No Day But Today 3/3
With her shift a few hours from being over, Catherine walked back into the lab. She waited for Sara for over a half an hour, and when she didn't show up, she knew things had gone well with Grissom. She was upset at first, having to question the suspect by herself.
She didn't have all the facts that Sara did, and it took a lot longer than it should have to get him to confess. But after four hours, the guy broke down and admitted to the murder.
She noticed that Grissom's door was closed and she smiled to herself before knocking quietly.
"Not interrupting anything am I?" she teased as she opened the door.
"Um, no. You're kind of a relief actually. I was just going over notes that Greg took on our case." Grissom replied
"Well, where's Sara?"
"Working with you. Remember?" Grissom asked.
Now Catherine was confused.
"Gil, what happened after the boys and I left at the beginning of shift?" she asked.
"Just tell me what happened," she said getting impatient.
"Um, grabbed coffee. Sara and I talked for about a minute then Ecklie paged me and I left the break room. Why?"
"That was the last time you saw her?"
"Yes. Catherine, why are you asking me all these questions?" he said getting agitated.
"I wanted you guys to talk, so, I told her to meet me outside. I waited for over an half and hour but she never showed up. I just thought that you guys got involved in something else if you get my drift."
"Are you telling me that you haven't seen her since the start of shift?" Grissom asked standing from his chair.
Catherine just nodded in slight fear as Nick entered Grissom's office.
"Hey Gris, Cath. Have you guys seen Bobby Dawson? I've got some bullets from that robbery I need processed ASAP. No one can seem to find him." Nick said
Grissom sighed in relief but that quickly turned into anger. He thought Sara was a professional. Never mind the fact that she was dating someone other than him. But to leave her shift to cuddle with her boyfriend is just uncalled for.
"That explains it," Grissom said to Catherine.
"Explains what?" Catherine said still confused.
"Sara and Bobby are seeing each other. They probably skipped out of shift to get together."
"Sara and Bobby? I don't think so Griss," Nick said smiling.
"He was the one who sent her those flowers and they were making breakfast together at her apartment three days ago," he sighed.
"Really?" Catherine asked slightly shocked.
"Yeah, I went to talk to her and she was there making breakfast for him."
"Griss, man, I really don't think so. In fact, I can promise you that Bobby and Sara are not dating," Nick said trying to convince his boss.
"I know what I saw Nick."
"Look, I just had dinner with Bobby and his girlfriend Carrie last night."
"What!" Grissom exclaimed
At that moment, Greg was walking past Grissom's office holding folders in front of him trying to sneak by without being seen.
"Hey Greg!" Catherine yelled.
"Hey Catherine, what's up?" he reluctantly said
"Do you have Bobby Dawson's number?"
"Um, yeah. Why?"
"What is it?" she asked pulling out her cell phone.
"Why? What's going on?"
"Just give it to me Greg," she snapped.
Greg gave Catherine the number and she dialed, pacing around in Grissom's office.
"Bobby?………….Hey it's Catherine. Where are you?………….the hospital?……….oh my God is she okay?………….are you sure?…………oh my God……….yeah no problem……….yeah I'll tell them………yeah……well tell her we love her and I'll stop by her apartment tomorrow after she has had some time to rest okay…………..oh and Bobby next time, for the love of God tell someone what happened. Both of you had us worried okay?…………I will……okay Bye."
"Hospital? What happened to Sara?" Greg was the first to ask.
"I guess right after Grissom left the break room she felt dizzy. Well, you guys know Sara, she didn't want to cause a scene. So, she asked Bobby to drive her to the hospital. They did some blood work on her and she's being released later on this morning. They are just waiting for the results to come back."
"Oh my God Sara," Grissom said grabbing his stuff.
"Grissom she is gonna be okay."
"I have to see her," he said flying out of the office.
"Is he gonna be okay?" Nick asked.
"Yeah, I think he just woke up," Catherine said smiling.
Grissom walked through the door of the hospital emergency room about to cry. He had almost lost Sara, in more ways that one. He was still confused about the relationship between Sara and Bobby, but right now he really didn't care. He was going to tell Sara all he wanted to say for the last five years.
"Excuse me? Where can I find Sara Sidle's room?" he asked a woman at the front desk.
"Um, lets see ... oh here we go, Sara Sidle room 112. It's just down the hall, the second door on your right."
"Thank you," he said all but running down the hall.
He opened the door to her room and saw she was asleep in her bed, as he approached her, he noticed a few bruises on her arms. No wonder she never wore tank tops or short sleeves anymore.
He pulled up a chair closer to her bed . He took a seat right beside her. He placed one of his hands in hers, while the other one brushed the hair away from her face.
"What happened to you angel?" he whispered
Grissom hung his head as a tear fell from his eye. She stirred slightly and squeezed his hand causing him to look up again.
"Grissom?" she said opening her eyes.
"Hey honey," he replied gripping her hand.
She felt the gesture and glanced down at their joined hands and smiled.
"What are you doing here?" she said, sleep still evident in her voice.
"I came the second I heard. What happened Sara?" concern filling his voice.
"I just felt a little dizzy today. But its to be expected, I didn't think anything of it."
"Expected? Sara, what's going on?"
"Well, about a year ago, I came down here, more or less for a routine check up. But I did notice that I would bruise easily, and the bruises took forever to go away. They ran my blood work and that's when I found out that I have Polycythemia. It's a blood disease that usually affects people over 60, but lucky me, I got it a little early. I have to come in every other week and have about a liter of blood taken. But it's something I can live with. It's serious, don't get me wrong, but as long as I keep up with my meds, and take care of myself, I can live just as long as everyone else," she smiled reassuring him
"Why didn't you tell me?"
"I didn't want the pity and people thinking that I can't do my job."
"But you told Bobby."
"Grissom, I know what you think, but Bobby and I are just friends. His girlfriend is my doctor, so I just told him that way he wouldn't badger her about how she knows me and blah, blah, blah. You see, when the results first came back, I had about three doctors, who were probably no older than 12 tell me they didn't know what it was. Then, Dr. Shayton took one look at my results and knew exactly what it was. When you see your doctor as much as I do, you kinda get to know each other. I told her that I worked with a great guy who would be perfect for her."
"Never pictured you as the matchmaker," Grissom added.
"What can I say? I learned from the best."
The both looked at each other and smiled
"Catherine," they said in unison.
She giggled but then continued.
"I set them up on a date, and the rest, as they say, is history. They have been together for a little over eight months. Bobby is really serious about her and he told me he was going to propose to her. He asked me if I would go with him to help pick out a ring. And as a thank you for helping him, he sent me the flowers. And if you would have stayed around long enough, you would have met Carrie that morning you came to my apartment," she said eyeing him.
"I'm sorry about that Sara. I mean, to come to your apartment and ask you out on a date finding you cooking breakfast with another man. I just didn't know what to think."
She released his hand and traced hers along his cheek.
"Next time don't think," she whispered.
"That's really not a good idea Sara," he replied leaning closer to her face.
"Cause when I don't think, things like this happen."
"Things like wh ... "
She was silenced by Grissom's lips as they pressed lightly against hers. He began to pull away but was stopped when Sara's hand reached behind his neck and pulled him deeper to her. She parted her lips and Grissom's tongue took the invitation. The explored each others mouths until Bobby and Dr. Shayton walked in.
"Ahem. I sure hope that's Grissom," Dr Shayton said.
"Oh, it is honey," Bobby replied kissing her cheek.
Grissom and Sara pulled apart, their eyes never leaving each other until the Doctor sat on the side of Sara's bed.
"Gil Grissom I presume," she said extending her hand
"Yes" he replied shaking it.
"I'm Carrie Shayton. It's a pleasure to meet you."
"And yourself Dr. Shayton."
"Please, it's Carrie. Now, Sara, I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is you can go home as soon as I get your discharge papers ready."
"And the bad?" she asked.
"We tried it your way honey, but the iron supplements just aren't absorbing in you blood properly."
"What does that mean?" Grissom asked holding Sara's hand in support.
"It means, that Sara is going to have to start eating meat again," Carrie said patting Sara's leg.
"But Carrie you know ... "
"Yes I do know Sara, but honey your gonna have to. I will make you a deal though. Just start with chicken and turkey and keep taking the iron supplements. We will see what that does. But if it doesn't get any better, you're gonna have to start eating red meat too."
Grissom squeezed her hand and leaned in to whisper in her ear.
"Just think you can get back to gnawing on that beef jerky you used to love so much."
Sara turned her head and smiled at him. He gave her lips a quick kiss as he pulled himself away.
"Thanks a lot," she scoffed.
"Now I'm gonna get those papers started and get you outta here," Carrie said getting off the bed. "And I'll see you later," she said as she gave Bobby a quick kiss.
"I guess you won't be needing a ride home hun Sara?" Bobby asked
She looked at Grissom and smiled.
"No, she doesn't Bobby, she's coming home with me," Grissom replied his eyes never leaving hers.
"Didn't think so," Bobby smiled leaving the room.
"With you?" she asked
"Always with me angel," he whispered kissing her softly.
She giggled and looked down as if she was shy.
"What's so funny?" he asked
"Oh, nothing, it's just I didn't expect you to be so open about all this. About 'us'. around the people we work with."
He moved closer to her and kissed her passionately with all the love he had in his heart. He released her lips and placed his forehead to hers. She could feel his breath on her lips as he whispered.
"Well earlier today, a beautiful woman reminded me that there's no day but today."
I wrote this because what happened to Sara is currently happening toa friend of mineand she is only in her early 20's. Hopefully having Sara in this position as well gives her a sense of strength that she too can overcome what the world throws at her.