Chapter: 8; 'La Montaña'
Summary: Four robbers return to the scene of a casino heist, resulting in a brutal hostage situation for the three CSIs still processing the casino. Only two CSIs make it out, and the entire team struggles with the aftermath. Catherine and Warrick try to hold what's left of the team together, even when it means putting it before their personal lives. Wendy strives to fill Greg's footsteps and fulfill her own dreams as she finishes her proficiencies, while Nick is devastated by grief -- and heartbreak. Grissom decides that an addition to the team is what everyone needs -- or is it just what he needs? Finally, Catherine recognizes a pair of melancholy eyes on the man who took her, Nick and Greg hostage on that gruesome night, bringing back memories of a tragic love story of years far past.
Warnings: Potential heavy themes
Beta/Help: LaughableBlackStorm (overall), Sara's Girl (NG flashbacks), WitchGirl (plot advice) and LostLadyKnight (Yo!Bling consulting)
Disclaimer: If I owned it, Greg would get more screentime, Warrick wouldn't be dead, Yo!Bling would be canon and The Love would get wayy more subtext. Insert other conditionals here.
Timeline: Season 8 (Sara is in Frisco, Warrick is alive and divorced, and Wendy is set on becoming a CSI)
CHAPTER 8: LA MONTAÑA... Warrick takes the night off, plans his date with the notorious Amy, runs into a strangely familiar teenager at the grocery store, makes progress on the Nick debacle and ends up calling for help from a not-at-all unlikely source. And, as much as I hate songfics, the classic words of Motown sum it all up in the end.