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"Wake up, baby." Nick stroked Linzey's hair.

"Hey Nicky, sweetie. G'mornin'." Linzey wrapped her arms tighter around Nick.

"Baby, you have your doctor's appointment t'day," Nick reminded her.

"Oh yeah. Are you gonna come with me?" Linzey asked.

"Yeah," Nick said with a distant look in his eyes.

"What's wrong, baby?" Linzey looked into his blue eyes.

"What if...nevermind., it's stupid." Nick looked away.

"What?" Linz turned him back around.

"What if you were pregnant. I'm not ready for a baby and neither are you. What would we do?"

"I don't know. Let's not worry about it. We'll deal with that when we get there." Linzey wrapped her arms back around Nick.

"Okay, baby." Nick pulled her closer to him.

***

"Hey guys. WE're back." Nick opened the door. "And my baby is in perfect health. Of course." Nick kissed Linz passionately.

"Don't you guys do that enough already?" Kati walked in.

"I wonder who's been keeping her in such good shape...Nick would you have any idea who could be doing that?" A.J. joked.

"Shut up, Bone!" Nick held Linzey tighter. "She likes it."

"And so do you." Kati turned around.

"What are you two doing?" Linzey asked as she turned around.

"Nothing. Nothing at all," A.J. covered up.

"Oh, I see." Nick smiled evilly. "You guys aren't..."

"No, no, no. Why would you think that?" Kati asked.

"Just a guess." Nick licked his lips.

"Oh, shit." Linzey looked at the clock.

"What's wrong, baby?" Nick turned to her.

"Kati and I hafta shoot in like an hour." Linzey wrapped her arms lovingly around Nick's neck.

"Wow. We do." Kati looked at her watch.

"See you later, A.J. Bye Nick." Kati kept her eyes on A.J.

"Bye sweetie." Linz kissed Nick. "Bye, J."

***

"So you did switch them?" Kelly asked Marcos over the phone.

"Of course." Marcos concealed a smile.

"Good. I'll be outta here by t'night. Everything's going perfectly," Kelly said as she hung up the phone. The guard took her back to her cell. Kelly smiled to herself.

"Shower time!" the guard yelled as the lights went off. Kelly began to get her things together. Tonight she would be free and Nick and Linz. They would be dead.

***

"You're going to hafta decide. Give me Jonathan or kill him yourself," Linz said.

"What if I kill you first?" Kati cocked the gun on Linz.

Linz rolled her eyes, pulled out her gun, cocked it, and shot Kati.

"Cut! Cut! That's great. That was perfect girls." The director stopped them. "Linz, you got a call."

Linz went over to the phone.

"Hello?" Linz answered.

"Ms. McLean? This is Dr. Bouchen. I have some important results," he said.

"Okay," Linz nodded.

"It seems you are pregnant," he said. Linz dropped the phone. Pregnant?! she thought. Linz ran out of the studio and rushed home.

***

"Baby? Are you okay?" Nick walked into the room to see Linz crying on their bed.

"Nick, you know how we were talking last night?" Linz asked.

"Yeah." Nick sat next to her on the bed.

"Well, it came true. I'm......" Linz looked down.

"You're pregnant?" Nick put her hands in his.

Linz nodded.

"Omig-d, it's all my fault." Nick looked down.

"No, it's not. It takes two to tango." Linz lifted his head gently and kissed him.

"Yeah, and it takes two to have a child and I won't be here." Nick pulled away.

Linz started to walk out of the room.

"Where are you going?" Nick grabbed her hand.

"I'm tired." Linz rubbed her eyes.

"There's a bed right here." Nick patted it.

"But it's your bed." Linz felt Nick cringe when she said that.

"Listen, babydoll. I wanna be with you for as long as I can. I can't stand the thought of not holding you in my arms." Nick wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her stomach.

Linz smiled and got into bed with him.

***

Linz woke up in the middle of the night. Nick tightened his grip as he slept. Linz turned over to see he was having a nightmare; she frowned and kissed him awake.

"Nicky?" Linz whispered in his ear.

"Linz?! You're okay!! How are you feeing?" Nick tightened his grip and kissed her.

"I'm okay. Are you?" Linzey laid her head down on his chest.

"Just a bad dream, baby. Just a bad dream." Nick stroked her hair.

"I don't know if I can do this Nick." Linz held back her fearful tears. "I'm scared."

"I am too baby, but we can't..." Nick said before kissing her forehead.

"I know, I just wish there was an easier way out." Linz let her tears fall before drifting into a deep sleep.

***

When she woke up the next morning, Linz heard yelling from outside the room. She turned over to see Nick was gone. She got up, put her slippers on, and went to the door.

"You got her pregnant, you asshole!" Linz heard A.J.'s muffled voice.

She opened the door to find Nick and A.J. fighting.

"Stop it!" Linz said as she pulled the two men apart. "Don't you think this is hard enough on me?! Just stop it!"

A.J. pulled his hands away, but as he did he accidentally hit Linz. She looked at him in disgust and ran off. The last thing they heard was a car drive off.

***

"So Linzey's pregnant? With your baby?" Kevin asked Nick. "And A.J. found out, and he got overprotective..."

"Yes, yes, it all happened." Nick let his tears go.

"Do you know where Linz is?" Kevin asked.

"I don't know, she could be anywhere, driving around, eating, getting an abortion," Nick said as he shook his head.

Linz had left that morning and it was now 9:15. The phone rang and Nick jumped up for it.

"Linz, baby?"

"No, this is Dr. Bellit. We have called to tell you, Mr. Carter, that your girlfriend was found dead in a gas station bathroom. Apparently she had slit her wrists. Now if you would please put Mr. McLean on the phone," the Dr. said with no emotion.

"That's okay, I'll relay the message to him." Nick hung the phone up.

"What? What is it?" A.J. came in.

"Linz killed herself." Nick broke down in tears.

***

Nick cried loudly into his pillow Nick had done it. She had really killed herself.

"Oh baby, I hate to see you like this," a familiar voice said from behind him.

Nick looked up to see none other than Linzey Rose McLean.

"Whoa!" Nick fell off his bed. "Linzey, you're...you're supposed to be dead. Omig-d, I'm going insane. You're not really there, are you?"

Nick started to cry again. Linz walked over to him and kissed him passionately.

"Was that real enough for you?" Linz smiled.

Nick looked surprised. "But they found your body."

"Did you see my body?" Linz asked.

"No, I didn't want to remember you that way." Nick looked down.

"Oh, Nicky,, that's so sweet." Linz straddled Nick. "I figured out what was going on and I have a lot to tell you."

"Okay." Nick wrapped his arms around her waist.

"I'm not pregnant," Linz sighed.

"But..." Nick frowned.

"Kelly changed the results...Are you okay?" Linz asked sheepishly.

"I don't know. I was kinda getting used to it. I was starting to think of names..." Nick smiled off into space. "But we're not ready, I guess."

"Oh, baby, that's so cute. What name were you thinking of?" Linz asked.

"Alexander Thomas Carter." Nick smiled.

Linzey smiled warmly at the thought of naming their kid after her brother and Brian.

"I love you so much, Nickolas Gene Carter." Linz kissed him again and again and again.

They found themselves on top of each other suddenly as A.J. walked in.

"Nick! You bastard! Linz's not gone for 3 hours an you're getting it on with...Linz?!" A.J. looked confused.

"She faked her death," Nick said proudly. "Isn't she smart [He kissed her] and beautiful [he kissed her again] and..."

"Yeah, yeah. I get it." A.J. came in and closed the door. "So what is going on then?"

"Kelly changed the results. I'm not really pregnant. When I found out, I told the Witness Protection Program and they helped me fake my death." She looked down at Nick. "Baby, you're in danger too. We can either do this alone or with the Witness Protection Program. It's your choice."

Linz pushed some hair from Nick's face.

"We shouldn't call anyone into this, Nick. Publicity," A.J. warned.

"Yeah but I don't want my baby to get hurt. We should get some kind of help." Nick held Linz's waist tightly and smiled up at her.

"Well, I'll leave you two alone." A.J. smiled and backed out the door.

Linz leaned back over Nick and kissed him passionately. Nick picked up Linz and laid her down on the bed before he started to take off his shirt in between kisses.

***

"This way bitch!" the guard yelled at Kelly. "You thought you could get away, but you were wrong."

Kelly smiled to herself. Linzey had killed herself and she would make the next move in her game of pawns. Nick. Poor little broken-hearted baby. His girlfriend and 'baby' were dead...to him. He would probably be the easiest step in her whacked up game.

***

A.J. kissed Kati passionately in bed. 6 months, hiding it from the boys and......Linz for 6 months.

Kati pulled away. "We shouldn't be doing this. Linz's dead and well."

Kati pulled her hair back as she got off of him.

"Shit. I forgot all about that." A.J. sat up.

"What?! You forgot about your sister's death?" Kati moved away from him.

"No baby. I know...just get everyone downstairs quickly okay?" A.J. kissed her once more before heading towards Nick's room.

What the hell is going on? Kati thought.

***

Nick stroked Linzey's hair as she lay on his chest.

"Would you ever?" Nick trailed off as question filled his eyes.

"Kill myself?! No, I don't think I could...would you?" Linz looked up at him.

"No, things would have to be really really bad to even think about it." Nick looked down at her lovingly. They kissed passionately before being interrupted by A.J. coming into the room.

"You never knock or anything like that do you?" Nick covered Linz.

"Yeah well while you two were getting it on, everyone else has been grieving for Linz," A.J. said. "Come on downstairs."

***

The room was solemnly quiet. Kevin looked as if he had been crying and Brian was crying. Kati had told Sarra about A.J.'s odd behavior. Howie was staring off into space like he had been doing since he was relayed the news.

"Hey Kev. Hey B-Rok." Nick strolled in happily.

"Hey?! You can say that after what just happened?" Kevin asked angrily.

"Pardon?...Oh, the Linz dead thing, sorry."

"What the hell Nick?! Didn't you love her at all?" Brian asked through tearful eyes.

"Oh G-d. Look what I've done," a familiar voice said from the top of the stairs. Everyone looked up to see the horrified Linz.

"Linz?" Kevin noted.

"Linzey is that you?" Brian squinted.

"What's going on?" Howie looked up.

"Linz? Omig-d." Kati burst into joyful tears.

"Is that you?" Sarra hugged Kati.

Linz walked down the stairs only to be clobbered by Brian.

"You scared us all so bad, Linz." Brian kissed her forehead.

He was quickly followed by Howie who proceeded to pick her up and swing her around a little.

"What's going on?" How smiled, thanking G-d to see her again.

"I'll explain in a minute." Linz smiled back.

Only to be met by Kati was almost hysterical and Sarra.

"G-d, it's good to see you." Kati hugged her through tears.

"If this doesn't get an explanation, I don't know what will." Sarra smiled.

Kevin hugged Linz tightly.

"You scared me, Z. You really scared me," Kevin said, calling her by her nickname he had made up.

A>J. hurried down to see the last of the welcoming committee. He sat down next to Kevin and Howie.

"Um, I guess you all deserve an explanation," Linz said as Nick held her tight.

***

1 hour later everything had been explained and understood. There was an odd silence that filled the room.

"What are you gonna do?" Kevin broke the silence.

"Wait for Kelly to make the next move." Nick looked into Linzey's eyes.

"Is there anything we can do?" Howie asked.

"I know it might be weird but you all are gonna have to pretend that I'm dead still." Linz looked around the room.

"You're right, that is weird," Brian said as the doorbell rang.

Everyone looked at each other. Linz and Nick held hands until they got to the door. They kissed for a moment and Linzey ran upstairs as Nick opened up the door. Two FBI agents approached them.

"Hello, I'm Special Agent Henry Jones and this is my partner Special Agent Alex Preston.: They presented their badges to Nick. "Are you Nickolas Gene Carter?"

"That's me." Nick let them in.

"Have you been relayed the message about your girlfriend?"

"Yes, she's hiding upstairs." Nick turned to them.

"Good, we'll set up a temporary headquarters there." The agents showed themselves upstairs.

"Well, they're sincere," A.J. said sarcastically as he stood up.

"Well, I guess we just wait now." Kevin looked around.

"I'm going upstairs." Nick started up the stairs.

"I'll be there in a minute," A.J. said.

"We'll come." Kevin spoke for Brian and himself.

Howie followed them all upstairs.

***

"This is the gun that you'll use if something happens, but it's more than likely that you'll be staying here," Agent Preston said.

"What if something happens to Nick?" Linz asked worriedly.

"You won't be going," Agent Jones said.

"Listen buddy, we hired you. I am the only one who knows how to handle Kelly and if Nick gets hurt, I'll be taking care of him. Okay?" Linz said protectively as Nick and the others walked in.

"Sounds good." Agent Preston smiled.

Nick wrapped protective arms around Linz after hearing what she said.

"Sorry." Linz looked down.

"No we like someone with spunk." Agent Jones smiled.

The phone rang. The agents and Linz immediately put on headphones and motioned for Nick to pick it up.

"Remember, no matter who it is, I'm not here anymore, baby," Linz whispered in his ear.

Nick nodded and picked up the phone.

"Hello?" he said solemnly.

"Oh, poor baby Nick. I guess Linzey wasn't as stable as you thought. Now your girlfriend and your baby are dead. Well, don't worry too much you'll be in hell with them soon. See you tonight." Kelly was gone as quick as she had come.

Nick put down the phone with a trembling hand.

"That bitch." Kevin looked down.

Linz hugged Nick. He squeezed her tightly never wanting to let go. How could Kelly even try to do that to his girl. To him. To his unborn child.

"We gotta location," Agent Jones said. "She's back in jail."

"But she said, 'see you t'night.'" Nick said worriedly.

"Hitmen," Brian mumbled.

***

Nick brought the groceries to his car. It had been one very long and confusing day. He started up the car and drove onto the abandoned looking road. Nick drove absent mindedly, not realizing the red truck that was following him.

***

Marcos pried Nick's unconscious body from the wrecked car. He had done exactly what Kelly had told him to do. Ram Nick's car, make him have a wreck and bring him to a warehouse. It was way too easy. This Nick guy was a wimp. Marcos started the car up and pulled out of the wreck. Marcos smiled evilly, no one would ever find out.

***

Linzey paced back and forth nervously. Nick had been gone for 2 hours and 43 minutes. Kevin walked into the room and over to Linzey.

"Z, he probably just got sidetracked, besides if someone did kidnap him," Kevin saw tears forming in her eyes, "but no one probably did. They would call."

"They have no reason to call because they think I'm dead, Kev," Linz cried.

Kevin hugged her tightly as she cried into his shoulder.

"Ms. McLean, there's another call but for Mr. Littrell and Mr. McLean. Do you know where they are?"

"Yes, 1 minute."

"Of course."

Linz went to A.J.'s room to find him making out with Kati.

"Hello!" Linz closed the door.

"Crap." A.J. got up from the bed.

"A.J., have you ever heard the saying 'There's no time like the present?'" Kati asked as she sat up and pulled her hair back.

"Then let's go do it." A.J. held her hands.

"A.J.! Phone!"

"G-d it's like we're at home again. I'll be right back." A.J. kissed Kati and went out to meet Kevin.

"Whoa."

"Listen, Nick's missing and this telephone call could be the ticket. Just stay calm and keep them on the phone. Can you do that?"

The two walked to the room where Linzey and Brian were already waiting.

"Hello?" Brian answered cheerfully.

"Where's A.J.?" a muffled voice asked.

"I'm right here." A.J. got on.

"Good." The voice seemed to smile. "I have Nick. If you want him back you'll come here alone. That's all. No police involved. Understand?" the voice said.

"Yes, we understand," Brian answered worriedly.

They hung up and everyone turned to the agents.

"We got the addresss. The old warehouse downtown," Agent Jones said.

Linzey grabbed the gun vest and laid two guns into the holsters. She started to walk out the door but was stopped by Brian.

"They asked for us, Linz." Brian looked into her eyes.

"I'm going."

"Linz, these people know what they're doing, we don't including you." A.J. turned to her compassionately. "We'll all go."

"Okay." Linz looked at the three men.

***

Nick slowly woke up, but cursed himself for waking up. Everything hurt so bad. He looked around and knew he was going to die there.

He managed to look at his watch. He had left the house 3 hours and 30 minutes ago. Linz was probably going out of her mind.

There was a sudden burst of noise from the other room.

"Please don't let it be Linz, G-d. Please!" Nick begged in a whisper. Nick managed to limp over to the door, and open it.

He saw two of the guys. It looked like A.J. and...Brian.

"We're here. Give us Nick," A.J. walked towards a shadowy figure.

"First you die." The shadowy figure pulled out a gun stopping A.J. and Brian dead in their tracks.

"Stop where you are and drop the gun," Linz said from behind the kidnapper. "Drop the gun and turn around! Now!!"

The figure did so, but someone came from behind Linzey. Nick tried to scream to her to move away, but he found his voice enabled by strong hands.

Linz heard the person behind her and turned around and shot the person's gun out of their hand.

"Over here now." Linz kept the gun on the other man.

She had all of the kidnappers together. All except one. The one that was strangling Nick. She saw it though. She threw the gun to A.J. and ran over to Nick.

"He dies if you pull a gun on me," Marcos said. "Once again Linzey we meet up and you are vulnerable. What's new?"

Nick tried to pull himself out of the struggle from Marcos' words.

"I'll do what you want."

"Well that's debatable. Kelly wants you dead, thought you were dead in fact, but I-I want you." Marcos smiled.

"Don't do it, baby," Nick begged.

"Come on, Linzey. It's either him or your virginity." Marcos smiled.

"What virginity?" Linzey smiled back.

"Fuck!" Marcos subconsciously let go of Nick.

Linz took the opportunity to pull out her gun and cock it.

"Don't provoke me." Linzey managed to keep the gun steady. Marcos walked towards her and she shot Marcos right where it counts. She turned to Nicky who had manage to hold her in his arms.

"I love you so much." He kissed her passionately.

"Are you okay?" Linz managed to get out in between kisses.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Let's get out of here," he finished with a passionate kiss.

"A.J. is everything okay over there?" Linz called to her brother.

"Yeah, everything's fine." A.J. held his head oddly.

"What's wrong?" Linz asked, seeing his pain.

"Nothing's wrong why wouldó" A.J. fell to the ground to reveal a gunshot to his head.

Linzey quickly pulled away from Nick and ran to her brother.

"Oh G-d, A.J. Come on, bone, stay with me." Linz tore some of her pants to form a bandage. She wrapped it tightly around his limp head.

"What happened?" Linz looked up at Brian who was as confused as she was.

"I don't know, one of the kidnappers shot off a gun but I thought it missed him," Brian explained.

"Agent Jones? Agent Preston? We got one good man down. Rescue force is needed. Police backup is also needed. Hurry. I repeat, hurry." Linz spat out directions over a long distance walkie talkie.

***

Nick tried to calm Linz down by massaging her neck but she pulled right back up when she saw a doctor.

"What's wrong? I don't understand." Linz put her head in her hands as the doctor walked past her.

"Shhh," Nick soothed, "A.J.'s probably fine."

Linz turned to Nick and kissed him passionately.

"No, A.J.'s hurt," Linzey reminded herself as she pulled away.

"Ms. McLean?" The doctor finally came up to her.

"That's me." Linz stood up.

"Your brother, Alexander, lost a great deal of blood. We did the best we could."

"That's it, he's dead?" Linz held back tears.

"No, no, no. Not at all. He's unconscious though and we're working the blood back into his system. You may go in if you would like." The doctor smiled.

"Thanks," Linz said as she pulled Nick into A.J.'s room with her.

Linz stopped dead in her tracks when she saw A.J. This isn't A.J. He's practically dead. A.J. would never want himself like this, Linz thought as she cried on Nick's shoulder. Nick held her close.

***

It had been two days since A.J. was admitted into the hospital. Kevin and Howie walked in to see Nick asleep with Linz sleeping in a curled up ball on top of him. A.J. was looking at them with a smirk.

"A.J. You awake?" Kevin asked.

"Has she been there the whole time?" A.J. asked pointing at his sister.

"Her and Nick 24/7. She hasn't left your side for a minute, Bone," D answered.

Nick's eyes fluttered open to see A.J. awake. He smiled at everyone, while holding Linz closer to him.

"Hey," Nick said to A.J.

"What's up?" A.J. sat up.

"You! Should I wake her up?" Nick asked.

"No, no, let her sleep, she's probably exhausted." A.J. looked at her. "Where's Kati?"

"They wouldn't let her in. She's asleep outside in the waiting room," Nick explained.

"Oh."

"Can I come in?" Kati poked her head in.

"Well speak of the devil." A.J. smiled. Kati ran over to him and hugged. They kissed passionately for a moment.

***

Kelly held her head in her hands. She had been beaten up by some of her cellmates, which made matters worse. That lucky bitch, again she gets away. Kelly looked straight up as if she was talking to someone. "Linzey McLean. I swear to everything that I will kill you and Nick," Kelly practically screamed. "If I can kill one McLean, I can kill two." Kelly's laugh faded off as Linz woke up in Nick's arms. "A.J.!" She opened her eyes to see none other than her brother looking at her worriedly. She held tighter to Nick before realizing what was going on.

"Bad dream?" A.J. asked.

"A.J., Kelly didn't kill you, you're okay." Linzey hugged him tightly.

"It's okay. Kelly can't hurt anyone anymore." A.J. hugged back.

"Don't say that. She can," Linz said as she stared off think'. Nick pulled her by the waist back into his lap. Nick kissed her ear and went to her neck. She turned to him and kissed him passionately.

"Please! Recovering man. Don't make it worse!" A.J. joked.

"I'll make it better." Kati moved forward and kissed him.

***

Later that night, Linz laid in Nick's arms. He was sleeping soundly. She pushed some of his stray hair away from his face and kissed his warm lips. He slowly woke up just in time to kiss Linz back.

"I love you," Nick said as he started kissing her neck.

"I love you too," Linz said.

She felt so safe in his arms that night. A night when she needed it.

***

Kati put a new gauze on A.J.'s sleeping head. He had crashed as soon as his head hit the pillow. Kati laid back in his arms and held him close. Everything felt right.

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