Alan stood up and slowly started pacing around the room. The sweat was disappearing from his body, but his mind was running a mile a minute about what we had just dreamed. He knew it was a dream but personally it felt so real to him, as if he was actually living the moment. Ellie stood up and walked over to him. She placed her hands on his shoulder and forced him to look at her.
"Breathe," she said silently. Alan laughed softly.
"I'm fine…just a little startled," he replied quietly. He briefly explained his dream to her.
"Why didn't you tell me your mother had died?"
"Didn't think it was important. Happened a long time ago and when I was five my father remarried," Alan said softly as he walked back over to the couch and sat down.
"I understand, but I still wish you would have told me," Ellie said suddenly before heading back over to the couch.
"Well, that comment goes both ways," Alan said off-hand.
"What?" she asked confused.
"You didn't think it was important enough to tell me you were divorced," he said sternly.
"I did tell you."
"Yeah, then you walked off with everyone."
"You were being an ass, and you're starting up again," Ellie said sharply. Alan opened his mouth to speak but shut it slowly.
"Can't think of a response?" she asked sarcastically.
"It's not important. I'm tired of arguing with you over petty problems," Alan said as he closed his eyes and rested his head against the couch. Ellie looked at him puzzled.
"Can I ask you something personal?" she asked.
"Do I have to answer?"
"Shoot," Alan said opening his eyes.
"Your problems with commitment to family and kidsdoes that come from the fact that your mother died?" Ellie asked silently.
"Ellie look, I don't want to have this conversation. Maybe it does and maybe it doesn't. All I know is that what has happened in the past has happened and I can't change the person I am and I would never ask you to change the person you are," Alan said softly.
"We didn't work outthat is all. I can't say I'm happy with the way things happened butheythat is life," he continued.
"I'm sorry, Alan," Ellie replied before she leaned over and kissed him.
"I shouldn't have left. After the first incident, I just wanted to get away from everything that had to do with dinosaurs. I just didn't think that would mean getting away from you and I regret that the most in my life," she said as tears started to form.
Alan smiled and took Ellie into his arms. She cried softly on his shoulder not just because of what she had told him but also because of everything that had happened over the last few days. And like many times before when she had been down, he held her until she finally felt safe again.
"Now you have only done one stupid thing," Alan whispered into her ear. Ellie laughed against his shoulder before lifting her head.
"I'm assuming the second dumbest thing I did was leaving you?"
"Yes. But let's not talk about it right now," Alan said as he leaned back against the couch. Ellie smiled and returned to the position she was in before he had woken up.
"Hmm," he asked in a sleep-like trance.
"I love you," she replied but the only response she got was a small smile that appeared on Alan's face. She laughed to herself before closing her eyes and drifting off to sleep.
"So what is your plan, Ian?" Sarah asked as she crouched next to Ian.
"Not sure," Malcolm replied as he looked at the visitor station.
There were two guards standing at the door in the main entrance. They held two military rifles and keep scanning the area with their eyes. From Malcolm's position the group was undetectable but in order to get Alan they needed a diversion, but what kind had Malcolm lost.
"Why don't you explain your chaos theory to the guards," Tim said with a laugh. Malcolm glared at him while the other two laughed softly.
"Might help, honey," Sarah said between laughs.
"Ha, Ha," he said sarcastically. Malcolm kept his eyes focused on the guards, before getting a devious smile on his face. Sarah noticed the smile
"I know that look, that is the same look that you get when you are about to do something that is illegal or close to it," she replied.
"What did you do that was illegal? " Lex asked.
"Nothing," Malcolm stated hastily.
"We are going to split into two groups and, umm, then two of us are going to go up to the guards while the other two knock them out," Malcolm explained.
"Good plan doctor, but what do you expect to use to knock them out?" Sarah asked. Malcolm looked around and then cussed to himself softly.
"Anyone got a plan B?" he asked with a sheepish smile.
"Ellie, wake up," Alan said softly as he nudged Ellie awake with his arm.
"What," she asked drowsily.
"I have an idea," Alan replied as he stood up and walked over to the computer.
"What type of idea?"
"I'm not going to work on the program," Alan replied as he grabbed the computer. Ellie stood up and walked over to him.
"Alan, please don't do anything you'll regret later."
"Like throwing the computer across the room," he said with a grin.
"Yeah, that would be one," Ellie replied with a smile. Alan shook his head and placed the computer on the table.
"I'm done with this. I'm not going to let Radcliffe ruin my life or anybody else's life. I have survived my trips to both island so a little angry man should be easy," Alan stated firmly.
"I want to check your shoulder, I think the infection is spreading, you're starting to become delirious," she stated as she placed a hand on Alan's cheek.
"I'm fine, trust me I know what I am doing," Alan said as he leaned down and gave her a quick kiss.
"PlusI have no intention of dying on this island."
Ellie smiled at Alan's comment. He returned the smile and headed over to the door. He knocked on the door three times but there was no answer. He tried again, a little louder this time, but once again he heard nothing.
"Don't think anybody is home," Ellie stated with a smile. Alan shook his head back and forth.
Alan was about to try again when he heard muffled voices behind the door. He stepped back and looked at the door knob, watching it slowly turn. The door slowly opened and the person behind it walked in.
"What are you doing here?" Alan asked as he looked at Malcolm.
"Saving your ass," Malcolm replied. "Come on, lets getting going."
"Wait, how did you get past the guards?"
"Tim and Lex are leading two of the guards into the jungle and Radcliffe isn't around so if I were you, I would stop asking question and get moving," Malcolm replied harshly.
"I need to grab my bag from Radcliffe's office. The phone is still in there and it should have enough charge left for me to call for help," Alan stated.
"Fine…let's just hurry."
Sarah was standing outside guarding the door when the three of them came out. Alan looked around and started down the hallway. Malcolm gestured to Sarah to follow Alan and then followed himself. It took Alan five attempts to locate Radcliffe's makeshift office, but when he did he found his backpack on the desk. He ran over and opened the bag, he rummaged through the bag but couldn't find the phone. The rest of the group walked into the office and started searching for the phone.
"Looking for this?" Radcliffe asked from the doorway. The four of them turned around and looked at him.
"I thought you were out," Alan said sharply.
"Just went to see what my men had captured and if I'm not mistaken they might be worth something to you," Radcliffe said with an evil smile.
Lex and Tim were manhandled into the door entrance before being thrown across the room. Alan dove forward and caught Lex before she hit the ground. While Malcolm followed Alan's instinct and grabbed Tim before he fell. Alan pushed Lex over to the side gently before walking over to Radcliffe.
"I'm not going to help you," Alan said through his teeth.
"My dear Dr. Grant, you seem to forget the contract you signed," Radcliffe said in a mild-manner.
"Screw your contract, I'm done."
"Doesn't work that way," Radcliffe said as he pulled the knife from his belt and placed it against Alan's throat. Alan didn't flinch. Ellie started to move towards Alan, but Malcolm pulled her back and gave her a warning look. She would just have to watch the events unfold before her.
"Go on, kill me, either you do it or the dinosaurs do," Alan said without fear.
"My, my, look here men, the good doctor seems to want to defy authority," Radcliffe stated to his men who each gave a light chuckle.
In one swift movement, Alan felt Radcliffe grab his shirt and his feet slip off the floor, his back hit the wall with force. Radcliffe pressed the knife harder into his throat succeeding in causing blood to drip out. But once again Alan didn't say anything. Radcliffe smiled once more before he placed his hand deep into Alan's left shoulder, causing Alan more pain then he had felt in a long time. But there was no way in hell he was going to let Radcliffe win the battle.
"I see we are going to play that game," Radcliffe stated and removed the knife from Alan's throat, which caused the group to breath a sigh of relief.
"Let's see how you do with this," he continued and shoved the knife straight into Alan's left shoulder. This time, Alan gave into the pain and screamed before he fell to the ground. Ellie rushed over to him, but Radcliffe notified the men and she was pulled back before she could reach him.
"You bastard," Alan clenched through his teeth. Radcliffe kneeled on the floor.
"You shouldn't play games with me, Alan," Radcliffe stated before rising to the floor and walking over to the guards.
"Clean his wound. Then tie them up, make sure you tie those two gentlemen up," Radcliffe stated as he pointed to Malcolm and then Alan.
The guards nodded and then walked over to Alan and forcefully pulled him to his feet. They placed the gun on him and told him to walk out of the door and turn left. Alan didn't move for a few seconds but Ellie sensed it would be better if he did, so she walked over to him and gently grabbed his arm and started out the door. The guard's motioned to the rest of the group to follow and they all moved without a single word. Slowly they entered a small room that had a medical bed and some supplies to the right of it. The guards motioned to Alan to get on the table. Alan nodded and tried to get on the table but failed.
"Here let me help you," Ellie said softly.
"Thanks," he commented in noticeable pain. She looked at him and slowly unbuttoned his shirt, as she pulled it off, she noticed that Radcliffe had dug the knife so deep that Alan might have a more severe injury than before. She placed a hand on his cheek, trying to ease his pain, but she could see in eyes that he wasn't well.
"Move," one of the guards said. Ellie complied and then watched as the guard began to clean out the wound. Unlike she had done with his back, the guard was more forceful and didn't care if he caused more pain. After a few minutes, the guard pulled out a small kit with a needle in it. Alan flinched backwards.
"You need to numb his shoulder before you do anything," Sarah said out loud.
"Well he is out of luck…no medication," the guard replied with a smile.
Alan swallowed the breath he was holding and tried to prepare himself for the pain. As the guard shoved the needle into his skin, Alan felt his shoulder turn to fire. Unable to take the pain any longer, Alan's eyes drifted backwards and he slowly fell into darkness where no pain lies and he felt safe.
"Alan!" Ellie screamed as she watched him fall back.
"Quiet," The guard yelled. Ellie looked at the guard and began to say something when Malcolm placed a hand over her mouth.
"He just passed out," Malcolm whispered. Ellie nodded, Malcolm removed his hand and placed it on her shoulder for reassurance.
The guard finished up with Alan by placing gauze on the wound and then nodded to the other guard that he was done. The guard looked around the group and motioned them to grab the chairs that were around the table.
"You two over there," the guard demanded as he looked at Lex and Tim. The two followed and placed the chairs down and then sat with their backs to each other. The guard who patched Alan's shoulder walked over to the cabinet and pulled out rope, then walked back to Lex and Tim and tied their hands together.
"Now you two, over there," the guard stated as he looked at Sarah and Ellie. The same pattern occured .
"Now you, my friend, sit down here," the guards stated to Malcolm as he pulled another chair from the table.
Malcolm sighed before walking over and sitting down in the chair. The guard motioned over to his friend to grab Alan and place him in the chair that was behind Malcolm. The guard nodded and completed the task with no trouble, considering Alan was completely out. Malcolm felt Alan's head hit the back of his shoulder and laughed to himself, since in any other situation, Alan Grant would be having issue with the entire setup. The guards double-checked the knot before walking out the door and locking it.
"Ian, can you wake him," Ellie asked as soon as the door was locked.
"I've been trying but it is no luck he's out completely," Ian said as he nudged Alan with his shoulder.
"We need to get out of these knots…can anyone get loose?" Sarah asked as she struggled with the ropes. Each person tried to pull the knots but it only seemed to make the knots tighter.
"Ugh," Alan groaned as he moved his head forward. Ellie looked over at Alan.
"Alan, can you hear me?" she asked concerned.
"My shoulder hurts like hell," he answered weakly.
"I know, just try not to focus on the pain," she replied.
"Kind of hard not to," Alan said even more weak. "Why are we tied up?" he asked confused.
"Radcliffe and his men thought it would be a fun game of musical chairs," Ian mouthed off.
"Ian!" Sarah reprimanded.
"Sorry," he replied quietly.
"How in the world did I end up tied to you?" Alan asked as he slowly got his eyes fixed on the room.
"We drew straws and I lost," Malcolm replied sarcastically.
"You never learn," Ellie and Sarah said in unison. Malcolm shrugged his shoulder.
"Ouch, don't do that," Alan mumbled.
"Sorry," Malcolm said sincerely. "We need something to cut the ropes, got any ideas?" Malcolm asked.
"There is nothing in the room?" Alan asked in return.
"Then I have no idea…wait I do" Alan said still in pain.
"What?" Tim asked as he looked at Alan.
"Malcolm, I need you to reach into my back pocket and retrieve my raptor claw," Alan said as he tried to move forward.
"Hmm, sure there isn't another way?" Malcolm asked.
"Ian, just do it," Lex stated in frustration.
Malcolm sighed to himself before slowly bending his hand and sliding his fingertips into Alan's back pocket. He felt the raptor claw and slowly pulled it out of the pocket, making sure not to drop it. When it was completely out he turned it around in his hand.
"Now what?" Malcolm asked as he held the claw in his hand.
"Use it to cut the damn rope," Alan screamed. Malcolm nodded and began to cut through the rope.
Several minutes later Malcolm was able to free both of Alan's wrists from the rope. With his wrist free, he untied Malcolm and allowed him to untie everyone else since he could barely move his shoulder. When Ellie finally got free she ran over to Alan and carefully hugged him.
"You had me worried," Ellie said with smile.
"I'm fine," Alan replied.
"No you're not, but you will deal with it" she commented sarcastically.
"Truth be told, I'm in pain but right now, but my main concern is getting off this island," he explained.
"So what do we do now?"