"Do you mind coming back Criss is having physical therapy right now". "Sure have Criss call me" and the lawyer left. That night Criss was having dinner with his mother and his brothers. "So they decided to do water therapy?". "Yea they thought it might be easier on my hip and pelvis. Now what's wrong with you guys you look like you've come from a funeral"Criss replied. "We ran into that lawyer and he told us that you have to testify at the trial" Costa remarked. Criss got up grabbed his walker and started outside until one of the wheels caught on a cracked tile. Criss fell. "Mother !!"Criss declared. "Let me help you Criss"JD stated coming over but Criss pushed him back. "I can do this JD back off"Criss replied. "Come on Criss let him help you"Costa stated. "NO I'm not a baby!!".
Criss got up and went outside. "What was that about?". "Just leave him alone for a while" Dimitra replied. After dinner Dimitra asked the boys to go somewhere so she could talk to Criss by herself. "Let's go get a drink" and they left. Outside Criss was just swinging back and forth in his hammock as Dimitra came out. "You all right Christopher?". "Honestly I don't feel like myself"he admitted. "What do you mean?". "My mind and soul are here but my body isn't. I thought that I could finally put this thing behind me but now I have to relive it and I don't want to"Criss admitted wiping some tears away.
"Christopher I know you don't want to but if you don't the man who did this to you may get away with this" she stated. "I know but I-I-just not ready to remember the pain or being on the verge of leaving you, Costa, and everyone I know". Dimitra wiped the tears away from her child. "It's going to be all right we're going to be there for you" she said. Criss smiled at his mother. "Thanks mom". She kissed Criss's forehead. "I'll leave you alone just give me a holler if you need help" she stated and went inside.
That night after everyone went to bed Criss couldn't go to sleep fearing his nightmares may come back to haunt him. Criss just stared at the star light sky a few feet from where he slept. It was muggy night so Dimitra left the door to the pool open a little to let some fresh air in and make sure no outside animals came in. Criss really didn't want to testify at this trial or see the guy who did this to him. Criss sighed and closed his eyes. "Christopher time to wake up". Criss opened his eyes and saw his mother waking him. "Hey mom what's going on" when he saw it was seven in the morning. "We have visitors coming over why don't you let Costa help you get ready" his mother remarked. "Sure yo Cost!!"Criss called out. Costa came down the stairs and helped Criss into the bathroom. "Just don't run over my foot again I'm just starting to get the feeling back"Costa remarked as they left. Dimitra chuckled.
After Criss got washed up and dressed the door bell rang. "Sit down Christopher before you fall again". Criss hated being ordered around but he did what his mother told him. The door opened and three people came in who Criss didn't know. "Please sit down you remember my son Christopher" she remarked. "He looks better than the last time we saw him" a woman stated. One of the guys noticed the look on Criss's face. "You don't remember us well considering how we met I won't take it as an insult,"the man stated. "I'm Jackson Prayer, this is Jenny Lundi and my baggier Jason McMahon. We were all there when Kurt went nuts on you". Criss's jaw fell to the floor. "All of you helped me"Criss remarked. "Yes we all witnessed what Kurt did to you"Jackson stated. "Honestly we almost thought you were going to die on your way to the hospital"Jenny replied. "We found out a few days after the accident that you survived". "Sometimes I don't feel that way"Criss admitted. "Christopher you can't let what happen get you down. you're going to be the same person you were before". "But now I have to relive this mess in a few days because they want me to testify and I don't want to"Criss replied. Jenny sat next to Criss.
"Criss we all had to testify to what happened that day. There were times when I wanted to hurt Kurt just the way he hurt you"Jenny remarked. "We all wanted revenge but I think if Kurt is found guilty of his crimes this will be the pay back for what you're going through right now"Jason added. Criss started to smiled which Dimitra hadn't seen in a few days. "Thanks this has been a real kick in the pants and I want to thank you for what you all did that day"Criss replied. "Criss just seeing you here breathing and talking is the best thank you ever"Jackson said. "I promise this to all of you when I'm back on that stage at The Luxor I want you guys to be my guests for my first show back"Criss swore to them. "We'll be in the front row cheering you on Chris" Jackson said. After talking to them for a while Criss said his good-byes and thanked them again.
Since the meeting with the people who helped keep him alive Criss started to feel like himself: mind body and spirit little by little. At the house Dimitra and JD had come back from shopping. They came in and saw Criss doing some exercises on the floor. "How about after that you do a one arm push up"JD suggested. Criss faked laughed as Costa came down the stairs. "Did you find it Costa?". "Yea"he replied. "What did you find Costa?" Dimitra inquired. "Well I got some good news the walker is now gone I've upgraded to a cane"Criss replied. "That's wonderful Christopher" Dimitra exclaimed giving her son a kiss. "And when the therapist comes back we're going to try going upstairs one by one"Criss added. "That's good Criss"JD stated patting him on the back. A knock came to the door and Costa got it as JD helped Criss up. "Thanks I still need help getting up off the floor" Criss whispered. "Christopher you look good". Criss turned around and saw Felix. Criss gave Felix a hug. "It's good to see you Felix"Criss remarked as they sat down.
"Your family has been keeping me updated on your progress and I'm glad that you're improving day by day"Felix stated. "I just got upgraded from walker to cane so I'm getting there"Criss replied smiling. "That's good The Luxor isn't the same with out you around but everyone is pushing you to come back". They talked for a while until Felix had to get back to The Luxor. He gave Criss one more hug and left. "That was nice for Felix to stop by" Dimitra remarked. "Yea"Criss said. "What's wrong Criss?"JD inquired. "I'm apprehensive if I can do Believe again or will I have to close it"Criss stated. "Don't worry about that Christopher until you have to" Dimitra replied. That afternoon Criss was in the pool doing laps while Costa was reading the paper outside when a knock came to the back door. "Criss slow down you're not swimming the English channel" Costa remarked. Costa opened the door and saw it was Sam.
"Mr. Trust nice to see you" as he came in. "I just wanted to talk to Criss for a minute"he said. "Come on" and they went to the pool where Criss was sitting catching his breath. "Christopher you look a bit winded". "Well I just doing some laps Costa can you help me" Criss inquired. Costa rolled up his pants and helped Criss out of the pool. Costa gave him his cane and put a towel over him. "Thanks bro" as Criss went over to one of the chairs. "I see they upgraded you to a cane instead of the walker". "I'm getting there so what can I do for you" Criss asked. "Well it seems you're up on the witness stand tomorrow now I know we've gone over your testimony a hundred times". "Try a thousand but I'm ready"Criss replied. "Well let's good I'll see you tomorrow" and the lawyer left. After he left memories started hitting Criss like lightning bolt. He needs to pay for what he did and the pain he felt when that steel pipe hit his ribs like a baseball player trying to hit a home run. Costa turned to Criss and saw Criss was breathing heavily. “Criss relax” but his breathing got heavier to the point where Criss started sweating. “Criss relax you’re hyperventilating”.
“I-feel like I’m ha-a-a-ving a hea-a-a-art attack”Criss replied. “Criss you’re all right you’re having a panic attack”. Costa went inside and grabbed a paper bag. “Here breath into this” giving Criss the bag. As he did that Dimitra and JD came in. “What’s going on?” as Criss started to relax. “Just take it easy Criss I’ll be right back,” and went into the kitchen. “Criss had another panic attack” Costa stated. “God ever since they’ve been preparing him for the trail he’s been having them more and more”Dimitra remarked. “Guys I really think we should talk to Mr. Trust about having Criss testify he may a panic attack while on the stand” Costa suggested. JD looked at Criss still holding the paper bag in his hand and went outside. “You all right?” he asked. “Yea god I hated these panic attacks I should be use to them” Criss joked. “Criss we’ve been talking and we think you shouldn’t testify tomorrow”. “I want to testify I want to face this guy like I did with Silverton” Criss remarked.
“We know that but we’re afraid that it’s going to be too much and you may have an attack in the court room”JD suggested as Costa and their mother came in. Criss didn’t know what to say he knew that they had their hearts in the right place but he wanted to face Kurt even it meant having a panic attack in front of everyone."I know you guys mean well but I don't care if I do have a panic attack I need to do this". "Why Christopher?" Dimitra asked. "I need to face this guy face to face. Ever since the accident he's been in my dreams. Remember when I almost drowned at Silverton and you brought me up because you knew something was wrong. That's the way I feel sometimes that Kurt is holding me down and I need to face him to get that feeling back I had when I did Silverton the second time"Criss replied. "Are you sure Criss?"Costa asked. Criss nodded. "All right Criss we'll be there for you". "Thanks" he replied. The next day Criss was washing up and when he came back out Dimitra was coming down with a suit. "Here you go Christopher" she remarked. "Thanks mom" giving her a kiss. As Criss was changing Dimitra went over to a jar that held the butterfly cocoon than she noticed that the case was breaking a little. "CHRISTOPHER!!"she called out.
Criss came in with his shirt half buttoned. "What mom". "Look the cocoon is breaking"she replied. Criss watched as a butterfly came out of the cocoon. "Wow!!"Criss remarked as the butterfly stretched out its wings. "Look at the colors it's like looking at a painting". Criss just smiled. The door opened and Costa and JD came in. "What are you looking at?". "The butterfly emerged" as they took a look. "Wow that's amazing". After they looked at it Criss finished getting ready and they left.
As they drove to the court house Criss just stared out the window. "You all right Criss?"JD asked. "Yea"Criss replied. JD put his hand on Criss's shoulder which made Criss smile. At the courthouse reporters and the news were everywhere. "Wow I've never seen this many reporters and news crews here" Mr. Trust said. "What do expect nobody has seen Criss Angel since his accident this will be his first public appearance". When they got to there Criss couldn't believe all of the news crew. "Let's go find another way in"JD suggested. "No I want to go in this way JD"Criss remarked. "All right". When the car pulled up and Criss got out the place went crazy. "Criss how are you feeling?"a reporter asked. "Better than six months ago"Criss replied. "Are you ready to face the man who almost killed you"another reporter replied as Criss got up to the top. "Let me say this I have no clue why Mr. Blanco did this to me but I hope he gets what he deserves" and Criss went in.
Back at The Luxor Criss's crew were watching a channel that was broadcasting the trial. Inside Criss and his family sat down. Criss just sat there until they brought in Kurt and Criss started to remember what Kurt did to him. Dimitra noticed the look On Criss's face so she took Criss's hand. Criss looked at his mom and started to feel better. "Call your next witness Mr. Trust" the judge stated. "I call Christopher Sarantakos". Criss got up and walked to the stand. "Criss looks good"Doug said. Criss sat down and they swore him in. Remember Angel don't panic he can't hurt you here Criss said to himself as Mr. Trust started. "Christopher tell the court what happened that day". "I was just out for a ride and I saw this Liquor store so I decided to go in as I looked around Kurt came up to me and told him he needed the alcohol I had in my hand". "I guess you didn't give to him".
"No but when I came outside Kurt tried to grabbed it from me and the bottle broke all over the ground"Criss replied. "Now after that what did Kurt do?". "He-he hit me knocking me to the ground than-". "Take your time Christopher I know this is hard to remember". Criss took some deep breaths. "He got onto my bike and ran over my legs and my pelvis" Criss replied. Everyone started to whisper as Mr. Trust showed the x-rays of Criss's legs and pelvis to the juror. "Now what do you remember after that?". "Dragging myself anywhere I ended up against a car trying to fight the pain I was in but Kurt wasn't done. Kurt took a steel pipe and hit me so hard that all my ribs broke than everything went black. The next thing I remember is being in a hospital with iron rods popping out of my leg and being in a diaper thing" Criss replied.
"Thank you Criss". "Now Criss did you do anything to my client to provoke him in any way?". "No" he replied. "He's lieing!!!"Kurt called out. "Ms. Garret control your client" the judge replied. "He must pay". Then Kurt got up and ran towards Criss until the court officers slammed him to the ground. "Take Mr. Blanco out of the court". As they took Kurt out he kept saying: he needs to pay he needs to pay.
A few days had passed since the trial and Criss was outside at Serenity as JD came over. As he put his hand on Criss's shoulder Criss turned around and pointed a gun right in front of JD’s face. "Criss relax it's just me" putting up his hands. Criss put the gun back into his pocket. "Sorry I thought you were Kurt or someone"he replied. "Criss what is up with you lately. I saw you sell some of your motorcycles to a couple of people, You haven't left this house since the trial and now you have a gun" JD remarked. "It's just for protection excuse me" and Criss went to his office. At the production office JD told Costa what happened. "Are you serious Criss pulled a gun on you"Costa stated. "Yea and I betch you it isn't legal Costa I think Criss might have PTSD"JD replied. "Me too but what can we do you know Criss won't admit it" Costa stated. “There’s only one person that can get through to Criss and that’s mom” JD remarked. At the house Criss was looking outside when he heard the door open.
He grabbed the gun and walked quietly to the forway. He was about to point it when he saw it was his mom. Criss hid the gun and went to greet his mom. “Hey mom how was lunch with Lynn” giving her a hug. “Good but I came to talk to you alone Christopher”. They sat down at the table. “What do you want to talk about?” he inquired. “Christopher ever since the trial you’ve changed and it isn’t good,”. Criss rolled his eyes. “Christopher you were always an outdoor child your father had to drag you in the house at night but now you just stay in the house and the back yard; and you’ve sold a couple of your motorcycles. Now I hear you have a gun,”. Criss said nothing. "Christopher your brothers and I think you could be suffering from PTSD”. Tears fell down his face. “I think you’re right mom I’ve been having those nightmares again and when I tried to leave the house I can't breath and every time I look at a motorcycle I keep seeing Kurt on it and the pain I felt when he ran me over” Criss replied as the tears fell down his face. Dimitra walked over to her son and wiped the tears away.
“Now that the physical part of the attack are fixed It’s time to repair the mental parts but first give me the gun”. Criss got up and got the gun. He took the magazine and the bullet that was the chamber out and gave the gun to his mother which she put on the table. “I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I’m scared”Criss stated wiping the tears away. Dimitra gave Criss a hug and told him she wasn’t going to let him fight this alone.
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A few days passed and Criss started to see a psychiatrist for his PTSD and even went to a support group. At the house Costa was cleaning a few things up as his mother came in. "So has Christopher come back yet?". "Nope but I think he's getting better he sat on one of his motorcycle for a little while"he replied. "Well at least he stepped out of the house"Dimitra stated. "Yea I couldn't see Criss as an agorphobic"Costa remarked. The door opened and Criss walked in. "So how was therapy?"she asked. "Good she's really helping me with what happened and what it's done to me mentally" Criss replied. "A guy named Trace called he said that the support group will be here at seven". "All right" and Criss started to go upstairs to change as Dimitra followed him. "Why did you invite the support group to the house?" she asked.
"They don't have a lot of money to rent a place so to make it easier for some of the guys they have it at their house and it's my turn"Criss said. Around six Criss was putting some water in the frig when a knock came to the door. "Mom can you get that for me?"Criss called out. Dimitra went to the door and a man who was six feet and big enough to play for a football team was standing there. "Hello I'm here for the PTSD meeting". "Please come in I'm Dimitra Christopher's mother" as they shook hands."Hey Ralph I see you met my mom"Criss stated. "Just as you described her Criss right down to her smile" as Dimitra blushed. "I have some water in the frig chilling and some soda also I've locked the liquor cabinet"Criss stated. "Very smart Christopher I just hope Chad's wheelchair can fit through the door". "If not we bring him around back I could fit a mac truck through my back door"Criss joked. "Very funny how about taking me on a tour before the group shows up"Ralph asked. "Sure we'll start in the entertainment center".
After a few minutes the door bell rang and Dimitra got it. A woman and a guy were standing there. "You must be apart of the group please come in". "Criss wasn't kidding about having the room"she stated in aww. "Dam I may need a map just to find the bathroom"he said. "Christopher more people are here"she called out. Criss and Ralph came down. "I think when football season starts up I'm coming here". "Amir Dinga I see you made it and met my mom"Criss stated. "Don't tell me your mom works for you"he stated. "No she's been my lifeline through my journey so to speak" Criss replied. "Christopher you're going to make me blush again". "Mom it's almost seven you're going to miss the movie with Dimi and JD"Criss reminded her. "Thank you Christopher I nearly forgot". She grabbed her purse as Criss got the door. "Hope you have a good night Mrs. D"Ralph stated. Dimitra waved good-bye and left. "Mrs. D what are we Happy Days"Armi said as Criss snickered