Author's Note - This story takes place on the Saturday after Day One and is a bridge story between Days One and Two. Alex Myers, Sarah Henderson and everyone else at CTU Chicago are my own creation. Anyone from CTU LA who may be mentioned is the property of Fox.

Alex checked the bruise on his face in the car mirror. It was the last reminder of his car accident a few days ago, and he was more than glad to see that it had begun to fade away. Getting out of his car, he took a deep breath and looked around. He was back in his home city of Chicago, where he had gone to see his friends back at CTU Chicago just as he had promised, although he hadn't expected to return so soon. He had felt the need to leave Los Angeles for a few days, to take his mind off his sister and the events of the Tuesday that would forever scar his memory.

Knocking on the door, he hoped that Sarah would not immediately notice the bruise. As the door opened and Alex saw Sarah's big brown eyes, he couldn't help but grin broadly. As they embraced each other, Alex realised that Sarah was trying hard not to cry, and he had a good idea why. Nina had been a good friend of hers, and the events at CTULA had affected her badly. She knew that it was real and not a dream, but she would lie awake at night trying to think of a plausible reason why Nina would suddenly commit multiple acts of murder and treason.

"How have you been coping, Alex?", was Sarah's first question as they sat down in the living room.

"I don't know, to be honest. I mean, it's all been so strange these past few days", Alex replied. The past few days had indeed been very weird, and Alex had been waiting for it all to be revealed as a joke or a really unwelcome dream. As Sarah handed him a cup of coffee, he thanked her and sipped the hot drink. He didn't normally drink the stuff outside of work, but at that moment in time, what was work? Was it the same job he had had before all of this? Sarah looked at him, and noticed the bruise. Touching it gently, he looked up at her.

"You were lucky, Alex", she commented. She knew about the car accident, and had thanked God that he had come out relatively unscathed.

"Yeah, I just got a few cuts and bruises, nothing serious or permanent", he said in a rather matter of fact way.

"How do you feel about visiting CTU on Monday, Alex? They'll all love to see you again, if you want to?", Sarah asked him. Alex could tell that she really wanted him to visit his old friends at CTU again, and he thought that it couldn't do any harm.

"OK, sounds good", he replied. Monday would be a rather interesting day, he thought to himself as he took another mouthful of coffee.