As they waited for one more person Criss and the group went outside. "So did everyone do their homework?" Armi asked. "Yea I sat on one of my bikes for thirty seconds before I started to feel a little tightness in my chest"Criss replied. "Armi and I put our feet in the water and went up to about our ankles"Dinga remarked. "What about you Ralph I know that your PTSD started with the war so how did you face a little of your fear?"Criss asked. "Since I got back I kept hearing people screaming and guns firing so I decided to go to a firing range and held a gun like the one I used overseas for a while than my friend took me home". "Not bad". The door bell rang and Criss got it. At the door was Chad and Trace. "I see you found the place". "Not a bad house Christopher need a roommate?" as Criss snickered. "Believe me Trace you're not the first person to ask that come on everyone's here". Everyone came in and sat down in a circle. "Now today we're going to talk about support and Criss tell me about your support system".
"Well my mother who some of you met has been by my side since this happened to me. They were times where my brothers thought it was too much and they told her to go home but my mother wouldn't she'd never forgive herself if I died and she wasn't there for me"Criss remarked wiping a tear away. "My mom's the same way a couple of days before my car accident she kept telling me she was going on a cruise and she can't wait. When I finally came out of my coma the first thing I saw was my mom with tears falling down her face. She told me that when she heard about the accident she forgot about the cruise and got on a plane to be there for me"Chad stated wiping the tears away. When Dimitra came back Criss was cleaning up. "I guess the meeting went good".
"Got four offers for roommates if I need them"Criss joked. Dimitra chuckled as she hung up her coat. "Mom I was thinking have I ever told you what a rock you've been toward me helping me". "Christopher you have just by the way you are right now than you were when I saw you in that hospital room"she remarked. Criss walked over to his mom and gave her a hug. "Thanks mom". "Σας καλωσορίζουμε φτάσει λίγο Ανγκέλ μου" (You're welcome my little angel) Dimitra replied.
A few weeks went by and Criss was going over a few things in his office. He looked at his computer where it said: COURT DECLARES MISTRIAL IN CASE AGAINST KURT BLANCO. Criss turned off the computer and left his office. Criss felt sick to his stomach that the guy who almost killed him had played the courts enough that they declared a mistrial. Criss grabbed his keys to his car and drove until he ended up at Holy Trinity a church that his mother would come to when she was in town. Criss got out and walked in. The place reminded him of an old church in Mexico he saw. Glass stained windows with the names and pictures of the saints pews to the left and right to him. Criss looked up at the altar and stood there. "WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME,?" Criss called out. "ARE YOU PUNISHING ME FOR WHAT I DONE TO MY FAMILY. WHY ARE YOU PUTTING ME THROUGH THIS I WANT TO KNOW".
Nothing could be heard expect Criss's echo. Criss fell to his knees and started to cry. "I just want this nightmare to be over" he stated through his tears With out warning the sky became dark making the church dark as well. Criss got up as he heard rain and thunder, then the lightning flashing through the stain glass windows. Criss saw a silhouette. The person came out and saw it was Father Mykolos. "Christopher I thought that was your car out there" shaking the rain from his coat. "Father Mykolos I thought you retired"Criss remarked wiping the tears away. "I did but I couldn't stay away what are you doing here?" as he lite some candles. "I'm just upset about what's going on with my life" he replied sitting down. "Your mother told me about your accident and what you went through both physical and mentally" sitting next to Criss.
"Well the guy was granted a mistrial now I have to relive my nightmare all over again. I just want to know why this is happening to me I feel like god wasn't there for me". "Christopher he has been there in the forms of your family, the people who saved you that day, the doctors who kept you alive, and therapist who helped you to walk and deal with the mental scars it left"Father Mykolos stated. "It just feels like when I get close to the finish line I get pulled back"Criss said. "Christopher it will get better you just have to believe that you can get to that finish line". "Thanks father" and Criss gave him a hug. Light started to fill the church. "I hate those thunder storms that come out of nowhere" Father Mykolos replied. Criss said nothing as he got up. "I should get back before my mother starts to worry about me" and Criss started to leave. "Christopher!". Criss turned around and looked at the father. "I hope you find the time to come back to us".
Criss smiled as he went back home. When Criss got home he saw his mother sitting on the couch wiping away tears. "Mom what's the matter why the tears?". "I just got a call from your Aunt Stella they found Father Mykolos dead they're saying he had a heart attack in his sleep" she replied. Criss gave his mother a hug while in the back of his mind he thought of what happened at Holy Trinity.
That night Criss was looking out at the stars as JD walked in. "Hey star gazer"he stated pulling up a seat. "Hey JD where's mom?". "Having a girl's night out with Lynn and Dimi so have you hear if they're going to retry Kurt yet?" JD inquired. "Nothing yet but I did get some news from my doctors in a week I can go back to work"Criss replied with a smile on his face. "Congratulation mom is going to flip out when she finds out". "I can't wait to tell her or the crew"Criss remarked. "Well I should go to The Luxor and tell Felix to get the cleaning crew into the production office. It's been closed for so long it will probably look like something out of a horror movie with dust a layer thick and spider webs hanging from the ceiling"JD joked as Criss chuckled. The phone rang and JD picked it up. "Hello". "May I speak to Christopher?". "Hold on" and JD gave it to him. "This is Criss?". "Christopher it's Sam Trust".
"Nice to hear from you again"Criss remarked. "I have some good news for you it seems Kurt's lawyer has decided to take a plea agreement fifteen year in a mental hospital". "Seriously". "Yes Criss you can finally get rid of Kurt and forget what he did". "Well thanks for the good news"Criss replied and hung up. "What was that about?"JD asked. "I don't have to testify again Kurt took a plea agreement fifteen years in a mental hospital". JD gave Criss a hug. It's over it's finally over echoed in Criss's head. At a restaurant the ladies were having dinner when Lynn turned her head to a bar's television and saw a picture of Criss. "Can you turn that up please?"she called out.
KURT BLANCO HAS TAKING A PLEA AGREEMENT OF FIFTEEN YEARS FOR ASSAULT. YOU MIGHT REMEMBER KURT BLANCO WAS ON TRAIL FOR ASSAULTING CHRISTOPHER SARANTAKOS AKA CRISS ANGEL. NO COMMENT IF CRISS WILL BE GOING TO THE SENTENCING.
Dimi, Lynn, and Dimitra all smiled. "Drinks on the house!!"the bartender yelled. The crowd cheered with delight. After dinner Dimitra went home but when she got there Criss wasn't there. "Christopher!!"she called out. All of a sudden she heard a motor outside so Dimitra went outside and pulling up on a motorcycle was Criss. Dimitra just smiled as Criss turned off the bike and took off his helmet. "Christopher I can't believe it you took out one of your bikes" as tears of joy fell down her face. "I thought it was time to finally put my fear into submission and I got to say it felt great to be on a bike again" smiling. Dimitra walked over and gave her son a hug.
As the months passed Criss started to feel like his life was returning to semi normal. His show Believe getting ready to reopen, The Mind freak production office was busy as it was before his accident, and he felt like himself sometimes but Criss joked that if his hip ached it was going to rain which made everyone including his mother laugh. At his house Criss was thinking as JD came in. "Anyone home". "In the kitchen"Criss called out. He came in as Criss was sitting there in a daze. "What's up?". "I was thinking that everything is coming back together expect for one thing. Why Kurt said I needed to pay. For what". "This is going to nag you isn't it"JD said. "I need to go see him and ask him". "Criss the guy is a psycho he almost killed you and you spent nearly a year getting back to the person I'm staring minus the metal inside you". "I know but I have to know it's like when Aunt Stella first showed that card trick and I would bug her to teach me how to do it. That's what I feel like it's that trick that I need to know how to do but nobody knows expect him"Criss replied. "Do you know where this mental facility is exactly". "That's the problem part of the plea agreement was that the place was private so not even the press knows where it is and Mr. Trust won't tell me".
"I guess it's going to be unsolved. Now come on the crew is waiting for you". When they got to the warehouse a woman who looked like a biker was waiting for them. "Can I help you with something?"JD asked. "I'm looking for Criss Angel". "You found him how can I help you?"Criss stated coming out of the car. She walked up to Criss. "My name's Crystal I'm Kurt Blanco's sister". "If you're here to apologize for you crazy-". "Believe me he deserve where he is but I feel like it's a bit of my fault". "What do you mean Crystal?"Criss inquired as they sat down. "The day of your attack I went to talk to Kurt. I told him that my boyfriend abused me. Kurt kept saying he needs to pay for what he did". "I'm confused"JD stated. "My boyfriend has the same build, hair, and the same motorcycle as Criss. The day he attacked Criss his disease made him think you were my boyfriend"Crystal remarked. "So in his mind he was attacking your boyfriend not me". "Yea I hope this answer any questions you had" Crystal remarked. "Yea it does thanks". Crystal said her good-byes and left. That night Criss was at this house alone so he turned on the radio and MARIAH CAREY BUTTERFLY started to play.
When you love someone so deeply they become your life It's easy to succumb to overwhelming fears inside Blindly I imagined I could keep you under glass Now I understand to hold you I must open up my hands And watch you rise
Criss looked around as memories of the pain he went through both mentally and physical. His brothers helping him as he walked around the house with a walker. His mother being there never leaving his side even when it looked like he was going to meet his father.
I can't pretend these tears aren't over flowing steadily
I can't prevent this hurt from almost overtaking me
But I will stand and say goodbye for you'll never be mine
Until you know the way it feels to fly
Criss looked over at the jar that housed the butterfly so Criss walked over to it took the bottle outside. He opened the jar and watched as the butterfly flew off into the sky.
Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun
Criss smiled as the butterfly flew away. When it came time for Believe to reopen the place felt like the first time Criss opened Believe. Criss even saw the people who saved his life standing there. Criss walked over to them and gave them hugs. "We knew you could do it Criss". "With out you guys I'd probably wouldn't be here". They all said thanks as they went to get their seats. In the back as Criss got ready his mother walked in. "You ready Christopher?" she asked as Criss stood up. "Yea but I have to show you something. Criss pulled up his shirt and on his shoulder is a tattoo with a word in Greek: πεταλούδα, "Butterfly interesting" as Criss pulled down his shirt. "It's just what you said mom when I found that butterfly cocoon. I was in that cocoon but now I'm free to spread my wings and fly again. She gave her son a kiss and told him he was ready to spread his wings Criss walked out and the crowd went crazy to see Criss Angel emerge out of his cocoon and back to where he belonged.
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