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Harry closed his eyes as he realised he was going to have to tell Ruth everything. He knew from the look in her eyes their future depended on it. Sighing heavily he slumped back in the armchair next to the fire.
"I mean it Harry."
"I know." He paused. "I know." Ruth placed Gracie in her pushchair as the baby slept on. Once she was settled he turned to face her.
"Harry. Why was Patrick O'Shaunessey following Beth? What does she have to do with anything?"
"Nothing. None of this is to do with Beth." Harry assured her. "Or Ros, Zoe, or any of the others. Or you." He held her gaze as he spoke. "And you are right. I haven't told you all of it. The sad, sorry affair is something I am not proud of."
"You told me that. But from what I can see you did nothing that Lucas or Adam or any of the others would not have done. It was Ireland, in the 1970s. Next door neighbours were wary of each other, never mind any outsiders. The British Army were not exactly welcome by alot of people. I can only imagine what they would do to an undercover MI5 officer."
"Ruth, I only wish you weren't able to imagine."
"Talk to me. If I am to analyse anything I have to know what I am looking for. Beth has been followed. A man in the cells attacked Henry and claims he is the man that killed Danny. Towers thinks all this dates back to 77."
"Juliet and I were taken hostage by a man calling himself O Shaughnessy." Harry began as he looked away. The baby slept on peacefully but he knew neither him nor Ruth would be getting any sleep for the rest of the night.
"Because we uncovered a plot to get arms from Iraq to Ireland. And he found out about it. Jesus, Ruth I have never heard a woman scream the way Juliet did then. She was only a girl, not much older than Tariq is now. I never asked her what happened and I never read her report. I know Henry did, but nothing was ever mentioned. All I knew was from then on we were paired together. Apparently we had a knack of watching each others backs."
"I bet." Ruth looked away. "Harry, we have O'Shaunessey in London. In a cell. What the Hell are you planning to go to Ireland for? Why the Hell were you saying goodbye to our daughter?"
"I have to stop this. If Patrick is on the mainland and this Ahmed is working with him it is only a matter of time before they come after anyone associated with Operation Fracture. And that means you and in turn the kids and I can't have that."
"Harry, who is Patrick's uncle?"
"Liam. Liam O'Shaunessey."
"Oh my God." Ruth closed her eyes as she let the information sink in. She felt sick to her stomach as she processed everythign Harry was now telling her. It seemed surreal that a man from Harry's past was threatening the team now.
"Malcolm." Ruth stated as she almost ran through the Pods the following morning. "Do you know anything about Liam O'Shaunessey?"
"Who?" Ros was at her side in seconds. "Where's Harry?"
"He's not been here?"
"No." Ros narrowed her eyes.
"Bloody Hell." Ruth shook her head angrily. "He promised me. He promised."
"Ruth, anytime in the next twenty seconds you want to start making sense is fine with me." Ros watched as Adam smirked.
"Harry has gone after Liam O'Shaunessey alone?" Malcolm shook his head as Ruth nodded her head once. Every cell in her body radiated anger and fear. "Surely, he wouldn't be so foolhardy."
"Oh come on Malcolm, this is Harry we're talking about." Adam smiled.
"Exactly." Ruth huffed.
"In 1977 O Shaughnessy broke off from the regular extremist outfits over there. Big fall out with one of the bigwigs." Malcolm started. "He went freelance. Which made him one of the most dangerous men in the country. He also had a good business brain and managed to procure arms from an Iraqi arms dealer." Harry stated as he walked through the Pods. "No Ruth, I have not gone after him on my own. I have been to speak with Juliet. Everyone, Briefing Room. Now." He marched towards the room as the rest of the team began following. He turned to catch Ruth's eye and smiled slightly as she looked at him apologetically. He knew she was still angry with him but at least now she knew the truth they stood a chance of working through it.
Ros stood in the doorway of the Briefing Room watching the rest of the team settle. Harry took his place at the head of the table. Ruth was visibly still tense and she had a feeling something was about to happen but she had no idea what. Lucas caught Ros' gaze as she narrowed her eyes, Alec tugged his collar while the others all settled down.
"Now." Harry started. "You will now all know the names Patrick and Liam O Shaughnessy. I was lead to believe for the last thirty five years that Liam was dead. I now know that was not the case."
"What does he want?" Zoe asked. "I mean we have been chasing these people and we still don't know what they want."
"Me dead, I presume." Harry answered as a matter of fact. Ruth closed her eyes, knowing he was probably right. "He is a dangerous man, always has been. But sending his nephew to the mainland to attack Henry and to follow Beth seem a little strange."
"Unless." Dimitri turned towards the rest of the team.
"Go on, Mr Levandis."
Dimitri glanced at the desk for a moment as he felt the eyes of the more senior spooks on him. Beth nodded for him to continue.
"Unless, he knew exactly what would happen if he followed Beth. Harry, from what you say his uncle is dangerous and clever. What's to say that his nephew isn't simply after revenge? The attack on Henry could just be his way of reminding us of his uncle and the link to Harry."
"What about the man already arrested for his attack?" Zoe asked. "The Met have a man in the cells remember?"
"Yes well." Harry spoke. "Erin, you and Alec go to Scotland Yard. Interview him and see what the Hell he is playing at. His brother abducted two of my officers and murdered one of them."
"Harry, I'll go." Adam started.
"No." Harry raised a hand. "No, Adam you are not going anywhere near Scotland Yard. You and I are going to talk to Patrick. Find out how Uncle Liam is these days. Ruth, find out anything and everything you can about O'Shaunessey and his friends. The group that Zaid Sharief thinks he is now in control of should have been disbanded when we raided the Manor House. Calum?"
"I'll see what I can find out."
"Good." Harry got to his feet, effectively ending the briefing. Zaf and Ros glanced at each other, knowing that there was still more to the operation than they were being told. Lucas got to his feet at the same time as Tariq and ushered him out of the room. Ruth remained seated, staring at the notes she had made while the others had been talking. Harry crossed the room to her, glad that Lucas had closed the door on the way out.
"I promised you." He touched her hand as she closed her eyes.
"I was with Juliet."
"Why doesn't that make me feel any better?" Ruth opened her eyes and faced him. "Harry, I am sorry I doubted you. But when you weren't there when I woke up."
"It doesn't matter. I didn't want to wake you and the kids." He saw her smiled briefly. They had done it, they were together with a family of their own. He could still hardly believe it himself. "But the hospital called me when Juliet arrived. Apparently she has never got around to having her emergency contacts changed. Alec wasn't even on the list."
"Things between them?"
"I have no idea. I didn't ask. " Harry inwardly shuddered at the thought of his ex flame with another man. Even Alec. "But she was followed from the clinic yesterday. She still has physio on a Monday. Then when Alec was out last night she was beaten up."
"Oh my God. Does Alec know?"
"No, not yet. I'll speak to him in a moment." Harry looked away. "She's battered and bruised. But she wasn't knocked out and she knows who did it."
"Well, that's good."
"Yes." Harry agreed. "In one way it is. But if she is right, then Beth got off lightly."
Ros stalked towards her workstation as the others prepared to leave. She knew the operation which had resulted in Danny's death had happened before her time in Section D and Operation Fracture had happened when she was just a child but she couldn't shake the feeling that there was something more. Lucas touched her hand as Harry called Alec into his office. There was something wrong, she could feel it in her bones.
"This came." She handed him the letter in her hand.
"A date for Harrison's trial." Lucas read the official letter. "Ros."
"How can I testify? When I don't really remember?" Ros lowered her voice as Lucas handed her the letter back.
"You can do this." He watched as she nodded once. "You aren't on your own. Ruth will have had a letter too and I bet mine is in that pile on my desk. Even if it isn't, you aren't alone with this."
"I know." Ros kept her voice low while Lucas touched her hand. Around them the sounds of everyone else getting ready for an active op began to fill the Grid. Adam and Zaf sat in the corner looking at paperwork while Zoe and Erin talked with Beth and Tariq. Seconds later Alec marched out of the Grid as Harry stood in the doorway of his office. Ros turned to face Harry.
"Ros. With me." Harry barked before stepping past her towards the Pods. Lucas shook his head; for a moment he felt sorry for anyone who crossed Harry and Ros.
A/N More soon x