Chapter Three

I woke up in a warm bed, a warm hospital bed. I blinked groggily wondering how I had gotten here. A steady beeping was the only sound I could hear. I shifted and pain seared across my back. I gasped feeling automatic tears spring to my eyes. I gritted my teeth and rode the pain out. When it finally faded I took a deep breath.

"You're ok," I whispered to myself.

"No I want to see her," a shout was heard. I glanced over at the door.

"Sir you can't," whatever the doctor had been about to say was cut short by Tuck shoving open my door. Relief spasmed across his face.

"Thank goodness Rayne," he breathed coming to my side. He dropped to his knees and took my hands.

"I was shot," I stated my voice hoarse.

"Yeah, in the back, saving me," he confirmed stroking my cheek. I nodded and looked around. I saw a glass of water on my bedside table.

"Can I have some?" I asked pointing at it.

"Of course darling," he replied handing me the glass. I took it but my grip was shockingly weak. It slipped from my fingers and only Tuck's quick reflexes saved me from getting wet.

"Here," he said helping me get a drink.

"Why am I so weak?" I asked wiping my mouth.

"You lost a lot of blood. You'll be weak for a few days while you recover," explained the doctor. He checked a few things and left. A few minutes later the door opened once more and Mrs. Jones walked in.

"Can I speak with her alone please Tuck?" she asked. Tuck looked wary and glanced at me. I nodded. He kissed my forehead and left after giving his mother a warning look. Mrs. Jones took a seat and was silent for a moment.

"You saved my son," she finally spoke quietly. I didn't reply. I didn't know how to.

"All this time, I thought you would never be good enough for him. I was scared that you would be horrible to him. I was proven wrong." Hope sparked in my chest.

"You almost died saving him and you risked your life to save mine and my husbands. We are in your debt."

"No," I protested, "It's my job."

"I know, Tuck explained everything," she replied with a smile. I smiled back.

"I just want you to know that we accept you. It's obvious that you love Tuck and it's obvious that he loves you. Welcome to the family Rayne," she said with a large smile. My smile grew even wider. She leaned in and hugged me gently.

"Thank you," I whispered.

"No, thank you," she corrected.