hand gently saying “Thanks, Chase was it?” Chase, slightly flustered at his appearance said, “yeah,Chase.” She looked into the mirror, gently pulling the tape from the gauze and said, “That’s not toobad, I’ll be ok.” Removing the full bandage she said. “You’re my hero.” Chase said, “Nah, I couldn’t just leave you on the ground now could I” in a flirting tone showing a smile for the first time in a year.Chase said, “Why don’t you get some rest for a while and I go check on your car and see if I can get ittowed for ya.” Donna smiled and said, “You know even though I was passed out, I could use somerest. Thanks my angel.” Chase flustered and pleased by her comment, said “Rest Donna, I’ll take careof everything.Chase rushing out the door grabbing his car keys and cell phone off the table by the door ran off to gocheck out her car. Donna, thinking of how cute Chase looked, tried to sleep, but was so curious abouther rescuer. She rose from the bed and began looking around the bedroom seeing a picture of himwith a blonde haired woman. Thinking to herself, “huh, guess she is the ex.” She noticed how thefemale items on the vanity were still in place like she still lived there. Donna slowly made her waydown the stairs seeing trash and beer cans on the ground. She found her way to the kitchen. Andfound the broom, trash bags and began to clean up the mess. She said to herself, “It is the least I cando for my Chase”. She giggled, “My chase, that sounds nice.” Donna had known such heart ache inher life as her husband Brad had been killed in the Gulf War one month after their marriage. That’swhy she focused on helping disabled vets with her spare time to fill the void of her lack of herhusband. Filling 10 trash bags and placing them out by the trash cans on the side of the house, Donnafinally found the living room next.She bent down and started picking up pieces of food, wrappers and cans not even caring about hismess. She started humming. She looked up on the table and saw a picture of Chase in his Navyuniform. Her eyes tearing up thinking of her late husband Brad. She then noticed the ship he was onwas the USS Intrepid, a sister ship to her late Brad. She looked lovingly in to Chase’s face in thepicture grabbing it with her hand. She said, “Wow, he was just as handsome then.” Wiping her eyes she spotted the gun on the floor. Picking it up she started to think, “What is thisdoing here?” she looked to see it was loaded with a single bullet and started to think, “Oh my God, hecouldn’t have been so hurting to do that.” And placed the gun behind the table so he wouldn’t betempted to think about that again.She now with even more fervor started cleaning up the mess that was Chase’s life. She went back andgot the 409 and paper towels and began cleaning every inch of this downstairs home. Humming outloud she began to think of Chase’s face in that picture and when she woke up in his bed. “Donna girl,get a grip, he probably wouldn’t want you.” Now scrubbing with more force to repay her debt to him. “Well at least I can leave him with a clean home.After finishing, she wondered where he was as the light of day was reaching dusk. She kept lookingout the window and saw a pickup truck with it’s lights on coming down the dirt drive. She ran upstairsand giggled to herself. “Donna, he is going to think your some Looney tune. Chance entering hishouse dropped his cell seeing the state of his home.Flowers in his hand that he had picked up to make her feel better and a bag of groceries to makedinner for her placed on the table. “Donna? He shouted, you still here? Donna, biting her lip, said “Yeah, I’m upstairs.” Chase, half embarrassed by her cleaning up his mess and half glad she was stillthere ran up half way up the stairs and thought, “Damn, do I give her the flowers or not? I don’t wanther to think I’m some freak, especially after she cleaned my shit hole.” He then thought of her faceand ran the rest of the way up the stairs hiding the dozen peach roses behind his back.