That night, after the kids had been tucked in bed, and everything taken care of, Arica found herself curled up next to her husband in bed. She'd told him what Kendall had said, had wanted, and had accused her of... the same crap again.
"It's okay Ari. CTU will protect both of us. They know you weren't involved."
"It's just so frustrating. I didn't do anything and yet I'm blamed."
"I know," he soothed, stroking her hair. He kissed her gently. "I'm happy I got out though. Dixon expedited the paperwork before Kendall got wind of the transfer. I start over at CTU in the morning."
Arica smiled. "You just better be careful. Got me?"
"I got ya, sweetheart," he replied. They quickly drifted off to sleep soon after that.
Morning came far too soon and Eric got ready for work as usual, this time trying not to wake Arica up. She'd still taken a couple weeks off to spend with the kids. She must have been really exhausted because he managed to not wake her up this time.
He arrived at CTU exactly on the dot and went to find Brittany.