Life Unexpected

Chapter 1

Sean had just finished loading the dishwasher when he heard the front door opening, looking up to see who it was walking through.

"Elise?"

"No dad, it's me."

"Quinn, what are you doing here?"

"What, I'm not allowed to visit my dad?"

"It's the weekend, I thought you'd be out with your friends…or studying."

"I don't have any work to go over this weekend for once, and as for my friends, well I'm meeting them tonight. I thought maybe we could do something."

"You wanna spend time with your old man, okay now I am worried."

"Oh my god really, well if you don't want too then I…"

"No no, we can do something. What did you have in mind?"

"I hadn't really thought, movies, lunch…shopping."

"Yes to the first two, no to the shopping."

"Spoil sport."

Sean laughed at his daughter as she took a seat at the table while he poured them both a glass of orange juice.

"So, where's Elise today?"

"Working a case."

"She's getting pretty busy again."

"Mmmm."

"What?"

"Oh nothing honey."

"Dad?"

"It's just…she has such a dangerous profession. I know she's good at it and she's a professional in what she does but it doesn't stop me worrying about her getting hurt."

"Yeah, she got hurt pretty bad the last time huh?"

"We've seen it for ourselves, the danger. I hate her doing it."

Quinn smiled at Sean, who gave her a strange look.

"What?" He asked.

"I just think it's sweet how much you worry about her…but you know you can't tell her to stop doing what she loves."

"I know honey it's just that, I'm just scared that the next time could be the last one for her."

Tucker was filming the terrifying scene in front of him, as Specs kept writing what Elise was telling him, page after page as their clients looked on in horror as the lights flickered above them. Their client Jamie Fisher screamed when the chest of drawers from the other side of the room came flying across the room, just missing Elise by inches.

"Stop this…please…stop this now. I don't want to do this any more, please I…"

Specs stopped writing as Elise suddenly stood up from the table, Tucker staying perfectly still, waiting for a command. All they heard was Elise scream "LEAVE NOW" before she was thrown backwards, hitting the far away wall with a loud impact. The lights stopped flickering, the room feel silent, Jamie running from the room.

"Jesus, what the hell was that?" Tucker asked.

"That was some scary shit…Elise, you okay?" Specs asked.

Tucker looked towards where Elise lay, on the floor by the wall. A pained expression on her face as she curled in on herself.

"Oh shit…Specs."

Specs looked at Tucker, following his gaze to hear the low groans coming from Elise. Specs threw down the writing pad he had been holding, pushing back his chair as he rushed over to Elise's side, Tucker following behind him.

"Elise…can you move?" Specs asked, taking hold of her free hand.

"Mmmm, hurts."

"Where, where does it hurt?"

She closed her eyes tightly, as Specs followed her gaze. Her hand going to her stomach.

"Elise, I'm just gonna see what the damage is okay?"

She could only nod her head as she allowed Specs to check her out, rolling up her sweater.

"I don't get it, there's nothing there, no bruising. Can you sit up."

She took hold of Specs hand, Tucker coming to her other side as they tried to help her up but it only made her worse as she screamed out in pain, a scream unlike anything they'd ever heard from her before.

"Tucker, call an ambulance."

"I'm on it."

As Tucker left to make the call, Elise grabbed hold of Specs hand, fear in her eyes.

"What's wrong with me?"

"I don't know, but don't worry. We're gonna get you help."

Sean and Quinn walked along the street after the movie, Quinn finishing off her large coke.

"So…did you like the movie?" Sean asked.

"Yeah it was okay."

"Just okay."

"Yeah, that okay with you?"

"I guess so."

"Hey where's Alex by the way?"

"He's at his friend Ethan's place, he got some new game for his Xbox they wanted to try out."

"Wow, fun." Quinn joked.

"Hey come on now, don't be mean to your brother."

"What, just doing what he does to me."

"He loves his big sister, even if he doesn't always show it."

"Mmmm, yeah well…I guess I do kinda love the little squirt too."

"Lunch then?"

"Sure, how about over there?" Quinn said, pointing to the small coffee house across the road.

"Anywhere you want kiddo."

They stood in line for a good ten minutes as they waited for their turn, finally getting to the front of the queue just as Sean's cell started ringing.

"Dad?"

"Get me a club sandwich honey, I'll be back in a minute."

"Hey, can I get a club sandwich, a feta salad, a coffee and an ice tea please."

"Sure thing darlin'."

Sean stepped out of the queue, answering his cell.

"Hello…oh Specs hey, what are you…what…how bad, is she okay?"

Quinn heard Sean mention Elise, suddenly worry filled her as she saw the change in Sean's expression.

"Dad…what's wrong?"

"Hang on honey, Specs where have they taken her? Okay, I'll be there as soon as I can."

Sean hung up the phone, his face unreadable as he turned to the cashier.

"I'm sorry but we'll have to cancel our order."

"Dad?"

"I'm sorry honey but Elise has been hurt, I gotta head over to the hospital."

"Oh my god, how bad is she?"

"I really don't know anything else, look honey, I had a great time with you and we'll grab lunch next week sometime okay, you better just go and meet your friends earlier."

"What no way, I'm coming with you?"

"Quinn, I don't even know how badly hurt she is, I could be there for hours, there's no point in you giving up your…"

"Dad, I'm coming."

Sean heard the determination in Quinn's voice, knowing she wasn't going to back down.

"Okay then…come on, we better get a cab."

To Be Continued…