At Harold's place, John and Sameen are there with Harold. They are just waiting on Samantha, who comes strolling in twenty minutes after they were all called.
"What took you so long?" Sameen asked annoyed
"I got caught up doing something for the Machine." Samantha, more commonly known as Root, explained. Then she turned to Harold, "Who's our number?"
"Numbers." Harold replied "Its a Children's Home. The first number that came up though was Maisie Miller. She's seven years old." Then he added, "After I got her number, the other kids in the orphanage, their numbers started to pop up too. They're all in danger."
John nodded, "Okay. Where is this orphanage?"
"Seattle, Washington." Harold told his team
"Washington." Sameen exclaimed shocked
Harold gave a nod, "Yes. Is that a problem, Miss Shaw?"
Sameen shook her head, "No, Finch. It just came as a shock to me. We've never gotten out of state numbers before."
"Well there is a first time for everything." Harold stated
Then John spoke, "I don't mean to interrupt, but we should probably get going. The kids need us."
"Yeah. The big lug is right." Samantha agreed
Meanwhile in Seattle, Washington at the Children's Home Society of Washington, seven year old Maisie Miller watched as the diary burned. She couldn't believe she had been stupid enough to get caught reading it. She knew Miss Coraline didn't like her to have personal items from her mother. The other kids were allowed to, but not her and she never understood why. And now, because of her stupidity she was losing the last connection she had to her mom.
"I hate you! I hate you!" Maisie screamed as she cried "That was my mama's diary!"
Miss Coraline Miller roughly grabbed Maisie, smacked her bottom hard three times, and then dragged her to the time-out closet.
Coraline shoved the girl inside, "Stay here!" Then she slammed the door and bolted the lock on the door, so Maisie couldn't escape.
Inside the closet, Maisie sat down with her knees pulled into her chest and sobbed.
"Mama, I miss you!" Maisie sobbed "I wish you were still here. I wish I could remember the sound to your voice and the way you smelled."
Simultaneously on the outside of the closet, Coraline leaned her back against the door, slid down, and pulled her knees to her chest.
"Why?" Coraline cried "Why did you do this to me, sis? I don't understand why you hated me? I loved you and I looked up to you. I tried to be just like you."
Coraline lets herself cry for a few minutes, before pulling herself together, wiping her tears, and then heading back to the lobby. Upon re-entering the lobby, she found that their was a family, who she hoped was looking to adopt.
"I'm Tania Setters-Mead and this is my wife, Lannie." Samantha introduced using aliases. Her's being Tania Setters-Mead and Sameen's being Lannie Setters-Mead "We're here to adopt."
"Adoption day isn't until next month. Come back them." Coraline stated coldly. She didn't mean to be cold. She really did love the kids and wanted them all to have families, because children belonged in a family. But right now, she just wasn't in the mood to help the couple.
"Ma'am, my wife and I traveled far just to come here." The woman, Samantha told the lady as she grabbed Sameen's hand and held it.
Coraline sighed softly, "Oh alright. I'll show you around."
"Thank you." Sameen replied as she forced a smile. Then she looked at Samantha and grimaced. She couldn't believe she had let Root talk her into agreeing to be her 'wife'.
Coraline nodded, "You're welcome. Now follow me." She walked down the hall and showed the couple each room.
"This is the newborn-two years room. We have five kids in this room." Coraline informed them "Mackenzie Sysak, eight months; Marcy Canestraro, twelve months; twins Gavin and Eddie Marus, fifteen months; and Marielle Sorace, two years."
Coraline took them to the next room, "This is the room for all three-six years old. We have six kids here." Then she introduced them to all the kids, "Zella Lucian, five years; Tara Fallick, six years; Symone Batteiger, four years; Wendi Harton, six years; Nola Preskar, three years; and Charlie Wiersema, five years."
"In the next room, we have seven-twelve year old. There are eleven kids in that room." Coraline talked as she led the couple to the next room. "We have Ashlynn Diedricks, eleven years; Corina Faldyn, eight years; Mica Deeken, seven years; Brendon Bignes, eight years; Dahlia Vensel, ten years; Roman Olgvin, nine years; Xavier Zerbel, twelve years; Sarai Clements, ten years; Lori Todd, seven years; Isaiah Poppen, ten years; and Desmond Palino, twelve years."
Then Coraline moved them on to the next room, "Here we have seven kids and they are age thirteen-seventeen. We have Kishauna Klein, fifteen years; Madalyn Kamke, thirteen years; Eileen Miller, fourteen years; Aaron Dement, sixteen years; Rufus Lochan, seventeen years; and Bryan Lainson, fifteen years."
"Okay, but what's that noise?" A man asked as he came up behind Samantha and Sameen
Coraline furrowed her eyebrows, "I'm sorry. Who are you?"
"This is John Setters. He's my brother." Sameen, whose alias is Lannie replied "Now answer his question."
Coraline played dumb, "What sound? I don't hear anything."
"It sounds like a kid crying." John stated "Who is that?"
"Oh that's my daughter Maisie." Coraline responded "She's upset because she wasn't good and I punished her."
Samantha, alias Tania nodded, but didn't trust or believe the woman.
"Can we check on her?" Samantha questioned "Make sure she's alright?"
"Absolutely not!" Coraline responded as she shook her head, "Like I said, she's in trouble. She's on a time out."
Samantha jumps the woman and pins her down, "Sam, John, go find that kid now!"
John and Sameen race off to find the kid. To find Maisie.
"Keep crying, kid." Sameen yelled reassuringly "Help is on the way."
Meanwhile back with Maisie, she sobbed loudly and started pounding on the door. It was only a few minutes before she heard the door behind unlocked.
Maisie shuddered and curled herself into a tighter ball. She didn't really trust that someone was coming to help. She thought it was Miss Coraline coming back to hurt her for being so loud.
"Don't hurt me! I'm sorry. I'm sorry." Maisie cried
Sameen bent down to the little girl's level, "Shh. It's okay, kid. You're safe. You're safe. My friend, John and I are here to rescue you."
"I…I can't leave. Miss will be mad." Maisie stuttered
John stepped in, squatted to the child's level, and shook his head, "No, it's fine. My other friend is taking care of her. Miss won't be able to hurt you again."
Maisie gave a nod, "O….Okay."
"I'm Shaw or Sameen and this is my friend John." Sameen introduced "Do you have a name? Or should I just keep calling you 'kid'?"
Maisie smiled and laughed slightly. She nodded, "I have a name. It's Maisie. I'm seven."
Sameen nodded, "Nice to meet you. Now come with us. You're in danger."
"Uh…" Maisie started
"Do you trust us?" John wondered
Maisie gave a small nod. It was strange, but she did, "Yeah, but I need my sister."
"Okay who's your sister? Where is she?" Shaw asked
"Eileen. She's fourteen. She's in the thirteen-seventeen years old's room." Maisie explained "Please, I need my sister. We can't leave her behind."
Sameen nodded, "Okay. I'm going to carry you out of here and John will go get your sister." Then she informed the girl, "I need you to wrap your arms around my neck, bury your face into my neck, and don't look up until I tell you to. Okay?"
"Got it." Maisie responded as she did what she was told
Sameen secured her arms around the girl, stood up, and carried Maisie as she headed to meet up with Samantha.
When Sameen reached Samantha, the woman had four kids with her: eight month old Mackenzie, four year old Symone, ten year old Sarai, and twelve year old Desmond.
"What are you doing, Root?" Sameen asked as she rolled her eyes
"I'm saving these kids." Samantha stated in a dumbfounded tone
Sameen sighed softly as she stared at Samantha, "Have you gone mad?"
"No." Samantha replied as she shook her head "At least, I don't think so." Then she asked, "Where's John?"
"Getting Maisie's sister." Sameen informed Samantha
Samantha nodded, "Okay. Well I need you to get these kids out of here." Then she passed Mackenzie to Desmond, "Can you manage to carry her, buddy?"
Desmond took Mackenzie in his arms, "Yes Ma'am."
"Alright I need you kiddos to go with my friend Sam here." Samantha told the kids "Sarai, hold Symone's hand. Don't let him get lost and don't lose him." Then she looked at Sameen, "Get them out of here now, Sam."
"What about you? What are you going to do?" Sameen inquired
"I'm staying here to have a conversation with Coraline and protect the rest of the kids until we can find a way to get them all out here safely." Samantha replied
Sameen nodded, "Okay. I'll see you soon." Then while carrying Maisie ushered the other four kids out.
Meanwhile with John as he reached the thirteen-seventeen year old room.
"Eileen." John announced "Come on. You're getting out of here."
Eileen stared at him skeptically, "Who are you?"
"I'm John. My friends and I are rescuing your sister. She's not leaving without you though." John explained "We're rescuing everyone, not just you two. Everyone here is in danger."
"Aunt Cora wouldn't let us leave." Eileen told him
John sighed softly, "It's okay. One of my friends took care of her. Now come on."
Eileen bit her lip and thought about her little sister before replying, "Okay. I'll go."
"Alright we have to leave now!" John said urgently as he waited for her to exit the room and then ushered her out of the building
"What about the rest of the kids?" Eileen wondered as walked with the gentleman
John thought, "Okay, okay, you can get two. We'll come back for the rest of them later. Plus one of my friends will be staying here to protect the rest of the kids."
Eileen nodded and then rushed off to get two year old Marielle Sorace and five year old Charlie Wiersema. She has a special bond with those two little ones. She carried Marielle and held Charlie's hand.
Eileen and met back up with and then headed to the back exit of the building to leave.
John met Sameen outside. Maisie is still clinging to Sameen, who had tried to set the little girl down, but she didn't like it. When Sameen saw John coming with three kids, she looked at him strangely.
"I know what you are thinking, Shaw, but I just had to take a few more." John explained "The more we take, the less Root will have to get out."
Sameen nodded, "Okay that makes sense. Now let's get out of here." Then she added, "But we can't fit all these kids in our car."
Suddenly a van type bus appeared in front of the car that they had rented.
"It looks like the Machine heard you and provided us with a bigger car." John stated
"Terrific." Sameen replied sarcastically "I love when it does that."
John opened the car door to let the kids in, "Older kids sit closer to the back. That includes: Desmond, Eileen, Sarai, and Maisie."
Maisie fussed and whimpered as she clung tighter to Sameen, "Don't let me go."
"I have to, Mai." Sameen told the girl.
Maisie pouted, "Okay, but I want to sit in the middle so you and my sissy can sit next to me.
Sameen gave in and nodded, "Okay."
Eileen got into the very back row and sat down with Marielle on her lap, then Maisie sat in the middle, and Sameen sat next to Maisie with Symone on her lap. In the next row, they had Desmond with Mackenzie on his lap, Sarai, and Charlie.
"Shit!" John cursed as he watched the kids pile into the car.
Sameen glared at him for cursing, "What?"
"We don't have a car seats for Mackenzie, Symone, Charlie. and Marielle. Plus Maisie and Sarai need booster seats."
"John, breathe. We don't have those things at the moment, but we can buy them. For now, I will hold Symone one my lap, Desmond has Mackenzie, and Eileen has Marielle."
John took a deep breath and then nodded, "Okay."
After everyone is buckled, John gets into the driver sat and pulls away from the curb as he heads to the airport, so they can fly back to New York and back to Harold.