Drew turned complacently to go after bidding the two women good-night. He walked down the hall a little ways until he found a chair and sat to wait till Erica came out. He wanted to talk to her without Lyra's hearing.

"I don't think you should do that, Lyra." She said, indicating the rude way she treated Drew. "He's a police officer, he could send your boyfriend to jail."

"Not without a warrant or conviction."

"Trust me, I think the big knot on my head and the bruises on your body are plenty of enough for that."

Erica paused then spoke in a kinder tone. "But listen, I want you to think about what I said. Seriously. If you love him the best thing you can do for him is give him time to clean himself up. I'm gonna go meet Drew now, okay?"

"Fine, just...leave me alone now."

"Alright. I'll be back."

Erica left the small room and walked down the hall. She found Drew sitting in a small waiting room reading a magazine.

"She's stubborn." She said sitting down next to him. She rubbed her eyes. She was tired and it was late. "Maybe she'll be better tomorrow, huh?"

"Yes very stubborn and rude too," he smiled wryly. "I doubt she'll be any better tomorrow. Look if it's not to late could you come down to the station with me tonight so I can file a report?"

"Sure..." Erica said uncertainly. "Are you sure we should leave Lyra alone?"

"We can take my car," Drew lead her outside and to his police car. "So I know it's late and all but after that report you wanna go get some coffee or something?" he asked her,"Lord knows I could use the caffine."

"Yeah, I could, too. But I have to let my boss know I'm alright. It's been over four hours since I left to deliver the pizza." She chuckled slightly. "I would call on my cell but I can't use it in the hospital."

"Yeah, I could, too. But I have to let my boss know I'm alright. It's been over four hours since I left to deliver the pizza." She chuckled slightly.

"Where to?" he asked starting the car.

"I need to check in with my boss. I'm probably a Missing Person by now."

Drew laughed.

"Alright. Need me to drive to your work, to your car, something?" he asked her.

"Work, please. It's just a Pizza Hut a few blocks from here."

Drew drove her to the Pizza Hut that he was directed to. But when the turned to corner onto the right road he saw that the building was in flames.

"You know I'm starting to think that your boss has bigger things on his mind than you being late," he commented, his voice flat with surprise. He pulled out his cell phone and began calling the fire department as he pulled in to the parking lot of the buring building.

Phew! That sure took longer than I thought. Once again, if you have any ideas or want to see something happen please leave a comment!