Lost - Chapter One

(The second time Lucy snuck into Amy's bedroom she was a step too slow getting out. Now Amy may have forever lost the girl she loves. Can she find her and get her back? Femslash. Amy/Lucy)

(Confrontation)

"Hey."

For a moment Amy froze before turning to look. Lucy was standing there, the open window behind her showing where she had entered. Again. "How do you do that?" she asked.

"For a top secret installation your security is really for shit," the dark-haired intruder said off-handedly.

"You can't be here."

"Oh I know." The villainess smiled as she sauntered towards Amy but the blonde could see the uncertainty underlying the dark-haired girl's swaggering confidence." You say you can't see me and then I see you anyway. It's kinda this whole game we play."

"Get out." Amy tried to be firm, even though she was quaking inside.

"Come on." Lucy reasoned with the girl. "Is this about your friends? 'Cause if it is I can just talk to them, you know, we can work out some sort of detente type thing."

"I said get out. I'm warning you."

"Amy," Lucy protested as she took another step towards the blonde.

Amy hit the panic button and an alarm shrilled through the house.

"You have to go now."

Lucy looked around in disbelief before fixing her gaze back on Amy. "Your stupid friends," she erupted. "Why don't you just think for yourself for a change?"

The bedroom door crashed open. Max, Dominique and Janet poured in, armed to the teeth and ready for anything. Lucy spun towards the window in one fluid motion, and then hesitated for a second, her eyes searching Amy's before she dove out the way she had come in just as Max opened fire.

Amy covered her mouth and held her breath. Max rushed to the window, the muzzle of her revolver leading the way. She looked out and down and grunted in satisfaction.

"Got her!"

There was a moment of wild confusion and colliding bodies as Amy attempted to make her way to the window while the other three Debs made for the door. Finally her way cleared as the trio thundered down the stairs and out the front door. Her heart in her throat, she reeled to the window and looked down. Then that heart nearly stopped as she took in the crumpled form sprawled on the lawn.

For one desperate moment Amy hoped that maybe this was one of Lucy's tricks, that it really wasn't her laying there. But the appearance of Max and her cry of triumph as she pushed the body with her foot, making it roll slightly and revealing Lucy's face ended the chance this wasn't happening.

Amy wanted to scream, to cry out as the pain that hit her so hard her knees gave way. Instead the world swam around her and she gratefully surrendered to a dark world where Lucy Diamond wasn't bleeding her life out just below her.

When she opened her eyes she was on her bed with Janet was bending over her with a look of concern in her eyes. An EMT standing next to her was closing up his kit.

"She'll be alright," he advised Janet. "Keep her calm and make her rest."

"What happened?" Amy asked groggily as she tried to sit up. Janet pushed her back down as Amy realized her head was throbbing.

"You fainted and hit your head on the window sill on your way down. No stitches but you're going to have a really BAD headache for a while."

"Lucy!" Amy tried to sit up again. This time she didn't need Janet to push her back down; she collapsed with a wince as the world spun around again.

"They've taken Lucy to the hospital, the regional trauma center. She's in surgery now." Janet hesitated. "I won't lie Amy, she's in critical condition. I was told she has on a fifty-fifty chance of making it."

Tears filled the blonde's eyes. "This is all my fault."

"No it's not. She came here."

"She came here to try to get me back. And that wouldn't have been necessary had I not decided that being a DEB was more important than her."

Janet couldn't think of an answer to that. Instead she left, knowing there was nothing she could do except try to find out how Lucy was. She went to her room and tried once again to get Scud online but there was no response.

The hours and then the days drug by one after another. Endgame finally came and thankfully went. Amy tried to beg out of that gala affair but the pressure to go was too great. Fortunately her recounting of her "heroic ordeal" was no longer the high point of the affair. That attention was showered on Max who had upheld the "highest traditions of the organization" in bringing "the notorious master criminal known as Lucy Diamond" to justice. Amy didn't care. She just used the evening to find out the latest about Lucy's condition.

"Still in a coma" was the word she got, finding things out bit by bit from anyone she could get to talk to her that wasn't aware of what the true state of affairs between her and Lucy had been. Still on the critical list. But there were signs that she was showing some improvement. She was breathing on her own now and responding to some forms of stimulus

Maybe there was hope Amy told herself. Maybe she WOULD get the chance to make things right with Lucy. Faced with losing the other girl forever had made the blonde take a good look at herself and what she had nearly thrown away. It would be different if only Lucy came out of the coma. Somehow Amy would make it right.

The next morning Amy was trying once more to figure a way to get away from the others and the school and slip into the hospital. She had to see Lucy even if it was only to sit by her bed, hold her hand and talk to her. She still hadn't come up with a way yet. She knew that if even a hint of what she was planning got out to Bobby or the other Debs and she would never have a chance to get near Lucy. The same thing applied to her getting caught trying to sneak in to the hospital. She was still running plans through her mind when Janet flew in the door without even pretending to knock.

"Oh my GOD!" the other girl exclaimed.

"What is it?" Amy knew she sounded panicked. Was something wrong with Lucy?

"They just called from the security wing at the hospital. Lucy's gone."

"Gone?"

"Escaped, flew the coop, disappeared," Janet amplified.

"She's in a coma," protested Amy. "How could she escape?"

"I have no idea but when the morning shift of Homeland Security agents arrived they found the night shift guards unconscious and Lucy's bed empty."

As the pair stared at each other Janet's cell phone began to sing.

"Hello?"

The shorter girl's eyes opened wide. "You! Where have you been? I've been trying to get in touch with you for days. Did you know Lucy has vanished from the hospital? Oh, you do? You did WHAT?"

"Who is it?" Amy demanded, even though she knew she could make a pretty good guess.

"It's Scud," replied the other DEB in a dazed voice. "And he wants to talk to you."

Amy snatched the phone. "Scud? Where are you? Where's Lucy?"

The normally friendly voice of the up-till-now cheerful right hand assistant and best friend to Lucy was as cold as ice as he spoke. "She's somewhere where she's safe Bradshaw. And I intend to keep her that way."

"Scud I didn't mean for any of this to happen," pleaded Amy.

"Sure you didn't. I've already seen the reports. Maybe you didn't pull the trigger yourself but if it wasn't for you none of this would have happened. Someone else besides you pushed the alarm button that called in the troops, is that what you're trying to tell me? "

The shock that Scud had access somehow to the DEBS file nearly drove Amy to silence. She looked at Janet with accusing eyes. The other girl, who had been listening, met Amy's gaze and shook her head, indicating she had not been the one to leak how Lucy came to be shot.

"I pushed it but..."

"But nothing. I thought you were different. I thought you loved Lucy. She told me you told her that. But you're a perfect liar aren't you?"

"What are you talking about?"

"You can claim you don't know but it's not as if I could trust anything you say. Lucy did. That's why she nearly died. But in case you might just be telling the truth for a change you need to find out just what that hidden test measures. And it's not 'spy stuff'."

Amy heard Scud draw a deep breath. "That's not important right now. The important thing is that Lucy is out of your hands, your hands being the various law enforcement agencies fighting over her like vultures and that includes you and the rest of the DEBS. But for old times sake, and because you made my best friend happy for a little while at least before you showed your true colors I'll give you this much. She's safe and receiving the best possible care."

The menace in Scud's voice was so strong in rolled out of the phone in waves. "You hurt her. Not just physically, she'll recover from that, but you shattered her heart into a million pieces. I don't know if she'll come back from that. So, I'll give you this one warning. If I ever see you, if I hear that you are within a thousand miles of Lucy, if you make any attempt to hurt her again by seeing or contacting her in any form I will kill you. And I'll do it with a song in my heart."

"Scud, PLEASE. Please, I made a mistake but I love her." Amy stopped begging as she realized the connection had been broken. She stared at the phone as though she hoped that it might spring back to life if she looked at it hard enough. Janet carefully removed it from her shaking hand. Amy sat down, buried her face in her hands and began to cry.

(To be continued)