(Work in progress. I just needed to see this written out.)

'Was that thunder?' Nick thought, just before the world clowed to a crawl.

"Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name..."

Why couldn't he feel anything on his left side?

He tasted blood in his mouth from biting on his lower lip so hard, keeping in a scream.

Oh god! Too much feeling now!

He didn't hear the loud thud as he hit the floor.

"...Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven..."

Why!? What hurt so much?

'I've been shot...'

Where? Where!?

Oh God, no, Steff didn't need to see this. Someone find him before Steff did! She can't afford to see this!

He desperately gasped for air. Oh god, something was seriously wrong.

He somehow managed to turn himself onto his right side, and started coughing.

"...Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us..."

He dropped his head to the floor, opening his eyes again.


Lots of it.

Oh god, he's coughing up blood.

"...And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil..."

Someone... please... I need help...

Words that had been engrained into his head as a child came fighting to the surface as he fought for every breath. Yet he couldn't remember the exact words. He started reciting it mentally as best he could. 'Lend me, I pray, thy powerful aid ... and above all do not forsake me in my last struggle with the powers of evil. Amen.'

Pain tore through his right side, and he felt his body shudder.

'Oh God! Please, anyone! Steffani! Please, I need you...'