When Criss opened his eyes he was in Believe. Criss couldn't understand what was going on he remembered that he was talking to a lawyer than all of a sudden he couldn't catch his breath and his heart felt like it was about to come out of his chest. What the heck is going on here he thought. "Come on Michael"a voice called out. Two little kids came out and ignored Criss like he wasn't even there. "Michael Harry slow down". A woman came out on stage and walked right through Criss like he wasn't even there. What am I a ghost. "This place is weird are you sure a magician worked in here". "Yes Michael this was built just for him but Unfortunely he had to retire". "I heard he lost his nerve since some guy attacked him" Michael replied. "I heard he's in the loony bin" Harry added. Criss couldn't believe this. "Harry that's no way to talk about someone now come on we have to go back to the house". "You mean the mansion mom that place is huge so many rooms". "Michael I told you Serenity came with this job beside you love that pool and Harry you can't wait to hook up your X-box to that theater size television" she remarked. Criss couldn't understand what was going on.
"Michelle"A voice called out. Walking down the aisle was JD. "JD nice to see you again I was just showing my boys around my new stage". "No problem I wanted to give you the key to Serenity" giving it to her. She jumped off the stage and walked over. "What really happened to your brother is he in a loony bin?". "Michelle there were time where I wanted to send him there but Criss had no choice but to give up magic the injuries he sustained were so bad that some of them didn't heal right and it was just too painfully for him to even walk so he's moving back to New York"JD stated. "Poor guy". "Well I'll see you later" and JD left. "JD DON'T DO THIS!!,"Criss called out but it was like nobody could hear him. "NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!". Criss woke up as the nurse came in. "Christopher it's all right you were dreaming" as she took off the oxgyen mask.
"It-it felt so real"he replied. "Tell me it". Criss told her the dream and Criss could tell she knew what it meant. "Consider it a premonition it's what your life may end up as if you don't change something"she stated and left. Criss knew he had to stop feeling sorry for himself and get himself in gear for what was coming for him. A few weeks passed and Criss's doctor took off his casts and told him that they wanted him to try walking with a walker. When JD and his mother showed up they saw a nurse was helping Criss . "We can come back". "No we were about to try standing"the nurse remarked. Dimitra sat down as JD just stood. This is going to be fun Criss thought. “Now put yours hand on the walker and use it to push yourself up”. Criss took a breath and pushed up slowly. Criss could feel the pain running up his legs. "" Criss exclaimed. “I know it hurts Criss but you have to push through it”. Criss sat back down. “Come on Criss I need you to take just one step to me” the therapist remarked. “Give me a second!!”Criss snapped. “Why don’t I give you a minute” and she left the room as JD and his mother walked over to Criss.
“Christopher you didn’t have to so offensive to her” his mother said. “I know it just that it hurts like hell and she just pushing me I couldn’t take it” Criss replied. His mother put her hand on his shoulder. “Christopher this is going to be the hardest part and it’s going to be painful but after everything you’ve done you can do this” his mother stated. “Criss we all know you don’t want to spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair but if you don’t push through the pain that’s where you’re going to end up” JD added.
Criss understood what his brother and mother was saying as the therapist came back in. “So we ready to try again?” she asked. Criss looked at his mother and brother. “All right”. Criss took a breath and got up. Criss thought as he stood holding on to the walker hoping he wasn’t going to lose his balance or his legs would give out. “Good Christopher do you want to try to take a step", but Criss sat down again. “Ok Criss I’ll give you points on standing for that long you just gather up some strength and we’ll do more later” and the therapist left. “Nice going Criss” JD stated. “Yes Christopher that was good”. “Yea”JD stated. "I've got a goal to walk out of this hospital"Criss told them. "And you're getting there"JD remarked giving Criss a hug.
As time passed Criss was doing good with this therapy he even could even use the bathroom by himself. In his room Criss was sitting in bed but when Costa came in he saw Criss didn't look happy. "I know that look what's wrong?" he asked. "I've been having some pain in my hip area to the point where I can't stand so the doctor took an x-ray and found out that I'm going to need hip replacement surgery". Costa sighed as Criss looked like he was about to cry. "So what does this mean?" Costa asked. Criss shrugged his shoulders than Criss put his hand over his face and started to cry. Costa got up and gave Criss a hug. "It's all right Christopher it's just a pothole on the road to recovery"Costa remarked. Back at the hotel JD was having lunch when Costa came in. "What are you doing here I thought you were seeing Criss" JD stated as Costa sat down.
"Criss has another problem he needs to have hip replacement surgery". JD leaned back. "He was so close to going home mom isn't going to like this". "There's more I think Criss is ready to give up" Costa said. "Seriously". "I'm just getting that vibe"Costa stated. Then JD got an idea. "Costa get George on the phone I've got an idea". A few days Criss was watching the rain fall when JD came in with his computer.
"How are you doing?". Criss said nothing as the rain fell. "All right sour puss". "Hey I'm not a sour puss"Criss said. "Well I have something for you" as he rolled the computer over. Criss took a look and it was a pair of feet. "Hey George time for some new sneakers"JD called out. The camera came up to show George. "Than I need a raise"George replied as Criss chuckled. "So are we ready?". "Yup". George took the camera to the curtain. George walked out and the place was packed with Loyals and they were going crazy with signs that said: GET BETTER CRISS, BELIEVE CRISS BELIEVE, WE MISS YOU ANGEL, DON'T GIVE UP CRISS CAN'T WAIT FOR U 2 COME HOME. Criss couldn't believe it as George went down to the crowd.
"WE MISS YOU CRISS!!"Someone call out. "DON'T GIVE CRISS WE'RE BEHIND YOU"Someone else yelled out. "Wow how did you do this?". "I put an invite on the website for every loyal to come to The Believe Theater to show how much you're missed"JD replied as tears fell down Criss's face. "That's not it there's more. Doug can you hear me". Another camera view popped up and it was Doug at Serenity. "Hey Angel how are you?". "Good what are you doing at my house?"Criss asked. He turned to the pool and saw Dave and his crew sitting there. "We miss you Criss get better soon". "Las Vegas isn't the same with out you Christopher"Mastero called out. Criss wiped the tears away as Doug panned to John with Hammie. He put Hammie infront of his face and in a funny voice goes: I MISS YOU DADDY COME HOME SOON. Criss laughed as a smile appeared on his face. "Thank you I needed a pick up"Criss remarked. "Hope to see you here soon"Dave said as everyone raised their glasses to Criss.
Doug turned the camera to him. "Hope to see you soon man remember you still owe me twenty bucks"Doug stated. Criss laughed as the camera went back to George and all his fans. "Hey George can they hear me?" Criss asked. "Hold on". He put the camera down and hooked it up. "All right Criss you're hooked up to the sound system" George stated. "I want to thank you all. You've lifted my spirit and I promise you I'll be back stronger than I've ever been,"Criss remarked. "Thanks for the pick me up". Then the whole crowd yelled YOU'RE WELCOME as George turned the camera off.
A few weeks after Criss had his surgery the doctor gave Criss some good news and some bad. He was being discharged but he couldn’t go back to work. "Are you serious?"Criss asked. "Don't worry Christopher you'll get back to being Angel again"his mother remarked. Criss said nothing as JD went out to talk to his doctor. When the lawyer came back JD had finished talking to the doctor. "JD nice to see you again"he stated. "Sam right" shaking his hand. "Yes I was wondering how your brother's doing?". "He's being discharged but what do I have the pleasure of your visit" he asked. "Well I've been trying to keep Criss out of this trial but it seems I'm going to need Criss if I want to win" Sam remarked. JD felt ready to slam his head against the wall. "When does the trial begin?". "In two weeks so I'll have to talk to Criss and go over his testimony" Sam stated. "All right let me talk to my brother and I'll get back to you". The lawyer said his good-bye and left as JD came back in. Dimitra was helping Criss into the wheelchair as JD came back in. "What's the matter you look like you're about to scream?" Costa inquired.
"I just talked to the lawyer that's handling the case against the guy who hit Criss it seems they're going to need Criss's testimony to put that guy behind bars". As they drove back Criss couldn't stop but think about seeing his attacker. "You all right back there Christopher?" his mother asked. "Yea are we almost there". "It's another three hours Criss"JD replied. "Why don't you just lay back and try to get some sleep Christopher"His mother suggested "Can we stop somewhere I need to use the men's room" Criss stated. "All right". At a diner a waitress was watching the news as she cleaned up.
IN OTHER NEWS MASTER MAGICIAN CRISS ANGEL WAS FINALLY RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL TODAY. YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT CRISS ANGEL WAS ATTACKED AND BADLY INJURIED TWO MONTHS AGO BY A CRAZIED MAN. THE MAN WHO ATTACKED CRISS TWENTY-EIGHT YEAR OLD KURT BLANCO HAS BE CHARGED AND IS WAITING TRIAL, BUT ON EVERYONE'S MIND WILL CRISS BE IN THE COURT ROOM EITHER TO TESTIFY OR SEE HIS ATTACKER GET WHAT HE DESERVED
The woman shut off the television as JD, Criss, and Dimitra came in. "Where's your bathroom?"JD asked. "Take a right this way" she replied. "Why don't you order something to go while I help Criss mom"JD suggested. As they went to the bathroom Dimitra looked at the menu. "What happened to him?" she asked. "Long story can I have two hamburger medium well and one grilled chicken with mayo, lettuce, and tomato to go". "Sure" and went to get the orders going. After a while Criss came back out and sat down. "You all right Christopher?" Dimitra asked. "Just need one of my pain medicine"Criss replied. "Sure let me go get them from the car" and JD went out to the car as the waitress came out with the orders. "Here you go". "How much?"Criss asked. "They're on the house Angel"she replied smiling. "I didn't think you recognized me"Criss said. "I almost didn't considering but I know your mother anywhere". JD came back in and gave Criss one. "Can I have some water and a piece of bread?"Criss asked.
"Sure". She came back with a glass of water and slice of bread. "Thanks" Criss stated. "I've got to say Criss everyone is pushing for you to come back and that the guy who did to you is put away"the waitress remarked. "Yea"Criss replied chewing the bread. "I'm going to get back cleaning up I hope get better Angel" she said. "Thanks-". "Marty". Criss smiled as she went to the back. "You ready to go?"JD asked. "I'll tell you this I feel like an old man with this walker" Criss stated getting up. "If you want to we can pimp it out with some tennis balls or something" JD joked. "Very funny JD". Dimitra grabbed the sandwiches and they left.
When they finally arrived at the house Costa was there. "I thought you guys got lost" as Criss used his walker to come in. "I need to go to bed"Criss said as he sat down. "Well unfortunely Criss you're not strong enough to go up the stairs so you have to sleep down here until than"Costa replied. "He can't sleep in my room the bed too near the floor"his mother remarked. "How about I sleep outside on one of the patio loungers?" Criss suggested. "And you have an accident and fall into the pool". "Or crack your skull or worse break another bone" Costa added. "What about the couch?"JD suggested. "Can't stretch out"Criss said. "Costa bring in one of the patio loungers for now"JD stated. Costa wheeled it in as JD moved some chairs. Dimitra grabbed a blanket and pillow from her room.
Criss wheeled himself over and sat down carefully. "How's that?". "It's not my bed but it will do"Criss stated. His mother gave him a pillow to put between his legs and put the blanket on him. "For the time being Costa is going to stay here until you're strong enough Christopher"his mother remarked. "Thanks guys what should I do if I need to use the bathroom?" Criss asked. "We know you're not going to like this". Costa wheeled out a portable toilet. "Are you serious?". "Sorry but we'll try to give you as much privacy as you can" JD said. One Step at A Time Criss thought. "Good night my little άγγελος" (angel in Greek) his mother remarked giving him a kiss on the check. Criss closed his eyes as JD dimmed the lights. Around three Dimitra heard a bang and got up. She came out to see Criss trying to get up from the floor. "Christopher are you all right?" she asked. "Get back mom please just get Costa"Criss replied. She woke up Costa and Costa came out. "You all right?"Costa inquired. Criss whispered something in his ear. "Mom can you go upstairs and get another pair of pants for Criss?".
She walked up as Costa got him off the ground. "Thanks I really didn't want to flash mom" as Costa took off his pants. "No problem why didn't you holler for help"Costa asked. "I guess I thought I could do it on my own and I almost did until my pants got caught in the wheels of the walker knocking me down" as he put the blanket across his front. "Mom grab a pair of boxer while you're up there" Costa called out as Criss blushed. After she came down with the clothes and Costa helped him change with his mother in the kitchen Costa helped him down. "For tonight and to ease mom's fear I'll sleep out here". Criss nodded as his mother came back in. "Sorry for scaring you mom"Criss remarked. "Next time just ask for help"she said. "That's why I'm staying out here so we don't have a repeat performance"Costa replied with a pillow and a blanket in his hands. Their mother went back to her room as Costa got comfortable on the couch.
The next morning Costa was helping Criss wash up as his mother made him some breakfast. "Anybody here" a voice called out. Dimitra came out of the kitchen to see Dave walking in. "Good morning David would you like some coffee"she asked as he sat down. "If you don't mind Dimitra where's Criss?". "MOTHER !!!" could be heard from the bathroom. "I told you to watch it"Criss replied. "That was my foot you ran over Christopher"Costa stated limping out of the bathroom. Criss came out and saw Dave. "Hey Dave" he said. "How you doing?" as Criss sat down slowly. "I feel like I'm ready file for social security" Criss remarked. "Once you start physical therapy Christopher you'll feel better"his mother stated. "I talked to JD he told me you have to testify at the trial".
"Don't remind me I've been trying to put that behind me but it keeps popping back up"Criss remarked rubbing his forehead. Then a knock came to the door and Dimitra went to get it. "Criss everything we will be all right just you wait" Dave stated. "I hope so I just want to get back living my life"Criss remarked. "Christopher someone's here to see you". Criss got up wishing for body to stop aching as he used his walker. He got to the door where John and Doug were. "Hey Criss just wanted to see you up and about somewhat"John stated. "I'm just happy to be out"Criss replied as his friends gave him a hug. "That's good the crew is happy as clams that you survived your injuries" Doug said. "Now I just got to get some strength back in my body"Criss stated. Dimitra looked and saw Criss's arms were shaking. Christopher sit down before you fall and hurt yourself"his mother suggested. "We have to go anyway see yea soon Criss"John said. "Get better man" and they left At the Sam's office he was going over some of the papers he had when his boss came in. "You'll love this Kurt Blanco has been put into solitary confinement". "Why some of Criss Angel's fan want him died"he joked.
"No there's a gang in jail that believe or not are fans of the magician and want Kurt to pay for what he did to Angel"his boss replied. "You'll love this I was looking at a blog of one of Criss's fans and I quote Kent Blanco should be in jail for the rest of his life for what he did to Criss Angel. Criss did nothing to this man and Kurt decides to go crazy nearly killing Christopher. If I ever met Kent me and few other Loyals would chop him up and scatter the remains in the desert for all animals to feed on". "Way to put it nicely"his boss remarked. "Believe that's tame compared to others I've read" showing him. "Boy this guy really has fan base using intestine to hang him up that's dam right sick". "Tell me about it I should see if they'll still take my plead or let Criss's fan get at him"Sam replied. "If he's found innocent we may have the first riot in Sin City" his boss said and left.
A few days went by and Criss started physical therapy it was hard at time but Criss's can do attitude helped him push through the pain he felt. One day Criss was sitting outside just enjoying the day when Hammie jumped up into his lap. "Hey buddy did you have a fun time exploring" he asked. As Criss patted Hammie he felt something embedded in his fur. Criss took it out as his mother came out with a drink. "What's that Christopher?" she asked. "It's a butterfly cocoon it looks like the butterfly hasn't come out yet"Criss replied showing his mother. "I have to say Christopher when this whole ordeal is done you'll be like that butterfly coming out of its cocoon to fly away"his mother stated. Criss smiled at what his mother said. "Yea right now I'm in a cocoon but when I'm better and on that stage doing Believe I'll be breaking out of the cocoon"Criss stated. "Exactly" giving Criss a kiss. After Criss and his mom were finished talking JD came in with a box full of letters.
"What is that?"Criss asked. "Letters from all of your fans" as Criss looked at some of them. "And this is just half of them I've sent enough flowers to hospitals and retirement homes to start my own flower business"JD added. "Costa's allergies must be going nuts right now"Criss stated as JD sat down. Then Costa came in sneezing. "Bless you Costa"his mother remarked. "Thanks mom"he replied with a stuffy nose. "Allergies getting to you Costa"Criss joked. "Very f-f-achoo-unny"Costa stated wiping his nose. "Costa go home, take a shower and change your clothes" Criss suggested. Costa gave his mom a kiss and left. As Costa opened a door a lady was standing there ready to knock on the door. "Do I have the wrong address I'm looking for Christopher Sarantokas"she inquired looking at a piece of paper. "You have the right address I'm his brother come on in" and she did as Criss used his walker to come in. "You must be Harriett my physical therapist said you might stop by".
She smiled as she went outside with Criss and his mother. "She's hot"Costa stated. "Down boy down"JD said as they left. Outside JD and Costa were getting into their cars when another car pulled up. JD saw it was the lawyer. "Well I came at a good time"he stated. "So how's the case going?"JD asked. "Good but it seems I'm going to need Criss to testify to what happened" Sam replied.