Title: Shadows In The Dark

Author: Ebony-Jayne

Notes: Last chapter! Thanks to everyone who has read and reviewed this story the response I got made writing this story more than worthwhile.

Sorry this took so long. It wasn't supposed to but writers block is a bitch.

Disclaimer: I do not own the characters or the show or the storylines on the show. I do, however, own the characters that I make up so please don't steal them. Any resemblance to anyone or anyplace is a coincidence.

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Chapter Eleven: Aftermath

Once they'd gotten Ella tucked back into her hospital bed and called Casey to come and stay with her, the had Detectives headed back to the station to report what had happened and get George Stevens questioned and processed. It had taken a really long time with him fighting them every step of the way and by the time they got done with him they were all exhausted. They had just sat down in the Squad room to have a cup of coffee when Casey came in looking as tired as they all felt.

"How is she?" Olivia asked.

"Took me forever to get her settled down enough to sleep. She wanted to write a statement right then and there so she didn't forget anything," Casey yawned as she held out a legal pad to Eames. "She wants you to come in so she can give a verbal statement tomorrow."

"Yeah. That's the plan," Eames said as she glanced over the lengthy statement.

"So you got her to sleep then?" Olivia asked.

"Not until I swore that the second she fell asleep I'd bring that statement over here. Oh and not until I hopped in bed with her and she wrapped herself around me so tight it took me ten minutes to extract myself once she was asleep," Casey rolled her eyes. "She always was a damn barnacle," she muttered. The others smiled a little at that.

"Well at least she's getting some rest," Elliot told her.

"Yeah. I'd better get back to her in case she wakes up," Casey yawned again.

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The next day Eames, Goren, Olivia and Elliot all headed over to the hospital to get Ella's statement. When they arrived it was to absolute chaos. Apparently the entire Novak clan had descended upon the hospital.

"Olivia!" a voice shrieked from somewhere in the crowd. Grace shot out from between two people and flung herself at Olivia.

"Hi Gracie. Wow everybody's here," Olivia stated as she knelt down to hug the five-year-old.

"Yeah. Mamma says that they're gonna get her in trouble," Grace told her.

"I wouldn't be surprised. They're very loud," Elliot said with a grin.

"Hi Elliot!" Grace moved away from Olivia and ran over to Elliot who picked her up.

"Hey Gracie," he settled her on her hip and the four detectives tried to make their way through the crowd to get to Ella's room. They couldn't get through without Olivia having to introduce Elliot to the family though. When they finally got to Ella she laughed at the sight of them. Elliot was still carrying Gracie. Somewhere along the way Goren had ended up with Blaike and Briannan wrapped around his legs and sitting on his feet and Eames had a very sleepy Bronté in her arms.

"Well you got through alive if not unscathed anyway," she grinned. "Uh Mom? Do you think you could tell the clan that they can go back to Kendra's for a while. Give those poor nurses a break?" Ella asked Ellen.

"Yes please!" the nurse who was trying to take Ella's blood pressure joked.

"Oh honey this is nothing. Give them a couple of buckets and a garden hose and you really have chaos," Ellen said as she went to pass on the message.

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Once all of the Novaks had left the Detectives sat down to question Ella about the day before. Ellen had taken Grace and Blaike to get a drink while Ella talked. Eames had refused to hand over the now sleeping Bronté who was happily snuggled in her arms.

"I was half asleep and I heard footsteps. It was George. I went for the nurses button but he grabbed me before I could. He tied my hands and feet and put me over his shoulder. I bit my lip and made it bleed and tried to leave a trail. God those drops were so tiny I didn't even know if you'd notice them. I tried to make them bigger and closer together but I couldn't," Ella looked up and smiled. "Apparently they call you guys New York's Finest for a reason."

"What happened out on the roof?" Eames asked.

"He untied my arms and legs and explained that he was going to push me over and they were going to think that I had killed myself. He rattled on for ages about how clever he was throwing you guys off the trail. Then he pulled me up onto the ledge. He asked me if I had any last words for my kids. I said I wouldn't go down without a fight. Then I shoved him off and next thing Detective Goren was hauling him off me," Ella's voice was shaking now. "And then Olivia was there leading me away. I blank for a while then. Next thing I remember is Casey arriving," she finished. "If you guys had been a little bit later…" she shuddered.

"Don't think about that Ellie. It didn't happen that way and that's all that matters," Olivia squeezed Ella's hand.

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Later the Detectives had recounted what Ella had told them to the Major Cases ADA Ron Carver. He had sat in on the interview with George earlier and reviewed all of their evidence and had declared the case a slam dunk. As Olivia lay in bed later she thought about the case. George was proud of what he'd done and when pressed the right way would probably confess on the stand. The case would be over and George would be just another shadow in the dark for the detectives. Ella was a tough girl with a very loving family around her. She had beaten the odds before and come through. She would be just fine. Olivia thought about how much she'd detested Ella the first day. They had all been stiff and cold at first although the guys had warmed up quickly. She hadn't wanted the squad to change but now she realized that maybe change wasn't such a bad thing. She had the opportunity for two new friends and this time she decided that she wasn't going to pass it up. She fell asleep quickly as the exhaustion from the past few days caught up with her.

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As she lay in the hospital bed with her sleeping twin once again attached to her like a barnacle, Casey tried to forget how close she'd come to losing her. She untangled her fingers from Ella's hair and pulled her closer. She lay awake for hours thinking of all of the stuff they had been through over the years and the more she thought the more she became convinced that this was going to be a cakewalk compared to some of those things. She watched Ella's sleeping face for a moment before she relaxed and closed her eyes. Her sister was tough and the whole family was behind her every step of the way. She would be fine. Casey fell asleep with that thought echoing in her mind.

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Well it's all over. Maybe I'll do a sequel to it later if I miss it too much but I doubt it. Thanks again to everyone who read and reviewed this story.

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