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    The sound of a ringing went off in the room causing Esme to wake up and push the sheets from the bed. She quickly dressed in some work out clothes then headed out into the other room. The apartment mostly was two bedrooms with a shared bathroom, a kitchen, and a living area. She went into the kitchen grabbing an apple. Then she turned to walked to the door pausing a moment to look at the closed door. It was Vanessa's room and not somewhere she had been in a while. She used to sleep in there most nights. Not since things had started going bad. Esme could tap into her link and see if she was awake but decided against it. One of the things that had been causing problems for them was that they never had a moment to themselves. They were still learning how to control their ability and couldn't always turn it off. Esme used to get so frustrated that it felt like she couldn't have a moment to herself.

    She took a bite of the apple and then walked into the hallway. They lived in a Aceso-tech building that housed many of the employees working on the project. Aceso-tech felt it best to keep the two of them close. In fact it was only the upper levels that were used for housing the basements and first ten floors were labs and offices. Esme walked over to the elevator and hit a couple buttons causing a breathalyzer come out of the wall. “Pathogen analyst required.” The computer chimed. Esme leaned over and blew on the device. A moment later it said, “Negative for pathogens.” The doors opened and Esme stepped in hitting the button that took her to the gym floor finishing her apple along the way.

    When she arrived there weren't a lot of people there just a few early risers like her with it being six in the morning. She walked past all the traditional equipment and headed to the obstacle course. Just running on a treadmill or swimming laps bored Esme. Exercising was a daily part of her routine and had been her entire life. The enforcement academy had the recruits exercise twice a day and it usually was more than just running a couple miles. After stretching a little she ran towards the course the first obstacle being rope swing across a water pit. She cleared the pit and found herself climbing up a rope ladder.


    Another round of bullets hits my skin. Well, fire away
    Cause today, I won't let the shame sink in. We are bursting through
    the barricades and reaching for the sun.

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    Van found herself waiting until she heard the computer chime. Once she heard the footsteps leave the room she began to start getting ready for the day. Silence was the main beauty between them now. Now that she was heading to the gym she had some time to move about the apartment. One big fight would not even begin to describe what happened. It started small…then Vanessa could not control her thoughts. Her emotions went wild and…well. Now they barely spoke. It was not just her fault but she imagined it was mostly hers. The researchers said their emotions were going to be the biggest issue. It was true…though not in the way they expected. At first it had been comforting, then it turned to happiness to have someone know your wants and needs. Then it was an intimacy that no one else could know.

    What happened…?

    As one could imagine the highs were high…but now? The lows were incredibly low. Since the fight whenever she thought Esme was near she would shut down. She would blank her mind as much as possible and she would do everything in her power to remain calm and not feel. As she made her way into the kitchen she started to cook a bit while she herself ate an apple. She remembered what Esme loved to have after working out. Vanessa used to sleep in and then cook and then go to the gym while Esme ate. That was how they did things now so as to keep apart. Before they used to do everything together.

    Cooking was somewhat of a lost art…though she did it because one time Esme asked her to make her something and she had no idea how to make anything artsy. Cooking by the book had been the easiest and Esme’s smile…

    “Ooohhhh…” a sad sigh escaped her lips.

    She ate what Esme ate because it was habit at this point. Half of it she left on a plate for her. She started to get angry as she walked back to her room. Everything here reminded her of what they had. They were partners in their line of work so in case of an emergency they needed to be together. Sure they had been separated for a bit just to cool off one another. It only made things worse…she thought. What the hell did she know? Frustration took over.

    She had been staying up later then she should, her test results were going well since she spent so much time studying on tactics and weapons. A result…most notably cause by a lack of trying to be around each other. The only one who was not happy with them was their doctor or more notably their Psychiatrist. Ever since their spree of fighting she had made no progress with Vanessa…Esme was probably getting pressured…she punched a wall nearby and felt a small dent form.

    “Oww…oww…Aceso damn it all!” Esme would feel that…great another thing I put on her. Stupid…Pain was one thing the transmitters were stupidly good at send back and forth. Probably so the other knows if one is in danger...

    She decided she would take a long shower. Esme would be back most likely by the time she finished but if there was one thing she might have loved evenly to her…it was hot showers. She did not bother locking the door since at the rate their link worked she would know if Esme was coming in or not. Something that used to bring her so much joy now caused her heart to ache and sink. She stripped and just tossed the clothing haphazardly on the floor though she was supposed to put them in the dirty clothing bin. She turned on the music player and start listening to her Techno-jazz list. She loved this and secretly it also reminded her of Esme a bit…happier times…

    She used to stupidly sing in the shower...not anymore.
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    Running the course was just what she needed to get her heart rate up and wake her up. Esme dropped off a rope ladder and stopped to drop and do a number of push ups. After them she jumped up to her feet and ran to a rotating log bridge. It had three sections each one getting longer, the first being eight feet, then twelve and sixteen. Crossing them was a breeze for Esme and she didn't bother stopping between logs. Next was a monkey bar that was angled up then down creating a pyramid. It went up and like the rope swing and a number of other obstacles had water under it. This was to prevent injuries if someone fell and that splash in the water was a good motivator not to fail. They didn't use heaters in these pools and it was quite cold. Esme grabbed the first rung and started climbing up, she was about to the peak when she reached up with her left hand as a pain shot through her right hand causing her to let go. The fall into the water was quick and the water freezing cold. She swam to the surface then to the side leaning on the edge of the pool. Her hand had a light bruising on the knuckles. She hadn't hit anything which meant Vanessa had. Another one of the joys of their connection.

    She climbed out of the pool and was handed a towel by a gym aid. It was pretty much only large enough to pat dry her hair. Esme was furious she had been on track to beat her record on the course when she fell. Being wet and cold didn't help any. She left the gym leaving a trail of water drops behind her. The gym attendant let out a complaint but didn't confront Esme, instead he just started cleaning up. On the ride up to their apartment she shared the elevator with several lab techs from the night shift that all gave her dirty looks but the scowl on her face kept them from asking about it. When the elevator chimed at her floor she stepped off the techs moving out of her way not to get wet. At their door she pressed her hand to the panel, “Esme Javert, access granted. Welcome home and be well,” the computer said.

    “Yeah, be fracking well.” Esme cursed. Inside she could smell fresh cooked pancakes that smelled wonderful. That was enough to bring a smile to her face. The first time Vanessa had cooked for her was such a surprise and despite neither of them knowing to cook it was pretty good. Vanessa seemed to be a natural cook. As tasty as the pancakes looked Esme needed to get changed first. She didn't want to spend the day smelling like chlorine so she wanted a shower. However it was currently running and she could hear Vanessa's techno-jazz playing. There were no words on the song something Esme had to admit she missed. She used to love hearing Vanessa's singing voice. She could wait until her partner was done but she really didn't feel like sitting there soaking wet. So she walked to the bathroom door finding it unlocked. Inside the mirrors were steamed up, she pulled her wet clothes off and dropped them on the floor next to the laundry bin.

    Then she opened the shower door and stepped inside bumping into Vanessa. The shower was big enough for both of them but it was a tight fit. She moved them around so she could stand under the shower head enjoying the hot water. She then leaned her hands against the wall and hung her head under the water. She didn't even seem to acknowledge Vanessa until she projected a thought to her, “Come on it's not like we've never seen each other naked. Besides its your fault I fell.”


    Another round of bullets hits my skin. Well, fire away
    Cause today, I won't let the shame sink in. We are bursting through
    the barricades and reaching for the sun.

    We Are Warriors


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    Vanessa had been enjoying the water allowing the heat to really seep into her. She often found herself getting sleepy. Being in the shower like this reminded her of when she had problems and she would just exist…it was the shower where she first learned how to focus on nothing. Her own little barrier to make sure she never stepped over into Esme’s space. The military training…helped? Well it hurt at first but no considering their situation they had caused…she supposed it helped. She had always thought that she could endure anything as long as Esme was with her…then she felt there were things she needed to protect her from. Vanessa knew deep down it was wrong to feel that way…she should just be open to her. Conflicted feels like these where what dropped her deep into her work. Running away again.

    When the doorway opened up she stiffened. She had been so lost in thought that she ended up not even being aware she had returned. She could feel their connection getting stronger while this was normally relaxing it just made Vanessa tenser. She was trying to keep them separate but at this range…it would be terribly difficult.

    As the doorway opened Vanessa made an effort to not look their way. The bathroom was incredibly small though and Esme bumped into her. She felt her heart pang wanting to catch her to make sure she did not fall. She was quickly man handled out of the way so Esme could get under the water. She was so cold to the touch it made Vanessa want to squeak out. She was so surprised that Esme had come in she felt at a loss for words. She wanted to warm her up but found that physical comfort without emotional healing often left to only making things worse. Her diligence got the better of her here and she resisted. Instead opting to give her space. She was finished anyway really so she should get out and leave her alone.

    The thought popped into her mind and she glanced at Esme. So that was why…she could feel splashing into that cold water. It had an amazing effect at making sure Vanessa worked extra hard to never fall in. Aside from that though the really amazing thing about the tech they had was that it allowed them to have extremely fast communication when they were completely in sync with one another. It made them very effective since it avoided them needing to talk. Just thoughts and images and…desires…

    Her eyes traced Esme for just a quick second and Vanessa decided to speak out load as opposed to opening the channel herself. “Yes…and sorry. It was for no good reason…just lost my temper.” Vanessa had used to be a pillar of control until the incident. She never got angry or acted out. The doctor said that was enough of a proof that she was hurt and needed to fix things but it only caused her to give into it more. Esme had been concerned, all of a sudden Vanessa just started keeping distance with no explanation and then little things became bigger things.

    She opened the shower door to get out and made sure to turn the music to something Esme would like more. She went to the mirror and began to wipe it so she could brush her hair among other things. When they were first installed they were told to never speak and to only communicate through thoughts. Vanessa was directly going against the system speaking to her. She had gotten in trouble more than once over it. “You would think…with all these innovations…they could afford a hot tub to at least prevent someone getting sick from being cold.” Vanessa hated the cold…Vanessa had been the instigator to coming into Esme’s room first seeking not only company but warmth. Little did she know how far that would have went? She blushed slightly unintentionally replaying the memory of them cuddled together in a blanket. Her watching Esme reading some tech-thingy. She believed she had some test or something to study for…or some deadline or another and Vanesse somehow convinced her to let her bother her. It was one of her favorite memories.

    She suddenly came back to herself and shifted. “Sorry…I’ll umm…go sit at the table…while you finish.” She quickly left the room. Not wanting to be a larger burden then she was already being. She went and made sure to change into comfortable clothing and when she got out noticed that she and Esme got a message from Admin…the little light in the corner blinking as if saying hey! Notice me!

    Joy…probably another stupid performance review. She hesitantly opened up the connection and said, “Daddy sent us something…eat first or check it first?” Normally they would check it together considering it usually had stuff for both of them. “Pancakes might get cold though if we wait too long…” It was a tease, they both knew that they needed to check it ASAP just in case it was a summons. It rarely was anymore but protocol was protocol.
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    Within moments of standing under the water she was warmed up and no longer moving on auto pilot. She thought for a moment that Vanessa was going to embrace her and she closed her eyes wanting to feel her arms around her. It was a feeling she hadn't felt in a while and missed. Though it didn't happen instead she got a lame apology before Vanessa exited the shower and it suddenly felt very lonely in there. Being along had never bothered Esme before, she had been her entire life. Then all that had changed when the project started and she met Vanessa. She learned what it was like to have another person in her life and thanks to the device in their heads she was closer to another person than she ever thought was possible. Everything had been wonderful with Vanessa, and for the first time she was in love. She had dated before but nothing serious, nothing like it was with Vanessa.

    The music changed to some classical music heavy on the violin, Esme used this playlist when she was studying, it helped relax her. She wondered if Vanessa put it on to help with her temper, of the two Esme had the shorter fuse at least until the fight happened. Then everything changed. Vanessa made a comment aloud about the cold water and Esme was about to respond through their link but an image of them lying on a sofa popped in her mind. She had been studying a tech journal that she needed for the drill coming up in a couple of days. The system she was to be using was harder to figure out than normal and she had read the journal several times. It was winter, the chill outside had crept into the apartment. Vanessa had wiggled her way onto a sofa with a soft blanket. Esme had conceded and let the other woman cuddle against her. That hadn't been enough for Vanessa and before she knew it the journal was on the floor and Vanessa was straddling her lap as they were both under the blanket.

    The image faded from her mind and she noticed Vanessa had left the room. Damn her for putting a thought like that in mind and leaving the room. It seemed that Vanessa did things like this just to pissed her off. It took all her willpower to not to punch the wall. Running away again. It felt like that was all she did now. When they first met Esme had been impressed with Vanessa's skills and prowess. Not like she was now. Still upset she finished her shower and stepped out drying off with a towel then wrapping it around her. She hadn't brought any clothes with her so she had to walk back to her room. She heard the message when she entered their shared areas. “Just read it while I get dressed.” She harshly sent back still angry about that pleasant memory then being abandoned again. Really she didn't even know why Vanessa was like this. Everything had been good then after a hard mission Vanessa had just shut down. At first Esme had tried to figure out what she did but Vanessa wouldn't open up. Things just seemed to get worse from there.

    Esme entered her room and started getting dressed not waiting for a reply. It probably was a summons for them to report to their shrink. When the project started they saw the shrink once a week just to make sure they were adjusting to the bond but since the fight they saw the shrink at least three times a week. Once she was dressed she went back into the kitchen and started helping herself to some pancakes. “Well?” She asked across the link.


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    “Just read it while I get dressed.”

    Ouch…yea deserved. She set her fork down and carried her glass of water over as she took a sip. She clicked on the icon and started to read it. She, like Esme, imagined that it was just another summons by their doctor. Honestly her sessions were always longer then Esme. She was the problem after all. She took another sip but this time it dragged out. Concern crossed her eyebrows and she felt the need to puke. She felt herself go weak. She barely managed to get the cup on the table before she started to shiver.

    “Well?”

    She could not open her mouth, the connection was going to be the only way she could say anything. She took the water cup and splashed herself in the face. She felt herself calm down. She started to clean up the water and sent over, “The shrink’s office is open to us later today. We were invited to come together for once…” Unusual…but nothing terrible. “They have…I guess grown impatient…We have a field test tomorrow together…success means we are considered for a mission but…another failure means…”

    Another failure was what started this. She had not exactly cut Esme out directly after the mission. It was when they did a test together the memories came back. She was so scared, so worried about Esme that she knocked herself out rather than cry out or have her see. That mission failure was why they were in limbo now. If they did not work extremely well together and pass…she worried what they would do. She was worried about getting separated…

    She could hear Esme just asking her…what is wrong. She remembered how sweet and nice she had been at first. Now it was her just running away. She ran out of room to run. She was out of options. She did not want someone in between them trying to get her to open up. That stupid shrink thought all their problems would just go away. Sure…trust…how could she hurt Esme like that? Would it now hurt her more not to say anything? She felt one single tear fall down her face but she did not even notice it. She could not have them fail again. She could feel that determination building in her. No one was going to tear Esme away from her.

    “Em…I won’t fail us like last time…”

    She had probably both said that out loud and through connection. She had not managed to separate it that time. Clearly more caught up in the emotion then through her brain. She stared at the pancake like it was the enemy. Only then did she blink letting loose a second tear.
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