Finally John told me to go get some rest, he was searching the screens for any site of Rob. There were two other military men in the room. I knew that Rob must be in trouble, but was too tired to worry about it. I thought I would close my eyes for just a minute but when I woke up it was daylight. I limped into the main room, John was still working on his computer, trying to see any sign of Rob. My leg was throbing.
“What could have happened to him?” I asked walking over and sitting next to him. Jesse came over and I rubbed his head.
“What a good boy Jesse, thank you for saving me.” He wagged his tail at me and gave me a high five.
“I don’t know, Ranger, but the men have gone out looking for him about an hour ago. When they come back I think we should get you out of here. I’ve contacted the unit that you were with. They’re still in Japan, your dad is doing fine. They’ll be there for another month debriefing them and trying to get them well enough to fly home.”
“I’m so glad they made it!!! I guess it was a good thing I left with Ron so they could escape.”
“It was very brave of you to take the action you did. Look!” John pointed at the screen.
Our guys were taking fire outside!
“I thought Ron and his men left last night! What should we do?” I asked.
“There isn’t anything we can do, there’s only me in here with three civilians. I’m afraid the men are on their own and we’ll have to wait it out. I’m contacting your unit again, we need to get you to safety. I need to get Gregor and Katchka out of here too. They want to live here but I think all of us will need to leave Russian soon.”
That didn’t sound very good to me, what could I do? Katcha called us in for some breakfast, John said he’d eat at the computer but I went in and joined her.
“How is your leg Ranger?” she asked me.
“It’s sore, but I know it’ll heal soon. Thank you for looking after it for me.”
“That’s ok dear, I don’t like to see you in this position. John tells me we are not safe here anymore and all of us need to leave. I don’t know where we will go. Russia has always been my home.” She looked thoughtful.”
I thought for a moment and had an idea.
“Would you and Gregor like to come back to France with me? I live with my grandparents, my father will be arriving soon. We run a a winery with a big orchard, there’s plenty to do and room enough for both of you! I wonder if John leaves if Jesse could come with us too?”
Jesse heard his name and came running over to me. I just laughed.