“Fire & Ice: A Love Story”, Ch. 31-32: Thomas’s Family and Mrs. Burns are in Danger, 7/06/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #224)
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[I will illustrate my story with images of actors representing my ‘dream cast’–including Richard Armitage and Anne Hathaway for the lead characters of Thomas and Caroline, respectively, as noted in the image credits. There are also images of Doris Roberts for Mrs. Burns, Tim Gamble for Peter Wendt, Brian Protheroe for Martin, Mary McDonnell for Mary, Seth Green for Todd, Raven Symone for Fiona, and Logan Lerman for Allen. The images representing Thomas are stock photos from MS Office Clip Art.]
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Author’s Mature Content Note: “Fire & Ice” is a romantic thriller. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes and some passages involving intrigue and some violence. I will label those chapters accordingly. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings I provide, then please don’t read those chapters. This is my disclaimer.
Author’s Story Recap: Upon returning home to Caroline’s apartment–now their apartment–after Caroline’s first day in the division, their Monday night turns ominous. Trevor and Mrs. Burns had been watched and followed in the park that day. So Thomas and Caroline begin to take steps to protect their little family–and they will need it.
“Fire & Ice”, Chapter 31: Thomas and Caroline have Dinner with Trevor and Put Him to Bed Before Discussing their Options
After visiting with Mrs. Burns and learning of the man watching she and Trevor at the park, Thomas walks back into his and Caroline’s apartment. Thomas puts a smile on his face for Trevor while also cluing Caroline in to what is happening.
Trevor: “Daddy your back!” Trevor runs over to Thomas and hugs his legs. “The pizza’s almost ready.” Trevor [(2) right] says excitedly while looking up at his tall Daddy.
Thomas: Lifting Trevor up into his arms, he says. “I can tell. It smells good.” Then he continues carefully nonchalantly. “Oh Caroline, I thanked Mrs. Burns for her tender care of Trevor today.” Then to Trevor he says. “Mrs. B is looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.” He says gently tickling his son’s tummy.
Trevor: “Ha ha ha ha ha!” Trevor giggles.
Caroline: “Thomas, we’ll be eating in about ten minutes.” Caroline [(3) right] says looking at him knowingly.
Thomas: “Great! I remembered that I need to email somebody back. So, I’ll just pop into our bedroom to do that and change into my jammies. Hmmm?” He smiles at Trevor as he sets him down and then Thomas nods at Caroline.
Thomas walks into their bedroom and emails the picture of the man stalking Trevor to Peter Wendt the Director—and he bccs Martin as part of his standard protocol of notifying one of the other SA’s about emergent issues. Thomas also asks for protection for Trevor, his sitter Mrs. Burns, and themselves. Thomas indicates to Peter that he will try to phone him in about an hour around 8:30pm—after dinner, Trevor’s bath and putting him to bed, and to give Peter time to make a few inquiries. Thomas returns to the main area of their apartment.
Caroline: “There you are.” She says smiling at Thomas, but wondering what he has found out.
Thomas: “Anyone hungry? Let’s eat!”
And they do. After dinner they have a fruity dessert, give Trevor his bath, and then read him a bedtime story before Trevor goes to sleep for the night in his bed.
After Caroline and Thomas tuck their sleeping son into his bed and kiss him goodnight, they go back into their great room and sit on the couch near the fireplace to chat. They have also gotten back into their street clothes anticipating a visit tonight from Peter Wendt.
Caroline: “Thomas, tell me what you found out from Mrs. Burns.” She asks worriedly.
Thomas: “She thought that she saw a man watching them as Trevor mentioned.”
Caroline: “Did she have a description of him?”
Thomas: “She took his picture on her cell phone.” And Thomas shows Caroline the emailed picture of the man watching—or stalking—their son today.
Caroline: “I don’t recognize him. Do you think he’s one of Foster’s?”
Thomas: “I do. We don’t have any projects our Division is currently working on that would cause any of our team to be targeted. And the timing with you starting work today is just too convenient.”
Caroline: “Thomas, if it were just me, I would say let’s stand and fight him. But, I don’t want to risk Trevor being caught up in something just because of who is parents are.”
Thomas: “I agree with you. I want to keep both you and Trevor safe. But, there is no guarantee that if we were to go into witness protection that Foster couldn’t find us. I think we have to deal with Foster once and for all.”
Thomas on phone: Thomas’ cell phone rings and he answers it. “Yes? Oh Peter … I see. You’re on your way over? Yes, come up. I’ll meet you in the lobby in fifteen minutes so that the night watchman will let you in.” He closes his cell phone. “Peter is on his way over with some news.”
Caroline: Caroline nods warily. “But … what if this is a ruse to get you away from us in order to kidnap Trevor and I?”
Thomas: Thomas thinks a moment, then says slowly. “But Caroline, I trust Peter.”
Thomas: Thomas [(4) right] looks resignedly at Caroline for the pragmatism of her suggestion. “You’re right. Let’s throw some clothes in a bag for each of us and get you and Trevor into Mrs. Burns’ apartment and then we’ll see what happens.”
And, they do that. Trevor is still sound asleep. Thomas takes his cell phone out of his pocket and sets it on the coffee table. He had emailed and spoken with Peter on it. If Peter is part of a plot–or has been compromised himself–anyone could trace where Thomas and his family are by keying into his cell phone’s GPS location.
To be continued with Chapter 32
“Fire & Ice”, Chapter 32: Waiting and Wondering in Mrs. Burns Apartment (Rated PG-13, for violence)
Mrs. Burns: “Oh my dears. I’ve been so worried for you since Thomas came over earlier tonight.” Mrs. Burns [(5) right] says in a whisper. Then seeing that they have a bag, she asks. “Has something happened?”
Caroline: “We don’t know Mrs. Burns. But, we have to be careful for Trevor’s sake. May we stay here a few minutes?”
Mrs. Burns: “Of course. Why don’t you lay Trevor down in my bedroom.” Caroline leaves to do that. Then Mrs. B says to Thomas. “I’ve been on edge since I spoke to you.” Then she says sheepishly. “I even wanted to see if I could get my late husband’s surveillance equipment to work.”
Thomas: “What do you mean?” He asks quizzically.
Mrs. Burns: “ Well, because of his profession, he said that he always had to be careful. So, he installed some cameras and listening devices discretely around the building. Then, when he died unexpectedly last year, we never had a chance to find and remove them. We were also worried that we might get into trouble because of it.”
Thomas: Now sounding very interested, he asks her. “Did your husband have a place where he would monitor transmissions?”
Mrs. Burns: Nodding. “In his study in the second bedroom. I haven’t touched anything since he died last year.”
She shows Thomas to her husband’s study. It looks like any man’s office–with bookshelves with books, awards, and other mements–except that there are a few extra black boxes connected to the computer. Thomas turns on the computer, but it has code word access. Now Caroline also comes into the study.
Thomas: “Mrs. Burns. Do you know what the access code is for logging on to the computer?”
Mrs. Burns: “Well, he let me play some games on the computer once and a while, so my access was just my first name Althea, spelled backwards.”
Thomas tries that, and they get on to what looks like a regular computer screen.
Caroline: “Mrs. B, do you ever remember your husband changing to his screens from this one after you had logged on?”
Mrs. Burns: “I think so. I peeked in once—and he chastised me about that. It seemed like the cursor hovered in one of the corners and then a new logon screen appeared.”
Thomas tries that and a new logon screen does appear.
Thomas: “Mrs. Burns, do you have any idea what your husband’s logon and password were?”
Mrs. Burns: “Yes, his mind was failing toward the end. But he always remembered our anniversary and his nickname for me. June 17th and Peaches.”
Thomas tries that and he gains access into Mrs. Burn’s husband’s surveillance system–that is still working. The rest of the navigation is basically point and click and Thomas calls up cameras outside the front and back entrances, the lobby, the elevators, and the underground parking garage. And, it seems that as Thomas clicks to activate each window, the sound also turns on.
Thomas: “This is excellent!” He says approvingly and relievedly–glad to have some tools at their disposal.
Mrs. Burns: Saying to Caroline sheepishly. “I think you can see why I was worried that we would get into trouble with the authorities, my dear.” Caroline nods.
Thomas: “Look Caroline! There’s Peter outside the apartment building entrance.”
Caroline: “He’s not alone. Look, there’s Paul, behind him.” Thomas then switches to the lobby view.
Thomas: “On no, the night watchmen is just letting them in. They must have flashed their government badges at him.”
Then, they watch in horror as the night watchmen is tasered and he falls to the floor. They also notice that Paul is still behind Peter—neither of whom are covering their faces. That is not good, because Peter and Paul have to assume that there are some surveillance cameras that will be capturing their images—and if they don’t care if they are seen, then that means they don’t plan to get caught.
Trevor: “Mommy, I have to pee?” He says sleepily and the three adults are jolted out their focus on the computer screens.
Mrs. Burns: “I’ll take him.” She says.
Caroline: “No! That’s alright Mrs. Burns. I’ll take him. Please stay with Thomas in case he has another question about the computer.” Though Caroline doesn’t want to let on to Mrs. Burns, at this moment Caroline isn’t even going to trust Mrs. B. Mrs. B. nods.
Thomas: “Mrs. Burns, Caroline and Trevor and I have to get out of here. I think you’re going to have to come with us for your own safety as well. They might try to make you tell them where we are.”
Mrs. Burns: “Oh my dears, I’d rather die than have anything I said cause you and Caroline and little Trevor harm.”
Thomas: “That’s just it Mrs. Burns. If some of the people we deal with got a hold of you, you would wish that you could die. “ Thomas says looking at her soberly alluding to her being tortured.
Mrs. Burns: “Of course! Whatever you say.” She says with great alarm. She obviously understands what he means now.
Caroline: Coming back the room holding the sleeping Trevor, she says. “Okay, we’re all pottied now.”
Mrs. Burns: “I think I’ll go, too since we’re leaving.”
Thomas: “And throw some clothes and any pills you take into a bag, Mrs. Burns. We might be gone for a day, or a week, or a month.”
Caroline: “Thomas?” Caroline asks him questioningly.
Thomas: “Caroline, Mrs. Burns is coming with us. We can’t afford to leave her behind—for our sake, or hers.”
Unbeknownst to Caroline—and to Peter Wendt—Thomas had also contacted a special unit of his past field colleagues, three of whom are racing to get to the apartment building.
Mrs. Burns: “Okay. What do we do now? Do you want to take my car and then we can go get my husband’s car out of storage?”
Thomas: “Your husband has a working car in storage? With gas in it?”
Mrs. Burns: “Well, he always thought that we might need to leave quickly and without a trace. That’s why he also had this money stashed away. There’s a thousand dollars in each roll.” She hands Caroline and Thomas each a large roll of twenty dollar bills that they put in their pockets. “I just always thought that he was too caught up in the spy novels he always read.”
Thomas: “Do you have the keys to the storage unit and the car?”
Mrs. Burns: Mrs. Burns nods—too stunned at the turn of events to be frightened. “They’re in the glove compartment of my car downstairs. It’s the Acme Storage unit at the third pier on Lake Michigan—unit 321.”
Caroline: Then Caroline turns to Thomas, and tells him urgently. “Thomas, we have to get the Memory Book and take it with us.”
Thomas: “Caroline, we can make new memories.”
Caroline: “No Thomas. There are people and places mentioned in there that we might want to visit for help. It’s a road map to finding us.”
Thomas: “You’re right. I’ll dash back to our apartment now. If I don’t come back in five minutes, you and Trevor go with Mrs. Burns and get lost. I will find you, somehow.”
Thomas: “I love you, too, Caroline.” He kisses her quickly, but tenderly [(6) right]. “And I love Trevor.” He says brushing his sleeping son’s hair. “I’m sorry this is all happening.”
Thomas leaves the Burns’ study and then he dashes over to his and Caroline’s apartment. He grabs the Memory Book and the extra pictures of their little family stashed in a drawer and those in picture frames—so that no one has current pictures of them. Then, he grabs his coat and takes his gun out of its pocket as he looks in the hallway toward Mrs. Burns door. He is only in Caroline’s apartment for at most three minutes.
Seeing nothing in the hallway, he dashes back into Mrs. Burns apartment. But all Thomas finds in Mrs. Burns apartment are her now open apartment windows with the drapes blowing open and Mrs. Burns on the floor with a bullet through her head. And his love Caroline and their precious son Trevor are nowhere to be seen–taken away from him silently into the darkness of night. Thomas is frantic. He looks around the room for clues and sees none. But then, Thomas looks down at Mrs. Burns again–lying in a growing pool of her own blood. Her eyes are open and blinking and he realizes that she is not quite dead. He leans down to see if she can tell him anything.
Mrs. Burns: With her dying breath, Mrs. Burns says what she hopes will lead Thomas to his family. “Trevor .. Car … Storage. Haaaaah.” And with a rasping exhale, Mrs. Burns dies.
But, Mrs. Burns’ last words give Thomas hope. Was Caroline able to get away—and maybe Mrs. Burns fended off their attackers in order to give her time to do that? He doesn’t see their overnight bags here. Nor is there evidence of a scuffle–Mrs. Burns was obviously quickly overpowered and eliminated to avoid having a witness. But a witness to what? Thomas cannot fathom why he and his family are being targeted in this way.
Then Thomas looks down at the Memory Book he just retrieved from their apartment. And Thomas realizes that Caroline wasn’t afraid that someone else would get a hold of it. She wanted Thomas to have it to use to find her and Trevor. She called it a road map to finding them. So, he puts the Memory book in a plastic bag and grabs some of the late Mr. Burns clothing to use for himself. Then pausing at the front door before exiting, Thomas gently closes Mrs. Burns now dead eyes and leaves her apartment quickly. The only thing on Thomas’ racing mind is his need to find his family–to find Caroline and Trevor.
To be continued with Chapter 33
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(3) Image representing Caroline Walters is that of Anne Hathaway doing press for the movie “Love and Other Drugs” and was found at
(4) Image (flipped) representing Thomas Kane is that of Richard Armitage portraying John Porter in Chris Ryan’s Strike Back Series 1 (2010 on Sky 1), episode 5 (pix 39) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/StrikeBack/album/series1/Episode5/slides/ep5_039.html
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