Chapter Eight – Don't leave me

Danny was sitting beside Jamie whilst a nurse took her vital signs.

He sighed loudly and held his head in his hands, Jamie had been in this condition for a couple hours now and the Dr said that it could be a couple days before she even came round.

Danny lifted his head from his hands and held them against his mouth as he looked at Jamie laying helplessly in her hospital bed.

"You promised you'd be careful…"

Danny sighed again just as the Dr walked into the room.

"I'm sorry to bother you Detective Messer, could I possibly have a quiet word with you outside?"

Danny nodded and stood up, as he left the doorway of the room he glanced back at Jamie and turned his attention back at the Dr in front of him.

"What d'ya need Doc?"

"Detective Messer, I'm afraid that I am going to have to allow a nurse to take a SART kit from Miss Marshall, considering the case, we think it would be best."

Danny looked at the Dr confused.

"What do you mean, considering the case? What do you mean?"

It suddenly struck the Dr that maybe Danny hadn't heard the full details of the case.

"All I am asking Detective Messer, is that you allow us the space to perform the procedure."

Danny closed his eyes and nodded. He knew now, someone wasn't telling him the full story.

"I'll leave you to it Doc, I'll be back in an hour, I have some people I need to see."

The Dr nodded, Danny went back into Jamie's room, picked up his jacket and kissed Jamie on the head.

"I'll be back soon, you just wait for me okay?"

Danny walked past the Dr and out of the hospital. He knew where he was going, and he knew things weren't going to go well. He was emotionally exhausted, so being lied to was the last straw.

Danny drove back to the crime scene, he knew he would be there, he knew that they would be crawling through Jamie's stuff, picking apart her life.

He arrived at Jamie's apartment and sure enough Mac's car was outside. Danny sat in his car and debated whether or not to move in and confront Mac over his lie. He knew that in his emotional state he may say something he regretted, but then he knew that he needed to know why he was lied to.

He jumped out his car and headed towards the building and towards Jamie's apartment. When he arrived he was stopped by the police guard.

"I'm sorry detective we cant allow you into the crime scene."

"C'mon man, all I want is to talk to Mac, you know MY BOSS!"

"I'm sorry detective, I cant let you in."

Danny was getting flustered.

"You cant be serious. You CANT BE SERIOUS!"

Mac and Stella heard the commotion outside the apartment, Stella looked at the photo in the front room and looked at Mac, she sighed.

"It sounds like he came, go easy on him Mac, he's had to watch someone so close to him be put in such a fragile position."

Mac nodded.

Mac snapped off his gloves and walked towards the front door of the apartment. He walked under the crime scene tape and into the hallway where Danny was found still arguing with the police officers that were guarding the entrance.

"Its ok, I can handle this."

Mac walked over to Danny and tried to calm him down.

"Don't even try it Mac, you lied to me and you know it."

"Danny, please I need you to calm down."

"CALM down, Mac she still hasn't come round, the Dr said that might not happen for a couple of days! Now they want to perform a SART kit, which I can understand, but he said under the circumstances. There weren't any specific circumstances that I knew of, and then it clicked, I wasn't told the specifics."

"I'm sorry Danny, you were in a bad place, I didn't think it was wise that you knew the specific details."

Danny sighed and looked Mac straight in the eyes.

"I need to know Mac, I need to know what happened to her, I know your not blind, you've been in her apartment, you've seen the pictures."

Mac nodded.

"Ok Danny, ok. Down the hall there is an apartment that is being decorated, the owner of that apartment has mentioned to us that the decorator hasn't been since last night when he left the apartment for the day, he was scheduled to start at six this morning, he hasn't showed…can you see where this is going?"

Danny shook his head in disbelief. He knew what Mac was saying.

"The scum bag that killed Aiden has got himself a copy cat. And that copy cat picked to attack Jay."

Danny hung his head, he couldn't believe it, he now understood why Jay was under going a SART examination.

"How could this happen Mac, I always tell her to be safe, and she always is. How? In her own home?"

"I don't know how Danny, but I'm going to find out. Where you need to be is with Jamie."

Danny nodded his head and went to leave when he saw Lindsay stood with the officers guarding the scene.

Lindsay looked at Danny and smiled, Danny smiled back, but he felt himself pulling away from her, and she felt it to. Danny walked towards the exit and smiled. Lindsay grabbed his hand.

"Danny, can I talk to you?"

Danny turned.

"Lindsay I need to get back to the hospital."

Lindsay smiled.

"I know, but this wont take long I promise."

Danny nodded and he and Lindsay made their way to his car. Lindsay smiled again.

"You love her…don't you?"

Danny said nothing.

"I could see it, the way you looked at her, the way you two were around each other, it was different from the way we were."

Danny turned to Lindsay.

"I didn't mean for this to happen Lindsay, but I've come to realise what she means to me, and I cant ignore that feeling anymore, I really didn't mean to hurt you, I hope you can understand that."

Lindsay smiled and nodded. She pulled Danny into a hug and held him tight and kissed him on the lips and slowly pulled away.

"Just promise me one thing."

Danny nodded.

"You treat her right, and don't be a stranger. Just because we didn't work out, doesn't mean we can't be friends."

Danny laughed and nodded.

"I'm sorry to do this to you Lindsay, but I need to go to the hospital."

Lindsay stood to one side of the curb.

"Sure go Jay needs you."

Lindsay watched as Danny got into his car.

Danny started the engine just as Lindsay tapped on the window. Danny wound the window down.

"Don't forget to call me with any news, okay?"

Danny nodded wound the window back up and pulled away and headed towards the hospital. Leaving Lindsay standing alone in the cold night.

Stella had been watching from the inside of the apartment building and looked on sadly as she saw Lindsay fight back her tears in the street. Mac came to where Stella was standing and looked out of the window with her.

"What happened?"

Stella didn't turn from the window, she was focused on her friend.

"They broke up, turns out Danny still loves Jamie."

Mac turned to face Jamie's living room, his eyes focused on the picture of Jamie and Danny that Stella had first picked up when she had entered the room.

"True love doesn't go away, Danny needed reminding of that."

Stella smiled.

"It does explain his behaviour though. He always talked about her, even if he didn't realise it, and I think Lindsay noticed that to. I think that's why he did what he did to Jamie and Flack's relationship, he didn't want her to be with anyone unless it was him…which is unfair considering they were jus friends."

Mac smiled.

"Lindsay will be okay, I know for a fact that there is someone who will be willing to help her with her pain."

Stella turned to Mac confused, but then she realised his meaning.

"I think your right."

Mac and Stella turned to face outside the window again and continued to watch as Lindsay was approached by a familiar figure. Flack.

Danny made it back to the hospital in record time. By the time he had made it back to Jamie's room the nurse had just finished her SART examination. Danny made his way back into the room. She looked exactly the same as what she was before he had left, helpless and unconscious.

Danny sighed and took off his jacket, he had been hoping for a little change in her condition but after what she had been through he knew it might have been too much to ask.

He continued to stay by her side for the next couple of hours. He was just dozing off in the chair next to her when someone knocked on the frame of the door, he looked up and saw Stella stood there. She looked towards Jamie and Danny could see her heart ache. Danny stood up as Stella walked over to him, she hugged him tight and they both sat down.

They were silent for a few moments and then Stella spoke.

"How is she doing?"

Danny nodded.

"She's doing good, she still hasn't come round but the Dr is being hopeful."

Stella smiled.

"That's good…I spoke to Lindsay…what happened Danny?"

Danny took hold of Jamie's hand and sighed.

"I just couldn't lie to myself anymore. I've been trying to for as long as I could remember, after we split in college we said we would always be best mates, and we were, but I always wanted something more, because I genuinely loved her…still do, more so in fact."

Stella smiled.

"Don't get me wrong, I love Lindsay as well, but if I had to choose the person I would want to spend the rest of my life with, it would always be Jamie, and I thought being with Lindsay would be unfair if that was the feeling I held deep inside."

"But what about Jamie? What are her feelings?"

Danny shook his head.

"Do you know what Stella? I really don't know, for all I know she could only see me as a friend, and I would be fine with that, I think but I couldn't drag Lindsay along in a relationship that I couldn't but my whole heart into and that's what Lindsay deserves and I regret doing what I've done to her."

Stella smiled.

"She'll be fine, she's go someone taking care of her. I think Jamie feels the same Danny, but all you can do now is wait for her to come round so that you can promise her that you'll always be there when she needs you."

Danny started to tear up, he took off his glasses and wiped away the tears.

"Danny what wrong?"

He hung his head in his hands and spoke through his grief.

"I had already done that, I already promised I'd be there if she needed me, but I wasn't was I, she was attacked in her own home, and there was nothing I could do to help her! And when she comes round I'm going to promise that all over again, even though I couldn't keep the promise first time around!"

Stella pulled Danny into another hug as he cried. This was the first time Stella had seen Danny cry and it was breaking her heart. After what seemed only a couple minutes, Danny had fallen asleep on Stella's shoulder, gently Stella moved him over so that he was resting in the chair and covered him with the spare blanket by the bed, she stroked his hair and walked out of the room quietly, she looked back at Danny and then at Jamie. Quietly she spoke.

"You better make it through this Jamie, he truly loves you with all his heart."

And with that Stella closed the door and left the room.

Slowly Jamie's eyes started to flicker open…

TBC