"No Sam that's on Tuesday… no Tuesday. Yes, I'm sure. Sam don't you have a speech to write because I tell you, I'm sitting here talking to you on the phone looking at like a million things that I should be doing. As much as I like talking to you I definitely have work to do. Yeah, I'll see ya later." Leo hung up the phone and picked up a file on his desk and began to work. "Margaret! Margaret!"

"She's not out there. " Leo turned around from his computer and shot out of his chair when he heard the familiar voice. Jenny was standing in the doorway. "Jenny, What are you doing here?"

"If you don't want me here I can leave." Jenny turned away from her husband and started to walk out the door.

Leo jumped from behind his desk and went after her. "Jenny…Jenny…Jennifer Kathryn! Wait!"

Jenny turned back to the only man she ever loved and started to walk back into the office. "I didn't say that I didn't want you here." He said as he walked towards her. "I'm just surprised to see you. " Leo noticed as he got closer to his wife that her eyes were red and puffy. He was sure that she was crying but he didn't know what about.

"Well, I'm sorry. " She began as her voice gave out and she began to cry once again. She fixed her gaze to the floor ashamed to look at Leo. "I didn't know where else to go." She said as the tears followed freely down her face.

Leo placed a hand under her chin and lifted her head up. Leo looked into her eyes "Jenny, what happened?"

"Ya know it's hard, my job. I do my best, but I'm human you know. " Jenny rambled on tears still in her eyes. Leo put an arm around her waist and led her to the couch. "Jenny, what happened?" Leo asked again trying to hide the concern in his voice.

"I almost killed someone today. That is why I left work." Jenny blurted out.

"Oh, Jenny." Leo could feel the blood draining from his face. He wanted this to be a dream but he knew it wasn't. Leo turned to face his wife; he took her hand in his with a compassionate look, he urged her to continue.

She looked at him for a moment in effect gaining strength from him to continue. "I gave a patient the wrong medication. She was allergic to it and it almost killed her. She even told me she was allegoric to it. How could I make that mistake Leo? What is wrong with me? I have never done that before. What is wrong with me?" Jenny whaled as she fell into Leo's chest and cried once again.

"Jen, I don't know what is wrong." Leo replied calmly. "Only you know, and I wish you would tell me. Talk to me, so I can help. I don't like seeing you this way." Leo sank down into the couch, and pulled Jenny down resting her head on his lap.

Jenny found comfort in this and looked once again into Leo's eyes. "I told you before, nothing is wrong."

"Then why are you here? Over the past couple of weeks you have been pushing me away now all of the sudden you're letting me it. Not that I don't like it, I do." Leo began to rub his wife's back, something that she always liked him to do. He pushed the hair out of her face and wiped the fresh tears away from her eyes. "So why are you here?"

Jenny snuggled into the safety of her husband's arms as he continued to rub her back; she was amazed he even remembered how much she liked it when he did that. "I'm here because I need you. I'm here because I feel safe when I'm with you. I'm here because I have a drug problem. I'm here because I love you and I need your help."

Leo shifted uncomfortably. Jenny sat up still leaving her head on his shoulder. "What did you say?" Leo asked.

"I love you." Jenny repeated, a tear wetting in her eye.

"No, before that."

"I have a drug problem." Jenny whispered the threatening tear now falling down her cheek.

Leo wiped the tear away with his thumb and kissed her lightly on the forehead. "I know." He whispered. "And whether you know it or not, you just took the first step to recovery."

TBC…

 

Mirror Image - 6

 

 

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