The Final Months


It wasn't long before there was a knock on the hospital room door. As the door opened, Maia sat up to see who it was.

"Hi Maia," Maritza stepped through the door. Maia said nothing as Cruz stepped closer. "It's good to see that you're awake, I'm sorry about what happened."

"Thanks," Maia replied quietly.

"Listen, I've been working non-stop on your case for Boscorelli, since he's been spending most of his time here with you. But we haven't been able to find much on this guy and what we do find leads us nowhere." Maia sat and watched as she spoke with her hand in her pocket. "So I was just wondering since you're awake now, if you…"

"I don't," Maia looked down at her hands in her lap.

"I mean, do you remember anything? I know this must be hard for you but I need your help."

"I don't remember okay, just leave me alone."

"Well did you get a look at the guy, maybe a glimpse?" Maia shut her eyes remembering him over her, before snatching up his mask and leaving.


"Well did you see how tall he was, what colour he was, was he Black, White, Hispanic, Asian?"

"Leave me alone," she rolled over on her side.

"Maia, anything!" Maritza almost sounded desparate.

"Cruz, what are you doing?" Bosco stormed into the room.

"Bosco I was just trying to get some information to help out with the case." Maritza backed away from the bed as Bosco neared it.

"Honey, are you okay?" He reached for her but she pulled away. "Baby, please."

"Just leave me alone!" She yelled pushing him away and wiping her tears.

"How did you even know she was awake?" Bosco started in on Cruz.

"It came over the radio, I was in the car. Dispatch told everyone in the house. I just wanted to see…"

"No, you're not allowed to do anything all right? I want you out of here now Maritza," Bosco pushed her out of the room.

"All right, all right." Cruz put up her hands backing way once she was fully out of the room.

"No, it's not all right Maritza; you're always stepping over the goddamned line, especially when it comes to my family. You know, what is it with you, why are you so intent on making me and my family miserable!"

"Bosco, it's not…"

"It's not what?" He looked back a Maia before backing Cruz out of the room and into the hallway. "You know," he lowered his voice. "Sometimes, just sometimes, I don't know what I ever saw in you before." He glared at her. "You've changed.""

"Bosco…" Maritza look almost hurt at his harsh comment.

"You know what; I don't want to hear it. Just get the hell outta here, and don't bother coming back either." He pointed behind her.

"All right." Cruz backed away from him and further into the hall.

"I don't wanna see you back here Cruz, if she has anything to say, she'll tell me, I'm still a cop remember?" Maritza turned around and walked away quietly. Bosco watched her leave, shaking her head. Talking a deep breath he turned back into the room towards the bed where Maia was curled up facing him.

"You okay baby?" He knelt down beside the bed just below her eye level. Maia said nothing but stared off beside him. "Maia, baby? I have to ask, I know it's hard but I want to make that son of a bitch who…"

"Maurice," Maia looked down at him finally, "I just want to go home, to my bed, with my daughter."

"I know baby, I know," he carefully and slowly reached up his hand and stroked her hair. He said nothing when he allowed him without any apparent anxiety.

"I just want to go home." Bosco leaned in and kissed her forehead gently.

"Maybe after your x-ray tomorrow. The doctors want you to stay here so they can make sure you're okay."

"Where's Lilly?" Is she okay?" She suddenly looked down at him worriedly.

"She's okay, she's fine." Bosco rubbed her hand. She closed her eyes and lay on her back, shaking her head with her hand on her face.

"I don't want this anymore, I want him in my head anymore. I don't want any of it anymore." Bosco could feel his heart clenching inside his chest. All he could do was keep a hold on her hand in his.

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