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Summary: Nick fails and falls in his stalker's wake. Spoilers for Stalker.

Categories: CSI - General
Characters: Catherine Willows, Nick Stokes
Genres: Angst, Drabble, Episode Related, Friendship
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 110; Completed: Yes
Updated: 07 Aug 2004; Published: 07 Aug 2004

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She watches as Grissom shakes his hand. "It's been a pleasure, Nick."

From the twist of Nick's mouth she knows he doesn't buy it but he summons up a smile, which doesn't reach his eyes. His eyes say he thinks he's a failure, driven from his job by a psycho stalker.

When it's her turn, she pulls him into her arms for the hug she knows the others want to give and tells him fiercely, "You take care, hear me?"

He pulls back, his eyes damp. She's close to tears herself as he walks away.

He didn't fail. They did.

The End