A/N: Hope you enjoy the last chapter, thanks for the reviews.
Calleigh squeezes Eric's hand so hard that if they weren't in this situation she was sure he'd pull away. Calleigh can't stop her uncontrollable sobbing.
Eric is staring into her eyes, just waiting for Rudfrey to pull the trigger.
"I love you Calleigh", Eric whispers in a soft soothing voice.
Calleigh stops her sobbing in surprise. All of a sudden, all she can see and hear is Eric. Just as she is about to open her mouth to return his love, she is knocked to the ground and a gun goes off. Calleigh hits her head hard and moans in pain as more and more bullets go off. Calleigh's eyes are squeezed closed so she can't see what's going on around her. All she can hear are the blasts going off and screams crying out.
After a minute or two the firing stops. Calleigh forces her eyes open to see what has happened.
As she looks around the room there is blood everywhere. Arthur Rudfrey is lying on the ground with 3 gun shot wounds. Two in the chest and one in the leg. All of Rudfrey's men are lying dead on the floor.
Horatio and a dozen of other cops run into the room.
Calleigh massages her aching head, which was knocked against the hard stone floor when she fell.
"Calleigh?" Horatio asks running to her side, "Calleigh are you okay?"
"Um, yeah, but where's...", Calleigh searches the room and screams in shock when she sees Eric in a stretcher with massive bleeding.
"Oh God Eric", Calleigh cries trying to get up but feeling dizzy and stumbling over her own feet.
"Hey, hey take it easy, you might have a concussion. Come on, you're going to the hospital", Horatio says helping Calleigh up and walking her outside to the ambulance.
Calleigh looks down at her hands, they are soaked in blood along with her shirt. Calleigh lets out a whimper as she realises that it must be Eric's blood.
Calleigh climbs into the back of an ambulance next to the one Eric is in and lies down in a stretcher. She looks over to see Eric who is surrounded by paramedics and tubes.
"Is he gonna be okay", Calleigh asks Horatio in a trembling voice.
Horatio lets out a sigh that tells Calleigh she's not going to like the answer.
"I'm not gonna lie to you. It looks bad, really bad", Horatio answers looking out at Eric.
"No, no, he has to be alright. I can't believe this is happening again, he can't..." Calleigh mumbles incoherently sitting up , "I have to tell him that, he has to know, I do too, I have to let him know, he can't, he has to, that I..."
Calleigh stops mid sentence as everything around her blurs. She falls back down and everything goes black.
Horatio brushes a stray strand of hair out of her face and the ambulance starts moving.
AT THE HOSPITAL
"I just can't believe this is happening, again. And this time it's both of them ", Tim yells furiously and bangs the coke machine he was leaning on.
"Calleigh will be fine Timmy", Alexx says trying to sound reassuring.
Tim lets out a sigh and sits back down calming himself.
It's only been an hour since the Rudfrey shooting and everyone is waiting impatiently in the waiting room.
Tim arrived with Tripp as soon as he heard. Alexx came 15 minutes later and Yelina about half an hour later.
No one has said anything about Eric and his condition.
"Why do they have to make this place so damn depressing", Tim grumbles pushing his chair back and walking down the corridor.
"I'll go talk to him", Horatio offers and runs off to find him.
"So...", Tripp mumbles trying to break the inevitable silence, "Do you think Eric will make it?"
"Honestly?" Alexx asks no waiting for an answer, "I think it's touch and go"
Alexx, Tripp and Yelina bow their heads in deep thought.
MINUTES LATER IN THE OPERATING THEATRE
"Ok, guys we have to be careful with this one. Clamp this bleeding and we'll see what we can do", says the surgeon as his hands dive into Eric's stomach.
"Okay so far, so good, now lets..."
"Uh Doctor, look at this"
"Oh my, we certainly have a problem"
"We should finish up here we can't save him"
"You don't know that, there is a chance, we can do it"
"But if we fail..."
"Well we won't. Hand me the forceps"
BACK AT THE WAITING ROOM
Horatio and Tim are back in the waiting room. Alexx is trying to occupy herself with her purse, Tripp is blinking back tears, Horatio is talking with Yelina, and Tim is just staring at the ground not moving an inch.
A doctor walks around the corner and stops in front of them.
"Are you here for Ms. Duquesne?" He asks with no expression.
"Um, yeah we are", Alexx replies getting up and wiping her cheeks.
"She's awake and wants to see you all", the Doctor replies and points to Calleigh's room.
Everyone gets up and follows the Doctor in.
"She had a mild concussion but she should be fine with a little rest. I might leave you alone", the Doctor says walking out the door.
Calleigh sits up in her bed and looks around at everyone.
"How are you feeling Sugar?" Alexx asks in a sweet tone forcing a smile.
"Is Eric okay?" Calleigh asks in a soft but demanding voice, ignoring Alexx's question.
"Cal..." Tim grabs her arm softy but she pulls away.
"Is he okay?" she repeats with her voice firmer.
Tim and Horatio give each other a look, which doesn't go unnoticed by Calleigh.
"Tell me", she demands, in a shaky voice.
"We, uh, we're not sure. We haven't been told anything. As far as we know he's still in surgery", Tim answers trying not to sound miserable.
Calleigh lets out a disappointed sigh and looks away.
Tripp opens his mouth but finds nothing to say so he excuses himself and gets some fresh air. Yelina, Horatio and Alexx follow leaving Tim and Calleigh alone to talk.
"So how are you?" Tim asks sitting down next to her bed.
"Fine", Calleigh answers and stares at her hands. Tim puts his hand under her chin and lifts it up forcing her to look at him.
"We've known each other for a long time Cal. You can talk to me", Tim says innocently.
"It's just", Calleigh starts to talk but her eyes fill up with tears. She shuts her eyes and lets tears fall down each cheek.
"Just before he got shot", Calleigh continues, opening her eyes, "Eric said to me, he told me that..."
Calleigh is talking just above a whisper and Tim has to lean in close just to hear her. His eyes are fixed on hers, waiting for the rest.
"That he loves me", Calleigh whispers and closes her eyes again as tears stream down her face.
"I'm here for you Cal", Tim reminds in a reassuring voice.
"And the worst part is, I still haven't told him that I love him too. And I may never get to" Calleigh sobs.
Tim can feel his eyes stinging but blinks back the tears. He has to be string for Calleigh.
"Oh God, I'm sorry", Calleigh says covering her face with embarrassment, "I don't know what's wrong with me, I've just been so... emotional this week"
"You don't have to explain yourself to me, he's gonna pull through Calleigh" Tim smiles and gives his friend a hug.
Horatio walks in with a different Doctor who clears his throat for attention.
"Uh, I've been told that you are friends of Eric Delko, gunshot victim", the Doctor confirms.
"What's going on", Calleigh asks worried.
"We tried our best but there were, uh, complications and..."
"Wait, what are you saying", Calleigh pleads with fear.
"I'm saying that he's stable for now", the Doctor continues.
"Oh thank God", Tim interrupts with a relieved sigh.
"Please let me finish", the Doctor says.
Calleigh bites her bottom lip waiting for the news.
"I'm afraid his stability is only temporary. To be blunt, he won't make it through the night unless he is taken to Chicago where he can be treated properly", The Doctor says with sorrow.
"Oh God", Calleigh bursts into tears. Horatio is standing in the doorway not saying a word.
"What, are you kidding?" Tim asks with rage, "It's your job to save lives, why aren't you saving his"
"I'm so sorry, there's nothing more we can do"
"BULL", Tim shouts and runs out the room knocking Horatio as he goes.
"Tim, Tim wait", Horatio calls and runs after him.
"He wants to see you Miss. I've informed him on what has to happen. He just came out of intensive surgery so go easy on him. He's in room 963", The Doctor says as he walks out.
Calleigh jumps out of bed and races for his room. She doesn't care who she bumps into or what she bowls over, she has to see him before it's too late. She stops to a halt as she reaches his room.
As quiet as a mouse she creeps into his room. Her face is red but not wet.
Eric senses there is someone else in the room and opens his eyes to see beautiful angel next to him.
"Calleigh?" Eric asks hoarse voice uncertain of whether he is dreaming or not.
"Shhh, take it easy, it's me", Calleigh whispers squeezing his hand.
"I'm so glad you're okay", Eric says clearing his throat.
"Why wouldn't I be?" Calleigh asks lying her head next to his, wanting to be closer.
"Well, Rudfrey aimed the gun at you. When I jumped in front of you I got shot, I wasn't sure if he hurt you", Eric says planting a kiss on her head.
"What?" Calleigh lefts her head surprised, "You jumped in front of a bullet for me?"
"Of course I did, Calleigh I love you" Eric raises his voice surprised by Calleigh's reaction. Calleigh stands up.
"But why? Eric you are in a life and death situation, You could have died", Calleigh says with tears streaming down her face.
"You could have died", Eric protests
"But I could have lost you", Calleigh says as she calms down and sits back down.
"And I could have lost you Calleigh", Eric says grabbing her hand, "And it would have been all my fault. My fault that you were brought into this mess, my fault that you were being shot at. But that doesn't matter anymore, because if I could replay the day, I would do it again and again. I would jump in front and knock you down so many times that I would squash you"
Calleigh can't help but smile at Eric's comment.
"Now that's something I haven't seen in a while", Eric exclaims pointing to Calleigh's mouth.
"I guess I won't be coming to work in a while. I hope Chicago treats me well", Eric says with a smile.
"I guess I won't be either", Calleigh replies.
Eric gives Calleigh a look of confusion.
"Because I'm coming with you", Calleigh adds.
"What?" Eric asks confused.
"You're not going anywhere without me" Calleigh answers and bends down to give him a quick peck on the lips.
"Calleigh?" Eric asks
"Yeah?" She replies gazing into his eyes.
"I love you", Eric leans over and whispers in her ear.
A wide grin creeps across Calleigh's face.
"I'm so in love with you", she answers.
A/N:Awwwwww well that's the end of my story, please review and tell me what you think. Should I write another one or stop? your reviews mean everything, thanks