(Loosely based on Pay Up)

Never saw it coming

Hannah looked at her phone she had left on the counter before she went to bed after she had made her way into the kitchen to find something for breakfast. Hannah was on summer vacation now and Mac was already at the lab but he would send her a good morning text every morning. This time when she looked at her phone she didn't expect what she saw.

Jess has been shot. It's bad. Flack is on his way to the hospital with her.

Hannah her apartment key that Mac had given her and ran out the door, frantically locking it behind her. She had a very specific destination in mind. Next thing she knew she was at the hospital. It didn't take her long to find Flack. He was sitting on a bench across from a nurses' station.

"Flack!" Hannah said, slightly out of breath.

Flack just looked at her with sadness in his eyes and shook his head slowly.

Hannah took a seat down next to him and didn't say anything. She really didn't know what to say. Just then, a nurse came out of the operating room. Flack stood up quickly and met her halfway. The look on Flack's face when he turned around told Hannah that it wasn't good news. Flack made his way back to the bench as tears began to fall. Hannah had never seen him cry before. She place da hand gently on his forearm to comfort him.

After he had calmed down Hannah turned to him and said, "I'm gonna step out for some air."

Flack just nodded at her through sad eyes. When Hannah was outside she called Mac.

"Taylor," Mac answered on the second ring.

"Hey Dad, I'm with Flack at the hospital. Jess didn't make it," Hannah said softly.

She could hear Mac curse quietly on the other end of the line.

"This son-of-a-bitch will not get away with this!" Mac told Hannah angrily.

"Take him down Dad! Make him pay!" Hannah replied.

"Don't worry, the NYPD has a long standing history; when one of our own is taken from us we always get our guy," Mac told her.

"I'm gonna go back inside and check on Flack. I'll talk to you later. Love you Dad," Hannah said.

"Alright. Thanks for staying with him, Hannah," Mac replied.

"No problem, Dad; bye," Hannah said and hung up.

Hannah walked back into the hospital and found Flack exactly where she had left him. She didn't say anything she just sat took her spot next to him and kept him company. A little bit later Danny walked up to where Flack and Hannah were sitting.

"How is she?" Danny asked.

"She's gone," Flack whispered and started to cry again.

Danny punched the wall near the nurses' station. Hannah knew this was bad. Danny got a text from Mac telling him to get back to the crime scene. After he left Hannah had an idea.

"You wanna go for a walk?" Some air might do you some good right now," Hannah suggested.

Flack nodded and followed Hannah out of the hospital. They walked in silence until they came to an ice cream stand.

"Do you want some?" Flack asked, pointing to the ice cream stand.

"Sure," Hannah replied and gave Flack a smile.

He bought the cones, a strawberry one for Hannah and a chocolate one for Flack, and they took a seat on a nearby bench.

"I never even got a chance to tell her I love her," Flack confessed.

This broke Hannah's heart.

"I am so sorry Flack," Hannah told him.

She was trying her best to help him.

"I wanna go to the morgue before Sid autopsies her. I have to see her one last time," Flack said.

Hannah just nodded and walked with him to the morgue. She let him go in by himself and say his goodbyes. As she was waiting, Sid walked up behind her and put a hand on her shoulder.

"Flack's in there," she told him.

Sid nodded and headed into the room. Hannah could hear him offer Flack some words of encouragement and promised him he'd take good care of her. Flack came out of the room with tear-stained cheeks.

"I have to get back to work," Flack said and headed toward the elevator.

Hannah stood there confused. When the elevator came back down she rode it up to the crime lab where she found Lindsay working on some evidence.

"Hey Lindsay," Hannah greeted.

"Hey Hannah, how's Flack doing? Your dad said you were with him this morning," Lindsay replied.

"Not good. He's really upset right now," Hannah told her.

Hannah hung out with Lindsay at the lab until she got a text from Danny and Hannah got a text from Mac saying almost the same thing. We got him. We're meeting at the restaurant. (I know they were in a bar in the actual episode but I changed to a restaurant here so Hannah can go too)

Lindsay drove them over to the diner where most everyone was there already. They were all seated at or near the restaurant's bar.

"I remember when Jess was new and we pulled the old, 'coroner's assistant plays dead and scares her' trick," Sid replied. "I thought she was never gonna speak to me again."

"She was a big fan of yours Sid," Flack replied and took a swig of his beer.

They continued to share stories about Jess until gunshots rang out. Everyone dove for cover. Danny threw himself over Lindsay, Mac threw himself over Hannah, Hawkes, Sid, and Flack covered Stella and dove under the bar. No one knew what was going on.

To be continued…

Here's chapter 12! I hope you liked it. Thanks for reading. I'd really like to know what you guys think so far. I'll try to update soon. =)