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Chapter 12

"Put the weapon down and leave your hands up!"

Ryan looked up and he saw Lilly and Scotty holding their weapons at him while Mia was on the ground groaning in pain.

"Well if it isn't Philly's finest? Came to see the final act?" Ryan asked menacingly.

"We know what you did that night" Lilly replied harshly.

"I didn't do anything wrong so I don't know what you're talking about. Now if you don't mind" he said, grabbing Mia with strong force by the arm and she cried out in pain. "Mia and I have some unfinished business to do."

"Let her go" Scotty said.

"Why, she ratted me out to you guys she deserves what she gets" Ryan said tightening his hold on Mia with the knife near her throat.

"We know why you did it. It was because that you had to compete against Aaron over the reason why he went back to school. You had everything until that day when he came back to school, that the spotlight was taken away from you" Lilly said.

"Ryan, just tell them the damn truth" Mia said weakly.

"You don't get to say anything" he hissed at her. Mia whimpered lightly as she stood there as a hostage.

I so want this nightmare to be over. Why do bad things have to happen to me?

As Ryan was about to step away with Mia, Mia kicked him in the shin and he cried out in pain. He let go of her and she fell to her knees and was trying to catch her breath as she felt tears coming down her face. Scotty took the opportunity to get Mia off the ground and he wrapped his arm around her and held her almost protectively.

"Why don't you guys get it? That maybe I wanted him to be gone from college because of the stuff that he did before. That I wasn't going to let him get away with what he did" Ryan said.

"You need to tell us why you did it. You don't want to take someone else's life over it and the fact that you are in this situation it won't make it any better." Lilly said.

Ryan looked over at the two detectives and then at Mia. He looked at her for a long time as she looked at him. He saw the dirt and the blood that was all over her. The detectives and Mia were right. He had to come clean.

He sighed heavily, ran his hand through his hand and tossed the knife far away from them on the ground.

"Well you want to know what happened. Then how do you feel if you had a nice life and a reputation at school that it got taken away one day in class? From someone who had a troubled past?" He asked. "Not me that's for sure."

"Then do tell how it feels then, you seem to know that better than me. Even better than them" Lilly said, motioning to Scotty and Mia who were standing nearby, watching.

Ryan looked at them and at Lilly. He looked at his hands before he felt tears in the back of his eyes threatening to fall.

"I never had anything against him before he came, but ever since, it's like he had gained most of the school's respect" he said. "I only wanted to threaten him that was it, but I didn't think of killing him…

Flashback

Aaron is walking down the street and turned into the alleyway. He took out the small velvet box and smiled at it before putting it away. He shoved his hands in his jacket pocket, trying to bare the cold October night weather as he made his way through the alley to get to the restaurant.

Somewhere in the shadows, Ryan stood waiting for someone. He pulled on the black gloves and had something big in his jacket pocket.

Just as Aaron reached the midway of the alley, Ryan stepped out with a look of determination.

"Whoa, dude, you scared the crap out me" Aaron said jumping back a bit.

"Really well that's a first" Ryan said.

"What are you doing out here anyways?" Aaron asked.

"Just in the neighborhood, what you do you think"he replied.

"Look, if you don't mind, I have somewhere to be" Aaron said, trying to step around Ryan. However, Ryan took a step in front of him.

"Back off I got somewhere to be and I'm already late" he said.

"You are so not going anywhere"Ryan said.

"Really?" Aaron asked.

"Yeah, really, I'm just here to let you know that after this semester ends, you're not going back there" he said.

"You're kidding me, right? You're not my parents and you have the nerve to tell me what to do" Aaron said, defensively.

"I don't want you back at my school, I've been there for almost four years and you've only been here what a couple months in school?" he asked darkly.

"I was in college and you know probably by now why I had to drop out with my dad which should've been none of your concern in the first place" Aaron said.

"Will you just shut up and listen to me for once?" Ryan asked as he held the gun that was sitting in his jacket pocket, waiting for it to be taken out of his hiding place.

"Do Cheryl, me and all of us a favor and leave us the hell alone" Aaron said angrily. As he was shoving his way past Ryan, he only walked a few steps when he heard movement in the background. Aaron spun around and saw that there was a gun in Ryan's hand facing at him.

"Dude" Aaron said.

"Oh now look who's scared" Ryan said sarcastically.

"Just put the gun down and we can talk this out" he said calmly.

"I gave you plenty of chances to do that and you obviously turned them down but when I have a gun, now you want to do it?"

"Just put the damn gun down" Aaron said.

"I can't do that, only that you would agree to leave school" Ryan said.

"No and stop telling me what to do cause I've had it with your bullcrap" Aaron said.

Everything happened in a flash. Ryan's finger slipped and pulled the trigger and the gun went off and the bullet flew through Aaron's chest. Aaron's eyes popped out as he fell backwards and landed on the ground.

Ryan saw what just happened and his eyes went wide. He only wanted to use the gun to scare him, not kill him.

"What have I done?" he whispered to himself. He heard a girl's scream and turned and saw that Mia was there and she had a look of horror and fear as she ran off. Ryan threw the gun in the nearest trashcan and picked up the small box next to Aaron's body and ran off.

End of flashback

Music-Owl City-Fireflies.

Lilly is seen, handcuffing Ryan as he has a look of remorse and guilt on his face. He turns to see Mia and Scotty as Mia looks at him before he turns his face away as Lilly leads him to the car.

Another car arrives and Ali is jumping out of the backseat and runs towards Mia and both girls hugged while Scotty, Vera and Kat watch on.

Boss is seen giving Cheryl the lost engagement ring at the station. She takes it and puts it on her third finger which fits perfectly and she has a sad smile on her face.

Will and Nick bring the case box of Aaron which is now labeled CLOSED in the closed storage and it is seen put on a shelf and they both leave.

Professor Johnson is teaching a night class about the latest murder that the students were learning.

Aaron's mother is seen looking at a picture of her late husband and son in the photograph. She stares out the window into the cold night as she sees the first few snowflakes fall.

Back at the mechanic's shop, Rick is closing up the shop. After he locks the door, he faces the street and takes out a piece of paper with an address and makes his way to his destination.

Over at Joe's Tavern, the squad is there after a few long days of solving the case and Scotty is seen telling them about what he knew about Mia and how he found her but never told a soul. The rest were listening intently.

By Ali and Mia's place, the girls were in the living room catching Matt and Lacey on what happened with the night's events. Mia gets up and opens up the door and shocked to see Cheryl there. Cheryl then hugs Mia as a thank you for telling her side of the story. They pulled away and both girls looked as they see the "ghosts" of Aaron and Mia's mother, smiling at them.

A few seconds later, both ghosts have disappeared and Mia led Cheryl in the apartment and to her amazement, Rick shows up and after she lets him in, the two of them sat down on the couch and the young group talked throughout the night.

The End.

A/n: Well that's the end. I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did.

I'm going to take a short break on writing cold case stories until I finish up some long stories that needs to be completed. In the meantime, I'm currently writing a few one shots for Cold Case. They should be up sometime this summer.

Thank you guys for reading, reviewing and alerting my stories. Your support has been beyond amazing and I hope you check out my other stories in the meantime.

Signing out for now,
Spikeluver89