As her vision drifted slowly into focus, and she came to fully hear sounds again, she realized that her arms and legs were bound, and she was lying on her side on a very cold slab of concrete. The pain in her head started to radiate in waves, and she could see daylight, of a sort, drifting in through filthy windows overhead, illuminating the dust in the air. Her mouth and throat were dry, and she suddenly felt an uncontrollable urge to cough.
From behind her, Teresa croaked “You’re finally awake. For all the good it will do you.”
“Where are we?” Lise choked.
“A safehouse, somewhere near the border.” Teresa said.
Lise thought she heard something…resigned…in Teresa’s voice.
“What are they going to do with us?” Lise asked, trying to keep her voice level.
Teresa sighed. “Well, they’re working on a way to get us across the border undetected. When they do, I’ll face a summary hearing, and a firing squad. They’ll use you as bait to get Cooper, then probably kill you in front of him, before executing him in away that will leave no doubt that he is well and truly dead this time.”
Although it was close to what Lise expected to hear, she still felt the sting of the description of the fate that likely awaited them both south of the border. As she held her breath in, Teresa continued “Thankfully, Cooper is still in the hospital, so they won’t succeed in using you as bait.”
Lise tried not to shift too much upon hearing this declaration, but Teresa picked right up on her discomfort.
“No…” she rasped. “He can’t…”
Lise sighed, and said “He would. Rick knows he couldn’t stop him. He was already getting up and getting around before I left. And Agent Roy was trying to get out of bed too.”
“Damn him. Damn him to Hell. What is he thinking?” Teresa asked.
Lise realized that up until this moment, she never truly understood “It’s Complicated” as a relationship status.
“Still, the King will stop him. His intelligence people have to know what he is doing.”
Lise frowned, and was glad that her back was to Teresa. “I’m pretty sure that he and Rick have probably figured out a way to bypass the intelligence groups.”
Teresa laughed softly, then harder. When she regained her composure, she said “Well, if anyone knows how to get by without intelligence, it’s Rick and Cooper.”
The two women stopped talking, and listened to the wind blow through the gaps in the building’s aging walls.
Finally, as the light outside started to fade, Teresa said “Alright. I guess we have t think of a way to prevent those two from getting killed. I’m sure that is something we can both agree is important, Major. I suspect that we can agree on that, even if it means we lose our own lives in the process.”
Lise rolled over on the cold concrete to look Teresa in the eye, and to assure herself that the two really were in agreement. She was not disappointed.