“I never thought I’d step foot on this bloody island again,” Robert mumbled to himself as he entered the Cassadine compound, closing the door quietly behind him. He moved stealthily through the maze of darkened hallways, listening carefully for any signs of life. He made his way to the top floor with the idea of checking rooms from top to bottom. Each time he came to a new room, he flung the door open, gun drawn, prepared for anything. He found nothing. Every room was tidy—empty.
He entered the deserted kitchen. After a quick sweep he paused to catch his breath. “Damn!” he grumbled, beginning to feel discouraged. But as he leaned on the counter near the stove, he found a glimmer of hope radiating off of the back burner on the electric stove. It was still slightly warm. Not hot, but definitely not cold. It had been used recently, probably within the last half hour. That gave him all of the encouragement he needed to keep moving. Even if Obrecht and company had already left, he might find a clue as to where they’d gone next. He briefly considered going back upstairs to check the rooms more thoroughly, then decided against it. He’d check downstairs first. With a cryogenic chamber, a lab and God knows what else, that area was a treasure trove of evil genius.
Cautiously Robert side-stepped his way down the stairs into the basement of the compound prepared to engage at any moment. All was relatively quiet except for two armed guards who sat playing cards outside of a large steel door in the antechamber of the lab. He wouldn’t be able to take on both of them at once. Robert needed a diversion. It would have to be simple. Time was of the essence and he had virtually nothing in the way of supplies. He moved quickly in the opposite direction toward the cryogenic chamber, plotting as he went.
* * *
“What’s that?” one guard said to the other, detecting a strange beeping sound.
“I don’t know. Sounds like it’s coming from Area C. I thought we were supposed to be here alone.”
“Yeah. Mr. Jacks said the others were all evacuating, but…”
“So, what do we do now?”
“What do you mean, ‘what do we do now’? We go check it out! He said there was a possibility that we’d have more visitors. That’s why we’re here, right?”
“I guess so.”
“Go check it out, little brother!”
“You go check it out.”
“I said it first.”
“Let’s both go.”
“No way. One of us has to stay here and guard the lab the make sure the woman doesn’t escape.”
Robert listened to the argument echoing through empty halls. He chuckled to himself. It was almost too easy. “Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb,” he smiled.
“What’s the matter? You scared, Roy-boy? Geez, come on!”
“Fine!” Roy snapped. “You know what? You suck Dale!” He headed off in the direction of the beep, glancing back several times.
Dale just gave him a disgusted look and shooed him off with a few flicks of the wrist.
When Roy came around the corner, Robert was waiting for him. One quick chop and Roy was down without a sound. Robert pulled his phone out of his pocket and turned off the alarm. “That came in rather handy,” he said, rather pleased with himself.
Had he waited long enough, the other brother might have come looking and Robert could have taken him out the same way, but he was getting impatient. Not only that, if his intel was accurate, the lab would be thumbprint protected. Robert was banking on the fact that all of the guards had access, but he would need to take one out in close proximity to the entrance. He left Roy there in a heap and made his way back toward the lab.
Just outside the entrance to the antechamber, Robert paused again. Taking a chance that Dale was as dull as he appeared, he cleared his throat and spoke, “Dale, come quickly. Roy has been injured!”
“Mr. Jacks, Is that you?” came Dale’s response, followed by footsteps as he rushed across the floor.
Seconds later Dale was surprised by Robert and met with a fate not unlike that of his little brother. “Works every time,” Robert muttered. He dragged Dale’s limp form to the lab door and stopped for a breather, slightly distressed that he was so out of shape. With no time to waste, he didn’t dwell on it. He took hold of Dale’s arm and with a yank, pressed his thumb to the keypad.
“Ha ha! Still got it,” he smirked as the keypad recognized the print.
Robert peaked in as the door squeaked open and was horrified. “Anna!” He rushed to her side as she lay motionless on the floor. “Anna!”
There was no response.
He put a hand on her cheek. “Anna, come on baby, don’t do this to me.” He moved his hand to her neck and was relieved to find a pulse. He leaned closer and felt her breath on his cheek. “Thank God!” he whispered. She had no noticeable wounds at first glance. Robert put his arms around her and pulled her close, cradling her limp body. “Anna! Anna, can you hear me? Anna, sweetheart, I need you to wake up now. We need to get you out of here before those goons come around.” He patted her face. “Anna, come on.”
She began to stir, slight moaning sounds coming from her throat.
“Anna,” Robert said, getting more excited.
“No,” she whispered.
“Yes. Come on, Anna. It’s me.”
“Robert?” she questioned before opening her eyes.
“Yeah baby. I’m here. But we need to go.”
“You’ve got a nasty bump,” he said, after further examination. “Do you know what happened?”
“Where are we?” she said. She glanced around, blinking to regain focus as she opened her eyes.
“What? Oh. The boat,” Anna said, still trying to get her bearings. She struggled to sit up.
Robert let go, but stayed by her side, prepared to grab hold again if needed.
“Robert, what are you doing here? You’re supposed to be in hospital. God, are you all right?”
“I’m fine. I’m more worried about you.”
“You found me. How did you find me?”
“You left me you a clue, didn’t you?”
“Your phone. Outside Steinmauer.”
“Oh. Right. I kicked it under the bench. I didn’t know if anyone would find it.”
“How did they get you?”
“Chloroform , I think. From behind. I didn’t know who it was, but…
“Yeah. I saw her on the boat. With Faison!” She gulped as she said his name. “She broke him out.”
“She drugged me and broke him out,” she continued, sounding aggravated.
“Any news on Robin?”
Anna shook her head. “I tried to make a break for it when we docked and something… someone… hit me. That’s all I remember. How did you even know to look for me?”
“That’s a long story. We can talk about that later. We need to get out of here first. Before Chip and Dale wake up.” He glanced quickly over his shoulder at the open door. The coast was still clear. “Listen, Anna, can you walk?”
“Of course I can. Help me up?”
He stood and took hold of her under the arms, hoisting her up. Once she was on her feet, he pulled her into his embrace.
She let him hold her for a minute, relishing the sense security before forcing the end of the moment. “Robert…”
“Let go, then.”
“Right,” he said. He backed away cautiously.
She took all of three steps before the room started to spin and she collapsed into his arms again.
“Whoa. Looks like we’d better take it slow,” he smiled. He managed to get her over to the small bed in the corner.
“I’m all right. I’m just a little dizzy. That’s all.”
“Okay. Give it a minute and we’ll try again,” he said, his arms still wound around her as they sat.
Anna nodded and rested her head on Robert’s shoulder. “I can’t believe you found me,” she said again.
“Of course I found you. Robert said. “You know I’d move Heaven and Earth before I’d let anything happen to you.” He felt her nod again. He held her bit longer, and then said, “Okay, love. We’ve got to try this again. Are you ready?”
“I think so.”
“Okay. Here we go.” He rose slowly, bringing her with him. “Hold on to Bobby now,” he said in a playful voice.
“Yes dear,” she said. Her tone was sarcastic, but her lips curled up with the tiniest smile.
Suddenly a voice boomed out, “Well, well, well… Look what we have here. Two super spies for the price of one! I hate to spoil your plans, but you two are not going anywhere!”
Jerry Jacks maniacal laughter reverberated through the halls as the lab door slid shut, leaving a startled Robert and Anna staring after him in disbelief.
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