Chapter Thirteen: The Rescue
Ariel sat with her eyes closed on a chair beside the pool. The sun felt so good on her skin.
Ariel opened her eyes and smiled at her fiancé. “How did the meeting go with our new friends?”
Luka smiled as he sat down next to her. “They think they may know what happened.”
“Oh?” She asked as she sat up.
“Come on; we will talk about it in our luxury suite.”
She laughed as he helped her to her feet. She grabbed her belongings, then followed him up to their suite.
“I see you found her.” Abraham said with a smile as they entered the suite.
“She was at the pool, just as her note had said.” Luka said with a smile as he walked to the couch with her.
They sat down and told Ariel what they had learned from the men they had hired. Their government has been corrupt for over twenty years, and things were getting worse. They believe Hannah was sold to a man who had his hands in every cookie jar in their small country. And they had faked her death, to make sure the Americans didn’t come here, looking for her.
“It will not be easy, but they think they have a way to find out where he’s keeping her.” Luka concluded.
“Do you guys trust them yet?” She asked as she looked at them.
Luka sighed. “I would like to say yes; after he saved us the other night. But there is something about him that nags at me.”
Ariel smiled. “Maybe it’s because he keeps looking at me like he wants to take me away…”
Luka growled as he pulled her onto his lap and kissed her. She chuckled, then sighed as she laid against him.
“She has a point, Luka. You started acting overprotective, the minute those men showed any interest in Ariel.” Abraham said as he watched them.
“See. Even your partner noticed.” She said with a smile as she looked up at him.
“Fine.” Luka said with a sigh. “So, I’m overprotective. But can you blame me? After all, you have a magnet stuck to your ass.”
Ariel laughed, then kissed him again.
“When do we go?” She asked as she curled against him.
Ariel was nervous as they snuck up to the back of the house of a powerful man in a country they have no jurisdiction in. Luka had such a tight grip on her arm; her fingers were going numb. But she would rather her fingers go numb; then something happen to her.
“Two that way.” The leader of the team said as he pointed to the right.
“Where do you want us?” Luka asked as he watched the other man.
“With me.” The man said with a nod.
Luka and Abraham followed the man, who split his team up as they moved through the house.
When they came to a door that led down winding stairs, Luka paused. “What’s down there?” He asked the man who has been helping them.
The leader shrugged his shoulders. “Don’t know, we will see. Intel say she may be held down here because she no good.” He said as he led them down the stairs.
“What do you mean, ‘she no good’?” Abraham asked as he walked behind them.
“She what you say, baby…” He said as he rocked his arms like he had a baby in them.
“She has a baby?” Ariel asked, stunned.
“No, no.” The man said as he shook his head. “She has baby in stomach.” He said as he held his arms out to show a rounded stomach.
“Ohmigod, she’s pregnant.” Ariel hissed.
“Damn it.” Luka growled as they moved faster down the stairs, almost knocking their helper over in their haste.
They paused when they got to the floor. It was a basement that looked more like a modern-day dungeon.
What a horrible man to put anyone down here. Ariel thought as she looked around the dungeon.
“Hannah?” She called out.
Ariel pulled out of Luka’s grip and ran to the cell she had heard Hannah’s voice coming from.
“Oh, Ariel, it really is you.” Hannah cried as she grabbed hold of Ariel’s fingers on the bars and held onto them.
“What have they done to you?” Ariel asked as she cried.
“Don’t cry, Ariel.” Hannah said as she kissed her friend’s fingers, so happy to see her.
“Hannah.” Abraham said as he walked up to the cell.
Hannah looked up at Abraham with a sad look on her face. “Abe.” She said flatly.
The tone in her voice made Ariel’s stomach sink to her feet.
“Don’t look at me like that.” Abraham said as he reached into the bars and touched her dirty hair.
“Let’s get her out of here.” Ariel said as she looked at the men behind her.
“Need keys.” The leader of the men in black said as he looked around the room for the keys.
“They keep the keys on them.” Hannah said as she watched them. “Who’s the guys in black?”
“We hired them to help us find you.” Ariel said as she held onto her friend.
“It’s been so long. Did you even look for me?” Hannah asked as she glared at Abraham.
“Of course, we did.” Ariel said with a hitch in her voice.
Hanna looked at her with a smile. “I know you did. I was referring to him.” She said as she turned and glared at Abraham.
“Yes, I’ve been looking for you. We all have.” He said as he watched her.
“Humph.” She said as she turned away from him.
“Hannah.” He whispered.
“I have been in here for what seems like forever, just wondering… Is he coming for me? Does he even care?”
Luka picked the lock to the cell and pulled the door open. Hannah rushed out of the cell, eager to hug Ariel. Luka laughed as he almost fell over in her haste.
“I do care.” Abraham said as he watched the two women.
Hannah turned from her friend to stare at Abraham. “Do you care now?”
Abraham looked down at her stomach and shook his head. She seemed to be about five months pregnant. Much longer than she’s been here, which only meant one thing.
“It’s mine.” He whispered.
Ariel and Luka stared at him.
“What’s yours?” Ariel asked, shocked.
“He means the baby.” Hannah said as she placed her hand over her stomach.
“Wait, you two? No…” Ariel said as she looked at them, stunned.
“Any different from you being with The Sapphire Dreamer, and Luka?” Abraham asked as he continued to stare at Hannah’s stomach.
“Yeah, at least it was just the two of us, rather than three…”
“There’s a lot to tell you about that.” Luka said, then paused when he heard a noise above them. “But for now, we’ve got to go.”
Abraham lifted a protesting Hannah into his arms and headed for the stairs.
“I can walk, you know.” Hannah said with a huff.
“Not fast enough, you can’t.” He said as they headed up the stairs.
“But, Ariel is walking.” She said with a pout.
“Ariel isn’t pregnant.” He said with a growl.
They made it out of the basement-dungeon and headed towards the back of the house, where the other men waited for them.
“Shh.” The leader said as he placed a finger to his lips.
The group waited, and when nothing happened, they continued. They made it out the back door and was heading down the long stairs, when bullets flew past them, hitting the ground in front of them.
“Stop, thief!” Someone hollered.
They turned to find a large man barreling towards them, men flanking him from both sides.
“That’s him.” Hannah whispered.
“So, you’re the big man in charge.” Luka said as he stepped forward and pushed Ariel towards Abraham and Hannah.
Ariel stood next to Abraham and watched as the enormous man stopped at the top of the stairs.
“You are taking what is mine.” The man said as he pointed at Hannah.
“She is no one’s property!” Ariel hollered.
The man looked at her, his eyes lighting up. “A whirlwind.”
“What the hell does he mean by that?” Ariel asked the people around her.
“It means he likes you.” Hannah said with a hiss.
“Sorry, I’m already taken.” Ariel said in their language as she held up her left hand.
“Pity.” The man said with a frown. “Now, I must kill you with the others.”
“No one threatens, Ariel.” Luka said with a growl.
“Easy, Luka.” Ariel said as she touched his arm. “Not yet, Lukas.”
“Who is Ariel talking to?” Hannah asked Abraham as she looked up at him.
“We will tell you about it when we are safe.” Abraham said as he smiled at her.
She huffed with annoyance.
“Abraham, it may be easier if you set Hannah on her feet, and we all back towards the grass.” Luka said as he moved back. “If The Sapphire Dreamer comes out, I don’t want him throwing someone at one of you.”
Abraham nodded as he set Hannah on her feet and backed down the stairs, onto the grass.
“I may let some of you go; if you leave me my property.” The man said as he pointed to Hannah.
“She is not your property.” Abraham said with a growl.
“Once I get that thing out of her, she will be in my bed, once again.”
“That thing; happens to be my child.” Abraham said with a snarl.
“You?” The enormous man asked as he headed down the stairs.
“Back, back, back, back, back.” Luka said as he pushed everyone back away from the stairs and into the yard.
“Abraham, don’t anger him.” Hannah said as she took hold of his arm.
The enormous man looked from Abraham to Hannah, then down to her swollen stomach, and screamed with rage. He pulled a gun from one of his guard’s holster and pointed it at Hannah’s middle.
“If I can’t have her, no one can.” He said, then pulled the trigger.
Ariel and Hannah screamed when the gun fired, and Abraham jumped in front of the bullet, then fell to the wet grass.
“Abe!” Hanna screamed as she fell to her knees beside him.
Ariel looked from Abraham to her fiancé and saw that Luka was shaking all over. Men surrounded them; guns aimed at them.
“Dreamer!” Ariel screamed.
Luka’s eyes turned red as he looked at her.
“Yes.” She said as she felt the tears slide down her cheeks.
Lukas grinned, then turned to the men surrounding them. “Boy, have you picked the wrong people to mess with.” He said in his horrifying gravelly voice.
Hannah’s head shot up when she heard the voice and stared at Luka’s back.
Ariel noticed and nodded. “I’ll tell you later.”
Lukas ran at the men closest to them so fast; the men screamed as he shoved them back, then took their rifles from them and shot them each in the head.
“It will get bloody.” Ariel said as she leaned down to help Hannah hold pressure on Abraham’s stomach.
“What do you mean?” Hannah asked as she watched The Sapphire Dreamer pummel a man until he stopped breathing, then throw him across the yard.
“I gave him permission to be The Sapphire Dreamer. There will be no one left alive.” Ariel said as she pressed down on Abraham’s stomach.
“He needs the hospital.” Hannah said as she stared down at the man she loves so much but had been so stupid in not telling him after their one night together.
“Hannah.” Ariel said as she looked up into her face. “Hold pressure here; I will go see if I can snag us something fast enough to escape in.”
Hannah nodded as she took over for Ariel.
“What is he?” The leader of the men who has been helping them asked as he stopped her.
Ariel looked towards her fiancé, just as he lifted a man into the air and slammed him down like you would see in a wrestling match on TV. Ariel smiled as she looked at the man.
“He’s my fiancé.” Ariel said, then turned and ran down the driveway, looking for a get-away car fast enough to get Abraham to the hospital.