The Fall Chapter 14
Sheldon had decided to make an unexpected visit to see his parents. He felt he needed to see them, talk to them and to apologize for being such a disappointment and a failure. His mother looked confused and puzzled as he bared his soul holding back tears for an unknown offense. She’d always been proud of her only child and she’d told him as much numerous times. Yet, he felt compelled to tell her how much he loved her for everything she’d done for him while he still had a chance. Not knowing what had really brought him by she simply pulled him into a warm embrace and held him tight against her bosom.
Now he was back at his tiny apartment that he shared with his best friend and while he climbed the steps he prayed that Evan would be as understanding as his mother had been minutes ago.
Then he heard the shots, one, two then three and for a moment he was frozen, his hand hovering just over the rusty doorknob that led inside. The hurried steps prompted his fight or flight instinct and without further pause he fled toward the janitor’s closet nearby.
“Oh my god! Oh my god!” He whispered to himself as the footsteps passed him disappearing down the stairway.
When he was certain that it was safe he inched the door open and after looking from side to side down the hallway he hurried from his hiding place and ran for dear life toward his apartment.
“Evan?” He whispered as he pushed the door open and stepped inside.
He saw the blood so much blood. A shiny crimson pool growing beneath the head of his best friend was the first thing that caught his eye.
Even now he couldn’t remember how he’d managed to get to his friend’s still body. He hated the sight of blood but his dislike of blood never crossed his mind as he dropped to his knees hysterically pleading for the young man to wake up.
“NO! I’m so sorry! God, forgive me! Please forgive me! I should have listened to you, I should have…”
“Sheldon?” The voice was like a whisper.
Sheldon slowly lifted his head to look into his friend’s eyes. Quickly he wiped the tears from his face and plastered on an unconvincing smile as his friend stared confused back at him.
“Hey, Darren you’re awake.”
“Where did you go? I called your name three times. Are you okay?”
“Me, sure I’m fine. I should be asking you that. You scared the crap out of me.”
“I’m sorry, man. I didn’t mean to make you worry.” Derek pulled himself up in bed. “I need your help.”
“Of course, anything.”
“Does Savannah know I’m here? No one will tell me where she is.”
Sheldon was at a loss and he didn’t know what to say. How would he begin to tell him that his life with Savannah was all a lie?”
“Savannah…she’s been arrested.”
“What? Arrested, why? There must be some mistake.”
Derek threw the sheets off of his body and began to get out of bed. Sheldon stood and made a feeble attempt to stop him.
“Darren, listen to me. You need to stay in bed until the doctors say it’s okay for you to leave.”
Derek began looking around the room for his clothes getting more and more frantic by the moment.
“Where are my clothes? I need my clothes!”
“Darren, man please…”
Sheldon put his hands on his shoulders to keep him still but Derek pulled away.
“Now let’s have some fun!”
“No! I need to get out of here. This isn’t right, it’s not right! I need to get out of here and you need to help me, please!”
“I need to hear you tell me your name.”
“The best way for me to help you is to make sure you’re okay! Now please get back in bed!”
Derek began to pace the room running his hands over his head and neck, pacing and pacing back and forth.
“I keep having these dreams…I don’t know what’s going on! Everything…all these crazy thoughts…I just want to go home, you know? I just want to go home.”
“What’s your name? Tell me, what is your name?”
“Where is Savannah? Why isn’t she here?”
“I just told you, she’s been arrested.”
“All I have to do is say the word and she’s dead! Do you want that?”
“No! No, don’t hurt her, please!”
Sheldon watched as Derek became more and more emotional. He’d never seen him like this before. He’d always been calm, unusually calm but now the person in front of him was literally falling apart before his eyes.
“Darren, please come sit down, okay? We’ll get to the bottom of this, everything, I promise. You need to let the doctors help you.”
“But I don’t understand, I don’t understand…why am I here? I need to see Savannah she’ll know what to do. She always knows what to do.”
Penelope had taken the doctor’s advice and her friends’ insistence and had gone back to the hotel to get some rest. Now she was back and ready to see her husband. She wasn’t sure what she would find or what she would say to the man who now only saw her as a stranger.
Sheldon watched Derek gasping and he was beginning to have difficulty breathing.
“Darren, are you okay?”
“Where is she? Why…why isn’t she here?”
“I’m calling the nurse, okay? Just stay calm!”
“I want to go home! I –I can’t breathe…”
Sheldon rushed to the bed grabbing the call button pushing it frantically. As he turned back he saw Derek’s knees buckle.
Penelope saw the commotion as she rounded the corner. She clearly saw the two men through the window and something was wrong terribly wrong.
Derek began falling to the floor. Luckily Sheldon managed to get to him before his head hit the floor. Sheldon could feel himself begin to panic as he carefully laid Derek on the floor.
Penelope began to run toward the room. She could hear footsteps behind her but she didn’t look back as she stepped into the room.
“Oh my god, what happened?”
“I don’t know! I don’t know! He just started getting really upset!
The nurses ran into the room and rushed over to their patient.
“Then he started saying he couldn’t breathe! Then he collapsed!”
The nurses pushed Penelope and Sheldon out of the way just before Derek began convulsing on the floor.
“Get them out of here! NOW!”
“Derek! Baby, hold on! What’s wrong with him!”
“Ma’am, please let us help him!”
Sheldon pulled Penelope from the room as one of the nurses called for a doctor and more help.
Penelope screamed and pleaded for the nurses to help her husband as he continued to convulse against the cold tile.
“COLD BLUE! COLD BLUE ROOM 418!”
Although it had only been about thirty minutes, it felt like hours as Penelope and Sheldon watched helplessly from the hallway. The staff had managed to get Derek back in bed and stabilized.
“Doctor, how is he?” Penelope asked.
Dr. Flores stepped out of the room and ran his hands over his face and neck trying to find a way to truthfully answer her question.
“We managed to get him stabilized but we just don’t know enough about what he was given. So until we do, we’re just fighting fires here. What I do know is that his heart cannot take the stress. Whatever he was given before he was brought in was very potent.”
“Is there anything we can do?”
“Yes, find out who did this and get them to talk!”
Then without another word Dr. Flores made his way down the hallway.
Prescott Hotel –
Hamilton checked his watch. It was up to him now Savannah and Marcos were sitting behind bars. He was certain that they’d never betray him but the same couldn’t be said for Derek Morgan. He’d already missed his morning tea and without it the memories of his past would begin to resurface. He was the only witness, the only one who could tell what he and Savannah had done. Even with the safeguards in place it would be only a matter of time before the truth would flood to the surface.
The man had been strong, a formidable opponent. He had to admire his stamina his determination and if he’d learned anything from his time with the FBI agent it was that he was not a man to be taken for granted. He fought, he fought hard and Hamilton knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that deep down he was still fighting to come back…to go home and fighting to stay alive.