Echoes Of The Past (7.1)
He had wondered why Jessica didn't want him to go with her. After all - there was safety in numbers. But once he realised that Jess and Beckett had been surrounded, Stephano knew what he had to do. Jessica could keep those fools talking for a while yet - and he could use the time to complete the mission.
"Its a stand off" Jessica said from behind a table. "We can't get out of the room and you can't come in here because we could quite easily kill you both. I suggest we find a way out of it"
"Very well" Lorne said "We can talk. Maybe find a peaceful way out of this so no one has to die" He turned to Ed and whispered "Give it a try. He's your man after all" Ed nodded
"Beckett - its Ed. What going on here?"
"Ed. What are you doing here?"
"Wondering why you would hook up with someone like her. Do you know what she is wanted for?"
"I have some idea" Beckett replied "But Jessica has proof that our government is planning a mass crackdown on all groups that oppose them. Not just radical groups - anyone"
"And you believe her?"
"I don't know" Beckett paused. If he could not convince Ed then whoever the other guy was could come in shooting. "But think of the damage it could do. Groups like Green Peace, The GLA. Sunstorm"
"Sunstorm?" Ed asked "Weren't they...."
"Yes. And their methods are my methods. We could be Sunstorm now"
"Okay" Ed replied "Give me a moment" He turned to Lorne and whispered "About a year ago we got involved with this group who were trying to stop a biological weapon being used. Ros and Beckett went undercover with them. They were called Sunstorm"
"So he is on the level?" Lorne asked "He hasn't gone over?"
"No. I think we should listen to him - he is trying to help us"
Melody and Alex were waiting at the other door. So far Jessica and Beckett showed no signs of trying to escape.
Suddenly Alex's motion tracker beeped. She glanced at it, then looked at bit harder
"Someone is moving in here and it isn't us. I'll go check it out"
"Okay. But be careful" Melody said. Alex nodded and headed off to follow the signal.
Echoes Of The Past (7.2)
For once Jan was grateful that Ros was not a slow driver. They were shooting through traffic faster than she could imagine, but still she didn't think they would make it on time.
She glanced across at her agent. Ros was concentrating on the road like there was no tomorrow. 'And' Jan thought 'If what Nicholas told us was true that might well be the case'.
"I think she if going after the SPE" Nicholas said.
"Really?" Max said "That could be a disaster" Then she paused "What's the SPE?"
"Its a tool designed for use in space. Its called the Suspended Particle Expander. Basically - in space - it can be used to expand the volume of certain particles by increasing their mass"
"Which would be useful" Ros said "Because it means you can take various things up - metal, alloys and so forth - in small quantities then expand them. Much cheaper than launching thousands of tonnes in to space"
"So what would it do here on Earth?" Jan asked
"I don't know. Some people think it doesn't do anything - that it will only work in a zero-g environment"
"But you don't?" Max asked
"I think it will do what it is meant to. And god help anyone they chose to use it on"
Jan came back to the present as the car screeched to a halt outside of The Vault building. Max turned to them and said "Okay. We go in - but quietly. Since our agents are already on scene I don't want to disturb them. Our first job is to find the monitors and get a track of what's going on. Then we go and sort the rest out. No one tries anything heroic - clear?" They all nodded "Okay. Lets go"
Echoes Of The Past (7.3)
"I know you"
Alex had followed the blip down two floors and in to the code-red vault. When she had arrived she had found Stephano searching through the safes that filled the walls. She had watched him for a little while, but when it was clear he had not found what he was looking for she stepped in and raised her gun.
"Yes Mrs Mosby. We met at your wedding"
"Adam told me you were a friend of his"
"Oh yes. We go... or should I say we went way back. University days. That was why I was sent to the wedding"
"You are working with Jessica Ridley and Beckett. What are you looking for?"
"This" Stephano said. He pulled a small black box out of the safe to his left "Its called an SPE. Would you like to see what it does?"
"Not just now" She raised the gun a little higher "Tell me - why did you come to the wedding?"
"I was told to get Adam to come with me. We needed his help"
"Haven't you figured it out yet?"
"This place. Its a carbon copy of The Hive"
"Yes. Given Adam's recent problems we thought it would be easy to convince him to come with us. After all - a few weeks in The States would be better than life in prison"
"But he said no" Alex replied.
"Surprising really. He told us that he was not going to leave you. I even told him I would kill you if that would make it easier. He didn't like that idea and he tried to attack me" Stephano paused "It was a pity he hadn't noticed the gun. Still - everyone learns from their mistakes" Then he smiled.
"Except Adam of course"
"You? You were the one..." Alex felt the anger rise within her as she realised who she was looking at. Her finger tightened on the trigger...
Echoes Of The Past (7.4)
Melody heard a noise behind her and turned. She almost drew her gun out but when she saw Harmony coming up the stairs she relaxed.
"You found Dad then?"
"Yes. He is back home and expecting us for lunch tomorrow"
"Wonderful. So - what now?"
"Well - Beckett and Jessica are trapped in that room. Ed and Lorne have the other door. Where's Alex?"
"Oh - she went to investigate a blip on her motion scanner. I'm sure she will be fine"
"Right. Max and Jan are on the way to meet Lorne and Ed. Ros is in the control room keeping an eye on things. So - in about two minutes I am..." Harmony stopped as her radio bleeped. "Yes?"
"Harmony? Max. When you next hear a bleep open the door and go in. We should have them by that time but the element of surprise will help"
"Okay" She turned back to Melody "You heard?"
"I'm standing right here" Melody replied with a smile, then she drew her gun "Do you want the top or bottom?"
"Top this time" Her sister replied.
A moment later the radio bleeped and Melody hit the switch on the door then ducked down. As Harmony stood over her the door opened. Seconds later they both rushed in and grabbed Jessica's hands - prising them from around Lorne's throat. As they struggled to keep her down they saw Jan and Ed cross to Beckett and pick him up.
"Ah - Miss Ridley" Melody said "Its nice to meet you at last. And - by the way - you are under arrest"
"What about Beckett?" Max asked. She wanted to put him in to handcuffs, but not without asking Jan first.
"He's with us" Ed said "He has been working with Jessica to get her to reveal her plans"
"Is this true?" Jan asked
"Yes" Beckett replied. Then he turned to Jessica "Sorry Jess. But your ways are not my ways any more"
"So why did you go along with me?" Jessica asked "You were not acting"
"You don't remember my Hamlet then?" He smiled "While you had Ros and me as prisoners I could not cross you. Even more so when you brought Mr Powers in. So I figured I would play along until I could find a way to escape"
"I still have Ros - what's to stop me from killing her?" Jessica asked "For all you know the building could be rigged"
"Then go ahead - blow it up" Ros said, entering from behind her. When she saw Beckett she smiled "I knew it". Crossing to him she gave him a big hug, which he gratefully returned. Then she looked around the room and frowned "Where's Alex?"
Seconds later a gun-shot was heard.
Echoes Of The Past (8.1)
They looked at the device on the table. It seemed so innocent.
"So they are scrapping the idea then?" Harmony asked
"Yeah" Melody said "After the incident at The Vault - and the fact the incident happened - the R and D department have put the project on indefinite suspension"
"But it didn't fire"
"I know. They know that too" Melody pointed at a file "Its all in the report. But they are concerned that one day someone will make it work on earth as well as space. Then - who knows?"
"I guess" Harmony said "So - we got the job of destroying it?"
"They want to keep the knowledge of it as restricted as possible - and ECHO are already have another challenge to face"
"Why not give it to The Bureau?"
"They all went back to England. And it's not that they can't be trusted but..."
"But the government does not want this out of the country" Harmony finished for her "So - how do we destroy it?"
"I think we take a big hammer...."
"Are you sure?" Harmony asked "I mean if this has the ability to expand matter and we destroy it wrong..."
"What do you suggest then?" Melody asked
"I have a few ideas..." Harmony smiled. Ever since she had been a kid she had wanted to visit a trench she had heard about - the deepest in the ocean. She figured if you put something down there it would be a bugger to find it again. She explained it to her sister who smiled back
"You really have the strangest ideas"
Echoes Of The Past (8.2)
As the door slid too Max smiled across at Lorne
"Another job well done" She said. She looked back at the cell - Jessica was sat on the inside.
"Pity about Stephano" Lorne replied "But it was fair. We get one - they get one"
"I am sure we got the better half" Max said looking at Jessica again "Come on - we have to go report to Micha"
"So - you're back" Micha said "Is our guest firmly tucked away?"
"In the most secure cell of the most secure jail we have boss" Lorne replied "She won't be on the streets any time soon"
"Good. And can I just take this moment to thank you. You both did very well - and the way you worked with the other departments was a joy to behold"
"Thank you" Max said "Now - what's up?"
"What makes you think something is up?" Micha asked
"You have just congratulated us - twice" Max replied "I can't remember the last time you did that"
"I didn't think I was so obvious" Micha said "There is a problem brewing in Texas. One of our field agents down there found a farm full of sleepers. Literally. They don't know anything for the past twenty years"
"So why do you need us?" Lorne asked
"Did I forget to mention they have an arsenal the size of New England in their farm?"
"On our way boss" The two agents said, already heading for the cars outside...
Echoes Of The Past (8.3)
It had been a long time since she had done this, but she found it relaxing. She had visited his grave this morning - the first time since the funeral - and had found a measure of peace she hadn't had before.
She turned to see Ed sat next to her, trying valiantly to stop the ice-cream melting all over his hand. She smiled
"You might as well give up. Its way too hot"
"I know, but it gets all sticky" He moaned. Then he looked at her again "So - you feeling a little better?"
"Actually - yes. I think finding and bringing his killer back has helped. It hasn't brought him back - but at least I can see justice done. Which - in the end - is the best any of us can hope for"
"Alex - I have to ask you something?"
"Why didn't I kill him?"
"Yeah" Ed nodded "Its not like any of the agents there would have talked"
"I know. It was never a question of that" She thought back to the code-red vault. Stephano had been pointing the SPE at her. She had her gun pointed at him. When she saw him squeeze the trigger her finger tensed, but still she didn't fire. And when the SPE didn't actually do anything she still didn't fire. It was only when he rushed her that she pointed the gun down at the floor and fired off a shot. He had slowed up a bit but hadn't stopped.
"So you shot him in the foot?"
"He was unarmed. I had to stop him but killing an unarmed man is - its wrong. Even one who destroyed my life - I couldn't kill him" She smiled to herself "I also couldn't let him escape. So - I shot him in the foot to slow him down"
"Well - if it makes any difference I am proud of you. It was a hard choice but you made it"
"Thanks Ed. That means a lot to me" Alex smiled. She ate a little more of her ice-cream then asked "Any news from Jan?"
"No. The hearing should be over any time soon. But since we are out and roaming free I don't think they can be that worried about keeping us locked up" He looked around "Well - maybe we should enjoy this while we can"
Echoes Of The Past (8.4)
Beckett glanced across at Ros and rolled his eyes. She could not help but smile back. His former boss - Dent - was off on one at the front of the hearing. For the past ten minutes he had been berating Jan for leaving the country when she had been ordered not to, berating Beckett for apparently siding with radical mercenaries and berating Ros for not standing up to Beckett. He had demanded the two agents be jailed and Jan jailed and suspended for her actions.
Suddenly he finished and sat down. Beckett hadn't been paying much attention so he wasn't sure where it was up to.
"DOIC - do you have anything to say in your defence?" The head of the board asked
"Can I say something?" Beckett stood up and approached the front of the room
"Mr Beckett - you are here as an observer. You are not..."
"Well I think I am. Mr Dent's little performance was not limited to Jan's actions in all this. He took it upon himself to bring Ros and me in to this, so I think I have the right to defend myself"
"Very well. But keep it brief"
"Ok. Ros and I were kidnapped. Rather than getting us killed I used my former friendship with the kidnapper to find out her plans. Ros did not. Between us we found out the whole truth, stopped the theft of a potentially deadly weapon and put both of the kidnappers behind bars. Meanwhile Jan had no knowledge of all this - she was just concerned about the fact two of her agents were missing after another man had been killed. As a duly authorised member of the security services she was required to investigate this. She tried - but you, in your infinite wisdom - stopped her. So she took it upon herself to rescue us without your blessing" He paused "And its a damn good thing she did, because otherwise Ros and I might be dead and Jessica would still be at large"
"So you admit" Dent said "That you needed her help. That you got in to a position that you could not get out of without outside help?"
"Yes. But can anyone here say they have never needed the help of someone else?" He looked around "We are a team. Jan, Ros, Ed, Alex and I. When one is in trouble we are all in trouble. Ros and I needed help - Jan, Ed and Alex risked everything to give us that help" He looked back at Jan and Ros, who were both smiling "I would do the same for them. And I am proud to call them friends"
"Thank you Mr Beckett. If you are done would you please take your seat?"
"Certainly sir" Beckett went back to his seat and sat down.
"DOIC. Now that Mr Beckett has finished - do you have anything to say in your defence?"
"No Mr Chairman. I think Beckett said it all for me"
"Miss Henderson. Even though you are only an observer it would be rude of me not to ask your opinion"
"I agree with Jan Mr Chairman" She turned and smiled at Beckett "Nick said it all"
"In that case I will ask you all to wait outside while we consider our verdict"
Alex and Ed turned when the doors opened, then smiled as Jan came through followed by Ros and Beckett.
"I take it it all went well then?" Alex asked
"I think Beckett scared them in to submission" Ros said "He was very convincing"
"Really?" Ed said "What did they say?"
"That although they disapprove of anyone ignoring their rules, having a DOIC and staff who are willing to risk everything to back each other up and to make sure justice is served can only be of benefit to the country" Jan smiled "We - and you two - were acquitted of all charges and I have been reinstated as Jan. So - its back to work as normal"
"That's good" Alex said, pointing to a console "Because I think you need to read this...."
(The characters from "Bugs", "Spy Games" and Melody Powers remain the property of their original authors/creators)