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she didn't understand her captor in the slightest. had his name been gavin? gaston? no, it had been gage. she could faintly remember the few times he'd be outside her cell speaking to one of the guards, spilling secrets of information, their next target trailing along the sea by sailboat in an attempt to evade. she hadn't even known what his back story was when she had so promptly chosen to wreck his life, he'd just been too easy to pin with that southern charm and bright eyed stare for his fiance. the same one ava had watched storm out their front door in a hazard of half open suitcases while he had chased after her, pleading. how there hadn't been a smidgen of guilt at the time because it had been fun
to watch a simpleton's life crumble to bits over the mere idea of love. it only further proved to ava that such a thing didn't exist, how if one woman couldn't trust the love of her life, then what was the point of a relationship at all? trust was the foundation, the solid plate that allowed two people to fall into one another. and clearly gage and his bride to be didn't have it, with just one bra hanging off the lamp shade and a tube of lipstick on the counter, they had crashed into the water and floundered. somehow he managed to pick himself back up enough to find the source of this happening, that being ava, and took her out. if she hadn't been so bitter she might have admired his gusto for being the one man to actually capture her, out con the con. but the treatment she had received on top of the mind fuck that followed with nurses trying to handle her like tear-able tissue, it all trumped the possibility for ava to think fondly of this guy. all he ever did was sit and stare at her with this vacant, lost look that made her want to scream. she didn't want to be helpless, she'd had enough of that as a teenager. she'd scraped and pulled all her life to get to this point of greatness, to actually be a real woman about to run a business, have a few friends to mingle with instead of talking to thin air. now here she was again, at the mercy of life's villains and psychos trying to 'fix' her lack of normalcy. to train her to be good again, the same way the first guy she ever loved had trained her to be a strong girl. all of those lessons went out the door the minute the smoke of threats began to screen her ability to stay cement thick, visions of the people she cared for bleeding to death alone, never seeing it coming. and how it would basically be by her hand, her fault. and that was why she loathed this man as much as she would favor a cockroach. as much as her splendor for mucking things up put her here, he was the final nail in the coffin that allowed the agency to treat her not as a human being with an extra ability she hadn't asked for, but a monster. an animal. a speck of dirt ground against the soles of their shoes. the fact that his face shown signs of sympathy for the way she looked gone to the world she lived in, it was complete hypocrisy. he wanted to catch the big bad wolf, so why didn't he just pull out the rifle and submerge the bullet past her flesh, straight into her shallow heart? she didn't know. but the more the days rolled by with the aches stiffening her joints, the ringing in her ears permeated by shrieks, the more she wished he'd just get it over with already.
he was standing over her like a poor excuse for god, the same smartass gleam in his eyes and the simple shake of his hair that made her wish she had a pair of scissors to hack it all off. and maybe lodge them into his windpipe while she was at it. but instead of the typical drone of questions he asked her, or the flicker of his fingers for her to get in cuffs and follow him to the testing lab, he held the door wide open with a gust of sterilized air, and confusion began to flood her face. not much time, for what? was this it, were they going to execute her today and burn her body to ashes? let her spirit filter their air with it's rage? no, he wasn't picking her up. there was no metal clink of cuffs against his hip to signal that she was being carted off like fodder for chickens. just a wide expanse of hall ahead of her, no bodies protecting it with their tasers and hand guns. "what are you playing at?"
she mumbled, but the seconds ticked by with no means for movement, and ava wasn't stupid. the runner in her cried do or die, and she wasn't about to let even a trick stop her from at least trying once more to get out of this god forsaken hole. it took every ounce of strength after being so stoic for so long to shift up off the ground, before she broke off into the best run she could. everything felt blurry and out of place, the adrenaline was mixing with her lack of energy to give the halls a fun house like feel. but instead of running into mirrors, she was running into steel walls. unaware of where she was going she heaved breaths as her feet batted into the floor, going down every corridor and taking every sharp turn to avoid seeing any officers along the way. it wasn't until she heard the equal sound of shoes behind her did ava realize gage was with her, following her. in fact, trying to get ahead of her. had he planned this, was he breaking her out? everything was twisting around her mind like a snare she couldn't free from, and if it weren't for the need to survive, she'd probably just fall to the floor asking why. the sudden screech of an alarm made her press her hands to her ears, red lights glowing over their flushed faces as they were suddenly met with the sound of voices at the end of the hall, guns cocking and a spray of bullets just barely missing the top of her head. she took off in the opposite direction, trying to yell over the noise as panic began to flood her system like a tidal wave. "where do we go?!"
another bullet whizzed past her ankle, she could feel the whoosh past her limb as they took another turn, practically diving out of the way of their impending death. "gage where do we go?!"
for once in her life her expression was masked not by casual smirks or a flicker of evil, but by raw fear, tears pricking at her water line and the endless pleads for him to lead the way leaving her mouth. she didn't want to die like this, not like a rat in a maze. not running after years of finally being able to settle down in effortless peace.
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