"Cutter." Rose whispered as she walked through a hole in the wire fence and they followed her through, finding the anomaly on the other side and they stood there in front of it, taking it in and watched as some of the spiders rushed back in to it, then Rose noticed something behind them.
"Can you hear that?" Rose whispered and looked behind her, then she noticed it, "Um, guys!" she whispered, and they turned around,"What is it?"
"I don't know." Stephen whispered.
"It's not a spider."
"Exactly, that's what worries me." She whispered and they all jumped back as the creature burst out from behind the bins and she and Stephen rushed through the fence, but blocked Nick from the exit and disappeared for a moment.
"Stephen, Stephen can you see it?"
"No!" he replied, and Rose heard a noise above her and looked up.
"Move!" she yelled as she found it on the roof and Stephen pushed Rose out of the way away from the creature and threw a box at it, leaving them backed in the corner.
"Go!" Nick yelled, whistling to get the creatures attention. "Go, go. Get Rose out of here!" he yelled and Stepehn pushed her out of the door as she protested.
"What are you doing? You can't just leave him!" she protested, but she went anyway, leaving Nick alone, trapped, with the creature.
"Cutter?" Claudia said over the radio, awaiting a reply from him as Stephen and Rose walked over to her, "Come in. All I'm getting is interference. Look." She said, spreading the map out to show them, "There's no other way out. This tunnel was blocked 30 years ago."
"Then why isn't he back?" Rose spat.
"Look, he's got to be trapped, okay? I'm going back in."
"No-one goes anywhere until we know what we're dealing with." Claudia intervened.
"He could be injured."
"I don't want to leave him down there anymore than you do, but I'm not losing anyone else in this wild goose chase. We don't even know for sure where he is. Did you see what kind of creature it was?"
"A big, giant centipede."
" Any more? Like preferred habitat, behavioural patterns, strengths, weaknesses?"
"Well, we didn't exactly stop and memorise everything it was doing," Rose spat, "we didn't really think we should, plus it wasn't exactly number one priority at the time because we were going to get eaten! So sorry, no we didnt and we don't know."
"Connor might," Stephen interrupted before things became ugly, "He's like a walking encyclopaedia of this stuff. He probably has giant bug fridge magnets."
"Okay, I'll get him here." Claudia nodded and walked away.
"I can't leave him in there." Stephen stated as soon as Claudia was nowhere to be seen.
"I'm going down."
"I know," Rose sighed, and he looked at questioningly, "I'm not gonna stop you, if I were you, Id do exactly the same."
"Good, watch my back." He whispered and quickly left to the tunnels.
"Stephen. Where are you? Stephen? I didn't think you'd be this long." Rose muttered over the radio to him, not realising Claudia was behind him.
"What's he done?" she asked, and Rose winced slightly and cursed under her breath. "Stephen, where the hell are you?" Claudia asked, taking the radio from Rose.
"He was looking out for his friend."
"Well, he's done a really great job, hasn't he? That's the problem with heroic gestures. Succeed and you look wonderful. Fail, and all you do is leave everybody else with a bloody mess to clear up. Well done." She hissed harshly and walked away, ordering Ryan to go down after him. Rose sighed and turned around, finding someone who could help with all of this.
"What happened?" Nick asked as he found a shaking Stephen, covered in sweat on the floor and helped him up.
"Argument with the bug. The bug won."
"Where is it now? All right, lets get you out of here." He said, and got him to his feet. "Here take this." He said and gave him the torch to hold for a moment and helped Stephen as he leant against Nick, limping as he walked.
"There's something I have to tell you."
"Ah, you're not dying. It can wait."
"Helen's alive? She was here. She gave me a message." He whispered, "She's waiting on the other side of the anomaly. She said… she said if you want to know the truth, you've got to come and find her." He said and Nick finally got him out of the tunnel, and soldiers arrived.
"Help! We need a medic!" and they arrived up to where everyone was, getting him to a stretcher.
"Oh my god," Rose whispered, "Stephen!" and they rushed over to him.
"He's been bitten by the Arthropleurid. Same wound, same symptoms as the pest controller. We need to do something before it destroys his central nervous system. It's the centipede that's the killer." Nick explained and briefly walked off with Claudia, leaving Rose with Stephen and she looked down at him before he was loaded in to the ambulance.
"You know, you look really beautiful." He whispered, looking up at her and she smiled.
"You really are deluded mate." She smirked.
"Have dinner with me." He asked.
"Have dinner with me." He repeated.
"Um," she stuttered, "best talk about it later though."
"I can't wait that long."
"Ok, yes, go on then, yeah," she smiled, "dinner, sounds good."
"Great. It's amazing how much easier this stuff is when you're dying."
"You're not dying!" she yelled as he was loaded in to the ambulance and Rose got in to ride with him.
"Can't we run some more tests and find a match for the venom somehow?" Claudia asked as they tried to find a way of helping Stephen.
"It would take too long. He's dying."
"No, the only way to shortcut the process is to collect a pure sample of venom from the creature that bit him." Nick explained.
"How the hell are we going to do that? Ask it to fill a specimen jar?"
"In a way. It's the only option. We need to find it now, before it gets away."
"What are you gonna do?"
"I'm going to invite a very angry centipede to bite me."
"How is he?" Mickey asked as he walked in to Stephen's hospital room, finding Rose sitting next to a lot better looking Stephen.
"The convulsions have stopped now. That's something."
"You really like him, don't you?" Mickey asked gently as he sat next to her.
"Mickey, I've known him for two minutes."
"When has that ever stopped you?"
"I suppose, but this is professional."
"As if." Mickey scoffed.
"Just don't want to get too close, not anymore; you always lose them in the end."
"Stop looking at the negatives and look at the positives." He tried to reassure her, "Yeah, you lose people, but isn't it worth it? the good times?" he asked and Rose nodded.
"Yeah, suppose." She sighed and looked at Stephen for a moment, then he began to cough.
"I think he's back." Mickey smiled and went to get a Doctor.
"Hi." Claudia smiled as she entered the doorway of Stephen's room, who was sitting on his bed, reading a book. "How are you feeling?"
"Like I gargled with sand and slept inside a tumble dryer."
"So, tell me about Helen."
"What about Helen?"
"You saw her."
"I saw her? When?"
"In the tunnel, well, that's what you said." She explained and Rose arrived at the doorway, listening for a moment.
"I… I was gone, you know. I don't remember anything. I was probably just seeing things."
"Yeah, probably." Claudia smiled and left as Rose entered.
"What was all that about?" Stephen asked as she sat next to him.
"Can you really not remember anything?" she asked and Stephen shook his head, "Nothing you said in the ambulance?"
"What did I say?"
"Um," Rose looked down at the floor, "Um, nothing, I just thought you might have remembered some of it, that's all."
"Was it important?"
"No, no, no, don't worry about it." she smiled, and Stephen smiled back.
"Thanks for looking after me Rose," he smiled, "Appreciate it."
"Don't worry about it," she smiled and the two of them sat there for a moment, in silence.
"Yeah?" she smiled, looking up at him.
"You're not seeing anyone right?"
"No," she smiled and shook her head, "No, why?"
"Well, I was wondering, um if maybe," he began and stuttered slightly, "Maybe you wanted to go out for dinner?" he asked and Rose couldn't help but smirk.
"Dinner?" she asked, and he nodded, "with you?"
"Well, yeah." He smiled slightly, "why are you smiling?"
"You asked me earlier," she laughed.
"Yeah, at the ambulance."
"Oh, well, did you say yes that time?"
"Yes," she smiled.
"Will you say yes this time?"
"Yes." She smiled again, "dinner. Sounds nice."
A/N: Like this romance? Sound like a good idea? Or a bad idea? Good couple or bad couple? Anyway, let me and let me know all of your ideas on how I can improve and what you want to see happen. :)