The ties that bind- Part 5
Damaged? Nora, how could you say that? None of this is your fault.
Nora: But it dosn't change the facts Bo. I was raped.
Over and over again. And I had no choice but to shut my eyes and pretend it wasn't happening.
Bo: Do you mind if I
ask how you did that?
Nora: I focused my attention on something else... anything else. And sometimes I would just pretend
it was you.
Bo: I'm sorry Red. I'm sorry I couldn't stop this from happening.
Nora: This isn't your fault
Bo. There's no way you could have known. There's no way any of us could have.
Bo: He robbed us of our lives Red. Me
and Matthew were miserable without you. Can you honestly say that that dosn't matter Red?
Nora: Of course not. It
matters a great deal. I just can't be with you right now... I can't be with anyone.
Bo: That's not what I'm asking
Nora: Then what ARE you asking? You and I both know that that was a big part of our relationship in the past.
pausing): but it wasn't ALL of it was it? Nora, our relationship has always been more than just physical. It's more important
to me to connect with you on an emotional level then it ever was physically.
Nora: How can you say that Bo? Do you
remember what it was like to spend the night in each others arms? Because I do. And it kills me that I can't do that anymore...
that I can't give you the part of myself that every man I've ever known has always wanted the most.
Bo: Listen to
me Red... I'm not Sam... And I'm not Troy... and I'm not Collin... I know every single one of them has hurt you badly. But
believe it or not I'm not after your body...no matter how sexy it is...
Nora: You're not?
Bo: No. I'm after
something so much more valuable. I'm after your heart.
Nora( tears in her eyes): Nobody's ever loved me like you do.
Nobody's ever said something so incredibly beautiful.
Bo: That's because they were fools Red. They threw the best
thing they ever had in the garbage. And they didn't even know it.
Nora: Well... you would be included in that stack
too Bo. You left me too.
Bo: I'm not denying that I was a fool Red. I didn't see what was right in front of my face.
I'll regret that for the rest of my life and beyond. But I'm here now. And I'm offering you the chance of a lifetime. If you
turn it down, I'd totally understand. But I'm not going to ask you again so please don't take this lightly ok?
I never do when it comes to you. That's my problem.
Bo: I don't see it as a problem at all. I'm not suprised that
you feel like you can't trust me.
Nora: I do trust you Bo. You're the only one I DO trust these days. That's what's
Bo: Ok... But do you love me? Can you honestly tell me that your heart isn't capable of being mended at some
point in your life? I'll walk away Red... If you tell me that I don't have a chance. But if there's even the slightest possibility
then I need to know.
Nora: My heart is already taken... ( he looks at her a little worried. She takes his hand) I lost
my heart all those years ago when I spilled into your life. There's never been another for me Bo. You're it. You're all I've
ever wanted. And it scares me.
Bo: What does?
Nora: That I need you so much. I don't think I could handle another
breakup with you Bo. It almost killed me the first time.
Bo: I know the feeling. losing you was the one thing that
almost broke me. and believe it or not, I need you too. I have no intention of leaving you this time.
Nora: What if
you can't help yourself? what if... what if...
He grabbed her hands and took her in his arms.
Bo: Don't think
like that Red. The past is the past. We've both made more than our fair share of wrong moves. None of that matters now. All
that matters is what's in here. ( he points to his heart) When I look at you now, all I see is the woman who owns my heart.
I don't see your mistakes. And I can promise never to hold them against you. What about you? What do you see?
I see the man who has been the center of my life for more years then I can remember. I see the man who holds my heart and
soul. I see the one person in this world who has never given up on me. But I don't see your mistakes. And I will never hold
them against you Bo. From here on out we're wiping the slate clean.
Bo: Well in that case... ( pausing) I'm Bo Buchanan,
and you are?
Nora: Nora... Nora hannen.
Bo: Well it's nice to meet you Nora Hanen... ( they shake hands)
Well Bo, now that we are aquainted, is there something you would like to ask me?
Bo: Can I take you out to dinner on
Nora: Well... that depends...
Nora: Well I have a 7 year old who is just dying to
check out the bowling alley. You intersted?
Bo: I would love to ms. Hanen. What time should I pick you up?
4:00. that way we can get a few hours in before Matthew tires out. Then you can take us to dinner... and maybe.. just maybe...
if you play your cards right... I just might let you kiss me...
Bo: Well with an offer like that, I will be there will
Nora: Good. Now if you don't mind, I'd like to get some rest.
Bo: I'll see you saturday...
he starts to walk away he turns around to face her.
Bo: I'm glad your back. We
really have missed you you know.
Nora: I missed you too. Will you give Matthew a kiss from me.
Bo: I certainly
And with that he disapeared, leaving Nora with the first smile she had had in two years, unaware that it was
one of the first he had had in exactly the same time.
To be continued.