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What if Horatio would have found the right words to give Speed the strength to stay alive after being shot? What if he didn't? A look at the If Onlys.

Categories: CSI: Miami - Slashed > Horatio/Speed
Characters: Horatio Caine, Tim Speedle
Genres: Angst, Episode Related, Established Relationship, Hurt Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Death of canon character
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1; Completed: Yes
Word count: 4706
Published: 11 Jan 2009 Updated: 26 Jan 2009
Story Notes:This story started out with two ideas. One is one of the bits of the fic, the one with Speed humming. You'll know it when you see it. The other was the idea that just about everyone who writes Horatio/Speed has to write a fic dealing with Lost Son at some point in time. It's one of those rules, like if you love Spike/Xander you have to rewrite School Hard at some point, and most Tony DiNozzo fans write something around Boxed in. So yeah, here is my version. I used to read Marvel's What If ... ? comics a lot as a kid so this is a What if ... sort of thing. I used some dialog from the transcripts of the show itself, just to be accurate. Well, up until I change things.

Oh, I also used a line from a different show, virtual peanut butter cookies to whoever can find it. And while my Buffy readers know very well that I have an obsession with using Meat Loaf songs as inspiration and titles, this fact may be new to some people. I actually wrote most of this story while listening to this song and all three Bat Out of Hell CD's over a long period of time since I got stuck in the middle. Anyhoo, hope you like it!

Beta'd by the wonderful Suki! Also thank you to Calic0cat and Azurehart for going over it as well. You're all faboo!

1. Chapter 1 by Amejisuto [ - ] (4706 words)

Published: 11 Jan 2009 Updated: 26 Jan 2009