from chapter 4
When John and
D'Argo entered the med bay, Rygel and Chiana were all ready there
with Jool. Everyone turned to look at John. He stopped in his tracks
with D'Argo beside him.
is it? What happened? Is she gone?"
Jool was blocking
his view of the table. He lowered his eyes to the floor. D'Argo
stepped up to support him. Jool stepped back from the table.
up and was shocked to find Aeryn looking at him. Her incredible
eyes wide open. She spoke softly and with a slight smile on her
John: (his heart
pounding against his chest) "Hey yourself."
He was frozen
willing his body to move. D'Argo smiled.
on everyone lets give them some time."
Rygel flew his
throne sled over beside the table and looked down at Aeryn. She
looked at him.
everything back or you will answer to me."
slightly and flew off. Chiana stepped up.
will make sure he does. Welcome back Aeryn."
at her and followed Rygel out. D'Argo walked over to the table and
touched Aeryn's hair. He didn't say a word. He just smiled and bowed
his head slightly. She acknowledged him by laying her hand on top
of his. He walked out. Jool looked at her then at Crichton.
will be back to check on her later."
Jool left. John
was finally able to pry his feet out of the invisible concrete that
seemed to be holding him in the one spot. He pulled up a stool and
sat down. Aeryn was staring at him. She held her hand out to him.
He took her hand in his.
am better now."
He gently rubbed
the back of her hand with his free hand.
I dreaming? Were you really there with me?"
some help from Stark."
will explain later. I think you should get some real rest. We can
He stood up
and leaned forward and planted a gentle kiss on her forehead. She
closed her eyes. He lifted up slowly. Her eyes opened and her grip
on his hand tightened.
with me, John."
I am not going anywhere."
at him) "Neither am I."
He smiled and
kissed her hand.
I am sorry."
never wished it was you that died. I am sorry if I ever made you
feel that way."
He lowered his
eyes. She touched his cheek with her free hand. He looked up at
"Time and patience."
He leaned over
and softly kissed her lips. She laid her hand on his chest.
She closed her
eyes. John sat there watching her sleep. She came back to him. A
single tear brimmed his eyelash. He had reached her and she listened.
She had come back to be with him. He knew it would take time to
build things between them again but at least they now had that time.
felt drained. The effects of using the mask had finally started
to hit him now that his adrenalin levels were returning to normal.
He laid his head down on Aeryn's stomach. It didn't take long for
him to drift off into a deep sleep.
opened slowly. She saw him lying there sleeping. His arm was draped
across her stomach. She began to lovingly stroke his hair as she
has done so many times in the past. She stared at his peaceful sleeping
face with a half smile on her face.
Jool had entered
the med bay. Aeryn placed a finger against her perfect lips indicating
for Jool to keep quiet. She spoke in a whisper.
he needs the rest."
and picked up the sheet off of the other table and covered John
with it. Aeryn nodded at her. She turned to leave. Aeryn reach and
pulled the sheet so John's shoulders were covered. She whispered.
love you John Crichton."
opening his eyes) "I love you too."
thought you were sleeping."
this is a dream, please don't wake me."
him on the arm. His eyes flew open.
his arm) "Ouch! What was that for?"
"I guess you're not dreaming."
He looked at
her. They started laughing. He climbed on the table and lay beside
her. He snuggled close to her and wrapped his arm across her midsection
holding her close to him. His head was resting on her chest. She
lifted up and kissed the top of his head. A sweet smile came to
his face. She gently stroked his hair. His eyes closed slowly as
he drifted into the first peaceful sleep he has had in a while.
Aeryn stared up at the ceiling listening to the sound of him breathing.
A single tear rolled from the corner of her eye. A deep cleansing
breath released as her eyes closed.