Getting past the pain- Part 3
walked into Nora's hospital room, trying in vain to keep his emotions in check. But when he looked at her now, all he saw
was how much he wanted to make her pain go away. He just didn't know how.
He ran his hands through her hair as he
tried to keep himself from crying. But it was useless. He was already a wreck. That's when he took her hand in his.
I have no idea what I'm supposed to do here red. I can't find the words to tell you how sorry I am. [ he pauses as he wipes
the tears from his eyes] I did something a little while ago red; I'm not sure you're going to like it. [pause] I just really
need you to know that everything I did, I did because I want you to be able to feel safe again. I will protect you baby; always.
It was at that precise moment that a groggy Nora began to come out of it.
Bo: That's right.
I'm right here baby.
Nora( a little disoriented): What... What happened?
Bo: You fainted honey. Don't you remember?
putting her hand on her head): I... I don't understand Bo. I haven't passed out like that since... [ she looks up at Bo when
it begins to dawn on her, and immediately gets it by the look on his face] Oh God Bo, tell me it's not true. Tell me this
is all some horrible coincidence. Please tell me I'm not pregnant.
Nora sits up with the tears in her eyes beginning
to fall and Bo joins her on the bed. He pauses slightly, only partially grateful that she guessed it. His heart was breaking
in a million peices for what her life was going to be like now. A constant reminder of that horrible night of inexplicable
brutality; could he really be the one to break it to her? For a slpit second he thought of lying to her; of letting her go
on even for a little while believing it was finally over. But then he remembered their promise to each other; no more lies.
He had to be the one person she could count on in all the craziness; her one safe spot in this crazy mixed up world full of
nothing but terror and heartache. He would be her light at the end of the tunnel if it was the last thing he did. He took
a deep breath and continued.
Bo: I'd give anything to be able to tell you that red. I wish to God this whole thing
never happened. I can't do that honey; all I can do is promise to be there for you every step of the way. I just hope that
She didn't respond to him; she just started screaming and crying at the same time. All he could make out
was the petrified cries of a scared little girl, and the word that she had had to say too much these days. No. Please No.
Tell me this isn't happening. No. It was then that he pulled her into his arms and held her as tight as she would let him.
Bo: It's ok baby. No one is ever going to hurt you again. No one.
Nora: They already have Bo. They already
After she finally pulls away and looks into his eyes, she could tell that there was definitly more to this than
he was letting on. She always knew him so well; she only hoped he wouldn't resent her when she brought it up. She had to know
everything if she was ever to survive.
Nora: There's more to this isn't there?
Bo: What makes you say that?
Oh come on Bo; you don't give me enough credit. I know you like the back of my hand. Now WHAT'S going on?
I ran into Coulson.
Nora: Please tell me you didn't do something stupid. You didn't attack him did you?
stared at her for a while. He wasn't sure how he was going to tell her that he broke his word to her when it came to Coulson.
No more violence- he had promised her that much. And yet when he saw him standing there, he couldn't help it. He wanted so
bad to hurt him like he had hurt her that night; he wanted to rearrange his face or something. But Nora's voice stopped him
from killing him; he could still see her in his mind. He could see her battered and bruised, begging him to help her; he could
see her begging him not to sink to coulsons level. And that was when he stopped. That was when he let go of him. For Nora,
he told himself. All of this was for Nora. She deserved justice. She deserved at least that much. If it was the last thing
he did, he was going to give it to her.
Bo( pausing): I'm sorry Red. I just couldn't help myself.
He was so smug.
Nora: Yeah, well that's coulson for you. So full of himself. [ pause]
Look... don't get me
wrong. I wish to God somebody would make him pay. I wish with all my heart that somebody would do what the law couldn't. I
wish I never had to see his pathetic face again. but it dosn't work like that Bo. You're better than him. [pause]
need to know you're going to be here when I need you... when Matthew needs you. I've accepted that much ok? I need you in
my life Bo. You're the only thing that's getting me through this- you and Matthew and Rachel. My family. You're the only family
I've got ok? You can't do something that's going to get you thrown in your own jail cell. If you can't do it for me then do
it for Gabrielle. I don't think she wants to marry you in a jail cell.
Bo( pausing): well that's ok, because there
is no more me and Gabrielle. We're over.
Nora: what happened?
Bo: Coulson found out about the baby...
Oh God... Bo, what's he going to do now? He'll kill me if he thinks he can control this child. Oh God, I'm never going to
be safe again. I'll always be looking over my shoulder. How could this be happening?
Bo took her hands to prevent
her from losing it and she collapsed in his arms. After the pain subsided a little, she looked up at him in tears.
suddenly confused): What does any of this have to do with you and Gabrielle?
Bo: I made a spur of the minute decision.
I told Coulson the baby was mine.
Nora( shocked): Bo, why would you do that? Did he believe you?
Bo: Oh he
believed me all right. I was very convincing. [pause] And I did it for all the reasons you just said. I wanted you to have
some peice of mind. he talked about you and the baby as if you were his property. I wasn't going to put you in any more danger.
You've been through enough pain to last a lifetime. I wasn't about to betray our friendship to that peice of scum.
Thanks Bo. You really have come through for me. I don't know what I'd do without you.
She hugs him.
something I promise you'll never have to find out. We're friends Nora; that will never change. [ pause] He told Gabrielle
everything I told him. I had to keep the lie going even AFTER he left. She really let me have it about YOU.
well can you blame her? She thinks you betrayed her.
Bo: Honey, she already thought that long before I made up this
lie. Nothing I said made any difference.
Nora: well maybe you should just tell her the truth. maybe it's no too late
for your wedding. You do still want that don't you?
Bo(pausing): Not at your expense I don't. I can't tell her Nora.
If I do, then the whole world will know our secret. She can't keep her mouth shut if her life depended on it.
If it means you'll be happy then I don't care. I'll take my chances with Coulson. I'm not even sure I'll keep this baby anyways.
Well that's your decision to make. I'll support you no matter what. But I'm NOT telling Gabrielle the truth. She's going to
believe what she wants to anyways. And the truth is that I really don't want to marry her anymore. She did me a favor.
Bo: Because I...
Before he had a chance to finish his thought, the door opened and Patrick, Marty and Penny
walked in. Nora was shocked, and relieved at the same time.
Nora: Oh My God... Marty.
Marty( hugging her):
Hey Nora. I heard you could use a friend right about now.
To Be Continued.