Okay, I know I should be ashamed at the length of time it has taken me to update. I have no excuse! I would like to thank all who have read and more importantly reviewed. You guys are great! You can thank the nice person (you know who you are!) that has bugged me to continue this for my sudden reappearance. This one is for you Jess!
Sorry this chapter doesn't have a lot of action in it and for the lack of well everyone except Brennan! I just need to get a few things explained and dealt with so the story can actually progress!
Hope you enjoy…..maybe enough to leave me a wee review?
Chapter Three – Old friends
"Oliver! What have I told you about opening the door to stranger?" Cassie shouted as she walked toward the door.
"But Aunt Cassie, it's not a stranger," Ollie told her. "It's Uncle Bren. He came back, I knew you would."
"Hey," Brennan greeted as he stood up.
"Hi, have you found Danny?"
"Not yet, but I will," he promised. "Can I come in?"
"Sure, of course." She reluctantly stood aside to let him past.
"Come on Uncle Bren, I want to show you my room." Ollie took his hand and tried to get him to follow.
"I'll be there in a minute; I just need to talk to your Aunt for a minute, okay?"
"Promise?" Ollie scowled.
Brennan laughed, "I promise, now scoot."
"He's missed you." Cassie told him as she sat down on the sofa.
"He's gotten big," Brennan commented.
"Five years will do that to a kid," Cassie snapped.
"Cass don't, please." He sat on the arm of one of the chairs, "I couldn't stay. You know that."
"No Brennan, you could have," she let her anger bleed through her voice. "We needed you and what did you do? You abandoned us."
"I didn't abandon you," Brennan interrupted.
"For God's sake Brennan you didn't even say goodbye. You just up and left. I came home from work one day to find you and all your stuff was gone, leaving a note with two goddamn words on it, 'I'm sorry'," she yelled at him. She took a deep breath before continuing, "If that isn't abandoning us I don't know what is." She got up and started pacing.
Cassie snorted, "Sorry doesn't quite cut it Brennan." She lowered her voice, "You didn't just abandon me; you abandoned that little boy in there. Do you realise what that done to him? First he lost his mother, then you. He cried for you every night for nearly two weeks. Everyday he would ask me when you were coming home and everyday I had to tell him I didn't know!"
"I don't know what else to say Cassie, except I'm sorry, I really am. I just couldn't cope. I know it was selfish but I couldn't be reminded of her everyday. I couldn't be reminded of what I had done." He sank in the armchair.
Cassie sighed, kneeled down in front of him and put her hand on his knee. "Brennan it wasn't your fault. The only person who blames you for Sara's death is you," she told him, her anger forgotten.
The front door opened, "Don't waste your breath Cass; he always was a stubborn bastard."
"Oh my god, Danny." Cassie exclaimed, rushing over to him and wrapping her arm around his neck. "What happened? How did you escape? Are you alright?" She bombarded him with questions unable to believe he was standing in front of her.
"I'm fine, Cass. I don't really know what happened. One minute I was going to get the car, and then the next thing I remember was waking up this morning in an alley about two blocks from the club." He explained.
"You don't remember anything at all about the time in between?" Brennan asked.
Danny shook his head. "No man, I don't have a clue."
"Are you sure you're okay?" Cassie asked.
"Apart from a killer headache, I'm fine." He tried to reassure her.
"I was so scared. I thought I'd lost you." She said, tears glistening in her eyes.
Danny wrapped his arm around her waist. "I'm sorry if I scared you," he kissed the top of her head. "So what brings you back here after all this time?" He turned and asked Brennan.
"I met Cassie outside the club just after you disappeared and I stopped by to see how she was holding up."
Cassie sniffed, "Brennan is with Mutant X. Can you believe it?"
"Really?" Danny couldn't hide his surprise.
"Yeah, they helped me turn my life around."
"That's great, man."
"Listen I'd like you to come back to Sanctuary with me and talk to Adam. There have been a few other disappearances and maybe you might be able to help."
"I'm not sure what I can do; I really don't remember anything but if you think it might help, sure I'll come with you," he nodded in agreement.
"It's worth a shot." Brennan said before raising his hand to his mouth, "Hey, Adam. You there?"
"Go Brennan," Adam's voice sounded over his comlink.
"You will never believe this but I stopped by to check on Cassie and Danny just showed up. I've convinced him to come back to Sanctuary with me."
"Good, Shalimar and Jesse are out chasing a lead I got from Jasper this morning. I'll fill you in when you get here."
"Okay, see you in a bit." He closed the connection and turned to Cassie, "Why don't you and Ollie come too? I bet he'd love to see inside a mountain."
"Sure. I'll go get him," Cassie smiled and made her way down the hallway.
Danny cleared his throat, "It's good seeing you again."
The two men hugged. "You too, man." Brennan agreed.
"So how long have you been with Mutant X?" Danny asked his curiosity getting the better of him.
"About 4 years now. How about you what have you been up too, you still working down the garage?"
"Yeah, you know me a creature of habit," he laughed. "The old man retired last year, so I bought him out. The place is actually doing quite well."
"Good, I'm glad." Brennan glanced behind him before continuing, "So how's she been?"
"She's doing okay. You really broke her heart when you left like that; it took her a long time to get over you. John's treating her well though and I think she's finally happy." Danny explained a hint of anger seeping through his voice.
"Good, she deserves to be happy."
"A mountain?" Ollie exclaimed as he and Cassie entered the room.
"Yes, your Uncle Brennan lives inside a mountain isn't that cool?" Cassie replied.
"That's right buddy." Brennan ruffled Ollie's hair.
"Yes really, now come on." Brennan couldn't help but laugh at how excited Oliver was and it suddenly hit him how much he had missed the boy.
The drive back to Sanctuary was filled with stories as the three old friend told each other about what they had been doing since the last time they seen each other.
"I still can't believe you actually found someone that would marry you." Brennan teasingly said to Danny as they made there way to the lab. "So who's the lucky lady, do I know her?" he asked.
"Funny and yes. You remember Rachel?"
"Rachel?" Brennan frowned. He thought for a moment before raising his eyebrows. "As in Rachel Morrison?"
"The one and only."
"You're kidding me, Rachel actually married you. I thought she hated you?"
"I did too. Apparently she only said she hated me so none of us would realise she was actually in love with me," he shrugged. "She was drunk one night and let's just say the rest is history."
"I would never have believed it," Brennan commented.
"Hi, I'm Adam Kane, you must be Danny?" Adam said as he made his way to meet them closely followed by Lexa.
"That's me." Danny said shaking hands with Adam.
"Brennan tells me you don't remember anything from last night?"
"Only waking up this morning in some alley." Danny told him.
"Okay, well with your permission I'd like to run a few scans see if I can't figure out what happened to you." Adam said motioning Danny to follow him.
"What kind of tests are you talking about?" Danny nervously asked as he and Adam disappeared into the lab.
"I still can't believe how big this place is," Cassie looked around her mouth slightly open.
"You think this is big you should have seen the old place." Lexa said before turning her attention to Ollie who was peering out from behind Brennan. "Who's this?"
"Oh! This is Ollie." Brennan glanced behind him and motioned gently pulled Oliver in front of him. "Ollie this is Lexa she's a friend of mine."
"Hi," Ollie shyly whispered.
"Hi, Ollie. How old are you?" Lexa asked bending down slightly and placing her hands on her knees.
Ollie looked up at Brennan and then turned to look at Cassie who smiled encouragingly at him. "Nine and a half."
"He's a little shy around strangers," Cassie explained.
Lexa smiled and stood up straight, she gave Brennan a quizzical look before turning to Cassie, "Why don't we take Ollie to the rec room let him watch a movie."
"Would you like that Ollie?" Cassie asked.
"Yes," he whispered in response still not sure of Lexa.
"It's just down here," Lexa pointed in the direction of the rec room. "So what kinds of movies do you like Ollie?" she asked as they disappeared down the hall.
Brennan removed his jacket and made his way towards his room, he wasn't in there long before Lexa knocked on his half open door.
"What's up?" Brennan asked as she entered the room.
"Cute kid." Lexa commented.
"Yeah he is." Brennan replied as he made his way out into the hall. "Are Shal and Jess back yet? Adam said they were out chasing some lead." He added when he seen her follow him out the room.
"No, not yet. Shouldn't be too long though." She raised her eyebrows, "so the kid yours?" she blurted out just as Shalimar and Jesse approached them.
"What kid?" Jesse asked unsure if he had heard correctly.
"The one in the rec room watching a movie with Cassie." Lexa replied.
Shalimar stared at Brennan waiting for him to answer she couldn't believe that he wouldn't have told her he had a son.
"No he isn't mine; Cassie adopted him after his mother died." Brennan told then, as he tried to read Shalimar's expression he hated fighting with her. "So did you guys manage to find anything out?" He added trying to veer the conversation away from him.
"Not really, the guy we spoke to didn't know any more than we already do, it was a waste of time." Jesse explained.
"How about your friend does he remember anything useful," Shalimar asked keeping her voice neutral.
"No, he remembers leaving the club and then waking up in an alley. Adam's running some tests on him just now."
"I think I might go check him, see if there's anything else he wants us to check out." Jesse said. He turned to Lexa before continuing, "You coming Lexa?" he nodded in the direction of the lab hoping she would realise he was trying to leave Brennan and Shalimar alone to talk.
"Eh...yeah sure," she smiled and followed him towards the lab.
Shalimar placed her hand on her hip and raised her eyebrows. "Are you ready to talk to me yet?" She asked letting the anger and frustration she was feeling bleed through her voice.
"Shal…I…I don't know what you want me to say," he stuttered.
"You know what just forget it," she angrily spat before storming past him and heading to their room.
"Shalimar wait." Brennan almost pleaded.
She stopped in her track and spun round to face him, "Wait for what?" She snapped. When he didn't respond she added. "Look Brennan I can't force you to talk to me but I don't need to stand here and have you treat me like an idiot. I know there is something you're hiding and if you don't want to tell me fine but…Argh!" She threw her arms up in the air before turning back around and making her way to their room slamming the door behind her.
Brennan was about to go after her but something stopped him, instead he made his way to the rec room; leaning against the doorway he watched Oliver lying on the floor in front of the television. He couldn't help but wonder what his life would have been like if he had stayed with Cassie to help her raise Oliver.
"So what's their story?" Jesse asked breaking Brennan from his thoughts.
"Huh?" Brennan turned round to face his friend.
"Your friend in there," Jesse raised his eyebrows and pointed into the rec room.
Brennan glanced behind him then ran his fingers through his hair, "long story Jess."
"Well I'm here if you want to talk about it." Jesse placed his hand on Brennan's shoulder.
"Thanks man, maybe later."
"Okay but just one piece of advice," he paused. "Don't shut Shalimar out, she's worried about you."
Brennan stared at his friend for a moment then nodded in response. "Has Adam finished running his tests?"
"Yes, that's actually what I came to tell you. He found a small microchip imbedded in the base of Danny's neck."
"A microchip?" Brennan frowned. "Does he know what it's for?"
"Not yet, he's removing it just now. He wants to see us all in the lab." Jesse explained.
"Okay, I'll tell Cassie. Shal's in our room you go get her and we'll meet you in the lab."