Chapter 7: Touching Base

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Short Recap: Paige has just discovered that Alec's hormones are needed to stabilize Lexa's condition.

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"Is something wrong?" Logan's voice was alert now.

"Yeah, Lexa's really sick. She needs Alec."

"I just got your papers so you guys can be here by the end of the week."

"Not gonna do. Part of what's wrong with her is that she needs Alec's hormones to stay stable."

"Alec's hormones? What are you talking about?" Logan asked.

"It's a long story. I don't have time to explain. We need to get Alec here if she is going to be okay. It's not looking good right now."

"Okay, we'll I haven't got through to Alec yet but I will try harder. Are you still in Buckeye?"

"Just outside of it. A little motel called Luck's Lady."

"Okay. I'll see what I can do. Call again later unless you have a number for me to call you at?"

Vin rattled the number off and was about to ask Logan to have Alec call when the operator came over the line asking for more change. He hung up the phone and headed back to the motel.

On the way back he spotted a small gas station and remembered his promise to Paige that he would bring back something to eat. He walked in, a small bell ringing with the opening of the door. He walked through the aisles picking up a few things and decided to get a case of soda. The small bell rang again grating on Vin's already fragile nerves.

"Put your hands in the air now!" Came a gritty voice. Vin turned to look and saw the thin man holding a revolver focused at the girl behind the register.

"You've got to be kidding me." Vin said under his breath. He put the food on the counter containing children's candy and crept up behind the would be robber. By this time the robber had the poor girl crying and emptying the register into a paper bag.

The man was twitching, obviously in need of a fix. His total concentration was on the girl and he was not observing his surroundings.

As Vin crept closer the girl noticed him and stared. The man turned to see what she was looking at and jumped when he saw Vin so close. His hand jerked firing the gun.

Vin's world exploded in pain as a bullet tore into his arm. His breath caught and anger raged in him. His good fist slammed into the man's face repeatedly until the man's hand went slack and the gun fell to the floor. When Vin came back to his senses them man was laying limply on the floor unconscious.

Vin's eyes went wide as he took in the sight before him. He hadn't meant to lose control. The girl behind the counter stared at him. He went back to the counter and grabbed his food. Stumbling out into the night he started for the motel.

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Paige heard heard a thump against the door and jumped. Her wary eyes fixed on the door. She took a deep breath and listened carefully. She could hear ragged breathing. Surely the Sphynx soldiers she had imagined coming for her wouldn't be breathing that heavy right? She rose from the bed carefully arranging the baby and went to the door, peering through the peep hole. She could see the top of a freshly shaven head. Sighing in relief she opened the door to find Vin leaning against the wall struggling to get the key into the lock.

He his head jerked up at her and he lost his balance falling onto her. Paige staggered under his weight. She brought her hands up to his shoulders to steady him and felt something warm and wet. A sinking feeling filled her stomach. She backed him up against the wall and looked at her hand. Blood. Her eyes crept to him and widened when she saw blood soaking his right side from shoulder to waist.

"What happened? Did a TAC team catch you?" Paige questioned frantically as she tried to lead him to the bathroom.

"No.. Damn junkie." Vin ground out painfully.

"A junkie?"

"Convenience store about twelve miles from here. A junkie tried to hold it up. I stopped him but when I scared him he shot me." Vin grunted as Paige pulled what was left of his jacket off.

"Where exactly did he get you?" Paige asked turning from him to grab the remaining towels off the rack. She filled the sink with water and dipped in a wash rag.

"Shoulder." Vin's head felt light. He swayed on the toilet he was sitting on. "Damn."

Paige had caught the motion out of the corner of her eye. "Give yourself a break. You had just got over a major surgery, haven't slept for hours and have probably had an endless adrenaline rush since we escaped. Your body has to crash sometime." She
leaned around him to peer at his back. "I can't tell if it went through or not until I get some of this blood cleaned up. Do you think you can take off your shirt?"

Vin nodded. Paige helped him peel it off, having to admire his muscles. She quickly went to work on washing away the blood.

"Well, good news it went through." She tore the towel into strips and folded two into pads to absorb the blood and tied it into place.

"That's the best I can do until morning. Are you okay?" Vin nodded. "Good, now where's my food?"

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Max wiped her forearm with the sleeve of her shirt and took a deep breath. She looked at Alec who was as grimy as she was and nodded. Together they lifted the third large hot water heater they had salvage from the other side of TC and slowly carried it upstairs.

"Max!" Bolt came running into the building yelling for her.

Max and Alec set the heater down alert. "What's wrong?"

"Logan called over at HQ for you. He told Dix that he had been trying to page you since last night. Dix said you would want the message right away." His long brown bangs fell into his eyes and he blew them out of the way in excitement.

"What did he say?" She asked frowning and looked down at her pager. The batteries had died again.

"He said to tell you that someone named Vin called and for you two to come see him right away." Bolt's chest puffed up with pride at being able to deliver a message to his leader.

"Vin?" Max whispered. She looked at Alec. His face held a hopeful expression. Then, in an instant, he turned from the water heater and ran. Max gave chase. They didn't look back or slow down until they reached the perimeter fence of Terminal City.

Max grabbed his arm as he launched himself into the air hauling him to the ground. Landing on one foot and one knee he looked at her with impatience and anger clear in his eyes.

"What?" he demanded.

"In case you didn't notice there are at any given time dozens of ordinaries looking lynch us, Sector cops wanting to shoot us, and politicians just wringing their hands in anticipation for a reason to bomb us. If they see jump this fence and get through all of those people you are going to give them all reasons to go through with it." She told him just as impatient. Her face softened. "You aren't the only one that wants to get there, come on." She told him and headed for the sewer entrance.


Alec suppressed his anger and jogged to keep up with her.

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Twenty minutes later...

Max and Alec pounded through Logan's door without knocking. They were in such a rush that Max knocked Asha, who had been walking by, over. Alec distractedly helped her to her feet and followed Max into Logan's study.

Logan was sitting in front of his computer rubbing his eyes, his glasses in his right hand. Sighing he put them back on and gestured for his visitors to sit down. They did.

"So tell us already." Alec growled.

"Okay early this morning Vin called me collect from Arizona. Apparently he, and Lexa escaped bringing another X5 and her daughter with them. I was getting ready to call him and find out their names. I am trying to get passes and papers for them and for you Alec."

Alec looked at him confused. "Me?"

"Yes." Logan paused. "Vin said you are needed right away. Something to do with your hormones and Lexa not doing to well. I've been trying to find out what he meant but so far I haven't found anything, I'm sorry."

Alec paled. Something was wrong with Lexa? He realized now that he had known. The nights he had woken up feeling off. Headaches and pains shooting briefly through his arms and legs, the aching in his chest and stomach. He had dismissed them as adjusting to TC and recovering from the beating he had got from Thula.

"Is she okay?" He asked quietly. Max looked at him and put her arm around his shoulders for support.

"I'm sure that Vin is taking care of her the best he can." She whispered as Logan turned on the speakerphone and dialed the number Vin had given him. Max and Alec held their breath, bodies tense.

"Hello?" an unsure female voice came over the phone.

"Uh, can I speak to Vin?" Logan asked.

"Who is this?" The voice demanded.

Alec spoke up. "We're friends of Vin. I'm Alec." He said.

"Just a second." The could hear the phone being put down. A second later Vin picked up.

"Alec?" Pain suffused the man's deep voice.

"Yeah man." Alec smiled and sighed deeply. He looked at Max who had tears trailing down her smiling face also.

"Damn, it's good to hear your voice, is Max okay? Heard there was a fight? I tried to call your phone but it was disconnected."

A dark look clouded Logan's face as he noticed Vin asked about Max first. Alec and Max were too preoccupied to notice.

"I'm fine." Max said. "Are you okay." There was silence on the other end for a moment.

"Lexa's not doing so well. She's been declining since we got caught but Paige thinks she's figured out what's wrong. Alec, remember all of those tests they did on us when we were young?"

"Yeah, how could I forget?" He said wryly.

"Well, she thinks they made us dependent on each other. We touched and the pain went away, well, it was actually our hormones that were transferring around if I understand her right. When we left she and I had each other and Paige thinks they gave you some shots that substituted. Our records were at our apartment you may want to check up on that."

"Okay. But that doesn't explain what's wrong with Lexa. You're there."

"Here's where it gets tricky. When we found each other again we started getting closer, became a team again."

"Her knowing.." Alec said quietly

"Exactly. So now that she's pregnant your hormones are needed more than ever. Touching and stuff from what Paige says. So you need to get here soon."

"Can I talk to her?" Alec asked. Once again silence.

"Vin?"

"Alec, she can't talk right now."


"Why?" Alec demanded angry.

"She's gone inside herself. It's been almost a month since she has said anything. And it's getting worse."

Alec sat back dazed. Max's arm dropped from his shoulder to take his hand and squeeze it reassuringly. "Are you okay?" She asked Vin.

"I'm fine." He said unconvincingly "Hey!" He yelped as Paige smacked his bad arm.

"Okay so maybe I got a little shot." He admitted.

"A little shot?" Logan asked dryly. Did he sound a bit smug to Vin's ears?

"No big deal, a junkie with a gun." He said defensively. Changing the subject he said. "Hey could you bring some stuff with you Alec?"

"Yeah, anything you need buddy."

"Well, I need some clothes and so do the girls. Lexa needs big ones, you know the kind pregnant ladies wear." Max rolled her eyes and mouthed to Alec she would take care of it.

"What size does Paige wear?" Max asked.

"I don't know. Original Cindy's size maybe."

"Are you sure?" Max asked doubtfully.

"No." He admitted. "Oh, we need baby stuff also. And don't forget our records so Paige can take a look at them." He added.

"Okay, we'll take care of it." Max said loudly.

"Hold on" Vin said and there was murmuring in the background. Then he was back. "Alec, Paige wants you to talk to Lexa. She thinks that maybe your voice will get a reaction out of her."

Alec raised his eyebrows and said "Alright." He gestured to Logan to give him the handset then when Vin told him to he spoke.

"Hey baby. It's Alec. I'm coming to get you guys. Hang on okay?" Vin's voice was back.

"Anything?" Alec asked.

"She blinked."

Alec sighed. "Okay man, we are going to get everything together and call you before we leave okay? Say bye to Max." He handed Max the phone and got off the couch heading to the kitchen.

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He was pouring himself a drink when Max came in behind him. He felt her hand on his shoulder.

"Are you okay?"

"Always alright Max." He said without turning. He lifted the glass to his mouth and drank deeply.
"It'll work out Alec." She said then took the glass from him and took a drink herself. She replaced it on the counter and gave him a brief hug. "C'mon let's go get their stuff together."

They left and once again Max ignored Asha as they walked out.

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To Be Continued...

I know it seems it's moving slow but hang with me and the next chapter will be better.