I'm going to be drawing this story to a close, with hopes to continue in a second part. As of now, I want to end this chapter of the story because it seems like no one is reading it anyways.
Five minutes after her arrival, Lavinia went crazy. Getting into a scuffle with both Jim and Leonard, fighting to get back onto the transport pad, Leonard had to turn to drastic measures. She barely made it down the hall before her brother caught up with her, jamming a sedative-laced hypo into her neck. Then, dragging her down the hall to the bedroom, he and Jim tucked her into bed and turned the lights out.
Hours later, Lavinia woke up with a massive headache and confused. The bed felt different to her, the pillows not as comfortable as the one's on Chris' bed. Even the sheets felt weird against her skin, like sandpaper. Blinking, Lavinia looked up at the ceiling and tried to remember what happened. When it finally hit her, she sat up quickly and jumped out of bed. Rushing out the door, she moved quickly down the hallway.
"Hello?!" she shouted. "Is there anyone here? Hello?!"
Taking the stairs, Lavinia moved quickly, nearly missing a few steps as she went. Finally reaching the bottom of the staircase, she took a hard turn to the left and bolted down the hall. Hearing voices, she moved quicker towards them. Skidding to a halt, Lavinia reached out for the doorframe of what was the kitchen.
Heads turned as she stumbled in, almost diving headfirst into a chair.
"Whoa," Jim's eyes were wide. "Where's the fire?" he asked.
Regaining her footing, Lavinia stood up straighter. "Where is he?" she asked, looking around the room. "Where's Chris?"
Before anyone could answer, Lavinia heard voices out in the hallway. Looking out into the hall, she spotted Leonard walking towards the kitchen. Next to him, dressed in clean clothes and barefoot, was Chris. Letting out a gasp, Lavinia quickly ran out and towards them.
Both men were in a deep conversation as she ran towards them. They barely had any time to notice her, before she jumped onto Chris.
"Whoa!" he grabbed her around the waist and she threw her arms and legs around him. "Lavinia? Wh-"
She silenced him with a kiss, wrapping her arms around his neck. He relaxed and wrapped his arms around her tightly, deepening the kiss. After a few minutes, Chris set her down and she stepped back to look at him. Her face then twisted into a scowl and she slapped his arm.
"Ouch!" he yelped. "What was that for?"
"What took you so long?" she asked, as Leonard snickered. "You said you'd be a few seconds!"
Chris continued to rub his arm, "Jesus Lavinia," he grumbled. "I had to run a virus through the computer system. Took longer than I anticipated."
She shook her head, "When did you get here?"
"It took an hour to complete," he shrugged. "Once it was complete, I quickly came here. So I guess that was what? Seven hours ago."
"SEVEN HOURS!" she shouted, turning to look at her brother. "WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME!?"
Leonard snorted, "I, my darling sister, sedated you," giving her a smug smile. "You wouldn't sit tight for anything."
Lavinia glared at him, "You're an uncivilized animal with those things," she snapped.
Chris took her by the hand, "Let's get you some food and we'll go upstairs to talk."
Twenty minutes later, both were upstairs in their new room, sitting at the table on the deck.
"I thought the worst," she said, shaking her head. "I was going to come back to get you."
Chris reached across the table for her hand, which she gladly held out. "I told you I was coming, Vin," he nodded. "I'm sorry for scaring you."
She nodded, "I know," she looked out at the horizon.
He squeezed her hand, "I love you."
Looking back at him, she gave him a small smile in return. "I love you, too."
Moving to the wicker bench near the wall, Lavinia curled up against his side, as they watched the sun set over the ocean.
"Where are we?" she asked.
"A little place called Bunker Bay," he kissed the top of her head. "We're in Australia."
Lavinia gave a content sigh, "I've never been here before."
"Tomorrow we'll go explore the grounds," he rubbed her shoulder. "Close your eyes and relax, Vin. I'll be right here when you wake up."
They next morning, they woke up late. Taking their time with getting ready, Chris and Lavinia strolled into the kitchen for a late breakfast. Jim and Leonard had gone out at the crack of dawn, heading into town to stock up on food and other necessities.
"Look who decided to grace us with their presence," Jim said, as they made their way over to the table. "I guess you two had a good night."
Chris pulled out a chair for Lavinia, "I don't kiss and tell, Jim," she said sitting down. "I smell food."
Leonard snorted, "There's some bacon left over," he nodded to the dish on the stovetop. "Had to fight Scotty away, just to save a decent amount for you two."
As Chris whipped up some scrambled eggs, Leonard brought a carton of juice over to the table and a few glasses.
"So, what are you doing today?" he asked, sitting down across from her.
"Explore," she smiled. "I've never been to Australia."
Jim rolled his eyes, "I plan on taking a nice dip in the ocean and a long nap," he sat back in the chair.
Chris came over with two plates, setting one down in front of Lavinia. "Eat up," he said, taking a seat next to her.
Grabbing her fork, Lavinia dug in, grateful for the hot meal. "Who owns this place?" she asked, picking up her juice.
"Christine knows a few people," Leonard shrugged. "I don't know, I don't get involved with her past."
She nodded, "She's still coming right? The end of the week?"
Leonard shrugged, "I hope so," he sighed. "She risked a lot to bring that information to us, getting us out of there before the raid.
"And we will remind her how thankful we are," Chris said, sitting back in his chair. "I can only imagine Barnett and Archer's faces when they busted into that place and we were all gone."
Jim snorted, "I hope they shit themselves," he shook his head. "Bastards."
"Well," Lavinia set her fork down. "I'll put her room together later tonight, unless she's staying with you of course," she looked at Leonard.
He nodded, "I wouldn't mind if you cleaned our room, though," he grinned. "Isn't that what little sisters are supposed to do?"
"Darling," she stood up slowly, picking up her empty dish. "If I can remember correctly, and forgive me.. my memory is a bit hazy. But I'm nineteen years older than you."
Leonard rolled his eyes, "So? That was like a hundred and thirty-two years ago!"
Jim and Chris snickered at his scowl, "Still, "Lavinia smiled sweetly at him. "You're my little brother, who I adore oh so much."
Taking Chris's plate, Lavinia carried the dirty dishes to the sink and started for the door. "I'll be in our room, getting ready for our walk."
Chris nodded as she stepped out into the hallway, before turning to Leonard. "So, little brother," he grinned, as the doctor cursed. "I do hope you answer your older siblings demands."
"Dammit Chris," he snapped. "It's not funny."
Jim snorted, "Yes it is, Bones. Owned by a high society girl," he shook his head. "Never thought I'd see the day."
After a long walk through the grounds, Chris and Lavinia returned in the late afternoon hours. Both were tired and overheated, after walking through the fields in the bright, hot sunshine.
"Well, I guess my body temperature problem has been solved," she huffed, pushing a damp strand of hair away from her face. "It's really hot here."
They took the stone steps up towards the house, which was lit up with every light inside. The faint sound of music from inside wafted out through the open French doors from the kitchen.
"Maybe coming here was a good thing," he said, as she shifted the small bouquet of wildflowers from one hand to the other. "Now we can sleep with the windows open."
She snorted, "That was your main concern?" she asked, looking at him with her eyebrows raised. "Sleeping with the windows open?"
Chris wrapped his arm around her shoulders, "You know what I mean."
Lavinia giggled, "I know," she hooked her arm around his waist. "I had fun today."
"Me too," he smiled. "Come on, let's get cleaned up and see what these hooligans are up to."
They moved quickly through the open lounge area that was settled on the patio, a small fire burning in the fire pit.
"I guess we're late for the party," Chris said with a frown. "Let's hope they left us some food."
Stepping through the backdoor, Chris stopped suddenly in his steps, which in return caused Lavinia to bump into him.
"Whoa," she gasped, righting herself. "What's wrong?" she asked, looking up at him.
She then turned and spotted her brother and friends standing quietly around the island in the middle of the kitchen. Leonard sat on a stool, hunched over the counter.
"Len? What's wrong?" she asked, moving towards him.
"Yeh need to see this," Scotty said, grabbing the remote off the counter.
Turning the television on, Chris and Lavinia turned their attention to the screen as a news reporter came on.
"Now, turning to our co-anchors in the United States; Early Wednesday morning, the body of a Starfleet scientist was found inside her home. Christine Elizabeth Chapel, aged 29, was found in her bedroom by a co-worker. When she had failed to show up for work at Starfleet headquarters, the co-worker grew worried and went to check upon Miss Chapel. As most viewers know, Chapel was the same scientific team with Doctor Christopher Pike, who with a small group of scientists, went into hiding after plotting to sell information to Narada Incorporated eight years ago. No word yet if the disappearance of Doctor Pike and his crew and the murder of Miss Chapel are related. The head of Starfleet, Doctor Richard Barnett, will hold a press conference Friday morning. Since then, he has released a statement on behalf of Starfleet and Miss Chapel's family."
The screen flashed to a stream of text, alerting the "devastating loss" of one of Starfleet's best. That they wish for all the best to Christine's family, insisting that they would do all that they could to help them and Christine's co-workers.
"Oh my god," Lavinia said quietly, covering her mouth. "No."
"Len.." Chris started, before he shot out of the chair.
They watched as he stormed out of the kitchen, leaving them all in stunned silence. Scotty turned the television off and took a seat at the counter, as did Pavel and Hikaru.
"She was killed, "Lavinia said, looking up at them. "They found out that she told us and killed her."
Jim held up his hand, "We don't know that.." he said weakly.
"We don't?" she asked. "Jim, that is the same man who planned a raid to capture and kill all of you! Don't tell me he isn't capable of killing Christine! He found out and had her taken care of!"
Chris placed his hand on her back, which silenced her. "She should've came with us," she whispered. "Oh god, Len.."
"What do we do now?" Hikaru asked, as Pavel quietly cried next to him.
Chris closed his eyes for a moment, as Lavinia cried at his side. He then opened them and turned to look at the remains of his crew; his scientists that risked their lives to come with him. His family.
"We get to work," he said, as he took Lavinia's hand into his. "We get to work and we don't stop until we find the right information to tear that company down.
Scotty nodded, "Aye," he agreed.
"I'm in," Jim nodded.
"Me too," Pavel sniffled, as Hikaru nodded in agreement.
Chris looked down at Lavinia, who nodded slowly. "I don't want to lose anyone else," she said. "I'm in."
"I know McCoy will want revenge," Jim said.
"Rightfully so," Hikaru agreed.
Chris nodded, "If it's a war Barnett wants," he took the bouquet of wildflowers from Lavinia, looking down at the purple and pink flowers. He then looked up at the men and the lovely woman at his side. "Then he shall have it."