One Way Or Another

Chapter 42

08/30/2005 Same Day 9:30PM-10:00PM

Chapter Forty-Two

"Jackie? Me and Ally are going to head down to the lake to check on things. We'll be right back." John said quietly to his older sister, as Ally walked over to where he stood in the cabin's kitchen.

Jackie was back to sitting at the kitchen table after Nick had refused to let her feed him anything. That had made her angry so she had stormed out of the bedroom. She looked up now as her brother spoke to her.

"You're coming back, right?" She asked her eyes overly bright and not settling for too long on anything.

"Of course we are honey. We helped you get Nicky and we won't leave you alone now. Promise." Ally crooned to her sister. "We'll just be gone a few minutes."

"Alright, I'll wait for you to get back." She smiled up at them. "I'll just wait for you…" Her voice trailed off as she returned her gaze to the closed bedroom door where Nick was.

Ally looked at John who returned her look. She's beginning to lose touch here, she thought. "Jackie honey, did you take your pills with dinner that I set out for you?" Ally asked her, nervously chewing at her bottom lip.

"Hmmm?" The woman seemed to think about that for a few minutes. "I think so; the 2 white ones… unless I forgot…"

"Okay; well, we'll be right back and then I'll make sure you get them." Ally replied. She whispered to John, "Maybe we should give her some of the sedative you got for Nick. Let her sleep tonight and get her back on her meds in the morning."

"Yeah. Let's do the walk through and when we get back, I'll do it." John answered as the two walked out the back door of the cabin.


Reilly, Catherine and Sara moved quietly along the north side of the cabin towards the rear and arrived in time to see John and Ally exit the back of the cabin. They watched as the two walked down a path towards the lake swinging a flashlight in the waning light of the early evening.

"If they're gone, maybe that means Jackie's the only one left in the cabin with Nick." Catherine said. "What do you want to do now?" She asked Reilly.

"Do you think you two can follow them and keep an eye on them while I get Nick?" She asked.

"Yes; we can do that." Catherine looked at Sara who nodded in agreement. "Reilly, just remember to-" Catherine started.

"Be careful!" Reilly finished for her. "I will – I promise." She smiled at the two women.

"Good." Catherine smiled at her, as she moved to follow Sara down the path Ally and John had just taken.


Jackie sat quietly drumming her fingers on the tabletop continuously when she suddenly stopped realizing what she was doing. She was having a moment of semi-clarity. She needed to go to Nick; she sensed he needed her.

She rose from the table and walked into the bedroom just as Reilly quietly opened the back door of the cabin and slipped into the kitchen. She was in time to see Jackie closing the bedroom behind her. Reilly looked around the cabin keeping her gun aimed out in front of her as she swept the room. Slowly she headed for the bedroom door.


Jackie saw that Nick was lying there with his eyes closed. She knew he wasn't sleeping and she began to get angry at him for refusing her, for hating her and for ignoring her presence now. She'd only loved Nick since the first time that she'd seen him and she now realized he hated her.

She walked over to stand over him. She reached into the pocket of her jeans and pulled out the syringe John had given her. It was time for her Nicky to love only her.

She stood there debating what to say to him when his eyes suddenly flew open. That startled her and she wasn't expecting to see the intensely pure hatred in his eyes. She knew he hated her but she was still shocked as she met his gaze. She didn't realize what she doing until she heard her.

"Don't do that Jackie." The voice was low and quiet and… and so soothing.

Jackie realized she was holding the syringe above her head ready to stab Nick with it. "I know your voice." She said turning to look at the woman standing in the doorway. "I've heard you before. You have the voice of an angel; my angel." Jackie smiled at the woman. "You took care of me in the hospital."

Nick turned to see Reilly standing in the doorway. He saw the gun in her left hand hanging down at her side. Reilly looked at Nick, but didn't say anything to him. He let out a huge sigh as he realized Reilly had found him. He closed his eyes and thanked God.

"Jackie sweetie." Reilly crooned to the woman. She used her most soothing motherly voice and tried to convince the woman she was a friend. "I'm here to help you, Jackie."


Brass couldn't seem to get his car to move any faster over the road in the fast fading daylight. He was still a good ten minutes out and he was worried as hell. Warrick sat next to him and he'd been trying to reach both Reilly and Catherine on their cells alternating between the two, but he wasn't getting either of them. They were still out of range.

"Still nothing Brass." Warrick said shaking his head as he met Brass' eyes. "We need to hurry."

"No shit. I can't make this car go any faster than I already am. We'll get there Warrick, we'll get there." Brass said as he looked in his rear view mirror at the parade of vehicles he was leading to wherever Reilly had went in search of Nick. Grissom was behind them riding shotgun with Detective Vega.

Brass turned his attention back to the stretch of road in front of him. "Damn it." He muttered under his breath as he pushed the gas pedal all the way to the floor and mentally tried urging his cruiser forward on momentum alone.

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