30 chapters in, and I still don't own the characters!
Heidi stood rooted to the spot, fear keeping her legs from moving. In the back of her mind she wondered where Patrick had gotten the gun, but knowing that family, she figured that anything was possible.
Patrick's hands shook as he held the gun on her. The judge had ducked under his desk, the bailiff motioning him to get down. The guard that was supposed to be watching the side door was nowhere in sight, Heidi realized. That must have been where he had gotten the gun. She could see Peter smirking from behind his son.
Heidi lifted her hands in a gesture of surrender and kept them about chest level. "I'm sorry Patrick, but your brother was sick. In his mind, if he couldn't have me, no one could. But that didn't stop him from hurting me."
"You hurt me." Patrick took a step further. "You took my mother and brother from me."
Heidi's breath caught in her throat. "I know that you think that and you are entitled to grieve in whatever way makes it easier for you. But I am not the one that pulled the trigger, on either your mother or your brother." Heidi kept her tone soft and non judgemental. She knew that he was probably just as sick as his brother was.
"You don't know anything!" Patrick shouted. "You don't know what it is like to have your brother and mother die within a short period of time."
Heidi sighed. "Actually, I do know something about that." Heidi stepped forward. "I lost both of my parents at the same time, when I was 18 years old. It was just me and my sister, but even she and I have parted ways. We don't see each other. So really, I have lost most of my family too."
Dean and Jordan were still in the back of the room, afraid that any movement would cause Patrick to fire the weapon. They were both too busy staring at Heidi and Patrick to figure out what they should do next. Dean was watching Patrick, but even more specifically, Peter.
"She's lying to you son, she's a witch." Peter rose. He pointed an accusing finger at her. "She's the problem. She bewitched my son."
Heidi just shook her head sadly. "I did nothing of the sort. But we are not going through all this again. I've said all I have to say on that matter." Heidi lowered her hands to her sides. "Patrick, you know that this isn't going to end well for you, right? You should give the gun back to the guard that you got it from and resign yourself to fact that you are going to be in jail for a while." Or a really good mental facility, Heidi thought to herself.
Patrick shook his head frantically. "No, never!"
Heidi smiled at him sadly. "You loved your brother and mother very much, Patrick. I believe that. But you need to be brought to justice for what you had a hand in. I know that Elizabeth was the mastermind behind the whole thing, but you still did her bidding."
Patrick stepped closer to Heidi, his hand shaking and slowly beginning to lower. But it wasn't lowered for long. He whirled around, firing a shot directly at his father, killing him instantly.
Heidi gasped as she watched Patrick do something she never thought that he would do. The last shot fired from the gun echoed through the court room, and all her training had not prepared her for what he did.
Patrick's body dropped to the floor, his blood spraying onto Heidi. She rushed forward, hoping that there was something that she could do, but upon seeing him, she knew that anything she tried to do would be futile.
She could feel a hand on her shoulder, and knew instantly that it was Jordan. She stood and turned.
Jordan wordlessly drew her against his chest and just let her cry. Heidi could feel Dean's gaze on her, but she didn't dare look at him right away.
Cops and guards rushed around them, evacuating the courtroom as fast as possible.
Heidi could sense the people rushing around her, but most of all could sense Jordan holding her and Dean standing just behind him in silent comfort. She buried her head deeper in Jordan's chest and let herself cry a little.
Jordan rubbed circles on her back, whispering sweet words to her.
As there were witnesses as to what happened, there wasn't too much that Heidi was needed for. Soon they were able to leave. The police knew where to reach them if they were needed for anything.
Jordan pulled out of the embrace just to wrap an arm around her shoulder, guiding her out of the courtroom. Dean walked beside them, the three of them silent.
Heidi sighed as cameras and microphones were shoved in her face, but the three of them stood strong and silent together, walking to Jordan's bright green car.
Heidi leaned her head back against the seat as they drove away. "It's over. It is truly over this time." Heidi sighed. "No more having to look over my shoulder."
Jordan patted her knee. "Yeah. It's done."
Five minutes after they had left the court, Dean's phone rang. "Hi honey." He smiled. "We're okay. Yes she's fine. Lara-" Dean was fighting to get a word in edgewise. "Lara… Here, you talk to Heidi." Jordan passed the phone over to Heidi and watched as she smiled a little.
"Thanks Lara. We're all okay. It was in the top three of my worst experiences, but I'm a survivor." Heidi smiled. "Love you too."
Jordan smiled. "Let's get you home."
Heidi shook her head. "No. I want to be with my family. I can shower and change at HQ."
"Okay." Jordan shrugged. He would do whatever she wanted.
It wasn't long before they were at the HQ. Heidi slipped out of the passenger seat and looked down at her clothing. It was all beyond ruined. Patrick's blood, among other things, was all over her.
Vince came running out to greet her, stopping in his tracks. He took in Heidi's somewhat dishevelled appearance and sighed. "Heidi-ho. I am so sorry you had to see that."
Heidi smiled shakily. "Me too, thanks Vince."
Lachie stood behind Vince and watched Dean and Jordan step out of the vehicle. They both looked exhausted. He turned his attention to Heidi. "You okay, Heidi?"
"Yeah, I just want a shower and then food. In that order." Heidi shouldered past them and walked towards the showers. Lara had gotten Heidi's change of clothing ready and was waiting with them by the showers.
"Thanks Lara, you are a life saver." Heidi kissed her friend's cheek.
"I'll keep the guys out of here for as long as you need, okay?" Lara walked away, rushing towards Dean. Heidi watched as Dean wrapped Lara up in a big hug before heading for the showers. Suddenly, she just wanted to be alone.
Heidi let the hot spray ease her tight muscles. She sighed, watching the water turn red at the bottom of the shower. Soon enough, the water was running clear once again and Heidi began to feel clean.
"Heidi?" Jordan's voice cut through her thoughts. "Are you okay? You've been in there for a while." He stepped up to the barrier.
Heidi nodded, tears pooling in her eyes. Part of what she felt was relief, part of it sadness. She shut the water off and Jordan handed her a towel. "Sorry for worrying you Jordan, I just… I needed to feel clean again."
Jordan nodded. "I can understand that."
When Heidi emerged clothed, she wrapped her arms around Jordan and hugged him fiercely. "Thank you for being there Jordan. You have been my rock throughout all of this."
Jordan kissed the top of her head. "I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else. When you hurt, I hurt. When you're scared, I'm scared for you. I…"
Heidi chuckled. "I love you too." She pulled out of his embrace. "Let's go eat with the gang."
Jordan smiled. The old Heidi was back.