Chapter 32: "We're Not Together Anymore"
The Next Day…
Rebbeca sat up in bed and looked at the clock. “Almost noon.” She climbed out of bed, walked down stairs and over to the phone in the kitchen.
Fifteen missed calls from Drake, Abby and Sarah J and seven voice mails, Rebbeca thought. What do you know? None from Danny…and after last night, I’m not surprised. As she started to delete messages, she heard a knock at the door. She walked over to the door as they knocked again. “I’m coming.” She opened the door and saw Drake.
“Are you okay?!” Drake asked.
“What happened to you last night?”
“I forgot to call,” she realized. “I’m sorry.”
“It’s okay.” He hugged her. “As long as you’re fine.” They walked over to the couch and sat down.
“I thought Danny would have told you.”
“Why would he do that?”
“So, are you going to tell me what happened?”
“Yesterday, Danny called me and said that Whitney was going to kill me, so I should just stay home. So, when I saw Coal Dust, I knew it was a trap, and I went after him alone.”
“Which was really stupid. We’re a team for a reason.”
“But, I made a rookie mistake in the middle of the fight. I forgot that Whitney had a gun pointed at my head. Danny showed up and pushed me out of the way. The bullet clipped his arm, instead of going through my head.”
“Where is he?”
“I don’t know.”
“Why, what happened?” Drake asked, as Rebbeca thought back to that night:
After Danny pushed her out of the path of Whitney’s bullet, John Hall punched Dark Vengeance, knocking her out. Danny then carried her to his car, and drove her home. He took her up to her bedroom and laid her on the bed. As he walked down the stairs, he could hear her following him.
“What was that about?” Rebbeca asked him.
“What do you mean?”
“I mean, you saving me.”
“What was I supposed to do?”
“You almost blew your cover”
“And that’s more important than your life?”
“Yes! Anything is more important, if it means protecting this city.”
He took a few steps back.
“I’m not saying that because I don’t care about my life, because I do…this city will be here long after I’m gone, but only if we help keep it that way.”
“You are unbelievable.” He shook his head, turned around, and started walking.
“I don’t expect you to understand,” she said. He stopped. “I just expect that you, the person I love, would trust me. Danny, I’ve been doing this for seven years, and by ‘this’, I mean risking my life for this city, that gives me absolutely nothing in return…what I do is no different than what my father did till the day he died, as a cop.”
“But cops don’t have their boyfriends go undercover for them.”
“We both chose to do that.”
“I thought we’d have him put away by now!”
“Do you know how many years I’ve said that?”
“You can’t beat him, Beca.” He turned around and looked at her.
“Whose side are you on?”
“Really? Because it doesn’t seem like it to me.” She sat down on the side of the couch. “I’ve been thinking about this for weeks: Sam and Abigail have a point…I will never know, for sure, what side you’re on.”
“Sam’s an idiot and Abigail is full of herself.”
“I know. But, Danny, they’re right.”
He got down on his knees and held her hand in his.“What can I do to change your mind?” He looked into her eyes.
“Trust me,” she replied. “You’ve proven that you love me, but we will never work unless you trust me with everything.”
“I can’t do that,” Danny said, as if someone stole his voice. As Rebbeca closed her eyes, a tear ran down her face.
“Then, I can’t do this.” She stood and leaned against the wall. “There is so much going on right now. Sarah J told me about her history with Coal Dust, so now I have to make sure she doesn’t kill him. Drake’s sister wants to know more about him, but he can’t tell her anything without telling her our secret, so he might lose his sister because of us. I’m still dealing with the loss of my parents, while trying to lead this team…and then, there’s us. Or what’s supposed to be us.”
“You’re just going to give up on us?”
“I’m not giving up, Danny,” Rebbeca said. “We need some time apart, and maybe someday we can try again…but right now there is no us…just you and me.”
Silence filled the air.
“So, what? We’re enemies, now?”
“Who’s to say we never always were?”
Danny’s face sobered as he nodded. Without a word, he turned and left.
Rebbeca shook her head and then looked at Drake. “We’re not together anymore.”
“I’m sorry. Sure, we didn’t like him, but I know you did.”
“Thanks, Drake.” She hugged him. “So, did you need anything?”
“Yeah, I decided what to do about my sister.”
“Good. You can explain on the way.” She got up and walked toward the door. “I think we need a team meeting.”
Soon, they arrived at Headquarters, where everyone was waiting. Rebbeca and Drake walked into the meeting room and sat down. Rebbeca sat down at the head of the table, and for a split second, she thought about Danny. Then, she looked up at everyone. “Does anyone know why we’re here?”
No one answered.
“We are here because something has happened in our lives that has brought us here. We are here because saving people’s lives is in our blood. We are here because no matter what, we don’t give up, we don’t back down. This is your last chance to leave.”
“Keko and I are with you,” Sarah J said, slightly puzzled.
“And it’s going to take a lot to get me to leave your side,” Drake said. Rebbeca looked at Abigail.
“Of course I’m with you.”
Then, they all looked at Sam. “What?”
“Are you with us?” Rebbeca asked.
“That means no if’s, and’s, or but’s.”
“I know. This is a family affair. And despite what you think, I don’t turn my back on my family.”
“Unless that family is your evil dad,” Drake said. Everyone rolled their eyes.
“Also, Drake has decided to tell his sister,” Rebbeca said. “So, I’d like you to meet your new team mate.” Tiffany walked in the room and sat down next to Drake. “One at a time, I want everyone to say your name and code name.”
“I’m Abigail Lancaster or The Crystal Girl.”
“I’m Sam Lancaster…I guess you could call me a spy.”
“I’m Sarah James or The Princess of Peace.”
“I’m Keko or Scotty Dog.”
“I’m Drake Mathews or Foreshadow.”
“And, I’m Tiffany Thorne or Sensor.”
“And I am Rebbeca Stone or Dark Vengeance.”
“Where’s Danny?” Abigail asked.
“He’s not coming.”
“Danny is no longer a member of this team, and will now be seen as a threat to this city.” Everyone looked puzzled.
“So, we lose a member, and the next day, we get a new one,” Sam said. “Do you have a closet full of replacements?”
“Sam!” Abigail said, glaring at him.
“Let him be a jerk if he wants to,” Rebbeca said, and turned to Tiffany. “So, what can you do?”
“I see through things,” Tiffany replied. Rebbeca could tell by her tone of voice that she was unsure of what was going on.
“Can you see through anything?” She felt her phone buzzing in her pocket. She pulled it out and opened the text:
We need to talk. You know where to find me.
Drake tapped her arm. “Everything okay?”
“Yeah,” she replied, and looked at Tiffany. “Continue.”
“As far as I know, yes,” Tiffany said. “And I have, what I call, shadow vision.”
“Okay, what is that?” Sam asked.
“When I’m not wearing my necklace, a gray color forms over my eyes making me look like I’m blind. When that happens, all I see are shadows. No color or faces or anything, everyone just looks like a gray blob.”
“What does your necklace have to do with it?” Sarah J asked.
“Everything. Without it, all I’d see are shadows.”
“What’s it made of?” Abigail asked.
“This will be fun,” Drake said.
“Why?” Tiffany asked.
“Because I’m made of Rainbow Crystal,” Abigail replied.
“So, we’ll do a test run. If it goes great, then I’m on the team, if not, then I’m not.”
“Sounds good,” Rebbeca said.
“So, what’s the plan?” Sam asked.
“I have something I have to go do. But the plan is to find Coal Dust. If you find him, alert the others and do not engage unless necessary.” She looked at Sarah J. “Understand?”
“Yes,” Sarah J replied. Rebbeca looked at everyone.
“We’ll meet back here in three hours or sooner, if someone finds something.”
Then, everyone got up and went their separate ways.