Note: I hope you enjoy this. it is short but… I am almost at the end of this story. As always please enjoy and let me know what you think.

It is about 8 am when Christine wakes up to the smell of freshly made coffee and the sound of Mac making pancakes coming from the kitchen. For the first time since she came home from the hospital a week ago, she hasn't had a nightmare. She has gotten a good night's sleep and Mac has the day off. She gets out of bed with a good feeling about this day. She gets out of bed and put on her bathrobe and walks to the kitchen. Mac is standing with his back to her while he is flipping a pancake. She walks over to him and wraps her hands around him and slide her hands up his chest. She rests her head against the back of his shoulder.

"good morning, handsome." She says in an almost whispering seductive tone.

"morning," Mac says with a smile and chuckle.

"aren't you turning around so you can give me a kiss?" Christine asks. Mac hesitates before he turns around to face her. Christine is shocked when she sees Mac has a big wound across the bridge of the nose.

"oh my god, Mac. How did you get that?" Christine asks. "have you been at work doing the night?"

"no," Mac says and places the plate with the pancake on the table.

"How did you get that? If you have been in bed with me all night and not been out. Then how did you get that?" she asks shocked.

"it is not important." He says and gives her a kiss. "let's have breakfast." He says with a smile and kisses her on her forehead.

"no, Mac. Tell me how you got that wound on your nose."

Mac looks down at the floor. He walks over in front of her and takes her hand and lightly touches her hand.

"do you remember what you dreamed about last night?" Mac asks and looks into her eyes. The smile she has had on her face disappears. She has a much more serious and surprised look on her face.

"I didn't dream anything. It is the first night since I came home from the hospital that I haven't had nightmares." Christine explains. "But what does that have to do with your wound?"

"I don't want you to feel bad about this."

Christine looks confused at him. Waiting for him to elaborate.

"you had a nightmare. You were screaming and crying in your sleep. I woke up. I snuggled into you. I wanted to hold you close to me to comfort you. You knocked me down instead."

Mac feels bad about telling her the moment he sees the guilt in her eyes. "I'm so sorry Mac," Christine says,

"I just got a bloody nose. I went to the bathroom and cleaned it up and then I went back to bed. In the meantime, you seemed to have fallen back to a peaceful sleep. A few hours later I woke up again and your bad dream seemed to be back. You were screaming and crying again. So, I… did the same again. Snuggled into you to try and comfort you, and you…"

"knocked you down again?" Christine asks shocked. Mac nods.

"yeah."

"I'm so sorry sweetie," Christine says and wraps her arms around his neck and kisses him.

"It is my own fault."

Christine looks wondering at him.

"you already knocked me down once. The definitions of insanity are doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Doing the same thing 4 times is starting to point towards insanity." Mac says with a smile.

"I thought you said I knocked you down 2 not 4 times."

"you have done It twice before over the past week."

Christine look surprised at him.

"Why haven't you told me that?"

"I didn't want you to feel bad about it. It is not your fault that you have bad dreams. You have enough to focus on right now."

Christine looks at Mac with a sweet smile.

"Mac. You are the sweets man I have ever known, but…" Mac doesn't like that sound of a but in that sentence. "you are also the most selfless man which is really sweet and kind of sexy, but…" that makes Mac smile and she gives him a quick kiss. "please don't hide that kind of things from me." Mac kisses her and then rests his head against hers. "okay I promise." They are standing together just enjoying the closeness of each other for a moment.

"let's get some breakfast," Christine says.

They sit down at the table and start eating.

"do you have therapy today?" Mac asks while he is putting butter on his pancake.

"No. Not until Monday," Christine says. She takes a sip from her coffee. "I was thinking after we go to the doctor we could go for a walk in the park."

"why would we go to the doctor. I thought your physical medical check was fine." Mac says concerned.

"yes but yours clearly isn't. Have you looked at yourself in the mirror?" Christine asks.

"if I am going to the doctor and they ask what happened what am I supposed to tell them? My girlfriend knocked me down in her sleep? Yeah, I don't think so."

Christine starts laughing at him.

"how about…" Mac says and reaches over the table to hold her hand. "you and I stay in all day and just relax."

"Mac Taylor not doing any work for a full day. I'll see that before I believe it." Christine teases.

"I'll prove that to you."

Christine nods and their eyes meet in a sweet moment.

"but 1 thing… let me please clean that wound for you." Christine says.

"Okay, I'll let you do that." He says in a tone that sounds like he surrenders. "after breakfast." Mac says determined and takes a bite of his pancake.

"you are a tough negotiator." Christine teases and takes a bit of her pancake.

Note: this little chapter was inspired by my sister who had nightmares about spooky clowns, and she knocked her boyfriend down in her sleep when he tried to comfort her.