The Final Months

Gone

"Maia!" Everyone in the vicinity turned to watch him run down the steps, "Maia, stop!"

"Bosco!" Faith grabbed his arm, stopping him midway down the stairs.

"Not now."

"Bosco stop!" She stepped around and stood in front of him. He stopped watching Maia going in the direction of the women's washroom.

"Come here," Faith dragged him into another one of the rooms where they could talk.

"What's wrong, what happened?"

"Faith, it's my fault, what am I talking about, it's Maritza's fault, it's her fault." Bosco leaned over the table.

"Everything's Cruz's fault Bosco, what'd she do now?"

"It's her fault that all of this happened to us, to Maia. She was the one who wanted to take that car out, she wanted to stop it."

"When was this?" Faith sat on the corner of the table.

"A few months ago, that accident when Alex died."

"The one with the hopped up car in the intersection?"

"That guy's wife died when the car exploded, he lost his wife and the baby she was carrying."

"Jesus, he's looking for retribution?"

"And Maia was his first chance at it."

"Bosco, I'm sorry I didn't…" As soon as Maritza stepped in the door, Bosco took her by the collar and threw her up against the wall."

"Bosco!" Faith tried to stop him.

"Son of a bitch, she could have died because of you!" He choked her with his forearm.

"Bosco, let go of her!" Faith pulled on his arm.

"They could have both died!"

"Boz, I'm sorry!" Maritza stifled out.

"Stop it!" Faith finally pushed him off of her and Cruze fell to her feet, rubbing her neck.

"I should have never listened to you, trying to run that car off the road!" Bosco kicked one of the chairs over.

"We're going to catch this guy Bosco, every cop in the precinct is looking for him.

"She won't even talk to me, I mean she didn't talk to me before, but that was because she was in shock!" He yelled at Cruze.

"This is still all very fresh to her Bosco, I mean she was in a coma for three weeks, she missed her own daughter's birth." Faith crossed her arms.

"We have to find this jagoff Faith; I can't let him get to my family again."

"We'll get him Boz, don't worry," Faith put a hand on his shoulder.

"I have some research to do, I'm going to get to it," Maritza backed out of the room.

"I still can't believe that any of this is happening to you Boz, you don't deserve any of it."

:Faith, I never thought I'd b in a situation like this, four years ago I never thought I'd be getting married or have a kid but I do, and now all I can think about is keeping them safe," he shook his head.

"It's called having a family Bosco, you're a father and soon to be a husband. You've been with this girl for almost four years, that's definitely a lifetime record for you." Faith laughed quietly. "You love her, and you love your daughter, and you want to protect them, it's only natural that you'd want to do that. I'd feel the same way if it was any of my family."

"I've never felt so helpless."

"We will get him."

"I'll kill him if I find him first Faith, I swear to God, I'm gonna kill him," Bosco shook his head.

"Just think about taking care of them now." Faith got up from the table. "Where is she anyway?"

"She's downstairs, I hope, waiting for me."

"I think she should be cooled down by now, why don't you go see how she is, and try not to be so worked up around her, she's stressed out as it is, and you have to be strong for her."

"Thanks Faith."

"I'll go see how she is first, where did you say she went?"

"To the bathroom I think, but do you really think she's still going to be in there?"

"Boz, she's upset, she's been crying, she needed privacy that the first place a girl goes." Bosco held the door for Faith as she exited the room first. Bosco waited at the front desk while Faith went into look for Maia. Less than ten seconds later, she came back out.

"Bosco, there's no one in here," Faith shook her head holding the door behind her.

"What?" Bosco rushed passed and into the washroom ad back out.

"Chief, did you see where Maia went?"

"Not since the interrogation."

"Damn it, Faith?" Bosco turned to her. They looked around the station meeting back at the front desk after not finding her.

"Maybe she went home, call the apartment." Bosco reached over the front desk and grabbed the phone. Quickly he dialed the apartment. It rang a few times before his mother answered.

"What did you forget," she chuckled into the phone.

"What? Ma, what are you talking about?"

"I told her you guys would probably forget something. What is it, more diapers, her hat?"

"Ma, where's Maia?" Bosco became more and more worried.

"I thought she was with you, she said you were downstairs," the anxiety had transferred to his mother.

"Wait, where's Lilly?"

"She said you wanted to show her off to the guys at the station, that you would be out for a couple of hours so she asked me to help pack some things before she got here. Maurice, what's going on?"

"Maia's gone Ma, I'm still here at the house."

"Oh God," he could tell his mother was pacing about. "Honey I'm sorry, I thought…"

"How long ago did she leave?"

"Maybe ten minutes ago, she just came, packed some extra stuff and left."

"Okay, Ma, stay there, if you hear from her,"

"I'll call you sweetheart, I promise. Maurice I'm sorry," she apologized again.

"It's all right Ma, you just call me if you hear anything."

"I love you sweetheart."

"I love you too Ma." Bosco hung up the phone.

"She got Lilly?" Faith gathered from the one side of the conversation that she heard.

"Why would she leave?" Bosco yelled running towards the locker room.

"Give me your bank cards," Faith stopped him before he reached the door.

"Why?"

"I'm going to run them, see if she's going to use it." Bosco took out his wallet and threw her the card before running back to the locker room. Quickly he opened his locker and grabbed his gun, loading it and putting it in the side holster under his jacket.

"We need help chief," Faith asked Swarsky. He was reluctant at first but finally complied.

"Okay, you can take two cars, but only for a couple of hours," he pointed at her.

"Thanks chief," Bosco came out of the locker room quickly. "You ready?" She turned to him.

"I thought you were going to run the cards?"

"I'll do it from the car."

"Fine, let's go," he nodded to the chief and left with Faith.

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