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To say that he was having a rough few weeks would be an understatement. The morning he showed up at his office freshly groomed and in a well-cut suit, his staff had nearly glitched out of sheer surprise at his unexpected return. He felt their eyes track his face and neck, looking for any ill signals that he'd been where he'd said; locked away in rehab for drug addiction. More than once, he'd caught them staring, only to turn abruptly away when realizing they were noticed.
He threw all of his frustrations into work. An entirely new atmosphere circled the building wherever he went. Gavin held a professionalism that they'd never seen before. Clear, direct orders were given and expected to be followed. Senior staff members on each floor were expected to hand him detailed reports of every contact made with clients. In Luke's sudden absence, Gavin had taken control and did his best to steer things back into a more legal standpoint, so that it would be more noticeable when something suspicious came along.
His evenings were an entirely different event. Pants were off within moments of entering the house, replaced with cozy sweats and old faded t-shirts for maximum comfort while he got through as many rum and cokes as he could before hauling his ass to bed. He'd essentially taken six steps back and reverted to his inability to cope properly with his temper. He did, however, continue with his physical training.
Mornings were spent in the previously unused gym he'd stocked in the basement, circuiting the various equipment routines to keep up his physical progress. It helped bring his energy back up after drinking the night before, and it kept him stronger in the event of an attack. He'd been more alert of his surroundings, especially when he was home alone.
Unfortunately, he wasn't home alone as often as he'd like. At least four nights a week, Serena's mother was storming into his house to do a quick check that it was still bug-free, and that he was alive. It always ended with a scolding over his stubborn attitude, followed by another smack upside the head before she stormed right back out like the hurricane she was.
So when she barged into his house unannounced late in the evening, he didn't care to pull himself to his feet. [b "I swear to god, I'm going to change the goddamn locks,"] he called out.
It was then he noticed the stream of people that followed her. [b "What the fuck is going on?"] Gavin's brow furrowed, moving out of the way as a body was carried to the couch he was occupying.
His heart stopped when he realized who was behind the bloody pulp. [b "Luke?"]
His body moved of its own accord, dropping him to his knees beside his brother's limp form. [b "Luke,"] he reached out to pat his cheek. [b "Lucas, come on man. Wake up! Luke, you stupid son of a bitch! Open your eyes!"]
He felt two arms grab him around the middle, pulling him away. [i "Let him work,"] he didn't recognize the man speaking, and he couldn't tear his eyes away until Serena's mother grabbed his face in her hand, turning him to look at her.
[i "You're going to do no good just sitting there yelling,"] she spoke firmly. [i "Get your ass in gear, and get them towels, bandages, hot water, and whatever vodka you have left to clean those wounds."]
Gavin stood frozen until she tightened her grip on his jaw. [i "Move!"]
Suddenly feeling like a lost puppy, he stumbled through the hall to his bathroom in search of the supplies. He heard Serena's voice for the first time, arguing with her mother. He didn't even care that Owen was brought into the argument. All he knew was that as much as he was furious with his brother, he wasn't about to let him die on his couch.
He handed the items off to the strangers working on Luke, feeling more useless than he ever had been before. He truly wasn't expecting to feel as devastated as he was, seeing his brother so damaged. Gavin had been convinced that he'd feel nothing over his brother being a possible victim in all of this; he didn't realize he would be so wrong. The alcohol he'd ingested was bringing forward unresolved emotions regarding the older brother he'd used to look up to, reverting Gavin back to being six years old and unable to help his injured sibling.
Stepping backwards, his back hit the wall and he slid to the floor. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted her. [b "Serena,"] he spoke her name, voice breaking slightly as he felt his eyes stinging with tears. [b "What happened?"]
Serena kept her word. She did stay away. Her mother would go check on Gavin. Her father did two stop bys at his office. Serena even disguised herself as a male janitor. Name Sasha which is Alex English. It made it easier to put new bug and discover ones she didn’t place herself.
It’s been two weeks since she spoken to Gavin. He’s not going to like that Owen is here or that he’s his one o’clock appointment in a few days. They run background checks on everyone. Use a facial recognition software. Serena did her own thing. Got a few leads. Her father was happy to go find out. He missed interrogating people.
Serena on the other hand got the chance to follow one lead. Not to mention it’s at a club. Of course she got a few drinks and danced. It helped get information when given the right amount of drinks and [i drugs]. She met up with her dad to kick some ass and get more information. It just kept leading to other locations. They ended up on the docks. Checking out container shipments. If it wasn’t for them getting shot at she would’ve never guess how close that got.
Guys who’s back. Saved. You’re freaking welcome Gavin. Last she heard her mother was going to stop by at Gavin’s. It’s good because everyone needs medical attention. Especially his brother. Sadly it has to be in Gavin’s home. Her mother was preparing for their arrival. Barking orders to Gavin.
When they barged in her mother quickly went into action. Serena stepped away letting her mother take care of everything. Her dad is stubborn and well refuse treatment until her mother beats him up. Serena went to go was up and crazy glue her wounds shit. Her dress is so dirty and beat up. [#Af18ae I’m made I lost one of my favorite heels...] she says checking on her parents greeting the pets.
“He needs a real hospital.”
“They’ll find him.”
“It’ll be hard to keep him stable. We don’t have the right equipment. M
[#Af18ae Make a list and I’ll get get them. I need new clothes.] she says pacing. Avoiding Gavin. Even though it’s killing her.
“Call Owen. He can help.”
“No... and you know why.”
[#Af18ae Fuck it. If he can help then let’s do it. But who’s going to owe him the favor] her parents went to the other room to talk about it.
It didn't matter how angry and stubborn he was; when he heard any kind of distress regarding Serena, he was automatically on his feet.
He stopped just shy of where the father and daughter were struggling, fists curled at his sides. When her head made contact with the floor, he made a step forward to intervene, but her mother grabbed his wrist to keep him in place. Her father had no qualms about killing him; best not to give him a reason.
Gavin couldn't meet Serena's eye as she left the house without any more commotion. Her mother stayed briefly, long enough to give Gavin a smack to the head. [i "Undo whatever you've done. I'll not lose a daughter because of your stupidity,"] she snapped before making her own exit.
[b "Jesus fucking christ, remind me why I want to marry her,"] he clenched his jaw, rubbing a tired hand over his eyes.
Neither pet answered, though Luna did hiss at him before stalking away. [b "I don't need attitude from you too, missy!"] he called after her.
The house felt even more cold and lonely than he'd left it. The minimalist decorating no longer made him serene but rather like he was in a museum. The walls were too white. The floors too perfectly waxed. The whole house was clinical. Not a chance in hell was he going to be able to relax with things like this.
He started in his bedroom, dragging the mattress, pillows, and blankets down to the living room. The guest rooms were next, and then the rest of the spare linens from the closet. Gavin didn't stop fluffing and rearranging everything until his living space looked like one big nest of blankets and coziness. Sinking down into the several inches of cushion, he burrowed his head under the pillows in an attempt to block out the world.
Serena has been in many awkward situations. However, this one tops it all and more. She sets the cat free. The three of them went begin to check the house for bigs. She told them where her bugs are. It had to be replaced. There’s no telling if they bugged her bug. They made a mess checking his place.
[#Af18ae All good.]
“Alright. Let’s set these new one up and we’ll leave.”
“A family outing sounds delightful.”
[#Af18ae Sure. Maybe we can call my future husband while we’re at it.]
“Stop. You’re just like your...” the mother stops when David began to fight Serena. Cursing her out. His language changing so he won’t understand. He had Serena pinned in the worse position ever. She’s flexible but god it hurts.
“I won’t apologize. It happened. Deal with it. Can we please focus. Please. I’ll leavr after this. Do whatever you want. Just please.] she says her voice softening the more she speaks. She gives up trying to break loose. He grabs her by the hair and bangs her head on the floor. He quickly got off her. Serena turns to lay on her back pinching her nose.
[#Af18ae See how disparate I am. I would’ve never called if I didn’t need help. I already owe Owen one. And i knew this was coming.] she says getting up. Her mother hugged her for a few seconds.
“Go. I’ll take care of this.” Serena nods. She spits on the floor before picking up luna. “Go to the safe apartment. The safe house burned down.”
[#Af18ae I’ll go tomorrow. I have a secret place of my own. Keep an eye on him. You to Linus. I’ll be staying away for a little.] she says out loud for him to hear. She pulls out her phone to get a Uber. After all it’s her parents car. Stolen car.
“Stay safe mija.”
[#Af18ae Yea. Yeah.] she mumbles walking out of the house.
“You’re all idiots.” Her mother shouts. Eyeing Gavin since he’s the only one there.
He probably would acknowledge that the punch was deserved, much later after the pain subsided. For now, all he could feel was the crunch and shooting ache in his face. [b "Fucking hell,"] he landed on his ass.
Blood spilled from his nose, dripping onto his shirt. [b "I think you broke it,"] he winced, only to hear the slam of the cockpit door.
Linus whimpered and walked away, flopping on the floor and glancing over at him like, [i look what you did, Dad. Mom's upset.] [b "Traitor,"] Gavin grumbled.
It wasn't the best redo of a first impression, given he had two wads of toilet paper stuffed in his nose. His posture was stiff and tense as he nodded a greeting to her mother. No hard feelings? Pretty much everyone in her immediate family has either wanted him dead, or attempted to kill him. Then again, it was appearing as though his own family wanted him dead too. [b "No hard feelings,"] he agreed, latching the leash back on Linus to keep him from bowling the woman over in an attempt to lick her face.
Serena's father, on the other hand, was just as terrifying as he'd been expecting. If looks could kill, they'd never find Gavin's body. [b "I assure you, the damage was mutual. No guns necessary,"] he grumbled, moving past him with his bag slung over his shoulder.
He made sure to sit as close to the door as possible, putting the dog between them in the backseat of the car. He never thought he'd be so grateful to see the cold emptiness of his house again. His cousin appeared to have vacated the house, judging by the stack of envelopes sitting in the mailbox. [b "Thanks for the escort,"] Gavin flopped back onto the couch, throwing an arm over his eyes. [b "Feel free to help yourself to a drink. Whatever he left in the bar, that is."]
This guy is starting to get on her nerves. She got up to get a few snacks and water bottles so she can slam the cockpit door shut. That was until mentioned her parents. With a blink of an eye she was in front of him punching his nose. [#Af18ae Gavin Rollo you’re getting on my last Fucking nerves. Don’t worry we’ll drop you off at your place and we’ll leave. Watch from a Fucking distance you. Fucking stupid stubborn pussy.] she gives the dog a kiss on the head before grabbing her laptop. The cockpit door slams shut.
She maybe have purposely played music she knows he wouldn’t like through the intercom. Suffer you asshole. She sang along as long as she can. It only last about two hours.
It took forever for them to get there. Serena turned on the seatbelt sign before landing. Luna was the first one to exit the cockpit. Serena went straight to the bathroom. She was about to explode. She unlocks the door and opens it. Luna didn’t give her any trouble getting in the kennel.
“Mi vida where are you?” Serena’s mom walks in. Her face lit up seeing Linus. “Hey you. You haven’t changed.” She says greeting him. Serena gathered a few things before hugging her mom. Her mother helped out with her things. Serena stopped her mother from greeting him. “Stop it. Don’t be like your father... nice to see you again Gavin. You’re all grown up. No bad feelings about the past?”
Serena lodes the car greeting her father with a handshake. [#Af18ae Gavin this is my father...]
“Antonio. What did you do to my daughter? She’s not happy. I can feel it. Do you want to get shot again?”
[#Af18ae He does. He keeps thinking about Owen.] her father grins hearing his name.
“He Met Owen?” Serena nods, “Diablo. He probably thinks you’ll run of the sunset with that man. His father almost took your mother from me until I put him into a medical induced coma. His son his better than him. He has the right to fear him.”
[#Af18ae No need to fear. We’re keeping it professional now.] she says getting in the back. Right now they’re going to take him home. Scout the neighborhood and check his home for bugs.
Every one of her responses was valid and another verbal slap upside the head. Still, he stubbornly locked his jaw in place and focused his eyes on hers. [b "Don't let love get in the way of your date with Owen,"] he snapped back, lying back on the couch and burying his face in Linus' fur like an absolute child.
Fantastic. Go figure her parents were getting involved once the plane landed. As if his mood couldn't sour any further. [b "Oh good. Why not just hand me over for them to put a bullet in my head like they wanted in the first place. Just save everyone some time so we don't all have to play civil with one another."]
As always, his mouth was getting him deeper into trouble. He never did know how to shut up instead of making things worse. Even Linus was whining and pawing at him, sensing his agitation growing. God, he was getting claustrophobic on this tin can. [b "Watch out, buddy,"] he eased around Linus.
That douche probably had liquor on this plane somewhere. Gavin rifled through the cabinets until he found the treasure trove of brandies and vodkas stashed away in the kitchenette area. [b "Cheers Owen,"] he popped the cap and took a few shots straight from the bottle. [b "Time to meet the in-laws. Fake in-laws. Fucking disaster is what this is, Linus,"] he looked at the dog who'd followed him.
Gavin caught her off guard. Honestly, she was going to give him space. Like a child who’s having one of their moments. The girl leans against the doorframe. He’s full of emotions. If he doesn’t relax soon the vein on his neck is going to burst. Now the problem is she doesn’t know if she should laugh or cry. Luna obviously wanted a front row seat to all of this because she went to sit across from Gavin. Is the cat staring him down? Good girl!
Serena follows the car. Sat at the far end of the couch away from Gavin to give him his space. [#Af18ae Wow. First of all. A few hours. Since we came up with this stupid plan.] the girl looks out the window, [#Af18ae Your jealousy is going to be the death of you. Your pulse is too high. The vein on your neck is probably waking up Dracula. That’s if this little one doesn’t pop it herself because she looks like she still hates you.] Gavin is insane. Accusing her of playing house just for leads. Since rekindling their relationship she’s been slow. Leads been slow. This missions isn’t just a mission. She actually cares about him. Even if he believes it or not.
[#Af18ae Owen doesn’t mean anything to me. Never will. We had many run ins together... it’s such a long story. Anyways, no side mission. You were my parents target. My first mission but as you already know I caught feelings. Something about you being my first everything. Couldn’t shake those feeling. Can’t. I want you safe. Breathing. Why? Because I still love you stupid. But maybe you’re right. We should keep this professional. I’ll take luna and she’ll be my plus one to somewhere tropical when this is all over.] their fake marriage was fun. Seems like they’re getting a fake divorce. Serena got up to go back to the cockpit. Her left thumb twirls the real but fake wedding band for a while. Eventually she took it off. Placing it on the other hand. It hurts knowing what he really thinks. Owen is nothing. Wait till he meets another scum bag. The second this loser whiffs her location. She’ll receive gifts after gifts. He’ll visit as much as he can. He’s like a crazy stalker.
[#Af18ae Oh for the record my parents are picking us up. In case you want something else to think about other then Owen. You know. The freaking Clyde to my Bonnie who’s going to meet me in paradise to make criminal but sexy babies and rob the rich. Maybe become the next deadly but yet sexy cartel. Hell we can do business. Your father did or didn’t. We’ll all be stinking rich...] okay. She may have went overboard. His jealousy worse than a girls. She would say maybe this is how she reacts but she’s far worse. Physically.
Perfect. Trapped thirty-something thousand feet in the air with no distractions to keep from talking to her. The mood was completely shifted, and a new tension hung in the air. Linus must have sensed something was off, because he kept trying to crawl in Gavin's lap to pepper his face with sloppy kisses.
Mercifully, she stepped away for a phone call. He took the moment of privacy to close his eyes and lean his head back. He'd missed the initial greeting on the phone, but caught the rapid dialogue. Gavin wasn't a Spanish speaker, so he had no way of knowing what was being said. He could only hope that it wasn't anything particularly bad.
[i Probably talking to Owen,] his brain betrayed him. [i "They're probably discussing how they're going to hook up once you're gone."]
[b "Shut up,"] he grumbled to himself.
A peak from the corner of his eye caught the end of the phone call as she made her way back to the cabin. He lasted all of two minutes in silence before sitting straight up and locking eyes with her. [b "How long has it been since you decided this wasn't something you wanted after all?"] he blurted out. [b "Was all of this just bullshit? Appeasing me until you could get a lead?"]
With only a handful of hours of sleep and a physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted body, Gavin's rational side was gone. He couldn't wrap his brain around how they'd gone from flirting and teasing and living as a couple, for all intents and purposes, if she was so easily capable of handing him off at the end of everything like he was nothing. His mind kept flashing to Owen, and he couldn't help but conjure an image that she and the rogue had been plotting together all along. [b "Was this your plan along? Let me believe everything was fine, to alleviate your guilt at putting a target on my head last time, only to have a side-mission with dear old Owen to run off into the sunset together like some fucked up Bonnie and Clyde?"]
His adrenaline was pumping again, and every shred of logic in his brain was screaming at him to stop, but he was way past remaining calm. His hands fidgeted on his lap; a nervous tick he'd had since he was a kid. She was probably going to hit him, or at the very least snap some sense into him, but he didn't care. He couldn't even make sense of what was going on since the evacuation.
Serena’s shirt was almost off until she heard him. [#Af18ae Oh. Okay. Another time I guess.] Gavin’s mood and tone shifted real fast. He didn’t even want to touch her as he passed by. Serena simply nods.
Setting Luna free, both girls ignored Gavin. For different reasons of course. They both went to the front of the plane to monitor everything. What she told him wasn’t a lie. Anything can happen. He didn’t move on. Someone like him should’ve been married by now but he isn’t. Here they are playing house and talking about everything like if everything would be okay. When in reality they don’t know.
Right now, everything will be okay. They’re in the sky. No one but Owen knows they’re up there. He shouldn’t handled the police as well. [#Af18ae We’re going to be up here a while so get comfortable.] Serena slowly are the bag of nuts. Luna resting on her lap.
Serena got up use the planes phone. She dials a number she hasn’t used in a while. Her fathers. It went straight to voicemail. [#Af18ae It’s me. Call me when you get the chance. Tell the lady if the house I miss her...] she takes the phone with her. Her dad will call back. Hopefully. Ten minutes later the phone rang. [#Af18ae Hey dad... I’m fine....] from there she began to talk in Spanish. Fast.
It was nothing bad about Gavin. Not with her dad at least. Her parents agreed to help. Sinply because they were threatened not to help. They don’t do well with threats. Her mom wasn’t sure what to feel about them rekindling. But from the sound of it he’s realizing that they aren’t a perfect match. Her parents will be picking them up.
Gavin couldn't help but frown at her words. She seemed extremely confident in the end of their relationship once this was all over. He knew she was a great actress, but it didn't even appear that she was fazed at all by the inevitable breakup. [b "Are you serious?"] his brow furrowed.
Going ignored, his eyes followed her movement back to the cabin of the plane. Over the occasional beep from the flight equipment, he could hear Owen's voice coming through the laptop speakers. Gavin's stomach plummeted at the other man's flirtatious tone. [i A date?] What made it worse was the fact that Serena didn't turn him down.
He couldn't quite meet her eye when she called to him mischievously. His mood has soured. [b "Not really in the mood anymore. You're right,"] he answered with a monotone. [b "It's best to keep this professional. We'll get this done and you can go back to whatever things were like before me. I'll have a company to run."]
In the back of his head, he knew he was being a jealous asshole. But, she had a history with Owen - what that history entailed he'd rather not know. And clearly, the man was not above flirting with her. He was capable of handling himself in this life of felonies. Much better matched for her.
He'd spent his entire life feeling insecure in comparison to his perfect older brother. How the hell was he going to compare to with a man who was seemingly perfect for her?
[b "Excuse me,"] he brushed past her to get to Linus.
[b "Things will go back to normal soon, bud."] He wasn't entirely sure he was assuring the dog or himself. [b "I promise."]
A mischievous laugh erupts from her. He wants to know about her family. Ha! Serena looks at him. It was hard not not to laugh. She almost cried with how much she’s laughing. [#Af18ae You’re better off not putting on a ring on this finger. Even I don’t get a long with my dad. He buttheads. However, apparently we’re alike. So it makes sense. My mom on the other hand is... damn... I don’t know who’s crazier. Maybe me?] she said chuckling.
Serena pulls up before they got close to the cars. The back tire hit a car. [#Af18ae Oops.] she says still smiling. When they got high enoguht she puts them on autopilot. [#Af18ae Hey... I know we talked a lot about marriage and kids. The while nine yards for when we’re done with this, but they’re all fantasies... whatever happens you can move on. Just don’t put down luna or else I’ll haunt you.] she says grttingjo to kiss his forehead. She heads to the back to get in her laptop to find a private airport hanger.
Owen decided to video chat with Serena. He didn’t waste no time. “Are you stupid or crazy?”
[#Af18ae Both. Don’t worry I’ll pay you. It was an emergency v m]
“Everything is an emergency with you. Did he die?]
“Nope. Gavin is still alive. His brother is missing and we may have a lead. I promise I’ll pay you back and owe you one.]
“A date. Maybe we can finish what couldn’t happen in Tampa.” Serena clears her throat.
[#Af18ae Well talk when this is over. Got to go.] she says waving bye before ending the call. A much as she’ll regrey it and it’ll hurt Gavin she may have to sleep with Owen. It’ll be better than doing a gig for him. She found a hangar and calls the place making a deal. Money up front. More of he keeps the plane there until she gets it or Owen since he will be searchbfor it. [#Af18ae How do you feel about heading home?] she asks home?] she asks taking off her shoes. She raids the kitchen for some snacks. [#Af18ae Also I keep my promises. Ready for a whole new experience?] she asks him wiggling her eyebrows.
Gavin looked down at the claw marks angrily decorating his skin. [b "I always thought she was a sweet cat. Now her true side comes out. She is most definitely evil,"] he glared back at the cat carrier secured in the backseat.
Luna hissed in retaliation. [b "Yeah, you!"] he argued back. [b "Little miss satan is what you are."]
He continued bickering with the cat while waiting in the car for her at her parents' house. He had yet to officially meet them, and didn't feel comfortable scouring their house to steal. If they didn't already hate him, they definitely would if he was caught.
Everything was running on autopilot for him. He did as commanded, whenever Serena gave him an order. One by one, he loaded the bags and the animals into the plane. For Luna and Linus, all he could really do was put seatbelts on them in an attempt to keep them safely in place. Linus panted like nothing was wrong, smiling up at him with his dopey face. Luna was still glowering from her crate.
[b "I feel like there are many questions I need to ask in regards to your family history,"] Gavin couldn't help but grip the arms of his seat nervously as he spotted security at the end of the runway attempting to stop them. [b "Just so I know what I'm marrying into. Because I definitely will be putting a real ring on that finger once this is all over."]
Despite the trucks and guns aimed at them, she didn't slow the plane down once. A nervous flyer already, Gavin hoped his stomach didn't heave with the takeoff. They just had to get in the air, and they'd be on their way. Safe, for the time being.
Serena isn’t going to burst his happy bubble. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt. Plane sex is nothing special. He’ll eventually figure it out. She packs everything she could. [#Af18ae My car. Go. I’ll be there in a second.] she says waiting for him to leave to set the timer.
When it was set she ran out. They have two minutes. Can’t give Gavin or the pets a heart attack. She dumps everything in the trunk and gets in the driver seat. Not bothering with the seat belt she pulls out. [#Af18ae Oh god... did she do that too you?] she asks looking at Gavin’s new marks. As it luna could understand them she meowed angrily. It made her laugh. Pulling out the the gun that was tucked behind her back, she hands it to Gavin. Just to be safe.
Their first stop was to her parents to grab the painting and a few extra things. [#Af18ae What sucks is that i can’t even fix the problem in my bakery... I may just sell it to him so I don’t go under...] she says driving. Paranoid.
It took a long time to get to the private hanger. The guards there sucks. It was easy to sneak in side. Owen’s plane was there. It just needed gas. She got it going as Gavin brought things in. Slowly. It’s like moving to a new apartment. It sucks. When the plan was full she walks to a corner and began to talk to the secret camera. She apologized for stealing the plane but she’ll owe him big time before taking it down. [#Af18ae I learned to fly when my family and I got taken. Someone killed the pilot and my dad was bleeding to death and mother was still drugged. The pressure... of course I crash landed but I’m so much better now promise.] she said going down the runway for take off. Security approaching from a distance. [#Af18ae I’m going to miss that place. It was beautiful. Secluded.]
[b "A hipster, huh?"] he took advantage of her kindness and swiped a pancake from the top of the pile. [b "I've never dated one of them before."]
He was grateful for the playful bickering they had settled back into. Things were running hot and cold for a while, and it was nice to have some form of normalcy back. They'd constantly had playful arguments during their previous relationship. It almost made everything feel peaceful again.
[b "If you're promising me a Mile High Club membership, don't think I won't hold you to that,"] he aimed a warning finger at her with a mischievous smirk. [b "Pretty sure an airplane is the one place we haven't ever tried to do it before."]
With the urgency to get going, and with one camera down, he stuffed the rest of the pancake in his mouth and headed for the bedroom. Nothing was folded neatly in his rush; just tossed and stuffed haphazardly in duffle bags. [b "Linus, come here,"] he called the dog to secure him on a leash.
Gavin jumped at the sound of her shooting the computer, and then a second time as Luna pounced on him for comfort from the noise. [b "You're definitely not going to like me in a minute,"] he muttered to the cat, holding her against his chest with one arm as the other grabbed the cat carrier from the bedroom closet.
Clearly she remembered what happened the last time she was in the crate, because Luna immediately began struggling and scratching at his arms. [b "Just one more plane right, I promise,"] Gavin winced as her claws pulled across his skin. [b "Then you can get all the treats and scratch posts your heart desires."]
If she could talk, he was fairly sure she was cussing him out. With a duffle bag over each shoulder, Linus' leash in his right hand and the cat carrier in his left, he went to the living room to meet with her. [b "Ready when you are, captain."]
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