Disclaimer: I still don't own the characters but I do love them.
A/N: docwho2100 somehow used her voodoo powers to get me to write this sequel with her, so you can thank (or blame) her.
As Nora laid on the floor, once again facing death, she thought back over the last few months. Three months ago she was left fighting for life because some religious zealot had taken it upon himself to seek retribution against people he deemed in need of saving. Unfortunately the job had brought Nora into this man's cross-hairs and she had become his unintended victim. However, because this man saw himself as a messenger of God she didn't stay unintended, he came into her hospital room and tried to kill her. At least that's what people had told her, she couldn't remember. Due to that fact the FBI had a stronger case against Jonathan McGerrvish, aka Father Timothy, and had whisked him off to Washington for a federal trial. So she had no closure and that kinda pissed her off.
The main issue with living your life in a perpetual pissed off and bitchy mood, you don't do it in a vacuum so her attitude had been pointed out to her on more than one occasion. But hey, if she blew up then it wouldn't really be an issue any longer.
Thirteen minutes ago:
The detectives approached Alicia Montgomery's yacht, aptly named 'Hers', and unholstered their weapons before they cautiously stepped on board. Alicia Montgomery was a young trophy wife who had recently inherited her husband's very large, very profitable company, something to do with fashion or beauty, Nora didn't pay attention to that part. All she knew was that Mrs. Montgomery was missing and since she and Nikki were already at the harbor for another investigation they were dispatched by Dan to check out the Montgomery's boat.
The partners took a quick scan around before Nora motioned for Nikki to move up the stairs while she went down into the main living area. She spotted Alicia before she made it to the bottom of the stairs. "Mrs. Montgomery, are you okay?" she asked as she stood on the last step and, using the corner for cover, scanned the room.
"No I'm not okay," the woman yelled. "Get me off this chair."
Nora puzzled that statement, since she couldn't see any ropes holding the woman down. However as she got closer she noticed the bundle under the chair and immediately realized why the woman hadn't jumped up as soon as she entered. She turned abruptly as Nikki moved down the stairs to join them, holding up a hand to stop her from entering further. "You need to go outside and call the bomb squad."
Nikki's eyes jerked toward the woman. "What is it?" When she pulled out her phone Nora reached out to stop her.
"Make the call outside. I don't know what we have yet and there is the potential for the phone signal to trigger something." When she turned to move toward the woman Nikki grabbed her arm. "I'm just going to see what we are dealing with but you need to make the call now."
After she watched her partner leave Nora moved over and knelt down next to the woman. "Did he say anything before he left."
"Only that if I got up I'd die."
"Have you moved at all?"
"No I haven't fucking moved," Montgomery ground out but Nora could tell it was more out of fear than anger.
"Okay, just calm down. We'll get you out of here." The detective lowered herself onto the floor to get a better look at what she was dealing with.
"What do we have?" Nikki asked as she came back in.
Nora stood up and turned to her partner, "bomb squad on the way?"
"We'll be right back," Nora told the seated woman as she motioned for Nikki to back away.
"Hey you can't leave me here."
"I'm not going anywhere, we just need to get a plan."
"I'm the one sitting in this mess I think you can plan in front of me."
Nora hesitated for a second then she took a deep breath. "It looks to be pressure sensitive."
"So we wait for the bomb squad," Nikki reasoned.
"There's also a timer."
"How much time to I have?" the woman asked. When Nora didn't answer immediately the woman got angry. "How much time?"
"Almost twenty minutes."
"That should be plenty of time for the squad to get here," Nikki determined.
"Should? You have to do something," Alicia demanded.
Nora looked from her partner to the woman, "I might be able to do something."
"What?" Nikki said, trying to keep the terror out of her voice.
"Some of us actually paid attention during the training sessions," Nora said sarcastically.
"I never understand technical mumbo jumbo," Nikki returned. "I think we should wait."
"Let me just take a look. If I can at least stop the timer we can give the squad more time."
"Nora," Nikki warned. She briefly wondered how professional it would look if she grabbed her partner and dragged her off the boat.
"Just shut up and let her look. I'd like to not blow up here," Alicia pleaded.
Without waiting for her partner's approval Nora lowered herself back onto the floor. She pulled out her penlight and began studying the explosive. After a few moments she finally spoke. "I don't know if I can stop the timer but I might be able to do something with the pressure switch." She leaned back and looked up at Alicia. "When I tell you to I want you to stand up."
"I've been sitting here all day, I don't think I can."
Nora looked at her partner. "Come over and gently put her arm around your neck, when I say pull her up."
"Are you sure about this?"
"No. But it's either now or in," Nora quickly glanced under the chair, "fifteen minutes."
Nikki shook her head at the blonde's casual attitude, but she did as directed.
"Okay, ready?" Nora asked.
"Ready," Nikki assured her as she wrapped the woman's arm around her neck.
"On three," Nora started.
Nikki tightened her grip. "Okay."
"One....Two....Three." Nikki helped Alicia to her feet and the two of them breathed a sigh of relief when there was no boom.
"Okay, now get her out of here," Nora demanded.
As Nikki and Alicia headed toward the door the detective turned back to see her partner still on the floor. "Are you coming?" she asked.
"Just get her out."
Hearing something in her partner's voice Nikki let go of the woman and moved back to the chair. "Nora, what did you do?"
"I said I could do something with the pressure switch."
"Yeah you did, she got up."
"But now if I let go..." Nora didn't finish her statement.
The brunette ran her hands through her hair as she expelled an exasperated breath. "What the hell were you thinking?"
"I was thinking of getting her out of here."
"Dammit Nora." Nikki sighed as she glanced around the room, trying to formulate a new plan. "What if I sit.."
"No. Don't touch the chair," Nora yelled. "It'll go. Look, just get her out of here and I'll wait for the squad."
"I can't believe you did this."
Nora looked up into angry brown eyes staring back at her. She forced a big innocent smile onto her face, "you know you love my wild impetuous side."
Nikki shook her head, she was not going to give up her anger that easily. Before she could say anything the sounds of sirens had her head spinning.
"See, they're here. Now take her out, fill them in on what we have and I'll be out shortly," Nora smiled.
"This is not over," Nikki hissed as she moved back to help the woman out of the room.
"I hope not," Nora whispered to herself. She laid there, trying not to flinch, until she heard footsteps coming down the stairs.
"Well Delaney, your partner tells me you've gone and done something stupid."
"Hey, Jimmy." Nora forced a calm smile onto her face. "I guess you were just too good a teacher."
"Obviously not that good," the officer teased as he lowered himself onto the floor. "I think I left out a lesson or two," he stated with a pointed glare under the chair.
Nora bit her lip and shrugged her eyebrows, not wanting to move any other body part. "Lesson learned. Now could you get me out of this mess, Lieutenant?"
With a growl, half teasing half reprimanding, Jimmy set to work disarming the bomb. With only a few minutes to spare the two were stepping off the yacht. "As your friend I'm going to buy you a beer, and move your name to the top of the crazy stunts pool." Jimmy stopped and put a hand on Nora's arm. "But as a superior officer I'm going to tell you if you ever pull that again I will have you mucking out the stables. You want to join the squad I would be proud to have you but until that day, hand's off."
The detective gave an apologetic nod, "yes sir."
The two set off down the dock where they spotted Dan and Nikki waiting, arms crossed and not smiling. "Let me know when you're ready for that beer," Jimmy started. "I have a feeling you are going to need it."