Ronnie was the first of them to go and see Kate when they were aloud. She was in a room on her own somewhere in intensive care. The doctors had said it was now a question on when she woke up. Ronnie opened the door to see the young woman in the bed in the middle of the room, a single strand of blonde hair had fallen in front of her eyes. She had a bruise to the side of her head and the surgery that had been done on her chest obviously couldn't be seen. The monitor to the right side of her measured her heart rate, it was a steady beat as he sat in the chair beside her bed.
"I dunno lov'..." He sighed shaking his head slightly. "What with you and Jake in here and Sam and Henry going mad out there I don't know how I'm going to cope..." He took her hand, it was cold, like ice, he held it for a second. "We've all seen the CCTV footage..we know what Jake tried to do for you...what he did. The car that hit you hit your side more, if it hadn't been for Jake you'd be in a lot worse a condition now..."
He smiled slightly, he'd always hoped there was something between Kate and Jake but at that moment he wasn't sure.
"Hang in their kiddo, you and Jake will be back at the CPS arguing over nothing before you know it..." He stayed with for a further ten minutes or so, as long as he could bear before standing. He sighed, this was all wrong.
Sam hung up the phone, for the past ten minutes he'd been speaking to Wes who had been trying to find out what happened. The driver of the car that had crashed into them had vanished not long after the crash. They hadn't a clue who it was.
"The doctor says Jake should be out of surgery in about an hour or so..." Ronnie said walking over to him, Henry had gone to see Kate by this point.
"Is he going to be ok?" Sam asked; he may not always see eye to eye with Jake (but then again who did) but he was his friend.
"They told me we should hope for the best...like they keep saying he was worse off than Kate was, meaning the time it will take him to wake up might be longer..."
"He will wake up though?"
"You know we can't be certain of that..." Ronnie sighed. "For neither of them."
Sam nodded, he hadn't wanted to admit it yet. "I just don't get why any of this has happened...we all know it wasn't an accident."
"Any news on the driver?"
"No," he shook his head "he fled the car after he crashed it, no prints, nothing, they're starting the investigation in the morning. Who would want to kill them though? Was this meant for both of them or just one?"
"Too many unanswered questions Sammy." Ronnie sat down in one of the chairs in the waiting room. "And as for the 'who would want to kill them' question about half of the murderers and psychos they've sent down would be at the top of my list right now..."
Sam gave a small laugh before sitting down beside Ronnie "When we catch the guy who did this, and we will catch him, I'd like a word..."
Henry thought for a moment, unsure on what he was meant to say to Kate. He wasn't used to seeing her look vulnerable at all, he didn't like it. He wanted her to sit up and laugh saying that her and Jake must have had him going this time, that it had all been a very early April fools, but of cause, that wasn't going to happen. This was all very real.
He was still in some what a state of shock over what had happened. Both of his 'children' were fighting for their lives whilst he had to just sit there waiting? There was nothing he could do. What if the person who had done this had been someone who didn't like a result of one of their cases? That would be his fault, he chose their cases, told them whether to accept the plea or not.
The guilt weighed a ton on his shoulders as he looked a the young woman again, a machine helping her breathe, a black clip on her finger checking her pulse. She had no relatives who would worry or care about her, in some way it made him relived he didn't have to look her parents int he eye and tell them their little girl was in ICU but it also made him angry that they just didn't care about her. The people she considered family was him, Jake, Ronnie, Sam and the others, that's all she needed, all either needed.
Henry left Kate's room and rejoined the other two; Ronnie was sat in one chair whereas Sam had fallen asleep in another. Henry checked the time on his phone before rubbing his eyes.
"Do you want to go home?" Ronnie suggested. "I'll stay here and wait till Jake comes out of surgery..."
Henry was about to reply when Sam suddenly woke up and scratched the back fo his neck trying to pretend that he hadn't been asleep. "What's 'appening?" he asked.
"You two are going home..." he gave them both a simple smile. "no point all three of us staying here...I'll call you if theres any news or change..."
"you sure?" Henry yawned.
"Go on, mush, the both of ya..."
Henry and Sam nodded seeing sense and left the room leaving Ronnie alone with his thoughts. The last time he'd seen Kate and Jake had been earlier that morning when they'd come to help with a suspect and Jake had thrown a file at Kate so she'd threatened to thrown her coffee at him. He smiled, he hoped that wasn't the last time he'd hear their arguing...