Surviving the Storm

AN: This Drabble series takes place around the time that Cole went undercover to take down the drug suppliers. Cole was killed while he was in jail by the dirty cop on Mayor Lowell's orders.

A: Apologize

John knocked on Marty's door wishing that he didn't have to be there. He wished that he had gotten to Cole in time. How was he going to tell the woman that he loved that her son was dead because of him? He hated delivering news like this, but Marty deserved to hear the truth from him.

"John, I'm so glad to see you. I was just going to call you and see if you wanted to have dinner with me."

"Marty, we need to talk."

"What's wrong John?"

"I'm sorry, there's no easy way to say this, but something happened to Cole tonight."

"What happened?"

"Cole was shot tonight."

"Is he in the hospital? Where is he?" Marty asked.

"I'm sorry, Marty. He was already dead by the time that I got there."

"You bastard... You promised me that you would keep him safe," Marty said as she hit John in the chest over and over again until she collapsed in his arms.

John held her in his arms as she cried. He apologized over and over again, but he knew that an apology would never be enough. Cole was dead because he hadn't gotten to him in time. How could he expect Marty to ever forgive him when he couldn't forgive himself?