|Meanwhile back at the safe house...
||[Aug. 1st, 2007|09:46 pm]
The hot tub had been everything Gregor had promised, and the couple emerged glowing, hungry and laughing after a long soak.
Breakfast had been assembled, cooking would have been too strong a word for the pulling together of ration packs, and some of the contents of the box the doctor had brought. Coffee had been drunk, and some of the rather ill matched collection of clothes in the wardrobe donned. Laisa felt much better in a pair of trousers and a shirt, although her fair hair still looked as though she had been electrocuted somewhat.
Time had moved on sufficiently for them to contemplate contacting the Vorkosigans, to find out how Alys and Simon were, and to speak to the children, but the comconsole was sending out a busy signal.
"That's odd, isn't it?" she asked Gregor.
Gregor's mood shifted instantly from relaxation -- slothfulness was more like it -- to concern.
"That is very odd. I..." he paused, realizing that he might make things worse. "I have a code for breaking a comconsole connection remotely. I should be able to re-set the one we're calling." He tapped the code in, and waited.
Laisa demeanor turned from puzzled to frightened instantaneously.
"That's not supposed to happen is it?" Her heart was pounding, and her mouth suddenly completely dry.
"Imp Sec, call Imp Sec" she urged him, her tone verging on panic.
Gregor called ImpSec, but their line was busy too. He pulled Laisa closer, and entered the secret code once again. And counted, moving his lips silently One, two, three... four.... five..... six....... With every number Laisa tensed even more. At fifteen she closed her eyes, which were leaking tears. At twenty he was just about to give up, when the comconsole screen fuzzed suddenly, and Allegre popped onto the screen.
"What is happening?" he asked.
"Sire... um, Sire," Allegre nearly stuttered, "I ... I hate to tell you this, but the Crown Prince and his sister have been kidnapped..."
"WHAT!" Laisa and Gregor shouted simultaneously.
"... from the Zoo, along with Lord and Lady Vorkosigan's children and their escort, Lord Byerly."
Laisa's hand sought Gregor's frantically, and held on as though her life depended on it. The force was strong enough to bruise his fingers. She felt her vision swim for a second, and then fought to gain control. Having her faint was going to do no-one any good. When she spoke her voice was filled with venom. Allegre was lucky that they were separated by many miles and a comconsole.
"We look forwards to your explanation as to how you let this happen. What are you doing about it right now?"
Her face was deathly pale, but there was no mistaking the Imperial tone behind her words.
Allegre swallowed visibly.
"Every man we have has been mobilised. We have agents at all the transit and space ports, and out on the streets. We have specialists analysing the situation, all the holovid feeds from the zoo are being scanned and checked. We will find them Ma'am."