Author's Note: Hey guys, I'm sorry that I haven't updated in awhile, so I am making it up to you with a little bit of a longer chapter, not much longer, but a little. I hope that you like it, but I really only know if you review and tell me! ;) I also had a question for all of you. Do you guys know of any sites that are free and similar to , but that you can post all kinds of stories, not just fanfictions because I have some ideas for stories that I want to write that do not include the characters on any TV show. Would you guys read some of my stories if they were on a different site as well? If you know of any sites or anything please include them in a review or a PM. Thanks guys and as always, please review and tell me what you would like to see, if you liked it, and anything else.
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The next morning, Brooke woke up feeling refreshed. She looked over at her iPhone, charging on her night table next to her. 10:47 am.
She got up and put on a sports bra and walked out of her room. She walked down the grand staircase, which Brooke loved because it was a double staircase that was curved. She had seen it in a couple movies and had always wanted one in her house. She had always thought that she would have it when she was an adult, but she was happy that she didn't have to wait that long.
She walked into the kitchen to find Arthur sitting at the kitchen counter, with the newspaper opened wide covering his face.
He heard her walk in and he moved the newspaper, "Good morning, sweetheart," he said.
"Good morning," Brooke answered, "What do you have for breakfast?"
"Well, you really don't want me to cook for you, so I thought that we could go out for breakfast. How does that sound?"
"Great, thank you, I'll go get dressed."
Brooke ran back upstairs. She looked on her new MacBook to see what the weather was like, 68° and sunny. She decided to wear a cute Hollister shirt with some black jeans and tall black boots that had a heal. She brushed her teeth and wet her hair to reactivate the products that she had put in her hair last night when she got out of the shower.
She grabbed her iPhone and walked downstairs.
"You ready to go?" Arthur asked.
"Yup," Brooke said as she grabbed her jacket out of the hall closet. They walked outside and got into Arthur's car and drove off.
"Where are we going?" Brooke asked.
"It's a surprise," Arthur said.
Brooke sat silently for a few minutes before she clicked on the radio. She turned the station to XM channel 2, the hits.
They pulled into a parking lot. Brooke looked out. Arthur took the keys out of the car and they both got out.
Brooke looked a little confused. It looked like it was just a normal restaurant, like a diner.
Arthur saw her confused face and said, "The food here is really good, and there is a story that goes with it."
Brooke smiled and walked in with Arthur.
"Ahh, Mr. Campbell, we haven't seen you in ages. How's the girlfriend?" He whispered the last part, like he knew that Arthur was cheating. Brooke smiled.
"Nice to see you too, Mr. Anthony. She's good." Arthur said holding up his hand, showing his wedding band.
"Ahh, I knew that you two were meant for each other." Arthur explained. "Just the two of you?"
"Yup," Arthur said.
"This must be your daughter." Mr. Anthony said.
Arthur looked at Brooke and smiled. Brooke walked over to Arthur and gave him a hug. He hugged her back and put his arm around her shoulder as they walked to the table.
They sat down and Mr. Anthony gave them the menus. When he walked away, Brooke said, "Now I am really curious about that story." As she opened the menu.
"Why don't you decide what you want and then I will tel you the story."
"Okay." Brooke said with a smirk as she flipped the page.
"How are the chocolate chip pancakes?" Brooke asked.
"They are amazing. Joan used to always order them, but only after we were dating for awhile. She didn't want me to think that she ate 'fat' or something. I don't know, women are crazy," he said as he laughed.
"Hey!" Brooke said laughing.
The waitress came over and said, "Hello, Mr. Campbell, would you like some coffee?"
"Yes please. What would you like, honey?" Arthur asked Brooke.
"Umm, I'll just have some water please."
"I'll get that and be right back."
She brought over the coffee pot and poured Arthur a mug. She sat down the water with a straw in front of Brooke.
"Do you guys know what you want yet?"
"I think so." Arthur said looking at Brooke she nodded. Arthur motioned his hand telling Brooke to order first.
"I'll have the chocolate chip pancakes please."
"Of course, and you Mr. Campbell?"
"Uh, I'll have an omelet with bacon, ham, green peppers, and mushrooms. Oh and please make the potatoes well done."
"Will do. I'll put that right in for you."
The waitress walked away. "Will you tell me the story now?" Brooke asked eager to know.
"Okay." Arthur said, unsure of how to start, "Joan and I used to come here when we were first dating."
"Okay, but why would you come all the way out here?"
"Good question," he paused unsure of how to answer, "I, uh, I was cheating on my wife." Brooke didn't really react. This surprised Arthur, but he continued, "We used to come here so that we didn't run into anybody that we knew."
Brooke looked at Arthur and said, "That's cute for you too, but what about your wife? How did you too meet?"
"Uh, she had just transferred into my unit and was walking in on her first day. She was told to report to my office as I like to meet all of my new operatives." Arthur said ignoring Brooke's question about his now ex-wife.
"Okay, so what happened next?" Brooke asked.
"She knocked on my office door. I told her to come in and she did. I was looking down at a binder, reading some notes from a case that was just completed. When I looked up, her beauty stunned me. She was wearing a black skirt and a blouse, nothing special and her hair was pulled up with her bangs hanging out. She was dressed for work and I didn't know why I was so attracted to her. She said hello and shook my hand. I then snapped out of my little stare down. I was so shocked, I still am. The people at the farm had told me that she was amazing at what she does, but I didn't know how beautiful she would be."
"Awwwwww. That's soo cute! So was it love at first sight?" Brooke asked.
"It was for me. I don't know if she felt the same way at first." Arthur answered.
The food came. They started eating and Brooke asked again, "So what happened to your first wife?" she paused, "She was your first wife, correct?"
Arthur laughed, "Yes. She was my first wife. Her name is Gina. I told her once Joan and I got serious. She was mad, expectedly, but we weren't happy before. So, it wasn't like I was ruining a happy marriage to be with Joann, which I still would have done. Gina and I weren't in love anymore and we were heading into a divorce." Arthur explained.
"Okay," Brooke said. Arthur was surprised, he seemed happy with his answer, so he dropped it.
His phone rang. "Hello." He answered.
"Joan, calm down, talk slower," he paused, listening to her, "Okay, I'll be right there. Brooke is coming with me." He hung up. They had just finished eating and had paid.
"Is everything okay?" Brooke asked.
"It will be, I'll explain in the car, come on, let's go."
Brooke got up and walked quickly to the car, waving to Mr. Anthony as she left.
When they got into the car, Arthur said, "Joan was covering for me today and something has come up that she needs my help with. So, I have to go into Langley. You are going to come with me, is that okay?"
"Of course," Brooke responded. Arthur smiled. He knew that Joan secretly always wanted a child. She never actually said this because she needed to be emotionless, strong, and even cold sometimes at work in order to compete with a mainly male workplace. Arthur was glad that they now had Brooke, who would soon be their child. He loved Brooke and he knew Joan did too. He was happy that she would soon be theirs.
They pulled up to the gate at Langley. The guard knew Arthur and his car, but stopped him because of Brooke.
"Hello Carter." Arthur said rolling to a stop.
"Hi Mr. Campbell. I see you have a guest today."
"Yes, this is Brooke. She will be coming in with me today."
"Alright Mr. Campbell." Carter said pressing the button to open the gate. "Have a nice day."
"Thank you, you too." Arthur said, slowly driving through.
The parked in a spot that said, "Reserved."
Brooke looked confused. "Why doesn't it say DCS on your parking spot like in movies?"
"It says reserved so that nobody else will park here, but they don't want you to know exactly where the DCS's parking spot is, or anybody else in particular for that matter, just in case you slip something in here. This way it is less of a risk of a direct threat, at least on their car."
"Oh, okay, that makes sense." Brooke said, following Arthur in. They stopped by a desk and Arthur said, "Hello George."
"Hello, Mr. Campbell." He said to Arthur. "Hello Miss." He said to Brooke. "I assume that you need a visitor's pass for this young lady here."
Arthur nodded and said thank you as George handed Brooke the pass. She clipped it onto her shirt and followed Arthur.
"What's wrong?" Arthur asked Joan as he walked into the DPD. Brooke walked closely behind Arthur who was walking towards Joan.
"Hello Arthur. Hi Brooke." She smiled as she gave Brooke a hug. She could feel the stares coming from the people around them watching the cold, ice queen hug a child. Joan sounded calm, in control, not like she did on the phone when she was clearly alone and nobody else could hear the tone in her voice.
"Meet me in the conference room. I'm going to walk Brooke to my office and I will meet you in there." Joan said to Arthur.
"Okay." Arthur said, heading to the conference room.
"Let's go to my office," Joan said to Brooke.
They both walked into Joan's office. "You can sit on the couch and watch some TV." Joan said handing Brooke the remote and pointing to the TV on the wall. Joan mainly only used it to video chat with the governments of foreign countries, but it was hooked up to cable. "It will only be a few minutes."
"Okay." Brooke said. Joan smiled at her as she walked out of her office, shutting the door.
Brooke watched TV for a few minutes and then got bored. There was nothing good on in the middle of the day on a Tuesday.
She walked over to Joan's computer. Locked. Brooke started typing away.
Joan had just finished filling Arthur in on the events of the day, the big crisis. She was walking back to her office. She opened her door to find Brooke sitting at her computer. "What are you doing?" Joan asked Brooke. Joan began to get really nervous. What if Brooke was working for the Chinese Government and was getting Intel off of her computer. She knew that it was a little too easy for them to escape.
"Oh, I got bored, so I decided to go on your computer." She paused, "I hope that's okay." She looked at Joan. Joan could see the truth in her eyes. Joan had that special talent, she could always tell when people were lying and when they were telling the truth and she knew that Brooke was telling the truth.
Joan looked at her computer screen. Brooke was playing the game "Run." "How did you get onto my computer? I locked it."
"Oh," Brooke paused, "I may have used the backdoor to get in." Brooke said in her best 'innocent' voice.
Joan wasn't even mad. She didn't know why. If anybody else had done that, she would have gone ballistic, but she just couldn't be mad at Brooke.
Joan smiled at her, "Where did you learn how to do that?"
"Its one of the only useful things that Steven taught me." She said, referring to her biological father by the first name.
Joan smiled, "Well, in that case, you are going to get along very well with somebody. Come on."
Brooke followed her out of her office, down to where Auggie's office is.
"Joan-. And a newbie?" Auggie said.
"Auggie, I would like you to meet Brooke." Joan said.
Brooke looked at Joan in confusion. She felt as though Auggie was looking through her not at her. Joan lifted her hand and pointed to her own eyes. She mouthed the words, "He's blind," to her.
Brooke nodded and Auggie said, "Yes that is correct."
"What?" Brooke said.
"Joan is right, I am blind." Auggie responded.
"Whoa! How did you know what she said?" Brooke asked.
"Well, I could tell by the long silent pause, but what really gave it away is that I could hear her saying it. She thinks that she mouthed it, but it is only natural to actually say it softly to be sure that your letters come out clear."
"Oh, cool. But how did you know that it was Joan and I when we walked in?"
"When I became blind, I developed a keen sense of hearing. I could tell by the sound that her shoes make and by her necklace. I knew that I had never heard your foot pattern before, so I assumed it was a new recruit."
"That's awesome." Brooke responded.
"What's even more impressive is that Brooke just hacked into my computer while I was out of my office for 10 minutes." Joan cut in.
"That's incredible." Auggie turned to his computer and typed a little. He then moved his finger over the brail before saying, "And you did it without hitting any security marks. That's impressive."
Brooke smiled, "Thank you."
"Where did you learn to do that?" Auggie asked.
"Her father was Steven Langston." Joan said.
"Like the Steven Langston? The mastermind of hacking and computer software for the CIA? That guy's a legend."
Brooke nodded, "Yea, before he betrayed his country."
Joan turned to Brooke and said, "Its okay. You are with Arthur and I, you have nothing to do with them anymore." She pulled Brooke into a tight hug.
"I have to go back to work, but I'm sure that Auggie would like some company in here." Joan said.
"From a Langston, especially one that clearly loves her country, of course, any time." Auggie replied.
Brooke smiled. "Do you want to stay here?" Joan asked.
"Yea, sure." Brooke responded.
Joan walked out. "So what else has Steven taught you?" Auggie asked.
"Umm, how to hack into any computer regardless of how encrypted it is, how to trace phones, hack into computer software and hard drives locally and remotely. Uhh, and some other stuff too."
"Sounds cool. Do you want to help me?" Auggie asked.
"Sure, what do you need?"
"I have been trying to access the hard drive of this potential threat all day. It has ten levels of encryption with twenty steps on each. I have just made it past the first step on the first level and it has taken me all day. Do you want to take a crack on it?"
"Uh yea!" Brooke said excitedly.
"Hold up. You have to be extremely careful. You cannot leave any traces." Auggie warned.
"I know." Brooke said smiling.
Auggie got up and wheeled over another chair. He let Brooke sit down in his chair and she started to type.
Auggie and Brooke said little for about forty-five minutes. "And I'm in." Brooke said.
"Are you kidding me?" Auggie said. He ran his finger along the brail. Sure enough she had hacked and traced his phone, allowing them to see every detail and it was untraceable. "You are a genius!" Auggie said as Annie walked in.
The smile slid right off of Brooke's face. "Annie, this girl is a genius! She just hacked a huge encryption in forty-five minutes. It took me all day to get through even a little part!"
"That's amazing. Good job Brooke." Annie said.
"Thanks." Brooke said softly.
"Brooke, can I talk to you for a minute?" Annie asked.
"Sure." Brooke said, following Annie out of Auggie's office. She didn't know why she was holding such a grudge on Annie. She usually forgave people really quickly, well, except her parents. She then figured it out, she was quick to forgive and forget most things, but not things that caused all of her trust to vanish completely. What her parents and what Annie did, they were both two huge things that Brooke could never really forget.
Joan saw the two of them walking, "Hey, where are you two going?"
"To talk," Annie said.
Joan looked at her funny, "Brooke can I talk to you for a minute first please?"
"Of course." Brooke said relieved.
Brooke walked into Joan's office. "What is up?" Joan asked.
"Annie wants to talk to me about why I haven't forgiven her. She just did something that I don't think I will ever be able to forgive. She left me in China, knowing what they would do to me." Brooke said, tears forming in her eyes.
Joan sat her down on the couch and Joan sat down next to her. "Sweetie, there is something about all of this that I have to tell you." Joan said. Brooke nodded so Joan told her the whole story, everything, Simon, Lena, Russia, the jail, everything.
"So, Annie was like me? Her boss, like my parents betraying her, putting her in danger."
"Kind of." Joan said, "Only Lena wanted Annie dead. Annie was too good of an operative and would have eventually blown Lena's cover. Your parents love you. An interrogator told me that they have been asking nonstop for you and about you and where you are and if you are safe since they were brought back here. Annie even told me that they begged her to wait to find you before they left China. They said that they would tell Annie everything if they waited, but Lena told Annie to come home, that it was too big of a risk to stay in China any longer. Annie listened to her boss, she had to."
Brooke nodded and now the tears were flowing free from her eyes. Joan squeezed her tightly and rocked back and forth. "It's okay, you are with Arthur and I now and I promise that everything will be okay."
"I still don't forgive them, and I feel bad for not forgiving Annie. I'm sorry."
"Don't be sorry, just tell her that you forgive her and I will tell her that I told you the story. And you don't have to forgive your parents. It doesn't matter; they will never be with them again. They will be in federal prison without parole for the rest of their lives. They already even had their trial."
Hearing Joan say her parents made her cringe. She wanted Joan and Arthur to be her parents. Brooke started to cry. "Why are you crying?" Joan asked, "There is nothing to cry about. I am here. Why are you crying?"
Brooke didn't know what to say, "I'm embarrassed to say."
"Sweetie, there is no reason to be embarrassed at all. You can tell me or ask me anything."
"W-when are you and Arthur going to be my parents?"
Joan smiled, "I was going to talk to Arthur and you about this at the same time tonight, but I will tell you now. I talked to the adoption people and Child Services today and they both said that Arthur and I have passed the background checks, which we knew we would because it's all covered up by CIA profiling, actually, only mine is because the DCS is a public figure. Anyway, so we passed the background checks and now we have to have a meeting in court, followed by three unexpected visits to the house. At that last visit, we will set up another court date, this time to sign all of the forms. Then you will be legally ours. I know that that sounds like a long process, but it will only take about three months."
Brooke looked upset, "I know that three months sounds long too, but we don't need a piece of paper telling us that we are your parents, okay." Joan explained.
"So, I can call you mom and dad now?" Brooke asked.
Joan smiled, "If you want. You can call us whatever you want."
"I like mom and dad. It makes it real." Brooke smiled. Joan smiled.
They stood up. "I love you mom." Brooke said.
Joan got the chills and for the first time, could feel tears stinging the back of her eyes.
"I love you too, baby." Joan said, hugging Brooke tightly.
"I'm going to talk to Annie and go up to dad. Is that okay?" Brooke asked.
"Whatever you want." Joan smiled. She hadn't been this happy in a long time. She loved Brooke and was so happy that Brooke thought of her as a real mom and not just like a temporary home, or even a permanent one.
Brooke saw Annie and went up to her, "I'm sorry. I should have forgiven you before." She said, giving Annie a hug.
Annie hugged back and said, "It's okay." Brooke smiled and walked to the elevator and got in. Annie was confused. She went to Joan who was walking back from Auggie's office and asked, "What changed her mind? What did you tell her?"
"The truth." Joan said before walking back into her office and shutting the door.
Brooke knew what floor Arthur's office was on, but he didn't know the number, so she got off on the floor and walked around before seeing a desk that clearly was a secretary's desk outside of a room labeled "Director of Clandestine Services." That was Arthur.
"Are you Brooke?" the secretary asked.
"Yes, you must be Midge." Brooke responded.
"Yes I am."
"Thank you so much for picking out all of the clothes and movies and stuff, I love them."
"I'm glad that you did."
"Is he busy?" Brooke asked.
"He is not in a meeting, but I am sure that he is busy. Go ahead, knock on the door, from the way that he talks about you, he surly won't mind if you come in."
Brooke smiled and knocked on the door. "Come in." she heard Arthur say.
Brooke walked in and shut the door.
"Brooke, how has your day been?"
"Nice, I met Auggie and I helped him do some stuff."
"I heard that you hacked into Joan's computer." Arthur said. He wasn't mad, more of impressed, "and Auggie called me. You didn't just help him do some stuff, you saved him a week's worth of hacking and apparently you did amazing, getting through many levels of hard core encryptions, that's amazing!"
"Thanks dad." Brooke said giving Arthur a hug. She was afraid to let go because she didn't know how Arthur would react.
When she finally did, he was smiling, "I was waiting for you to call me dad. Have you called Joan mom yet?"
"I just did right before I came upstairs."
Arthur smiled, "I am proud to call you my daughter Brooke on so many levels."
"Thanks dad." Brooke said.
AN: I really hope that you guys liked this one. It was way more than a little more than usual, it is almost double what I usually write in a chapter. I just couldn't find a good place to stop, so I just kept writing until I got here. I was thinking about cutting it in half and posting the other half sometime this week, but I think that I owe it to you and I also didn't know where to cut it off, so I just left it whole. On a different note, I know that an adoption takes a long time to finalize, but I wanted to jump start their father-daughter and mother-daughter relationships and this was the only way I knew how to without it seeming really unrealistic. Again, I really hope that you liked it and please review and tell me what you liked, maybe what you didn't like, and some ideas for where to go with this now.