Hey all sorry for the delay. This one usually takes longer to update because it’s not pre written so The muse needs to be inspired for me to update.
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After parade Monday morning, Gail and Andy were on the phones contacting family members of the victims and finding out there last known addresses to see if they could find a connection between them. The blonde had just finished talking to the first family, she hated doing this stuff, the families had already been notified by local officers but then they had to call and bring up more of it by asking questions about the person they’d just lost. She grabbed her ‘Dad’ mug from her desk and headed to the break room. She was midway through making her tea when she felt someone behind her “Hey” Holly’s voice said in her ear.
She smiled and turned around “Hi” she wasn’t usually one for PDAs but after talking to that poor woman’s family she needed her girlfriend, she gave her a kiss and slipped her arms around her neck “The courier sick again?” She asked jokingly.
Holly grinned as she wrapped her arms around the police officers waist “No” she gave the blonde another kiss, her smile fell “I just finished that boys autopsy”
"I’m sorry" Gail said understanding why the brunette had come, she needed her lover to help her through it.
They stood holding each other for a minute, Holly spoke first “My lawyer called this morning”
"And?" The blonde asked "Tea?" She offered the brunette.
Holly pulled away so she could make the tea and nodded, she leaned against the bench “After going over everything he thinks we have a pretty good chance of being granted custody” Gail glanced over with a grin on her face “the only thing is the amount of time it could take to find her aunt, he did make a suggestion about that, I wanted to talk to you before going ahead with it though”
"What is it?" The blonde asked handing her the tea.
"We hire a private detective to find her and any other possible family then give their contact information to child services, it means maybe we can make this go a little faster for her and also shows that we care enough about her well being to find her family, even if it could mean we don’t end up adopting her" Holly explained.
Gail leaned on the bench right next to her “What do you think?” She asked, taking her free hand in her own.
"I think it’s a good idea, my lawyer will organise it if we decide to do it, I said we’d get in contact tomorrow to give him an answer" the brunette moved in front of her girlfriend "What about you?"
Gail leaned forward and gave her a kiss “I think anything that gets her settled into a permanent home quicker can only be a good thing, even if it’s not our home”
Holly took a sip of the tea “So do you want to think about it or do I give him the go ahead to get started?”
"How much is this gonna cost though?" The blonde asked looking at her.
"Doesn’t matter" the brunette muttered into her mug "it will be taken care of"
Gail put her mug down and moved in front of Holly “No, how much?”
"I didn’t get a definite number, it all depends on how long it all takes, just please let me take care of it, I want to do this for us" she put her mug down and took the blondes other hand "Let me do it for Sophie"
The mention of the young girl almost convinced her to let Holly do it “Hol, this is because of me, it shouldn’t come from you…” Gail leaned forward and rested her head on the brunette’s chest “It’s going to be in the thousands isn’t it?”
Holly dropped the blondes hands and put them on her cheeks, tugging her head up so she could look at her “More than likely yea, but this little girl is worth it” she brushed her thumb over her lips “You’re worth it” she gave her a soft kiss, and smiled at her “if it makes you feel better you can pay for half the utilities at the house”
Gail put her hands on Holly’s hips “I had every intention of doing that anyway”
"Let me do it" the brunette whispered, resting her forehead on her girlfriends.
The blonde sighed “Alright” she gave in “On one condition, Friday, you and me have a date”
Holly gave her a lopsided smile “A date huh?”
Gail’s arms slid around her waist as the brunette’s went over her shoulders “Yes a date”
"Ok" Holly said and went in for a kiss, the blonde met her halfway, as their lips met Gail instantly went to deepen it but was stopped by someone clearing their throat.
They both looked up to see Oliver with a smile on his face “Peck I’m all for having good relations with our forensic pathologist, I think you’re taking it a bit too far there” he walked over near them to make coffee.
The blonde blushed and pulled back, not completely releasing her she slid her hand into Holly’s and liked their fingers “Come on, I’m sure we can find a free interrogation room” she dragged the brunette to the door with her.
"Nice to see you Holly" Oliver said.
"You too" Holly said back with a smile, as they left.
"I need to get back to the lab, Honey" Holly said running her hands up and down the blondes back, inside the shirt of her uniform.
"I know" Gail mumbled into her neck as she kissed it "I should get back to work too" the brunette tilted her head up and captured her lips.
The blonde was sitting on the table in the interrogation viewing room with her lover between her legs, after being interrupted by Oliver they’d found the nearest empty room, Gail’s hands went to Holly’s belt buckle and the brunette broke the kiss “Gail” she said warning her and grabbing her hands.
"You promised" the blonde pouted.
Holly slid her hand into Gail’s linking their fingers “I did, didn’t I?” The brunette let her hands go gave her a sultry look, grabbed her by her belt and tugged her hips forward, she was undoing the belt when, Holly’s phone interrupted her. She sighed and pulled it out of her pocket “Sorry, it’s the lab” She said, she gave her lover one last kiss and pulled away “Dr Stewart” she answered.
Gail stayed sitting on the table, she took a deep breath trying to calm down, did up her shirt and tucked it back in.
"Where?" The brunette asked the person on the phone "are they sure?"
The blonde frowned at her, Holly put her finger up as to tell her to wait a second “Get a full team ready, I’ll be there in about 10 minutes” she hung the phone up “They think they might have…”
Gail’s phone interrupted the brunette, she pulled it out, it was Traci, she silenced it “found a new dump site” she finished for her.
"Yea" Holly said with a sigh "Now I really have to go, I’m sorry" she stepped back between the blondes legs her hands resting on them "I’ll call my lawyer and tell him to get started with the private investigator"
"Are you sure, I can help you pay for it?" Gail asked.
"I’m very sure, I wanna do this for us" the brunette put her hand on her cheek, she gave her a kiss "Be safe, will I see you out there?"
"Yea, I better go they’ll be running out of here"
Holly stepped back and Gail slid off the table “I love you” the brunette said as they walked out.
"I love you too" the blonde said and took off jogging down the hallway to get ready.
"Six bodies?" Traci asked Holly as the two detectives walked up. Gail and Andy went to question the hikers that found the first body.
"Yes" the brunette said from her squatted position on the ground "From what I’ve seen so far it’s the same as the other ones, I’ll need to get them back to the lab to confirm and to give you any more than that of course"
"Anything standing out?" Sam asked.
Holly looked up at him “Not yet, the most recent body has been here for at least six months, with that amount of decomposition, as I just said to you, I’ll need them at the lab before anything will stand out” she snapped.
Gail looked over at her girlfriend from her spot a few metres away, the brunette was always very professional, she was surprised by it “Excuse me a second” she walked up to the three. “Everything ok?” She asked. Holly looked up at her, she could tell by the look in her eye she was still stuck on her feelings about the teenager “Detective Nash, can I have a word?” The blonde said and stepped away.
"Gail?" She asked
"Don’t push her, she did that boys autopsy this morning" she said quickly "She’s pretty messed up about it"
Traci nodded “I get it, I read the report from 27 this morning, you get her first impressions, I’ll get Sam away”
Once Sam and Traci moved to the hikers, Holly stood up to move to the next body “You shouldn’t have done that” she said to her girlfriend.
"Swarek is an ass at the best of times" Gail said following her.
"It’s not very professional though" the brunette said squatting next to the next body.
"I only asked my friend to give my girlfriend some space to do her job, that’s all" the blonde explained.
Holly leaned closer the remains in front of her “I would say these are laid out in order of death, that one” she pointed to the first one she looked at “has been there about a month less than this one”
Gail noted it “Anything else?”
"Nothing that stands out" she stood again "I don’t need you to tell them to lay off I’m a grown up I can handle my own shit" she sounded angry.
"Baby I wasn’t…"
Holly didn’t let her finish “Officer Peck, I’ll arrange my team to get the bodies to the morgue” she closed, what Gail called her lunchbox, and pulled off her gloves “I need to get back” she walked past the blonde to where all the cars were parked.
"Holly" Gail said but she ignored her "Damn it" she said and kicked the ground.
"You piss her of some more?" Traci asked.
"I don’t think I helped at all" the blonde said as she watched her girlfriend peel away in her SUV.
"Isn’t that your car?" The detective asked.
As Andy drove them back to the station, Gail tried to call Holly about five times, the last time she left a message, then once they were back at the station she sent a text offering to bring over lunch, she got a quick answer saying, she already got lunch and probably would be at the lab all night processing the six new bodies.
The blonde threw her phone on the table “Fuck” she said to herself.
"Well that’s not the same happy Peck I saw with her girlfriend this morning" Oliver said, sitting on the corner of the desk.
"Bloody women" Gail said looking up at him.
"Buy me lunch" he said.
Within ten minutes the were sitting in Oliver’s squad eating pizza “You should have just left it alone” he said once she explained everything “She feels like you told everyone she’s weak”
"I only wanted to help"
"You’re a woman yourself, in this profession your still considered lesser in the eyes of the old boys, she feels like you pointed out her weakness" he took another piece of pizza "How would you feel if she came and told everyone to back off cos she’s worried about you with the whole Perrick thing?"
"Oh" Gail said getting it "Crap, I fucked up didn’t I?"
"A little, give her a few hours, go over after shift and crawl on your belly" he said.
Gail sent her texts over the next few hours, nothing heavy just asking how she is, she got no answers, which in itself, wasn’t unusual considering she had six autopsies to do. Once she was off shift she changed and headed out “Hey” she said as she ran into Traci.
"You fix things with Holly?" She asked.
"On my way to do it now"
"Good" the detective said and went, Gail pulled a face at her and left.
When Gail arrived at the morgue, Holly was doing one of the autopsies, she came in and sat down quietly at the nearby desk, the brunette looked at her and went back to her work. After about an hour she was done, she shut off the recording device and pulled off her gloves. She zipped the body back up to preserve the evidence and leaned on the table “How was the rest of your shift?” She asked her arms crossed.
"I spent it calling family members, we did get one thing though, so far they all stayed at the same boarding house" She stood up "Traci and Sam are heading over to check it out"
"That’s good, nothing really new here, yet, I’ve done 3 of the 6 autopsies and so far it’s been consistent with the other women"
Gail came and stood in front of Holly, she rested her hands on her girlfriends hips “How are you doing?” She asked.
The brunette pushed off the table, pushing the blonde back and walked away from her “I’m fine, I really don’t need you to look after my delicate sensibilities” she moved the trolley over to put the body away.
"Holly" Gail said following her "I didn’t mean it like that, I just.."
"I don’t really want to discuss it right now" Holly interrupted her as she pulled the body back onto the drawer and closed it "I have another three autopsies to do before I come home"
As she went to open the next drawer, Gail came up behind her, resting her hands on her hips again “Holly…” She said and turned her “Please, I’m sorry I didn’t mean to make you feel that way, I just wanted him to back off”
Holly looked at her “I’m just angry that you felt the need to tell them about…”
"I didn’t, I asked Traci to get him to back off, it’s not your fault they can’t find a lead, you’ve done more than anyone" Gail explained.
The brunette sighed “I know what you meant to do” she put her hands on the blondes shoulders “I get it, I’m angry because you pointed out a weakness to them”
"I’m sorry" Gail’s head dropped forward "What can I do?"
Holly kissed her head “Honestly, just let me do the autopsies, give me some time to myself, we can talk when I get home”
The blonde looked up “But…”
The brunette silenced her with a kiss, she slid her hands on her cheeks and deepened it, her tongue brushed Gail’s drawing it into action, as they kissed their tongues duelled as the blonde arms wrapped around Holly tugging her body to hers.
Gail reluctantly pulled back “Are we ok?” She asked.
"We are good, I’m still just a little mad at you, I want to get these done, if I’m alone I’ll work quicker to get done, call your friends, go to the Penny" she gave her a kiss "I’ll see you later at home, then you can make it up to me "
"I am sorry baby" the blonde rested her forehead on Holly’s
"I know you are love, I just need some time, I’ll be home in a few hours ok, go have fun with your friends"
Gail called Oliver in the cab on the way to the Penny, he, Traci, Dov, Sam and Andy were already there.
"Peck" Oliver said meeting her at the bar "I need you to help me beat Epstein at pool" she threw back the tequila shot she’d bought and picked up her beer and followed.
Holly finished the last autopsy and put the body away, she’d found a few new things she would need to report to the detectives, she sat in front of the computer and set up the note taker to load onto the computer. She started clearing up her desk when she noticed her phone, she hadn’t thought about it since she turned it onto silent when she was angry with Gail earlier. She picked it up, there were a few calls and texts from before she’d spoken to the blonde and sent her off with her friends. There were about 10 texts from the last few hours, starting with ‘Just got to the Penny, the guys are here, wish you were, love you don’t work too hard. G oxox’ she could tell her girlfriend was drinking as the spelling became awful ‘baby, cum to tha peny, need yor brain 4 trivia’ then a few seconds later there was ‘Luv u’ there were a few in between, quoting songs and complaining that Chloe had turned up, the last one worried her slightly ‘Hol, m sorry plz don b agry wit me anymr, don wana loose u’. She’d known when she said to Gail she needed a bit of time it upset the blonde but she’d also said they were ok, figuring the alcohol must be exacerbating her girlfriends fears, she quickly packed up, she was just about to leave to go find her when her phone rang “Gail?” She said after seeing the number.
"It’s Oliver" he said, Holly could hear the bar noises in the back ground.
"Is she ok?" The brunette asked, she grabbed her bag, briefcase and forensic kit, turned of the lights and headed out.
"She’s ok physically, I think, she’s had a lot to drink" she heard Gail’s voice yelling something garbled in the background.
"Whose she yelling at?"
"You sit down and shut up" he said obviously to the blonde "You’re in enough trouble" he sighed "She got in a fight with an officer at 27, she over heard him talking about you" there was another yell from Gail "Shut up" Oliver said again "Can you get down here and take her home before she gets arrested or beaten up?"
Holly got in the car “I’ll be there in ten”
"Thanks, I’ll be the one stopping her from hurting herself"
Holly walked in the Penny, she saw Gail straight away, Oliver was standing between her and a man about the blondes height with a smirk on his face “Hey” she said walking up to them.
"Baby" Gail said almost launching herself at the brunette, luckily she’d been ready for it and managed to steady her "Tell this dopey fuck over here that he hasn’t got a chance in hell of ‘turning’ you" she gave air quotes on turning, releasing Holly to do so and nearly fell over "and that were committed to each other"
The brunette steadied her and looked at the guy “You really think I’d go straight for you when I get to go home with her every night?” She pulled the blonde against her and kissed her hard, woof whistles, clapping and shouts of approval rang out, Holly broke the kiss “No fucking way and if I hear any gossip about me or my girlfriend having anything to do with you, running through the department, I’ll have you up on slander charges so fast your head will spin” she slid her hand into Gail’s and took her outside amid a mass of cheers.
Oliver followed them out “You ok?” He asked.
They both looked at the swaying blonde “I need to get her home before she gets sick”
"Do you need a hand?" He offered.
"No, we’ve been here before, I’ll be ok" the brunette said.
Oliver kissed her cheek “Look after her”
"I always do" Holly said.
"Come on" Holly said "Wake up Hun" she said standing on the passenger side of the car, trying to wake the snoring blonde "You know when I said go and have fun, I didn’t mean go and get wasted and try to get in a fight"
"He said he wanted to try and…" Gail sat up suddenly "I don’t feel good" The brunette helped her out of the car and into the house, they’d only just made the downstairs bathroom when the blondes stomach decided to empty, Holly rubbed her back as she vomited. When Gail slumped against the wall, the brunette flushed the toilet, grabbed a washcloth and cleaned her face up "I’m sorry" she said hoarsely then swallowed.
"Apologise tomorrow when you’re sober" Holly said "Do you think you can make it upstairs or do we need a bucket?"
"Bucket" the blonde said breathing deeply trying to get rid of the nausea.
The brunette kissed her head “I’ll be back in a minute, just try not to miss the toilet” Gail nodded as she left, she was five steps away when she heard the blonde heave again. She felt a little to blame for her predicament, had she let her stay at the morgue and talk about things, she wouldn’t be sick right now but then it was self inflicted too. By the time she returned with the bucket Gail’s head was still over the toilet “You doing ok?” She asked squatting down next to her.
"Peachy" the blonde groaned, she looked up at Holly "I didn’t mean to make you angry today" she said, she moved away from the toilet, leaning on the wall again.
The brunette flushed the toilet “I know, come on, let’s get you cleaned up and to bed”
After one more session over the toilet, Holly had Gail tucked in bed, towel under her head, bucket on the floor on a towel next to her and she was fast asleep. The brunette changed and slipped into bed next to her. She watched her for an hour of so to make sure her stomach was done, once she was sure she let herself drift off.
"Get up" Holly said flinging the blankets off Gail "Your due at parade in an hour and a half, there is coffee downstairs"
"I’m calling in sick" the blonde groaned blindly reaching for the blankets. Her head under the pillow.
"Not when half the division saw you drinking yourself under the table at the Penny you’re not, you’re going in, telling Frank your hung over and doing desk duty" the brunette lifted the pillow up "I’ve told you before, no sympathy for self inflicted wounds"
Gail looked up at her “You’re mean”
"Yea well last night wasn’t exactly a picnic for me" she said dumping the pillow on the blondes face and started getting her clothes ready "I’m going in the shower" she said heading to their bathroom.
"Can I come?" Gail said half sitting up.
"No" Holly said and closed the door, locking it.
The blonde flopped back on the bed “Owww” she whined as her head pounded, she had a lot of crawling to do.
Gail was on the front desk, she’d been assigned it once she’d told Best she was hung over, all he’d done was shake his head, put her on front desk and assign Nick to the serial case for the day, the only reason she was to go near the case was for a briefing with the forensic team that afternoon before shift ended. It was about 5pm when Holly appeared in front of her “Hey” she said.
Gail looked up at her with a smile “Hey” she buzzed her in and stood up to greet her.
"You feeling ok?" the brunette said as the blonde took her hand, the woman in front of her looked pale.
"Just got a headache that’s all" Gail said "I’ll get Best to replace me, everyone’s in the parade room"
"Thanks" Holly said giving her hand a squeeze, she went to release her but the blonde tugged her back, she gave her a peck on the lips then headed for Frank’s office, leaving the slightly stunned brunette there. After a second she shook off the shock of the public kiss and headed to the briefing.
When the blonde came in, Holly was standing in front of the three other officers involved with the case with Oliver, Nick and Frank also sitting in, once Gail was seated she started to talk “I’ve performed the six autopsies and compared them against missing persons reports, I got five positive IDs and one currently pending, again there is no pattern in the body type, the killing method is consistent with the others, there was something that stood out on two of the later bodies that could be of use, because these bodies weren’t as decomposed as the others it is possible to see the ligature marks from where they were tied up, from the small fibres I was able to pull it looks like it was some type of electrical cord or electrician wire”
"So our guy could be an electrician?" Sam asked.
"It’s possible" Holly agreed "I was also able to pull DNA from the sexual assault it’s currently being processed, it should be ready for comparison by tomorrow morning"
"We’ll see if it’s in the system but I doubt it" Traci said "we’ve had trouble even getting leads on this guy, now we’ve got the other IDs we’ll contact the local departments to do the death notices and then see if we can make a connection with the same boarding house"
"How did it go when you went out there?" Frank asked.
"It’s run by a little old lady but she does have a list of people who come in to do maintenance, cleaning etc I’m going over tomorrow morning to pick up the list" Sam explained.
"I’ve had a call from upstairs" Frank said "The FBI have been in contact about the two Americans that were killed, they’re happy for us to work the case unless there’s another one, then they will want to be involved"
"The five I’ve ID’ed are Canadian, I’m fairly certain the last one is too" Holly stated.
"Should we be checking all missing persons reports from the ages of these women?" Gail asked "Maybe try and get him before we find another dump site full of bodies?" Six sets of eyes landed on the blonde, mostly dumbfounded that no one had suggested it before, Holly just smiled at her.
"That’s a good suggestion Peck" Frank said with a smile, he turned to Sam "Do a country wide search on the missing persons database, this guy might be getting them in Toronto but only one was from here, even if you have to contact every single one of them we need to try and stop this guy"
They talked for another 20 minutes or so when they’d finished, Gail went over to Holly “Can I get a ride back with you?”
"You off shift?" The brunette asked as she put away her papers.
"Yea, and I pissed off my beautiful girlfriend yesterday then puked everywhere last night and I’m hoping while she finishes at work, I can get myself organised so I can make it up to her tonight?" She said leaning on the desk behind her.
Holly quirked an eyebrow “I guess I could let you drive me back, I’ve only got a report to do, should be done by 7, can you pick me up then?”
"Yes ma’am" Gail said, she walked up to her girlfriend intending on kissing her.
Before she could Frank’s voice interrupted her “Peck, can I have a word?”
The blonde turned “Sure” she said, she turned back to Holly “Give me five” the brunette nodded, she gave her a quick peck and went to follow Sergeant Best.
"Have a seat" Frank said as he sat at his desk.
"Is there a problem?" Gail asked not sitting.
"No, no problem quite the opposite actually, I wanted to ask you if your applying for the detective rotation this year?"
The blonde sat down “I wasn’t planning on it this year, I’ve got a few things I want to do personally first and I don’t want that to interfere with work, if and when I do decide to apply”
The Sergeant smiled at her “I’m proud of you for wanting to get things sorted first and just so you know, this didn’t come from your mother, your work on the serial case has been very good and I just wanted to offer you the chance to apply”
"Thank you sir" Gail said standing.
"Your off shift, go, have a good evening with your girl"
"Everything okay?" Holly asked, she was sitting at Gail’s desk clutching her files when she came back.
"All good" she grabbed the brunette’s hand and tugged her up "Come on, I’ll get my crap so we can get outta here"
After Gail dropped Holly back at the morgue and headed out. The brunette got to work on the report she needed to finish, it was the suicide of the boy, she didn’t get to finish it yesterday due to the dump site being discovered. She was finished and proof reading it through when there was a knock on the door, thinking it was Gail coming back early she just called “Come in” without looking up.
"Hols?" A male voice said
"Matt?" The brunette said her head shooting up.
"Hey big sis" her brother said leaning on the doorway with a smile.
Holly jumped up from her seat and threw herself at him “What are you doing here?” She said into his shoulder as they hugged.
"Well Mom called and said you’d met the one so I figured it was time I paid my sister a visit to meet this woman whose stolen her heart, plus I have a few days off and haven’t been back up here for a while"
"Did you stop at the house?" The brunette asked as she pulled away going back to her seat, wondering if he’d already met her girlfriend.
"No I figured I’d try here first" then he grinned "Is she at your place?"
"Our place" Holly muttered looking down, blushing.
"Wow my sisters u-hauling it, never thought I’d see the day"
The brunette picked up an empty take away cup and threw it at him, he caught it easily, then tossed it in a nearby bin “So are you staying with us”
"I booked into a hotel for tonight, just in case I was interrupting something, plus I love you Hol, but hearing you and your girl going at it, not really something I need"
She rolled her eyes “She got drunk last night and puked everywhere so she’s crawling at the moment so I think your visit couldn’t be better timed” Holly said with a smirk.
Matt shook his head with a smile “Okay I’ll stay at the hotel tonight, then I’ll stay in your downstairs spare room if that’s ok?” He smirked then added “little more sound proof down there”
The brunette shook her head but understood, they were both fairly loud when it came to the physical side of their relationship “I’d better give her a heads up, she’s suppose to be making up for what happened last night, I’ll let her off the hook and we’ll go out”
"It wasn’t my intention to get in the way, sorry, the days off came up and it’s been a while since we’ve hung out" he hopped up on the autopsy table in the room.
"Did you see Jill?" Holly asked as she pulled her phone out of her pocket.
"Nope, I’ll stop in to see the girls on the way back, problem is to do that I have to see her too"
The brunette sighed “You shouldn’t really let my issues with her and that asshat she married influence your relationship with her” before he could speak Holly put the phone to her ear and put her finger up telling him to wait a sec “Hey Hun” she said when the blonde answered.
"Your not suppose to be done yet" Gail said sounding panicked.
She chuckled “I’m just letting you know my brothers turned up so I thought we might go out for dinner with him, he’s got a hotel room for tonight then he’ll be staying with us until…” She looked at him.
"I’ll head back Saturday if that’s okay" Matt answered.
"Oh" the blonde said, then sighed "I’ll have to move our reservations for our date on Friday night to Saturday but yea no problem now I can stop trying to destroy the kitchen cooking for you" she said sounding relieved.
"You made reservations?" Holly asked smiling she hadn’t expected that.
"Of course" Gail said "I want to take you out on a date, we haven’t done it since we got back together and I agreed I owe you a few dates so leave Saturday night to me"
The brunette could tell the blonde really wanted to do it, so she left it alone “Okay, so I’ll get Matt to bring me home in about ten and then what do you think, head to the Penny for dinner?”
"You still punishing me for last night?" The blonde asked teasingly.
"Of course" Holly said "I’ll see you soon"
"I love you" Gail said.
"I love you too"
They said good bye and the brunette looked at her brother who was smirking “Oh shut up”
"We’re home" Holly called out as they walked in.
"Hey" Gail called from upstairs "I’ll be five minutes"
The brunette grinned at her brother “There is soda or beer in the fridge and you know where the TV is”
He saluted her and looked in the fridge.
Holly walked up the stairs “Hey you” she said coming in and finding the blonde sitting on the bed, tying up the laces on her boots. She moved over and squatted in front of her.
"Hey" Gail said she sat up and put her hand on Holly’s cheek, she gave her a kiss.
The brunette looked at her girlfriends face, she was a lot paler than usual and she looked exhausted “Are feeling ok?” She asked going to feel her forehead.
"Just a headache" Gail said taking her hand before she could feel it and kissing it "I haven’t eaten today, the toast and coffee I had this morning made a reappearance after you dropped me off so I kinda avoided everything"
Holly sighed “Honey, you’re dehydrated and your sugar level is probably bottoming out, let me change and we’ll go get some dinner, I won’t even subject you to the Penny” she stood and squeezed her hand “Lay down for a minute, I think there’s a sports drink in the fridge, that will help with the headache and hold you over till we can get some food in you” she disappeared as the blonde laid down closing her eyes.
When Holly returned, she got her to sit up, opened the drink and handed it to her “I don’t like these” she said grimacing at the flavour.
"Drink" the brunette said from the closet "it will help"
Gail drank it as Holly moved around her getting ready, after about ten minutes the brunette was ready. “You look beautiful” the blonde said looking up at her as she came to a stop in front of her.
"I’m only wearing jeans and a hoodie" the brunette said with a smile.
Gail stood up and pulled her against her “No matter what you wear, you’ll always be beautiful” she gave her a soft kiss.
Holly moved her arms up around the blondes neck “I’m thinking it’s a good thing my brothers staying at a hotel tonight” she ran her hand through the back of Gail’s hair and noticed the heat there “Gail, you’re really hot” she said.
The blonde gave her a lazy smile “thanks”
"No I mean you have a fever" she felt the sides of her neck and forehead again "Crap, you’re burning up" she sat her back on the bed, as she did Gail coughed her chest rattling "Oh sweetheart, why didn’t you tell me you were sick"
"The cough only started this afternoon" the blonde explained "I wanted to make up for yesterday and we were having dinner with your brother"
"You are going to bed, I’ll call out for dinner for us, Matt will understand" Holly said.
"No, Hol I’m fine, we can go" she stood up and back into the brunettes arms "I just need a coat" she said shivering.
"Bed now" Holly said she pulled Gail’s sweater off over her head then proceeded to change her "I’ll go get you some aspirin then I’ll pop out to the pharmacy and go get us some food" she said putting her into bed.
"I’m sorry" the blonde said as she snuggled into the blankets, she coughed again.
"It’s okay" the brunette said kissing her forehead "I’ll call Trisha and put off our Sophie visit tomorrow until your better, we don’t want her getting sick too"
Gail agreed with a nod. Holly grabbed the aspirin from the bathroom and gave some to her sick girlfriend, then kissed her head “I’ll be as quick as I can, call my phone if you need me” she said and headed downstairs.
"Gail’s sick" she said walking in the sitting room where her brother was watching tv.
He looked up “Hung over sick or sick sick?” He asked.
"I thought it was hung over sick until I realised she had a fever and she coughed sounding like a lung was trying to escape"
"Nice visual sis" he said.
"I’m going to the pharmacy and to get dinner wanna come?"
When they came back Gail was out cold, Holly called Traci explaining that she was fairly certain the blonde had the flu and probably wouldn’t be in for the rest of the week. The detective told her she’d take care if things with Frank and said she would drop some of her Moms chicken soup in tomorrow.
Holly and Matt sat at the kitchen bench eating the Chinese they bought “So what did Mom have to say about Gail?” The brunette asked as they ate.
Her brother swallowed “She really likes her, thinks she’s good for you, just worried she’ll hurt you”
He played with his food for a second “Jill called me not long after Mom went home, seems the girls and Dad talked about you and Gail a lot”
"Oh yea, what did she have to say?" Holly asked as she took another mouthful.
"Pretty much the usual, she doesn’t understand why your wasting your time pretending to be gay and that you should just get over this phase and get married to a man"
"Why so I can be as happy as her?" She asked sarcastically.
"We both know she only stays with that ass for the money" Matthew said "she told us both that" he kept playing with his food "I kinda blew up at her" he said looking at his dinner.
"I ran into an old friend of mine, remember the Thompson’s over the road when we were kids, I was friends with the brother and Jill was best friends with the sister?" Holly nodded "It turns out our sister dear had been telling people she’s the one who dragged me to rehab, was there every visit day and went to every Narcotics Anonymous meeting with me for the first six months"
"WHAT?" The brunette yelled then covered her mouth, hoping she didn’t disturb Gail "You have got to be kidding me, she only turned up to the family meeting where you made amens for the things you did and that’s only so she could look like the victim"
"I know Hol, you were there every day they would let you" he said putting his hand on hers "That’s why I blew my top, that’s why I didn’t stop on my way up and I probably won’t stop on my way back"
"Am I interrupting?" Gail croaked from the bottom of the stairs.
"No" Holly said getting up and going over "Come on, I got you some soup"
She sat the blonde in the seat next to hers “Matthew this is Gail, this is my brother Matt” she said introducing them.
"Nice to meet the girl who charmed my Mom and Dad" he said with the smile "I did think you’d look a little better though"
Gail looked at him then at Holly “You’re like a male version of Holly” she said then put her hand over her mouth and blushed as well as a sick person could.
"It’s okay" the brunette said rubbing her hands up and down Gail’s arms as she stood behind her "We get it a lot"
"It’s funny cos Jill looks nothing like us, she’s more like the sperm donors side of the family" Matt said. The blonde coughed and Holly rubbed her back "She’s right you do sound like a lung is trying to escape"
Gail turned to look at Holly “Gee thanks”
The brunette kissed her temple “It’s an accurate description” she said and set about getting her soup ready.
"So you’re a cop?" He asked.
"Yea" the blonde said as Holly placed a mug of tea in front of her, she held it "what about you? Did you do years of study like your nerdy sister?"
"No, it seems that big sis over here was the only really smart one in the family" Gail knew this wasn’t true Holly had explained that they’d all been in accelerated classes at school, drugs had gotten in Matthew’s way and the ass of a husband had stopped Jill from wanting doing anything with her brain "A few years back I discovered I have a passion for cooking and food, I work at a five star restaurant in Niagra as head chef, if I ever get up the money, I’ll buy it one day or open my own"
Once Holly had given her girlfriend her soup they’d sat talking for a little while, Gail got about halfway through the soup and leaned on the brunette, her eyes closed “I can’t eat anymore” she whispered.
Holly put her hand up the back of her pyjama top, her skin was hot “You’re still pretty feverish” she said kissing her head.
Matt smiled watching his sister, he could tell she really loved this woman “I’m gonna take off” he said “Let you take care of her” he stood and went over kissing Holly’s head and ruffling Gail’s hair, she tried in vain to hit his hand away “I’ll call you tomorrow, work out when to come over”
"Good night" the brunette said, Gail mumbled much the same.
When he was gone, Holly turned to her sick love “Back to bed”
Once the brunette put Gail to bed, she gave her cold and flu tablets and cuddled with her until she fell asleep. Then went down stairs to clean up. She quickly washed up and headed upstairs to bed herself.
It was around four in the morning when she was woken by the sound of vomiting, Gail’s fever had spiked and as a result she’d rolled over and vomited in her sleep, luckily only onto the floor where Holly had laid a towel the night before and neglected to pick it up. The brunette got out of bed and grabbed the bucket from the bathroom managing to catch the second purge of the blondes stomach “Gail baby come on” she said trying to wake the trembling, puking blonde.
"Hol?" She croaked leaning over the bucket "What…?" She asked groggily once she was done.
"You’re fever’s up honey, we need to get you in the bath, you think you can manage it?"
Gail nodded, Holly helped her up and to the bathroom, she sat her on the toilet while the bath was running, trembling, holding the bucket then quickly ran the towel from the floor, down to the laundry and put it in some soapy water to soak.
When she got back to the bathroom, her now bright red and slightly green looking lover was leaning against the wall with her eyes closed, she grabbed the thermometer from the draws in the bathroom, she put it in her ear and pressed the button “106 damn” she said “I’m sorry I have to do this” she started unbuttoning the pyjamas and pulled them off Gail’s shoulders she just groaned. Once she had her stripped down she walked her to the bath, the blonde put on leg in and pulled it out shivering worse
"It’s cold" she said leaning into Holly.
"It’s only just warm, you need to cool down Hun, it’s either this or I take you to the hospital" the brunette threatened, she knew her lover hated hospitals.
Gail settled into the bath, shivering, Holly sat with her next to the bath, watching the flush start to recede in her. She took her temperature a few times once it reached 100, she helped her out of the bath, put her in clean clothes and organised her back to bed “Everything hurts” the blonde complained once she was in bed.
"I know" the brunette said, she gave her cold and flu tablets then a flu pill to shorten the illness, she also took a flu prevention one herself, she pulled the sick woman into her arms and rested back, Gail laying against her "Not exactly the night I had in mind" she kissed the blondes head " I love you"
"I love you too" the blonde croaked out and quickly fell asleep.
Over the next few days, Gail spent almost all of it in bed hardly moving, only getting up to use the bathroom and find Holly when she was hungry or lonely, Steve and Traci had dropped in Wednesday after work to drop off the soup, they also met Holly’s brother. The brunette had been home looking after her girlfriend, she had the office email over any evidence analysis that was completed so she could do the reports, Holly hated that her girlfriend was so sick but it had given her an opportunity to spend more time with her brother.
Friday morning came and Gail was up and out of bed, she was still weak but much better than she had been. The brunette was sitting on the couch reading results to do with the serial case, they currently had three suspects and she needed to help weed the innocent ones out. Gail was currently snoozing with her head on her lap, she’d been up and actually eaten a decent breakfast but doing so had zapped her energy. Matt walked out of the spare room “Nice to see her at least out of bed and not looking like she’s from night of the living dead”
"Quiet you" she said then noticed he was dressed formally "Where are you off to?"
"I went and visited that new restaurant that’s opening on King St, just to have a look and the manager asked me to come back and meet the owner, seems he visited Niagra earlier this year and liked my cooking" he said walking to the fridge and grabbing a bottle of water.
"I didn’t know you were looking for another job" Holly said, report forgotten, her hand now running through Gail’s short hair.
Matt shrugged “I wasn’t but sometimes these opportunities come up, plus nothing’s holding me down there and I think it’s time I proved to myself I can live here without using”
The brunette nodded “Well whatever you decide, we’ll be here for you, no judgement, plus Mom and Dad are back for good in November”
"So Mom said, I know she loved teaching in New York but I can hear it in her voice she’s ready to come home" he looked at his watch "I better go, wish me luck?"
"Good luck little brother" she said "Not that you’ll need it"
He blew her a kiss then stopped “Get that girl of yours healthy enough today, I wanna take you both out tonight” he said and disappeared.
Holly looked down at the still slumbering blonde, her nose was red and she still had that awful chesty cough but her fever had finally broke and she no longer looked green, she leaned down and kissed her forehead and went back you reading the results.
About ten minutes later the brunette got an email with the results for some fibres that were on one of the victims, two of the three workers who attended the boarding house were licensed electricians, they both also worked for and an electric company “YES” Holly exclaimed loudly.
"Hol?" Gail asked looking up at her "everything ok?"
"I’m sorry honey, I didn’t mean to wake you, I think I just cleared one of our suspects and incriminated the other two hopefully or opened up our suspect pool"
"How?" The blonde croaked, still laying on her lap.
"I found fibres on one of the victims and from the looks of this report it directly matches the uniform worn by the electric company two of them work for, I’ll need to go in and double check but it could be a very solid piece of evidence"
Gail smiled up at her “They wouldn’t be getting anywhere with this without you, you know that don’t you”
Holly leaned forward giving her a kiss “unfortunately it means I’ll have to go in for a while”
The blonde put her hand up on her lovers cheek “I should probably stop by the station now I can stand for longer than a minute, let them know I’m alive”
The brunette shook her head “No you should stay here and rest, Matt wants to take us out tonight since he’s heading back tomorrow”
"That’s gonna be harder than going to the station" Gail said " But if it’s his shout I’m sure I can find the energy" she added with a smirk.
"Yes well he hasn’t seen your normal appetite so more fool him"
"Can you drop me at the station?" The blonde asked.
"Ok but I’ll only be an hour or so then you’re coming back eating lunch and resting for the afternoon, got it"
"Wow" Nick said as Gail walked into the homicide office "they said you were sick but you look terrible"
Andy who was sitting next to him leaned over and slapped the back of his head “Thanks” the blonde said with a smirk.
"Hey" Traci said getting up, she too hit Nick "She looks better trust me" she sat back down "Should you be resting? You’re off till Monday"
"I know I just wanted to see where things were up to" she said sitting on the corner of the detectives desk.
"Cabin fever huh?" Traci asked.
"Like you wouldn’t believe, I hadn’t noticed till I could actually move" Gail said, she grabbed a tissue off her friends desk and coughed.
"Ouch" Andy said on hearing it "maybe you should get that checked"
"I live with a doctor McNally, she’s watching it trust me"
"She’s a dead person doctor" Nick pointed out.
Gail rolled her eyes “She still studied medicine and did some of her residency on live patients” she pointed out, then coughed again.
"We’re gonna go follow up on something" Andy said grabbing Nick’s arm and dragging him away before he could put his foot in his mouth again.
Traci chuckled, the blonde was looking at the photos on the board “These them?” She asked.
"Yep, from what we’ve got so far, James Allen, Robert Mitchell and Ray Jones" the detective said, she pointed to the first two "these two work for the same electric company, jones is a freelance handyman"
"You got anymore than they visit the boarding house and work with electrical wire?" Gail asked looking at the two Holly thinks she can prove were with one of the victims.
Traci handed her a folder “Both Allen and Mitchell have priors for assault”
Before the blonde could comment Holly and Sam walked in “Peck” he said “You look like shit, go home”
Ignoring him Gail turned to the brunette “Was it right?” She asked.
Holly nodded, she handed Traci the file “The fibre I found that wasn’t consistent with the victims clothing turns out to be from the uniform from Hydro One worn by two of our friends here, the fibre was in the wound so it had to be from the killer” she sighed “Thing is, being an electric company they also do maintenance on there wires, someone else could have seen the girls coming and going from the boarding house”
"Good point" Sam said "I’ll get McNally and Collins to check with the company and see who was working that area around the times the girls disappeared, see if there is anything there"
Holly stood next to Gail who leaned heavily on her “You ok?” She asked.
The blonde nodded “Do you think it’s one of these two?” She asked Traci pointing at the pictures.
"I thought I knew but I think I’ll wait to speculate"
"It’s him" Gail said pointing to James Allen.
"Why do you say that?" The detective asked.
"Gut instinct" the blonde said with a shrug.
Hours later, Gail was upstairs having a nap while Holly finished a report with Matt playing the Playstation, she had just emailed it off to Traci when she heard scream come from upstairs. She pushed the laptop to the floor and they both took off up the stairs taking them two at a time, when they hit the bedroom door, what Holly saw broke her heart, Gail was in the throws of a nightmare, the blankets were gone and she was scratching at her wrists, obviously thinking she was bound “I’ve got it” the brunette said pushing her brother out of the room and going to close the door.
"Hol" he said pushing the door back. The woman on the bed let out another anguished cry.
"Just go, I’ll explain later" she said closing it "Gail" she said as she sat on the bed "Gail honey, it’s a dream" she said shaking her. The blonde was fighting her off "Gail" Holly said shaking her. The blondes movements stopped suddenly and she sat bolt upright "HOLLY" she yelled out.
"Right here" she said.
Gail turned her head looking at her, she looked confused “Holly?” She asked.
"Yea I’m here love" she said reaching out and taking her hand.
The blonde broke down, she rested her head on her girlfriends lap and cried.
Once she had recovered from the nightmare, Gail had gone for a bath and Holly headed downstairs to reassure her brother. Matt was sitting at the bench with a beer in his hand “That’s PTSD” he said “She probably has waking dreams too”
"She’s in therapy" the brunette said going to make both her and Gail a cup of tea.
"What happened to her?" He asked.
Holly had explained to Gail that he’d seen her and asked if she could tell him the basics so he understood, she’d agreed “She was kidnapped by a serial killer, drugged, raped and a detective, her friends fiancé was killed saving her” she said “So yea she has PTSD, it’s not bad, she can go weeks without nightmares and doesn’t have any real anger issues, the serial killer case she’s working is stirring things up right now” Holly explained “None of this goes past us ok”
"Of course" he said and took a drink "She seems pretty good most of the time though"
"She is" the brunette said "she’s worked really hard to get over it and the issues she has" she finished making the teas.
"We can stay home tonight if you think she’d be better off" he offered.
"Acting like you saw nothing and not making a big deal about it is the best thing you could do right now" Holly said and headed upstairs.
Gail came down a while later, Holly had given her tea and offered to stay but the blonde wanted some time to process. When she came into the sitting room she found Matt teaching her lover how to play one of the games “Can I join in?” She said.
The brunette looked over and smiled “Of course” The blonde walked over and sat between Holly’s legs on the floor, she looked up at her “you okay?” The brunette asked resting her hand on her cheek.
Gail curled her finger getting her to come down closer, when she did she gave her a kiss “I’m okay, just the usual, I’ve got an appointment on Monday morning before shift” she kissed her again then looked to Matt “Time to kick the newbies ass”
A/N - We have something in Australia called tamiflu, it’s helps you recover from the flu and helps prevent it I’m sure you guys have it too just wanted to explain what Holly gave Gail and herself.