notes: Based on a true story. Dedicated to Elaine. This story first
appeared in 'Reflections of Rafe' by AngelWings Press.
Rafe and Simon plan to go on a quiet vacation together, but
things don't turn out the way they planned.
It was the kind of night he loved: dark, cold and wet.
Richard Soul strolled away from the Washington State Prison knowing he had
to hurry. It wouldn't be long before they found him missing, and the hunt
for their escaped convict would begin.
He saw his wife, Rose,
behind the wheel of what could only be called a wreck. He shook his head;
he really had to teach that woman how to steal better cars. They wouldn't
be able to go very far on that water bucket.
As soon as he joined
Rose in the relative warmth of the car, Richard found himself wrapped in
her embrace, her soft mouth melding with his in a passionate kiss. It had
been too long... For both of them.
"Missed you," Rose purred
softly, once their lips parted.
"So did I, my pet," he smiled,
carding his fingers through her soft blond hair. "What do you have for
"A hundred dollars, two handguns and a shotgun. It was all I
was able to get us on such short notice."
"You did good," Richard
told her, his smile widening. "Those fools thought they could keep me
locked up until my trial... I'm going to show them just what Richard Soul
is made of. And nobody is going to stop me this time. It's mayhem time!"
he gazed into his wife's clear blue eyes. "You with me,
"Always," Rose breathed, and their lips touched again, a way
of signing their pact and their love for each other.
As they drove away, the alarm began to sound within the
prison walls. But it was too late. Richard Soul was already out and ready
to take over the world. No matter who got in the way.
Same night. Cascade.
Simon Banks felt
the urge to sigh wearily as he watched his lover's stubborn
"Why not? Why the hell can't we take our guns
with us?" he asked, and saw disappointment cloud the hazel eyes he so
loved to get lost in when they made love.
Brian Rafe sat on
the couch, suddenly feeling tired beyond words. "Simon, we've been
together as a couple for two years now. This is the second time we're
going on vacation together, just the two of us. Last time we took our guns
and badges and ended up involved in a kidnapping, an armed robbery and a
domestic dispute." He sighed. "I just want to go on a quiet vacation for
once. With my lover, not with Captain Simon Banks. Can't we just do
whatever everyone else does on vacation? Can't we leave the bad guys for
somebody else? Just for once?"
He stood up and walked over to the
window. He looked outside, not really seeing anything beyond the heavy
rain falling down. "This past year has been hell, Simon. Case after case,
each more gruesome than the last. I'm tired; I want to relax, to let go
for a while. To forget I'm Detective Brian Rafe of Major Crime, Cascade
Simon was finally beginning to understand just how exhausted
Brian really was and how much he needed this vacation. He approached his
lover, slipping his arms around Rafe's waist and resting his head on his
"Is it that important to you?" he asked
"Yes. No police work, no cases, no witnesses, no bodies...
Just you and me, your car, the trailer we rented and the wild outdoors.
Simon turned his lover around to face him, his
hands cupping Brian's face and tilting it up tenderly. He looked deep into
the hazel eyes as he made his promise.
"I love you, Bri. I'd do
anything for you. If that means I have to leave my gun at home... so be
"Really?" Rafe asked, a huge smile lighting up his whole
"Really. No guns, no badges. Captain Simon Banks and
Detective Brian Rafe are staying behind. This vacation is just for the two
A week later.
Richard yawned as he watched the cars
driving through the gas station. None of them had caught his fancy so far,
but he knew they wouldn't be able to wait there for much longer. They had
no food, gas or money, and the police were hot on their trail. A few
unsuccessful robberies and a couple of bodies along the way -- including a
cop -- had made sure of that.
Snuggled against his large, muscled
body was Rose, sleeping soundly. Richard smiled to himself. The plan was
to escape to Canada, lay low for a few weeks until things were not so hard
for them. He still wanted to get even for having been arrested, but with a
cop in every corner there wasn't much he could do.
He was about to
give up and go for the first car that stopped for gas, when he saw a car
with a trailer hooked up to it heading for the gas
"Perfect!" he whispered, watching as two men got out, a
big black man and a slightly smaller Caucasian. Between Rose and him they
could certainly handle the two men. And maybe having a couple of hostages
wasn't such a bad idea, not with all the pigs chasing after them. Might
even mean their ticket to freedom if things got out of hand. "Rose, wake
up. Time to move."
Brian yawned and stretched the kinks out of his body, while trying to
clear the fog in his brain at the same time. It was still early and he'd
been driving most of the night. His whole being felt sore from sitting
behind the wheel for so long. He leaned against the car, letting his head
lay on his arms, which were resting on top of the vehicle.
sighed as he watched Simon paying for gas and getting them something for
breakfast. The last week had been a dream come true. Just the two of them
on the road, no certain destination, sleeping until noon, eating only when
they felt like it, making love when the mood hit... No hours for anything,
no schedules. Freedom to do as they pleased.
He heard steps behind
him and turned his head lazily. A young woman smiled as she approached
"Good morning," she greeted in a somewhat hesitant
"Good morning. Can I help you with something?" Brian asked,
returning her smile.
"Actually... Yes," she replied, shy hesitance
replaced by a steel, hard expression. Rafe suddenly felt the barrel of gun
nudging his ribcage. "Get behind the wheel!"
Simon finished paying for his purchases and left the store. He sighed
happily. For the first time in a long time he felt relaxed and at peace,
and he recognized Brian had been right about leaving their guns behind.
Armed with his gun the temptation to be Captain Simon Banks was just too
strong to resist.
His steps faltered slightly when he noticed Brian
was back in the car and that there was someone with him, in the back seat.
Rafe knew better than to allow a hitchhiker to join them, even if this one
seemed to be only a young woman. He checked his surroundings wearily, not
seeing anything unusual. Shrugging mentally, he kept going.
approached the car and was about to say something when he felt someone
step behind him. Before he could so much as move, a gun was pressed into
"Don't make a sound," a male voice growled into his ear.
"Get in the passenger seat, no sudden moves."
Knowing the woman in
the car had to be the man's accomplice, Simon obeyed. He wasn't about to
gamble with Rafe's life. He sat beside his lover, feeling their captor
join the woman in the back seat and close the door.
okay?" he asked Brian.
"Yeah," came the soft reply.
"I'm okay too," Simon smiled slightly -- his way of telling
his lover that everything was going to be fine -- then turned his
attention to their kidnappers. "What do you want from us?"
getting out of the States. We have a few pigs breathing down our necks.
Your car and trailer will look harmless enough, and if push comes to
shove, we can always use the two of you as hostages. Now, enough small
talk!" the man spat, his eyes glaring at Brian. "Get us out of here, now!
And don't try anything or Brown Sugar here gets a bullet through his
brain!" he threatened, his gun resting against Simon's
Simon's nod was almost imperceptible, but Rafe saw it. He
gunned the engine and drove them away from the gas station.
They didn't go very far. Just far enough to leave the main road until
they reached a narrow path big enough for the trailer, and completely
"What now, Richie?" the woman asked.
the trailer out and get these two out of our hair."
They left the
car and walked to the trailer, the two cops always feeling the pressure of
the guns as a persuasion to keep moving. Once inside, the criminal
gestured towards the kitchen chairs.
his heart begin to beat faster as he noticed a screw resting on the chair
closest to him. When they had rented the trailer the chairs had been
dismantled and the two of them had been forced to put them back where they
rightfully belonged. When they were done that screw was all that was left
and they never figured where it came from.
Feeling that that small
screw could possibly be their means of escaping, Brian managed to snatch
it into his hand as he sat, without either of their captors being the
"Watch over them as I search the trailer," Rafe heard
'Richie' order the woman.
When the man was finished with his
search, the trailer looked like a tornado had stormed through it.
Everything was a mess. In the midst of the chaos stood Richie, a leer
aimed at his captives although his words were to his
"Rose, guess what I found?"
"What?" she asked, a
suspicious frown marring her face.
"This!" he replied, a pair of
handcuffs dangling from his hand. "Seems we got ourselves a pair of fags
"How do you know that? There can be other explanation
"There's only one bed," Richie interrupted. "And I found
lube in a drawer. What else could they be?" he grinned, obviously enjoying
Rafe's embarrassed blush.
Brian nearly died when he saw the cuffs.
He suddenly felt violated. No one was supposed to see that, it was
personal. Just the night before Simon had heightened their lovemaking to
the point of madness by using those same cuffs, preventing Brian from
using his hands to touch his lover. It had been a beautiful moment, that
belonged to the two of them alone, and now was tarnished and soiled. He
felt his blush deepening, this time in anger, and forced his attention
back to the two criminals.
"Well, that will hold one of them," Rose
grinned back at Richie. "But what about the other?"
"I found some
duct tape. We can use that."
Rafe watched as the man handcuffed
Simon to the chair next to him, then felt his own hands being tied behind
his back with the tape.
"That should hold you two," Rose said, a
satisfied smile lighting up her face.
"Let's go back to the
car and move on. It's still a long drive to Canada."
The two lovers
were left alone and remained silent until they felt the trailer beginning
"I'm sorry," Brian said finally, the misery clear in his
Simon looked startled. "Why?"
"If we hadn't left our
"Bri," Simon interjected softly. "You don't know
that. They caught us both off guard. If they'd found our guns and
discovered we were cops, we'd both be dead right now."
"You're probably right. But we have to do something, Simon! They didn't
even bother hiding their faces from us. That means they're planning on
killing us as soon as we reach Canada."
gave his lover a half grin. "Well, sorta. Remember that damn screw we
couldn't figure out where it belonged?"
it in my hand now. If I can cut through the tape with it... I'll get
Simon nodded. "Do it. It's our only shot."
locked, conveying their feelings for each other, then Brian began the
arduous task of getting his hands free.
It took forever, but Brian managed to cut through the tape. It hadn't
been easy. The tape was wrapped tightly around his wrists and the constant
movement from the trailer threatened to loosen his hold on the screw a few
times. His shoulders and back ached from the effort and he could feel
droplets of sweat running down his torso.
Brian rested his head
against Simon's shoulder for a moment, sighing with relief when the tape
finally gave way.
"Bri?" Simon frowned, the worry clear in the
"I'm okay. I'm also free," Rafe added, looking up
at his lover with a devilish gleam in his hazel eyes.
grinned. "Great! Now get me out of here."
Rafe nodded and rose from
the chair. After a five-minute frantic search of the bedroom area, he
returned to his lover's side, a nearly panicked expression on his
"Simon, I can't find the key. The bastard must have found it
when he found the handcuffs and kept it."
"Shit! There's no way
I'll be able to get free from these cuffs without the
Brian looked around, trying to find a solution to a
problem that at the moment seemed impossible to solve. Finally, he sighed
"Okay. I'll have to overpower the two of them. Maybe on
the next stop, if they come check on us."
"I don't like it, Bri.
They are both armed and they obviously know how to use a gun. These are no
"I know. But I can't see any other way. We have to
Simon took a deep breath. "Fine. But be
Brian grinned cheekily. "Aren't I always?"
rolled his eyes. "Please! The only person that has you beat in ER visits
is Sandburg. The doctors and nurses are on a first name basis with the two
of you. That should tell you something."
Brian knelt by his lover's
chair and caressed Simon's cheek tenderly. "I promise I'll be careful,
okay? We still have a week off and I plan to enjoy it. Without any bad
guys around to spoil the mood!" he kissed the older man passionately, then
sat down on his chair. "I guess there's nothing left to do now but wait."
Half an hour later Simon and Brian felt the trailer stop and heard
voices outside. They looked at each other, feeling their hearts beating
faster as the voices grew nearer. Their chance of escaping was a moment
away from coming true.
Rafe moved his hands behind his back, not
wanting to let the criminals know he was free until it was time to act.
Both cops watched as the door opened and Rose and Richie stepped
"We're going to buy something for lunch," Rose announced,
Simon's full wallet in her hand. "So we're going to gag you. Can't afford
to have one of you sounding the alarm on us."
She moved closer to
Simon, the barrel of her gun resting against his temple as Richie used a
piece of tape to silence Brian. Once that was done, it was Richie's turn
to aim his gun at Rafe's head while Rose gagged Simon. The couple then
left the trailer with matching grins as Rafe huffed from behind the tape.
Both he and Simon had been covered at all times; he hadn't been able to
make his move.
He shrugged mentally. Maybe when the couple
returned he'd still get his chance.
He never got his chance. A few minutes later the couple
returned, removed the gags and swiftly disappeared from the trailer.
During the whole time, at least one of the criminals had a gun aimed at
them, so Brian thought it best to stay put.
When they were on
the move again, Simon turned to his lover. "We have to think of something
else, Bri. These two won't let their guards down enough for you to jump
Rafe nodded. "You're right," he stayed silent for a long
moment, his eyes glued to the door
"There's another solution," Brian said
suddenly, a shudder taking over his whole body.
"I'll have to jump," came the soft
"Are you crazy?!" Simon shouted. "You can be run over by a
car or by the back tires of the trailer! Not to mention what can happen to
your body when you hit the ground. Have you noticed how fast they're
Brian took a deep breath. "I know I'll probably get
hurt, Simon. But there's no other way that I can see. I don't want to die.
And the thought that they might kill you... I can't live without you, I
Simon swallowed around the lump in his throat. "I love
you too, Bri," then knowing there was nothing further he could say to
change his lover's mind, he pleaded, "Just... be careful,
Brian smiled gently. He cupped Simon's face with his hands,
his thumb caressing the full lips before he leaned down for a kiss. He
poured everything he was feeling into the kiss, the fear, the excitement,
"It'll be okay," he whispered when they parted. "I
Simon nodded and watched as Rafe approached the door.
They looked at each other one final time, their emotions close to the
"I love you," Brian whispered again. Then, without another
thought, he opened the trailer's side door and jumped off, trying to land
as far away from the back tires as possible.
When he saw
Brian jump, Simon thought his heart was about to stop. He held his breath,
trying to listen to any unusual sounds. When the tires didn't hit
anything, he took a shuddering breath.
He'd also been afraid
that Richie or Rose might have seen Brian jump, but they were driving so
fast that the door had closed itself right after his lover had jumped. And
since they hadn't stopped, Simon assumed they'd been too distracted to see
Rafe's escape. But he was still worried. At the speed they were going, it
was impossible for his lover not to have been hurt.
Brian landed hard on the asphalt, feeling a wave of blinding pain
settling over him and nearly causing him to pass out. Gritting his teeth
against the throbbing in his left arm and the ache in his ribcage, he
forced himself to stand and search for help. He knew what would happen
when the criminals found out he had escaped; Simon's life wouldn't be
worth a thing.
Rafe stood in the middle of the road and a driver
heading in his direction was forced to hit the brakes to keep from running
"Are you crazy?!" the man yelled,
Ignoring the rhetorical question, Rafe approached him.
"I'm a cop," he panted weakly. "You have a phone I can
"Umm... yeah," the man replied, his anger disappearing as he
took notice of the pale man in front of him. He handed his cell phone over
to Rafe, who immediately called for backup.
Five minutes later the
first police car was arriving. Assuring the two officers he was okay to
keep going, Rafe told them what was happening and gave a brief description
of the car and trailer they would be searching for. Then, ignoring his
growing pain, he settled inside the black and blue to watch the coming
Fifteen minutes later they had the trailer in sight and were joined by
four other units in the chase.
"Police!" one of the cops riding
with Rafe shouted from his loudspeaker. "Pull over and
"Shit!" his partner swore as they noticed the vehicles in
front of them moving faster. "The damn fucker is trying to make a run for
it. He's a fool if he thinks he can outrun us with a trailer behind," he
shook his head in bewilderment.
"Do you have tire shredders or
spiked strips of some kind? That'll stop him," Rafe
"Good idea," one of the cops grinned. "We have tire
shredders, brand new ones, in fact."
"Let's do it,
The cop driving hit the gas pedal, overtaking the runaway
vehicle, and kept going for a few more minutes. Then he parked the car by
the side of the road and he and his partner ran out, spreading the tire
shredders on the asphalt. When the criminals finally reached them, they
drove through the spikes, causing two of the car tires to blow along with
another from the trailer, forcing them to stop.
The police cars
rapidly surrounded the vehicle, jumping from their cars, guns aimed at the
"Hands on the hood!"
"Don't shoot!" Richie shouted,
as he and Rose obeyed.
Rafe got out of the car slowly, leaning
against it as he watched the couple being handcuffed and thrown into one
of the police cars. His attention was caught as another cop stepped inside
the trailer, exiting minutes later with a very much alive Simon behind
The two lovers drew near, Brian swaying slightly, knowing he
was at the end of his rope. It didn't matter. He had to be with Simon
"Simon..." he whispered.
"Bri..." Simon whispered
back, wanting desperately to hug his lover, but knowing it was impossible
with so many people around. "Are you okay?" he asked with a
A sudden wave of dizziness caught Brian by surprise,
preventing him from replying. When he opened his eyes again, he was lying
on the floor, cradled in his lover's arms.
"Call an ambulance!"
Simon shouted, frantic with worry.
A moment later they were rushing
to the hospital, a semiconscious Rafe resting on a stretcher as Simon held
his hand tenderly.
It could've been worse. Rafe's left arm was
broken and he had four cracked ribs, his whole body felt like a huge
bruise and he was sporting a multitude of cuts and scrapes. Could've been
much worse, Simon thought with a shudder as he made them both
After much bitching and hassling, Rafe had been allowed to
leave the hospital, providing he would have someone by his side at all
times. They paid a lightening speed visit to the local police to tie up
all the loose ends and then decided to return to Cascade. To the safety of
"Simon?" Brian called, lying snuggled on the
"What?" Simon asked, as he brushed his lips against his
lover's in a tender kiss. "Here's your coffee."
accepted the warm beverage, then grinned at his lover. "I take back
everything I ever said before. Next year when we go on vacation, I
definitely want Captain Banks and Detective Rafe to come along. And let's
not rent a trailer."
"No?" Simon asked, an eyebrow rising in
The grin grew wider. "No. I was thinking we could rent
something more along the lines of a tank," he chortled. "That should keep
the crooks away."
Simon chuckled. "Whatever you say, Bri, whatever
Richard Soul pleaded guilty in Court and was sentenced to life for
several charges of kidnapping, assault and murder. Rose Soul pleaded not
guilty and was sentenced to fifty-three years to life in jail. She filed
for an appeal and lost.