Now or Never: by MALTARA2010

Hey everyone! Here's Chapter 7 … Natara finally gets to meet Mal's sister and nieces, Jeremy and Blaise are on a mission to unfolding Oscar's secret … and Now …

Chapter 7

You are now Cynthia Fallon

(Centerscore)

Just a few hours ago, I received a very disturbing phone call from Former SFDP Capitan Maria Yeong! The last time I initially heard from her was when she called to inform me that my father was being charged for embezzlement, racketeering, and so forth. There's not much to discuss … my mother passed away many years ago, my brother Mal has been extremely busy with work, you know, saving lives and trying to keep San Francisco as safe as possible. Something that our father used to do! Anyway, I received a call indicating that my little brother Mal was gunned down and that he may not make it. So, I informed my husband that I would be gone for a few days and that I was taking Denni and Raven. He understood and so the girls and I packed our bags, jumped in the car and headed back to my home town … San Francisco.

(Flashback …

Just a few hours ago)

Cynthia: Hello

Maria: Cynthia! It's Maria Yeong …

Cynthia: Maria! It's been a long time! How are you?

Maria takes a deep breath…

Maria: Cynthia … I'm calling because Mal's been shot

Cynthia: Oh my God! What happened?

Maria: I don't have all the details but … Mal's girlfriend FBI Agent Natara Williams insisted that you know immediately! I couldn't have agreed more. He's in critical condition sweetheart! There's a slim chance that he may not make it so … I think you and the girls need to come see him as soon as possible.

Cynthia: Thank you for informing me Maria! We'll be there as soon as we can

Maria: I'll see soon

(Line goes dead …

Present)

As I speed down the highway from Centerscore to San Francisco … maneuvering in and out of traffic …

(Thinking to myself)

Cynthia: Hang on little brother! We're on our way! Don't give up! You're Mal GODDAMN Fallon for crying out loud! Just hang on!

At that moment, my daughter Denni pulled me out of my thoughts. She and my other daughter Raven have been crying since we left the house …

Denni: Mom! Is uncle Mal going to be alright?

Cynthia: I don't know honey!

Raven: What did Maria say?

Cynthia: All she said was that he was in critical condition. She didn't have much to go on … she also said that your uncle Mal's girlfriend insisted that we be there as soon as possible.

Raven: That was nice of her! Please mom … we need to hurry!

Cynthia: I know honey! We'll get there ...

At that point, I put the pedal to the meddle. I was gonna get there … because my little brother needed me. He needed his girls.

You are now Natara Williams

I awaken in the arms of my soon to be husband. As I look up at him, he's peacefully sleeping with his arm tightly around me. Unfortunately, I couldn't sleep because for one, I hate hospitals, and two, I kept thinking about that phone call from Oscar. I mean, it was out of the blue that he would call and ask about Mal. If I knew any better, Oscar could care less about him! Was … was Jeremy right? Did Oscar have something to do with Mal's shooting? And if he did, why? Before I could think any further, Mal was slowly steering awake … and all I could do was smile …

Mal: Hey beautiful!

Natara: Hey! How you feeling?

Mal: I'm doing ok!

Natara: Are you in any pain at all? Should I call the Doctor?

Mal looked at me with a smile and said,

Mal: Look at you … taking care of your handsome and dashing fiancée!

I smiled, rolled my eyes and said …

Natara: Of course honey! I just want to make sure that you're ok! I don't want you to have a relapse!

Mal took my hand and said,

Mal: Sweetheart … Your love has kept me alive, and as long as I have you, I know I'll be ok!

He was just the sweetest most amazing guy in the world, bringing tears to my eyes. He then slowly pulled me into a soft lingering kiss …

You are now Cynthia Fallon

(San Francisco)

I finally pull up to the San Francisco Memorial Hospital where Mal was. The girls and I all jumped out of the car and ran straight to the Emergency Room! I just hope that we weren't too late! As soon as we walk through the double door, we headed straight to the nurses' station …

Cynthia: Excuse me!

Nurse: Yes! What can I do for you?

Cynthia: I'm here to see about my brother … Detective Mal Fallon

The nurse types her fingers across the keyboard …

Nurse: Ohh, yes Detective Fallon! He's been moved to a private room in the East Wing of the hospital … Room 325. Just take the elevator up to the t 3rd floor, make a right go all the way down the hall and it'll be on your left hand side.

Cynthia: Thank you!

Nurse: And one more thing …

The nurse handed us some passes …

Nurse: You'll need theses to get through … hospital policy.

Cynthia: Of course! Thanks again. Come on girls.

At that moment, my daughters and I ran … we were just moments away from Mal.

You are now Jeremy Redbird

Right after leaving the hospital, Blaise and I headed straight for the precinct to investigate Mal's shooting. It was unusual for Santos to call. To honestly tell you, I don't know what the scoop was on him and Natara! All I know is that things went south and that's when she and Mal started dating. So as I sit at my desk, Blaise and I look over the police report. Ander's had put us both on the case anyway because he didn't want Natara to worry about anything else. She had enough on her plate so he handed the file over to us. As we skim through, there wasn't much to go on …

Jeremy: Ok … so we have witnesses spotting an unmarked black sudden speeding down the streets, gun fire and then it speeds away. We've got tire marks but no bullet casings.

At that point, Blaise walks in with an evidence bag in hand …

Blaise: Hey Rookie! The hospital just dropped this off.

Jeremy: Is it the bullets from Mal's shooting?

Blaise: It sure is. It's a .38 Caliber

Jeremy: So we're definitely looking for a gun that fired these exact bullets … with the same impressions. Blaise, look in the data base for ex-convicts who have been in contact with a .38 caliber, and illegally in possession of. I'll look into Santos recent cases and see if there's anything I could find.

Blaise nodded but still had that look of furry. I looked at her and said,

Jeremy: Blaise … we're gonna get this guy. I want him put away as much as you do. And if Santos had anything to do with it, so help me God I will see to it that he gets the book thrown at him. I promise

With a little reassurance, Blaise nodded in agreement with a sad smile indicating that she trusted me. I wasn't gonna let her down, not even Natara or Mal! They were my friends and I made an oath to serve and protect! I will not rest until justice is served. In the background, the news was blaring about Mal's shooting …

(Television)

News Anchor: Just last night, Detective Mal Fallon was gunned down not too far from his home. His girlfriend FBI Agent Natara Williams was with him at the time of the shooting. Witnesses said to have seen an unmarked black sudden speeding down the street targeting Detective Fallon, shooting him and speeding off. He was taken to San Francisco Memorial in critical condition. At this time we do have an update of his condition. Detective Fallon is recovering from bullet wounds to his chest and left shoulder. Doctors said it was touch and go for a moment but is said to have a slow but full recovery. In the meantime the SFPD and the FBI are investigating. We will keep you posted on this information.

I will find the person who did this to my friend … you better brace yourself Santos! If I find anything that is connected … your ass is grass.

You are now Mal Fallon

As I lay in the hospital bed I contemplate on who would want me dead. Yes I had many, many, many, many enemies out there and so did Natara … but why? Natara had gone to the cafeteria to get something to eat since she hadn't had anything since last night. As I continued to think the door swung open and to my surprise … it was my sister and nieces Raven and Denni …

Mal: Hey! My beautiful girls are here!

Denni and Raven ran to give me a hug … and all I could do was laugh …

Mal: Ow … ow! Easy! Easy there!

Denni: Sorry uncle Mal

Raven: We're just so glad you're ok

I looked at them with a huge smile on my face and said …

Mal: Girls … I'm doing just fine. I could never leave my family

I then looked up to see my sister, who by the way had tears in her eyes. I could tell she'd been worried. I smiled and put my hand out indicating for her to come and give me a hug. She got the clue and did so …

Cynthia: Mal! I'm so glad you're ok

Mal: Shhh … its ok Cyn! It's ok

I held her in my arms … well, arm for a while until she was able to collect herself. I didn't mind! I hadn't seen my sister in so long. She finally collected herself and said …

Cynthia: Maria called me and told me that you'd been shot! What happened?

Mal: Well, from what I can remember … I was walking home with Natara from having dinner. I had this feeling that someone was following us, so I turned around but I didn't see anyone. So we continued and as we got closer to home, I still had that feeling! All of a sudden I heard a revving motor, screeching tier's, and as I turned to see what it was, coming closer I heard gun fire and I felt a sharp pain in my chest and shoulder. And then I was just lying there, trying to stay awake and strong for the woman I love.

Cynthia: I can't imagine how Natara felt! Scared seeing you lying there helpless.

Mal: I know. The hardest thing was to see her crying! Trying her best to stop the bleeding …

Cynthia just looked at me with a sad smile and I just looked at her, smiled as I took her hand and gave it a soft reassuring squeeze and said,

Mal: Cyn … it's ok! I was scared too! But I'm fine … I promise! Nothings gonna take me away! Ok?

Cynthia: Ok …

She then gave my hand a reassuring squeeze saying that she believed me. I smiled and then I looked at my girls, the ones that I'd been neglecting for so long … my Denni and my Raven … they had grown up so quickly, turning into beautiful young women … I just couldn't believe my eyes. I then said …

Mal: Natara and I … we were gonna head to Centerscore next week to visit. I wanted to introduce you to the woman I plan on spending the rest of my life with.

Cynthia looked at me with this huge smile,

Cynthia: Wait a minute! Are you planning on proposing to her?

Mal: Actually …

Before I could finish, the door slowly swung open, and there she was … my beautiful Natara. I smiled …

Mal: I already did

Natara slowly walked in with a smile on her face. I continued …

Mal: Cynthia, Raven, Denni … I'd like you to meet my beautiful fiancée … FBI Special Agent Natara Williams. Honey! These are my girls … Denni and Raven! And this is my beautiful sister Cynthia.

Cynthia slowly walked up to Natara … Natara smiled as she put her hand out to greet her. But Cynthia shook her head with tears in her eyes indicating that she didn't want a hand shack … she wanted a hug from her future sister in law. Natara smiled as they both embraced into a tight hug. That just put a smile on my face … my sister and the girl I love already bonding. I just looked at them as they finally parted …

Cynthia: Thank you! Thank you for letting us know about Mal

Natara: Of course! You're his family … I know he'd want you girls by his side. I just wish we could have met under better circumstances.

Cynthia: I know right! I'm sorry for crying! It's just that even though Mal and I haven't talked in so long, he's still my little brother and if he had died …

Natara: I know Cynthia! Believe me … I know! I don't know what I would've done if I lost him! I love your brother very much.

Cynthia: I know you do! I can see it every time you look at him! And it shows in you too Mal!

She smiled as I looked at her … I had this big grin on my face … so I said,

Mal: Well duh! Of course I do ...

Everyone laughs and as much as it hurts, I laugh too …

Mal: Ow, ow … ok! Too much laughing ...

You are now Cynthia Fallon

I couldn't help but laugh! My brother was ok … he was going to be ok and Natara! She's such a wonderful person … she loves my brother and for him to be this happy is all I ever want for him …

Cynthia: Oh … where are my manors! Raven, Denni come here

My daughters came over to me …

Cynthia: Natara … this is my oldest Raven and this is Denni my youngest

The girls put out there hands to shack Natara's …

Natara: It's very nice to meet you both ...

Denni: It's nice to meet you too! You're really pretty! Hey Uncle Mal … You landed yourself a looker!

We all laughed, and Mal said …

Mal: I sure did didn't I ...

Natara: Why thank you!

Raven stepped in and said …

Raven: Thank you for letting us know about my Uncle. He means the world to us

She turned to look at Mal with tears in her eyes and then she turned back to us …

Raven: Even though we haven't seen him is so long, he's still the best Uncle in the world. I don't know what I'd do without him.

Mal: Raven honey … come here

Raven walked over to Mal and he just pulled her into a gentle hug and as he did, she just broke down. He just held her … I looked over to Denni and she was about to cry too.

Mal: Denni … come here sweetheart

Denni walked over as well and held Mal's hand. He then said,

Mal: Raven look at me sweetheart

Raven finally looked at him and he began to speak as Natara and I walked over and watched …

You are now Mal Fallon

It was hard to see my niece crying. Denni stood in the background almost in tears as well. That's when I called her over …

Mal: I want you girls to understand something … I'm going to be just fine. I know I haven't been the greatest uncle and I'm sorry for that. Normally I would say that it's because I'm too busy with work, saving lives and protecting the innocent and it was because of my divorce with Sandra that kept me from visiting but … but the truth is, there's no excuse. None what so ever and I want you to understand that it's gonna change. I love you both with all my heart, and I love you mom! She's my sister and I intend to be a better brother as well.

I looked up at Natara and continued …

Mal: I want you girls to know something as well … that woman over there … she's the reason I'm alive. She's showed me the true meaning of what family is … I'm gonna make things right because … you guys are all I have left.

Natara smiled at me as she walked over to sit by my side … my girls … they were my life. It just goes to show you how much family means to you … how life is too short and to realize that it's high time to be a family again. Raven then said …

Raven: So … Uncle Mal … how did you meet our new Aunt?

Denni: Yah Uncle Mal! Tell us how you guys met ...

Cynthia: Yah but please … keep it PG 13! Nothing Rated R!

I just looked at her and laughed …

Mal: Damn!

Natara playfully rolled her eyes as she slapped my good arm …

Mal: Ow! Ok, ok … I'm just kidding! Ok … well, I met Natara when we started working on the Maskmaker case together. The FBI sent her out to help investigate and profile the killer.

Denni: When did you fall in love with her?

Mal: Well …

I looked at Natara … smiled and said …

Mal: It was right after … I told her about Sandra leaving me. The thought of being able to open up to her felt good. That's when I fully trusted her, and that trust began to evolve into love. I guess you could say, it was love at first sight.

Denni: Awe … Uncle Mal! That's so sweet!

Cynthia: Mal! You've never talked about Sandra the way you've talked about Natara! Actually, I've never seen you this happy before. This is a whole different side of you!

Mal: Let's just say that … I'm not the same person I used to be. I'm not the same arrogant SOB …

Raven: And that's a good thing Uncle Mal! Change is good! And what about you Aunt Natara! You don't mind if we call you Aunt do you?

Natara looked at me and smiled. I couldn't help but smile back and give her the look of "they approve". She then said …

Natara: No! Not at all! I actually like it!

She took a deep breath, smiled and said …

Natara: Well … it was … it was right after he saved my life! It was our first case together of course and we were on a chase, a suspected killer took off and as we were running, an oncoming bus was approaching … he pulled me back by the jacket! I was so rattled but grateful. But what I also love about your uncle is that he makes me laugh … I'm able to be myself around him … in all of my relationships, I've never felt so safe with anyone other the Mal.

Cynthia: I've got to honestly say Mal, you picked a wonderful woman because I approve. She makes you happy, she polite and most of all … she loves you for you. What do you think girls? Approve?

Raven: Definitely ...

Denni: Absolutely ...

Mal: I knew you would! There's nothing you wouldn't love about Natara! She has such a huge heart

Natara then gave me a soft tender kiss …

Cynthia: So, I know this is going off the subject but … do they have any leads on your shooting?

Natara: No not yet! We're working on it! They actually still have to take my statement! We're gonna find the person who did this to him! Believe me … justice will be served … we've got our best detectives on the case

I took a deep breath and said …

Mal: So … since you girls got in, do you know where you're staying?

Cynthia: A hotel maybe!

Natara: Well, why don't you stay with us! We have 2 extra rooms and besides, it would be nice to have family around. We could get to know each other better. Saves your money … I'm sure Mal wouldn't mind!

Mal: Not at all!

Cynthia: Are you sure?

Mal: Cyn! You're family and I would love nothing more than to have my girl's home, spending time together. Ok! So come home with us

Cynthia: Ok!

Natara: OK ... So … why don't I take them home and get them settled because I'm sure there tired and you mister … you get some rest! I'll be back later to check up on you! I'm gonna call the station to see if they have any leads.

Mal: Ok!

She leaned in to give me a tender kiss …

Mal: I love you

Natara: I love you too

Cynthia: You little brother … get some rest! I love you ok

Mal: I love you too sis

I gave her a hug and a kiss. And then my girls came to say bye to me because the poor things looked exhausted.

Denni: I love you uncle Mal! I'll see you later.

Mal: I love you too sweetheart

Raven: Get well uncle Mal! We need you ok! I love you

Mal: I love you too! Drive safely

As soon as they left, I lay there thinking … thinking to myself, who could possibly have me gunned down? Who could possibly be that cruel to want me dead?

You are now Blaise Corso

I've been sitting at my desk for hours looking through the data base for any resent shootings, robberies etc. as Redbird looks through Oscar's court cases. As I scroll through the data base, my phone rings … without looking at the caller ID I answer …

Blaise: Corso ...

Natara: Blaise … it's Natara! How are things going on the investigation?

Blaise: Nothing get! Without a description of the suspect himself, our chances are slim on finding who did this to Mal! Did you see anything … anything at all?

Natara: Not that I can remember! If I did … it's because it's blocked and I was only focused on Mal at the time.

Blaise: Would you mind coming in so we could take your statement? That's if you're up for it! No pressure … whenever you're ready.

I heard a brief silence before I got a response …

Natara: Ok … I'll be there in 15. I'm just getting Mal's sister and nieces settled at the house …

Blaise: Ok … I'll see you soon and Natara?

Natara: Yes?

Blaise: Even if you can't remember … we won't stop! I promise.

Natara: Thanks Blaise!

I wasn't going to stop until the person who did this was behind bars … I sure hope Rookie found something.

You are now Jeremy Redbird

I've been looking through file after file after file for hours and I haven't found anything. Empty coffee cups and working through lunch … there was nothing. That's when Blaise walked in with another cup of coffee …

Blaise: Have you found anything yet?

Jeremy: Nope! Nothing! Fuck … this is getting so frustrating!

Blaise: Tell me about it! I haven't found anything either. Natara's on her way in to give us her statement. Let's just hope there was something she saw.

Jeremy: Well, I'm not stopping until I've found something! I know Oscar had something to do with it … I just know it!

Blaise: Ok well I'll be back later to give you the heads up on her statement …

Jeremy: Ok and remember … this little investigation on Santos …

Blaise: I know, I know … it's between you and me

Jeremy: Good … I'll see you later

Blaise gave me a nod and a smile and left the room. In the meantime … I grabbed another box of files and continued my research … There just has to be something! And then …

Jeremy: What a minute!

I ran back to Blaise's desk to grab the file. Luckily she was away getting her paperwork ready for Natara's statement. So I opened it and scanned the information and to my surprise …

(Whispering to myself)

Jeremy: No fucking way! This has to be it! This has to! If I'm correct …

I continued skimming through the statements …

Jeremy: All this information is similar to the file that Oscar had a case on

I looked at the date …

Jeremy: February 5, 2012 … that was … a little over 9 months ago

I was close to getting the son of a bitch who did this to my friend … I just needed to look further into it. I didn't have any concrete evidence indicating that Oscar had part in Mal's shooting … but I did have something close and if I'm correct, I remember Oscar kept this guy out of jail but why? I'll just have to dig in even more ...

Ok guys … sorry for the delay! I was busy with work and then all of a sudden I got hurt … I sprained my ankle last week so little by little I was working on this Chapter. It's longer than the others but I hope you enjoyed. Oscar is close to getting caught, Natara finally met Mal's sister and nieces and they absolutely love her. The next Chapter will be in soon … possibly by tomorrow morning or within the next couple of days … I'll have more Oscar and the mystery guy will have a name … Please review - April.