Pasi sighed, but soon chuckled. “all the work I’ve been doing today has been rather nice. I haven’t had to do media filtering in a while, it’s refreshing.” He said, though if he was being sarcastic or honest was hard to tell. His time soon changed from light hearted to more serious.
” you know that you’re not going to be able to stay in the UK for much longer, right?” He finally said, looking at his laptop. ” the safest option I see here is to move you to another country…I’ll take care of everything for you. I’ve involved my Da as far as I am willing to.” He said and stood up to pace as he walked. ” he can keep the big threat busy and at bay. We’ll move while they’re not looking.”
He knew that moving was probably difficult to swallow since Liam seemed to have contacts here, but it honestly was the best move. ” I know this might be hard for you, but it has to go this route.” He added finally.
And there it was. Exactly what Liam was afraid of. He’d be lying if he said he hadn’t seen this coming, but every fiber of his being had been hoping against it. The CIA had already ruined it for him before, uprooted his whole life, and more or less chased him out of America.
Now they were doing it again, after he’d made a new life for himself.
He had a new life here, a new family… He’d be leaving Jack, Arthur, Emil, Sydney, Richard, Thomas and Persephone.. and his brother Matthew, who had moved to England just to be closer to him. Nathan might come with him; he did, after all, run away to England with him. And as for Kenzi… Liam glanced around the kitchen entrance to see her blushing hard at something Matt had said. She was a pro at flying under the radar. She could go where ever she wanted. She could even stay in London, if she felt like it. The point was, he’d lose her too.
And it was all the Agency’s fault.
There was a pulsating rage in Liam’s chest and a lump in his throat as he answered Pasi after a long moment of silence. He tried to sound lighthearted anyway. “I was afraid you’d say that.” His voice cracked as he gave a forced chuckle, and he gave up trying to sound cheerful. “… Are you sure there’s no other way..?” He murmured, maybe sounding a little desperate.
Pasi kept silent for a few moments as he thought about it. ” I can’t make the promise, but I’ll see what I can do. I’m sorry i can’t tell you anything more than don’t get your hopes up for an alternative…I’ll try to do what i can and I’ll even ask Gideon for some input. He has a lot of friends, albeit not all of them are in the same field as my family, but they do some in handy once in a while. They might prove useful again…” He took a pause in his speech.” You know as well as I do that they won’t stop.” He said simply before suddenly speaking again with a bit of urgency.
” I’ll have to call you back.” He said suddenly before hanging up the phone.
The moment Matt realized there was a much too lengthy pause in the flow of conversation he looked back at Liam from his spot on the couch, having been quite amused with making Kenzi turn as red as a tomato while he waited for the Canadian to finish with his call. ” What’s up? are we moving anytime soon or what?” he asked.
Liam quietly put the phone down on the counter and sighed deeply, a hand coming up to rub at his face. He knew he was creating a whole new world of inconvenience for his friend and his family, and after they’d already helped him out of the waist high pile of shit he’d been in in the first place… And it was such a long shot that they’d be able to do anything about him fleeing the country… But still, he had to ask. He was tired of running.
He knew being able to stay was unlikely. But at least this way, when he called his friends to say goodbye - he wasn’t even going to fool himself into hoping he’d see them again - he could say he’d tried everything he could to stay.
When Matt asked him about the call, Liam turned and walked back into the room, shaking his head at Matt. “We’re good for now. Pasi just wanted to check in to make sure everyone was okay.” He left it at that.
Matt nodded and moved to reach into his pocket, tossing Liam a small pill case. ” They’re just sleeping meds if you need help falling asleep for a while. You don’t look particularly relaxed enough to take advantage of our little break. Not that I blame you.” He said before going back to looking at Kenzi.
“You should probably take a few yourself. I would if I wasn’t fucking on duty right now,” He grinned a bit, ” I’m an insomniac too, thus the pills. Strong shit.”
with that he moved to stand, checking his gun. ” I’m going to do a quick perimeter check. It’s best if you guys just stay inside. You hear anything head for the basement that’s down that door there and wait, but the likely hood of anything happening is pretty slim.” He took the safety off his gun once he was satisfied with its maintenance. ” just standard procedure to tell you where you’re nearest safety exit is.” He chuckled after saying the latter with an air of a flight attendant.