When the Bough Breaks

Chapter 12

It was late and once again, Kensi and Deeks walked up to the house that belonged to Craig Cosgrove and his soon to be ex wife, then knocked twice on the door when the woman opened it up looking very cross as she spoke up asking, "Are the two of you in the habit of waking people up in the middle of the night, or do you just like annoying me? I told you before, I don't know where that lying, cheating scoundrel is."

Kensi answered curtly, "We are sorry again for the time, but we need to know if he has been in touch with you at all since we last spoke?"

"No, I haven't heard from him," she responded angrily. "Get out of here and don't ever come back."

"Please ma'am, it is very important," Deeks replied as he could tell that the woman wasn't telling the truth. "We have reason to believe that any day now, another government building will be bombed and finding your husband…"

She quickly interrupted, "My ex husband. He's no longer my husband. I should have thought that that was obvious."

Deeks nodded and answered, "I apologize. What I meant to say was that finding your ex might be the key to stopping the attack. Surely, you wouldn't want more innocent people to die, especially knowing that you could prevent it. Besides, when we do find him, we will arrest him and he'll end up in prison for the rest of his life, which won't be for very long."

"That does sound very appealing," Mrs. Cosgrove responded as she smiled smugly. "I don't know where he is, but he did call yesterday morning to apologize for working all through the night, but that he'd be home soon. I told him to go to hell. I finally told him that I knew all about his whores and his involvement in the bombing and that he was never to step foot inside my house ever again."

"You told him that we came by to question him about the attack on us?" Kensi asked worryingly.

The woman replied, "Yes, I didn't think it was a secret."

Kensi turned to her partner as she quickly said, "Now that Cosgrove knows we're really on to them, he'll have told Mikkelsen we're looking for them and they'll most likely move up their time table for whatever they've got planned."

"Someone has to know their whereabouts and where they plan to strike next," Deeks answered, still ignoring the woman standing before them inside the house.

"Well, maybe this is something," Kensi responded as she looked at her cell phone upon receiving a text. "I just got an urgent message from Nell. We need to get to the hospital. We're sorry to have trouble you, ma'am."

As the two agents left and quickly headed back to their car, Deeks spoke up again saying, "I hope this isn't the bad news we've all feared might happen."

Kensi replied, "Eric is going to be all right. He has to be. I'm not ready to lose another teammate."

Twenty-five minutes later…

"Hetty, Nell, is everything all right?" Callen quickly asked as he and Sam ran into the hospital wing until they came upon the two women and Nate, who were all standing outside Eric's room. "Is he…"

"Eric's fine, I mean… he… he… he's still alive," Nell stated nervously as Deeks and Kensi came running in behind the others. "He's fine. I'm sorry, that isn't why I asked you here. I got a text from Danny. He managed to scrape through the charring and found a finger print on the plastic. It was smudged, but he somehow pulled together a miracle that allowed him to discover one of the ones responsible for all this; a Neal Portman."

Deeks quickly said, "I knew that kid was a genius."

"Indeed he is, Mr. Deeks," Hetty answered as she looked between him and the other agents. "I made a few inquiries and managed to locate an address for our new suspect, as well as a local hangout which he frequents regularly, in case he isn't at home. I sent each of you his picture. Find him and question him about his business dealings, then get him to turn on his partners. Just do it fast."

"He's probably the bastard that provided the material for these bombs, however many there are," Sam responded. "Don't worry, we'll get him and then we'll nail the rest of them too."

Two and a half hours later, Callen, Sam, Kensi, and Deeks arrived at the bar Hetty told them about after not finding him at his apartment and as they parked outside of the place, Callen spoke up saying, "If he's in there, he'll probably start running as soon as he sees Sam and I walk in, especially once we identify ourselves as federal agents."

Kensi quickly adjusted her shirt to make herself look more appealing for their suspect as Deeks asked, "Whoa, uhh… what are you doing?"

"Grow up, Deeks," she quickly replied as she finished up and then got out of the car. "I'll go in there and make nice with him and then you three can play bad cops once I lure him out here."

"There can only be one bad cop, as well as one good cop," Deeks answered. "I don't think…"

As she started toward the bar, Kensi spoke through her earpiece as she responded, "Not today. Now, shut up and wait here for my signal to cut in."

Sam looked back at Deeks through the rearview mirror as he asked, "Why do you always have to question your partner's plans, Deeks? You know Kensi hates it when you do that."

"No she doesn't," he replied as he smiled. "She loves it. We joke around, just like you and, G here."

Callen shook his head as he said, "No way, you two act nothing like Sam and me. Kensi, acts like us. You act like nothing more than an overgrown, horny teenager and it's really annoying."

Sam laughed and then upon hearing Kensi start speaking to someone inside, he stated, "It sounds like our guy is in there. We've finally gotten the lead we've been waiting for."

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