That afternoon, there was a meeting for all of the STAR teams. Alex had considered telling Bailey about the conversation with the captain, but was still hoping he would change his mind.
The captain smiled at the agents. "I know things have been tough recently, and I am sorry about how things have turned out. We recieved the x-rays from the hospital, and I have the updates on Agent Will Mathias' status."
Alex had been finding it difficult to listen, but now the captain had his full attention. Bailey placed a hand at the small of his back, trying to offer comfort.
The captain continued. "Will's spinal cord was not severed, so there is not as much danger of him being paralyzed. There was damage to his nervous system, so we do no know how he will recover his full movement. It will take a while for him to be on his feet again, but the good news is that he is stable and will survive, unless there is a drastic turn for the worse. There will be agents coming in from England to help with the situation at hand, seeing as they were hit by the same people. They will arrive within the next few hours, so please be welcoming. There will be some member changes in the teams to accommodate for what we will be lacking. I would like to let you know that we are reaquiring Agent Randy Benson, since he is fully recovered and back to being himself. That is all for now. You may all go, except for Agent Alex Mathias and Agent Bailey Lewis. I need to speak with each of you privately."
Alex snorted and shook his head. He knew what this was about, and he still thought it was ridiculous.
Once they were alone in the room, the captain smiled at Bailey. "Bailey, I realize the circumsatances of the other day, and I wish this news could be easier to tell you. However, the rules still stand in STAR that you are not to use lethal force, unless absolutely unavoidable."
He paused, and Alex took advantage of the silence. "It was unavoidable! That psycho would have killed all of us, if he had the chance. Bailey did the only thing in his power to stop him."
Bailey was already shaking his head, but had not looked up. When he did, his face was furious. "Liebe, the captain is right. I could have taken him out more civilly, and I did know I was not supposed to kill him..." He looked at the captain. "I accept whatever punishment you have for me, because I do not regret killing him. He was a bastard who tried to kill Will, and I am glad I could do something about it."
Alex stared at his lover, shocked. He had not been expecting an answer like this from Bailey.
The captain shook his head, looking disappointed. "Agent Lewis, we have not had any problems with you, so far, and this side of you surprises me. We will conduct a full investigation into this situation, and also go over your background again. You will be suspended until further notice. I am truly sorry for this turn of avents, but it has to be done. Do you understand?"
Bailey nodded, still angry. "I do, sir."
The captain looked at Alex, who was already shooting him daggers. "We already spoke about your situation, so the teams will be rearranged without the two of you, at the moment. We cannot have you on this case. Do you understand?"
"I already told you that I understand it, but I think it's bullshit," Alex was speaking coldly now.
The captain smiled at both of them. "I will let you know when things are cleared up. You may leave."
Alex stood up immediately, pulling Bailey with him. He ignored the captain's protests and walked out. He was not on the case, and Bailey could be off the team. There was nothing else to say.
As soon as they were out, he turned to Bailey. "I'm sorry things turned out this way. I will help to reinstate you as much as I can. I know your intentions were for the good of the team. I wish he would see that."
Bailey nodded. "I was expecting this when I killed him. Like I said before, I don't regret it, though. I will face what will come of it."
Alex pulled him close. "Thank you, baby."
Bailey nodded quietly, a single tear running down his face.
When the agents arrived from England, they were all given rooms, but did not speak very much. This was a different experience for everyone involved, and they could already feel like they were not completely welcome.
Denny had spent the entire flight there alone, listening to his ipod. He was anxious about how things would turn out, and was wishing they had sent Ben along with them. It was going to be lonely here, but they were not here to have fun, and would be back home in England soon enough.