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Charlotte stayed behind after the office meeting concerning Amelia. She was staring down at her hands and her eyes were glassy from tears. Cooper had gotten up a few minutes ago, but stopped in the doorway. "Char, you coming?" She shook her head, but didn't say anything. He stepped back into the conference room and put his hands on either side of her upper arms. He kissed the top of her head and she looked at him. He sighed. "Charlotte, this isn't your fault."

She swallowed hard and rubbed her eyes. "Sheldon and Pete are right. I should have said something."

"You were trying to protect Amelia, keep her from losing everything she is. She'll come home."

"She's writing prescriptions for herself and that Ryan kid. We'll be lucky if she comes back alive."

He kissed the top of her head. "I'm sorry, Char. I know this has to be hard for you. Seeing Amelia destroy her life…the way you almost did."

She nodded. "She doesn't see what this is doin' to her, Coop. She can't."

He draped his arms over her shoulders, and she grasped his forearms. He rested his chin on her head and sighed. "But if she doesn't want help, she won't take it."

"I know. God, I know that."

"You wanna get lunch?"

She nodded. "Yes, thank you."

"She'll come home, Char."

"Let's hope. The last thing I need is for Sheldon and Pete to blame me for her death…Lord knows that I'll blame myself enough." She pushed herself up and wrapped her arms around him. She angled her head up and he leaned down. Her lips flattened against his and they kissed. He ran his hand up and down her slowly, while her hand cupped the back of his neck.

He kissed her softly on the lips again after they separated, and wiped away the tears that she was trying so hard to keep back. She was a professional, after all, and they were in a glass box in the middle of the office. He kissed her neck, just below her ear, and she rested her forehead on his chin. "Try to relax, sweetie. She'll come back when she's had enough."

"Enough for Amelia is when she's dead," she whispered.

"Shhh. Just breathe, Char." He paused. "On a happier note, you were really good with Mason, whooping my butt at Wii Tennis."

She laughed and separated from him. "I'm competitive. It's who I am."

"You're good with him. I think he likes you."

She shrugged. "Was I?"

"Yes, you were. I knew you would be, but you looked like you were having fun."

"Until Erica came in and ruined it all."

"Like I said, give her time. You paid her money to get out of town."

She sighed. "I was tryin' to protect you."

"Relax. I know that and I tried to tell her that, but I guess it didn't help. It'll take time, sweetie. I know you're not a monster and you'll love Mason because you love me. She'll come around. Until then, we'll just have to do it in sec—."

She shook her head. "No."

"Why not? You were having fun, weren't you?"

She nodded. "Yes, I had fun, but I can't…Erica has the power to take Mason away from you, Coop, and I could never live with myself, knowin' that 'cause I hung out with Mason behind her back, she didn't let you see him." She paused. "He's your son and you love him. You'd never forgive me for that."

He engulfed her into another hug. "Never say never, Char. I love you, and it would be my idea to let you around Mason, anyway. He deserves to get to know you. You're his stepmom."

"I just can't, Coop. It has to be Erica's idea. I don't wanna be the person that makes you lose the one thing you've wanted since you were in diapers."

"There are two things, Char. A woman who loves me, and a child, and fancy that, you can give me both."

Charlotte laughed. "Oh, that's another thing…I went off the pill."

He coughed and stepped back. "You what?"

She smiled. "I went off the pill. You've waited long enough, Cooper."

"Does this have to do with Erica?"

She shrugged. "Yes and no. I'm ready, Coop." She paused. "But I don't wanna try, try until I know Amelia's ok."

He nodded. "Ok." He pulled her closer and kissed her hard on the lips. "I'm sorry I called you a miserable bitch. When I get mad, I get mad."

"I guess I deserved it."

He shook his head. "No, you'll never deserve that. I was just upset that you tried to pay off Erica. I know now that you were trying to protect me and keep me from getting hurt, but at the time, I just thought you were jealous that Erica gave me something you wouldn't."

She nodded. "I know, Coop. It hurt, I'm not gonna lie, but I'm fine. We're good. We've been good." She paused. "I'm starvin'. Let's go get lunch."

He brushed his lips across her forehead and smiled. "I'm starving too." She hooked her arm around him and rested her head on his shoulder. "She'll come home, sweetie." She nodded against him and separated a little, still keeping her arm around his back. He kissed the side of her head before they left the office.


Amelia woke up in a motel room, her body sideways across the bed. Her vision was blurry as she came to. She sat up and looked around the room. There were a bunch of guys sitting on the couch, drinking beer. She scooted her legs closer to her and pulled the sheet up, holding it close to her. "Who…who are you guys and what…what are you doing here?"

"We came to thank the lady with the scripts." One of the guys said, leaning back on the couch.

She swallowed and looked at Ryan. "What are you doing inviting complete strangers in here?"

Ryan laughed. "They're not strangers, they're my friends."

She shifted on the mattress and held the sheet tighter against her. "Well, I…I don't want them here." She paused. "And…I don't want you here either."

Ryan coughed. "What? I thought we had a thing…a good thing going."

"Just get out…all of you."

"Come on, Am."

She shook her head. "No, just leave. Now."

"But…"

"No!" He nodded and the men filed out of the room. She sat there on the bed, staring at the wall. She swallowed and shivered. She collapsed onto the bed and reached for the phone. Her hands were shaking as she pressed the keys. She listened to the ringing as the room started spinning. She trembled and groaned. She heard Charlotte's voice on the other line and it was oddly comforting. "Char-lotte."

"Amelia, where the hell are you?"

"Save the lecture, can…I need you."

"Now, you need me?"

"Just—come."

"Where are you?" Amelia was silent for a few minutes. "Amelia?"

She shook her head and coughed. "I'm here."

"Where are you?" She repeated and stayed on the line while Amelia tried to remember where she was. "I'll be right there.

"Thank—you."

"Sheldon's freakin' out, you know?" Amelia gulped and her hand shook, knocking the phone against her head. "You high, right now?"

"Coming—down."

Charlotte rolled her eyes, but then remembered that Amelia called her for help, not another lecture. "I'm comin' now." She hung up the phone and grabbed her purse. Thank God,she thought before leaving her office. No one needed to know where she was going. There would just be questions and God knows what else. She wasn't in the mood for it.


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