Author: Deana PM
Nick's recent past with Rae returns to haunt him...with a deadly vengeance.Rated: Fiction T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 12 - Words: 16,207 - Reviews: 118 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 02-12-03 - Published: 01-09-03 - Status: Complete - id: 1169926
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With the resolution of the very stressful situation, Nick was finally able to get the rest he needed, and work on finally recovering. His fever left within the next couple of days, and he regained more strength.
The day he was finally allowed to leave the hospital, Matt walked into his room holding an envelope.
"What's that?" Nick asked, as he gingerly straightened up after tying his shoes.
"Something I'm rather shocked about," Matt said, handing it to him.
Opening it, Nick saw that it was a letter—from Sean, of all people. "Doesn't a restraining order include letters?"
Matt nodded. "It does, but Sean apparently got special permission to send you that. His lawyer gave it to Jim and he showed it to the judge, who gave his approval. I saw Jim last night, and he asked me to give it to you."
Nick nodded, and began reading.
I'm writing you this letter, it said. To thank you for asking for leniency for me. I apologize for stabbing you— you're right; it's not something I would have done if I hadn't been drinking.
Things between Rae and I have not always gone well, and I'm not surprised that she turned to someone else; especially since I'm hardly ever home, thanks to my job. After hearing of the circumstances in your statement, you did not owe me an apology, but I thank you for it, nonetheless.
Once again, I apologize for my actions, and for the actions of my soon-to-be ex-wife.
After reading it, Nick looked up to see the curious look on Matt's face, so he handed him the letter.
Matt quickly read it, frowning in confusion at some parts.
"Along with my statement," Nick explained. "I wrote him an apology."
"Ah," Matt said, nodding. "What did he mean by 'after hearing the circumstances', and apologizing for Rae's 'actions'?
Nick sighed, looking to make sure Rae wasn't coming. "When I met her, she was wearing no wedding ring. She didn't tell me she was married."
Matt made a face. "I see." He hesitated. "And now?"
"It's over, between us," Nick told him.
Matt gave him a sympathetic look.
Suddenly the door opened, and Rae walked in, smiling at Nick, who looked much improved.
"How are you feeling?" she asked, not seeing Matt quickly hide the letter behind his back.
"Better," Nick said, with a smile.
Rae smiled back and took his arm, leading him towards the door. "I'm driving you home; no arguments."
Matt quickly shoved the letter back into the envelope and stuck it in Nick's coat pocket, as he handed it to him. "Take it easy Nick. See you soon."
"Thanks, Matt," Nick said. "For everything."
Matt waved his arm, knowing that Nick was thanking him not only for his medical care, but also for going with them to the court and keeping what Nick told him in confidence. "Anytime. That's what friends are for."
Nick smiled, and he and Rae left the room.
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