This story line is intended for mature audiences. Some material may be unsuitable for readers under the age of 14. The following episode contains violence which may be disturbing for some readers. Reader discretion is advised.
After a tense unexpected encounter with Walter at the record company, Deirdre decides to wait another day before returning home. She comes home and finds her home answering machine full. She listens to the messages while fixing herself some herbal tea. When she hears the very last message, left earlier that same day, she drops her tea cup and it smashes on the floor.
“I can’t go on like this. I’m in too much pain. The pills aren’t helping like they’re supposed to…maybe if I take all of them. I’ve been thinking about how my life was like the sweetest dream when you were in it. Then you left, and my dream turned into a nightmare. And since I can’t seem to wake up from this nightmare, I’ve decided to just go to sleep for good. I know folks will struggle to understand the pain I’m in, so I'm leaving a note to explain. I want you to know that I love you, even though it hurts to have you not love me back.” (Walter, on the answering machine)
She finds him in the bedroom. He appears to be unconscious.
Walter comes around, but his vision is blurry and his mind is cloudy from the alcohol and pills he’s consumed.
He answers, but his response is incoherent.
Gone…took them all. (Walter, in a whisper)
You took them all? How many? What did you take? (Deirdre)
Listen, me being here doesn’t change anything. We’re not back together. (Deirdre)
Can’t you see? You came because you care. (Walter)
Of course I care whether you live or die. I came to help you. (Deirdre)
You want to help me? You can put an end to my pain right now. Stay with me, and promise you’ll never leave me like this again. (Walter)
That’s not the kind of help you need. You need to get to a hospital. (Deirdre)
Let me get you some help. Who can I call? (Deirdre)
Would you at least let me hold you? It’s been so long since I held you. I miss you so much. (Walter)
Walter grabs Deirdre firmly and kisses her. His breath reeks of whiskey.
Don’t you miss me? (Walter, gripping her even more tightly and kissing her roughly)
No! Stop. You’re drunk, and you’re hurting me. (Deirdre, struggling)
Walter, don’t! Please don’t do this. (Deirdre)
Deirdre tries to push him off and scratches him in the process. Walter grabs her by the throat.
Deirdre is terrified of what Walter might do under the influence, so she resigns herself to weeping during the assault.
When Walter finally passes out asleep, she manages to slip out of the embrace he’s locked her in. She gathers her things and exits in a hurry.
The next morning, Walter awakens with a pounding headache. At first he’s confused. He can smell Deirdre’s perfume on his shirt, but he doesn’t remember her being there. He calls her name, and there’s no answer.
Then he notices the scratches on his hand and chest and begins to recall the events of the night before. He panics.
He turns on his phone and sends a text to Sean, his head of security. The text reads: "Need to see you in my office ASAP…we may have a situation."
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