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The name sounds familiar, and Gavin's eyebrows furrow as he tries to think back to her old friends that he'd met. [b "Is the the one that was really intense? Always looked like she was expecting a brawl to break out?"]
He steps aside so she can rise to her feet, hands ready to catch her if she stumbles. [b "I almost did take you, but I figured they'd ask a lot of questions that I couldn't answer, and it would be suspicious. I also may or may not have googled medical videos and step-by-step to take care of someone after blood loss and being unconscious."]
He waits outside of the bathroom door for her, giving her at least a little privacy during his overbearing panic. Arms crossed over his chest, he leans back against the wall. [b "If we're getting close to something, that just means they're going to try hitting us harder. Should we try hunting down Gwen? She may not get so lucky if there's more than one of us."]
When she rejoins him, he holds out his arm for her to take. [b "For now, lets get some tequila in you, and maybe a little bit of food. You need to get your strength back up. I've set all of the alarms and sensors, so we'll be fine to sit so you can rest. If anyone tries getting close to the house, we'll know about it."]
Serena chuckles. Their fur babies are hilarious. All three of them stops when Gavin walks in with a gun in his hand. She tilts her head to look at the gun. After noticing the safety switch is on. She was about to laugh hard until she felt the pain on her head. hesitantly she touches it. The girl has never wished that something was a dream so badly before. The first one was shooting Gavin many years ago. Yea, she shouldn't have chuckled or went on her own. However, who would've thought a childhood would betray you? They were like sisters! They shared a lot together.
[#af18ae “I’m sorry… but you found me…”] Serena moves so her back was pressed against the bedframe. Sighing, she continues. [#af18ae “I had a lead. Turns out it was a trap. My guard was down because I pumped into a friend. We were so close we used to say we were sisters… she’s looking for you babe… pay back is going to be a bitch. You met Gwen once. She loved those plastic clips for the hair that comes in different shapes and colors.”] Serena slowly got out of bed. It was a lot slower since the fur babies wouldn’t allow her to get out of bed. [#af18ae “No, no I need tequila. Mexican tequila or Fireball… Then again food and water also sounds good.”] Serena had trouble catching her balance for about a minute. Do to the recent surprise attack, it has her moving like a snail. [#af18ae “Gavin, thank you for saving me… I’m surprised you didn’t take me to the hospital or see you passed out in my blood…”] she adds with a light chuckle and a wince towards the end. [#af18ae “I think one of us may be getting a bit closer to finding something good because if we weren’t Gwen wouldn’t be here to try to stop it. Someone hired her. if given the right price she would kill her own kid.”] she said while peeing.
Gavin had been dozing off and on after sitting diligently in the chair by the couch. The sound of the door crashing against the wall sends him to his feet, reaching for the gun on the table. His hands stops when he sees it's just Linus. It's then he noticed that Serena is awake.
[b "You're good at scaring the hell out of me. Please stop,"] he tries to joke, sitting on the table to be closer.
Her wound is still shut, so he breathes a sigh of relief. The swelling in her face hasn't gone down much so he grabs her an ice pack from the fridge and presses it to her cheek. [b "What the hell happened? You never came home, and then I tracked you the middle of goddamn nowhere."]
Gavin tries to keep the anger out of his voice. He's not mad at her, but at the fact that something had happened to her without him knowing. Who had gotten to her and overpowered her? [b "You're definitely gonna be sore for a few days. There's some morphine shots in the first aid kit, if you're in pain,"] he offers.
This dream is never ending. Not to mention she could feel everything. In her head she is literally screaming her head off as if someone is killing her. Her cry was ugly. Screaming bloody murder.
Within time her body began reacting. Little twitches, groans, and other movements. Although all of that is happening it took Serena to regain consciousness 16 hours later. It was sometime after noon when Serena sat up. Luna instantly began to purr. Her purrs mad Linus coming running. The bedroom door hit the wall cause am echo. [#af18ae "Is this what happens when you die?"] she says chuckling. Serena didn't have the strength to calm him. Or the voice. Luna on the other hand made him relax.
Gavin doesn't even bother cutting the engine off before jumping out of the car and racing her carry her in the house. [b "Linus, move!"] he orders, laying her on the previous dog-occupied couch.
[b "Med kit....med kit..."] he murmurs to himself, emptying the closet until he locates it.
[b "Go lay down, bud!"] he nudges Linus out of the way from where he stood at her head, licking her cheek.
Gavin pushes the coffee table aside and dumps the contents of the kit out, rummaging through to check the supplies. [b "This is going to suck, babe. I'm so sorry,"] he winces as he unscrews the cap of the rubbing alcohol.
He douses a pad of gauze with the liquid, and wipes away at the gash on her head. [b "Fuck, I'm sorry,"] he says again when she snaps her head away at the sting. [b "It'll be over soon. I just need to clean it."]
It's an ugly wound, and not a clean cut. Stitches wouldn't keep it shut. [b "What the hell do I do?"] he mutters, digging through alternatives.
He finds the glue hidden under a pack of bandages. [b "Hold still, okay?"] he tells her, even though he can't even tell if she's awake or not.
He takes her face in his hand, tilting it towards him. As carefully as he can, he squeezes the tube of glue into the wound. Pressing the flaps of skin together, he holds his breath as he waits for it to dry. It probably dried quickly, but Gavin was still hesitant to pull his hand away after a few moments.
Thankfully, it appears to be doing its job. The gash stays closed, and he busies himself with taking a damp cloth to clean the rest of the blood off of her face.
Everything felt unreal. In her head, her world collapsed. She was just there sitting in darkeners. Her head between her legs and arms wrapped around them. Gavin’s voice did reach her. It started off with some whispers but eventually grew louder with a feeling of floating in a pool. She spent a long time screaming and all it did was have her gasp in real life. It was the only thing she did so he would know she’s still there. Fighting.
Supplies. Medical supplies? They’re in the closet. It even has instructions on what to do. It’s not exactly a manual but on actually how to pass on from her family. There are four several types, give or take, for the procedures. One would think she would’ve been find considering she’s good at what she does. However, it was a friend who betrayed her. she didn’t think it would happen since they grew up together.
Serena did feel everything. It’s like the scene in Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1, where Bella Swan is screaming because of the venom but on the outside, she looked like she was peacefully sleeping. Maybe he should take her to the hospital. He could pass out or give her the only scar. He could use MAR glue. It’s just like putting a coat of Krazy Glue when you want to join two pieces of broken china. MAR glue, surgeons can put the skin tissues directly together, and the body heals itself without any clots in the way. Other advantages: The glue dries in 30 seconds; it's unusually flexible; it can be stored at any temperature. It’s also biodegradable, so it dissolves automatically whether it’s inside or outside the body. The rate at which it dissolves can even be programmed: 30 days for a quick-healing wound, or 90 days for a wound that needs more time. It is the latest and simplest and quickest way to close a bleeding wound. It is also her favorite.
The deeper Gavin gets in to the trees, the more apprehensive he gets. His phone's flashlight does little to light up the surrounding area, proving him only small bits of light at a time. [b "Serena?] he calls, forgetting to use her fake name in his panic.
The air was growing colder and his t-shirt was doing little to keep him warm. He'd already been scouring the woods for nearly an hour. His heart hammers in his chest as he fights back a panic attack. He could hear the chirps of bugs surrounding him which does little to ease his anxiety.
He doesn't so much as find her as he does trip over her. [b "Stupid log,"] he grunts, getting to his feet.
It's when he sweeps the light over her that he realizes what he's tripped over. [b "Hey! Serena, look at me,"] he drops to his knees and takes her face in his hands.
She's far too cold for his liking. He presses a finger to her carotid to feel her pulse, which is weak and fluttering. [b "Serena, I need you to wake up,"] he speaks louder, flashing a light in her eyes to see if her pupils respond.
The laceration on her head is deep and flowing blood. He pulls his shirt over his head and tries wiping away as much as he can. Keeping pressure on the wound, his free hand slaps at her cheek to try and rouse her. [b "Can you hear me? Serena, answer me,"] he demands.
She needs medical help and fast. Gavin ties the shirt around the wound and tucks his phone back in his pocket. [b "I got you. Come on,"] he breathes out as he lifts her in to his arms.
While he'd been walking for an hour, thankfully the truck wasn't an hour away. He had been zigzagging in the trees to search for her but hadn't wandered too far from where he'd parked. He hurries as fast as he can to get her in the seat, propping her against the door. He cranks the heater on the car and aims the vents towards her to try and warm her up.
He pulls the laptop in to his lap and sets the GPS to take them home. She'd kill him if he brought her to the hospital. [b "Stay with me, alright?"] he speaks to her as he drives. [b "Just stay with me."]
Gavin breaks just about every law there is to get her home. He only stops once, when he has to get gas, and in his rush he nearly forgets to pay. When they're back on the road, he keeps trying to talk to her. [b "We're almost there. Hold on, alright? We have medical supplies at home and we'll get you all stitched up."]
He's nauseated by the amount of blood on her clothes, and he doesn't even know what other injuries she may have. Her face is swollen where she'd taken punches, and bruises lined her arms. [b "Just don't leave me,"] he says, more to himself than anything.
Serena was still unconscious. Her body growing cold. Her mind was floating. Whatever is happening in her head was freaking her out. Serena was herself standing on a neon glowing path and millions of random collided squares of all sorts of memory rushed passed her. each side going a different direction. It was as if she was waiting for a train and the minute the train comes that gush of wind blows you back a little. The minute she took a step it stopped. With a touch of a finger a random memory opened wide as if she expanded it to fit the screen and the memory played. She could swipe them left or right and go back to the collage of memories. That was until her body began to slowly shut down. The ‘room’ got dark and she was able to see her breath. Each square dropped one by one shattering into a million of pieces. Her head has a deep laceration. The amount of blood she’s losing will eventually lead to hypovolemic shock.
[center [i 'Sorry writers block']]
Gavin grows concerned as the day gets later and Serena has not returned. His eyes fly to the window at every sound, hoping to see her car pulling up in front of the house. Linus does his best to keep him company, which is really just flopping on his lap for belly rubs. The cat sticks close by the boys, as if sensing something is off.
[b "Luna, your mother is going to give me grey hair before I'm thirty-five,"] he grunts, burying his hand in Linus' fur.
The dog gives a big stretch and Gavin takes the opportunity to slide out from under the hefty beast. [b "You two stay put. Luna, protect the house. Linus...use your weight if someone breaks in, I guess."]
Snatching his keys, he makes sure the alarms are all set before getting in his truck and driving in to town. The only problem, aside from finding no sign of her, is that he has no idea how to navigate the town without her there. [b "This is how I die,"] he mutters, backing out of a street that was actually someone's private driveway. [b "Getting lost and getting shot for trespassing."]
By the time he calls it quits, he'd already been out for hours. Banking on the chance that she's gotten home while he's been gone, he heads back to their place. [b "Serena?"] he calls through the hallways, stomach knotting in anxiety when no answer comes.
He throws himself in to the desk chair and rips the post-it note off, crumpling it and throwing it aside. A quick Google search for local news couldn't hurt. When the laptop kicks back on, he finds the program she'd been working on before she left. His eyes narrow as he glances down at his own ring, and then back to the screen where it flashes his location. When his gaze drifts to Serena's location, his paranoia kicks in to high gear when he sees the tracker flashing in the middle of nowhere, timed over the last hour.
[b "Fuck!"] he bolts from the chair and runs to his truck again, dropping the laptop in the seat next to him to follow the tracker. [b "Fuck fuck fuck!"] he slams his hands against the steering wheel.
He's not even sure how he manages to follow the GPS signal without wrecking the truck. His eyes flicker between the road and the computer, being careful not to make a mistake. He prays to any god there might be that his gas doesn't run out.
It's pitch black outside hours later, when the signal finally chimes that he's close. [b "Holy hell,"] he murmurs, sliding out of his seat and listening for any noise, only to hear silence.
He treads carefully, boots crunching on the twigs below his feet, cradling the pistol he'd hidden in his glovebox. [b "What the hell have you gotten yourself into, Serena?"] he breathes quietly.
[center [b [u Time~Skip]]]
Two weeks has passed. Serena was practically a drill sergeant. A few things were made slightly easier for him because of how much he was struggling. However, he seems to be catching on now. It makes her feel proud of herself and him seeing him improving with his training. Cardio, strength and weightlifting is the way to go. Every other day she would teach him how to fight. He first learned how to street fight with head movements fighting techniques. It was also a good refreshing course for her teaching him to dodge a punch. Yesterday she began teaching him something new.
Serena was up early working on her project. It is hard to cross people out. Not to mention how distracted she’s been the pass few days. Word around the village, someone has been asking about them. Not by their alias names but by their real names. She twirls her ring biting her lip. The girl is going to check it out solo. Before leaving the house, she opened a software that she uses to track people. Gavin doesn’t know it but both their rings are bugged with a tracking device. They both of code names; wonder woman and superman. She thought it was cute. The software she uses is a mixture of her own creation and two other good ones. With how she tweaked it, it shows you how long the person stayed at their current or previous location. So let’s say she was thrown into the middle of the forest and she hasn’t moved for an hour you would know where she’s at and how longs she’s been there for…
[center [i ‘Went to go check something out. Breakfast is in the microwave.’]] was written on a post stick that’s on the turned off computer screen. Even though the computer screen is off the hard drive was still on.
What she feared happened. It wasn’t the guy who attacked them a few weeks ago. Instead it was someone she worked with once upon a time. Gwen.
“You were always a fool thinking you’re invincible. Where is he? I won’t touch you. You aren’t worth it, literally. He’s worth a lot more.”
[#af18ae “He’s somewhere safe. You need to go Gwen. We have history. Don’t ruin it because once when…”] she cuts her off to say what Serena was going to say.
“Because once when you get on my bad side there’s no going back. You’ll hunt me down and kill me… blah, blah, blah. Spare me the lecture.” Gwen says throwing the first punch. The girls began to fight. Serena lost. Only because she was outnumbered and she felt sick which through her off. She was tossed into the woods three hours away from the house.
[right [pic https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/buffy/images/5/50/523369855.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100902143107&path-prefix=es]][right [b [u [i Gwen]]]]
Gavin snorts.[b "You mean your evil fuzzball that I caught chewing on my shoes earlier? Yeah, she's around."]
He scours the bags of things she brought home, intrigued at more security. They would need it. [b "Just as long as you warn me before you put a camera in the shower. If I'm going to have an audience, I want to put on a good show,"] he teases.
He glances over at her at the mention of training, a grin playing at his lips. [b "I'll have you know that this cake pop belly comes from living a life of spoiled luxury. You don't have to fight when you can pay people to fight for you. My face was too pretty to get punched, so I never needed to learn. But if you insist, I think I can go a few rounds with you."]
Gavin takes Linus outside to roughhouse while she sets everything up. He didn't want to be an even bigger pain in her ass than he already was. The least he could do was take the giant away from chewing on the wires and equipment.
When she calls him to join her, he grabs them both a bottle of water and sits with her. [b "I wouldn't mind learning close combat fighting. I get too flustered when someone is in my space and I don't know what to do next,"] he admits.
Serena forgot how loud the dog is. He would be a good guard dog if he had the proper training. He is too much of a goofball to be serious long enough to do his job. Gavin caught her off guard. The girl was ready to flip him over and step on his neck while twisting his arm. He possibly would’ve died if he did do it. She hugs him back. [#af18ae “You’re very welcome. Is Luna still roaming around?”] it is hard to figure out if what she did today was worth anything. There are two separate leads on the guy Gavin saw. Yet she went out to look for an old friend who could possibly help. Maybe she’s gone or he finally found a way to disappear like a ninja. She was always bad at hiding.
[#af18ae “I got some goodies. I’m going to wash my hands and face before setting up more cameras.] a smile creeps on her face seeing Luna. Her fur baby is bigger now. It’s upsetting. She missed her tiny cute days. [#af18ae “We’re going to start training you again so get ready for tomorrow. It’ll be the same work out as before. Your noodle arms are going bye-bye. Along with your cake-pop belly.”] she says teasingly
It took the girl an hour to set up a few things. The minute she got back she went on the computer to see if she can start crossing out possible ‘Casper’ suspect. Serena is going to have to explain what she’s doing to Gavin. Once when she sets up more computer screens and an extra keyboard, he can help her. He is also going to have to learn the basic hacking skills. All within time of course. [#af18ae “If you get to choose what you want to learn, what would it be?”] she asks him.
Gavin bid her goodnight but stayed on the patio for a few more hours. His head was racing with thoughts of more traps to lay around the property. A sniper rifle might come in handy, as well.
By the time he crawled in to bed beside her, he was far too tired to even press a kiss to her cheek or temple. It'd been far too long of a day. Before his head even settled in to his pillow, Gavin's eyes were shut and he was out.
The sun was high in the sky before they opened again. In his groggy state, he reached out to pull Serena closer to him, but found the bed empty and cool on her side. No note, either. [b "Hello?"] he calls out, stepping in to the hallway.
No response, but he hears something clatter in the kitchen. Gavin doesn't even have time to react before the big furry beast is bounding around the corner and tackling him to the floor. [b "Linus?"] he laughs, burying his face in the dog's fur.
The Saint Bernard pins him to the floor, peppering his face with kisses. [b "I missed you too. Best surprise ever, bud,"] he reassures his dog, planting a kiss to the top of his head.
He's sure the cat is around somewhere, but can't seem to find her. Must be hiding to adjust to her new surroundings. Wanting to get a quick run in before she gets back, Gavin throws on some shorts and takes to the path they'd made the day before. If Linus had been any more active, he would have brought him along. Unfortunately, the dog was as athletic as a sloth.
He returns to the house before she does and quickly showers off. Linus makes quite the noise when she does come home, making Gavin grin as he walks down the hallway. Walking behind Serena, he wraps his arms around her and spins her in a hug. [b "Thank you for bringing them home."]
Serena didn’t want to talk about what happened. Even if it came out the way they both hope it would. [i ‘Or until it ends us…’] she thought to herself.
The girl was stayed outside. It is nice and relaxing. The sunset is beautiful. Not to mention their view made it even better. This was a worthwhile investment. [#af18ae “I may go to bed sooner. There is a lot to do tomorrow.”] she says eventually getting up to clean up and put away the left overs. For once they have left overs. It didn’t take long for her to go to bed.
By the time it was four in the morning she was up and moving like a ninja so he wouldn’t wake up. It took a while to get where she wanted too and pick up a few things. She stopped by the house to drop off the package. Serena got more guns, ammo, gadgets, and their fur babies. Her car was left at the house this time. She walked for miles and miles. She hit a few spots before going to her bakery. She hung out in the upstairs office for an hour before heading home with some goodies.
[#af18ae “I’m home.”] she says heading to the kitchen dropping of the baked goods. She was greeted by the dog. It took him forever to calm down so she can say hi. The family is complete.
[b "Well clearly you have better survival skills than I do. Growing up, I couldn't even be a boy scout. I quit after the first camping trip because it was too exhausting,"] he says dramatically.
Gavin is up and in the kitchen after she announces dinner. He fills a plate and joins her on the patio, taking a free seat next to her. [b "I'm feeling better now that there is food,"] he teases.
After a few bites, he settles back in his chair. [b "I really do feel a bit better after correcting the problem. If I pay him $2 million, that still leaves a few million in my account. Benefit of having a filthy rich inheritance, I guess."]
His eyes drift closed to relax and take in the sounds of the birds in the trees. When she offers to take him home, however, they flash back open. [b "I'm not safer or in better hands than I am right here. I'm not going anywhere. I know I've made a few big mistakes, but I promise I'm going to get better at this."]
Gavin reaches out to grab her hand with his. [b "I'm in this until it's over."]
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