A/N: After centuries of waiting … here comes chapter IV. 😀 Love you all!
Tagline: “One day I fell asleep, and I never woke up.”
Jo found herself outside of Abe’s shop. The front door had the glass broken, wrapping foil clumsily stapled in its stead and glass shards all over the floor at the entrance, something definitely happened. She took a look inside but the lights were off, she decided to try and knock, maybe someone was home.
Before her knuckles hit the wooden door, Abe’s car parked behind her. The engine’s sound died and the passenger door opened to reveal a very alive and very surprised Henry Morgan. On the backseat she could see Lucas, he asked Abe something then nodded after the older man answered him, she could not make out what they were saying, but she was convinced she could see a tint of worry on Lucas’ face. Jo turned her face towards Henry, and she either was hallucinating or he looked like he shaved, had a shower and slept for 2 days all in the span of 2 hours. What the hell?
Henry looked at her and could feel his throat dry and rough as sand paper. He could barely open his mouth to ask her what she was doing there.
“Someone called, saying that you have been shot.”, she clarified still staring at him and not understanding how could he look so fresh when she sent him home for looking like a homeless person.
Henry’s heart jumped in his throat. Closed his eyes, and gathered the strength to fake a smile.
“That must’ve been lovely Miss Erskine from across the street. She’s 86, her eyesight is not so good anymore. She must’ve seen me fall while I tried to lock the door, I tripped, broke the window, fell and bumped my head on the table. Abe and Lucas took me to the emergency room to check for a concussion.”
Jo stared at him, it made sense; still … why were all the glass shards on the inside of the shop? Why was this feeling so much as another lie? But he couldn’t have been shot … he was alive, wasn’t he?
“Are you ok?”, she forced after a few moments of awkward silence.
“Yes. I’m fine. I didn’t even get a bump. Do you want to come in?”
“No … thanks. I should head back to the station.”
“Thank you for coming, even if it was a false alarm.”
“Just doing my job. See you tomorrow.”, she said pressing her lips tightly together.
“Good night, Detective.”
Lucas couldn’t wrap his head around what just happened. He still asked himself if it was true. But it was, he saw it with his own eyes.
“If this is all true … then… Oh. My. God!” he was very close to fangirling, he was sure of it, but he just couldn’t contain himself.
“Lucas!”, Henry cut him off.
“But, this is frickin’ amazing! Medical examiner by day, immortal vigilante by night.” he hand gestured an invisible cape covering his face.
“Lucas…” , Henry tried once more but realized it was useless. His young assistant was way too excited to be stopped. “Just … please, don’t tell anyone.”
“Of course I won’t. What kind of a friend do you think I am? I’ll be the Robin to your Batman.”
Henry shook his head but smiled. Lucas’ reaction was kind of endearing if he thought of it.
“Does Jo know?”
“Uh…no, not exactly.”
“Not exactly? Do you mean I know before she does…man she’s gonna be pissed.”
“Not really, I tried to tell her, it didn’t go as planned and … she thinks I’m the worst liar in the world.”
“Ohh, so that’s why she’s mad at you.”
“Just please … don’t tell her.” Henry pleaded once more.
“Are you mad? If she’s that angry at you for trying to tell her … I don’t even want to think what would happen to me.”
Henry rolled his eyes. Lucas was a bit overexcited, but he was a good man, and a good … friend. Yes, definitely a good friend.
The situation was quite ridiculous, really. And the fact that it interfered with their work made it even more so. Everybody in the station began to notice the tension between them and their concentration was diminished as well. Jo didn’t manage to close an eye all night thinking about what actually happened the day before, but the more she thought about it the less sense it made. So she decided she will just dismiss it all, everything that ever happened in the last few months since she found that darn photo. No … better … she’ll just dismiss it all, push Henry Morgan out of her life, which turned out to be simpler than she imagined since he kept his distance. In the next week and a half, the two barely exchanged hello and goodbyes, Jo decided to move on so she started dating again. And Henry knew because he saw her with the man on one of their going out nights, one that he cut short. Jo moved on…and so should he.
On a Friday evening, as he was preparing to leave home, Henry received one of the strangest visits. Mr. Aubrey Griffin entered his morgue at 8 PM sharp that day.
“Mr. Griffin … to what do I owe this pleasure?” Henry’s surprised voice began “I thought you never went out.”
“Oh this is a special occasion, Dr. Morgan.” the man replied with a smile on his lips.
A/N: So this is chapter 4. Hope you liked it. Chapter 5 will be up soon, working on it right now, it will be longer and probably the last one of this story. I feel like it’s getting cheesy. Is it cheesy?