Sheridan couldn't see who was at the door, but judging from
the way Luis tensed up it wasn't someone he liked very much. "Luis, who's here?"
Luis stepped back from the door and in walked her brother. Damn Julian and his bad timing. Another few minutes
and Luis would have kissed her. "What are you doing here, Julian?"
"I think the better question is what is Luis doing here?" Julian said with a pointed look at Luis, who
merely glared at him.
Something was going on between the two of them, but she had no idea what it was. And she doubted either one of
them would tell her. "Julian, Luis is here because..."
"Because she ditched her bodyguard. I've been assigned to protect her."
"What?!" Julian bellowed. "You can't do that. We had a deal-"
A deal? What deal could Luis and Julian possibly of had? "What are you talking about Julian?"
Luis glanced at her suddenly and she saw regret in his eyes. She knew that whatever happened between him and her
brother, she wasn't going to like it. "Sheridan, I -"
"It's nothing for you to be concerned with Sheridan. This is between Officer Lopez-Fitzgerald and myself."
"I beg to differ Julian. Something tells me this has everything to do with me. In fact, if I had to venture
a guess I'd say it had to do with your getting the charges against Luis dropped."
"Don't be ridiculous. I wouldn't-"
"You're right Sheridan. It does have something to do with the kidnapping charges against me being dropped."
Luis said cutting Julian off.
"Dammit Luis, you gave me your word."
"Yes, I did." Luis said turning towards her brother. "And for the first time in my life, I'm going
to break it."
"You know what this means don't you?"
"Yeah I know what it means." Luis said. "But I'm afraid you don't."
"Would someone please tell me what the hell is going on here!" Sheridan finally screamed when it became
apparent that both men had forgotten she was there.
Luis turned and walked over to her. "Julian made me a deal. He told me he'd get the charges against me dropped,
if... if I agreed to stay away from you. And since at the time you wanted nothing to do with me anyway..."
Sheridan looked into Luis eyes and saw the truth reflected there. "You agreed, didn't you."
"Yes, I agreed."
"You broke your word... for me? You're risking your career, your freedom for me? Why? Why would you do that
"Because I... I don't want to see anything happen to you. It's my job to protect you."
"Your job. It's always about your job isn't? Well something tells me this time is anything, but about your
"Oh my god, Sheridan. What happened?" Julian asked grabbing her hand in fake concern. She noticed that
it was still bleeding. "It looks like you need stitches. I think I should take you to the hospital."
Sheridan looked at the blood, then looked at Julian. Something clicked in her mind causing a shiver of recognition
to course through her body. The intensity of it took her breath away. Dear god, she thought as images flashed through
her mind, she remembered. She finally remembered what really happened the night Martin Fitzgerald disappeared.