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Chapter 18

TWO WEEKS LATER

I've dealt with my ghosts and I've faced all my demons
Finally content with a past I regret
I've found you find strength in your moments of weakness
For once I'm at peace with myself
I've been burdened with blame, trapped in the past for too long
I'm movin' on

Sara sighed as she leaned back into the chair at her apartment. She had just finished packing up all the boxes and was waiting for Nick to come by and help her move them. She looked at her watch. He better get here soon. I still need to shower and change before we go over to Grissom and Catherine's.

Catherine was on her way home and there was a small party in her honor tonight. It was miraculous  that she had recovered so quickly. She was just interested in getting home and spending quality time with her daughter.

"Sara?" The voice came over the intercom.

Sara stood up and buzzed him up. He was upstairs a minute later. "Ready to go?"

She nodded silently.  Sighing, she walked toward the last pile of boxes that were left. "Yes, I am. I just can't believe that I am leaving this place. I had no idea that it would be so hard to leave an apartment that I have lived in for so long." She said, rambling.

"Don't worry. You'll never have to leave my home. I promise you that." He pulled her into a fast hug and then reached down and started carrying boxes to the car.

~Catherine and Grissom~

I've lived in this place and I know all the faces
Each one is different but they're always the same
They mean me no harm but it's time that I face it
They'll never allow me to change
But I never dreamed home would end up where I don't belong
I'm movin' on

Later that evening

Catherine sat in the front seat of Grissom's state-issued Tahoe and waited for him to unlock the front door and then come around to help her out of the vehicle. Lindsay was waiting by the front door, Catherine's sister waiting with her. Grissom reached her side quickly, and flung the door open. He reached for her hands to help her out and then minding his own stitches, he lifted her up into his arms and carried her up to the house.

"Gil, put me down!"

"Nope." Grissom said, as he walked through the doorway.

"But your wound…"

"Stop being such a mother and let me carry you." Grissom said.

"All right…" Grissom kicked off his shoes in the entrance and walked through the entrance doors.

"SURPRISE!" Everyone shouted.

Catherine looked over at Grissom. "Gil, did you plan this?"

"Maybe…"

Catherine leaned in a kissed him. "You are truly amazing."

"Listen, you may think I'm not social, but I can be, when it's for the right reasons."

Sara walked up, with Nick in tow. "So, Catherine, when are you coming back to work? We miss you there. Ecklie is a pain in the ass."

Catherine laughed. "He can be that…" She brought her hand up to her mouth and yawned. "I'm sorry…"

Nick stepped forward. "Don't be. We just wanted to see you home. Now that you're here, we'll come back another time."

Grissom started walking toward the bedroom. He lay Catherine down on the bed and tucked her in. "You sleep well, my love. I'll be back to check on you soon."

"I don't want to sleep Gil." She said, yawning. "Stay with me."

Grissom smiled. "Okay." He shrugged out of his jacket and walked around the bed and lay down beside her. "I love you Catherine. You are my everything." Grissom said softly, tears slowly tracking down his face.

"Oh Gil… I love you too."

"Catherine…"

Here it comes!  "Yes, Gil?"

"I know this isn't the best place, but…" Grissom snuggled closer to her. "Will you marry me?"

"Oh yes!" Catherine said instantly. "You betcha I will. I love you Gil Grissom."

"I love you too, Catherine Willows."

~Nick and Sara~

The next morning

I'm movin' on
At last I can see life has been patiently waiting for me
And I know there's no guarantees, but I'm not alone
There comes a time in everyone's life
When all you can see are the years passing by
And I have made up my mind that those days are gone

Nick and Sara lay in Nick's bed, discussing the upcoming case on Hank. "I'm nervous for today, Nick."

"Why?" Nick asked, still wiping the sleep out of his eyes.

"Because, Hank's sentencing is today." Sara said, sighing. "I sincerely hope that my testimony was good enough. I was surprised that they allowed him to stand trial."

"Me too… Everything just moved so quickly."

"Ya." Sara said as she traced circles on his chest.

Nick wrapped his arm around more securely. "Do you want to be in court when he is sentenced?"

Sara nodded, her chin set.

"Then I'll be there with you." He kissed the top of her head and pulled away. "Let's get ready. Court starts in an hour."

~~Later That Day, In Court~~

I sold what I could and packed what I couldn't
Stopped to fill up on my way out of town
I've loved like I should but lived that I shouldn't
I had to lose everything to find out
Maybe forgiveness will find me somewhere down this road
I'm movin' on

Four of the CSI's sat in court, waiting for the jury to read the verdict. The jury members filed into the court room, their faces serious. "Have the people of the jury decided on a verdict?"

"Yes, your honor, we have."

"How does the jury find the defendant?"

"Not guilty due to temporary insanity, your honor."

The judge nodded. "The defendant is hereby sentenced to Las Vegas Mental Hospital until rehabilitation is complete. This court is adjourned."

Sara and Catherine merely sat in the court room, with Nick and Grissom staring at the jury. Sara turned to Nick. "How? How did this happen?" Her eyes searched his looking for a reason, but she found none.

Nick shook his head. "I don't know, Sara. I just don't know."

"We can appeal. We won't let him win." Catherine said determinedly.

Sara nodded and stood. She leaned into Nick and they began to exit the courtroom. "Come on… let's go and get some lunch. We need to eat before work."

Catherine nodded and she and Grissom exited slowly behind the other couple.

"I'm sorry Catherine." Grissom said.

"Why are you sorry?"

"I'm sorry that that son of a bitch isn't behind bars where he belongs."

Catherine stared at Grissom, flabbergasted with his sudden outburst. She stopped and faced her fiancé. "I love you Gil Grissom."

"I love you too, Catherine Willows." Grissom kissed her softly and they walked arm in arm out of the courtroom, prepared to get on with their lives.

I'm movin' on
I'm movin' on

~FIN~

A/N: Song: I'm Moving On, by: Rascal Flatts; Album: Rascal Flatts

This chapter may have seem rushed, it certainly felt that way to me, but I really didn't want to keep the last chapter from your guys for much longer. It's already taken me about 2 weeks to slowly write this chappie. It is the last chapter in this story, but have no fear, a sequel is in the works. I left it wide open for a sequel, so as soon as I can get a chapter written, I'll start posting the story.

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