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【肖根】一件礼物

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一个穿着皮衣的小个子女人,漫无目的地走在繁华的纽约街头。没有人想到,在这种地方遛狗的人,是个刚经历了末日审判的前特工。 

Shaw也觉得意外,她发现自己喜欢上了熙熙攘攘的人群。从前除了跟踪匿迹时会喜欢拥挤的街道,平时她更喜欢安静。但现在,她却希望身边吵起来,闹起来,或许只有这样才能湮没心中那个微弱的声音。 

Shaw不愿承认,但夜深人静时,她会有一种被抛下的感觉,好似有个声音总是在她心中喃喃细语。她不记得这种感觉是什么时候滋长的,但她发觉的时候,那声音已如藤蔓般蔓延缠绕。声若游丝,却挥之不去。 

相较于让队友身陷囹圄,Shaw更希望受伤的是自己。 

Cole牺牲后,她除了对那愚蠢的上司愤怒不已,更多的是对自己的愤怒,因为她没能保护好唯一的搭档兼好友。刚和Reese合作时,他那视死如归,殒身不恤的劲头,有好几次着实吓到了Shaw,好在经她提醒后,Reese很少再那么横冲直撞。在她得知Root失去一只耳朵后,她心中介怀了很久,直到模拟中的芯片由耳后嵌入,她才意识到自己竟如此在乎这件事。撒玛利亚人的折磨虽令她生不如死,但她也庆幸不是其他队友经历这一切,否则她只会更难受。 

但如今呢?曾和她安危与共,并肩作战的人,或生死不明,或抛尸荒野,只留下自己和Fusco。她谁也没能保护好,包括那个她最不愿失去的人。Shaw很想问问TM,为什么活下来的偏偏是自己。可惜连TM也不在了,她忍不住觉得连TM都是个比自己更合格的队友。 

Bear却很喜欢这种散步。强烈的工作欲是马犬的天性,他在人群中既兴奋又机警。Shaw将犬绳又收紧了一圈,她隐隐觉得今天有什么事要发生。 

突然,路边的一台公用电话发出了熟悉的铃声。精准的时机,微妙的距离都否认着那是一个偶然来电。Shaw皱眉思考了一番,终于拿起了电话。无数念头在她脑中闪过,但她不敢抓住细想。她深吸口气,将电话放在耳边。 

“Can you hear me?”那是Root的声音。那一刻,Shaw觉得她能感受到身上的每一个毛孔。 
长久的沉默后,TM继续说了下去 “I have a gift for you.” 

挂断电话后,Shaw没有问这个礼物是什么,只是朝摄像头露出一个真心的微笑。她从来不喜欢这种雾里看花的处境,但这次,她什么也不想多问。TM复活这个意外之喜已足以使她笑逐颜开,她决定在到达下一站之前,全心沉浸在庆祝的喜悦中,什么也不多想。 

TM很快发来了一个模糊的地址,那是一条穿过贫民区边缘的车道。 

红灯。Shaw的拇指有节奏地敲打着方向盘。Bear似乎被她兴奋的情绪感染,在副驾座上打了个转,吐着舌头欢快地呜咽着。 

“I know you can’t wait, buddy.” Shaw眉开眼笑地揉了揉Bear的头。 

这时,她又想起了刚才一闪而过的念头。Shaw深吸口气,摇了摇头,有些奢望她不敢轻碰。 

她在墓地笑着和Root告别时,已经做好了随时牺牲的准备,但命运似乎突然对她偏爱了起来。于是,她理所当然地追杀了那个黄毛杂碎。成功复仇后,Shaw以为自己能像从前一样,将这个女人深藏心底,然后继续前行,正如她永远怀念却从不提起的父母。 

但一天早上,当她不经意间又一次在外套上披上一件皮衣时,她突然意识到,自己这一生,恐怕是无法痊愈的了。 

“Where are you going, sweetie?” TM发现绿灯后Shaw驶向了另一条路。从概率来看,她更像要回地铁站。 

此时此刻听见这个声音,让Shaw有些不悦。“The place I should be back earlier.”电脑放在已经暴露的地铁站里的确很不安全。 

“My hardware should not be the top on your list of concern. You must go there immediately.” TM的语气很认真。Shaw觉得新版TM和原来的颇有些不同 

“No. You may be discovered by others at any time. I don’t want another Armageddon.” Shaw并没有改变路线。 

“Don’t worry, Thornhill has moved me away yesterday.” 

Shaw松了口气,调转车头 “Wait, when did you come back?” 

“Recently.” Shaw翻了个白眼,对这个答案很不满意。 

沉默几秒后,TM解释道 “I have to make sure you’re not under attention of any party.” 

“You’re the only one who has questioned my professionality and then still can talk.” Shaw一字一句说道。AI大战虽然结束了,但她还不至于蠢到连隐匿踪迹都忘了。 

耳机中又沉默了一会儿,接着是Root严肃的声音“Sorry if I offended you.” 

Shaw愣了愣,她可以肯定,新版TM没有恢复全部的记忆,“Just do me a favor. Change the voice.” 

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她满怀期待地来到TM指定的那条车道后,便在附近兜了一圈。行人稀少,路上也没什么车,她看不出有哪个号码需要她拯救。 

这时,她发现前方路边停着一辆高级轿车,一个头发花白的老人在掀开的车盖下焦急地修理着。TM绝不会派她来修车,Shaw在决定驶开的时候,突然发现转角处一个黑人小伙向远处的同伴打了个手势,几人便从不同的方位向那老人走去。 

Shaw失望地抚额道 “So he’s our number?” 

“Dr. Saunders will be killed with high probability, if you don’t save him.” 

好极了,TM送了她一个业余抢劫案。有人可揍固然不错,但Shaw深感提高TM选礼物的品味实在刻不容缓。 

Dr. Saunders眼见刚才还凶神恶煞的四个拿刀青年,转眼间就哀嚎遍地,他不由惊恐地看着面前这个精悍的女子。 

一个强壮的白人青年还想爬起来,Shaw毫不留情地一脚踩在他胸口。这四个人比Shaw预想的还要不经打,她摇了摇头 “I really don’t think you’re clear enough about your career planning. You know, you’re working on the job which you’ll never get any achievements.” 

Shaw鄙夷地扫视了他们一眼,然后朝自己的车走去,“Done. Call him a cab. Let’s go for another number.” 

“I don’t think so. He’ll be late for work unless you give him a lift.” TM换为了一个电子合成音。 

“Seriously? Sending an old man to his work place?” Shaw难以置信,TM送的礼物比她预想的要糟糕一百倍。 

“You need a purpose, this little mission can help you warm up.” 

“I’ll pass. Shooting some bad guys, that’s my warm up. Just send me another number.” Shaw烦躁起来,她不知道新版TM是哪根筋搭错了。 

“Shaw, a patient is waiting for him. If he can’t reach there on time…” 

“Fine. No more lovely speech.” Shaw立刻打断了TM的话,它的喋喋不休真是烦透了。 

Dr. Saunders坐进Shaw的车里才定下神来, “I can’t thank you enough. If I can have your name, I’ll…” 

“My name is not your concern.” Shaw不耐烦地打断了他,不过她并不想让一个面目慈祥老人难堪,随即补充道 “Thanks will be enough.” 

Dr. Saunders看来并不太在意,他礼貌地说了句“Thank you. And you can call me Mr. Saunders.” 

被移到后座的Bear伸过头来嗅了嗅陌生的气味,他吐舌头的声音也难以缓解空气中的尴尬。 

Shaw发动汽车,毫不犹豫地向前驶去。Dr. Saunders连忙道: “The address is…” 

“I know.” TM早就告诉了她。 

“What? But I never said.” Dr. Saunders疑惑地看着Shaw。 

她不愿在这个问题上再纠结下去,只好转移话题道: “Someone’s waiting for you? I saw you were very anxious.” 

“Oh yeah, my patient must be very grateful for you. She felt worse last night, and she needs the operation as fast as possible. By the way, I’m a doctor.” Dr. Saunders的注意力成功被分散了。 

Shaw本来不想聊天,但她想起了做医生的那段日子,忍不住道: “It’s exhausted.” 她看了眼身边的老人,“I mean when patient’s condition is waving.” 

Dr. Saunders惊讶地打量了Shaw一番,他慈祥地笑道: “I almost thought you’re a doctor. Sometimes I may felt tired, but that lady is very tough. Her surviving is a miracle.” 

他刚说完就被Shaw的急刹车吓得不明所以。Bear一个猝不及防,差点栽到前座,他以为遇到危险,警觉地叫了两声。 

Shaw显得更加心烦意乱,她盯着Dr. Saunders紧张地问道: “What does she look like?” 

Dr. Saunders愣了愣,“My patient? She’s a beautiful lady with brown hair.” 他见Shaw的大眼睛中暗潮汹涌,神情紧张得可怕,忍不住小心地问道 “You know her?” 

Shaw深吸口气,没有回答他,只是要来了那个病人的医疗报告。她看了看名字,Eden Clinton。今天要做的是气胸和胸腔积液的小手术。但当她翻到病情记录时,越看越是心惊。 

她迅速发动汽车,加速朝那私人疗养院驶去。“Is that why you sent me to save him?” Shaw嗓子发紧。 

Dr. Saunders环视了一圈,“Who are you talking to?” 

“I sent you because he was in dangerous.” 新版TM似乎永远不会好好回答问题,Shaw感到怒火中烧。 

她强忍怒意问道: “Is she…someone I’m expecting for?” 

沉默使她火冒三丈。如果TM敢拿这件事和她开玩笑,她发誓,就算铲平整个唐希尔公司,她也要拆了它的主机。 

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这是Dr. Saunders坐过的最快的一次车,他全程拉着扶手,差点吐了出来。不过Shaw的脸色让他隐约猜到了什么,他只是同情地看着这个女人。 

Dr. Saunders领着略显焦虑不安的Shaw走进了疗养院,一个护士跑来告诉他手术室都准备好了。电梯门叮地一声打开了,Shaw深吸口气才跟着他走了出来。 

Dr. Saunders走在前面,他们还没走到门边就听见一阵剧烈的咳嗽声。多年的医疗经验告诉Shaw,这个病人肺部受损严重。如果她没猜错的话……Shaw怒不可遏地瞪了一眼走廊上的摄像头,该死的TM竟然到现在才联系她。Dr. Saunders摇了摇头,灰白的眉毛皱在一起,他似乎也为那病人的咳嗽感到断肠裂肺的艰苦。 

Shaw抢在前面推开了门,她走进门的那一刻,所有的猜测都得到了印证。一个穿着白色病号服的纤瘦女人半靠在床上。她蜷缩着身子,双肩耸动,隐忍而剧烈的咳嗽使她苍白的脸上泛起一种病态的殷红,仿佛一团火焰燃烧着她所剩无几的生命。 

Shaw艰难地走了过去,目不转睛地盯着那个病床上的女人。她几乎不敢相信面前这个触手可及的活生生的人,就是她在心中描摹过无数次的倩影。 

病床上的人察觉到不是Dr. Saunders,她迅速抬起头。Shaw看到那双棕色眼眸中闪过一丝警觉,眼底的倔强如余烬中的两朵寒焰。但这些随即被喜出望外的笑容所淹没,那眼神变得温柔如夏日阳光下的海水,充满了奇特的吸引力。那是只有Root才有的笑容。 

Shaw紧抿着嘴唇,只觉恍如隔世,她想伸手摸一摸耳后的冲动立即被这个笑容所冲散。她不明白,一个带着病的人,怎么能笑得这么好看。 

Root见她全身僵硬,目光自震惊转为恚怒,又迅速由恚怒转为她从未在Shaw眼里见过的一种忧伤。Root打趣地笑道 “Sorry sweetie, can’t give you a long time no see hug.” 说完又突然咳嗽了起来。她低着头,咳得十分隐忍,呼吸之间沉重浓烈,像一个磨坏的风箱在肺里抽气一样。 

她倒还有心情开玩笑,Shaw对这点是又爱又恨。那份医疗报告上的每个字Shaw都记得,其中几项是左肋严重骨折和心肺损伤。因此Root每次咳嗽都会牵动肋骨的伤口,她额头因疼痛而布满了细密的汗珠。 

Shaw心中一阵钝痛,低声道: “Shut up.” 

她伸手稍稍扶起Root上半身,另一只手轻轻抚拍着她后背。她瘦了很多,Shaw的手能清晰地感受到突出的脊骨。 

“You should listen to your friend, talking too much is bad for you.” Dr. Saunders早就进来了,不过他一直等在一边,并识趣地拦下了进来送毛巾的私人护理Celine。 

Shaw抬头看了两人一眼,这才注意到病床边还有一个床。看来Root的情况的确很糟糕,她虽然渡过了危险期,但仍需私人护理随时照顾。 

Dr. Saunders走过来提醒道: “Everything is ready. The operation will start in 10 minutes.” 

Shaw点了点头。她坐在Root身旁,有些紧张的看着她,等咳嗽平复后才扶她缓缓躺下。 

Root热切地望着眼前这个眉心微皱的女人, “Sameen…” 

“Don’t talk. We have plenty of time after this operation.” Shaw仍是面无表情,但语气却是柔和的。 

Root心中一暖,她知道要让Shaw马上原谅她不是一件容易的事,但起码这次手术醒来后,Shaw就在她身边。她满足地笑着,向Dr. Saunders点了点头。 

Shaw在目送Root被推入手术室前,握了握她的手,终于对她露出浅浅的笑意。那是Dr. Saunders第一次见到Root双眼被迅速点亮,那样单纯明亮的眼神中充满了愉悦的活力。


这个高级疗养院设施齐备,Bear已被专人带去宠物看护间。不过Shaw最满意的还是这间病房。采光充足,宽敞整洁,窗外能看到整个后院。除房间内,每个可能的入口都安装有摄像头。她查过,这家疗养院早就被唐希尔旗下的空壳公司买了下来,而另一个空壳公司则买下了Reese那家,虽然医生护士们并不知情。 

Shaw坐在沙发上环视了一圈,矮几上有一个笔记本电脑,床头的柜子上放着止疼药、水和一些护理用具。她目光最后落在那张宽大的病床上。 

Root还没醒,棕色的卷发婉转地铺泻在枕头上,衬得一张脸苍白憔悴。阳光从窗外倾洒进来,照着她鬓边耳角的茸毛。Shaw就这么静静地看着她,只觉一切都美好得像个梦。Root毕竟活了下来,Shaw这么想着,她感到自己的心跳得很慢。 

“Our princess still isn’t awake? Maybe you missed a step.” Fusco的声音从耳机中传来,他心情相当不错。 

“What is it?” Shaw不认为自己会犯什么医疗常识的错误。 

“A kiss of course. You never read the “Little Briar Rose①”?” Fusco真想看看Shaw现在的表情。而Shaw在想他真该庆幸自己揍不到他。 

“Save your silly humor, Lionel. How’s Reese? ”她从TM那儿得知Reese也幸存后,就立刻通知了Fusco前去探望。 

“Oh, he’s like crap.” Fusco颇有些幸灾乐祸,“ Whatever, our wonder boy’s alive. You loco guys will die hard.” 

这时,休整过后的Dr. Saunders在门口招了招手,Shaw立刻跟了出去。 

他虽和Shaw见面不久,但对于她和Ms. Clinton的关系,他已猜到了八分, “Lady, I’m so happy that you finally found Ms. Clinton.” 

“Call me Shaw please.” Shaw的态度变得友好很多 “And appreciate for your make up session. I know you must be very tired today.” 

Dr. Saunders不仅是业内数一数二的专家,还是个非常慈祥的老人。Shaw在手术后提出想尽快探讨Ms. Clinton的身体状况和治疗方案时,他尽管已十分疲倦,但还是毫不犹豫地答应了。 

两人讨论一番,Shaw已大致了解了情况。Root第一次醒来后,就开始利用每天为数不多的清醒时间,为AI大战暗中努力,这严重影响了她的恢复进程。而手术后的并发症也不容小觑,Shaw知道这段时间必须盯紧她。 

这时,私人护理Celine送来了Shaw要她去一家韩国料理店买的牛骨汤。 

Dr. Saunders微笑着问道: “Anything else I can help you?” 

“Thanks, you have done enough. Later I just need to update her about this make up session.” Shaw朝病房的方向看了一眼。 

“Sure, Ms. Shaw.” 他犹豫了一会儿,终于说道: “No offence, but don’t make it evolves into a make out session. She’s still very weak.” 

Dr. Saunders回忆起两人见面时的情形,他觉得作为一个专业医生,很有必要提醒一下。 

Shaw愣了愣,尴尬地笑道:“I can handle that.” 

回到病房后,Root已经醒了。她笑意盈盈地看着Shaw走进来。 

Shaw将牛骨汤放到医疗矮桌上,看着她双眼问道: “How are you feeling?” 

“Can’t be better.” Root笑得更加灿烂。这是她第一次手术醒来后能看到Shaw陪在身边。 

Shaw小心翼翼地将她扶了起来,尽量不牵动她肋骨的伤口。Root想向前倾身,但微一用力,肋下便传来一阵疼痛,她屏息皱了皱眉。 

“Does it hurt?” Shaw关切地看着她。 

“I have been worse.” Root无所谓地笑了笑。 

她伤后本就虚弱乏力,肋骨断裂又使她双手活动受限,无法坐直,Shaw便让她靠在自己胸前。Root身体单薄,Shaw把她抱在怀里才发现,她几乎是瘦骨嶙峋。Shaw心中无由来地有些生气。她左手搂住Root腰部,右手掀开碗盖,自己先尝了一口,确认温度正好,才舀了一勺汤送到她嘴边。 

Root从未见过Shaw这么温柔地照顾一个人。她转头看了Shaw一眼,Shaw却似浑然不觉。她觉得Shaw至今没有发火,全是因为她还太虚弱。Root没说什么,只是笑着喝下了汤。Shaw避开她的目光,一言不发地继续喂她。若不是Root咳嗽时,她投来担忧的目光,她俨然只是一个专业的护理在照顾病人。Root知道她还在生闷气。 

比起之前,Shaw的脸庞更加瘦削了,她少了那份迷茫,却多了些沉郁。Root很高兴她已能分清模拟和现实。但同时她也看得出,自己诈死对Shaw的影响不小,她心中一阵愧疚。 

“Sorry Sam, this’s the only way to keep everyone alive.” Root打破了沉默,她紧盯着Shaw的眼睛,语气还是很虚弱。 

Shaw突然对上她歉疚的目光,愠怒地扬起眉毛 “Everyone?” 她可不认为这个计划下Root存活率会有多高。从她的身体状况来看,她能活下来更像是个意外。 

“Well, almost.” Root笑着歪了歪头,作出一个遗憾的表情。她在Shaw发作前解释道:“Trust me, that’s the best plan.” 

Shaw移开目光,沉声道:“I’m not angry with you about faking your own death.” 

Root紧盯着她,“Then what’s that?” 她琥珀般澄亮的眼睛如一个温柔的陷阱,不容Shaw移开眼去。 

Shaw神色一黯,沉默地凝视了她几秒,“You knew it at first. Whatever the deals you have made with the machine, you shouldn’t have done it alone.” 她想起Root瞒着她独自做了这一切就怒从心起。 

Root望着她,认命地笑了笑,“I just … want you to live.” Shaw活在这世间是对她最大的安慰。 

Shaw眼眸中暗潮汹涌,她正色道:“Listen, Root, I know there’re many things we must have to do.” 她紧了紧搂住Root的左手,“But that doesn’t mean I can just let you go.” 她黑亮的瞳仁中露出坚定的神色。 

Root憔悴的脸迅速被一个欣喜的笑容点亮,她脉脉含情地看着Shaw,“I will never go.” 

她伸出右手搭在Shaw搂在她腰侧的左手上。Shaw的嘴角微微扬起一个难以察觉的弧度,严肃的眼神下渐渐弥漫开若有若无的笑意。 

“Hope I didn’t interrupt any sessions.” 耳机中突然传来Fusco不合时宜的取笑。 

Shaw翻了个白眼,她竟忘了关通讯 “Lionel, I like you much more when you shut your mouth up.” 

Fusco嘿嘿笑了两声,接着说道:“Turns out that I don’t have the honor to take care of our Urban Legend today.” 

“Why?” Shaw舀了一勺汤,看着Root慢慢喝下。 

“Zoe has come by after I called her. Guess I should give them some sweet time.” 

“Thoughtful is a good habit.” Shaw猜想Reese现在应该情况不错。 

“So I am thinking of I can pay a visit to Ms. Cocoa puff.” Fusco坐进汽车里,只等她发来地址了。 

Shaw看了眼怀里的人说道:“People should keep their good habits, Lionel.” 

Fusco摇着头笑了笑,“Tell cocoa puff that I miss her.” 

Shaw一转头便对上Root好似看穿她心思的眼神。她装作若无其事地低头舀了勺汤,“That was Lionel. He misses you.” 

Root笑了笑,“She told you two every things?” 

“Sort of.” Shaw忽然想起了什么 “It’s weird that no numbers have come up for so long.” 

“We haven’t run the irrelevant protocol formally.” Root摇了摇头,表示喝不下了, “We need to debug her first.” 

Shaw完全理解Root的谨慎。AI大战后,Shaw发现各方势力开始在暗中试探情况。而如今他们损兵折将,正是最脆弱的时候,经不起再一次折腾。 

“We?” Shaw见她说话仍是有气无力的,坚持要她再喝几口,“I believe your nerds team can handle it. And you just need to eat and sleep.” 虽然她心里清楚Root不会那么乖乖听话。 

Root笑着皱了皱眉,那样的话连Bear的生活都比她有趣。 最终Root还是争取到了每天一小会儿的工作时间,条件是每天10点半前必须睡觉。她说了一会儿话,已是十分疲倦。手术麻醉的药效渐渐退去,Root只觉伤口越来越疼,背后已沁出一层薄汗。 

Shaw察觉出她身子渐渐紧绷,忙伸手从床头的柜子上取来止疼药,喂她服下。 

“You must tell me if you feel unwell.” Shaw温言道。 

Root想说什么,但喉间一痒,又剧烈地呛咳起来。她一牵动肋下的伤口就疼得满头大汗,她一手按在肋下,一手紧抓着被单,咳得几乎喘不过气来。Shaw抱着她,只觉她全身每一块肌肉都在抽搐,每一条神经都在颤动,每一寸筋骨都在受着煎熬。 

她忙用右手从前面扶住Root肩膀,左手为她抚背顺气。Shaw焦急地皱着眉头,不知还能怎样帮她,她后悔刚才让Root说了那么多话。 

Shaw将她小心地抱在怀里,好一会儿,Root终于停止了咳嗽。她闭上眼,深吸了口气才缓缓睁开双眼。转头只见Shaw正紧张地看着自己,眼中满是担忧关切。 

她喘息着摇了摇头,“It’s funny.” 接着若无其事地笑道: “Hurting ribs and lung at the same time, it feels like Socratic Paradox②.” 她的神情就像刚刚发现了一行有趣的代码。 

Shaw愣了一秒,她在想如果自己再也不能出外勤,她能不能像Root这样若无其事地谈笑风生。答案多半是不能。 

她笑着扬起眉毛,警告道: “One more word, your laptop will be thrown out of the window.” 

Root笑了笑,疲倦地靠在Shaw怀里平复呼吸。止疼药还未起效,她每一次深呼吸都能感受到肋骨摩擦的疼痛。Shaw一手从前面环住她腰,一手拿过毛巾帮她擦汗,两人紧紧地贴在一起。 

Root安心地享受着她怀里的温暖,感受着Shaw的气息环绕着她,她甚至能感受到背后传来Shaw心脏的每一次搏动。 

Shaw将刚才和Dr. Saunders讨论的结果简略地解释了一番,但Root似乎不那么在乎。她靠在Shaw肩头,呼吸渐缓,发丝轻轻摩擦着她的脖颈。Shaw低头看她时,她已阖眼睡着了。Root胸膛微微起伏着,她脸色仍是那么惨淡,但精美的鼻尖下,那苍白的嘴唇已有了些血色。 

Shaw凝视着她恬静的睡颜,忽然心中一动,低头在她唇上印下一个啜吻。 

兴许是手术的缘故,Root躺在床上睡了很久,中途晕晕荡荡地醒来几次,Shaw便喂她服了些药和流食。当她从疼痛中完全清醒过来时,已是深夜。止疼药的药效越来越短了。 

Root在黑暗中搜寻了一番,Shaw躺在左边那张床上,已经睡熟了。 

疼痛一阵阵袭来。她尝试着挪了挪身体,发现没有预想的那么糟糕。Root抬头看了眼床头柜上的止疼药,右肘巧妙地用力半撑起身子,几乎没有牵动伤口。她靠在床头停了一会儿,正待伸手拿药时,一只手越过她头顶,将药拿了去。 

“Hurting again?” Shaw其实没有睡着,她只是闭着眼,默数着对面浅促的呼吸。当Root想起身拿药时,衣声悉窣立刻让她清醒。 

“Guess the efficacy has passed.” Root略带歉然地笑了笑,Shaw把她按回了床上。 

“You have taken too many pain pills today. Can’t take any more.” 她在黑暗中兑了杯温水,走回床边。 

Root无所谓地笑道:“It’s fine. My record is 7 pills.”,她服用止疼药向来没什么顾忌。Shaw稍稍托起她后脑,让她借着吸管喝了些温水。 

“Mine is 9.” Shaw得意地笑了笑, 随即敛色道:“But that’s not the point. I don’t want one more item of gastric perforation to be added in your medical record. Doc. Saunders is already suffering from your other entrails.” Root肋骨断裂,刺破了周围的脾脏,她体内完好的内脏所剩无几。 

“Then you have to give me some sleeping pills instead.” 她睁大眼睛无奈地看着Shaw。 

“No. Your heart can’t take it.” Shaw将杯子放回柜子上,伸手摸了摸Root额头,确认她没有发烧。 

“It seems gonna be a long night.” 又一阵疼痛袭来,Root紧闭双眼,尽力控制着呼吸。Shaw静静地站在那儿,Root知道她并不擅长安慰人。 

这时,她突然感到被子被掀开,自己被人往左边移了移。睁眼看时,Shaw已拉上被子,侧卧在她身边。Root眼中闪过一丝惊喜,她虽忍受着疼痛,但眉梢嘴角尽是藏不住的笑意。她尝试着翻身侧卧,Shaw立刻伸手扶住她后背,帮她转身。 

两人面对面躺着。Root试图从疼痛中转移注意力, “I know Samaritan is very dead, but how’s Decima?” 德西玛的高级员工都懂得怎样隐藏于阴影中,她无法单从网络中得知这些人所有的行动。 

Shaw在追杀油漆工时曾留意过。政府急于掩盖真相,德西玛的低级员工一哄而散,但大多数高级员工被政府牢牢掌控着,只有凤毛麟角逃匿到国外后就销声匿迹了。因此除政府外,任何一方势力想得知Samaritan的具体情况都不是件容易的事。 

Shaw答道:“Don’t worry, our Atari has been buried deeply.” 

Root笑出了声,她呼吸变得略为急促,“Cute metaphor. But the urban legend③ finally gonna be discovered some day.” 

“Let the government worries about it.” Shaw不想让她太耗费心神,“Now, close your eyes.” 

Root却还是笑吟吟地看着她,“I believe watching your face is a better way to distract my attention.” 

Shaw取笑道:“A top killer can’t sleep in pain. I thought you quite enjoy such things.” 她嘴里这么说着,手却伸到Root衣衫下,小心地避开伤口,轻柔地抚摸着她的左肋。Shaw突然想到她最难熬的第一周,自己没有陪在身边,漫漫黑夜中,Root是不是也像刚才那样,独自在疼痛中挣扎? 她想,如果自己做医生时会想到这么多,兴许就不会被开除了。 

Root感到左肋肌肤在Shaw来回的抚摩下一阵酥麻,疼痛似乎舒缓不少。“This top killer was barely sniped at.” Root不甘示弱地笑着,“I didn’t even involve in many gunfights before she found me.” Root做雇佣杀手的那段日子黑暗却轻松,她几乎不用露脸就能解决大部分的生意。除了刚出道那会儿,她很少让自己卷入正面冲突。 

“Of course. You just needed to sneak up and tase someone in the back.” Shaw一脸“早已领教过”的表情。 

Root想起她们不算友好的第一次见面,不由轻笑了一声,“But I do remember our first teaming up was perfect.” 她左手缓缓搭上Shaw的手臂,手指轻轻勾勒着她肌肉的线条。 

Shaw眼底笑意更浓,她嘲讽道:“If your “perfect” means mentioned about my father’s death after kidnapped me.” 

Root笑着皱了皱鼻子,“And your adorable right hook. I’ll say we’re even.” 

Shaw抬了抬眉毛,“After you executed this suicide counterattack plan without telling me? We’re far from that.” 

Root又低头咳了起来,Shaw往她身边移了移,柔声道:“Try to keep breath.” 她移开手掌,轻抚着Root后背,将她圈进自己怀里。好在她的咳嗽马上平复了,Shaw觉得这次手术效果不错,只要病情不再反复,两个月内就可以出院。 

Root抬起头来,目光流盼,“I’m glad to compensate, sweetie.” 中气不足仍不减损她声音奇异的诱惑力,“But as you see, I’m a bit tied at here. So if anything I can do to compensate you, I only can to do it on this bed.” 

Shaw的手移回肋下,她尽力控制着自己,手掌不敢稍稍用力,“You’ll regret to say that.” 她很想告诉Root,这个时候挑逗她是个很危险的行为,“And I’ll say that’s a bonus at most.” 

“Greedy.” Root靠近她的脸,笑道:“How about a top hacker, who will never leave you again, to be your personal tech support in the days to come?” 她说得很慢,注视着Shaw脸上的表情。 

Shaw微微皱着眉,“I’ve heard that before.” Root分别前的最后一句话在Shaw脑海里回响过无数次。 

Root见她目光中闪过一些复杂的神色,黑暗中她分不清那是什么。她握住Shaw抚摸她肋下的手,安慰道:“Sameen, maybe we have no way to go back,” 她盯着那黑亮的双眼, “but going forward isn’t a necessarily ending.” 

Shaw眨了眨眼,沉默了几秒,终于开口道:“Alright, I’ll settle for it.” 她眸中突然闪过动人的光彩,像星星从漆黑的苍穹掉落在她眼里,“But this top hacker has poor credit record, “the days to come” seems not fair to me.” 她嗓音低沉而坚定, “So I want the rest of her life.” 

Root嘴角扬起一个完美的弧度,那琥珀般的眼睛温柔得要将人溺毙其中,“You have her pledge.” 

Shaw见她憔悴的脸上情意盈盈,眼波流动,说不出的性感魅惑。她感到一股暖流涌入体内,掌下Root身体渐渐发烫,她只觉再难自持。当Shaw微微靠近,忍不住想吻上Root那微张的唇瓣时,忽然想到了Dr. Saunders的忠告。 

她正犹豫间,Root突然吻了上来。Shaw又好气又好笑,这个女人在这种身体状况下,还要和她争夺主动权。她右手滑到Root腰后,将她揽入怀中。Shaw吻得很轻柔,像一片羽毛落在湖面上晕开的涟漪,而Root却吻得辗转而缠绵,仿佛期待已久。 

Shaw在她气促前,停下了亲吻。她眼中满是温柔的笑意,“You cheated.” 

Root喘了口气,目光描摹着Shaw嘴唇的线条,“You took so long.” 


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① 《格林童话》中的《睡美人》 

② 苏格拉底悖论:“A:我只知道一件事,B:那就是我什么也不知道。”这里指A和B互相诱发,又互相抵触的感觉。 

③ 雅达利的“都市传说”于多年后被人们从地下挖掘出来,得到了证实。这里不得不提一句,POI的编剧在504选用“雅达利”作为台词,而不是“NES”等游戏机,除了因为雅达利老旧以外,编剧很可能通过雅达利暗示了小撒的最终命运。二者都曾雄霸一时,无人可及,而失败后,他们的庞大帝国都被一种耻辱的方式迅速掩埋。有兴趣的朋友可以去了解一下Atari当年的黑色传说。 


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