"Where is she? WHERE IS LESLIE?" Andrew growled at the guard who he had restrained against a wall. The guard struggled to breathe as the chain around his neck tightened as each second passed.
Andrew's face was in a scowl and he was in no mood to hear the plea of some lowly guard dog. He wanted Leslie dead, simple as that. Steve was currently looking for Melanie and the baby, while Andrew was to take down another fleet of armed men. Frankly, he was getting tired of these guys trying to kill him with their useless weapons. They were no match for him.
The man let out a strangled noise and peered down at Andrew with terrified eyes. Then, the man looked up, and Andrew barely had time to react before a shot was fired near his head, followed by the sound of glass breaking. The man slumped to the ground unconscious as Andrew ducked behind a wall. He turned to find where the shot had come from.
Leslie had come out of her hiding place, no doubt, but Jason had managed to stop her. He was tired beyond belief, but took down the last guard before going to find Andrew and Steve. Then, he saw Leslie's silhouette sneak pass him into a staircase, and he followed her. Once she found Andrew choking one of her men in the fifth floor hallway, she took out her pistol and aimed it at his head. Without thinking, Jason sent her body through a nearby glass window, and all you could hear was the sound of her scream before her body collided with the concrete below.
Andrew slowly arose from his hiding place and stared back at Jason. Jason made brief eye contact with the boy, before taking his time to walk over to the window. Leslie's crumpled body lay motionless on the ground, surrounded by the last remaining guards and her own blood.
In the distance, sirens could be heard, and they only had a short time to make it out. Andrew made his way over to the window and stared down at Leslie's body. "I guess a thank you is in order, huh?" Andrew asked in a low voice.
Steve rounded the corner and Mrs. Norberry stopped to catch her breath. She had managed to run into Steve as she weaved in and out of rooms and hallways, trying to avoid the guards and dead bodies. Finally, she found Steve and quickly told him everything that happened. Now, they had found Andrew and Jason, and needed to catch up with the others before the authorities arrived.
"Hey! Look who I ran into! And she told me that Mel and the baby made it out with Matt and the others. We really need to get out of here. Do you know what they do to pretty guys like me in prison?" Steve said as he made his way over to the window.
He glanced down and covered his mouth with his hand. "Is that-"
"Yes, and you're right. We need to go," Jason finished.
While she stood nearby, Mrs. Norberry glanced out of the corner of her eye and saw one of the guards open his eyes. He reached for his gun, and as he pressed his finger on the trigger, she ran as fast as she could and tackled the man.
The safe house Carter set up for us was about a five hour drive from the facility. Karen had long gone off to sleep after I fed her, and was sleeping quite peacefully in my arms. I just stared at her and played with her little fingers, content and happy that we were alive, and that she was safe with me.
After a while, exhaustion caught up with me, and Matt offered to hold Karen as I slept on his shoulder, since we were sitting on a bench in the wide open space in the back of the van.
Soon, I felt the van stop moving, and awoke from my dreamless slumber. I rubbed my eyes, and smiled as Matt bounced Karen, who was now awake, in his arms.
"You'll be a good dad, someday, Matt," I grinned. Matt looked at me and rolled his eyes before turning his attention back to the baby.
The back doors opened and Michael helped me climb out. Matt came out after wards and handed Karen back to me. I realized we were in a parking garage, and Virgil motioned for us to follow him as he conversed with someone (I presumed was Carter) on a cell phone.
We followed him to the elevator, where he punched in a code. It opened and sent us up to the 11th floor. The elevator doors opened to reveal a modern, furnished loft. Everyone started gaping like a fish as we took in our new surroundings.
The place had a laid-back vibe to it, and was very clean and new. In the living room, a flat-screen hung on the wall above a fireplace in front of a black leather couch. In the dining room, there was a bar, with all black bar stools, and a circular glass dining room table with black leather seats. The walls were all white and there was a yellow rug in the living room and under the dining room table.
The kitchen resembled the one like the house in Georgia, only it had a gas stove. I checked the refrigerator and smiled as it was fully stocked. On a nearby counter, there were bottles and baby formula for Karen. I smiled even wider.
Once I made my way to the back, I found my room, which already had a crib set up. I set Karen inside of it, and went back into the kitchen to make her a bottle. Matt walked in and took a seat on the counter as I warmed up the water.
"Hey, are you okay?" Matt asked as he swung his feet back and forth.
"Yeah, I'll be okay. I'm just…worried about the others. We haven't heard anything yet. I just…I don't know."
I sighed, and finished making Karen's bottle before I retreated into my room. Matt followed me and watched as I fed Karen her bottle. "She looks like you, but she has Andrew's eyes," Matt commented.
"She has his nose and lips, too. But, I do see some of myself in her."
After a while, Matt went to his room to get some sleep, and I burped, changed, and dressed my baby in one of the onesies from my duffel bag before lying down with her on the huge bed. I began tickling her, and she smiled back at me, her eyes lighting up.
Andrew was still in my thoughts, but I hoped that he would make it out and find us so that he could finally meet her.
Third Person POV
Andrew was saddened by Mrs. Norberry's death, but there was nothing he could do about it now. Carter had secretly set up some explosives around the facility and set them off once they made it out safely. Carter didn't want any evidence left saying that he had any part of BioTech, and now none existed. The facility was blown to pieces, and the equipment that was going to be transferred to Puerto Rico was destroyed along with it, along with all of the files and documents as well.
Jason thanked his son as the elevator doors opened. Steve let out a whistle as he took in the apartment, and then headed for the kitchen. Andrew stepped into the apartment and looked around for Melanie. Matt spotted his cousin as he came out of the kitchen and engulfed him in a hug.
"I'm glad you made it out, man. You had us scared for a second," Matt said.
Andrew smiled slightly. Maybe he was wrong about everything before. Maybe there was a light at the end of the tunnel; you just had to look really hard for it and wait till the worst was over.
Matt noticed what Andrew was really looking for. "They're in the back. She looks like you guys, too. She looks like Mel, but she has your eyes. I sighed in relief."
Andrew playfully punched his cousin in the shoulder before slowly making his way to Mel's room. Mel was sleeping soundly on the bed, a small, squiggling form next to her. Andrew walked over to the bed and stared down at the baby. Carefully, he scooped her up in his arms, and was surprised that Matt was right. His blue eyes were perfectly copied into her face.
The baby let out a tiny hiccup, and Andrew smiled. She smiled a tiny smile back at him, and he couldn't believe that he could love someone almost instantly. He couldn't think of ever harming or letting anyone else hurt his baby.
Andrew sat down on the bed, and Mel shifted. She cracked an eye and gasped when she realized that Andrew was there, holding their baby. She let out a squeal and hugged him the best she could without hurting Karen.
Happy tears streamed down her face, and she gave him a quick, desperate kiss before resting her head on his shoulder. "I named her Karen. Karen Loretta Detmer," she spoke after some time.
"After my mom?" Andrew asked, glancing at her.
She nodded. "What else was I going to name her? Plus, considering right after that, you guys starting attacking the facility, I didn't have that much time to think of something else."
"Karen. I like it. And…thank you, Mel."
"What for?" she asked, curious.
Andrew looked down at Karen, who had tightly wrapped her fingers around his index finger. "For giving me a family."
AN: Please Review! The next chapter will be the Epilogue!