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Epilogue.

The rain battered the streets as the early October air chilled her to the bone. It didn't seem to matter. All Janine could think about was that awful day a few weeks earlier when she had thought Richard was dead. It still ripped her heart to pieces when she thought of all the bruises and scars that had battered his body. Sighing heavily she smiled as she felt warm arms wrap around her.

"You'll catch your death out here."

"Yeah." She agreed but showed no sign of moving. "Richard?"

"Umm?" He hugged her as her hands covered his.

"You ok?"

"Be better when the verdict is in." He knew she was just as nervous as him. The steps of the Old Bailey were sodden as the autumn weather got worse. Janine nodded once before turning in his arms. Richard stepped back slightly.

"Not long now." She held his gaze, unaware that Kat was jogging across the road to meet them.

"Guv? Boss?" Kat paused as the couple broke apart. She couldn't help the slight smile on her face as she realised she had interupted them.

"What is it?" Janine was suddenly all business. Richard smiled, knowing that the others would never see her acting anything less than professional. Her relationship with Richard may have been out in the open but she was still the Guv, as she never tired of reminding him.

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"Bloody Hell." Shapps began pacing the small Police Only room in the court as Butchers sat in the chaor opposite the window. He had no idea why Kat was taking so long. She had been sent to find their two senior officers what seemed like hours ago. In reality it was only ten minutes.

"Where's the fire?" Janine smiled as they walked into the room.

"The fire?" Butchers' looked up. "What?"

"What's the rush?" Richard smiled at the hapless detective.

"Court Officer came looking for you." Shapps explained. "The verdict is in, they want us all back in court in ten minutes."

Janine nodded solomly before turning to see Richard stare at the floor. She knew this was what they had been waiting for. Jake Grovers had brutally murdered three women and left Richard for dead. Now he was going to prison. She just couldn't entertain the thought that the jury would find him anything other than guilty.

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"Muuuuummmmmmm!" Tom yelled as she unlocked the door.

"Give me a chance. We've only just walked through the door. Where's Lucy?"

"In here." The child minder yelled as both Richard and Janine took their coats off and threw them over the bannister.

"Everything ok?" Richard laughed as Tom half pulled Janine towards the kitchen.

"We've been baking."

"Oh God." Janine rolled her eyes.

"What?" Tom asked as Richard stiffled a laugh.

"Oh good. I definately said Oh good." Janine smiled while Tom threw the kitchen door open. Charlotte and Ellie were covered in flour and giggling while Lucy wiped her hands. He caught Janine's eye and smiled, it seemed as though things could begin to get back to normal. For the first time in a long time he felt safe, knowing Grover was begining a life sentance at Her Majesty's pleasure.

"Fairy cakes went a bit wrong. Right, I'm off." Lucy smiled as she left the kitchen. The football blared out from the TV in the kitchen as Richard rested against the doorframe. He had no idea when it had happened or quite how but somehow he knew he was home.

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A/N And that's all folks. Do I write another?