Hours seemed like weeks in the SHU. Lorna wrestled with the demons in her mind over and over. The longer she spent in there, the less her thoughts about Nicky became clearer. She wasn't at all focused on the fact that she was in there for helping Miss Rosa escape – for that she was happy. If she couldn't be happy herself, at least someone else could be.
After her 12th day in the SHU, Lorna was released. She certainly wasn't allowed to drive the van anymore – this was a job that had been passed onto Chapman. As her eyes adjusted to the light outside, Chapman nearly balled Lorna over. "Oh thank God you're alright!". They embraced, although Lorna was still feeling very withdrawn and unsteady on her feet. Not to mention the fact that she hadn't done her hair or makeup in nearly two weeks. She looked like a ghostly version of the Lorna that Chapman had known. "You'll be ok", Chapman whispered in her ear. Lorna gave a weak smile and climbed into the van with Chapman behind the wheel and Bennett riding shotgun. He seemed wrapped up in his own thoughts so Chapman jumped into filling Lorna in on what had happened while she was gone – how Vee had escaped and been killed, how nobody had any idea where Miss Rosa was, how Alex was back in prison, and finally, how much Nicky had suffered while Lorna was in SHU. "She's been distraught, Lorna. I mean she hasn't said anything, but she hasn't been herself, you know? She mopes around all day, doesn't even talk back to Luscheck in the shop. I can tell she misses you like crazy". Lorna missed Nicky too but her thoughts were more muddled than ever. As Chapman parked the van and they got out, Lorna asked if she could speak with her privately (if there were such a place in prison). Chapman agreed happily, and more than little intrigued.
They found that the TV room was empty, everyone else was at work. Lorna took her time to arrange the words in her head and finally came out with something, "Chapman, would you call yourself…gay? I mean I know you had your fella, but then there's Vause. What...? How...? I'm sorry, I'm messing this up". "Not at all, Lorna, I completely know what you're trying to say, and believe me, I've thought about this over and over myself. I mean, I loved Larry, I really did, but I also loved Alex. Still love Alex? I'm not sure. I know it can be really confusing coming to terms with your sexuality, but it's your business and nobody else's. It's ok to fall in love with a person, regardless of what parts they may have.
Lorna looked relieved at this, so Piper pressed on. "Look, I've seen the way you and Nicky look at each other. It's the same way Alex and I look at each other. You make each other shine, you dread not being around one another, and she has been moody as hell without you. You may drive each other crazy sometimes but nobody is perfect. This life is hard enough without having the one person love by your side." Lorna's smile almost reached her eyes this time. "Thanks Chapman, you're so good with the words". Piper hesitated for a beat, "Look Lorna, I don't want to pry but I heard about the Christopher thing". Lorna's face dropped, looking absolutely mortified. "I overheard your conversation with Crazy Eyes at the Valentine's Day dance. Christopher is a fool for giving you up.
Lorna wiped away a tear that had slid down her face. Piper gave her another hug and Lorna sobbed. She started rambling, "I missed you guys so much, and I was so confused, and I love Nicky, I do, it's just, this isn't the way things were meant to happen, and…" Two weeks of thoughts came pouring out of her mouth. "Shhhh", Piper said smoothing Lorna's hair. "You think any of this was meant to happen?", Piper laughed, holding Lorna's delicate face in her hands. Lorna laughed for the first time and it felt so good. "See there's that Morello smile!". She hugged Chapman again and thanked her. "Look Lorna, you don't have to rush things with Nicky, she'll just be thrilled to see you. Lord knows you've got enough time to worry about the future, but not today, just go and be with her". As Lorna composed herself, thanking Piper again and heading to her temporary dorm room, Chapman felt a little lighter for having helped someone that day. She looked at Morello as the little sister she never had, and she truly wished for her and Nicky to be happy together.
Lorna hung around the dorm all day as she didn't have a job to go to. She'd been so confused in the SHU, but everything Piper said made perfect sense. Who cares what parts Nicky has? And who's business is it who she loves? Lorna had been so worried about what her family would think, and she still was, but as Chapman said, she had plenty of time to worry, just not today. In a sudden rush of excitement about seeing Nicky, Lorna decided she needed to pee. As she finished up in the stall, she opened the door, not expecting to see anyone, but there was Nicky, leaning against the sink. "Hey kid, no lipstick in SHU?". Lorna darted at Nicky, wrapping her arms around her neck, standing on her tiptoes so that their lips could reach one another. They'd had sex plenty of times, but never actually kissed, Lorna realized. As Nicky's lips parted, she slid her hands down to Lorna's hips, Lorna's tongue quickly moving into Nicky's mouth. Nicky pulled back for a second, "Whoa, good to see you too!". "I missed you, and I don't care what parts you have!", Lorna said. "Good to know", replied Nicky.