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Free for a Second
Slow motion blurries the fuzzy forms that lurk in the recesses
of her vision. Figures brush past her, barely tangible, their
exact shape impossible to discern. Turning round in circles,
she seeks an exit from these muted creatures, but in all directions
finds only more shifting bodies.
Slowly, a sickening pain begins to rack her whole body and
the restless forms begin to converge. Striking out, she connects
with nothing, still vainly searching for an escape. Something
catches her eye, a light. No, rather a dim haze that is seeping
in all around her. Gradually everything fades into this fog
that continues to increase in intensity, hurting her eyes
and giving her a pounding headache.
Blinking rapidly against the light, she manages to focus.
The sunlight pouring in through the window of the tattered
room strikes Rogue directly in the eyes, forcing her from
She groans to herself, trying to rub away the headache that
seizes both temples. Her eyes stare long and hard at the ceiling.
Where the heck am ah?
Confused by the pain she feels, the hangover and the side
effects of the morphine she can't remember having taken. She
winced as she turned over painstakingly to her side, and --
She wasn't alone.
Her mind snapped into a crystal clear state and her body
went into auto-flight; she threw her good arm over the intruder's
neck, using her leverage to her advantage and choked him tightly,
preparing to break his neck. Remy's eyes snapped open as a
tight arm encircled his neck. He tried to sit up but from
this position, his attacker had the upper hand.
"Chere?" was all he could get out before his air
supply was choked off. It was enough. Rogue halted in mid-twist,
jarred by the sound of his voice. She shook her head, hurting
it more, but finally coming fully aware of everything for
the first time that morning. Her grip slackened and Remy flew
from her deadly embrace, jumping completely free of the bed.
He landed in a fighting stance facing her.
"What de fuck you doin'?!" he roared at her, eyes
She sunk back slowly onto the bed, utterly perplexed. Her
face had gone ghostly pale, giving emphasis to the mottled
"Ah.....Ah...," she stammered, obviously lost and
frightened by what she had almost done.
No. What have ah done?
The shaken woman went totally silent then, whispering, "Ah
thought you were another of them. Come ta kill me...Ah'm sorry."
She looked dejectedly down at her hands, expression oddly
"Ah didn't know what Ah was doin'. Ah'm sorry..."
Sabine stopped talking and turned her body with difficulty,
her back facing him. Then closing her eyes she took a deep
breath and held it for a good second before exhaling.
"...Sorry," she drawled slowly.
He regarded her skeptically, not relaxing his stance. But
he did, however, walk around the bed to look deep into her
glazed eyes. He didn't understand it, but he just knew in
his gut that she was telling the truth...It was so right that
he could taste it.
"Well, ok den. Jus' don' do it again." He tried
going for casual kidding to lighten the whole situation and
to make her feel better, but she didn't smile. Cautiously
he sat down on the bed. "Hey now, I said you forgiven,
you tried to kill me ' member? I be de one who gets to sulk,
pas toi, non?"
"This ain't funny, Cajun. Ah was gonna snap yoah neck.
First thing ah wake up to do was ta kill. Heck, mah gut reaction
to a confusing situation was to kill. Ah ain't never been
this messed up...Ah'm never gonna be free..."
Lord, ah hate being like this. Ah hate what Ah am.
"Rogue. Look at me. J'admis, you really spooked me jus'
now. And I can't say dat bein' choked to deat' is my favorite
way to wake up. But I wise 'nough to know dat a person can't
change demselves overnight. I'm a t'ief, I got t'ieves instincts.
When I see someting dat I wan', my first reaction is to steal
it. When I'm in a pinch, my first t'ought goes back to what
I was taught, what's become second nature. Jus' like you did."
You don't understand, Remy. Ah ain't no simple thief.
Ah'm a murderer. Ah had mah choice an Ah took the easy way
out. Ah was weak, too scared to take mah chances in the real
world. Ah did this to mahself.
"Girl, like it or not, you be an assassin. You got assassin
instincts. Somebody pounded dem into your head 'til dey was
natural as breathin'. And now your mind has just forgotten
any ot'er way. I make you a deal right now. I won't hold dis
against you, if you promise to try and t'ink more wit' your
head, and rely less on what dey taught you. We got a deal?"
She stared at him disbelievingly in return.
"Ya make it sound so easy...Ya think ah haven't tried?
They know my every move, for Christ's sake! These people want
me dead! They're more than willing to kill you too, if you
try and stop them. How can ah ever relax like ya want me to?"
she almost screamed at him.
"Okay, okay. Calm down. You bein wound up tighter den
a clock spring ain't gonna do us no good. I know its gonna
be hard, but you gon need ta at least try." His eyes
pleaded with her with sincerity.
"Ah want ta so bad..."
"Den stop bein' a coward and lis'sen to y'self for once,"
he admonished gently but then popped her another grin.
How can Ah listen to mahself when Ah don't even trust
mah judgement anymore?
"You gon have to try an believe in y'self if you want
a fighting chance against these people."
She looked at him, slightly shocked. It was almost as if
he'd read her mind...
"You don it before." She shook her head negatively.
"Non? Den how you been able ta keep alive for so long?"
"How about dat deal?" he asked, lifting her head
up with a lean finger so her gaze met his.
She finally gave a small smile and said, "Deal."
Keeping true to her word, she listened to an inner voice
and leaned forward, kissing him full on the mouth. OK, maybe
her head was the only thing she was listening to as she found
she had no real desire to pull away. He was as amazingly attractive
mentally as he was physically, and with every minute she spent
with him, she found it increasingly difficult to resist him.
However, within moments she was forced to break the kiss,
and brought a hand up to her face.
"You ok?" he questioned.
"Yeah, jus with all that happened earlier, Ah got an
adrenaline rush. Now that it's wearing off ah'm hurtin' again."
She sat back, looking very grim as her hands once more found
"You hol' on. Remy get you somet'ing."
Re-inspecting herself she joked weakly.
"Didja happen to get the number of the truck that hit
'Oh, I got his number alright,' Remy thought to himself as
he handed her another pill. As she swallowed, he brushed the
hair out of her face.
"Ah reckon we best get on the road. It won't be much
longer 'til they find us. If they aren't on the way already."
"T'ink you be right 'bout dat. Best pack up what we
need and get movin' 'fore de medicine hits ya. You can rest
in de car while I get us to where we goin'."
"An' just where ARE we going, sugar?"
"Don' you fret none, ma chere 'tite choue. You like
it. Trust me."
Remy's arm wrapped tightly around her waist was one of very
few things holding Rogue upright as they shuffled down the
chilly early morning street. With one arm slung over his shoulder
and the other pressed to her chest in a sling under Remy's
trenchcoat that she now wore, Rogue struggled as best she
could to limp alongside Remy.
She was grateful that there were precious few individuals
out at this hour to witness their awkward procession. Together,
they hobbled along, Remy murmuring encouragement to her, until
they had entered a noticeably more affluent section of town.
Her vision began to run and her eyelids were like the tide,
covering more distance each time they closed. Her grip around
his neck began to slip.
"Remy..." she called to him not sure how much longer
she could stay in motion. Sweat beaded down her skin.
"Shhh, s'okay chere. We dere."
Carefully setting her down on an adjacent stoop, she heard
him tread a short distance away. Forcing her eyes open, she
saw him standing beside a gray BMW. If she hadn't known better,
she would not have been able to tell that he was picking the
lock, instead of fidgeting with a stubborn key. It took him
mere seconds to open the door and disable to alarm. Just as
easily, he removed the club from the steering wheel. In less
than a minute, she found herself in his arms again as he carried
her to the car.
"Why didn't we just take one of the cars back there?"
she asked him as he laid her down on the accommodating leather
seat, reclining it for her comfort.
"People back dere, dey need der car. Dey lose it, most
likely dey never goin' be able to replace it. Now de people
in dis neighborhood, dat can afford a car like dis, dey got
insurance dat cover de loss. And even if dey ain't insured,
dey probably won't break much of a sweat payin' for a new
"Mah word...A considerate thief," she chuckled,
her eyes halfway shut. They shared the little joke.
Well, give him another point, Sabby...
He moved to fasten the seat belt over her.
"No... that'll just hurt..." she managed before
closing her eyes for the last time.
"Ok, Remy drive real careful den."
He brushed her cheek with his fingers before hurrying around
to the driver's seat. Expertly, he hot-wired the BMW. Turning
on some soft classical music to mask the outside noises of
the now awakening city, he headed the car out of town.
A light rain began to fall as they cruised through Baltimore
on Interstate 95. He tapped the wheel in time to the song
that played on the radio. He glanced over at Rogue, who was
fast asleep in the next seat. Once Rogue had settled into
a deep drug induced sleep, he had changed the station to keep
himself awake and occupied. He didn't care much for the selection
of songs the country stations played up this far North. It
was more western and pop than anything else, so he opted instead
for classic rock/alternative station. However he kept the
volume low enough not to disturb her, and except for a few
instances of her talking in her sleep, her rest had been peaceful.
He glanced out at the gray city to his left, at the row houses
smashed up against one another. AT the liquid propane gas
towers that hunkered down just off the highway. And at the
sweetly shaped italicized Domino Sugar sign, that, unlit,
gave off an air of melancholy. Right now there was seemingly
very little that was endearing about "Charm City"
the northern-most southern town. Remy focused back on the
road in front of him. The entrance to the Fort McHenry tunnel
loomed in the distance. Sighing, he fished for a dollar for
Negotiating the roller coaster like turns of Maryland's 495,
Remy debated waking Rogue. Almost directly in front of them
a fantastic structure rose well above the tree line, its white
towers straining for heaven. The Mormon Temple was an image
out of a fantasy novel, a beautiful immense stark white fortress
with gold topped spires, on the highest of which perched the
golden statue of Maroni. It took a first time viewer's breath
away, transported them to another world for a short moment.
However, to the more jaded and seasoned onlooker, the juxtaposition
of the grimy, frantic highway and the awesome castle usually
instilled laughter, to be followed shortly by several expletives
as they were cut off by another driver.
He decided against rousing Sabine. She needed the rest. Unknown
to him, however, Rogue was quite familiar with the temple.
Less than 15 minutes away from the institution she had spent
the last 5 years of her "life", the Organization
that now wanted her dead, she slumbered blissfully unaware
that she was heading right into their laps.
Sudden inspiration seized Remy and swerving to take the nearest
exit, he decided to cut through D.C. instead of going around
it. Amidst cabs and buses he carefully wound his way around
the marble city, searching for a new car that met his requirements.
As usual, expensive enough that, most likely, its owners were
covered, and, in this case, he wanted southern plates. There
was truth to the stereotype of southern cops pulling over
cars under false pretenses and harassing the drivers simply
because they were Yanks. After half an hour, he finally resigned
himself to a silver Infinity with Virginia plates in a parking
garage. It was an ideal local. No surveillance cameras and
the garage had 2 different entrances/exits so he could enter
through one and leave out the other without arousing the suspicions
of the attendants by leaving so soon in a different car. Plus
they were out of sight of the public eye, and the entire level
was deserted. Swiftly he transferred Rogue to the other car,
not bothering to wake her.
The next part was a bit sticky. It would involve leaving
Rogue alone for several minutes. Though painfully reluctant
to do so, he knew the dire importance of leaving no trace.
Locking her safely in the car, he jumped back into the stolen
BMW and exited past the same guard station. In less than 3
minutes, he had arrived in a rather seedy part of D.C. Seeing
no one around, he simply parked the car in an alley with the
engine running and the doors unlocked.
Satisfied, he sprinted off, back to the garage knowing full
well the car would be "stolen" within 5 minutes.
With any luck it would find its way to a chop shop, never
to be recovered. Remy entered the garage by the second entrance
and did not slow his sprint until he reached Rogue and the
car. She was still there, safe and sleeping and Remy silently
thanked the powers that be.
Continued in Chapter
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