She is standing at the sink when he comes in. Her back is to him, she is humming faintly. He pauses in the doorway briefly and watches her. She is lovely in her rhythmic motion, hands circling plates as she cleans away the residue of last night’s dinner. He watches for just a moment more before he moves towards her, grabbing a towel so he can help.
“Hey there,” he leans in to kiss the back of her neck playfully.
“Reese, stop that, I’m all wet.”
“Just the way I like it,” he gives her a lascivious grin and picks up a bowl.
She glances at him out of the corner of her eye, watching as he haphazardly slings the dish rag around. She smiles, tilting her head towards him, beckoning for another touch of his lips on her skin.
“How was work?” she asks, putting down the plate and turning to face him. Looping his arms around her waist, he pulls her to him.
“Boring. I kept thinking, if only my lovely wife would stop by. I have my own office you know…with a door and everything.”
She laughs, “You are ridiculous.”
“Fine. If you won’t come to work to satisfy me, I will just have to start coming home earlier.” He sweeps her over his shoulder, carries her screaming into the bedroom.
He tosses her on the bed. He unbuttons his shirt, slips his jeans down, as she starts to pull her dress over her head. Arms raised, eyes covered, he stops her. Grabbing hold of the fabric, he leans her back, exposing her throat to him. He kisses her softly, moving out along her collarbone, back in along the line of her bra.
He silences her, kissing her more intently now. His tongue finds hers, and the taste of him is exquisite. He lets her go. And then they are wrapped tightly in one another. It has always been this way. She can remember nothing but the feeling of his skin on hers.
His voice sounds strained, harsh. She looks up at him. Red. Everything is red.
He pulls away from her and she can see the gaping wound. There is blood, pouring from him, running down her arms, settling in the creases of the sheets beneath them. She can feel the cool of the metal in her hand.
“No. No. No. Reese?”
She rolls out from under him, feels the slick wet of blood, so horribly familiar now, as he lies back on the bed. There is a ragged gash of torn skin and raw flesh crossing his chest. She watches, frozen, as Reese raises his head to see, fingers fluttering vainly over the laceration as if willing it to heal. It must have shocked him, the extent of the damage, because she can see his muscles tense and the skin parts even further.
He looks back up at her then. There is nothing but pain and confusion on his face. He opens his mouth to speak, but he chokes. She wipes away blood from his lips.
The room fills with an indistinct haze. Lana reaches for Reese’s hand, but she cannot find it. She is overcome with a sense of panic. The feeling that she must run, and she must run now. She takes off, slamming into the doorway as she sprints through the house.
She runs, until her lungs burn and her vision is blurry. She doesn’t know where she is any longer. It is dark. Trees lash out and she can feel the blood coursing down her face. She loses her footing, and suddenly she is falling. Her arms spin out, grasping for anything to grab hold of, but there is nothing. She is rolling, smashing head and side and back into ground. It does not stop. She is dizzy and cannot breath. Everything is black.
When she can see again, she is immediately struck by a devastating pain. It pulsates through her, piercing every piece of her. She tries to lift her head, but can’t. A sharp, blinding burn radiates from her throat. Shaking, she reaches up, and screams.
Her fingers run over the course grain of the wood, the sharp green of pine needles, follow it until they meet the soft flesh of her neck, wet and slick. Her breath becomes shallow, frenzied. She gently pulls at the branch, trying to free it from her skin. The pain is unbearable. She cries out, screaming for Reese, Dean.
But no one comes for her.