Shawn's world literally comes crashing down as he's crippled by a devastating injury.
As he struggles to communicate something important, a crime that's been haunting him since his accident, his friends and family try to cope with the fact that Shawn may never be the same again.
Set after season 7 "Nip and Suck it"
Categories: Season, Alternate Universe Characters: Gus, Henry, Juliet, Karen, Lassiter, Maddie Spencer, Shawn
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Casefile, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Suspense
Warnings: Sensitive Material
Chapters: 12 Completed: Yes
Word count: 40343 Read: 10825
Published: October 13, 2014 Updated: January 01, 2015
I've been hinting about this one for a while, and finally here it is. For 10 months I've been calling this, "The Head Injury Story" and finally, I've come up with a song, and a title that fits the story like no other.
There are also lyrics before every chapter (And for the story itself), but contrary to being a songfic, I picked the songs out AFTER writing the chapter to reflect some of the themes I was going for.
A huge thank you to MagicAmethyst80 for being the most patient person in the world. I've written this for her and it's taken me almost a year. It's a couple chapters away from being done, but the first six are set in stone, so I figured it was time to post.
NOTE: There are some tough themes in this and some harsh words later on do not reflect my beliefs on people with mental/physical disabilities.
Also, thank you so much to moondragon23 for beta reading this.
*I DO NOT OWN PSYCH*
Believe in me
I know you've waited for so long
Believe in me
Sometimes the weak become the strong
Believe in me
This life is not always what it seems
Believe in me
Cause I was made for chasing dreams
Stained- "Believe in Me"
3. Doctor, Doctor by Redwolffclaw [Reviews - 3] (2912 words)
We're now starting to get into the meat of the story. I tried not to get too technical, but like I said I wanted to keep this pretty realistic.
4. Dear Agony by Redwolffclaw [Reviews - 1] (3090 words)
The song at the beginning of this chapter was my muse for a lot of the story and it was the reason I decided to put lyrics at the beginnings of the chapters. It's a very powerful song about suffering, but trying to fight through pain/misery.
This chapter shows a lot of what is happening in the other character's lives due to Shawn's illness. I really enjoyed getting into their heads and showing Shawn from their point of view instead of his own. Like I've mentioned before, a lot of people with head injuries see themselves as normal, but from a different perspective you can see his shortcomings.
NOTE: There are some opinions in this chapter that I do not share. I am just highlighting some of the alternate "VIEWPOINTS" that I've had to deal with when working with the mentally challenged.
7. Rehab by Redwolffclaw [Reviews - 2] (4289 words)
This chapter gets back to Shawn's POV and again has views concerning the mentally challenged that I do not condone, but it is the reality people with disabilities have to live in.
Thank you guys SOOO much. It feels good to know the story entertains. :D
*Because of some events around the country, I have to do an extra disclaimer and say that I wrote this chapter in February of 2014. I'll explain more at the end because I don't want to ruin the chapter, but suffice to say this chapter was not inspired by recent events.)
Sorry about the lateness guys! Real life and getting the chapter to my awesome beta Moondragon23 little late this week. :P
This chapter is all full of angst. Seriously, really angsty and feelzie. (Is that even a word?) Anyway, I'm trying to finish the story before the new year. Have two more chapters to type, but three more chapters to go on the story after this one.
Thanks so much to everyone who reviewed and enjoyed the story so far.
WOW, the response to the last chapter was awesome and flattering. Thank you all so much!
Now for the part everyone has been waiting for. Meeting Trevor Jones!
11. Getting Away With Murder by Redwolffclaw [Reviews - 4] (5994 words)
I've put a lot of work into this chapter. It was a lot of editing and tweaking to get it right. Thank you so much Moondragon23 for all your help and beta-ing.
*I posted two chapters within a day of each other, so please check and see if you have read chapter 11 before coming to this one.*
Thanks to everyone who reviewed! I really appreciate it and hope you like the ending. It was a long year getting this done, but your encouragement made it all worth it.
The lyrics for this chapter hold a big significance for Shawn, because it really says what he has gone through, and that he is still there.