Rod stood up so fast that it sent the chair toppling over backwards, with a clatter that scared Nicky enough to make him jump back a few inches. He practically ran from the kitchen, through the living room and up to the door of their shared bedroom.

"Rod? Where're you going?"

"I...I just..." Rod stopped with his hand on the doorknob. He had it caught in a white knuckled death grip. He blinked and another tear slid down his cheek. Running his other hand through his now disheveled hair, he heaved a long, shaky sigh. "I just need to be alone for a while. I need to think about some things."

"O-oh... Okay..."

Rod stepped swiftly inside the room and his heart nearly jumped out of his chest when he felt Nicky suddenly run up and catch the door.

"Wait, Rod, no. Don't do this." Rod could see the tears sparkling in Nicky's eyes. "I don't want you to feel like you have to stay in there and hide from me." Nicky tried his damndest to suppress the break in his voice. They struggled back and forth for a moment or two as Rod tried to shut the door on the persistent man before him, until he gave up and stared up at Nicky through red, tear-filled eyes.
"Just...just talk to me, Rod. I'm here for you. Please...don't shut me out..."

"L-later," Rod managed to choke out, throwing his elbow over his mouth and suddenly succumbing to a coughing fit. Nicky reached out a concerned hand but Rod shrugged away, still coughing and spluttering a little onto his sleeve. More tears started to stream down his cheeks. "Please...n-not now. We'll talk later."

Unable to trust his own voice anymore, Rod gently shut the door and swiped his thumb across the lock. For what felt like hours, he stood there. In the dark. In the silence. All he could do was stand there until a high pitched sob bubbled up in his throat and he collapsed to the floor.

Nicky swore to God he felt his heart crack in two.

Sorry this is so short! But I really felt like Rod's emotions needed a stand alone chapter. I didn't want anything to detract from what he was feeling. So the next chapter will be longer, and again thank you for reading! Feel free to leave reviews! 3