Love Led Us Here Part 1 by JenJ

Republisher’s Note: A sadder take on the attack on the Bauer House.

Love Led Us Here Part 1 by JenJ

Michelle paced the kitchen with Robbie in her arms. He had been asleep for about an hour but she still hadn’t laid him down. She didn’t want to have him out of her arms for one second.

It had been hours since the shooting. Hours since Tony had shown up to warn them, Maria’s appeal to Danny, the shooting and then Rick and Tony helping a wounded Danny out the front door and leaving her behind. They had promised her that they would call her as soon as they were safe but so far she hadn’t heard a word from them and she was getting more and more worried. She glanced over at Frank, Harley and David. The ambulance had taken the body of one of the assassins away and most of the police were gone but those three had stayed to watch her.

“Michelle, why don’t you take the baby upstairs and lay down,” Harley suggested. “He’s asleep and I’m sure that you’re tired too.”

“No, I couldn’t sleep anyway,” Michelle said, rocking the baby.

“Well, the baby’s asleep so why don’t you go upstairs and put him down. We’ll let you know if we hear anything.”

“I’d rather keep him with me right now,” Michelle said. She didn’t want to leave Robbie alone upstairs in case an assassin came back or if Maria sent a kidnapper to take him.

“There’s no danger,” Frank assured her. “There are police surrounding the house. No one’s going to try and break in.”

Michelle hesitated, still not wanting to let her son out of her sight. Harley noticed this and said, “How about I bring his bassinet down here and he can sleep here?”

Michelle nodded, “That sounds better.”

“Michelle, can you think of any places that Danny might have gone to?” David asked. “Any safe houses, or secret places he has?”

“No,” Michelle said, shaking her head. “He doesn’t have any kind of place like that.”

“Are you sure or are you just protecting him?”

Michelle turned away from him and laid Robbie down in the bassinet that Harley had brought in. She spent a long time arranging his blankets before she turned back to David, “I’m sure,” She said coldly. “Danny doesn’t have any safe houses or secret places that he could hide and I have told you everything that I know.”

“Look, Michelle, you’re not helping anyone by lying to us. Now the best way to help us find Danny and the others is to tell us where you think they are.”

“I’ve told you,” Michelle snapped. “I don’t know where Rick and Tony took Danny. They just said to stay down and they took him out and drove away.”

David started to speak but Harley pulled him aside, “Look why don’t you go down to the station? Frank and I will keep an eye on things here.” He started to protest but Harley interrupted him, “You’re only upsetting her and you’re not going to get anything out of her.”

“I don’t think she’s telling the truth.”

“Well even if she isn’t then Frank and I are going to get more her than you are. So why don’t you just go back to the station, see if they’ve heard anything.”

“Okay,” David grudgingly agreed. “I’m going to swing by Laurel Falls though. Danny’s hidden there before. He might go back there.” Then he turned and left.

Michelle stared out the window, wondering where Rick and Tony had taken Danny. She hadn’t been able to see how badly he had been shot before they had left so she didn’t know what kind of shape he was in right now.

“Michelle?” Frank asked, “Is there anything we can do? We’re trying help. Maybe if you tell where you think they went then I could go and get them.”

Michelle shook her head, “No, I don’t know where they went. Rick just said that they were going somewhere safe and they would call me as soon as they could.”

“I know but where do you think Rick would take Danny? You said that Danny was shot, now where would Rick take Danny to hide and treat him?”

“I don’t know,” Michelle insisted. “Please, I’m telling you all that I know.”

“Okay,” Harley said. “We believe you.”

Michelle sighed with relief. She honestly didn’t know where they were and she was starting to get even more worried. She hadn’t heard anything from them yet and she knew in this wasn’t a case where no news was good news. The longer she went without hearing from Danny the more worried she was about him.

Suddenly she heard a noise coming from the driveway, “Get down,” Frank said, shutting off the lights. Michelle grabbed Robbie and ducked behind the island with Frank and Harley, who had drawn their guns. Then the door opened and two figures slowly walked through the door. It was Rick and Tony. Frank, Harley and Michelle stood up. Michelle laid the baby back in his bassinet and ran over to Rick and Tony and said, “Where’s Danny? What happened?”

Rick just looked at her. He looked pale and shaken but he didn’t say anything. Michelle turned to Tony. He was pale too and his eyes had taken on a haunted look, “Please, what happened to him? Where is he?”

“Michelle, honey, sit down,” Rick said, putting his arm around her.

“NO,” Michelle said, shaking his arm off. “I don’t want to sit down now tell me where’s my husband.”

Rick turned to Harley and said, “Take the baby upstairs.”

“No,” Michelle said. “No one’s going anywhere until I know where Danny is.”

“Michelle, he’ll be safe up there. I promise,” Frank said. He picked up Robbie and took him upstairs.

“Where’s Danny,” Michelle insisted. “What happened to him.”

“We did everything we could…” Rick started to say.

“So where is he?”

“He’s gone, honey,” Rick said gently. “We did everything we could but it wasn’t enough.”

“Gone? What are you talking about?”

“He’s dead, Michelle,” Rick said gently.

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