It was too simple. No guards. No security. The doors and walls were a joke. A little voice in Hoagie's head tried to warn him, but he was in too much of a hurry to care.
"Hoagie isn't this too easy?"
Kuki came up next to him her gun pointed backwards.
"Yes, but are you complaining?"
"Not at all, but..."
"Here's the door."
Kuki and Hoagie ran over to Abigail who was standing by a metal door.
She was chained to the bed she was sitting on.
"Kuki, nice to see you again."
"Number 4, get the chains of her."
Lizzie held out her hands as Wally started to cut them.
"Are you okay Lizzie?"
"I'm fine. She didn't hurt me."
Lizzie looked confused from Hoagie and Kuki to Nigel.
"Yes, Rachel. Didn't he tell you? He planed it."
Hoagie hit him. Nigel fell to the floor.
"I thought you knew. It was a test or something. Thou I wish he would have asked beforehand."
Kuki laid a blanket around her.
"We didn't know."
"Hoagie, Kuki wait."
"Get her in the plane."
Kuki and Lizzie went inside. Hoagie turned and just looked at him.
"You can't go Hoagie."
Nigel eyes locked with his.
"Because you loved it. You have to admit you loved it. You loved the adrenalin. The rush. You have always loved it. Why do you deny it?"
"I never denied I loved it. But that doesn't change that you lied to me. You made me force a friend to do something she didn't want to do."
Nigel tried to look away, but Hoagie grabbed him and forced him to look into his eyes.
"She was crying. Everyone was crying Nigel. I don't want to be around people who forces others to cry."
"She cried too?"
"Abby. When we were about to take Lizzie. Everyone understood what you and Lizzie had done. She couldn't stop crying."
Hoagie turned in disgust so Nigel not could see how disturbed he was.
"If you leave, you can't come back."
"I never wanted to come back in the first place."
Hoagie went in to the plane. Lizzie and Kuki where sitting down and talking very low. They stopped when he came over.
"Did they hurt you Lizzie?"
"No. I'm a little tender from the kidnapping, but otherwise I'm fine. I'm really sorry Hoagie. When Rachel told me that it was a test, I just assumed... I'm so sorry."
"Why are you apologising? You didn't do anything wrong Lizzie."
Hoagie was sitting in the cockpit when Kuki came and sat down in the co-pilot seat.
"How is she?"
"Shock. She's sleeping now. I didn't know how broken down she was. She has suppressing her emotions."
"Well the TND have a way to destroy you."
From the corner he saw Kuki crawl in the big seat, and looked at him.
"How did your brother die? He was a KND agent wasn't he?"
"He was. A few months after we left, KND got into a fight with grandfather and father. My parents got the news that he was run over, but I studied the case. He was shot and thrown down a cliff."
Kuki was now crying, and without being disturbed from flying, he gave her a handkerchief.
"I met Nigel in his funeral. He wanted me to help him on a mission. My brother had just been killed, and he wanted me to go out there again, after what he did."
The silent that followed was filled with resentment and loss.
"You never told her did you?"
"Was it that obvious?"
"That you had a crush on Abby? About as obvious as my love for Wally."
He grabbed her hand quickly before he had to take the controls again.
"At least he didn't sleep with another girl."
"No, but he did choose Nigel over me."
She bit her lower lip, and Hoagie could sense she tried hard not to cry. He didn't push it.
"What do you think we would have chosen? If the situation had been reversed."
"What do you mean Kuki?"
"If Nigel asked us to chose between him and them, what would you have chosen?"
Hoagie looked empty out into space. The air had always had a coming effect on him, but now, nothing.
"I don't know. I think it would depend on what he asked me to do."
"Wally loves you very much, you know. If you had asked him..."
"I did. On my last day I went to him and asked him to choose. He chose Nigel and the TNDs."
"I'm so sorry Kuki."
"At least I got a fair answer. Abby never knew."
"She should have."
"How. You never told her. How should she have known that you loved her?"
His grip tightened, his knuckles turned white.
"Blame Nigel. He knew what you felt, and probably what she felt too. Blame TND, blame Wally, but don't blame Abby. She never knew, and never had a fair chance to do the right thing."
That night he called her.
He could hear her drop the phone and pick it up again. He could even hear how her voice shock, even thou she tried to sound normal.
"Can we talk?"
"Yes. The park, fifteen minutes?"
"See you there."
He laid down the phone and picked it up again. Kuki had agreed to let Lizzie sleep over since her parents still weren't home.
"Yes. She is finally sleeping. She kept on talking about doing homework and stuff. I had to drug her so she would relax."
Hoagie laughed, he couldn't quite imagine a workaholic Lizzie.
"Take care of here okay."
"You know I will Hoagie."
He heard laughter on the other line,
"Sleep tight Kuki."
"Tell Abby I said hi."
Hoagie was shocked first, but soon he started to laugh. Kuki had always been a people person.
"Good night Hoagie, and be careful."
Hoagie laid down the phone and took on his jacket. He was scared. What was he to talk to her about? But he couldn't go back now. He needed to talk to her.
Abby was leaning by a tree and for a moment she looked just as the first time he had seen her, an eleven-year-old tomb boy. She even had on a red hat.
They just looked at each other. She smiled.
"So Hoagie, what did you want to talk to me about. You wanted to scold me some more."
He could feel his cheek warm up.
"Yeah, sorry about that."
Again silent fell between them.
"The one thing I don't understand Hoagie is that I called for years, and you never came. She calls and you come running."
Hoagie just looked at her, heartbroken.
"I wanted to. Every time, but he was always there."
"Nigel? He was your best friend, why..."
"Because he slept with you knowing what I felt for you."
She looked confused at first, and then she seemed to understand. Her eyes widened.
"I love you Abby. I have loved you for a long time, and you slept with my best friend."
Abby looked at him, her eyes desert dry.
"You never told me."
"I was going to the night you slept with him."
"What are you doing her Wally?"
"I need to talk to you."
She didn't move.
"Please Kuki. Give me five minutes."
"Like you gave me five minutes?"
"I'm sorry, but please."
She moved and let him in.
"So what did you want to talk about?"
Wallebee just shifted from one foot to the next.
"Well thanks for the chat."
Kuki went past him towards the door.
"Why did you leave?"
"You know why Wally. I couldn't follow a man who would cheat so his girlfriend would break up with him. I'm still surprised that you could."
"I trusted he knew what he did. He didn't."
Wallebee took a step closer and turned her around. She just looked at him as he closed in and kissed her. When he pulled away she was crying.
"What is it Kuki?"
"I worked so hard to forget you Wally."
"I know. So did I."
She laid her hand on his cheek.
"I won't go back."
"I know, this time I'll follow you."
A scream cut through the happy couple. Kuki turned in fear.
"Lizzie is sleeping upstairs. At least she was."
They ran up the stairs and were met by an open window.
"Oh no Lizzie."
Wallebee grabbed her hand.
"We'll find her Kuki. Don't worry."
She smiled to him as they ran out of the house.
Hoagie was standing just inches from her as a scream filled the cold air.
"What was that?"
"I don't know, sounded a bit like when Lizzie found a frog in her bag when we were kids."
He laughed, but soon chocked on it. He picked up his cell phone and called Kuki.
"Kuki, is Lizzie safe?"
"No, I'm sorry Hoagie. Someone took her."
"How can you bee so stupid Kuki?"
He could hear someone talking to Kuki on the other side.
"Is it Wally?"
"I'm with Abby, we heard something in the park. Come as quick as you can."
She hung up and he turned to Abby.
"Lizzie is gone, Kuki and Wally are coming."
They ran after the sound.
"Nigel, what are you doing?"
Nigel threw her against the tree. Elisabeth looked up at him with big, terrified eyes.
"You ruined everything."
She stood up, here eyes burning like fire.
"You were the one to ruin everything by not just telling me you wanted to break up with me. You broke up the team by sleeping with Abigail instead of just talking to me."
"You forced them not only to choose between their consensus and loyalty to you. You made them choose between each other. You slept with the girl who you knew your best friend was in love with. You broke up Wally and Kuki after spending so many years finding each other."
"I said shut up."
"You can't blame me for screwing things up. They grew up Nigel, and so should you."
"I said shut up."
He pushed her against the trunk again.
"I knew you would be trouble, but no, Rachel thought it would be a good idea. Since you were the one to drive them away, you could bring them back."
"But the only reason I called your door was because I got raped..."
She looked into his eyes and understood. Several years of rage started to burn inside her.
She screamed again, and then she started hitting him. She hit, and hit, and hit until someone came behind her and pulled her of him.
"Lizzie, get a grip."
Lizzie breathed in and out to calm down, and looked with disgust down at Nigel. He was just sitting on the ground, blood flowing from his nose.
"He is the reason I got raped."
"We know we heard it."
Lizzie just breathed in and out. Tears running down her cheeks.
"Do you want us to call the police?"
Lizzie looked around at the people around her. His friends were on her side. She had won.
"Do what you want. Just keep him away from me."
She turned and went away. Surprised over the little smile that played in her face.
She had her future ahead of her. He had just lost his.