Chapter Two- The Serum
Brennan and Lexa joined the others in the basement after being woken by Jesse; they all sat round the computer to listen to the message from Adam.
"I hope you all made it out of the facility before it exploded and that you're all okay. Please don't worry about me; I will not be harmed as the Creator needs me alive to help him complete his work. I have found a friend within the Dominion, his name is Jasper Murphy, and he's the guard who was assigned to me. He's from a group within the Dominion who feel the Creator has been in charge far too long and it's time for someone new to take over. He has asked for my help. Jasper is the one who has made it possible for me to contact you; I believe he is on our side. I know you'll all be very sceptical so all I can do is ask you to trust me. The Dominion has been working on a serum to stabilize mutant DNA but so far they have only managed to get it to prolong lifespan by five years, I believe it was Dominique that created it, and that is why they needed Jesse. What they don't realise is that Shalimar, you have been stabilized too. Jasper will be in contact with a time and place to meet so he can give you some of the serum, there will be enough for both Brennan and Lexa. In the mean time I will be working on a way to permanently stabilize both of you. I will find a way to contact you again soon."
The screen went black and everyone sat in silence trying to digest the information.
Lexa looked around at the others before speaking, "Well I guess we meet this guy."
"What if it's a trap it's to risky Lexa," Jesse was not convinced it was a good idea.
"That's okay for you Jess, but Brennan and I still need to be stabilized," the worry was showing in Lexa's voice even though she tried to hide it.
"I agree with Jess it's too dangerous."
"Come on Shal, I thought you of all people would want to meet this guy," Lexa interrupted.
"Well if you had let me finish, I agree it's dangerous but we really don't have any other choice. We don't know when either of your expiry dates are, this serum will buy us the time we need to rescue Adam."
"Yeah, well I just hope this Jasper guy gets in contact soon." Lexa paused. "Before my time runs out," she mumbled to herself.
"What do you mean?" Shalimar asked since she had made out every word Lexa had said due to her feral hearing.
"I didn't want to tell you guys but I've been finding it hard to control my powers. I went to light a candle in my room last night, and well I kind of ended up melting the whole thing. I couldn't control it. I think I only have a few days left."
"Why didn't you tell us Lexa that changes everything," Jesse shouted.
"I thought it was the last thing you guys needed to worry about after all we've been through. I'm sorry I should have told you."
"Damn right you should have, if we're going to survive this we need to tell each other everything no secrets and no lies. We're in this together and nothing is going to break us apart not if I have anything to do with it." Brennan said with determination.
"That's right we're a family, all four of us," Shalimar added with a smile.
Lexa was a little taken aback with their admissions she knew Jesse wanted her there but this was the first time she felt really wanted by Brennan and Shalimar "And here I thought you would have been glad to get rid of me," she smirked. "Sorry couldn't help myself I'm not really good at all this but I want you all to know you are the closest thing I've had to a family in along time, even though I don't always show it and will probably continue not to show it," she looked away not wanted them to see the tears that were threatening to escape her eyes.
Seeing how uncomfortable Lexa was Jesse decided to change the subject happy knowing the three people who mean the most to him were finally starting to accept each other. "So its decided we meet with this Jasper Murphy, we just have to sit tight and wait for him to contact us."
"Yeah, but I think it is best if Lex and I go to meet him just in case it is a trap," Brennan said.
"Oh no, I'm not letting you go in there without full back up we're all going, besides with Lexa's powers not working properly it's not safe for her," Shalimar angrily replied.
"Brennan's right. Only two of us should go we can't risk us all being captured if it does turn out to be a set up. I'll be fine, I'm a damn good fighter I don't need my powers to win a fight," Lexa argued back.
"Fine two stay here but I think it should be Brennan and I that go. I mean no offence Lexa but I think I can sense a trap and fight off any attack easier than you." Shalimar said still annoyed and confused as to why Brennan had chosen Lexa to go with him instead of her.
"Look Shal it's not about who can fight better here it's just safer for you and Jesse to stay here and I'm not the only one not fully fit I mean Brennan is still injured," Lexa explained.
Shalimar flashed golden eyes at Lexa and was about to speak when Brennan jumped in putting his hand on her shoulders forcing her to listen to what he had to say. "Shal, Lexa's right, you heard what Adam said you and Jess are stabilized and if it is a trap we can't risk the two of you being captured it would be disastrous for us all. You know that."
Shalimar nodded and lowered her head, she knew he was right but that didn't mean she had to like it. "Fine, but just for the record I don't like it."
"I don't like it either Shal, but they're right there really isn't any other way, I'm going to work on adjusting our comlinks so they can work off this new system I've set up, as without the Sanctuary computer system they're useless." Jesse told them yawning.
"Good idea Jess, but for now I think you should get some rest you haven't had any sleep. You're not going to be any use to us if you ware yourself out." Shalimar smiled placing a caring hand on his shoulder.
Knowing it was no use arguing "Fine, I'll go get a couple of hours rest then I will work on the comlinks."
"Well since we're all up, I think I'll go make us a pot of coffee." Lexa said heading to the kitchen.
"Sounds good," Shalimar went to follow but Brennan put his arm out to stop her.
"Shal, wait a minute I want to talk to you."
"What's up?" she asked turning to face him.
"Look I'm sorry if I upset you, I don't want you to think that I didn't want you to go for any other reason than what I already told you," he tried to explain although he was sounding more nervous than he liked to admit, he wasn't sure how Shalimar felt about him, or them. Hell, he didn't even know himself; one thing he did know was that he had never felt this way about anyone before.
"I know Bren, don't worry I understand. I just don't like the thought of you going into a dangerous situation while I sit at home doing nothing."
Brennan chuckled, "Yeah well who else would I want to come rescue me."
"Its not funny Brennan, I just hope Adam knows what he's doing," she said absently playing with the bottom of his t-shirt.
Brennan reached over and lifted her chin so she was looking at him, "I know I'm sorry, look I might not have always trusted Adam's decisions but I really don't think he would deliberately send us into a trap."
"True, but I still think we should be careful," she smiled weakly.
"We will," he paused to look at her before continuing, "Are you okay?"
"Yes," she looked into his eyes before lowering her head and sighing. "No, it's silly really."
"Tell me anyway."
"Okay, it's just we haven't had a chance to talk," she looked up at him. "You know about, us."
"Yeah, I know," he placed his hand on her cheek. "I meant what I said we can go where ever you want."
Shalimar gave him a half smile, "Just promise you'll never leave me," she whispered, pulling him into a hug.
"Never," Brennan wrapped his good arm around her waist.
She sniffed back tears and mumbled, "I'll hold you to that."
Brennan pulled away wiping a tear of her check, "There's something else bothering you isn't there?"
"I was just thinking about what Adam said in his message."
"What about it?" he asked not really following.
"Well, Jesse and I are stabilized," she paused. "And Lexa said her expiry date is looming."
"Don't worry we'll get the serum before her time runs out. I doubt Lex would give us the satisfaction of dying. I mean she loves to torment us to much," he joked trying to reassure her.
"That's not what I meant."
"Shal, I don't understand." He said, perplexed.
"Brennan, we have no idea when your expiry date is; what if we can't get the serum or if it doesn't work, you…." She trailed off unable to say what she was thinking.
"Oh, I see you're worried because we don't know how long I have," he pulled her into a hug and kissed the top of her head. "I really don't know what to say to make you feel better, but no one really knows how long they have or what's round the next corner. We just have to make the most of the time we do have."
"So how about we stop worrying about what might happen and start concentrating on more important things," he smiled seductively before leaning down and capturing her lips in a passionate kiss.
"Hey guys the coffee's ready," Lexa shouted from the kitchen causing them to break apart.
"I guess some things never change." Brennan smiled while leaning his forehead against Shalimar's.
"Yeah," she whispered in return. "Come on before she sends out a search party."
A couple of days had past. It was late evening; Jesse was as usual down in the basement working on improving the computer system. He had decided he wanted to make a tracer so he could track Brennan and Lexa when they went to the meet.
Brennan was sitting on the couch absently playing with Shalimar's hair; she was lying with her head on his lap watching a movie. Lexa walked in and took a seat across from them.
"Any good?" Lexa asked glancing from the television to Brennan.
"Not really a bit too sappy for my taste." Brennan replied rolling his eyes.
"Hey you said you didn't mind watching it." Shalimar raised her head to look at him.
"I don't," he smiled at her as she lowered her head back down onto his lap and almost purred with contentment when he started playing with her hair again.
'He is so whipped,' Lexa thought chuckling to herself.
"Where's Jess?" Brennan asked.
"He's still down in the basement, I swear he is spending more time on that damn computer than he used," Lexa replied shaking her head in disgust.
"I think someone's jealous that Jesse is spending too much time with his computer and not enough time with her," Brennan teased.
"Pfttt, I don't think so. It's just not healthy that's all, I mean we were lucky to get him away long enough for dinner and we all know how much he likes his food."
"Come on Lexa he is just trying to make sure we have every angle covered when you and Bren go to the meet."
"When ever that is, I thought we would have heard something by now." Lexa was getting impatient waiting for Jasper to contact them.
"Hey guys get down here," Jesse shouted from the basement.
"What's up Jess?" Brennan asked as he walked down the stair to join him closely followed by Shalimar and Lexa.
"We just got a message from Jasper, thought you guys would want to be here when I opened it."
They all gathered round the computer as Jesse opened the message.
"Hello, my name is Jasper. By now you'll have received the message from Adam and know what I have for you. Go to the corner of Derian and Fifth. There is a bar there called 'The Red Vixen' go inside and tell the bartender you're there to see Katrina, she will bring you to me. They will be expecting you at ten o'clock tomorrow night."
"Tomorrow night it is then." Lexa said turning to look at the others.