This is how each Day would've been different if Michelle's test results had revealed something else in addition to her not being infected. The dialogue is nearly exactly the same for the first little bit cause it wouldn't change things that much.
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Michelle opened her test results and her eyes quickly scanned the paper finding a word of relief and a word of surprise.
"Almeida." He answered.
"Honey, it's me."
"What's goin' on?" He asked worriedly.
"I'm okay. I'm not infected."
"Are you sure?"
"Yeah, they did a swab and a blood test and I'm gonna be fine. I'm gonna be fine."
"Oh my God. Oh my God. Sweetheart, that's fantastic. Look I want you to get out of there right now. Away from anybody who's infected." He said as relief spread across his face.
"No, no. No, sweetheart, they said that those of us that didn't come down with the infection we have an immunity to the virus."
"Well, where are they taking ya?"
"Downtown. To NHS. They wanna keep us under watch for eighteen hours. But they said it's just a formality." She said holding back the other news.
"Sweetheart, are you sure you're okay? I feel like you aren't telling me something."
"Well… Tony… There was something else in the results."
"What else? What are you talking about?" He asked worriedly.
"I… I'm pregnant." She said slowly placing a hand over her stomach.
"You're what? Like with a baby?" He asked in astonishment.
"Yeah, sweetheart. That's usually how it works." She
"Oh my God. That's… Oh my God. That's amazing." He said speechless.
"Really?" She asked. They had talked about having kids, but not for a few years.
"Yeah, of course it is. I'll get down to NHS as soon as I can."
"No, honey. Stay where you are. They need you at CTU and I can work from downtown."
"Michelle, you don't have to work. We can handle it."
"I wanna help Tony. I wanna stop the people who nearly took me and this baby away from you." She said her voice breaking.
"I can't believe I almost lost you." He said his voice shaking.
"I almost lost you, too. But we're still here." She said holding back the tears that had begun to form. "I… I have to go. I'll call you from NHS."
"Michelle, I love you."
"I love you so much."
"Wow, a baby…" He said softly before hanging up.
Michelle looked at the agent behind her. He was infected. He was going to die. She wasn't. She was going to have a baby with the love of her life. She and Tony had survived the day.
"Almeida." Tony answered. Despite the drama of the day he was in a relatively good mood. He had just found out that not only was Michelle not infected, but she was pregnant.
"Listen to me very carefully, Agent Almeida." A man with a British accent said.
"Who is this?"
"It's Stephen Saunders. Before you make any tactical errors, I'd like to give you an update on the situation."
"I'm listening." He said still not quite connecting the dots.
"I need you to move to a private area that has direct comm with your teams on site here."
"And why would I do that?"
"Open a web socket to IP 257211165 and you'll find out." That's IP 257211165. Just trust me. Do it."
He went to open it as Saunders spoke again, "By the way Tony, I'd like to offer congratulations on your wife eluding infection from the virus. And let's not forget your baby."
"How do you know about my wife? Or the baby?"
"Get on that site."
Tony quickly typed it in.
What he saw terrified him. Michelle, throat gagged, with a man holding her tightly.
"I don't know exactly what they're doing to her Tony, but I did instruct them to leave her barely functional so we can return her to you. However, I didn't say the same about your child."
"I'll kill you, you son of a bitch. I'll rip your damn throat out. You hear me?" He said angrily.
"I'm low on time, so I'm sorry if I brush past that remark because in 15 seconds Michelle will be dead if you don't do what I say. There are five agents watching the northeast exit of this building. Four on the ground, a sniper on the rooftop next door. I'm assuming they're operating as a single unit. I want you to give them a Code 9, send them to the front entrance now."
"Jack Bauer's running the operation. I don't have the authority to do that."
"No authority? Really? I bet your wife and child would say otherwise." He said with a smirk before continuing.
"Kevin, is Michelle still conscious?" Tony heard a yes.
"Take an eye out." Saunders said.
Tony watched in disbelief with his mouth wide open as Michelle stared terrified at the gleaming knife.
"No! Wait, Stop!" He yelled. Somehow Saunders had discovered his only weakness. Michelle.
"Kevin, hold for a second." Saunders said.
Toy looked at the screen, weighing his options.
"It's gonna take me some time." He said making his decision.
"You have 30 seconds."
Tony hung up the phone. He thought for a second about Michelle and the baby. He then picked up the phone as he made the choice to protect the two people that meant everything to him.
"This is Baker." Baker answered.
"This is Tony Almeida. Switch to channel three." Tony said.
He heard several beeps and then Baker replied, "Go ahead."
"We need you to Code 9 your team. I want you to use a controlled channel in case Saunders is listening."
"What are we doing?"
"Move everyone to the front now."
"I've been monitoring all channels. There's nothing going on the front."
"We just got a new sat feed that Jack doesn't have yet. Looks like Saunders is on the move in a blind spot. Get there now!"
"Roger that. Four CTU personnel diverting to new mark."
"No, Baker. Negative. Not just CTU personnel, everyone. Police control included. Get there now!"
He heard Baker's team leave. Normally he would've seriously doubted his actions, but this was Michelle and their child for God's sake. He would do whatever it took.
Tony's phone began to ring.
"Almeida." He answered.
"You're going to bring me my daughter and you'll get your wife back." Stephen Saunders said.
"Let me talk to her." He said.
Saunders considered it a minute, then said "Fine."
Seconds later he heard Michelle's voice. "Tony." She said softly.
"Sweetheart, are you okay?" He asked.
"Yeah. I'm being treated well." She said. He could tell that she had been told to say this. "Tony, please don't let them do this!" She said quickly before the phone was snatched away.
"You can speak to her more after I get Jane." He said. "I'll call you at a pay phone in twenty minutes with further instructions." He told Tony the address and then hung up.
Tony watched as Chloe was able to unscramble the voice track. Damn it! He should have used a less competent analyst. He quickly isolated the room and went to leave with Jane Saunders.
He was kidnapping their leverage over Saunders. He knew that the minute Saunders had Jane, there would be no way they could stop him, but all he cared about was making sure Michelle was safe. The face that she was pregnant made him even surer of what he was doing. He didn't care about the consequences. Nothing else would matter if he had the chance to save her and she died because he blew it. She had to be okay. He would die the second her heart stopped beating.
Tony watched as Jack slammed into the car.
"Tony, put the gun on the dash!" Jack yelled getting out of the car.
Tony thought for a second, but decided that if he listened to Jack, he might help him get Michelle back.
"Saunders has Michelle!" He yelled as he got out of the car.
"I know." Jack said coming towards him. "What the hell were you thinking? Jane is the ONLY leverage we have against Saunders." He said angrily.
"He's setting up a trade. Jane for Michelle. If I don't produce Jane, he'll kill Michelle. I'll take whatever punishment later. Just help me get my wife back." Tony pleaded looking at friend.
"This trade might be our way of catching Saunders." Jack said contemplating. "What are your instructions?"
"I'm supposed to go to a pay phone and wait for his call."
"Get in the car. We're going."
"What? No, Jack. If you go, he'll kill Michelle."
"He won't be watching the pay phone." Jack said.
About ten minutes later they we waiting at the pay phone, Jack had just attached a listening device.
"You have to reject the first location so that Chase has time to get teams to a secondary location." Jack said as the phone began to ring.
Saunders told him a location and when he rejected it Saunders insisted that it was good. Jack hung up the phone.
"What the hell are you doing? You just killed my wife! You son of a bitch." Tony said angrily punching Jack.
"He'll call back. If we can't get him to accept a secondary location, Michelle is as good as dead."
"Damn it, Jack! What if he doesn't?" Tony yelled starting to walk towards his car to drive to the original spot.
"Tony!" Jack yelled after him.
"Just because you sacrificed your wife for the job doesn't mean I'm gonna sacrifice mine!" Tony yelled back.
"Tony!" Jack yelled angry. No one brought up Teri.
Tony climbed into the car as the phone began to ring again.
He got out and ran towards the phone.
"I'll let that go, but you do something like that again and your wife will be harmed, understood?" Saunders said the minute Tony picked up.
"Yeah." He replied.
"Under the Sixth Street Bridge. Thirty minutes. I see anyone else, your wife dies. I don't see Jane, your wife dies." He said before hanging up.
Jack quickly called Chase and then they were on their way.
"No! No!" Michelle yelled as she crouched beside the wall.
"Shut up!" One of Saunders' men yelled as he opened the door.
Michelle ran towards the door, the bottom half of her face covered in blood.
"I've been infected! Help me please!" She pleaded.
He quickly shut the door, but before he did she was able to stop it.
She saw him call Saunders on the radio and that's when she made her move. She quickly hit him over the head with a brick and grabbed his gun and phone. She wiped the blood off of her face as she began to make her escape.
She ran for a while, trying to hide and get a cell phone signal.
She finally got one outside and quickly called CTU.
Meanwhile, Jack's phone began to ring.
"Dad, I have Michelle on the line." Kim said.
"Okay, put her through." Jack said as he put the phone of speakerphone.
Seconds later Michelle's voice came through the phone. "I escaped, but Saunder's men are still chasing me."
"Michelle, it's me. Where are you?"
"Corner of Wilshire and… Uh… Branton." She said looking as she ran towards the gate.
"Chase, send teams there right away." Tony said.
"No, Chase, don't." Jack said quickly. "Michelle, I need you to let yourself get caught."
"What?" She and Tony said at the same time.
"This is the only way we can get to Saunders." Jack explained.
"Send those tactical teams now!" Tony ordered.
"Disregard those orders." Jack quickly said as two agents took Tony from behind.
"You son of a bitch, Jack! That's my wife!" Tony yelled as the agents led him away. "I swear if anything happens to her, I'll kill you!" He continued to shout, but he could no longer be heard.
"Michelle, I promise we will do everything we can for you." Jack said.
"Okay." Michelle said before hanging up.
She was so close. Her hand was on the gate and she could feel the cars rushing by.
She placed a hand to her stomach before throwing the gun in the bushes and heading back for Saunders men to find her.
Tony stood by the van waiting for Saunders. He knew that Jack had said that he would do everything for Michelle, but he knew that to CTU Michelle was expendable. He could barely breathe as the cars began to drive up.
One of Saunders' men got out of the lead car. "Let us see Jane." He yelled to Tony.
"Let me see my wife!" He yelled back.
"When we see Jane, we will give you your wife." The man yelled back.
Tony took Jane out of the car. The man took Michelle out of the other car. Jane began to walk towards Saunders and Michelle began to walk to him. She was shaking and covered in sweat, but otherwise looked fine. He held out his hand which caused her to smile.
She was nearly to him when he saw Jane turn around. It all happened to fast. Saunders got out of the car and when CTU had confirmation they moved in. Saunders' men began to fire and he was able to get Michelle behind him seconds before a bullet was fired that could have killed her if he hadn't moved her.
Several minutes later the gunfire had stopped and they sank to the pavement in each other's arms.
"Did they do anything to you?" Tony asked as he cupped her face which was now covered in tears.
She shook her head and he held her even more tightly.
About an hour later Tony had been taken into a holding room and was horrified to learn that he was going to be arrested and sent to a federal prison.
"Come on, Brad!" Tony yelled at Brad Hammond, who had just informed him. "I did everything to save my wife. Jack did the exact same thing and he got a pat on the back, not a jail sentence! If I hadn't then you never would've gotten Saunders and secured the vials! Don't make an example out of me!" He yelled.
"You committed treason, Tony. It was your fault we were unable to get to Saunders without the trade I the first place." Brad said calmly.
"Dammit, Brad! The man had my wife for God's sake. No one died or got hurt as a result of what I did! I'm not a terrorist, so why the hell are you treating me like one?"
"You helped him escape. You assaulted a security guard. You stole a federal witness. Yes, we were able to get Saunders, but what if we hadn't? All those lives would've been on YOUR head Tony."
"But you did get Saunders. I got shot today. I thought I was going to lose my wife, and then after I discovered she was okay, she got kidnapped. Yes, I put her above the country and I'd do it again. Can't you please just let this go? You know I would never do this unless Michelle was on the line and I understand that you're probably mad at me about the mission in Mexico, but I wasn't the only one involved. Please don't do this to me. Please don't do this to Michelle."
Brad looked at Tony. He had never seen the man beg before. "I'm sorry, Tony." He said before leaving.
Michelle entered Brad's office. "The guard isn't letting me see Tony." She said walking in.
"I know. I gave the orders."
"What? Why? It isn't like he's a criminal. He did what he did to protect me."
"He agreed to put this country ahead of everything, even you, and he betrayed the country when he let Saunders escape."
"What are you talking about?" Michelle asked confused.
"We had Saunders several hours before the trade. But Tony helped him escape."
"He did it to save me. And to save our child. I'm pregnant, Brad. Please don't do this." She said shakily.
"He could've killed thousands of people. And frankly, if you would've done the same thing, you should just hand me your resignation." He said glancing up at her.
Michelle turned and stormed out of his office. Normally, she would have handed him the resignation, but she had to think of this baby, she had to be able to take care of it. She was able to stay strong and tough looking while she walked towards the exit. Inside, she was falling apart. She couldn't breathe, her knees were turning to jelly and a million thoughts were surging through her brain. She quickly ran to the edge of the parking lot and threw up the contents of her seemingly empty stomach, before calmly walking towards her car, grabbing a bottle of water and walking back into CTU.
A couple of hours later after they had located all but the last vial, Michelle was able to convince Brad to let Tony run tactical for the mission.
"Chloe, I need you to send everything on your screen to station 11."
"Why?" Chloe asked as she began to do it.
"Tony's handling tactical for this and he needs to get caught up." As soon as Michelle said the word Tony, Chloe's fingers froze.
"I'm sorry, you'll have to find someone else." Chloe said beginning to get up.
"What are you talking about?" Michelle asked.
"Tony locked me in one of the server rooms and used me to try and work around CTU. You might think he did the right thing, but I know that he didn't." She said standing up.
"Chloe, I am sick and tired of all your shit! We both know that Jack has done what Tony did multiple times, but you don't hate him. God, you practically worship him. Tony did what he had to do. He did exactly what I would've done, what Jack would've done. What probably everybody but YOU would've done. Tony is the love of my life and the father of my child and I know, without a shred of doubt, that he did the right thing!" Michelle replied furiously raising her voice.
Chloe stood blinking and mumbling, looking like a deer caught in the headlights.
"Go away. Now." Michelle said angrily.
Chloe looked around for someone with higher authority and when she found no one, quickly ran off.
"Kim, can you send everything on Chloe's screen to station 11." Michelle said.
Kim quickly came over and began working.
When she was finished, she turned to Michelle. "I would've done what Tony did. We all want to believe that we can put the love of our life above everything else, but there are only a brave few who can actually do it. Tony is one of them. And if you need anything, remember that my dad and I are always there." She said smiling before walking off.
Michelle stood in one of the server rooms feeling empty. The rush of working with Tony, of knowing what he was going to say before he said it was gone. The minute they recovered the last vial, Tony had been taken back into custody. It felt unreal. Just that morning he had held her and made her laugh and now he would go to jail. She was exhausted, but she didn't want to sleep. She couldn't bear the thought of not waking up in his arms. She was wearing his CTU jacket which smelled like him, but it wouldn't be enough.
She heard the door open and saw Tony walk in with another agent.
"Can you give us a minute?" Tony asked the other agent.
After the other agent he took Michelle in his arms.
"I'm so sorry." She said softly.
He pulled away and looked into her eyes. "Baby, you're alive and no one else got hurt because of what I did. That's better than I could've ever imagined. I can live with that, even in jail." He said kissing her forehead.
"Okay." She said softly.
"Michelle, you have to promise me that you'll take care of yourself. You can't just mope around and be sad. You deserve better than that. This baby deserves better than that. I know that I'll be in jail, but remember what we said?"
"I'll love you every second of every day until the end of time." They both said softly at the same time. It had been a wedding vow that they had both written without even knowing it.
"I don't know how to live without you." Michelle said. She felt like crying, but she had no tears left.
"I don't either. But we'll figure it out." He promised.
He pulled her into a deep kiss. They both savored it, trying to lock in all memories.
They were suddenly interrupted when the other agent walked back into the room. "Time to go." He said looking at them.
"I love you." Tony said placing a hand on Michelle's face and his other on her stomach.
She closed her eyes and felt his warm familiar touch begin to fade away. She heard the door close and slowly opened her eyes. He was gone. She placed her hands where his had been mere seconds before.
"I will love you every second of every day until the end of time." She said softly as she stared at the door where he had just exited.
Okay… Wow, that took forever to write! Don't know when the next chapter will be up, but reviews make me write faster!