tagNovels and NovellasChasing Love Ch. 09

Chasing Love Ch. 09

byAshiraDatya©

"Matt, why are you doing this?" Claire wanted to know as Matt looked for the keys to his jeep.

"Because you know too much and I can't risk you exposing anything else," Matt answered.

"All I know is that you have a cell phone," Claire protested

"And you told Cal. He'll have people swarming the infirmary," Matt said, finding the keys and pushing Claire into the car. Matt got into the driver's seat and sped from the compound.

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"Claire isn't in the infirmary," Jake said into his radio.

"Where the fuck is she?" Cal growled, trying to keep his anger and fear at bay.

"We'll find her," Danny promised.

"Where are you taking me?" Claire demanded to know.

"I won't hurt you as long as you don't make me," Matt promised.

"I won't say anything to Cal, just let me go," Claire murmured, rubbing her belly. Matt looked over nervously.

"You're not about to go into labor are you?" Matt asked.

"I could," Claire admitted. "I only have two weeks left," she added.

"Keep your legs shut," Matt commanded.

"You of all people should know it doesn't work that way," Claire scolded.

"Shut up," Matt said, pulling out his cell phone and answering it. "This is Matt. I have a hostage. Yes, I understand. Twenty minutes." Matt hung up the phone and set it in the cup holder between the seats.

"You're never going to let me go are you?" Claire asked. "You're going to kill me." Matt pulled the car over to the side.

"Keep quiet and I won't," Matt threatened, pulling the car back on the road again.

The farther away from the compound they got, the more uneasy Claire became. The cell phone rang again and Matt lifted it to his ear. "I don't like it, but I'll do it," he promised before hanging up the phone again. Claire watched as Matt picked up his gun again. "I'm sorry Claire," Matt murmured, cocking the gun with his thumb. Claire reached over and grabbed the steering wheel. Matt swore under his breath but he couldn't get the jeep back under control and the vehicle rolled over and over before coming to rest at the bottom of a tree.

"She isn't here!" Cal exclaimed when he met up with Danny and Jake.

"Where the hell could she be?" Danny wanted to know.

"There's a jeep missing from the garage," Jeff said as he hurried over to them.

"He's taken her," Cal said, his voice grim. He no longer tried to keep his anger hidden and both Danny and Jake took a step back; Jeff's eyes widened when he realized just how pissed his boss was.

"Cal, Jake and I will go get a jeep and go in different directions until we find her," Danny said.

"I can't let you do that." They all turned around to see Paul holding a gun to Cal's head and a regretful Jeff holding one to Jake and Danny's.

"What the fuck is going on?" Cal asked.

"What are you guys doing?" Danny wanted to know.

"You can't go after him," Paul said.

"And you think you're going to stop us?" Jake asked, his eyes flashing with anger.

"We're sorry it's come to this," Jeff added.

"Why?" Cal wanted to know.

"Money and lots of it," Paul answered.

"This isn't right," Jake growled.

~~~~~~~~~~~

Claire shook her head slowly, willing her dizziness to go away. "Are you okay?" Matt asked.

"I think so," Claire murmured, touching her forehead. "My head's bleeding," she added. Matt sat up with a groan and looked at Claire's head.

"It's not too bad," Matt told her.

"You look bad," Claire said.

"My leg is broken and so are a few of my ribs." Despite the pain, Matt began feeling Claire's arms and legs. "How's your breathing?" Matt asked Claire in concern.

"It hurts," Claire admitted.

"You probably have a few bruised ribs. Has the baby kicked?" Matt asked.

"Yes," Claire managed. "We need to get out of the car," Claire added, fighting with her seat belt. "Matt?" Claire asked, when he didn't answer. Claire looked over and found Matt's eyes closed. Claire knew that with her injuries, she couldn't save Matt so she concentrated on getting herself out of the car in one piece. Claire had no sooner slid out of the car when she let out a groan of pain and a gush of fluid ran down her legs. "Ah shit," she grumbled.

Jake looked up as Jeff and Paul went down and grinned when he saw Caitlin standing in front of him, a taser in her hand. "I hate moles," she grumbled. Jake chuckled.

"C'mon, we have to find Claire," Cal said after securing Jeff's and Paul's hands.

-30 minutes later-

"Cal, look!" Caitlin exclaimed. Cal pulled over next to the wrecked jeep and they all jumped out of the expedition. "Matt's still inside!" she added. Danny crawled into the wreckage and felt for a pulse.

"He's dead," Danny called. "How's Claire?" he wanted to know, pulling Matt out of the car.

"What took you so long?" Claire gasped.

"Are you alright?" Cal asked gently. Caitlin pushed Cal out of her way and ran her hands over Claire's arms and legs. "Field medic?" Cal asked.

"I have some first aid training," Caitlin said softly.

"I have some bruised or broken ribs, but my water broke and I think the baby is crowning," Claire managed.

"Claire, you have a lot of cuts and you've lost a lot of blood," Caitlin said softly. "Cal, help me get her pants off," she added, handing Cal an exacto knife. Cal carefully slid the blade down the seam of the pants on both sides. "You're right Claire, the baby is crowning. We aren't going to make it back to base," Caitlin said gently. Claire moaned. "Jake, I need some water from the truck, Danny, see if there are any towels," Caitlin instructed. Danny and Jake hurried to do as they were told.

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"Danny, how is she!?" Jessica wanted to know as she waited anxiously with some of the other men in the company.

"Unconscious," Danny answered, getting out of the truck. Jake handed over a bundle before helping Cal get Claire out of the truck and into the infirmary.

"Boy or girl?" Jessica wanted to know.

"Girl," Danny said with a smile. Jessica followed Danny into the infirmary.

"I'll help you clean her up and then I'll go find some of Kylie's old clothes," Jessica murmured. Danny nodded and set the crying baby on an exam table while Jessica filled a plastic basin with lukewarm water and grabbed a wash cloth and some mild soap. "Hi sweetie," Jessica cooed, dipping the washcloth into the water and wiping the baby down gently. The baby stopped crying when she heard the gentle tone of Jessica's voice. "Your mommy is just going to love you," Jessica promised. Danny smiled at Jessica before turning to look at Cal and Claire. "I see they got Carl to come back in," Jessica said softly. Danny nodded as he watched Jessica dry off the baby and put her into a diaper. "Keep her warm," Jessica murmured before hurrying out of the infirmary.

"How's Claire?" Jessica wanted to know when she returned with a small onesie and a warming blanket.

"According to Mac, she's in a coma," Jake said softly.

"If Matt hadn't been killed in that crash, I'd kill him myself," Caitlin grumbled.

"You'd go to jail and then where would we be at?" Jake reminded her gently. Cal walked over to them and Jessica had to smile at the sight of Cal cradling the tiny baby in his arms.

"Have you thought of a name?" Jessica asked.

"Claire and I thought about names and actually talked about it a few weeks ago. We're going to name her Kira Lee," Cal answered. Jessica smiled.

"That's pretty. Ready to get her dressed?" Jessica murmured. Cal nodded and slid the baby onto the bed and watched Jessica slip the onesie onto the tiny infant. "She's beautiful," Jessica said with a smile.

"I know," Cal agreed, glancing back at Claire. He turned back to the baby and Jessica when the baby started crying. "What's wrong?" Cal asked.

Jessica smiled and stroked the baby's cheek; Kira turned her face towards Jessica's finger. "She's hungry," Jessica answered.

"How is she going to eat with Claire in a coma?" Cal asked. Jessica looked at Jake who grinned and pulled an unopened can of formula out of a cupboard.

"How much Jess?" Jake asked.

"Start with two ounces. She has a little tummy," Jessica murmured, looking over at Cal who was looking anxious. "Settle down Cal, babies can pick up on our emotions," Jessica told him. She took the bottle from Jake and shook it a few times before slipping the silicone nipple to Kira's mouth. Kira opened her mouth and began sucking ont he nipple greedily. "See? Just hungry," Jessica said with a small smile. "Sit down," Jessica added. Cal sat down and Jessica slid the baby and the bottle into Cal's arms. Cal grinned as he watched his new daughter drain her bottle, Kira's bright green eyes locked with Cal's. "I have to get back to the kids," Jessica murmured before leaving the infirmary.

"Any change?" Jessica asked, setting a plate of food in front of Cal.

"No," Cal answered, not looking at the plate. "What'd you bring?"

"Comfort food. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli," Jessica answered. "You need to eat Cal. Claire is going to need you strong when she wakes up and Kira needs you now," Jessica added. Cal gave a sheepish smile and started eating the food on his plate.

In the three days since Kira's birth, Cal had thrown himself into being a father, even if he was worried about Claire who remained in the coma. "Danny needs to talk to you, something about a Major Collins," Jessica murmured. Cal's eyes widened and he nearly choked on his broccoli. "You've been given until tomorrow morning at 9:30," she added before leaving the infirmary.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"How was your day?" Danny asked as Jessica slipped into bed.

"Not too bad. The kids behaved for the most part and I stopped at the clinic on my way home from the office," Jessica said, pulling the sheet up over her.

"Are you okay?" Danny wanted to know. Jessica smiled and nodded.

"I'm great," Jessica answered, reaching into the drawer and pulled out a slip of paper and handed it to Danny.

"What's this?" Danny asked.

"Flip it over," Jessica said with a smile. Danny flipped the paper over to reveal a blurry picture.

"Jess, is this what I think it is?" Danny looked a little confused. Jessica grinned and nodded, shrieking as Danny grabbed her and pulled her in for a kiss. "Is everything okay?" Danny asked.

"Everything's perfect," Jessica assured him. Danny opened his mouth to say something else when the phone rang. "Ignore it," Jessica murmured.

"I can't," Danny grumbled, reaching over for the phone. "This is Storm," Danny said. "We'll be right there." Danny hung up and looked at Jessica who was staring at him with curiosity. "Claire's awake," Danny told her.

"You go ahead, I'll get the kids and ..."

"Jake and Caitlin are sending Craig over with Danielle," Danny added.

"I'll get dressed," Jessica said, getting out of bed with a sigh.

"Hey!" Jessica exclaimed as she and Danny walked into the infirmary.

"Hey yourself," Claire said with a grin. "I hear you guys are giving Cal daddy lessons," she added.

"Well, he kind of needed them," Jessica said with a laugh. Claire grinned again. "How are you feeling?" Jessica wanted to know.

"Better. Mac said that my coma was trauma based, but there wasn't any brain damage or a major head injury, just shock," Claire answered.

"I'm glad you're awake. Have you been given a clean bill of health?" Jessica asked.

"Yeah, with the exception of some bruised ribs, I'm good," Claire answered, looking up as Cal slid Kira into her arms. "So how are you?" Claire asked.

"We're good. Will is going to be four next month and Kylie is going on two and a half," Jessica answered.

"How the hell did that happen?" Cal asked. Jessica laughed.

"I have no idea," she said, glancing over at Danny who was talking animatedly with Caitlin and Jake. She heard Caitlin squeal and watched her give Danny a hug.

"What's that about?" Claire wanted to know. Jessica gave her friend a grin.

"I'm pregnant," Jessica said softly.

"Congrats!" Claire exclaimed softly. Kira cooed and Cal gave Jessica a gentle hug.

"That reminds me, I need a few minutes of yours and the major's time," Danny said, walking over to them. Cal nodded and followed Danny to the major's make shift office.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"What was that about?" Jessica asked later.

"I've asked for an appeal over the issue of my contract," Danny answered.

"Why? You love what you do," Jessica murmured, no longer angry.

"I want to be able to spend time with you and the kids and not have to have you worry on if I'll come back from a mission," Danny said.

"I love you," Jessica said softly.

"I love you too," Danny murmured.

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