...................... I was talking to the doctor as the door
opened and Drew walked in.
"I'm going to go check on some of my other patients now you have
someone here" she smiled getting up from the chair "and I'll let
you tell him" she patted my arm gently and walked out.
"How was your shower?" I asked looking at Drew.
"Felt good" he came over and sat on the side of the bed "I need
to talk to you Baby"
"You look serious" I pulled myself up a little in the bed
"They caught Bret trying to get in to the hospital" He put his
hands over mine as I started to shake "He was shot because he
tried to pull a knife… they took him to the ER"
"He's here" my breathing was getting faster as terror gripped me
again "Drew No" Drew pulled me into his arms
"It's okay… I went and confronted him" Drew stroked the side of
my face "He's never going to hurt you ever again He died" I
blinked and looked at Drew "He's dead we saw him die we heard the
monitors flat line and the doctors call time of death"
"He'll still come I know…" I tried to understand what Drew was
"Baby he can't he's gone to hell where he belongs he can't hurt
you anymore he can't come after you and we can get on with our
lives" He held my face in his hands "I wouldn't lie to you he's
"So he can't" The tears welled in Drew's eyes as he smiled and
shook his head "We're free of him" the words caught in my throat
as he rested his forehead against mine and nodded I couldn't hold
back the emotion I broke down feeling the feeling of dread and
fear lift from me all I could feel was the aching from my body
and the warmth of Drew's breath on my face as his lips found mine
the deepness of the kiss made me feel safe finally. The sound of
the door opening and a cough made Drew pull back a little but
leaving him close enough that I was still wrapped in his arms
Matt stood looking at us smiling.
"They carted him away to the morgue" Matt beamed walking over to
us "You're free sis" Drew moved away from me so matt could tazke
his place hugging me "No more being scared no more worrying"
"I know" I nodded against his shoulder.
"You mind if I go see B and Ethan and let them know" he asked
"Sure" I nodded slumping back against the pillows. Matt got up
and dropped a kiss on my head
"Love you Autumn"
"Love you too bro" I watched as he walked out and Drew sat back
down at my feet. "You look exhausted"
"I was scared… the emotions that were running through me when I
was face to face with that…" Drew couldn't find the right words
to describe Bret. "I walked out after telling him he would never
have a holdover you and I couldn't stand Matt and Trent found me
sitting on the floor" he looked at me "I wanted to hurt him so
much seeing him lay there a tube shoved into his chest and blood
everywhere…" Drew pulled a face 'But I knew if I did something
stupid then he'd win and I'd be taken off by the cops leaving you
alone again… so I said what I needed to and walked away"
"Thank you" I murmured he looked at me with a puzzled expression
"For not leaving me"
"Sorry Mrs. Donovan" he smiled "You're stuck with me" he stroked
the back of my hand with hs fingers stopping to run them over my
wedding band. The door opened ad the doctor walked in and smiled.
"So did you tell him" I shook my head.
"Tell me what?" Drew asked looking from me to the Doctor and back
"I can come home" I said smiling wincing as it hurt the side of
"Well if you have your car here then I can't see why she can't
leave now as long as the papers are signed" the doctor sad
handing me a file and a pen "I think you'll heal better at home"
she smiled taking the file back as I signed the papers "I'll get
you a set of scrubs to wear to go home and Drew there's a scrum
of media outside waiting for a statement as you know so if you
want to take the car to the rear of the hospital we can go out
the back way" she walked out of the room.
"I can't wait till we can get home" he smiled getting up and
reaching in his pocket for a set of keys.
"You're not the only one" I nodded as the doctor brought me a set
of scrubs in.
"Call if you need help getting dressed okay" she smiled I nodded
and waited for her to close the door.
"You want me to help you" Drew asked.
"Sure" I turned round so he could un-tie the fastenings of the
hospital gown I heard the gasp as I pulled off the thin cotton
for the first time showing him the cuts and bruises on my
"I wish I had of hurt him now" he muttered helping me on with the
top and then the pants of the scrubs.
"Not pretty is it?" I asked facing him.
"I knew all of what he did but seeing the marks brings it all
home" he swallowed hard. "I'm so sorry baby" he trailed his
fingers down my arm and over the bandages of the burns on my
"You didn't do it" I sighed linking my fingers with him "Take me
home Drew… Please…"………………….