After the police officers handcuffed Jay and locked him in the backseat of the police car, they laid their attention on Troy and Gabriella.
"So," an officer called Robert began, "Did you find the kids, too?"
Gabriella nodded. "Yeah. They're not here, though." She then proceeded to tell about the house she and Troy had seen Jay take two children into.
"I see. Well, how about Troy comes back to the police station in my car and I send Chris with you in your car to go get the kids. And if they can't all fit in your car, then just stay with them until I can send out an officer with a second car."
"Okay; sounds good," Gabriella agreed.
Troy hugged Gabriella. "I'll see you in a little while," he said.
"I'll see you," Gabriella returned, returning Troy's hug before climbing into her car.
Troy quickly waved good-bye to his new girlfriend before getting into the passenger seat of the police car.
Gabriella pulled up to the house where the kidnapped children were being kept. "Here we are," she announced.
"Alright; let's see if we can't get in and rescue the kids," Chris spoke, getting out the passenger door.
Gabriella followed the police officer to the front door of the home, which was, unfortunately, locked.
"Don't worry; I brought tools to pick locks, and also, if we need to resort to breaking down the door, I have tools for that, too," Chris assured. "Let me just get them out of your car."
"Okay," Gabriella acknowledged.
Chris went out of Gabriella's sight, returning a minute later with a bag. After selecting something from it, he began trying to pry the lock open. In about five minutes, he found that the plan had been successful.
Gabriella pushed open the door. The sound of kids crying met her ears. "Where are they?" she wondered aloud.
"In here, maybe," Chris suggested, hurrying over to a closed door. It was locked, but from the outside rather than the inside, so it could easily be opened.
Gabriella followed the officer into the room. Lying around on the floor were four children who all screamed at the sight of the two adults approaching them.
"It's alright," Gabriella comforted. "We're the police. We won't hurt you. We're here to take you home to your mommies and daddies."
"T-There was a-a man a-and h-he b-beat us," sobbed a little blonde girl.
"I-I tried to beat h-him up w-when he h-hit my s-sister, but t-then h-he started h-hitting me, too," cried a little boy.
"Well, he's on his way to jail right now," Gabriella told the kids. "Now, I'm gonna call another policeman to come out. There's not enough room for all of you in my car, so I need to get someone to come here with a police car."
"We get to ride in a police car?" another boy said.
"Some of you will," Gabriella replied.
"Yay!" The boy jumped up and down.
After Gabriella called the police station, she sat down with the kids while Chris went to examine the rest of the old house to make sure there weren't any more children hidden in a different place. "Okay, so why don't you tell me what your names are?"
"I'm Daniel, and this is my sister Anna," the little boy who had said Jay hit him answered, pointing to his sister while he said her name.
"I'm Ethan," the boy who had been excited to ride in the police car announced.
The last child, a little girl who hadn't spoken so far, began to cry. "I-I'm s-scared. I-I want my m-mommy and d-daddy."
Gabriella went over to the sobbing child. "You'll get to go to your mommy and daddy soon," she assured her with a smile.
"A-Are you g-gonna hurt m-me?"
"No, I won't hurt you. I work for the police. And police never hurt kids. They help them."
"W-Will that m-man come back?"
"No, he's gone. He went to jail."
The little girl suddenly started to cling to Gabriella. "T-Take me h-home."
"I can't just yet."
Just then, Chris came back into the room. The little girl screamed. "I-I'm scared," she whimpered.
"It's okay," Gabriella comforted. "This is a policeman."
The little girl wasn't relieved. "N-No! Don't let h-him near me."
Gabriella picked up the girl and carried her out of the room. She found a tattered sofa and sat down on it, placing the girl in her lap. "What did that man who took you do to you?"
"H-He touched me w-where my mommy s-said n-no one should t-touch me."
Gabriella was horrified. Why would anyone, even Jay, inappropriately touch an innocent little girl who couldn't possibly be over the age of four?
"I-I d-don't w-want anyone t-to do i-it again."
"I promise no one will. Now, you can stay here with me. I'll keep you safe."
The little girl wiped her tears away with her hands.
"Do you mind telling me your name, honey?" Gabriella inquired.
"It's Isabelle," the little girl replied quietly.
"That's a pretty name," Gabriella commented.
Troy and Robert drug Jay into the police station and immediately took him to the jail cells. Unlocking his handcuffs, they threw him in one and locked the door.
"I didn't do a freakin' thing!" Jay screamed, pounding on the bars that now blocked him from the outside world.
"You kidnapped children, and you are also under suspect for thefts."
"I didn't steal anything!"
"Then explain that gold jewelry in your closet. Explain the wig of dark hair styled into the style the "woman" who was stealing things had." Troy made air quotes with his fingers when he said 'woman.'
Jay was silent.
"So you don't deny this?" Robert checked.
"No," Jay admitted. "But I didn't do it alone. I had help."
"Who helped you? And we want the truth."
"A young woman. But I swore to her that I would not reveal her name. She'll kill me if I do."
"Well, she's going to be in prison right along with you, and she'll be watched by guards so she won't be able to murder you. Now tell us who this woman is." Troy's voice was stern as he spoke.
"Isabella Montez," Jay reluctantly revealed.
Troy wasn't surprised. "I know where the Montez home is," he said, turning to Robert. "Should we go over there and arrest her?"
"Yeah; let's do that. I just sent out a pair of officers to go help Gabriella and Chris bring the kids back here to the station, so that's all taken care of. We're free to do whatever we need."
"Alright; let's go, then."
As the police stepped into the house with the kidnapped children, all the kids except Isabella hurried over to them, shouting with joy since they were finally getting out of that horrible place.
"Alright," one of the policeman said. "Who's riding in the police car?"
"Me! Me!" The two boys raised their hands while jumping up and down.
"Okay, you guys can come with us. The girls can go in Agent Montez's car."
Gabriella, after telling Isabelle she would be back in a moment, went up to the policemen. "Can Chris ride with you?" she wanted to know. "Little Isabelle over there is terrified of men right now."
"Sure," a policeman replied.
"Thanks," Gabriella acknowledged. Then, lowering her voice, she added, "While she was kidnapped, she was sexually assaulted, so you might want to put that on Jay's record."
"Really? Well, Jay's in a huge mess right now already. But after what you just told me, I think we're gonna have to add to his jail sentence. He was going to get out when he was fifty, but now, I think we'll need to make the punishment last for life."
Gabriella couldn't help but smile at that news.
"Okay, well, let's get these kids to the police station."
"Gabriella!" Troy exclaimed as Gabriella walked into the station along with Chris, the other two officers, and the kids. "Guess what?"
"What?" Gabriella asked.
"Your sister was part of the crime! She did help with the thefts! Robert and I got Jay to admit it, then we went over to your house and put her under arrest."
"Is she in jail now?"
Troy nodded. "Yeah, both she and Jay have been questioned, proved guilty, and now have jail sentences. Isabella's in there for two years, and Jay's stuck behind the bars until he's fifty."
"No, actually he'll be in there for life," Gabriella corrected. She then told Troy about what Jay had done to Isabelle.
"That's awful," Troy remarked.
"Hey, another policeman!" Daniel exclaimed, running up to Troy. "Hi! Did you really put that bad man in jail?"
"Well, I helped. I'm actually not an police officer, though. I'm a secret agent."
"You're a secret agent?" Daniel's brown eyes grew wide. "That's so awesome!"
"Yeah, it is pretty cool," Troy agreed.
While the kids settled down, the police officers contacted the parents who had reported their children missing. All of them were thrilled to get a call saying their missing kids had been found, and said they would come down to the office immediately to claim them.
"So," Troy began while walking over to Gabriella. "Our adventure together is over."
"I know." Regret filled Gabriella's chocolate eyes. After a pause, she asked, "Do you think we'll ever get to work with one another again?"
"I'll certainly ask to. Every time secret agents need to be sent out to work on a case in pairs, I'll make a request to be paired with you. I think we make a good team."
"Yeah, so do I," Gabriella agreed.
After a pause, Troy said, "Hey, what do you think of having a celebration tomorrow night?"
"You mean like our second date?" A playful smile showed on Gabriella's lips.
"That's exactly what I mean."
"Oh, I don't know..."
"Come on, Gabriella."
"Well...I don't think so. I mean, I would rather stay at home alone."
"You wouldn't dare," Troy responded.
"Of course I wouldn't! I was joking!" Gabriella giggled. "Of course I'll go out with you."
Troy pulled Gabriella into a tight hug. "I love my job more than I ever did before," he declared.
"So do I."
Okay, this was the final chapter:( I wish I could've made this story last longer, but it was pretty much over, and I didn't want to drag it out. I had a lot of fun writing it, though, and I'm really gonna miss it. This was one of my top two favorite stories to write:) I hope you all enjoyed it, and I really hope the end was alright. I'm terrible at endings. LOL.
I just posted the first half of a twoshot yesterday. It's called It's Like Catching Lightning, so if you get a chance, please check it out. I really tried to improve my writing in it, and it's also a submission to a writing challenge here on . Also, after I finish up Whatever it Takes, I'll be starting a new Troyella story about forbidden love. I'm not yet sure what it'll be titled, but I promise it'll be good. It'll be written like I wrote It's Like Catching Lighting. And believe me, I improved with that story:)
So, thanks to all of you who read and/or reviewed this story! I really appreciated it! And thanks for putting up with this super long A/N!