As I reach the top of the car park I see him standing by a large window with the glass now shattered across the concrete floor. On approach I see that he's attaching a rope to his belt and fastening it securely. "So this is your great escape plan? Jump out of a four story car park window?" I ask him. "If you've got a better idea then i'd love to hear it" he says giving me a fake smile as he pulls the knot tight. "Well isn't this basically suicide? The vans are going to surround the entire area! We aren't invisible, they'll see us as soon as we jump!" I protest and he shakes his head. "Either they haven't thought of coming round the back or they just haven't got there yet, but for the time being they aren't out this side, so instead of waiting around for them to do so or come up those stairs, I say we get a move on." he says giving me a nod.
"Well come on then." he adds a few seconds later. I stare at him blankly, not understanding what he means. "I don't have any rope, do you have any sp-" "No" he laughs "I mean hold onto me." "Surely you aren't serious!" I scoff and he looks at me expressionless. A large crash sounds from below and I instinctively spin around aiming my gun towards the stairs. "I'm not going to say it again, hold onto me!" he yells and I turn back towards him as I latch my arms around his neck. I feel his arms wrap around my waist and lift me up as he secures my legs around his. He gets us onto the window ledge and I look down at the ground. "I hope you know what you're doing." I whisper as my heart begins to race. I see his lips form a grin as a low laugh escapes his lips. "Trust me, you're in the safest hands."
Without even a second for me to respond, he jumps off the ledge, leaving us whizzing down towards the ground. My fingers dig into his neck and I hear him yelp as I try to suppress my own screams. Suddenly the rope kicks in before we reach the ground and yanks us back up and we dangle a few centimeters from the dirt below. "Perfect landing." he mutters as he detaches my arms from his neck and pulls out a knife and begins to cut himself out of the impossible knot he made. I stand up and survey the area around us. Just like he said, no one was around the back.
"Are you coming?"
He's out of the rope now and beginning to walk away from the car park. "Where?" I ask him and begin to follow him. "I have a van parked in a field beside here." he says and begins to pick up pace into a jog. I match his speed and jog along side him. "I suppose that's better than sticking around here." I reply and catch him smirk.
As we approach the car I see a figure lying on the ground infront of it and I slow down beside it. He notices and turns round to look at me kneeling down examining the person. Blood is seeping out from his mouth and from a gun wound perfectly in his heart. "I-is this my contact?" I ask him without looking at him. "Yes." he replies quietly. I sigh and stand up, walking round to the passenger side of the van and get in. A few seconds later he gets into the drivers side and starts the engine.
He does a u-turn and begins to drive away from the car park and the body lying in the middle of the field. As we drive in silence I try to collect my thoughts.
I snap my head up and look at him and he stares back at me blankly as he pulls out onto normal road. "You're looking at me like I just killed your pet dog. What is it?" he asks and I shake my head. "My ear piece.. it's gone completely silent since we jumped out of the car park." I say and he shrugs. "Maybe you're just out of range." He sees my worried expression and sighs. "Hey, don't worry about it. I'm sure your.. friend.. is alright." he says slowly. These head pieces are the best technology out there, it wouldn't have gone out of range, I think to myself. "You could have broken your set without even realizing it." he adds, seeming to be reading my mind. "Yeah, yeah, you're right, i'm sure its nothing." I say waving it off.
"So anyway, are you taking me somewhere remote to kill me?" I ask him, humor laced in my voice. "No actually, i've decided to keep you alive, for the time being atleast." he says and I raise my eyebrows at him. He looks over at me and laughs. "You could have information that could be quite useful to us." he states and looks back at the road. "Ah, I see. Get all the information, good plan." I respond. He clears his throat and shuffles around in his seat.
"Do you have a name?" I blurt out and I see him grip the steering wheel tighter. "I don't think we've got to the first name bases stage. We are on two enemy teams, remember?" "Jennifer." I say ignoring his previous statement. "I'm Jennifer." He gives me a cautious expression then seems to get lost in thinking. I give up on staring him down for an answer and turn to look out my window. "Louis." he says after a moment and I look over at him. Acting like I didn't hear him I ask him what he just said and he gives me an annoyed look, like i'm pushing my luck. "I'm Louis. You asked me what my name is right?" he declares and I give him a smile. "Yeah I know, I heard the first time." I wink. "I think you should keep it in mind that I could change my mind and just kill you." "You need me." I laugh and I see his mouth twitch, a smile wanting to break free. "Don't push me." is all he says.
After about fifteen minutes of silence we reach the city and I finally break it. "So where is it you're actually taking me?" I inquire and without giving me a glance he replies "To my headquarters. We're just going to ask you a few questions." he answers and I can't help the slight flip my stomach does. "So an interrogation?" I say and my hand reflexively goes to my gun that I had fastened in my belt during the car journey. "We need any information you have on The Statons, Jennifer." he says, his tone becoming much harder. "I can't just give you everything my company has worked so hard to get!" I say, my voice rising. "If you don't give us it willingly then they will torture it out of you and neither of us want that to happen." "Don't take me there then. Why don't you just join my organisation, work for us?" I try pleading with him. "You and I both know it doesn't work like that. I'm loyal to my own group, this is my job. My life." he says and panic starts to set in. I grab for my gun and bring it up to his head, making him swerve the car slightly. "What the fuck are you doing?!" he shouts as he fights to regain control of the car. "If you take me there, i'll shoot you." I tell him and he begins to mutter under his breath. "Where to then?" he finally says with a sigh. "We're going back to my base. Turn left up there, i'll give you directions." I say and he nods.
I begin to reach my hand infront of him to get his gun and he begins to laugh. "Unable to keep your hands off me? I'm driving, please have some self control." I roll my eyes "Don't flatter yourself Louis. I'm taking your gun incase you think you can try something smart." I take his gun from his belt and sit it in my lap and he pouts like a child. Not giving him a chance to respond with something sarcastic I jump in. "A right up here."
We eventually reach my base and I jump out of the van and around to his side, pulling him out by his collar and holding the gun firmly to his head. "Try anything, and I swear, I'll shoot you in the head so fast you won't make it two steps away." I whisper into his ear which earns me a quick nod. I put the gun to his back and jab him. "Walk. That door over there." I say and point towards a side entrance.
As soon as i'm inside i'm greeted by co-workers, all of them commenting on how they thought I was dead and questioning me on Louis. "I need to see Vincent, where is he?" I ask one of them and i'm told he's in his office. My boss is going to love this guy, I think to myself. I maneuver Louis through the building to the top floor where Vincent's office is located. "No messing about in here." I instruct Louis and he gives me a not so assuring smirk that leaves my heart racing as I open Vincent's door.