I know it has been a while but my life has had a major hit. I have also been busy. I would have gotten a chapter out in August but unfortunately I lost a family member so I have really been off lately but hopefully this chapter will be good. I'm a little rusty but I will definitely shake off the writers rust soon. I hope you enjoy this chapter.

I woke up and I was a little confused about where I was but then I remembered that I was at Mary's house. I made my way over to the bathroom and I could hear hushed voices arguing in the kitchen. I heard what sounded like Marshall in there arguing with Mary. I just continued into the bathroom.

I splashed water on my face and I just looked at myself in shock. I couldn't believe what was happening. If Frank Ventura knew that I was alive then who else knew that I was alive and if he could find, who else could find me. I also thought about Casey. I hadn't thought about her in a while. It almost brought tears to my eyes. I loved her for so long and I had been gone less than a year and it felt like I completely forgot about her. It was like I had just tucked her in the back of my mind and forgot about her. How could I do that to someone I loved so much. It hurt. I couldn't believe what was happening to me. All because I went to that stupid store. I would have given anything to just speak with Casey one last time but I knew I couldn't. I let out a sigh and then made my way out of the bathroom and into the kitchen.

As I walked into the kitchen, Mary and Marshall were still talking but stopped when they noticed I was in the room.

"So what happens next?"

Mary looked over at Marshall and then Marshall looked at me and moved toward me.

"Well first we have to find somewhere safe to stash you until we can relocate you to a new city. We have a number safe houses around the city and then we find out how Ventura found out where you are."

I nodded and looked over at Mary before looking back at Marshall.

"How are we even sure that was someone Ventura sent?"

Marshall just sighed.

"The odds of it being a random and isolated incident are very small but don't worry about it, we are going to get to the bottom of it."

I nodded and then leaned up against the wall.

"This just seems so insane. I mean, how could he have even found me. I mean of all the places why chose to look in New Mexico."

I could feel myself getting riled up and angry. Marshall walked over and put a hand on my shoulder.

"It is going to be alright. We will get to the bottom of this but right now our main concern is just keeping you safe alright."

I just nodded

"Let's get started then."

With that both of the marshals walked out of the rooms and I followed them. We got into the SUV that was parked in front of Mary's house and we pulled away.

After about an hour we arrived at the safe house. It was a little bigger than the apartment was but at that point in time I wasn't particularly interested in the square footage of the house. I made my way over to the couch and sat down. Mary and Marshall walked over and stood in front of me and I looked up. Marshall let out a sigh.

"We will get you some fresh clothes and food but is there anything else you need before we go?"

I looked at them in shock and stood up so that I could be eye level with them.

"Wait. You are just going to leave me here even though there are goons out there hunting for me."

Mary put her hands up as if she were trying to calm me down.

"Just calm down there sparky, you will have a guard on the house at all times and Marshall and I will pop in to check on you but this is the best we can do for the time being."

I just nodded because I knew she was telling the truth. I couldn't put a number on the many times that I had to calm a witness down. The only difference here is that I knew all that might happen but the situation still scared the crap out of me.

I made my way over to the couch as Mary and Marshall left. I lid there and just drifted off. Nothing really made sense to me anymore. I mean how could it. Over the past months my life had been turned upside down. I went from protecting Federal Witnesses to being one of the witnesses. I lost my home, job, family, friends, and my girlfriend. That thought struck a chord with me though. Casey. How could I just go from loving her to having some type of feelings for Mary. I mean I loved Casey for a couple of years and now all of a sudden I was gravitated towards Mary. I couldn't wrap my brain around it. It was like I never even cared about her but I did. Nothing made sense anymore. I slowly drifted off to sleep but not even that could take me away from the thoughts that haunted my mind.

I woke up to noise being made in the kitchen. I rolled off the couch and slowly made my way over to the kitchen. I popped out from behind the corner to find Mary putting groceries in the fridge. She looked up at me.

"Calm down there Starsky, I'm just putting away some groceries for you."

I let out a small chuckle before making my way into the kitchen and helped her out with the groceries.

When we were finished she tossed a duffel bag at me. I caught it and opened it up.

"Thanks for the clothes Mary."

She nodded.

"They aren't the nicest things ever but they don't need to be when you are the run from the mob right. Go get cleaned up and we'll talk for a little before calling it a night."

With that I was off to the bedroom to change. I was in the backroom changing and as I was putting on my shirt I caught a glimpse of the scars on my body from the shooting. It was insane to believe that two small objects did that to me. They changed my life. Part of me wanted to stay hidden forever for letting my guard down and letting this happen and another part of me wanted to go out and find Ventura and just beat the crap out of him because he was the reason I was in the predicament I was in. It wasn't enough to try and kill me once but now he is trying to kill me again. I was on the run from someone who doesn't even deserve the freedom that he had. Part of me wanted to stay and just let the marshals do their job and the other part of me wanted to just leave and down this jerk and kill him. I was torn but at this point I knew what I had to do.

I finished putting my shirt on and then made my way back out to living room where I found Mary waiting. She smiled at me.

"I thought that I was going to have to go and find you."

I gave a small smile to her snarky comment and then plopped down on the couch.

"I was just thinking about some things that's all. There's a lot that goes through your mind when someone is trying to kill you."

She gave a smile but that is only because I smiled at her after I said that.

"Is it something you want to talk about?"

I shook my head no because for now I really didn't want to talk about it. I wanted to forget everything that had happened over the past few months and that is exactly what happened. Mary and I sat there and talked for a couple of hours before she left. It was nice to just sit and feel like a normal person again if only for a couple of hours. I got a good amount of sleep and little did I know, it was the last time I would actually sleep. What the next couple days brought wasn't something that I would even wish on my worst enemy. The next few days were going to be a living hell for me but for those last few hours before the storm nothing seemed to matter to me.

Alrighty well there is my new chapter. I know it isn't much and probably isn't that good but I did my best and I hope you enjoy it. I will get the next chapter out as soon as I can.