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Quinn was almost inconsolable as they made their way towards the car and even on the journey towards the hospital she could barely calm herself enough to stop crying but when they arrived at the hospital is seemed that she had no tears left to cry and all she felt was a pain in her chest that threatened to rip her heart in two if Joshua did not survive this. She was led to a waiting room where her father stayed with her and she saw her neighbours talking in the corner.
[B "Who are they?"] Her father looked towards them and sighed.
[I "They were undercover. We wanted to have someone close by to protect you if you needed it and thank God they were there. Christ Quinn I almost lost you."] He held her close and she could hear the pain in his voice. [I "Joshua is a fighter okay? He is going to get through this."] Quinn wanted to believe him and as she pulled back from him she nodded.
It was a few hours then until they really heard anything about Joshua but soon a nurse came towards them and Quinn was already on her feet after have a little nap on her father's shoulder. She breathed the biggest sigh of relief to know that the surgery was okay and she looked towards her father who nodded before she followed the nurse into the room that was guarded by officers.
The moment she laid eyes on him the years came again. [B "Joshua!"] She rushed to his bedside and reached for his hand. [B "I thought I lost you."]
Joshua was struggling to stay awake, his body cold and though the pain of the gunshot wound was more prevalent, he could feel himself being moved and jostled, strapped to a bed and into the ambulance. Soon there were lights in his eyes, bright and white with doctors and nurses surrounding him, rushing at a fast pace to get him into an operation room. He didnt want to die. Joshua had spent so much time on the street, being reckless and fighting and involved with the gang. Everything seemed so real now when he had so much to live for: he had Quinn and his child. He didn't want to die. He’d blacked out eventually.
Joshua woke up suddenly, his head pounding but his body pain felt more powerful. He blinked a few times, his throat dry. He sat up too quickly then, cords tugging from this way and that, his shoulder complaining. He looked down to see it bandaged, another set of bandages wrapped over his chest. He couldn't sit up for long, falling back and closing his eyes briefly. “Fuck,” he said. It was taking him a while to figure out what was going on as he was disoriented and Joshua knew he had to have drugs in him too.
Everything came back to him then; the bar and Francisco shooting him. Joshua worried then about Quinn. Was she alive? Before he could start to peel everything away and get out of the bed, the nurse was there to calm him, promising she would get his fiance in to visit. She left to find Quinn with her father, cops already stationed outside of Joshua’s room. They were under tight security and it was obvious without saying that they would not be returning to their home.
“Joshua is awake now. Surgery seemed to have gone well, but it will be best to keep him here for observation for the next week. You are welcome to see him though.”
The woman didn't seem to say much to her when she apologised and she couldn't really blame her because she couldn't have been expecting to be held at gun point in another's home.
Quinn was worried about Joshua too. If someone was here she could only imagine that someone had got to Joshua too and she doubted that they would wait to pull the trigger on him when he knew so much about Francisco and could have he sent away for so long. She couldn't even think about herself in that moment but she was also thinking about her baby. How the fact that a gun shot to any part of her body could cause trauma and cause her to lose their child. That was something she wanted to avoid at all costs.
Everything happened so quickly then. Charlie was barking and then whining and then there were gun shots and she had forced her eyes shut at that point, expecting to never open them again but she didn't feel any pain and she could hear Charlie barking so she hadn't been shot. When she opened her eyes it was because she felt Janet's hand on her back and she jumped back instantly. Fear was the first thing she felt and she hadn't realised she had been shaking or holding her breath until this point.
[B "What...what happened?"] Her father came rushing towards her then, pulling her into a hug.
[I "Oh thank God. You're alright!"] He kissed her cheek and smoothed her hair looked rather distressed. [I "Honey, don't freak out, you need to be strong for your baby, but we need to get you to the hospital. Joshua has been shot."]
[B "No! No! This was supposed to keep us safe!"] She cried as she was being walked towards a car. [B "He can't. Dad he can't leave us."]
The conversation was very casual and that worried Joshua. He was wondering when Roscoe would show up and yet also curious as to why Francisco was acting as though he wasn’t facing the possibility of serving life in prison. He seemed too calm and it was unnerving for Joshua He thought to himself that Francisco was much too calm and something just wasn’t right. He didn’t want to make a big deal of it and bring attention to himself, excusing him to the bathroom where he pulled out his phone to dial Quinn’s number. His stomach was turning. You could imagine his reaction when he felt a hand on his shoulder, heavy. Turning around Joshua looked Francisco straight in the eyes as he raised the gun, silencer attached, and shot three times. This was someone he had trusted, had given all of his life for – a man who spoke so highly on loyalty and trust and had nearly killed his fiancé and unborn child.
Everything seemed to go black, though he was fading in and out of consciousness, watching as Francisco walked out of the bathroom and out of the bar into a parked car that drove off. He’d sent a text to Roscoe to finish the job before removing the sim card and breaking the phone in half before tossing it onto the street. After seeing that Daniel had rushed into the bathroom.
“Shit!” He pulled out his phone and dialed. “Officer Brady here at 253 Lincoln Road. McGuinness bar. We’ve got a 10-71. Joshua Lannister, male.” He’d tried to keep Joshua up, already having squad cars sent to their house.
Once Janet saw the gun to Quinn’s head, she knew that she would have to act quick. Especially when the male had returned with a stack of cash and checked his phone before nodding, indicating they were going to kill them whether they got they wanted or not. Charlie had leaned to attack, barking and biting which was a great distraction before she was kicked, whimpering in pain. Before Roscoe could shoot the dog, Janet whipped out her pistol and shot both men. She knew they weren’t dead, but injured and just in time as cops broke through the door. Shaking some she looked over at Milli before putting her gun back in the holster. “Breathe Quinn,” she said as she smoothed her back. “Don’t worry you’re safe.” Though Joshua was on his way to the hospital, his life in the hands of professional doctors. He’d been shot twice in the shoulder and one bullet just barely missing his heart.
[B "I swear you would forget your head if it wasn't..."] Quinn's words came to an abrupt end when she finally looked at who was standing at her door. Two men with guns. She thought that they had managed to keep their location safe and that no one knew where they were but apparently, someone did and now she was concerned about whether Joshua had been made it to the bar. Was he even still alive? Her mind was overtaken by many horrific thoughts that she just didn't want to think about. She wanted to cry for help but she knew that it was pointless and it only took a matter of seconds for him to threaten to shoot her if she did.
Then Quinn was worried about Janet. She was an innocent in all of this and she had been dragged into this when she didn't deserve it at all. She was scared and she closed her eyes are the gun found it's way to her cheek and she could feel herself shaking at the thought of having to do everything this man told her to.
Quinn looked towards Janet apologetically as she was moved towards the sofa and she quickly lowered herself onto it and reached for the woman's hand. Of course, Quinn had no idea who Janet really was or what her job was.
[B "There is nothing there!"] Joshua had already handed everything he needed to over to her father but of course she didn't know whether Joshua had kept anything or had any money stashed anywhere. Quinn hadn't come across any at least. She glanced towards Janet and whispered. [B "I'm so sorry."]
They’d arrived at the bar then. It was nicer than the ones he was used to from his old neighborhood, but maybe that was the mood that Roscoe and Francisco wanted to go for. It would be easier to have this conversation where they didn’t have to worry about their enemies overhearing. Though Francisco truly did stand out compared to the other more [I clean cut] looking women and men. They blended in, in some weird kind of way. They sat in the corner of the bar. Francisco welcomed him with a smile, opening his arms to embrace the male and give him a kiss on the cheek. He was wondering where Roscoe was, as he was the one who was supposed to be wired it turned out.
Francisco looked toward Daniel. “Who’s this guy?” He asked with a raised brow. Joshua motioned for them all to take a seat.
“Just a neighbor, didn’t think this would be about business. Don’t worry, he’s cool.” He said with a nervous smile. Francisco had to know that Joshua was involved in his court case, but he hoped the little bit of loyalty the two had would make him trust Joshua not to rat him out. Though, he had every intention to considering what had happened to Quinn. He knew Francisco had put that order out.
“I’ll trust you,” he said with a nod toward the waiter who brought over some old fashions. “For now.” Joshua was turned off by the way Francisco said that and he wondered then truly more into what he meant by that. He eagerly took a sip of the drink, glad that he had brought his gun along just in case. He just hoped Daniel wouldn’t get caught in the crossfire.
Back at the house Roscoe, the man from the hospital that Joshua had warned her about, and another one of Francisco’s goons had knocked at the door. They knew that Joshua was away and Francisco was taking care of him. It was his job to take care of his girlfriend which would make the case against him go away. With few witnesses, the case was bound to be dismissed. It had been hard to get the location of the two at first, until they blackmailed one of the cops in the precinct. He turned over the whereabouts after sneaking into Quinn’s father’s office.
When the door opened there were guns pointed at the women. “You scream and I’ll blow your head off right now.” He said as the door was closed and locked. He nudged the gun against her cheek. “On the couch, and you don’t move –“ He said as he saw Janet reaching for her phone. He turned toward the other goon. “Raid the bedroom, take everything.” He knew Joshua wouldn’t have left his money and valuables behind and anything that could prove useful against Francisco. They’d tossed his old apartment and found nothing.
Quinn watched them go and closed the door behind them, leading Janet into the living room where she already had herself some snacks since her pregnancy cravings were driving her wild at this moment in time. However, she had Joshua and he was good at going to fetch the things she needed or wanted, no matter the time of time day.
Quinn settled herself into the sofa and sighed heavily, smiling up at Janet as she asked her question. In truth, aside from the occasional morning sickness she felt the pregnancy was going relatively well and she was enjoying the fact that she could enjoy it with Joshua by her side.
Her lips parted to speak but there was a knock at the door. Quinn glanced towards the door and smiled a little as she pushed her hands into the material of the sofa and made her way towards the door.
[b “I bet Joshua forgot his keys or his wallet.”] She said with a chuckle and opened the door but Joshua was not the person she found at the door.
“Hmmm, I can only promise maybe one of those two things.” Daniel joked. Joshua smiled and kissed Quinn back, holding her close as though it would be the last time he saw her. Though, who knew? If this deal didn’t go well with Roscoe at the bar, there was more than likely a chance that Joshua could be killed. He just hoped this wasn’t a trap. All he would need to do is meet up with Cisco, get him to confess and get out. He didn’t account for Daniel though and realized that it would be a bit harder to get around to engaging conversation with gang members.
“I love you,” he told Quinn with a smile. Soon the two men were on their way. It was an obvious sense of tension once they were out of the house and Joshua could tell Daniel had questions.
“You going to tell me what this is about?” He asked the male as thy finally reached Joshua’s car. He didn’t seem like he was going anywhere, but the look in his eyes proved that Daniel didn’t want to be lying for him if it was something that would later come to bite him in the ass. “This isn’t about a girl?” Joshua chuckled and shook his head, breathing with relief.
“I’d never do that to Quinn.” In his past he had been a bit of a womanizer and it was common for him to move on, but the minute he laid eyes on Quinn in that club, he knew that he wanted [I her]. The love she brought to his life was immeasurable.
“There’s just this guy I used to know that wants to meet up for a beer, but Quinn isn’t a big fan of him.” He lamely excused. Daniel nodded and to Joshua’s surprise he had opened the passenger door. Looks like Daniel was coming along for the ride.
Janet, probably unbeknownst to Quinn had done a quick survey of the room. She knew very well what both of the men were up to and if things went as planned, hopefully no blood would be drawn. She looked to Quinn.
“So, how’s the pregnancy going?” She asked, though conversation was broken then by the knock on the door.
Quinn started to gather herself then, finishing her drink off while Joshua asked for the bill and paid it off. When he was done she was more than ready to go and she stood from her chair and held his hand on the way out to the car. Back in their old lives it might have looked odd for the two to be together, especially since he would always be covered in bruises or have broken bones. Now they looked completely normal together and many looked in their direction simply to smile or wave rather than judge them.
Once they were home they spent some time snuggled on the sofa, simply enjoying the company of each other until they seemed to get company later that night. She remained on the sofa for a minute until she heard the familiar voices of their friendly neighbours and then she made her way to the door, smiling in greeting at them. She had missed part of the conversation but by the time she arrive there, Daniel was asking if it was alright to take Joshua out.
[b “Course it is. Just bring him back in one piece and not too drunk. I would like to get [I some] sleep tonight.”] She said in good humour before welcoming Janet into their home. She smiled and then leaned over to give Joshua a quick kiss. [b “Enjoy yourself babe.”]
A healthy child was more than all he wanted and certainly he hoped that Quinn would have a healthy pregnancy. He tried not to stress out too much, but didn’t want to let his guard up. Things would get a bit complicated once he actually testified and even more so he was worried about what would happen afterward. It was a sad thing to say or even think, but he didn’t want Quinn getting too comfortable. Especially considering they would more than likely have to move again after he testified. He worried so Quinn didn’t have to though and clearly it was working, then again she had always been the more clear thinking type. He called the waitress over for the check before paying in cash, of course so as not to leave a paper trace. New name and identity didn’t say much seeing how he was already discovered.
“All set,” he told her with a smile. He left a tip and waited for Quinn before taking her hand in his own and heading toward the car. Eventually they were home and he was exhausted, wanting to just cuddle up to his fiancé and continue living [I normally]. Though he did still think about his plans or the night. He was surprised then by a knock at the door. It was around eight p.m.
“Hey neighbor, sorry to bother but the missus was dying to catchup on that show with Quinn,” Daniel said, Janet coming up behind him with homecooked meal
“Well I was actually heading out,” Joshua said to Daniel. He hadn’t a chance to mention it to Quinn and certainly hadn’t come up with a good enough lie. Daniel seemed to pick up on thus though.
“Yeah, well you know how it is? I say I’m heading out and she had plans. Alright with you Quinn if Josh and I hit the bar?” Joshua chuckled nervously, though this was a saving grace. Why Daniel was making the effort to do this for him though was questionable.
“It’ll be fun a girl’s night away from the boys, we can talk about them freely,” Janet teased as Joshua stepped aside to let her in.
Quinn knew that he would likely always be on edge in this was, maybe even more so when she was a little heavier with pregnancy and when the baby arrived, especially if they were still in witness protection by that point because honestly this trial could take a long time and they would likely have to remain in protection for some time after in case he controlled people on the outside if Francisco was sent to prison. She had only met him once before and she found his presence very uncomfortable and she never wanted to feel that was again. Joshua would make sure that she wouldn't.
She couksb help but feel a little sad about the fact Joshua didn't seem to have a family to care for him but she told herself that she would make sure she gave him that family. She loved him deeply and their child would love him just as much. She would become the family he didn't have and their child would know so much love. She wanted to show their child what a loving relationship was like and she knew that her relationship with Joshua was a special one.
[B "You think so?"] She asked as she placed a hand on her stomach. [B "I'm not sure I have any strong feelings about whether our baby is a girl or a boy. As long as theh are healthy and happy then I will be too."] Joshua finished his meal quickly and she wasn't too far behind. [B "You want to head home?"]
“Well it’s hard not to worry,” Joshua said to her. “You know how it is – everything can change in a second. I just – I’m worrying so you don’t have to.” Joshua started to eat some of his food then. He hated that he was keeping something from Quinn, but the less she knew the better. He didn’t want to put her in harms way again. He tried to act normal then, figuring it would do good to just talk about the baby and names – not wanting to slip up and mention anything about his conversation with the guy from outside. Quinn though he was being paranoid, but he had been proven right that the guy intentionally bumped into him and had followed them to the restaurant. He was concerned then: had this guy followed them home? Joshua swallowed the lump of food slowly then. “Family members?’
Joshua shook his head then, eyes trained on his plate. Quinn was his only family now. He hadn’t even had any contact with Gio and for his own protection. He had a family to take care of as well and Joshua didn’t want to put them in harms way. Gio had always protected him and they had grown together, Gio feeding him and looking out for him. Before meeting Quinn, it had been Gio who did his best to help him up the stairs and into bed after a nasty fight.
“Guess, something will come to me when we know the gender,” Joshua said then. He felt a bit sad to know that his child would never know his side of the family, but maybe that was for the best. He had done well without them and knew that his family with Quinn would be a chance to show his child they could have a great life without having to go the same path he had. This was a second chance. “Though I don’t know, feel like maybe we’ll have a little girl.” He said with a smile. “Delilah’s a pretty name.” Joshua finished his meal quickly then, a bit exhausted and ready to rest up before meeting with Roscoe at the bar.”
Quinn was good at detecting when he wasn't being completely honest with her by now but she also knew that he always had a reason for doing so. On this occasion it seemed like he didn't want her to get upset or worry so he was making up some story to keep her mind at rest. She sighed with a little smile and shook her head a little. [B "If you say so Joshua."] She chuckled a little and then he continued to talk, explaining that he was on edge because he just wanted to protect her.
Another sigh escaped her lips and she leaned forward and took his hand. [B "You need to stop worrying so much. You are going to give yourself a heart attack. I don't need to be dealing with you in hospital."] She smiled and took back her hand when the waiter brought their food over and she thanked them before she started to pick at it.
[B "I haven't really thought about names yet. I think once I know if we are having a girl or a boy, names might come to me."] She said with a smile. [B "There are a few names I like. Are there any that are important to you? Do you have any family members you want to honor?"]
Joshua had distracted himself by drinking from his glass of water. He didn’t want to worry Quinn and telling her about what was planned certainly would have worried her. Wearing a wire was risky business and if this guy was a double [I agent] how could Joshua trust who his loyalty actually belonged to? It worried him then, whether he should ask Quinn’s father if this was a set-up, or if he had kept quiet about it, so as not to get Joshua even more nervous. He figured he would call and ask about it when they both got to the house.
Quinn was looking for an answer though. He sighed, hating to lie to her.
“Just had a few words with the guy. You don’t think its weird he’s on our tail? Just wanted to make sure you’re safe – says he thought we had a flat and saw us leaving the maternity ward, so he was worried.” He shrugged, brushing the lie off as if it were nothing. It was for Quinn’s safety right?
“I’m sorry.” He said, “Ever since you started baking that little baby I’m just – I don’t want anything to happen to you. Guess I’m being a bit dramatic?” He said with a dry chuckle, glad the waiter was coming over to them with their food then. Anything for a distraction was more than appreciated.
“So, what are we thinking for names?” Joshua asked then, hoping to steer the conversation in a different direction. It was just wearing a wire and a couple of minutes of convo – that’s all. Though if this backfired then what if they came after them? Joshua was still going through the trauma of what they had put Quinn through when they kidnapped her. He just had to continue to have hope that this would all work out in their favor. Though if her father said this wasn’t scheduled by them, he battled with the idea of still going through with it.
Quinn couldn't exactly leave the table to get Joshua back inside so she kept her eyes trained on him, trying to see if he was going to make a scene or not but it was tricky because she was so far away. Even if he did make a scene she could hardly get out there quickly enough to stop anything from happening.
She sipped in her water and picked up a piece of bread as if she was attempting to distract herself. Of course it didn't really work because she couldn't peel her eyes away from him. She gripped hold if the table ready to stand up and go to Joshua when he grabbed hold of the man's shirt. This could go wrong quickly if they weren't careful but it seemed that whatever the man said to Joshua calmed him down because there was no fight like she had expected and soon enough he was coming back into the restaurant.
The waitress returned to take their orders and once they were given to her she looked over at Joshua and sighed. [B "What was all that about? Are you alright today? You seem so on edge."
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