As soon as they were out of sight, Jacob continued his hunt for Marshall. He paused a moment.
He closed his eyes, started to think about Rachel and Isaac and whispered. “I need your help, Rachel.”
When he opened his eyes, Rachel and Isaac were standing in front of him.
Jacob smiled. “You’re both here!”
Rachel and Isaac both smiled back. “Aye Jake, we are. How can we help ye?”
“I’m looking for a suspect that fled up here. There isn’t any other way out of here, so he has to be up here somewhere. I just can’t find him, and I wondered if you could help me out with that?”
“Aye Jake, we can do that. The suspect, Marshall as you call him, is still in the building, we will take ye to him, but we have to hurry.”
“Then let’s get going.”
All three of them took off towards where Marshall was.
“How many are in there, Rachel?”
Isaac piped up. “I’ll check”
“Be careful, son.”
“I will dad, be right back.” Isaac slipped into the room looked around, then exited out of the room. “Just him, dad. Go get him!”
Jacob softly chuckled, then opened the door and peeked in. At first he did see Marshall in the room. He then saw him kneeling down doing something. Jacob made his way into the room and over to where he was.
He got within his range and smiled. “I got you Marshall, give it up! And you said I wouldn’t be able to catch you.”
Marshall laughed and turned to face Jacob. “You only think you did. I have rigged this building to explode, and all I have to do is hit this button.”
“Easy, Marshall. Let’s not do anything rash. Just put it down and we can talk about this.”
“What is there to talk about? Even if I give up and come with you, I’ll never see the light of day again. When you have done the things I have, you know that if you are ever caught that they will never let you see anyone again. So I figure if I’m going down, I’m going to take as many other people as I can.”
“You’re wrong, Marshall. You will get a fair trial. That I can promise you. That is, if you put down the detonator.”
As Jacob tried to talk Marshall into giving up, Jacob heard Rachel’s voice in his head.
Marshall’s not going to give up, you are going to have to take out the detonator. Shoot it with your pistol. You can hit it cleanly.
He took a second to make sure he heard what he thought he did, and then said one last thing to Marshal, “Well I guess I’ll just have to make the decision for you, since you can’t make the decision yourself.” He then fired a single shot toward Marshall.
The gun was fired, and a moment later, the detonator in Marshall’s hand exploded, sending shrapnel into his hand.
Jacob, seeing that Marshall was distracted, took advantage of the distraction and kick him in the chest, sending Marshall sprawling, then tackled him, hitting the ground with a resounding thud. Jacob placed his knee into Marshall’s back, and placed him under arrest.
Jacob radioed to the team. “I have Marshall. He is in custody, although he is going to need to be looked at by EMT’s; had to rough him up a bit.”
“Medics already in root Jake, ETA is fifteen minutes.”
Jacob clipped his radio back onto his belt, pulled Marshall to a standing position, and led him out of the building.
The next day, Jake and his family arrived at the hospital with a small gift for Jax. Jake gently knocked on the door to Jax’ room, and a few moments later, he heard a soft voice telling him to come in.
They slowly opened the door. “Hey there, Jax. How are you feeling?”
Jax smiled. “Hey Jake. I’m pretty sore, but I’m okay.”
Kaleb ran up to Jax and gave her a big hug, then smiled at her. “Hi Jax!”
Jax grinned even bigger. “How is my little man doing?”
“I’m doing good, Jax. I’m glad you are still alive.” He climbed up, and laid down next to Jax.
They made small talk for a while, and then Jake leaned over and whispered in Megan’s ear.
Megan nodded. “Hey Kaleb, let’s go get some chocolate milk okay?”
“Okay mommy. I’ll be right back, okay Jax?”
“All right sweetie, I’ll be here.”
Megan and Kaleb left the room and Jake sat down next to Jax.
Jake took Jax’s hand and looked into her eyes. “I really don’t want to have to do this, but there are some questions I need to ask you, Jax.”
She nodded. “I know, procedures, it’s all right. Go ahead and ask Jake.”
Jake nodded. “What happened? I need as many details as you can give me.”
Jax took a deep breath before beginning to relate what happened. “What I remember is, there was an explosion and was knocked unconscious from the blast. I remember just before I went unconscious, I saw someone approaching me, and then everything went black. The next thing I remember is waking up in a dark room. Once I was fully awake, I noticed there was a young woman with me. She said her name was Sarah.”
She continued to tell her story, including everything that Sarah had told her about the people who held them captive.
“Did Sarah tell you that there was another little girl help captive there?”
Jax blinked in shock. “She didn’t, Jake. I don’t know if she knew about her or not. I’ll ask her, though. Do you know her name?”
“I don’t. I haven’t talked to Sophia since we rescued her, and she is the only one the little girl will even look at, much less talk to. I need to get back to the station. I’ll ask her then and give you a ring, okay?”
“All right Jake. Thank you for coming and rescuing me. It means the world to me.”
“It wasn’t a problem. I had to come get you. You mean too much to this family. I’m just sorry we didn’t get to you sooner.”
Jax took a hold of Jake’s hand and squeezed. “It’s okay, Jake. I know you got to me as soon as you could.”