Author's note:

I got this idea from all the fanfics some authors started but never finished. This story takes place during season 5.

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Chapter 1

Ryan Wolfe let out a long irritated sigh and drummed his fingers on the steering wheel nervously. He looked at his watch for the thousandth time that morning and groaned. He was late for work. Worse, it was his first day back in two weeks and he was supposed to have gotten to a crime scene more than an hour ago.

He finally made it to the Delano Hotel where they had been called to. He parked his car, turned off the engine and rubbed his face with his hands. He really was having a crappy morning and now, whoever was working the crime scene would have his head. Wincing, he grabbed his kit and climbed out of the car.

Ryan nodded at the officers he crossed on his way to the hotel room where the victim had been found. He stepped inside and set his kit on the floor. He looked around as he put his gloves on, taking in the crime scene. The curtains were drawn and the bed, unmade. Some clothes had been thrown on a chair. There was a large puddle of blood on the floor next to the bed, where the body had probably been lying before it was released.

His partner was nowhere to be seen, but he could see this room had already been processed. He could hear movement coming from the bathroom so he silently walked up to it and pushed the door open. Eric Delko was in the room, taking pictures.

"Delko."

The taller man smirked dryly and turned his back to him. "You took your sweet time getting here, Wolfe!"

Ryan winced and looked down. "Sorry. There were some things I needed to take care of. But I'm here now! What would you like me to do?"

Eric looked at him and gave him a dirty look. "You can grab your things and go back to the lab. I'm done processing the crime scene."

Ryan sighed and nodded. He knew apologizing again wouldn't make things any better. Delko wasn't happy, and with good reason; he would have been really irritated if he had done the same thing to him. "Fine. I'll see you at the lab." Shaking his head, he walked back to where he had left his kit, picked it back up and left the room. 'What a great way to come back to work.'

He finally made it inside the lab about ten minutes later. As he stepped off the elevator, he was immediately greeted by Calleigh, who was picking up some documents from the front desk. "Hey handsome! It's good to have you back!"

He gave her a lop-sided grin. "Thanks."

Calleigh gave him one of her bright smiles and followed him as they made their way down the hall. "So I heard your two-week vacation wasn't enough! You wanted to take today off too?"

Ryan sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose. "Not you too. I already apologized to Delko. Something unexpected came up and I had to take care of it. That's it. I'm just unlucky it happened today."

Calleigh nodded and pointed at his collar. "Does this something unexpected have something to do with the peanut butter stain you have on your shirt?"

He looked down at the stain and rolled his eyes. "This day has just started and I can't wait for it to end." He mumbled, not even trying to clean the spot.

Calleigh stopped walking, touched his arm and waited for him to look at her. "How was your vacation anyway? I mean, you had two weeks off, and you look more tired than before you left." She gave him a concerned look, her eyes searching his. "Did something happen?"

Ryan sighed and shook his head. "I just had to get used to a lot of changes… It'll be alright." He gave her a little smile. "But right now, I've got to make it up to Delko for being late. I'll catch you later, okay?"

The blond gave him a small unsure smile and nodded. "Okay!" He could see she wasn't buying his excuse but didn't want to pressure him. He gave her a weak smile and watched her walking away. Sighing, he continued his way to trace. 'You'll find out what's going on soon enough, Cal.' He thought, shaking his head.

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"Hey, Wolfe. Found anything?"

Ryan looked up from the shirt he was examining and shook his head. "No. Nothing out of the ordinary." He sighed and rubbed his eyes quickly. "And I haven't found anything on all the other vic's clothes either."

Eric frowned and opened his mouth to say something but was interrupted by Ryan's cell phone ringing. Ryan gave him an apological look and answered it. "Wolfe."

Eric kept watching him as his face went from curious to panicked in a matter of seconds. "What? That's not possible… Is she alright?" Ryan gave a long sigh and closed his eyes, defeated. "Fine. I'll be there in twenty minutes."

It was Delko's turn to sigh as he pointed at the evidence scattered on the table. "You're leaving me alone with all the work again?"

Ryan cringed as he put his cell phone back in his pocket and took off his lab coat. "I'm sorry man… I really have to go. I would leave you if it weren't important."

The darker man shook his head. "What's so important that you can't even do your job?" He called after him, watching him leave the room in a hurry.

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"Something's definitely not right with Wolfe."

Calleigh looked up from the documents she was studying to see Delko walking inside the room. "What are you talking about, Eric?"

He shrugged and put his two hands on the table. "He left me alone with all the work, again."

She frowned. "This is not like him."

Eric snorted. "What's not like him? Acting impulsively without thinking about others? I think it's just like him."

"Eric, you shouldn't say things like that. I saw him this morning… I thought he looked… preoccupied." She sighed. "Instead of criticizing him, you should offer him some help. He definitely looks like he could need it right now."

The Cuban pursed his lips and nodded his head against his will. "Right."

Calleigh nodded and grinned. "Right." She made her away around the table to go stand next to him and laid her hand on his arm. "Can I help you with anything?"

Eric sighed and nodded at her, giving her a small thankful smile. "Yeah. I'd really appreciate some help."

"Then let's go! I can spare a couple of hours."


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