Continuation after Allenville
Molly and Cavennaugh arrived at the first cd store not long after they left Threshold. Cavennaugh parked the SUV then turned off the engine. They both got out of the car and walked towards the building. A teenage boy was standing out the front, promoting one of their new Cd's. They walked towards him.
"Excuse me. Is your boss here?" Molly asked.
The boy looked up at her and nodded. "Yeah. Sure. He's out the back. I'll just go get him for you". They followed him into the store and looked around. Everything here appeared to be as normal as a cd shop should be. The boy disappeared out the back for a few minutes, and then returned with his boss.
"Hi. We're with the F.B.I. We're investigating a cd piracy that has been leaked by a group of men, and we were wondering if you knew anything?" Molly said to the man.
"No. Not that I can think of, although some guy tried to sell me a cd the other week, but I don't take pirated copies. Plus he wanted way too much for it." The manager told them.
Cavennaugh and Molly looked at each other, knowing that the guy with the cd had to be one of those men with the alien signal. "Can you describe him to us?" Cavennaugh asked, folding his arms.
"Well sure. He had green eyes, kind of tall, slim build, dark hair and he had a weird symbol tattooed into his arm…I think it was DNA strand…but a little bit different. I couldn't really tell because it was fairly small". The man told them then excused himself to help a customer.
Molly and Cavennaugh knew exactly what he was talking about. The symbol was of the triple helix DNA strand that all infectees had. They both sighed then tuned to leave. Once outside the store, Molly said "I'll call Lucas and let him know what's going on. I think we've got ourselves a fairly good description of that guy, but we'll check out a few of the other local stores just to make sure he hasn't tried selling it to anyone else."
"Yeah sounds good. You wanna grab something to eat once we're done here?" He asked.
Molly smiled then replied sweetly, "Of course".
They were just about to get into the car when Molly's phone rang. "Caffrey. Okay. Thanks Lucas. We'll be back in about an hour or so. Keep me posted". She hung up then turned to Cavennaugh. "Lucas and Ramsay just found an export list on the web. Apparently there's going to be a huge shipment of unmarked CD's that's supposed to be leaving on a boat tomorrow night."
"We can't let them get out. I'll get as many of my men as possible to help stop them; we'll have to be prepared for the worst though because we don't know how many of them there are. All my men will need to be equipped with stun guns, just in case" Cavennaugh told her.
Molly nodded in agreement.
They made their way around to the different cd stores but found nothing strange. This was until they came to their last stop. The lady inside told them that a man had come wanting to promote his cd and sell it to them. He matched the exact description of the guy described in the first shop they had been to.
"I was working that day. I was just cleaning out the front when this guy walks in. He had a blank cd in his hand which he took to my manager who was at the front desk doing some paperwork. He told her she wouldn't regret buying it because everyone was after it and she could make a lot of money out of it, so she took him out back to listen to it. After about 10 minutes he walked out alone, but he had the cd still in his hand, so I went out to check on her and she was just sitting there. I asked if she was okay but she didn't say anything so I went to call an ambulance or something but she stopped me and said she just had a headache. The shift was almost over, and once it was she rushed out of there like something had really frightened her." The young girl explained.
She shrugged her shoulders then added, "No-body's seen her since, that's why we're looking for a new manager" she pointed to the sign in the window.
Molly formed an 'o' with her mouth then said "Thanks for your time" then walked outside, Cavennaugh right behind her.
"Looks like he was trying to infect people along the way, this woman was just stupid enough to fall for it" Cavennaugh said flatly.
"Yeah. We'll head back to Threshold to see what Lucas and Ramsay have come up with. We need to plan how we're going to go about hi-jacking this boat"
Once back at Threshold, the team met once again in the conference room.
"Cavennaugh and I checked out the local cd stores and two spoke of a man, slim build, green eyes, dark hair, average build with a tattoo on his arm. He was trying to spread the signal by selling it to these small companies' or infecting them while in the store. Unfortunately, one of the stores managers took the offer and listened to the cd. Her co-worker noticed her strange behavior straight after this and they haven't seen her since." Molly explained to the group. "Lucas what did you and Ramsay find?" she asked.
"We located the dock they're going to be loading from and the boat name for the export. It's going to be at the Alexandria dock tomorrow at approximately 8pm. We can't say how many people are going to be involved though" Lucas confirmed.
"So what's the plan then?" J.T directed at Molly.
"Well, we'll have a team ready surrounding the area, snipers covering each angle. A small group of us will then make our way onto the boat to ensure nothing leaves D.C and to take out anyone on there. We'll have everyone equipped with stun guns for safety. We leave tomorrow" She replied.
Everyone packed up their things and headed out of the conference room. Molly headed towards her office. Cavennaugh spotted her and attempted to catch up with her. He lost sight of her but figured she'd be heading for her office. The door was locked when he got there so he lightly knocked. Molly heard the knocking and got up from her desk to open the door, to be greeted by Cavennaugh.
"Hey. I was just wondering if you still wanted to grab something to eat." He asked. Seeing her tired expression he didn't expect her to say yes but to his surprise she agreed. Her stomach was grumbling. She hadn't eaten much that day, or any other day for that matter. Her sleeping patterns had disturbed her eating patterns but right now she was starving.
When they got outside, Cavennaugh pulled out his keys.
"Let's walk" Molly offered. "I could use some fresh air" she smiled softly. He put his keys back in his pocket. It was a nice night out. Not too hot, not too cold. The lights of the city made everything look much more attractive than during the day.
Breaking the familiar silence Cavennaugh asked, "Are you sure your plan's gonna work tomorrow?"
Molly offered him a weak smile. "I'm not really sure of anything to tell you the truth, but we have to just go with the best option and right now the problem is bad enough without having it spread between states, let alone countries"
A light wind blew through the city and Molly shivered slightly. Cavennaugh noticed this out of the corner of his eye and put an arm around her. She looked up at him and muttered "Thanks". Every time he touched her it sent a jolt of electricity through her. She felt so safe and warm whenever he was around. She knew she was falling for him, deep, but the situation they were both in didn't really put them in the ideal place to begin anything.
They continued walking until Molly stopped outside one of her favourite Mexican restaurants, one that she also knew didn't contain any contaminated food.
"Mexican?" Cavennaugh asked, eyebrows raised.
"Yeah. I love Mexican food. Why? Don't you?"
"No, I like it. I'll eat anything" he smirked, walking towards the door and opening it for her.
What a gentlemen, she thought.
A man came up to them at the front and asked, "Table for two?" It sounded so romantic Molly thought. They nodded and were guided to a small table near the window. They sat down and ordered drinks to start with. Cavennaugh decided to lighten the mood a bit.
"So…How's that strange looking dog of yours?" He asked.
Molly pretended to be offended by this but she couldn't hold back a smile. "He is just fine and he is NOT strange"
Cavennaugh chuckled to himself. "If you say so", "Do you have any pets Cavennaugh?" She asked him.
"No. I never really had the time to look after one. Too much responsibility" he explained. She nodded; understanding that his job must be pretty full-on and it was true that having a pet was another responsibility.
"Well monster makes me feel a little bit safer when I'm home alone, which is most nights, unless I'm at Threshold" She looked down, and he could tell she was sad. He knew exactly what she meant. He too spent almost all his nights alone.
She had both of her hands on the table, so Cavennaugh reached over and grabbed them. Even if he didn't say anything he could comfort her in such simple ways. This simple gesture made her not feel so alone after all. They looked into each other's eyes, as he began to gently rub his thumb over her hand. Unfortunately the moment was interrupted by the arrival of their food. They ate mostly in silence, just enjoying one another's company. Once they were finished, Cavennaugh insisted on paying the bill. Once he did he met Molly outside the restaurant.
They walked side by side back to the Threshold building, making small talk along the way. "Well I can tell you one thing; I won't be looking forward to sleep tonight. Those dreams always wake me up" Cavennaugh told her. She looked up at him. "Yeah same with me. I could really do with some decent sleep at the moment too", "I know what you mean" he said.
The walk seemed shorter on the way back, and by no time they were back at Threshold in the car park. Molly really didn't want this night to end quite so soon, but it was 11pm and she knew it would be another long day tomorrow. Cavennaugh walked her to her car. She turned around to face him.
"Thanks for dinner, I had a really good time tonight" She said, looking into his eyes.
"Anytime" He simply said, looking straight back at her. He wanted badly to kiss her right on her soft lips, but resisted the urge. Instead he leaned forward and kissed her forehead, then whispered into her ear a soft "goodnight". This sent shivers all the way down her spine. She inhaled his scent. He smelt so good. He stepped back and she sucked in a deep breath. He squeezed her shoulder before walking off to his own car. She smiled before getting into her car and driving home. She lay in her bed that night, staring up at the ceiling, replaying the events of the night in her head, before sleep overcome her.