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The Ties that Bind- Part 4

She woke up in a hospital with a splitting headache and feeling like a train had just hit her. She could see the room spinning, and could barely make out the image in front of her but she prayed to God it wasn't him. When she felt a hand on her shoulder she freaked out.

Nora: No, no don't touch me. Stay away from me. No.

The doctor looked up into the eyes of the woman, who looked just like a scared little girl, and she knew exactly what had happened; She only hoped she could get through to her.

Hey sweetie, it's ok. You're safe now.

She stopped shaking momentarily and looked up into the eyes of the woman who had once been one of her closest friends. She couldn't believe her eyes.

Nora (crying): Marty?

Marty: That's right baby. I'm right here.

Nora: Oh God… I thought… I thought…

Marty: I know honey; you thought it was him.

Nora: What am I supposed to do Marty? I'm so scared.

Marty: I've been there sweetie; and I don't want you to worry about a thing. I've got everything under control.

Nora: What do you mean?

Marty: Oh Nora, I about lost my mind when I heard the headlines about your death. I can only imagine what your family must be going through back home. (Pause) I called Bo to come and get you. When he heard that you were alive, he was so relieved he started weeping from the other side of the line. I swear to God Nora, it was the first time I had ever heard a grown man cry like that. As strong as he is, you still make him Vulnerable.

Nora: Oh God… I've missed him. I've missed him so much. (She starts crying) He's all I thought about for the last 2 years… him and our son Matthew.

Marty: So you finally had that child you always wanted huh? See Nora, Miracles really do come true.

Nora: Yeah… but we didn't know he was OUR son until just recently. We thought he

Was Sam's.

Marty: I don't understand.

Nora: I made a terrible mistake when his son Drew Died. I threw everything away when I tried to give him a reason to live.

Marty: Oh My God… Nora, you slept with another man.

Nora: Please don't hate me. I regretted every second I was in Sam's arms. All I wanted was to be with Bo… But we thought he couldn't have children… and I thought he'd kill himself if I didn't give him a child. I wish I had listened more to my head for once in my life. Maybe we'd still be together.

Marty: I'm so Sorry Nora. I know how hard that must have been for you.

Nora: It just about killed me.

Marty: I know. (They hug) Now tell me sweetie, what happened? You were raped weren't you?

Nora: Over and over again. (Pause) For two years I was his prisoner. For two years I had to give him exactly what he wanted. I'll never forget the first time it happened.

She had a flashback of him grabbing her hair and throwing her down on the bed.

Nora: He was so angry. I thought he was going to kill me at first. Then he tied my hands behind my back so I couldn't move. I could feel his breath down my throat. I could smell the scent of his old spice. And the only thing I wanted was to disappear. I knew what would happen next.

Marty: He raped you?

Nora: Yeah. It felt like time stood still. I kept expecting that it would end, but it seemed to go on forever. I kept screaming at him to stop. No. Please No. Don't do this. But he didn't care. He just kept making his way inside me by force. I had no say in any of this. When it was over, he just walked away, and I just lay there staring at the ceiling. It was then that I knew that the world as I knew it was over.

Marty: Oh God Nora… How did you ever survive for two years? I barely survived what happened to me.

Nora: I had no choice Marty; my sanity depended on it.

Marty: so what did you do?

Nora: I closed my eyes and thought of a happier time; every time I thought of Bo. I thought of all the millions of times we were in each other's arms. When we were dancing, when we were making love, when we were just hanging out. It didn't much matter Marty; it kept me alive. Other times I thought about my pride and joy Matthew. I thought of all the sweet memories we had. And it just kept me fighting harder.

Marty: I'm glad. (Pause) I take it the man who brought you is the one responsible?

Nora: Yep. His name is Troy and he's a doctor. Or at least he was. (Pause) But actually his name's not really Troy. He's been pretending to be his twin brother Troy. His real name is Collin.

Marty: Why

Nora: Because he's crazy. Because he's obsessed with me. Because he blames me for KILLING him. (Pause) Bo's current flame Gabrielle is involved too. She teamed up with Collin because she wanted me out of the way.

Marty: That's terrible.

Nora: Yeah, well she'll pay. She'll lose Bo for this. And you know what? She'll deserve it. I was never a threat until now? (Pause) I hope she realizes that if she tries to pull a fast one on Collin, She'll die a long and slow death. I may not like her very much, but I don't want her dead. Collin is another story. I could kill him for what he's done.

Marty: Well you'd get away with it. Double Jeopardy comes in handy in cases like this.

Nora: Nah. I'll just let him rot away in prison.

Marty: Good choice.

A couple minutes later Bo opens the door and Nora is overcome with happiness.

Nora: Bo?

Bo: Oh God. It is you?

Marty: Uh… I'll leave you two alone. Be careful Bo. She's been to hell and back.

After she leaves, Bo walks over to her bed and takes her in his arms. They cry and hold on to each other for what seems like hours.

Bo: Are you Ok Red?

Nora: I am now.

Bo: Oh Nora… You are real aren't you?

Nora: as real as can be. Oh I've missed you so much.

He pulls her tighter in his arms and for the first time in 2 years she felt completely safe.

Bo: Nora, I have to tell you something. It's waited 2 years. Now it can't wait another second.

Nora: well I'm not going anywhere, in case you haven't noticed.

Bo: Ok then. (Pause) I need to tell you what's in my heart.

Nora: Bo, it's ok. You don't have to do this.

Bo: Yes I do. You see Nora, I'm still in love with you and I want you back. Please tell me it's not to late.

Nora looked up at him in shock, and then she broke down.

Nora: Please don't say that Bo. You can't love me.

Bo: Why not?

Nora: Because… Because I'm damaged goods.

To be continued. 
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