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Shelley Robinson

<<Continued from chapter 4

Chapter 5--Healing Hearts

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.

John: "What 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. 

D'Argo: "John, look."

John looked 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 face.

Aeryn: "Hey."

John: (his heart pounding against his chest) "Hey yourself."

He was frozen willing his body to move. D'Argo smiled.

D'Argo: "Come 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.

Aeryn: "Put everything back or you will answer to me."

Rygel smiled slightly and flew off. Chiana stepped up.

Chiana: "I will make sure he does. Welcome back Aeryn."

Aeryn: "Thanks Chiana."

Chiana smiled 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.

Jool: "I will be back to check on her later."

John: "Thanks Jool."

Aeryn: "Yes, thank you."

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.

John: "How you doing?"

Aeryn: "I am better now."

He gently rubbed the back of her hand with his free hand.

Aeryn: "Was I dreaming? Were you really there with me?"

John: "Yes."

Aeryn: "How?"

John: "With some help from Stark."

Aeryn: "Stark?"

John: "I will explain later. I think you should get some real rest. We can talk later."

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.

Aeryn: "Stay with me, John."

John: "Baby, I am not going anywhere."

Aeryn: (smiling at him) "Neither am I."

He smiled and kissed her hand.

Aeryn: "John, I am sorry."

John: "For what?"

Aeryn: "I 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 her.

Aeryn: "Time and patience."

John: (grinning) "Time and patience."

He leaned over and softly kissed her lips. She laid her hand on his chest.

John: "Rest."

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.

John suddenly 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.

Aeryn's eyes 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.

Aeryn: "Shh, he needs the rest."

Jool smiled 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.

Aeryn: "I love you John Crichton."

John: (without opening his eyes) "I love you too."

Aeryn: "I thought you were sleeping."

John: "If this is a dream, please don't wake me."

Aeryn pinched him on the arm. His eyes flew open.

John: (rubbing his arm) "Ouch! What was that for?"

Aeryn: (smiling) "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.


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