Chasing Love Ch. 08byAshiraDatya©
"Cal has been tipped off about me. He is taking away all cell phones. I had to pull the fire alarm just to contact you. All outgoing calls must be routed through the switchboard. I will hide this cell phone where Cal and his men cannot find it. You cannot call me, I must call you," he said quietly into his cellular phone. "I'll be in touch," he added before hanging up the phone.
"Is everyone okay?" Cal asked as his men and women fanned out outside the compound.
"Everyone's fine, and there's no fire. Someone pulled the alarm," Jake called back.
"The briefing is over, you can all go back to bed," Cal told them after he finished the headcount. It didn't take him long, there were only about thirty people in his corp. Jake, Cal, Caitlin and Danny talked all the way back to Danny and Jessica's house and when finally got to the house, they found Claire asleep on the couch and Danielle asleep in the pack and play. "Where's Jess and the others?" Jake asked softly.
"Probably upstairs asleep. You three go back to your place and come back in a few hours and I'm sure Jess will make everyone breakfast. It's her day off after all," Danny suggested. Cal and Jake nodded and followed Caitlin out the door.
When Cal, Caitlin and Jake returned to Danny's house, Jessica was making a fresh batch of waffles, pancakes and turkey bacon. "What are you going to do about the mole?" Danny asked. Cal glanced at Jessica.
"It isn't me Cal, I promise," Jessica said, rolling her eyes.
"I don't think it is, but we really shouldn't discuss it in front of you," Cal muttered. Jessica rolled her eyes again before turning her attention to Will who was throwing his waffle onto the floor.
"We need a dog," Danny said laughing.
"It isn't funny Danny," Jessica sighed. "Will, you can't throw your food on the floor, you have to eat it," Jessica scolded gently, picking up the discarded waffles.
"Who do you think it is?" Caitlin asked, giving Danielle a bottle and letting her gnaw on a large piece of waffle.
"I don't know. I was surprised as hell to find out we had another mole," Cal said, rubbing his eyes as Jessica slid a plate of food in front of him. "Thanks Jess," he murmured, digging in.
Danny stood up and pushed Jessica into a chair. "Eat," he commanded, as Claire placed a plate of waffles in front of her. Jessica opened her mouth to protest, but Danny gave her a stern look. "Jess, you've lost weight recently, a lot of it, you need to eat," Danny growled. Claire studied Jessica carefully and noticed how thin her friend really was.
"How much weight have you lost?" Claire asked Jessica.
"About fifteen pounds," Jessica admitted. Claire nibbled her lower lip thoughtfully. "I still weigh over a hundred pounds, I'm fine," she added. Danny growled slightly and Jessica took a bite of waffle.
"You've lost too much weight," Danny said stubbornly.
"Oh Danny for heaven's sake!" Jessica exclaimed, putting her fork down to take a sip of her orange juice.
"She's fine Danny, for now at least," Claire said laughing. She reached for her cup of coffee and just about had it to her lips when Cal pulled it out of her hands.
"No caffeine," Cal ordered.
"First of all, which one of us has a medical degree?" Claire snarled.
"You," Cal said.
"Second of all, it's a hybrid; half decaf and half regular so give me my damn coffee!" Claire had a no-nonsense look on her face, one that made Cal pause.
"Don't hurt him," Caitlin said with a grin.
"If he gives me back my coffee, I won't," Claire answered, her voice low and serious. Cal set the cup of coffee back down on the table and watched Claire snatch it up and take a long drink. "Heaven," she moaned. Jake and Danny exchanged grins. By this point, they both knew not to take anything away from the girls, especially when their hormones were insane.
-6 weeks later-
"May I help you?" Dr. Jensen asked as Claire walked into the infirmary.
"You're in my office," Claire said.
"And you are?" Dr. Jensen looked at Claire as if he didn't recognize her.
"I'm Dr. Claire Sanders. This is my office," Claire answered.
"I'm sorry, Cal hired me," Dr. Jensen said.
"I'm aware of that; he hired you because he didn't feel a pregnant woman could work as a doctor," Claire growled.
"I'm sorry miss, but I'm going to have to ask you to leave," Dr. Jensen said.
"This is my office dumb ass! I don't have to go anywhere!" Claire snapped.
"Listen to me you little bitch, I was hired by Cal to take care of these men and women that have been working so hard to protect their country. So before you make me call security on your pregnant ass, I suggest turning around and walking out the fucking door!" Before either of them could say anything else, Jake came into the infirmary.
"What is going on in here?" Jake asked
"I'm glad you're here. Get this bitch out of here and charge her for trespassing," Dr. Jensen said, his eyes glowing with anger.
"Matt, this is Claire, she's the doctor you were brought in to replace," Jake said.
"Then she has no business being in here," Matt told Jake.
"This is my office!" Claire exclaimed.
"Enough! Matt, I was there when Cal cleared Claire for light duty. She can treat minor injuries and assist with majors until she feels unable to perform them anymore," Jake said, placing himself between Claire and Matt.
"I don't take orders from you and I work alone," Matt said, his voice low.
"Then you can leave because I can do all of this work on my own!" Claire exclaimed.
"That is enough of this nonsense. Matt, you will stay here and allow Claire to assist you on majors, and you will let Claire handle minor injuries and paperwork," Cal said from the doorway.
Matt looked surprised. "I never thought that you of all people would fall for a whore," Matt said to Cal. Cal crossed the room in five steps.
"She's carrying my child," Cal growled. Matt put his hands up and apologized quickly.
"I'll be more than happy to offer Claire any assistance she needs around here," Matt promised.
"Good," Cal said before turning to leave. "Jake, we have a briefing," he added as he exited the room. Jake gave one more glance Claire's way before following his boss to the briefing room.
"What in the hell happened to you?" Cal asked when he saw Danny's face.
"Jess and I had a huge blow out," Danny said, running his hands through his hair. Jake's eyes widened when he saw the hand print on Danny's cheek.
"What about?" Jake wanted to know. Danny thrust a letter at Jake who read it and whistled as he handed it to Cal.
"Who ordered this?" Danny asked.
"I don't know, but I'll find out. In the mean time, would you like me to talk to Jess?" Cal asked.
"No, it won't do any good, she's too stubborn," Danny said with a sigh.
"Whoa! Jessica, what is going on?" Caitlin asked.
"Why aren't you at the briefing?" Jessica countered.
"Danielle has the flu," Caitlin answered. "Do you want to tell me what's eating you?" Caitlin asked softly.
"Danny never left when his contract was up, and since he didn't resign or renew, it was automatically renewed," Jessica said, punching down on the bread dough so hard that her hand went through the door and hit the counter.
"So, he can apply for his contract to be terminated," Caitlin told her friend.
"He did. It was denied."
"So why are you mad at Danny?" Caitlin wanted to know.
"He should have resigned when it was up," Jessica said, dumping the dough into the bread pan.
"Jess, he was a little preoccupied from what I understand," Caitlin said.
"What do you mean by that?" Jessica asked sharply.
"Well, he got hurt, nearly killed saving your ass and then you ran off, and he needed the resources available to him only through this organization," Caitlin answered. Jessica sighed.
"That was Jake's fault," Jessica said grumpily.
"Oh grow up," Claire said from the doorway. Jessica looked up.
"Here for lunch?" Jessica asked.
"Please," Claire groaned. Jessica laughed and slid a hot turkey sandwich in front of her. "Jess, you should be worshiped as a Goddess," Claire moaned after taking a bite.
"Idolater," Jessica teased with a grin.
"That smells wonderful," Matt said from the doorway. Jessica looked at Claire when her friend let out a low growl.
"Would you like one?" Jessica asked politely.
"Yes please," Matt answered. Jessica fixed him a sandwich and wrapped it in some wax paper and slid it into a paper bag with a small container of roasted potatoes and a bottle of soda. Matt turned to Claire. "Would it be possible to meet after lunch and get a few things out in the air?" Matt asked Claire.
"Sure," Claire murmured, not looking up. Matt nodded and headed back to the infirmary.
"Claire?" Matt asked, walking into the infirmary.
"Matt, what is this doing here?" Claire wanted to know, holding up Matt's cell phone.
"It's in case my sister needs to get a hold of me. She's going through a divorce, and her ex is a bit abusive," Matt answered. Claire studied Matt carefully before they both looked up to see Danny carrying a crying Will into the infirmary.
"What happened?" Matt asked. Claire sat down in the chair behind the desk as she watched the newer doctor look at the young boy.
"Cal, it's Claire. Matt has a cell phone," Claire said, looking up to make sure Matt wasn't done with Will.
"What?" Cal asked in surprise. "I told everyone to hand over their cell phones," Cal murmured.
"He said it's because his sister is getting out of a bad relationship," Claire added.
"Get out of there Claire," Cal said, his heart racing.
"You don't think that Matt is ..."
"Just get out of the-"
Claire looked up and gasped. "Matt, hey," she said uneasily.
"Who were you talking to?" Matt wanted to know, taking the receiver from Claire's hand and smiled when he heard the dial tone.
"Just checking in with Cal. I have to call him every hour or so; he worries," Claire answered.
"You didn't mention the cell phone did you?" Matt asked.
"Why would I?" Claire murmured, rubbing her back.
"Because you're nosy," Matt answered. He shook his head. "I wish I didn't have to do this Claire," Matt said with a sigh as he trained a gun on her.
"Matt, you don't have to do this," Claire said, her eyes widened.
"Yes, I do," Matt said, regret visible in his eyes. "Let's go," he added, motioning towards the back door.