"Good morning Katherine, I hope you got some sleep."
"I would have, if it wasn't for the knife in my hand."
"Right. Let me remove that." He said taking the knife out, "Now, how about we pick up where we left off."
"How about we start with a name."
"So, Robert, who are you really? 'Cause you and I both know that you aren't Michaels father."
"And why would you say that?"
"Because his father is dead, and he's running this business not you."
"Don't you catch on fast, but not fast enough." Robert said forcing this knife into my hand once more.
I bit my tongue, keeping me from screaming.
"You know, I really don't need you alive just to get your father to me." He pulled the knife from my thigh and started to trace my face with it, "Barry! What's going on with little Burke?"
"The nurse is waiting for the word." Barry said poking his head out of the door.
"Bring up the security camera from his room, I want her to watch her brother die and she can't do anything about it."
Barry went back into the room, came back with his computer and set it on a chair in front of me. I saw my parents and Austin… He was awake, looks like he just woke up too. Dad was having a hard time looking at him and Mom, she was just happy that he's awake.
"Please, don't hurt him. Kill me instead just leave him alone!"
"Tell her to do it." Robert told Barry.
I watched as the nurse walked into the room, gave some excuse that it was medicine he needed, stuck the needle in the I.V. and left the room. Nothing happened at first but then Austin fell out of the bed, Mom held him in her arms as Dad was checking for a pulse hoping that the monitors were malfunctioning. The computer was closed and a tear started to fall down my face.
"The sad thing is, you'll never be able to see him again."
"Please, that's not the worse I can do."
"I can only imagine. You must be feeling a lot of pain right now-"
"Physically or mentally?"
"Get her into the van. Gag her while you're at it, I can't stand the sound of her mouth right now."
"Where is she?" I could hear Dad say outside of the van.
"How do you know she's even alive."
"Let me see her."
"Barry open up the van."
The back doors of the van opened up, as Robert wanted my mouth was gagged and my hands were zip tied behind my back. While Michael stood behind me, gun pointed at my head.
"Hello again Mr. Burke. How's the wife?"
"Enough let her go."
"No, not yet I still need her, but do her a favor and tell her how she's not your real daughter. Tell her it's true."
"I didn't come here for small talk."
Michael cocked the gun, "Last chance Burke."
"Long story short, your mother was shot and the doctors pulled you out two months early. They didn't think you would live longer than a week, but you proved them wrong. Katherine we planned on telling you it's just-"
"Blah, blah, blah no one cares. At least I don't." Michael interrupted.
I managed to spit out the gag and said, "Two things Michael, I can break out of a zip tie and your guns on safety." I broke the zip tie and maneuvered the gun out of his hand and into mine, also taking the safety off, "Now, let's try this again."
"You forget that I have not only one but two other men with guns aimed at your father."
"Who happens to be an FBI agent, which means you're surrounded." I said as a swat team moved in.
"This isn't the end. I promise you that." Michael said as he pulled out a gun that was tucked under his shirt and took a shot missing me by inches. I shot back, it went through his heart and into the driver seat.
"Looks like I was wrong Robert." I said turning around only to see that my dad was on the ground, "No." I ran towards him dropping the gun by his side and placing pressure against the wound, "Dad?"
"Dad, ambulance is coming. Just… Don't leave me. I need you."
"I'm not going anywhere." He said placing a hand against my face, "I love you sweetheart."
"I love you too."
"Katherine are you okay?"
"Mom I'm fine, I'm okay."
"What happened to your hand?"
"Collateral damage, it'll heal. I just won't be able to write any papers for a while."
Mom pulled me into a hug, "I'm so glad that you're okay, and your father is he?"
"Doc said he's going to be okay. They just got done with the surgery, just waiting for them to clear him into a room." I said staring at the floor.
"I lost everything… My brother, my so-called friend, I almost lost Dad… I even lost a mother I never knew. I just wish this nightmare would end."
"No, you didn't lose everything just the people closest to you. For what it's worth, I think you're going to be a better person."
"Ms. Burke, your father has just been cleared into room 204 and he's asking for you." One of the nurses said.
"Come on, let's go see your Dad."
"Dad it can wait, you need to rest."
"I'll rest when I retire, right now you need to hear the whole story." I pulled a chair closer to the bed and sat down, "You're mother worked with the FBI, she was my partner. She was working undercover trying to figure out how uncut were being smuggled in and out of the country, she had to get close to the suspect, but she got too close. She didn't tell us that she was pregnant we would have pulled her out. So she kept it secret, not even the suspect knew. Until she started showing, we pulled her out and kept her under witness protection, but it didn't stop him from finding her. Your mother was shot in the shoulder…"
"Dad, what happened to him?"
"I walked in to check on her as he shot her. I pulled out my gun and shot him in the back. I slapped cuffs on him and called for backup and an ambulance. The ambulance was several minutes out by the time backup arrived, so I picked her up, put her in my car, and sped to the hospital. She lost a lot of blood, but there was a chance she could have been saved with a price of losing you. She looked me in the eye and had me promise to watch after you. She told me that she was going to end a life that has barely started for a life that she already lived. You were forced out two months early, and you were put into an incubator. You were given a week to live, but you clearly proved them wrong."
"What was her name?"
"Juliet Katherine Sears. She also threatened to kill me if Katherine wasn't in your name."
"And what of my father?"
"For what we could get him on… 15 years of jail time, his name-"
"No, I don't want to know."
"Well then, this has been one hell of a week." Mom said.
"Agreed." Dad and I said.
No, no, and no. The story may have ended but a series has just begun :) Unless if you guys are tired of Katherine and her chaotic life, but I doubt you are. Keep an eye out for The After Affect next week. Also look out for some one-shots, like Game Night for example, will be coming shortly. Thank for tagging along for the ride.