Chapter 19

Chloe sighed as she looked at her laptop, a particular patient file up on her screen. She chewed on her lip, finger tapping against her desk. Riley whined from his spot next to her, laying his head on her lap. Chloe absently ran her hand through Riley's fur, finding comfort in his presence.

Chloe looked across the room, looking out the window at the dark night. Her backyard was silent, as was the street that laid on the other side of the fence. The street lights glowed, creating outlines around the large tress in the backyard, their branches swaying in the breeze. She bit her lip and watched the stillness of the outside.

"I told you to wake me if you had another nightmare." Spencer said, his voice breaking through the silence causing Chloe to jump.

"You just got home from working seventy two hours straight, I thought I should let you catch up on some sleep." Chloe explained, quickly glancing at her laptop and minimizing the patient files.

"What are you doing?" Spencer sighed.

"Writing my letter of resignation." Chloe sighed, looking up at Spencer as he leaned against her desk. "I know you don't agree."

"I just don't want you to regret the decision." Spencer said, reaching over and taking Chloe's hand in his.

"It's been two months and I still can't seem to sleep through the night. And ever since Abigail killed herself, I'm constantly doubting myself at work." Chloe said, feeling the tears already press into her eyes. "I know even the best psychologists are only right half of the time, but I just can't concentrate."

"You don't have to justify this decision to me. You have already said that our household budget won't be effected. Besides you need to take care of your own mental health first." Spencer said.

"I have a meeting with my department head on Monday, and then two weeks to find people to take on my patients." Chloe sighed, looking over at Spencer. "Also have an appointment with a psychologist of my own for that evening."

"Good, I think you need someone other than me to talk to." Spencer said.

"Spencer." Chloe started, feeling her heart twinge.

"Don't worry, Chlo, just because we're married doesn't mean we can't still have our own secrets. You know there is plenty about certain cases that I don't tell you about." Spencer said.

"And you don't mind?" Chloe asked.

"No, I understand." Spencer said. "As long as you keep me in the loop on the big things."

"You know I can't really keep anything from you." Chloe got up and stood in front of Spencer, laying her hands flat against his chest. "I love you." Chloe looked up at Spencer, trying to force a smile.

"I love you too." Spencer said, running a few fingers through Chloe's hair. "You coming to bed?"

"I should, I'm tired enough." Chloe sighed, running a hand through her hair. "It's just every time I lay down and close my eyes, well, good dreams don't seem to happen." Chloe looked up at Spencer and frowned. "I'm starting to really want some Adderall to keep me going without sleep. Or some Dilaudid to knock me out."

"Maybe you should go to an NA meeting, just listening might help." Spencer said, resting his hands on Chloe hips.

"Yeah, will probably help." Chloe nodded. "Hey, we get to sleep in tomorrow, I think there is something we can stay up and do to help me get my mind off everything." Chloe smiled.

"What do you have in mind?" Spencer smiled, pulling Chloe closer to him by her hips.

"I was thinking I could do with some connecting to my husband." Chloe smirked, standing up on her tip toes. "We haven't for two months and I think it could be beneficial. I've been treating you like everything but a husband, and that isn't right."

"You know, I'll be whatever you need. I don't mind." Spencer said.

"Not the point." Chloe whispered, gently kissing Spencer softly. Chloe closed her eyes as she melted into the kiss, encouraged when the claustrophobic feeling didn't take hold of her as Spencer's arms encircled her waist. Chloe pressed closer into Spencer's chest, deepening the kiss, feeling two months of pent up desire spring loose. She ran her hands down Spencer's chest before sliding them under his sleep shirt, Spencer's moan in response keeping her going. She gently caressed his soft skin, but quickly losing the niceness and clawing against his back.

"Ok, so maybe I did mind." Spencer whispered against Chloe's ear before dipping down and biting the nape of her neck.

"It's been too long." Chloe half moaned, her head falling back to give Spencer more access to her neck, remembering how much she loved the little nibbles he did. Chloe kept her eyes closed and brought her hands up to tangle into Spencer's now short hair, while he started to unbutton the shirt she was wearing.

"I love you, Chloe." Spencer whispered before pressing his lips back against Chloe's, his hands roaming around her soft skin.

"I love you too." Chloe said between feverish kisses.

"You want to move back to bed." Spencer whispered, forehead against Chloe's as they both paused to catch their breath.

"That'd be more comfortable." Chloe said, finally opening her eyes and smiling up at Spencer. Without another word Spencer took hold of Chloe's hand and moved to pull her back to the bedroom. They had barely taken a step when all the lights went out. "It isn't storming out, is it?" Chloe asked, fear creeping back over the desire, moving closer to Spencer for protection.

"If it doesn't come back on in five minutes the security company will call." Spencer said.

"Not if someone figured out a way to hack your system and change your preferences so they don't call for an hour." Chloe's body went cold at the sound of the familiar voice, her hair standing on end as she started to shiver.

"It's Kyle." Chloe whispered, feeling Spencer tense in response.

"I'm so glad you remember me." Chloe could barely make out Kyle's outline as he walked out of the kitchen and in front of the stairs. He flicked on a flashlight and Chloe held back a scream, Kyle looking like pure evil to her, the gun in his opposite hand not helping the matter.

"You need to leave." Spencer said, moving to completely block Chloe from Kyle's view.

"No I don't." Kyle grinned. "That is still my woman you have there, and I don't give up without a fight." Kyle brought up the gun, aiming it straight at Spencer. "Now, move."

"Never." Spencer said. Chloe clenched the back of his shirt, pressing close.

"Just move, you don't need to get hurt." Chloe whispered. Spencer said nothing in response, just stood his ground.

"Even if you had a gun, you still wouldn't be able to win this. So, move." Kyle said cocking the gun. Spencer didn't even attempt to say something just launched himself at Kyle. Chloe screamed as the gun went off, and even though Spencer brought Kyle to the ground and they were wrestling around, she was still afraid Spencer was hurt.

"Chloe, run." Spencer yelled as he flipped Kyle over, gaining the upper hand.

While her mind told her to stay and try to protect Spencer by offering herself to Kyle, her feet refused to listen and carried her back to the master bedroom. Her mind caught up, making her slam the door behind herself and run to get Spencer's gun, the code to his lock box was not hard to guess. She grabbed Spencer's cell phone but it was dead. She was fumbling to find the power cord when she heard the door burst open.

"Oh, Chloe." Kyle taunted. "Come out, come out, wherever you are." Kyle said as he ascended the stairs up to the loft area.

"Stop, just stop!" Chloe gave up on the phone and stood up, holding Spencer's gun in front of her, not even knowing if it was loaded or if the safety was on.

"You really think you are going to shoot me?" Kyle half laughed, not hesitating as he continued towards her.

"I swear to God I will." Chloe said, tears pressing into her eyes as she thought about if Spencer was hurt or dead down below.

"You know you wouldn't." Kyle laughed as he rounded the corner of the bed, within reaching distance of Chloe.

What happened next shocked both Kyle and Chloe. Chloe pressed the trigger, the kickback causing her to stumble back into Spencer's nightstand. When the shock cleared Chloe looked at the heap before her. Kyle had landed on his back, his eyes wide, skin pale as blood seeped out of the new hole in his chest. Chloe couldn't move, the gun dropped to the floor and she began to shake, having to lean back against the nightstand for support. Blood began to seep out of Kyle's mouth and pour onto the carpet and Chloe felt her stomach turn.

When she finally could she reached up and felt Kyle's neck, feeling for a pulse. All she felt was the warm slick blood, her stomach revolted and she puked onto the carpet, her entire body racking with sobs as her dinner reappeared before her. After her stomach emptied she couldn't move, she just started to cry as she held herself, so many thoughts and emotions rushing through her brain, making her dizzy.

"Chloe!"

She didn't respond to her name, she was still too much in her own mind that she didn't want to deal with anyone else at the moment.

"Chloe." The voice was softer and closer but Chloe still couldn't bring herself to look at who was speaking.

"I had too." Chloe sobbed.

"I know, I know. Come here." Spencer's feet came into Chloe's view and she let him pick her up and help her move away from the gruesome scene, leading her to the bathroom.