“Fire & Ice: A Love Story”, Ch. 33: Thomas Hunts for Caroline and Trevor, 7/09/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #226)

“Fire & Ice:  A Love Story”, Ch. 33:  Thomas Hunts for Caroline and Trevor, 7/09/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #226)

An Original Story Copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace
(all rights reserved)

[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.]
[(1) Fire & Ice story logo left]

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:   After fleeing Mrs. Burns apartment separately, Thomas anguishes over finding Caroline and Trevor before anyone else does.  The stakes are high, several people have already lost their lives this Monday evening–including, their friend and neighbor Mrs. Burns.

“Fire & Ice”, Chapter 33:  Thomas Starts to Hunt for his Family—for Caroline and Trevor

Thomas races down their apartment building’s fire exit stairs down to the underground garage parking area.  He looks around for Caroline’s car and sees that it is still in its parking spot.  But he notices that Mrs. Burns’ car is missing.  He knows this because all of the parking spots are neatly arranged and labeled according to the apartment that they belong to.  Thomas looks under Caroline’s car—to see if there is a bomb underneath it, or if she left him something to guide him to she and Trevor–bread crumbs.  Thomas finds one of the Burns’ twenty dollar bills tucked up under the license plate in back—a standard way of passing messages back and forth that he and Caroline had used when they were in the field as undercover operatives.  The twenty dollar bill has two words written on it—first tooth.

But Thomas will have to look that up later in the Memory Book.  Right now, he needs to get away from the building.  So, he finds a car in another row, opens its door and wires the vehicle to start.  Then he drives away into the night.  Since the special unit team Thomas called earlier wasn’t able to get there in time tonight, he goes to their rendezvous location fifteen minutes away.  But, they don’t show up.  So, Thomas can only suspect the worst–that they’ve been killed also.  Thomas and his family are on their own.  But, for now, Thomas doesn’t even know where Caroline and Trevor are–and he is frantic to find them and to keep them safe.  So, Thomas drives toward the  pier and the Acme Storage unit that Mrs. Burns mentioned her husband’s car was stored in a round about way.  If he is being followed, he doesn’t want anyone to have a chance to find Caroline and Trevor.

Thomas [(2) right] parks his car in a dark secluded spot where he can visualize everything at the storage units–but remain unseen himself–and he pulls out and opens the Memory Book and turns to the page about Trevor’s first tooth.   Thomas reads the seemingly innocuous caption as he did the other day and doesn’t draw any clues from it.  But now, he also opens up the small envelope taped to the page—and inside, in addition to his son’s tooth, Thomas finds a small Union Station Storage Locker key.  Thomas realizes that Caroline has obviously thought ahead to the day when her past work for the government might catch up with she and Trevor.  And Thomas marvels at and admires Caroline’s field operative stealth.  Thomas waits two hours and watches the storage units, but there is no sign of Caroline and Trevor–nor any other activity there.  So, he heads to Union Station in Chicago.

***

When Caroline and Trevor left Mrs. Burns apartment Monday night, it was just to go down and get Mrs. Burns car warmed up for them.  But, after she was in the hallway with Trevor, Caroline heard the windows open and the commotion inside Mrs. Burns’ apartment and she fled with Trevor and their overnight bag they had taken with them.  This was no small feat since Caroline is still basically one handed due to her injured left had.  So, she had to wake Trevor up so he could walk and they took the stairs down to the garage.  She quickly left the twenty dollar bill note for Thomas and they drove away in Mrs. Burns’ car.

Caroline could not be sure that Mrs. Burns wouldn’t be made to talk about her car in the storage unit.  So, Caroline decided to follow her original escape plan that she had put in place years ago after she had Trevor.  She just hopes that Thomas will be able to find them.  But, she does take the storage unit and car keys with her out of the glove compartment of Mrs. Burns’ car just in case they need it when she leaves the car near a downtown restaurant.  Then, she and Trevor take a taxi to Union Station to wait for Thomas. Happily, Trevor is very sleepy and he does not question why they are moving around a lot late at night.  Trevor just moves when she tells him to and then he sleeps [(3) right] when they are in the taxi and now in Chicago’s Union Station train station.

It is an agonizing two and a half hour wait because she knows that Thomas will probably try to go to the storage unit first. And, there is no guarantee that Thomas will find her clue—though she clings to that hope.  So, Caroline and Trevor sit on a side bench at Chicago’s Union Station train station across from the storage locker that she had left the key for in the Memory Book–waiting and hoping for Thomas to find them.  Thomas coming with the storage locker key is important because she has $50,000 in small bills–as well as false identity papers–in a bag in the locker.   Then, she hopes that she and Thomas can get lost somewhere until this can all be sorted out.

***

Thomas ditches his stolen car a mile away from Chicago’s Union Station.  Then he walks on foot as he wends his way past late night revelers.  It is 11:00pm late Monday night, May 23rd and he hasn’t seen Caroline and Trevor for a little over two hours.  Thomas clings to the hope that he will find them at the train station.  Thomas has already changed into one of Mr. Burns’ outfits to try to disguise himself a bit.  Happily, Mr. Burns had a little paunch.  So, Thomas stuffs his other clothing items in his pants–well Mr. Burns’ pants–and he carries the Memory Book still in the plastic bag.  Thomas is also wearing a hat.  So, his attire and now his demeanor make him appear older than he really is.  At 11:30pm, Thomas enters Chicago’s Union Station train station [(4) right].  He buys himself a soda and sits down.  He looks around to see where the storage lockers might be.

To Thomas’ relief, he spots Caroline and the sleeping Trevor across from what he thinks are the storage lockers.  Caroline doesn’t see Thomas yet.  Thomas knows that he can’t actually meet up with Caroline and Trevor if Trevor is awake, or Trevor might blow their cover in his excitement to see him.  So, Thomas goes to a ticket window and buys a sleeper for two adults to head to the Seattle—on the Northwest Limited Amtrak train [(5) right].  If someone is looking for them, they will be looking for two adults and one child.   They can pay for Trevor when they get on board.

Thomas walks over to Caroline and tips his hat as he passes in front of her.    She looks up at him in brief astonishment and relief.  But Caroline does not move.  Caroline continues to caress the sleeping Trevor soothingly–for him and for her.  Then Thomas crosses to the lockers, opens the locker, takes out the bag [(6) right] and closes the locker.  Then he crosses over to Caroline and hands her the Memory Book in a plastic bag and the bag he just got out of the locker.  Then Thomas picks up their sleeping son Trevor and the large overnight bag and he and Caroline walk to the train terminal and board their train that will take them to the Northwestern United States, on the Northwest Limited train.

***
Once inside their private sleeper compartment, Thomas and Caroline can breathe a brief sigh of relief.  They are together, safe for now, and they have the financial means to keep them safe for a year if necessary.  They make sure Trevor goes to the potty before they put him to bed.  As their son Trevor sleeps, Thomas and Caroline embrace and kiss each other in relief.

Thomas:  “Caroline my love.  I was so worried.  I love you so, Caroline.”  Thomas rocks the softly crying Caroline in his arms.  In truth, Thomas is also crying.

Caroline:  “Oh Thomas I love you so. I was so afraid that we would never see you again.”    Then she asks the question that she has been afraid to ponder since she left Mrs. Burns’ apartment.  “Mrs. Burns …?”

Thomas:  “She didn’t make it.”   He says shaking his head sadly.

Caroline:  “No!”   Caroline [(7) right] whispers in a quietly sorrowful wail so as not to awaken and distress Trevor.

Thomas:  Thomas tries to comfort Caroline.  “I know my love.  But, she kept you and Trevor safe—which is what she had told me earlier tonight that she was willing to do.  Although, we didn’t know then that she was foreseeing her own death.  She died after letting me know that you and Trevor had gotten away safely.”   Though Thomas does not tell Caroline the manner of Mrs. Burns’ death at this time.

Caroline:  “She didn’t deserve this.  Mrs. Burns was a wonderful friend to Trevor and I and we will always treasure her memory.”

Thomas:  “Yes, she was.  …. Caroline, it may be even worse than we think.”  Caroline tenses up and looks at him fearfully.  “I had contacted a special unit of our old field colleagues.  But the three of them that were supposed to intervene, didn’t show up at the apartment nor the rendezvous.  So, they might also be dead.”

Caroline:  Caroline stares at Thomas for several moments. “Thomas, what happened tonight?  Who could want to get to us so badly that they would kill other people to do it?  And why?”

Thomas:  Thomas gazes at Caroline uncertainly [(8) right].  “I don’t know.  So we’re on our own for now.  We can only trust ourselves.  I assume the bag I retrieved has money and ids in it.”

Caroline:  “Yes. There is $50,000 in there.”

Thomas:  “That’s my girl!”    He hugs her gratefully.   “I also have funds in off shore accounts, but we’ll have to wait to access them.   I don’t imagine that you have an id in there for me, so …”

Caroline:  “Yes Thomas, I do.”

Thomas:  “You do?”  He asks her incredulously.

Caroline:  “Yes.  I knew that if Trevor and I ever had to run away somewhere, I could only envision doing it with your help.”

Thomas:  “Oh Caroline!”  He embraces her gratefully.

Thomas and Caroline kiss tenderly, then passionately, then adoringly for several minutes.  Thomas and Caroline are their own true loves and soul mates, forever.  Although, under different circumstances Thomas and Caroline would have made love at this moment—in love and relief for their safe escape–they have to stay alert.  So they content themselves with watching their little son Trevor sleep as they cuddle and kiss each other in their loving arms.  At some point, the exhausted Caroline falls asleep in Thomas arms and he gazes at her lovingly.  But Thomas cannot sleep.  He has to keep watch over his family.   Then, around 4:00am, Caroline awakes again and she insists that Thomas sleep a little bit while she stays awake to keep watch and he does so grudgingly.

This night has seen Thomas’ and Caroline’s world shatter around them.  And the life they knew, is no more.  And the life that they had hoped to build together–is still in question.  Thomas’ and Caroline’s only thought is survival–for themselves and for Trevor.  And somehow, together, they must find a way to do that.

References

(1)     Fire & Ice Story Logo is a composite of MSOffice Clip Art images:
fire (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/results.aspx?qu=fire&ctt=1#ai:MP900438774|mt:2| ); block of ice (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/results.aspx?qu=ice&ctt=1#ai:MP900402236|mt:2| ); and a heart (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/results.aspx?qu=heart&ctt=1#ai:MP900399589|mt:2| ), 5/13/12grati

(2)     Image representing Thomas Kane (cropped and darkened) is that of Richard Armitage portraying Lucas North in Spooks, series 8 Promo (pix 26) and was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spookspromo/album/slides/series8-26.html

(3)     Image 2 representing Trevor sleeping is a stock photo titled found at MS Office Clip Art at
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/results.aspx?qu=tired%20boy&ctt=1#ai:MP900308953%7Cmt:2%7C

(4)     Image of the interior of Chicago’s Union Station train station was found at http://www.planetware.com/i/photo/chicago-il779.jpg

(5)     The Northwest Limited is a fictional Amtrak train heading from Chicago’s Union Station to Seattle, WA based on the route for the real Empire Builder (but not its time tables) and was found at http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/Page/1237405732505/1237405732505

(6)     Image of Chicago Union Station storage lockers was found on their website at http://www.chicagounionstation.com/lockers.html

(7)     Image representing Caroline Walters is that of Anne Hathaway in the movie “Love and Other Drugs” and was found at

http://www.pajiba.com/seriously_random_lists/is-that-supposed-to-be-cute-totally-unlovable-love-interests.php

(8)     Image 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

 

Previous “Fire & Ice” Story Link

Ch. 31-32:   https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/fire-ice-a-love-story-ch-31-32-thomass-family-and-mrs-burns-are-in-danger-70612-gratiana-lovelace-post-224/

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About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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5 Responses to “Fire & Ice: A Love Story”, Ch. 33: Thomas Hunts for Caroline and Trevor, 7/09/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #226)

  1. Fabi says:

    Hi Grati,
    Wow, what a twist in the story! Just yesterday they were happy for their reunion, at home, now they have to fight for their lives! Suspense, suspense…. :)

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    • Hi Fabi,
      “Fire & Ice” is a romantic thriller. So I hope to have a balance. But the thriller part will be our focus for a while–it is the story conflict, to hopefully be resolved.
      Cheers! Grati ;->

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  2. Ania says:

    Hi Grati,
    I must admit that I love your descriptions of the great romantic moments in the story, but I’m really impressed by this amazing twist in the action. You could be a pretty good spy;)

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  3. Pingback: “Fire & Ice: A Love Story”, Ch. 34-35: Tuesday Morning on the Run and at the Division, 7/13/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #230) | Something About Love (A)

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