Rita woke up from her sleep. She looked at the alarm clock on the right, and groaned. It was 2:07am. She looked to her left and noticed that Chris wasn't there. She groaned again, hoping he wasn't on any of his bouts again. She got out of bed, put on her robe, and walked downstairs. She saw Chris looking through a box of stuff in the living room.
"Chris? Are you okay?" She said softly, walking towards him.
Chris looked up and smiled slightly. "Hey, Sam" he said simply. "I couldn't sleep, so I decided to do something constructive, instead of mope around. So, I started unpacking those boxes in the garage."
"What do you have there?"
"Oh, it's just a box of keepsakes that I save."
"You, Christopher Lorenzo, save keepsakes. I don't just believe that."
"Believe, Rita, believe. Here, even look at this." Chris handed her a little slip of paper.
Rita read and looked at Chris. " 'Destiny is right under your nose.' You kept this?"
"Yeah. I kept with me. I wanted to see if was true later on my life." Rita picked up a video "What's this?"
"Oh, nothing. Undercover stints, our wedding, stuff like that.
Rita looked at him surprised "Hold up. Did you just say you had our wedding on tape?"
"Yeah, so what?"
"How did you get our wedding on tape?"
"A friend of mine tape for me. I called him while you were getting dressed."
"And who was this friend?"
"Oh, it was Cotton."
"Cotton, as in the Cotton who was the man who would do anything to get money and we would all ways have to get him out of a jam, filmed our wedding?"
"Yeah, I ran into him a few days before the wedding, and since he was here, I asked him to tape it for us."
"But how did get the sound? I mean, I couldn't see him, so he was far away."
Chris smiled. "There was a mic in the flowers."
"The was a mic in the flowers. But did he get a mic in the flowers?"
"He was running a security 'business' at the time."
Rita just looked up at him and smiled. "Is there anything else you have sneaked by me?" she asked. Chris couldn't answer her question because the phone rang. "Who would be calling here at 2:12 in the morning. "Hello" (pause) "Yes, this is Rita Lorenzo"(pause) "Can you repeat that again?(pause) "Thank you, so much!" Rita hung up the phone.
"Who was that?" Chris asked.
"That was Palm Beach Memorial Hospital. They brought Julie there."
"Julie...Julie's there. Is she...?"
"She's alive, Chris." Rita said as she got up.
"Yes! Come on, Chris. Let's go!" The both went upstairs. Chris called Harry and Fran, Cassie, and Tom while Rita put the twins in their car seats. She put them in carefully, making sure not to wake them up. Chris came in, already dressed. Five minutes later, they were already to leave. They left the house, and Chris locked the door.
Rita and Chris arrived at the hospital, each of them carrying one baby. They saw Fran, Harry, Cassie, and Tom were down the hall. They walked towards them. When they got up to them, Fran started hugging them. "Fran, not so hard. I don't want to drop the baby." Chris said. "I'm sorry, you guys. I'm so happy for you. Why don't Harry and I take the twins, and you two can go see Julia." Chris and Rita handed the twins to Harry and Fran.
"Who found Julie?" Rita asked.
"I did." said a familiar voice. Chris and Rita both turned around to see their old Captain, Benjamin Hutchinson walking towards them. "Hutch?" Chris and Rita both said at the same time.
"Don't just stand there with your mouth open, Lorenzo. It's not very becoming of you."
"Hutch, you found her? But how...I mean..." Chris couldn't seem to make a complete sentence.
"Chris Lorenzo is speechless. Very rare." Hutch said, laughing lightly. He still was that cool cop from Detroit that Chris and Rita had as a captain for a year or so. He still had that sense of humor that made him Hutch. Rita came over and hugged him. "I think what Chris was trying to say was how did you find Julie? Don't you still work in Fort Lauderdale?
"I still do. See, I was coming from Palm Beach seeing a friend when I saw a figure on the road. At first I thought it was a dog or something but as I got closer, it was that girl. Who is she, Anyways?" Hutch asked.
Chris and Rita looked at each other and then back at Hutch. "Uh, she's my daughter." Chris said.
"Yeah, from a past relationship."
"So, you're taking care of her by yourself." Hutch said. Chris and Rita looked at each other again, both of them smiling. "No, my wife helps me a lot."
"Chris Lorenzo, a married man. I don't believe it. Did you bribe her or something?"
"No, I just told her I love her. Right, Rita?" Chris said, pulling Rita closer.
"Right, Chris." Hutch just stood there, lost. "Wait a minute, wait a minute. Are you telling me that you two got married?" Hutch asked.
"Yeah, almost a year now. You didn't know, Hutch." Chris said.
"No, I didn't know. Why didn't guys call and invited me? I would of come."
"Well, actually we were still partners at the time, so it had to be a very quiet and private ceremony."
"But it wasn't so private after it was on the cover of the local newspaper. Then we were separated as partners, and then Chris got shot and I didn't see him for about seven months."
"What do you mean 'you didn't see him for seven months'?"
"You didn't hear about that either?"
"No, I broke my leg and was away from the country. I didn't see or even talk to anyone for awhile. You know, think about things, life, stuff like that. What happened? "
"Chris is standing right in front of me. How can he be dead? He isn't some clone or some guy raised from the dead, is he?"
"No. I may be crazy about Chris, but not that crazy." Rita said, smiling at Chris.
"Can we stop the puppy love here and get back to the story?" Just then a doctor came over to Chris and Rita.
"Hi, I'm Dr.Fernadez. Are you Julia Lorenzo's parents?" He asked.
"Uh, yeah. Is she all right?" Rita asked.
"Oh, yes, she's fine, but she really anxious to see you. She's been asking to see you ever since she's gotten here."
"Was she injured in anyway?"
"She has a slight infection on her left hand and a slight sprained ankle, it might be even be broken, but we'll know for sure tomorrow. She also had slight malnutrition and dehydration, but she'll can leave the hospital in a few days." he said closing the file he was reading off of.
"Can we go see her?" Chris asked excitedly.
"Yes, you can. She might be a little tired but she's been wanting to see you for a long time."
"Thank you so much, Doctor." Rita said as she shook his hand.
"What room is she in?" Chris asked.
"She's in the first room to the left. I'll come by tomorrow to check on Julia." Dr. Fernadez said good-bye and walked away.
"If you don't mind, we're going to see Julie now." Chris said.
"Wait, you forgot to finish the story." Hutch said, getting up from his seat.
"Sit down, Hutch. I'll tell you the rest of the story. Chris, Rita, go see Julie." Harry said, as he waved his hands motioning them away.
Chris took Rita's hand and quickly walk to Julie room. When they arrived at the room, Chris softly opened the door. He peeked inside, and saw Julie sleeping. He opened the door the rest of the way, and walked in with Rita at his side. They walked to side of the bed and they both knelt down. "Julie" Chris called in a soft whisper.
"Julie, sweetie, wake up." Julie's eyes slowly fluttered opened. She looked up and smiled.
"Hi, you guys." She said simply. She sat up and hugged Chris and Rita. Chris kissed her on the top of her forehead. "I missed you guys so much." Julie said as she wiped her tears from her face.
"We missed you, too. You father was kinda going nuts looking for you. He was so mad that he almost broke his punching bag." Rita said, sitting down at the edge of the bed.
"Aw, that's sweet."
"Are you feeling okay, Jules?" Chris asked.
"I'm a little tired, and my ankle and my hand hurts a little bit, but after all that, I feel fine."
"Julia, do you know who did this to you?"
"I know he hated you, Dad. A lot. He wanted serious revenge."
"What did he do?
"He drank a lot. I think he drank in five days the equivalent to a small pond."
"Sounds like Eric, only worse. Did he try to hurt you?"
"No, but he wanted to hurt you. Man, was he mad."
Chris pulled a piece of paper from his pocket and handed it over to Julie.
"Is that him?"
Chris asked. Julie opened the paper and nodded. "Yeah that's him. He's as scary on paper as he is in real life." Julie crumbled the paper into a ball and threw it. Julie pulled something out of the drawer next to the bed, leaned over and gave it to Rita. "I think this belongs to you, Mom." Rita took it and looked at it. It was the guardian angel pin. She looked at it and then handed it back to Julie.
"I think you should have it. I think it's a good luck charm." They talked for a while longer, then left to let Julie sleep.
They walked out. Hutch came over to them. "Well, I have to go. It was nice you two." Rita hugged him. "Thanks again, Hutch."
Chris hugged Hutch, too. "Don't be such a stranger. We would like to see you again."
"Don't worry, I'll come by to make you're treating Rita right."
"Don't worry I will" Chris said, putting his arm around Rita. Hutch waved and left. Harry walked over.
"How is she?" Harry asked. "She's fine. A little tired, but fine."
"Does she know who did this?"
"Yeah, and so do we. It was Eric Russell." Chris said.
"Eric Russell? As in your ex-boyfriend, Eric Russell?"
"The same one. It's seems he wanted some serious revenge against Chris."
"Well, Julie was found on I-95 and there is an abandoned warehouse thirty minutes from your home. I was thinking we can go there tomorrow afternoon." Harry said.
"That's a good idea." Chris said. They walked away, but their conservation didn't go unnoticed. Julie was listening from the inside of her room. She smiled. Maybe she can join in on the search. She yawned and hopped back to her bed.
The next evening Chris, Rita, and Harry were Julie's room, making plans for the afternoon. Julie was sleeping, or they thought she was sleeping. She was really listening to them, since she heard them come into the room. "Okay, so you two will first go to the warehouse to check out the place, and if he's not there, will have some uniforms to watch the place."
"Okay, what time do this at?" Harry asked.
"We can leave here in two hours, get ready in one and get to the warehouse in half an hour." Rita said.
"What about Julie? Are we going to leave her here, not telling her anything about this?"
"Chris, don't worry. This is a hospital, she'll be safe here. And we'll tell here about this after it's over." Rita said. "Come on, let's go and let her sleep." Rita said, taking his hand.
"I'm not asleep. Can I go with you?" Julie said, getting out of her bed.
"What are you doing awake?" Chris asked.
"I've been awake since you came in the room. Can I please go with you? I want to see you get this guy."
"You know you can't go. It's too dangerous." Rita said.
"I don't care if it's dangerous. I thrive on danger. It's my middle name."
"I don't care if it's your first name. You're not going." Chris said, crossing his arms across his chest.
"Fine, I won't go. But you know I don't like it." Julie sat back down her bed.
"That's another reason you're not coming."
"You know it's really boring here. There's no one my age on this floor. And only thing on TV are cheesy soap operas."
"Well, I'm sorry, but in two days you can leave this hospital." Chris said
"What I'm going to do for two days?"
"Watch television." Chris said, handing her the remote.
"You're encouraging." Julie mumbled, grabbing the remote. "This is not fair. You guys get to do all the fun stuff."
"Because we are the adults." Rita said. Two hours later Julie was starting to fall asleep. Chris and Rita saw this as the perfect time to leave. "We're leaving, sweetie." Rita said softly. Julie stirred a little to her side. Chris and Rita left and close the door behind them quietly.
Julie opened one eye slowly and then the other. She rose up from her bed and got out of it. "They really think that I would stay. Ha! I thought they knew me." She said as she hopped towards the bathroom. She came back out, dressed. She grabbed her crutches, since her foot was still hurting. She opened the door making sure no one was there. The hall was quiet, and it seemed that the whole hall was asleep. She walked down the hallway, trying to look as normal as possible. She got in the elevator, and went into the lobby. She sneaked through the lobby and got outside. She saw her parents get into their car. Just then, as if it were luck, a taxi passed by. She waved her hands, and it came
up to her.
"Look, I don't have any money, but parents are cops and they might be in trouble. Can you please take me?" Julie said, as she got in the car. The driver looked back, and smiled.
"Sure, kid. You can pay me later. Where to?" He asked. "You see that blue car over there that's just leaving. Follow that one, but don't make it look obvious." She said. He started to follow the car.
Chris and Rita arrived at the warehouse, hoping to find Eric there. They went up to the door and slowly opened it. They got out their guns and looked inside. It was quiet and dark. "Look, I'll go look around to the right, while you can look at the left." Rita said.
"Be careful." Chris said. Rita walked away. Chris started walking slowly, making sure of anything was going to pop out. He found a table that had cigarette butts, and empty bottles on it. He then found a wallet on the floor, next to the table. He picked it up and found Eric's driver's license in it. Chris suddenly heard a loud noise and quickly got up.
He started walking again. He looked around. "Rita? Where are you?" he said. He knew someone was there, but he didn't know whom.
"Drop you gun." Someone said. He turned around. He saw Eric holding a gun. "I said, drop your gun." he said a little louder. Chris put his gun on the floor. "Now kick it to me."
Chris kicked it. "So, we meet again Russell." Chris said.
"Yeah, we do. But this time only one of us is going to survive."
"Why are you doing this?"
"You know damn straight why I'm doing this. You took the woman I loved away from me."
"Rita never really loved you. You weren't the man for her. All you did was drink. That's all."
"Rita never loved me because she was in love with you, Lorenzo. Every time I was with her, I would never get her whole heart. Half of it was always with you. And that's why I'm going to kill you. Kidnapping your daughter was enough, I guess. Now she won't have a father anymore." Eric raised his gun.
"Don't worry about her. She's safe. I would never hurt her. Well, It was nice knowing you.
Good-bye!" Eric said. He pointed it at Chris. Chris closed his eyes and heard a 'bang', but it wasn't one of a gun going off. He slowly opened his eyes to find out he was still alive and Eric was on the floor. He looked up and saw his daughter looking at him.
"Dad, are you okay?" She said, walking towards him.
"Yeah, I'm fine. But what are you doing here? Didn't I tell you not to come?"
"I know but I had that feeling that something was going to happen."
"Well, I'm glad you did." Chris said, hugging her. "We'll talk about this later."
"Where's Mom?" Julie asked. Chris's eyes opened wider.
"I don't know." Chris started running around "Rita! Where are you!" Chris screamed. He went to the right side of the warehouse, and Julie was following him. They heard some pounding in the corner. "Rita, are you in there?" Chris asked.
"Yes, I am." said a muffled voice. Chris opened the door and helped Rita get out of the closet. Chris hugged Rita and kissed her. Julie just turned her head. "Are you okay? Chris asked.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Are you okay? Where's Eric?" Rita asked.
"I'm fine. And Eric's out cold, because of Little Miss doesn't-listen-to-her-parents here knocked him on the head with her crutch. Come on, let's go." Chris said getting her hand in his. They all walked out, and saw cars driving in the grass. Captain Lipschitz came out of his car. "What happened? Where's Russell?" he asked, walking up to them.
"He's inside, out cold. Julie did it with her crutch. He's ready for arrest." Rita said.
"Can we go home now, Dad?" Julie asked, looking up at him.
"Yes, we can. Right, Cap?"
"Sure, we'll finish this tomorrow." Chris, Rita, and Julie started walking to their car. Julie looked around, and she noticed the taxi had left.
"Oh, that reminds me." Chris said.
"What?" Julie said, turning to him.
Julie stopped walking. "I'm what!"
"You're grounded. For two weeks."
"Why? I saved your life, shouldn't I get something for that, instead of being grounded."
"But you still didn't listen to me. I get in trouble a lot of times even when I saved someone's life."
"Come on, Chris. Give her a break." Rita pleaded.
Chris looked at Rita and then at Julie. "Okay, okay. You're only grounded for one week."
"That's still not fair."
"Stop moping. Come on, I buy you some ice cream."
"What am I, five years old now." Julie said.
"I know you love ice cream. Especially cookies & cream." Chris said, putting his arm around her shoulders.
"And don't forget the cone and the sprinkles." Rita said, also putting her arm around Julie's other shoulder.
"Okay, you convinced me. And I'm ready for some real food. That hospital food stinks." Julie said as they walked to the car.
THE END (well, for now at least!)
Finally , I finish this story. Sorry it took so long, but I didn't have any time to finish. Well, anyways, I hoped you enjoyed it, and hope you will enjoy the next story, already titled "Family Reunion", which will bring some family members back from the past. Also expect some forgettable (most of you wish they never exsisted) characters.
Disclaimer: All these charcters except, Julia and the twins, belong to USA Networks.