The police were soon there in the alley and the paramedics were preparing Frank and Joseph for the trip to the hospital.

"Make sure someone goes to the hospital with Denner," Monica told the police. "This tape will convict him of the murders from two years ago."

Captian Gracer walked up to the group. "I really don't know how to thank you. You've helped solve cases that went unsolved for years now!" he told them.

"Thanks, but I think Frank is the one you should thank more. After all, he was the one who kept the evidence alive," Alex said.

"Frank? Frank Donovan? I thought he couldn't stand the girl!" Gracer said with surprise in his voice.

"That's what we thought as well, until he saved her from certain death. Twice actually," Monica replied.

Gracer looked over at Frank, who was being put into the ambulance. "Well I'll be. The man without feelings finally showed some," he whispered to himself as he watched the ambulance drive away from the scene.

Cody turned and noticed Michelle sitting near the front of the alley. He walked over and sat down beside her. "What's wrong Michelle?" he asked her.

"I never thought this day would come, Cody. I have been waiting for it for two years now," she told them, the tears still shimmering in her eyes.

"Well, it's all over now. You don't have to worry about a thing. He's not on your tail anymore and everything's back to the way it should be. You should be happy!" Cody told her as he put an arm around her shoulders.

"Yes, it should be but it isn't," she replied standing up as the others walked over.

"Why isn't it?" asked Jake.

"I have to go back to Amelia," Michelle told them as she looked at them.

"But she's your mother! Don't give up on your life!" Monica told them.

The tears started falling down her face again. "Monica, Cody, Alex, Jake.you don't understand. Amelia's not my real mother and my life ended when my parents were killed by this madman two years ago. There's nothing more for me in this world. There's no one here who cares about a troubled teen like me," she told them before walking away.

They watched her leave, wondering what to do.

"So young and yet been through so much. What are we to do?" Jake asked the others.

"I don't know Jake," replied Alex. "I simply don't know."

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A couple days later, Frank got out of the hospital. His team joined him as they walked out the door.

"Hey Frank, we have a little surprise for you," Alex told him.

"Really? What is it?" he asked, his eyes showing curiosity.

"Well, you're going to have to wait and see, Frank. It's a surprise after all," Cody told him.

Frank decided to be quiet about the topic when they climbed into Jake's vehicle. Jake got into the driver's seat and eased the car out of the parking lot. The whole group remained silent for the entire journey.

Soon, they stopped outside a building and Frank looked up at it.

"What's this all about?" he wanted to know.

"Well, it's kind of like a gift from the police station. They know of the explosion at your old apartment and they wanted to thank you for saving Michelle so she can testify against Denner and for not adding another casualty to the alley's toll. So they all looked for an apartment that they thought you'd like and they found this. They told us to go in and check it out. If you don't like it, they'll keep an eye out for another one," Alex explained with a smile.

They climbed out of the vehicle and into the building, looking over the spacious apartment.

"It looks like a nice place. I think I will come here even though there're two bedrooms. Must tell them thanks once I get the chance to," Frank said.

"Man, they must know you well if they found you a place that you like!" Cody said with a laugh.

"Now you have room for any company you happen to have," Monica told him.

Frank sighed as he stared at his team. "Speaking of company, have you heard anything about Michelle?" he asked them.

The team looked between each other before looking at Frank.

"We haven't heard anything about her since the attack in the alley. We haven't seen her either. She was pretty upset though, acting as if there was nothing else to live for," Jake told him as he scratched the back of his head.

Frank walked up to the window and looked out it, thoughts running through his mind.

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Michelle sat in her seat at school, staring off into space. She thought she heard her name being called from in the distance. She put down the pencil she was staring at and barely made any reaction to the person saying it.

"Michelle, is there...?" the teacher started again before deciding not to go on. "Now I know there's something wrong. Sean, take her down to the principal's office."

The student nodded and began to lead the distraught Michelle down the hallway. Along the way, she took notice of him. "There's nothing left," she told him.

"What? Nothing left? What do you mean by that Michelle?" he asked.

"There's nothing left," she repeated as she was led into the office.

She was taken into a back room. She was checked over by the school nurse and laid down on the table. The nurse walked up to the principal. "She appears to have a case of depression. I don't know what else would cause such a severe change in attitude," the principal was told as they looked over at the teen.

"We'd better call Amelia and have her take Michelle home," the principal suggested as the nurse nodded in agreement.

Amelia was driving the car home. She glanced over at Michelle occasionally, who was staring blankly out the window.

"Michelle, I know we never got along, but would you care to talk about it?" the woman asked the teen.

"Maybe someday soon. I'd prefer not to talk about it just yet," Michelle quietly replied.

Amelia gave a sigh before her eyes perked up.

"I have news for you Michelle. You've got a permanent home now. I was called earlier and they said there's someone looking to find a home for you," Amelia told her.

Michelle twirled around with wide eyes, to stare at the woman driving. "You've got to be kidding me! Someone actually wants me?" she cried out.

"Apparently, but don't even start on who it is. I've met him already and I've promised to keep it a surprise. He'll be here in a few days to pick you up. Don't worry about all the paperwork. I've got it all covered," Amelia replied as they drove up in front of the house.

Michelle couldn't help but wonder who it was.

Several days later, Michelle stood in front of the empty bedroom for one last time. She took in every corner before she had to leave for good.

She turned, tears in her eyes. She grabbed her bags and started to head toward the stairs. She walked to the top of them when she heard the door open and close and suddenly heard talking between a man and Amelia. She had just gotten to the bottom of the steps when she looked to where the voices were coming from.

'Now why do I know that voice?' she asked herself as she walked into the kitchen. She found the last person she ever expected to see again.

Frank Donovan.

"Frank?!" she cried out. "You're the one who's adopting me?"

"Yes, I am," he said with a smile. "There's no problem with that, is there?"

She vigorously shook her head with a smile, before walking up to Amelia.

"Bye Amelia. I'm going to miss all the arguments we always had," Michelle told her.

"So am I. Will you come visit every once in a while?" replied Amelia.

Michelle smiled. "Of course," came the reply.

They gave each other a hug before Frank led Michelle out of the home for the last time.

The End