Two Hours Ago
Naomi wiped her eyes with her sleeve and took a breath, "And you know Joseph goes on and on about how we're supposed to trust each other and he doesn't tell me about this. I mean, this isn't…it isn't 'I'm not telling you I ate the last cookie' lie, this is big. These are big things for him to keep from me. And I…I know that I don't handle very well with these big revelations but that's no excuse to keep something like this from me. I kind of need to know this, how does staying in the dark help me? It's like in the movies when the girlfriend or the hero doesn't tell their significant other about what's going on because knowing will somehow make the villain come after them. But if you think about it…the villain doesn't care. If he knows about them he's going to come after them anyway, despite what they know or don't know."
"I quite frankly never understood that either," David said.
"If I'm going to do this…if I'm going to stop Bernard Harving…if I'm going to save mom then I need to know what's going on. If I don't know the full picture then I'm more vulnerable and that's dangerous for everyone."
"Alright," David said calmly, "Did you tell your brother that before you stormed off?"
"Every time I try to tell him something like that he ignores me. He thinks he knows better because he's in this world longer. As childish as that sounds, Joseph is going to do whatever he wants."
"So then I suppose the question is what are you going to do about it? Are you going to tell the others that he and Starkson were bartering for you?"
Naomi sighed, "I don't know. Not now. Not now, we have to be heading back."
"If you don't want them to be vulnerable then they're going to have to know too."
"Yeah," she wiped her eyes with her sleeve and rubbed her temples, "Yeah, I know."
David started the car just as Naomi's phone rang next to her. She answered it, "Hello?"
"Is this…Naomi Braun?"
"Maybe," Naomi pulled the phone away from her ear to see that the contact was supposed to be Lisa, "Who is this and why do you have this number?"
"My name is Robert Eisley…I'm not sure if we've met."
Naomi sat straighter, a thousand different things played through her mind when she realized who it was. "Why do you have this phone?"
David looked at her, "What's wrong?"
"Listen to me. I saved you from getting apprehended once and I frankly don't care to bring you in. I only have this phone because Lisa's been infected."
"What?!" Naomi demanded and looked at David in a panic.
"Listen to me, I don't need you to panic. I need help and I can't leave here because I'm the only one that Lisa can be around and the only one that she trusts because the friend she brought. So I'm going to talk quickly and I'm going to fill you in on what I know."
Naomi put him on speakerphone and both she and David listened as he told them everything he had gathered about the disease.
When he was done, Naomi hung up, "How is your ability to slow down time?"
"Better than my ability to freeze time."
Naomi drew a shaking breath; she was going to regret this next decision, "We're going to pay a little visit to Starkson."
2 Hours Ago
Jane stared at John Walker as he walked towards her. She didn't know whether to feel relief at his presence or dread because she knew she was going to be hearing his speech about how she shouldn't get involved in the affairs of humans, "How did you know to come here?"
"You'd be surprised how quickly news like this picks up on my channels. Things don't usually stay as confidential as they should," he smirked and extended his arms, "How about a hug little sister? Did you miss me?"
"Until recently? Not so much."
His smile fell, "Well I missed you."
"What are you even doing back here?" she demanded, "I mean I value the face that you're here now but you remember that little incident where you murdered a government official on the docks?"
"Trying to save your life?" he reminded her.
"And now I'm trying to save yours," Jane hissed.
"As long as I stay in the labs then no one is going to know any better. You're walking around here with no mark on you. I should be fine."
"I'm not the one that snapped Graystone's neck," Jane reminded him.
"I'm sorry, can you say that a little louder, Jane? I don't think the entire dock heard you."
They both turned when they heard someone clear their throat.
"I'm sorry to have disturbed your enlightening conversation," Robert Eisley muttered, "Jane I need to talk to you.
She saw the fear in his eyes and stiffened, "What's wrong?"
"We need to talk alone."
She swallowed heavily, she didn't trust him completely but Lisa seemed to.
Her hand automatically went to her gun for security and walked with him to a quiet corner of the room.
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"I want to see her," Jane said as she stormed down the hallway.
"I don't think that's a good idea," Robert told her.
"I've been waiting for two hours. Two hours that she doesn't have."
"You'll distract her."
"She built me, she fixed me, she's the closest thing I'll ever have a mom," Jane hesitated, "Well she fixed the old Jane but I still have those memories."
"Jane," He reached out and lightly grabbed her elbow.
Jane turned, "What?"
"You need to settle down and come with me; we have an investigation to do."
Jane shook her head, "She needs me."
"She needs to focus on her work."
"When the first Jane died she sat in my room every day in a daze because I wasn't there anymore. And I May not be the old Jane that she fixed and came to care about as a daughter but I'm still enough Jane to care about her. I want to see her and make sure she's okay."
"She doesn't want you to watch her die. I need you to prioritize. ."
"I'm not going to let her die being surrounded by strangers and a husband she hasn't seen for twenty years."
"And if you become a carrier then your friends will get sick. Or have you not even considered that yet?"
"Then I'll get as far away from them as possible."
"And leave them with no protection?" he asked
Jane stopped and drew in a shaking breath, "She shouldn't have to die alone."
"And I agree," he moved in front of her, "But you need to think about the consequences of what you're about to do. And besides, she won't be alone, she'll have me. And I know that's not much comfort but…"
"You're not too bad," Jane set her jaw, "Lisa talks about you, you know. She says you abandoned her because you didn't like what the Facility was doing. There's always a lot of bitterness in her voice but I think perhaps its envy. You're an honorable man, you're a good man. And probably one of the most moral people I've ever met in my life although I have to admit that's not saying much."
"Thank you, I suppose."
However that does not mean you've got common sense. If you do not step out of the way I guarantee you that I have no qualms about moving you."
She brushed past him and walked to the observation window that led to the room where Lisa was working.
She was sitting upright but Jane could tell that she was starting to get weak. Her shoulders were starting to sag a little and her back was hunched over.
"She's in the early stages of the infection but she's running out of time very quickly. It'll spread by hour five and she'll be bedridden by hour six she'll be comatose and that'll be it."
Jane felt a tear slide down her face, "Let me in there with her"
"She doesn't want you there."
"You realize that if can't find a cure then we might have to find a way to isolate you from your friends."
"I don't care."
"I don't think you realize what I'm talking about. You will go into the government protection and if they find out what you are then you might not come back out. And if they find out that I know you're a clone then that makes you worth double to them. I can't help you because I'll be executed since I'm working with you instead of against you." "
Jane looked at him; the consequences didn't matter to her. Lisa was sick, "This isn't a discussion. Let me in."
He handed her the keycard and she scanned it and walked towards Lisa.
Lisa drew in a breath when she saw her and glared at her husband through the window, "What are you doing in here?"
Jane moved some files off the stool, "I came to help."
"You're going to get someone killed."
Jane struggled to keep her tears from falling down her face, "Then I guess we need to find a cure then don't we?"
"No Jane, you need to get out of here."
Jane stood straighter, "One doesn't become part of a team and that team doesn't become part of a family so that you can hole up in a room and die by yourself. You taught me better than that, I expect you to follow the same rules."
"And if they think you're infected then they will take you in and they will discover what you are. I'm trying to save your life."
"They have to catch me first," Jane said, "And you know that I'm very fast."
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Able walked to Joseph as soon as he came into the house, "Where have you been?"
Joseph wouldn't look at him, "Clearing my head."
"I've been trying to call you," Able snapped, "Lisa's been infected with that virus"
Joseph stiffened, "What?"
"I got the call from your sister. Guess where she is? She and David froze time long enough to get to Starkson's bunker where they are forcing them to work on a cure. Naomi thinks that whatever's going on can be traced to them because apparently a time traveler just might be involved."
Joseph noticeably paled, "She's there?
"I know, leave them alone for five minutes and everything goes insane."
"Where are they now?"
"Jane and Lisa and John Walker are working at the docks to try and clear this mess up. Naomi and David are making sure the Guardians work on it too."
"Do you think you can get a list of the time travelers that are in the Guardianship and would know about this?"
"Naomi's getting access to the list now."
"And we're just supposed to sit here and go through all those names?"
"Naomi said she didn't want you up there."
"I don't care," he snapped, "She doesn't know what she's doing."
"She's with David."
"I'm going, I don't care."
"No Joseph, you need to care because if you keep pushing then your relationship with Naomi will just suffer. Leave your sister alone. You need to be here at the base of operations because we might need you. Since we're all in three different locations, it would be nice to have a teleporter here. And besides I'm going to need your eyes to find out what we're looking for since I'm here by myself."
Joseph scowled and plopped down
Robert walked into the lab and looked at the doctor, "You wanted to see me?"
The head doctor 'Alex' stood up and looked uneasy. "We looked at the biohazard suit that you brought to us."
He nodded, he'd gotten Lisa's suit to them to try and figure out what had gone wrong, "And?"
The man held out the suit and he could see that it had a large cut running down the side. HE could see that it was a clean cut.
"One of the soldiers landed on her," Alex said, "It could've come from that."
"It's too clean," he said and crumbled it up, "I need world on the man responsible for falling on her. I want him put in a truck and taken out of here to be arrested and interrogated."
"Are you sure that's wise, sir? You know we're with you but if they find out you're turning in your own while having a personal investment to one of them."
"That's my wife dying in that lab Alex, and he cut her suit to make her sick," he said, "I would do the same if he cut the clone's suit of the fire starter's. Now if I go and kill him, then I'm becoming personally invested and believe me, the thought has occurred."