When Marty arrived early the next morning, Nora was asleep in Bo's arms. He had gotten little
sleep himself since nightmares kept her awake most of the night. Now he was watching her sleep like he had so many times before,
only this time he was afraid to wake her. Marty just stood and stared, all to familiar with the numbness a rape could cause.
When Bo heard the door close he looked up; Marty took his hand for moral support and they spoke in hushed tones.
How is she?
Bo: Not good. He tried to attack her again last night.
Marty: Oh My God... is she ok?
She is now. Viki saved her in the nick of time. I have no idea what happened to that scumbag after but I pray to God I never
see his face again. I'm not sure I'll be able to keep my cool for much longer.
Marty: I can't believe they released
him. How many woman is he going to hurt before they get it?
Bo: I don't know. I just hope he stays as far away from
Nora as he can get. If he shows his face again... well lets just say that I can't be responsible for what happens next.
I hear you. How much sleep did you get? You look exhausted.
Bo: she had nightmares for most of the night. I stayed
up with her and just held her until she stopped shaking. Eventually I was able to soothe her fears and she drifted into this.
But I doubt it will last long. she's so traumatized Marty. I don't know what to do for her anymore.
doing it Bo. This... this is all she needs.
Bo: what do you mean?
Marty: She needs someone to be there for
her without expecting anything in return. She needs someone to listen to her and not try to fix things. Basically she just
needs a friend.
I hear you took responsibility for her child... that was a real good thing Bo Buchanan.
At least she can stop worrying about that. With all the rest going on in her life, you gave her a little bit of peace. I know
it's not much, but believe me it's something.
There was a moment of silence and Nora began to come out of it.
Bo: I'm right here baby.
She looked around the room and spotted Marty.
Nora: Oh... Hi Marty. How
long have you been here?
Marty: Not long. Bo and I were just talking.
Nora: Oh. About what?
else? We were talking about you.
marty: and about how amazing you've been through all of this. I know it's not easy
Nora. I can't even imagine what I would have done if I had gotten pregnant after the rape.
Nora: I really don't know
what I'm going to do about that marty. I'm not that amazing, really.
Marty: Sure you are. You're dealing with this
in the best way you know how. You're the strongest person I know Nora Buchanan. But even you are entitled to a break. If you
feel like having a breakdown let me know and I'll be sure to be there. I'm not letting you go through any more of this alone.
Bo: Neither one of us is ok?
Nora: Ok. I think I know better than to try to fight it. Thanks. Both of you.
Bo and Marty: No problem.
after Marty left a little while later, Bo and Nora were suprised when the doors
opened with Antonio and some of the other cops coming in.
Nora: What's going on here? Why the formality?
I'm sorry to have to do this guys... But where were you between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 am today?
Bo: Why? What's
Antonio: Daniel was found dead this morning. From the looks of things, I'd say it was murder.
And you think... you think we did it?
Antonio: Under ordinary circumstances, No. Nora, I know you aren't a murderer.
I know Bo isn't. But the fact is that after he raped you the stakes got a whole lot higher. I have question you both. You're
the prime suspects.
Nora( Crying): I'm not going to pretend that I'm sorry he's dead. He got exactly what he deserved
Antonio. He almost destroyed me that night. If Viki hadn't found me I don't know what would have happened to me.
Look, It's no suprise that we hated him. Nora's right Antonio. I'm not going to deny the fact that I'm glad he's dead. But
you've got a whole town full of people who wanted the very same thing.
Antonio: Does that mean you have an alibi?
Bo: Not one that can be verified. I was here all night Antonio. So was Nora. But there wasn't a whole lot of people
who can verify that.
Antonio: Is that why there was a witness who claims to have seen Nora go into his room about
the time of his Murder?
To Be Continued