A/N: This is the last chapter.. I hope you enjoyed the story and I hope the woman I love is proud from up in heaven.. And yes Sophie Temple in the story, is the woman I actually loved and still love.. Her name was Sophie Jones, All I'm asking is for everyone who read this story to remember Sophie Jones who sadly died on the 26th of May from a bleed in her brain.. I hope you have all enjoyed this story as I have writing it xxxx
"This is getting serious James," Abby sighed loudly, she traced her fingers over the paper work. Lester stiffened from beside her, his elderly figure becoming still. "I don't think they can deal with this, the anomalies are fading but the ARC's being over-powered by the amout of creatures we've kept in here. It'll get too much for them, the stress is bothering them already with Sebastain Burton on our case trying to take over the ARC."
"I know, Abigail." Lester sighed, he leaned on the ADD that was beeping quietly. The entire ARC was quiet, the young team was on hoilday in Spain and the only thing Lester could hear was the voice of Abby Maitland, the hum of the ADD, laptop's and the short quiet chat from Becker, Matt, Emily, Jess and Connor behind him. "If the ARC was to fall, all these creatures could get out. We cannot let these creatures run around London taking out the people of the public."
"Where's Jenny Miller when you need her?" Becker asked, he sighed and glanced at Lester. Lester sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose, he shook his head.
"Jenny Miller isn't powerful enough to cover up all these creatures at once." Lester sighed, he raised a shaking hand to his forehead and whiped the sweat away.
"But she could help," Jess sighed, she leaned next to Becker and layed a supportive hand on Lester's arm. "We need help James, I know we never did before but now is the time."
Lester sighed loudly and burst out in anger. "Jessica! What do you want me to do? Sebastain Burton wants to take over the ARC, he has legal power by the Minsiter. The creatures are waying down on the ARC in Abby's little petting zoo and I'm getting too old for this, I should of retired eighteen years ago. This idea was very foolish, bringing children into a job they can't handle!"
Becker stared at their old boss, only he had the courage to speak. "James, look. Bringing our children into this was our idea together, not your's. We're much to blame as you are, maybe we should of stayed in charge." he sighed and looked around the ARC, memories flooded back to him. The first time he'd met Jess, the first time he'd given her chocolate, the first time he'd kissed her, the time he'd asked to marry her, the first time they'd bought Xavier into the ARC to show the team and the first time they'd bought in Michael to show off to the team.
Lester huffed loudly and fiddled with his cufflinks. "This job is too much stress for all of us, any of you could of gotten seriously ill. This team can't handle it and the ARC is falling apart."
Matt stepped in next to Becker, laying a hand on his friend's shoulder. "James, the ARC has had a good run. We all have our own memories, maybe we should had it over to the authorties now. Like you said, any of us could get ill."
"Matthew," Lester sighed, he looked up at his team and stared at them all. "Matthew Is right, we should hand the ARC over to the authorties. Sebastain Burton can't get his hands on the ARC that way, the Army will take care of it."
"What about the creatures?" Abby asked, her blue eyes pale. She took Connor's hand in her's, she needed comfort that the ARC was going to be shut down over almost twenty six years of running.
"The Army will have to kill them." Lester painfully spoke, he looked away from the hurt and pained look in Abby's eyes.
"But- But- You can't! These creatures are special, we only had the chance to see these creatures." Abby snapped, she couldn't glare at Lester. She could see how much it pained him to say it.
Lester pinched the bridge of his nose. "We can't do anything about it Abby, the anomalies aren't opening. This is the end." Lester's words stung them all, they all glanced around at each other. They knew this was the end even if they didn't want to belive it.
"Matt?" Emily asked, she walked into the dark locker room. Emily held her bag on her arm, pictures of the ARC, her family and friends. She sighed and moved towards her husband, he was sat on the bench with his head looking down at the box he had taken from his locker.
"There's so much memories," Matt sighed, he gently lifted up a slightly broken picture frame. He huffed at it, the dust flying past his eyes. Emily sat next to him, placing her bag down onto the floor as she laid a hand gently on her husband's shoulder. "This was taken on the 10th of June 2011, we caught Becker and Jess kissing by the ADD." he smiled at the memory, he pointed down at the photo. Connor had snapped Becker and Jess sharing their first kiss, Jess's facial expression was a picture. Her cheeks flushed red and her hands wound in Becker's hair. Becker's face looked chuffed at what he was finally doing, he hands wound perfectly around Jess's waist.
"I have to say," Emily smiled, she ran a hand through Matt's hair. "That was a rather shocking day."
Matt laughed and gently placed the picture back into the box. "We all got married in the ARC, to think this place is going to be shut down."
Emily sighed and softly kissed Matt's hair, her hand still running through it. "I know Matthew, I know."
"Hey, look." Matt smiled brightly, he lifted a dusty photo book from the box. It had 'On Your Wedding Day.' on the top, covered in petals and it was from Lester to all the ARC members. Matt breathed on it, the dust slowly flowing away. He smiled and ran a hand over it, he slowly opened it to be faced with a picture of Connor and Abby stood in the middle of the ARC. "Look at how young they look."
Emily smiled and looked down at the picture, as though she was admiring it. "They do look rather young, Abby's dress looked so beautiful." she smiled at the picture, Abby's beautiful strape-less dress and Connor's grey suit. The two of them were cutting their cake, having only just got married in the ARC. They were both leant forward, grinning at the camera obviously Lester had taken the picture.
"This one," Matt grinned, he turned over the page to come face to face with Matt's and Emily's wedding photo. Emily's long, strape-less dress and Matt's white suit stood out in the photo, Matt's arms were wrapped around Emily's neck gently; his lips gently pressed to the side of his wife's head; his eyes were closed, Emily was grinning at the camera and had a hand running through his hair. "You looked so beautiful, you do now." he smiled, he leaned up and softly kissed his wife's lips.
Emily sighed into his mouth, kissing him once again before staring back at the picture. "That was the best day of my life."
Matt's lips brushed Emily's. "That was the best day of the start of our lives." he smiled at Emily and turned over the page, Becker's and Jess's wedding. Jess and Becker, in the photo unlike anyone else were yet again kissing. Jess's beautiful, knee-length dress and Becker's black suit. Trust Becker to wear black on his wedding day. "Look at them, they look so happy."
Emily laughed and ran a hand through Matt's hair once more, whispering against his ear. "They always look happy, all of us do. Even if the ARC is being closed down."
"I know," Matt sighed, he took his wife's hand and kissed it softly. "Let's get out of here before it gets too emotional." he sighed and stood up, Emily took her bag before leaving out of the door. Matt moved towards the door, he leaned on the door frame of the locker room and smiled. "Goodbye, Sir James Lester's Anomaly Research Centre." and with a lasting smile dancing across his eyes and lips, the Irishmen left with his wife.