A/N: Okay, I know this chapter is really short and is a little weird, but I wanted to give ya'll something. This isn't how I wanted this chapter to be, I wanted to get our fave Detectives back in the lab where they belong but I just couldn't figure it out. Anyway, enjoy and PLEASE R&R!

Thanks, CSI Ana Lee

(one week later)

Ok, when I tried to upload this chapter, .net wouldn't let me sign in. Anyway, here's the next chapter! Enjoy!

Chapter 16:

Nightmare

"NO…STOP… don't hurt her!" Frankie had tied Stella to a chair and was holding Katina in one hand and a gun in the other.

"Please, don't hurt my baby!" Frankie just laughed and pointed the gun at Katina. All of a sudden, a door on the other side of the room burst open and Mac rushed in, his gun drawn. But Frankie was quick. He shot Mac before he could get close enough to be a hero.

"NO!" Stella cried, tears streaming down her face. "NO!"

Strong hands clasped her shoulders and shook her. "Stella," she heard in the distance.

"No! Get away from me!"

"Stella, wake up, it's Mac; I'm here; it's just a dream."

Mac's comforting voice brought Stella out of her nightmare. She opened her eyes and saw him staring at her with a concerned expression on his face. She lifted a hand to his cheek just to make sure that he was really there; that he was real.

"I'm here, Stella."

"Mac…he had Katina…He was gonna kill her…he shot…he shot you…I was so scared…" she broke off as sobs escaped from her throat.

Mac pulled her into his arms and held her tightly against him.

"I'm here, Stella. It was just a dream." He softly stroked her hair as he whispered comforting words. He felt terrible. Mac wished he could do something to make Stella's pain go away. He couldn't, though, so he did the next best thing. He comforted her and held her until she fell back asleep. Then he went to check on the baby that would very soon become his daughter.