A steady beeping sound began to get my attention and soon became annoying enough for me to open my eyes.

I wasn't prepared for what I was seeing – monitors, tubes, wires…a hospital room. Was I hallucinating again?

"Nora?" a soft voice called out to me as I felt my hand lift from the bed.

"Nikki?"

She started to cry, kissing my hand. "You kept your word."

"What?"

"You told me you wouldn't leave me and you didn't."

I was so confused by all of this. "Where…how?"

"Victor kept calling me, giving me clues. Only, he wanted me to find you…." She cried even harder.

I reached over with my other hand, even though it hurt to do so, and rubbed the side of her face. "It's okay. We're okay."

"I thought for sure I was going to lose you. They lost you once on the way here. I think I might have scared you into coming back to me because I yelled at you pretty loudly." She smiled through the tears and chuckled a bit.

"You scared me….too, you know. When…when you were hit." The pain made it hard for me to get the words out. Everything came out in a whisper.

"I didn't know what to do when he took you. I had no way of chasing after him."

"No more un…undercover stuff for…Feds, deal?"

"Deal."

I closed my eyes for a moment, taking in a slow breath and enjoying her beside me.

"I get to take you home in about a week. Dan's giving us some extended time off, too."

"Mmm, just what I need, more sleep." I smiled at her and took in the sight of her beautiful eyes. Then my eyes floated over to the massive flower arrangement sitting by the door. "Who sent those?"

"Munson, believe it or not."

"Any candy with them?"

"No."

"Then he's still on my shitlist," I said as I smiled and drifted off to sleep.