It was a particularly brutally cold January night. Mac Taylor and his girlfriend Aubrey Hunter were standing outside one of Mac and his friend's favorite bars, The King's Ale House. Mac had met the young women at a deli that he had been going to in New York for ten years.
Aubrey had been in the Air Force Reserves as a doctor. She had just gotten back form a tour in Afghanistan the year before she and Mac met. After she gotten out of the Reserves Aubrey had taken up a job at an local hospital as an ER doctor.
Mac Taylor looked at his watch and smiled to himself. He was going to be right on time. He was on his way to have dinner with Ella McBride the young women he helped after her mother viciously murdered her own father. Ella had reached out to him and Mac try as he might could not break ties with her. Mac's second in command and closest friend Stella Bonasera had told him to not get himself further involved with Ella saying that she could be dangerous. For the first time he could remember Mach chose to refuse his good friend's advice.
He did the exact opposite. Mac had over the months since Ella...