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Once in a while, people push on to something better. Something found just beyond the pain of going it alone and just beyond the bravery and courage it takes to let someone in. Or to give someone a second chance. Something beyond the quiet persistence of a dream (One Tree Hill)
I knew Nathan had crossed species DNA, but knowing and see it; it's a whole different story. He didn't have a complete transformation, but his eyes were yellow, his veins… Catherine stayed behind, she had to call her work, and she had to call her insurance company. I called Jt and he helped me bring Nathan to the warehouse. Catherine protested a lot, saying that I should leave that she would call Nathan's friend to help her and take him back to his place. But my instincts were screaming to me, that was a bad idea, so after the earlier events Catherine and JT agreed.
We put him in the cage, the same place I was before JT and Catherine found Vanessa's note and created the serum. The weird and dangerous thing was that Nathan didn't change back. Two hours later, Catherine arrived at the warehouse and Nathan was still unconscious.
Catherine's heart was beating fast and I could tell she was running by adrenaline. "How is he?" She asked as soon as she put one feet in the house.
I was sitting on a chair in front of the cage I pointed with my head "He is still sleeping." But I wasn't read tfor what was about to come, when Catherine realized that Nathan was ina cage she got really mad.
"What the hell is wrong with you? You can't keep him in that!" she said dropping all the things she was holding in the floor.
"He is dangerous…he could have killed you." I said, she had to see that this was our only option.
"He would never hurt me." And the sure she had in her voice, hurt me a little. Don't ask me why, because I don't even know.
"Catherine" JT said in a calm voice. Really weird if you ask me "It's the only way. We are not treating him like an animal, but you have to be focus now. Something is really strange with him. It's been three hours since the transformation and he didn't change."
She sighed "Because is a fourty-eight hour transformation." Catherine explained "Nathan told me that after a few years his medication is not working that well, when he changed he doesn't have control of it anymore. Nathan thinks that his body succumbs with all that adrenaline and the transformation ends."
"So, we just have to tranq him the whole time and in two days he will be ok."
"We don't have all this time." Catherine murmured "Nathan's daughter was kidnapped and we have to turn him back as fast as we can."
"Excuse me?" JT said given a step forward to Catherine "Nathan has a daughter?"
"Sorry, I didn't tell you earlier. He just told me that. Tyler and David just agreed to let Nathan with me because they had to get busy. Artemis is their niece; they are after leads right now."
"Artemis? Really? And how in the world are we turning Nathan back?" JT asked confused, and I wasn't sure if it was because of Nathan's daughter name or the whole end the transformation sooner."
"Listen, we are really close to put Muirfield down. But everything stops until we bring Artemis back. He did a lot of sacrifices for his daughter, for me… and I won't let him lose anyone, are we clear? I don't know how, but I have a guess Nathan's friend, Michael, has something to do with it. Or he is dead. And at this point, dead is our best hope."
"What are you saying?" I asked "That means we are all in danger?"
Catherine shook his head. "No, you and JT are safe. I watched every move, every turn, before I got here. I even changed the bottles of Nathan's medication, just in case Tyler or David put a Gps on it. I got Heather's car and double checked, just in case."
I could tell she was a little offended, of course she wasn't going to risk JT and me. That was a stupid question. "So, what do you need? How can we help?" I asked.
"This won't be pretty. We have to inject him, with his medication…triple dose on his heart. He will be in a lot of pain, his body will fight the medication, and with some lucky in ten to twelve hours he will be ok. "
"Are you sure, you want to do this?" JT asked really concerned, Nathan was her best friend after all.
Catherine looked at him, "No, but every minute we wait, Artemis will be suffering. I have to do, what I have to do."
Catherine was right about things wouldn't be pretty. In the first hour we have to tie him up and put a rag in his mouth. He was in a lot of pain, and we couldn't do anything about it. Catherine really surprised me, I knew she had no fear of me, but seen her taking care of Nathan, brought things for a whole new level.
"I have to get in" she said when Nathan started to have seizures.
I grabbed her arm "You are not going in there." I said firmly.
"Let me go, Vincent." Catherine looked at my hand on her arm "Or I swear I will shoot you with the tranq." She continued and showed me the gun. I sighed defeated and let her go. If she knocked me out, I couldn't help her if something happened."
She opened the cage and held his head "its ok, Nathan. You are safe. Everything is going to be, ok." She murmured over and over again. Until his body, relax a little and he fall asleep again.
She looked exhausted, but I wouldn't dare to say she needed to rest. It's been three hours since we start to inject Nathan with his medication and for now, everything was calmer. He was asleep since the last section and I could see Catherine breath again.
I gave her a beer and I sat next to her "Thanks" she murmured and opened the bottle; taking a sip of the drink.
"How this all started anyway?" I had to ask, I had so many questions. JT had to leave for his classes, so, it was only her, me and an unconscious Nathan.
She looked at me in the eye "It wasn't supposed to happen; before we went talk to my father, David gave him his pills. I saw him taking them.
"Well, apparently he didn't" I said looking at him in the cage.
"Then he went to pick me up for work, he wanted to see Tess and see how much of Muirfield Evan was and…"She took a deep breath "Last thing I know Nathan was shaking and he was talking about his daughter, I was calling Tyler and David…you know the rest."
I nodded "Thank you, by the way." She said after a few seconds "I didn't have time to say earlier, but,thank you. At this point, you and JT are the only ones I can trust."
I took her hand in mine "I will always be there for you." I said and kissed her hand.
She gave me a sad smile "We have Muirfield's locations."
"What do you mean locations?" I was really confused.
"Five cities. We even had a plan, but now…I don't know."
A lot of things were running in my head "That's why you went talk to your father. He knew about it, right?"
She nodded "He has been working for Muirfield. They threat Heather and I. He claims, he didn't have a choice."
"Do you believe in him?"
She looked at me with sadness in her eyes "I don't know. But he gave us pretty good information; Tyler and David checked it seems legit."
Catherine got up and started to walk around the warehouse "So, what you have been doing?"
I shrugged "Besides missing you? Not much."
"Vincent!" she shook her head, she was about to say something when she noticed an open box near my bed. "What is all this?" she asked picking the box. Ops, she found my little secret.
I stood up and walked over to her, they were all things I had about her "The four page manifest you wrote for me, do you remember? The newspaper article about the night we first met…"
"When do you get this?" she asked showing me a picture of her.
"The flash mob…" I passed my hand through my hair "I asked one of those guys to take a picture of you."
It was a beautiful picture, she was smiling, her cheeks a little red for the cold and I could say for be a little embarrassed too.
She looked at me with so much emotion that I got lost in her eyes. She caressed my cheek and kissed me briefly. "The roots are still here, Vincent. It just takes time."
She said and gave a step back going back to Nathan. My heart was pounding in my chest and a smile came to my face. I put my hand on my mouth still feeling her lips on mine. 'It just takes time' she said and I will wait forever if I have to.
I took in my hands her letter and started to read for the twentieth time, or maybe more…I lost count. This letter was the final point; I knew I wanted to be in her life.
I'm not good with being vulnerable, this must be the closest and the first time in a long time, I let my walls down. There are a lot of things I want to say to you; a lot of things that I should have said or should have done, but nothing that matters, right now. I've been selfish and I didn't think about anyone but me, so for that I'm sorry.
Since the night my mother died, part of me died too. The Catherine Chandler that wanted so much to be a lawyer, since that day, no longer exists. I spent the last decade feeling guilty about her death, asking myself over and over again why I was saved… For months, I dealt with police, doctors, shrinks… but they couldn't give me answers; they couldn't make me feel better. I decided that I wasn't going to be a victim anymore, so that's why I decided to be a cop. I needed to know that my life was worth it.
For the last ten years, that was my focus, help as much people I can and maybe just maybe, one day, I could forgive myself. I don't think you know, but the only reason I was working in that bar in the first place, was because I refused to accept my father's help. I guess pride and stubbornness were already part of my personality. I lived for so long in a world about what if…these two words that separated don't mean anything, but together…they can hunt you for your whole life, that now, that I know the truth I couldn't think clear, you know. Everything I thought was true, everything I believed wasn't real.
I'm sorry I put you in danger; I'm sorry I gave Muirfield your DNA and alerted them about you. If I could go back and change everything, believe me I would.
I made a lot of mistakes in my life, but betraying you was one of the worst. I really wanted to be your friend but I guess is too late for that. I was too proud to realize that you wouldn't be living your life like this if you had another choice.
I was naïve. Thinking that I could take Muirfield down; thinking that I could get revenge for both of us and let you free. You deserve your life back Vincent, and I'm so sorry for making things more difficult to you.
I don't know where you are, or if JT are going to give this to you, but I promised that I won't tell anyone about you or JT. You are not a monster, Vincent. You didn't deserve what they did to you. I hope and pray that one day, you have your life back and if you need help, no matter where or when, you can count on me. Even if it's just to listen, I'm here for you.
Thank you for saving my life, thank you for protecting me not only that night. You are a good man Vincent, and I'm proud to know you. And I know wherever your parents are, they would be proud of you too.
PS: I gave your photo back to JT; I wish you could smile like that again.
I put the later back to the box and came back to Catherine and Nathan; she was caressing his face and he was starting to wake up. His heart was calming down but his eyes were still yellow. "Hey, buddy. How are you feeling?" She asked him when he opened his eyes.
"Thirsty" he murmured to her and I brought a glass of water.
He drank slowly and I could see he was still in pain. "You should get out of here" he said to her "It's almost over I can feel it, but before…"
"You are not going to hurt me." She said firmly.
"I'm sorry!" he murmured again "My daughter?"
"Tyler and David are after her, don't worry. And as soon as you get better we will find her, I promise."
He nodded and then he started to shake again I went over them, but I guess I just make everything worse. He started to change again "Go outside, he won't recognize you, Vincent."
"Catherine" I was worried about her.
"NOW!" she screamed "He sees you as threat he can feel your other side."
I got out of the cage, and I was jealous to tell the truth. Catherine had absolutely no fear, and I was used to see that just with me. Now I understand... that is who she is. She sees past the appearance, past the bullshit and sees peoples heart. And that just made me fall in love even more for her.
Thirty tortures minutes later Nathan went back to sleep, he was exhausted. Catherine had given him the last injection and she believed in a few hours he would be ok.
"How are you doing?" I asked when she came to sit next to me.
"I don't know. I just want this to be over. I want to believe this is the worst things can get, but I know we will have more. I wish I could talk to Tyler and David to know if they have any news.
"Why don't you call them?" I asked confused
"And risk they track my number? Haven't you noticed I came here without any cell phone?"
"You don't trust them, do you?"
She looked at me and interlocked our fingers "I can't risk losing you." She said to me.
I brought her closer and passed my arm around her shoulder "I love you, Catherine. And I will wait, but you have to know that you are the best thing that ever happened to me. Remember that letter you wrote for me?" she nodded "You said if you could go back and do things differently, you would." I sighed "But I wouldn't. I know it's selfish, but love you is the best feeling I ever had."
She rested her head in my chest and I hugged her tight then something came to my mind, something I've been keeping, planning to give to her for a very long time.
"I'll be back in a second." I said to her then ran upstairs, I looked at my draws and found under my clothes I little box with a necklace…something my mother gave to me before I went to Afghanistan.
When I came back I found Catherine in the same spot. Here it is… there was no going back. "Before I went to Afghanistan, my mom gave me this, she said I should give it for the woman of my life. The woman I wanted to spend my life with. Maybe you won't believe in me, but even back then, I never picture this necklace around Alex's neck. But when you walked up those stairs…" I pointed to them "You figure out who I was and then when you came back here even after seen me when I don't anyone to see me…I couldn't shake the feeling that this was waiting for you. I know I don't have much to offer and maybe you don't love me, maybe Nathan was right and deep down you love Evan, but I Love you Catherine and you are the only one for me."
I gave her the box and she opened, when she saw it, she looked at me immediately "Vincent, I can't accept it."
"Yes, you can." I said taking it from the box, putting the necklace on her. It was a silver necklace with a double angel wing on it.
When I was done, she looked at the necklace and held it with her hand. "Thank you. It's really beautiful."
"You are my angel." I said and caressed her cheek.
"So, Nathan was right. You heard all that."
I nodded "I needed to see you, Catherine. But don't get mad to JT, he doesn't even know I went out to see you."
She took a deep breath "Listen, I don't love Evan. I never did. The only reason I didn't use the tranq gun on you, was because, I couldn't…If I had shot you, the cops would find you and…I just…I can't."
I smiled she didn't have to continue "So, Evan is out of the picture, then?" I said caressing her face again.
She smiled for the first time today "He was never in the picture, in the first place."
I laid my head and searched her eyes asking for permission, when she closed her eyes, I ahd my answer so I captured her lips with mine. It was like it was just me and her in the world, but of course that feeling didn't take long. I reluctantly, I pulled away from her when I heard the noise "Nathan is awake and I guess he is totally human again." I said and she smiled.
I don't know what is going to happen, Catherine didn't talk much about their plane to take Muirfield, but one thing I'm sure, she is not going alone. Not this time.
Every once in a while people step up, they rise above themselves. Sometimes they surprise you, and sometimes they fall short. Life is funny sometimes, it can push pretty hard, but if you look close enough you find hope in the words of children, in the bars of a song and in the eyes of someone you love. And if you're lucky, and if you're the luckiest person on this entire planet, the person you love decides to love you back.(One Tree Hill)
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Anyone had a feeling that Catherine was keeping Vincent in the dark on purpose? Be ready for the game change in the next chapter...bring your scarves too, things will get BAD.
Oh and if you are curious about the necklace, I put the link on my profile account, ok?
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