Sian found out a lot about herself that day.
Before this, she always thought herself as brave. She thought she knew about her work and she was intelligent and she could keep her head no matter what.
Man, was she wrong!
When the bell rang, the first thing she did was panic. Than she remembered what Grey had said.
"You'll get ripped to pieces."
The next thing she thought was that she was screwed.
There were footsteps right outside the room and then the door burst open and someone shone a flashlight. It ran to and fro before settling where she was. That's when she thought that she was screwed massively.
Then finally she remembered to calm down and grabbed the pages and ran like hell. The man in the room screamed something and tried to follow her but ran into a computer table, which bought her time. Sian tried to remember the layout of the building, there was no time to get in the vent, she'd have to do that from some other room. There was another door to get out from the main office and she went for it. But it turned out a lot more difficult when she was out from there. She got out on a hall and looked around, thinking about which way to go.
But she didn't have to think much, because there she saw the first eraser of her life.
Of course she didn't know it was an eraser. All she saw was a model like man turning into a giant wolf and running towards her and she ran the other way like hell.
Her mind was racing like hell as well.
WOLF! HE TURNED INTO A WOLF! EEEEEEK!
That's when she knew that she couldn't keep her head very well in a time of danger. And also that she was a coward.
But she tried nonetheless to keep calm. She could hear the thudding footsteps behind, more than one man was following her. Then suddenly she heard a loud hiss in front of her, when she turned a corner she saw that a steel partition was sliding down to divide her from the hallway in front of her. She looked behind and saw the giant wolfie closing in.
OH GOD! I WON'T MAKE IT!
So she ran even faster. The wolf was just a few paces behind and she was just a few paces away from the partition. Just in time she went down on her back and slid across the floor and under the partition like those action movies, unfortunately, at the same time the closest wolf lunged at her. Sian felt his claws graze her skin and then she was on the other side of the partition and it fully came down and parted her from the wolves. She breathed a sigh of relief and pulled out her phone.
"Yeah, hey. Where…."
"They're after me!"
"What? What part of don't-get-caught-or-they-will-rip-you-into-pieces didn't you understand?"
"Oh, I think I understood pretty well and I even understand better now! Just get me out of here!"
It was raining again. Grey pulled his car behind the Itex building and waited. A few moments later a figure shot out from a dark corner of the building and ran straight at his car. When she was safely inside he pulled out and drove as fast as he could without drawing attention.
To say Sian was panicked was an under statement. She couldn't talk for a while and when she did, the first word that came out from her mouth was "Wolf".
"Wolves!" She screeched. "They were freaking wolves! What the heck is this? Freaking Twilight?"
Well, that's that.
"Just calm down and sit still."
"C-calm down? Oh my God!"
Grey sighed and tried to clean up the cut with Sian squirming as good as possible. He had parked the car in an empty lane to patch her up. But it wasn't progressing very well because Sian was still a bit freaked out about the wolfie thing.
"Why didn't you tell me about those wolves?" Sian asked as Grey bandaged her arm.
"I didn't think that they'd send them after some human journalist." He lied through his teeth.
"Really?" she scoffed. "And how did they know that I wasn't one of their experiments and some human journalist?"
He sighed. "Fine. I didn't want to tell you because I thought you'd…you'd freak out."
Sian sighed too. That made sense. After all Grey hadn't known her for long either. Then something crossed her mind.
"Wait- I won't turn into a wolf now, will I?"
"What?" Grey looked at her irritated. "Where did you get that idea? No you won't!" He finished bandaging and started to put things back in the small first aid kit. "Did they see your face?"
She hesitated. "I'm not sure. May be."
"Well you better be careful for a while." He thought something. "Do you wanna back off? What with the wolves and everything."
"No, I won't."
They sat there in silence for a while and then Grey asked her what she'd found. She pulled out the papers and Grey lit the dashboard light as he started to go through them.
It wasn't very clear, but Sian thought she saw something flash in Grey's eyes. Recognition, she thought.
"What? What is it?"
"No, nothing." He shook his head. But Sian wasn't going to let go of it that easily this time.
"Grey the last time you hid something from me it almost cost my life." She said angrily. "What is it you're hiding from me? Do you know them?"
"Don't lie!" She restrained herself from shouting. "Listen I'm not having the best week of my life here. My whole world has been turned upside down in a matter of two days and I almost got killed half an hour ago. Now if I'm gonna face something like that again then I at least want to know that it's worth it. I want every details Grey. If I'm doing something for you I need to be able to trust you. And right now they" she jabbed her finger on the papers, "They are our best bet at doing this. So yeah, stop lying or I'm really out of this!"
"All right, fine. Fine!" He shouted. Man, that girl really had some lungs. "I'll tell you." But he didn't say anything right away.
"Well, I'm waiting."
"Yeah, whatever." He rubbed his eyes and looked straight ahead. He knew he was going to have to face this sooner or later. He was really hoping for later. "They are." He smoothed the first paper and showed her the first experiment. Experiment 000333, the girl. "They are one of the most successful experiment batch Itex has ever made."
"Yeah. They're avian-human hybrids. And they escaped a few years ago."
"Where are they now?"
"I don't know." He shook his head. "Hopefully nobody does." He sighed and continued. "Actually they were the first successful experiments Itex made. But they ran away may be thirteen years ago. The oldest one," He jabbed his finger over the girl, "Was ten. There were six experiments. Three girls and three boys. The youngest was a girl, age two. They first came to people's notice, or more like FBI's notice nine years ago. One of the older kids, a boy, was horribly injured and they needed a doctor. So they went to the nearest hospital and obviously the hospital called the FBI." He stopped to catch his breath and then continued. "I'm not sure what happened after that. The most I know is that a FBI agent, Anne Walker, was given their custody. She was their handler. It was told that they were going to be given a chance to live a normal life and that they'd start school."
"Did they?" Sian asked.
"They did. But…something came up and after a few months Anne Walker reported that they were missing. Her report said that they ran away and that she couldn't find them."
"Is it true?"
"I don't know. But I don't think so. That's the last the FBI has heard of them."
"How do you know this?" She demanded. "All of these? These are inside information."
"Fine." Grey grumbled. "You want to know? I'll tell you. But you better not be a two-headed snake Sian. And you better not betray me." He looked at her for response then he looked out the window.
Here goes nothing…
"Ten years ago my wife got pregnant…"
"Shut up Sian. Don't interrupt."
"But when the baby was born, the doctors declared him dead." He held up his hand when Sian tried to say something. "Let me finish. It's already hard enough and I'm not good with opening up to people." He sighed. "I wasn't there at the time. I got stuck with some case and couldn't make it in time. My wife was unconscious. So none of us knew exactly what happened. But my wife…she's a fertility researcher. Call it maternal instincts or the fact that she's good in her job, she demanded that the baby wasn't dead. That the doctors were lying. She was absolutely sure of it, but the hospital denied it. At first, I thought she was just having a hard time accepting, because truth be told, that was our only chance in having a child. She had some kind of medical condition and she couldn't conceive again. It was hard for both of us. But Jane kept saying that the kid wasn't dead. She started to do some inside research. Didn't tell me about it first. But that was when she found out about Itex. She told me about it then." He rubbed his eyes again. Right that moment, he looked exhausted and ready to drop. "Apparently the hospital had a connection to Itex. They supplied Itex with kids, new born babies." Grey took a deep breath. He felt a lump in his throat. But he couldn't break down. Not now. Not ever.
"They took your baby too."
"Y-yes." Grey tried to pull himself together. "Jane was determined to do something. I don't know how she pulled it but somehow she made a place for herself in Itex. She used a fake name, erased any kind of connection that she had with me, started to live a double life. She hardly told me anything about it. She wanted me to be safe." He smiled sadly. "It's weird. After all, I am the FBI agent. So, she got inside Itex and in a few months she managed to draw attention of their higher level and somehow got a very high rank. As a result, she was involved with Experiment 000333."
"But you said they ran away?" She asked.
"Yeah, that's what I thought too." Grey admitted. "From what little Jane told me, Itex somehow caught a hold of them and they wanted to run an experiment on 000333. Jane was one of the lead scientists in the experiment. I don't know what she did but somehow she managed to help them escape again. It also blew her cover and she had to go invisible. That was the last I heard from her."
There was silence for a moment.
"When was it?" Sian asked.
"Nine years ago." Grey whispered.
Director Marian Janssen stood in front of the few worthless erasers that she called her guards.
"What?" She screeched and the erasers in front of her flinched. "What did you say? How did she escape?"
"She…" one of the erasers stuttered. "S-she…we don't know miss. There was no trace of her."
The Director paced in front of them impatiently. A figure came out from the shadows and stood beside her.
"Who was she Omega?"
"She was the journalist that found the escaped experiment."
"What?" She turned around and faced him. "But I thought Agent Rhodes took care of it."
Omega shrugged. "Apparently she wasn't convinced."
"Oh great!" She started to pace again. "We got our ass handed to us by some puny journalist." She came to a halt and looked at him. "Is this going to be a problem Omega?"
"Not at all."
"Then take care of it. If necessary, take out the father."
When Sian went to the office the next day, she was greeted with a very angry Tony.
Tony was their editor come owner. It was mainly his dad's newspaper, but after Mr. Sharp's death, Tony Sharp became the owner. It had been only six months since he took over but Sian was already annoyed to hell with the man. He had no idea how to run a newspaper. All he cared about was the money. When Mr. Sharp was the editor, this newspaper was one of the best newspapers of the city. Now in Tony's hand, it was loosing its glory.
Just as Sian didn't like Tony, Tony didn't like Sian at all. In fact, she knew that he despised her. Why wasn't she fired yet? Oh believe me, it was just waiting to happen. Sian was sure of it.
So Tony wasn't in his best mood. And when he wasn't in his best mood, it was hell for his staffs.
Till lunch he worked them up. Sian was being seated with loads and loads of papers and whenever she was close to done, she was drowned with even more papers. By eleven, she had lost her capability of thinking straight. Seriously? She was a field agent; desk job was not for her. Someday, she was really going to kill Tony. She could see the news headline right now OWNER KILLED RUTHLESSLY IN THE HANDS OF A JOURNALIST! Huh! She hated her life. Why couldn't she just…
"Dent?" Sian looked up and saw a co-worker standing in front of her desk.
"What is it?"
"Tony's looking for you."
"All right. I'll be up in a sec."
When Sian went to Tony's office she saw him seating with two other men. Both of them were wearing tux and one had sunglasses on.
She knocked on the doorframe. "Tony? You asked for me?"
"Yeah come on in. This," He looked at the man without sunglasses and talked very politely. "Is Sian Dent. Sian these people are looking for you." Tony gave her the look that said 'what the heck did you do?'
Sian looked at the men. She expected them to introduce themselves but instead Mr. No-sunglasses smirked. "Ms. Dent. Why don't you have a seat?"
Sian saw an empty chair and sat on it, feeling confused.
The man smirked again. "Well, I've come to known that you had been in an accident the day before tomorrow."
In a flash, Sian knew who they were. They were from Itex, and they were here to threaten her.
"So?" She said as calmly as possible.
"I believe you've been warned about the consequences that you might face if you're to bother this subject anymore." When she didn't say anything he continued. "I will take that as a yes. Then why may I ask do we feel the sudden disturbance?"
"Oh I don't know." She said sarcastically. "I don't think I feel any disturbance anywhere." The smirk on his face disappeared. "Who do you work for?"
"Excuse me?" He snarled.
"Well whoever it is, why don't you go back to your boss and deliver a message for me. Tell your boss that I am a packet of skittles and he or she, whatever it is, should probably watch out for my rainbows."
He stared at her for a moment. "Is this your final decision?" Sian stared at him. So both of them got up and went to the door. Before leaving, he stopped and looked at her again. "You will be responsible for the consequences now Ms. Dent."
After they left Tony burst out. "What the heck was that Dent?"
"What do you think it was?" Sian said irritated.
"You think this is funny? Two men just came to my office and…"
"Look Tony, I hate to break this to you, but I think this is a bit personal. So why don't you just shut up?"
Tony cursed. They were both standing by now with red faces. "I don't know what you're doing but you better stop. I will not take this shit from you anymore! You better behave! I want an end on this! This is my newspaper and I will not let you bring it down with you!"
"I'm not the one who's bringing this paper down. You and I both know very well that it's you Tony!" With that Sian cursed too and Tony's red face went even redder.
"That's it. We're done. You are done!
"You're fired! Get your things and get the heck out of my office Dent!"
Sian stood on the sidewalk in front of her office and called her father. She was in the verge of breaking down.
"Honey, what's wrong?"
"Dad, I…I got fired."
There was silence for a moment then her father sighed.
"Hon, its lunch in half an hour, right? Why don't you come to my office and we'll get some lunch together, okay?"
Sian stood on the opposite side of the road of her father's office and waited. After a few minutes, her dad came down and waved at her when he spotted her. Then as he was crossing the road, a car came out of nowhere and hit him. As Sian saw his bloody and broken body lying still on the road in a matter of seconds, the only thing she could hear was the man's last words.
"You will be responsible for the consequences now Ms. Dent."