Lacey’s weight on his back and the way her arms wrapped around his neck in a vicelike grip made scaling the apartment wall almost impossible, but the fear of TJ getting his hands on her again were enough to spur him on.
He didn’t know how he did it but somehow he reached the ground.
In one piece.
It was a miracle and he prayed that their luck held and they were able to get back to the station. Once they got there he could make sure that Lacey was safe while they figured out where her ex was hiding out and go and arrest him.
“Lace?” he said, trying to keep his voice gentle because he knew what a horrific day she’d had. She was still clinging to him like they were five storeys up, and the back of his neck waste with her tears. “We’re on the ground.”
She didn’t say anything, just held on to him and shook so hard her teeth were chattering.
“You scaled down the wall like Spider-man, Connor,” he joked, his tone light, hoping that maybe brightening the mood a little might help.
“You’re amazing,” came her shaky reply. “I’m okay, you can put me down now.”
Instead of putting her down, he pulled her around and rearranged her in his arms. “You really should be keeping off your leg.”
Connor expected her to argue but instead she asked, “So, what next?”
“Next we get you someplace safe, then we figure things out.”
“Do you think you can find TJ before he kills anyone else?” she asked, her blue eyes shone in the stormy light and rain dripped down her face, mixing with the last of her tears. All he wanted to do was kiss her and take away her pain, make her feel safe, but now wasn’t the time or the place.
“Yes,” he answered confidently because she needed reassurance right now. “But first how about we get out of this rain?”
“Sounds good,” she said, offering up a weak smile.
Smiling back, he started walking. “My car was parked around the corner because I didn’t intend to stay at my apartment for long, hopefully we’re in it and on our way to the station before they realise we’re no longer in the apartment.”
“And if we’re not?”
He didn’t want to think about that right now. He just wanted to focus on getting Lacey to the station. She’d been shot and she was supposed to still be in the hospital, he would get her checked out and make sure that she was taken care of so he could focus on keeping her safe.
“Here we go,” he said when they managed to reach his car without incident. Because it was raining, and he had Lacey in his arms, he yanked his keys from his pocket as he approached and pressed the unlock button.
The second he did the world around him exploded.