Sorry once again for the delay, RL is rather unsettled at the moment but I am doing my best to catch up with my writing. I hope you enjoy this next chapter. For those of you who have been reading my other fic I decided to re write chapter one and I'm in the process of writing chapter two so hopefully I should have it out soon.

Thanks to all who have read this fic and especially those of you that have taken the time to review, it means a lot to me. LOL

Note: - italics is the dreamscape

Chapter Eight

"We are taking our friends home," Jesse said, stepping forward ready to fight anyone who stood in his way. He was worried that Brennan and Shalimar didn't have long left and nothing was going to stop him from getting them to safety.

"Are you now?" Simon smirked, pointing a gun at Jesse.

Jesse took another step forward. "Guns are useless against me," he said as he massed his body.

"You might be impervious to bullets but I bet your friends aren't and I doubt you can protect them all." Simon pointed the gun at Emma, "Should I shoot Miss DeLauro? Or maybe Shalimar?" he said, aiming the gun at the unconscious feral.

"Why are you doing this?" Emma asked, walking over to stand next to Jesse.

"Because all you mutants disgust me, you should never have existed." He told her, as the hatred he felt seeped through his voice.

"You're a mutant too, or have you forgotten that?" Emma spat back unable to hide the anger she was feeling towards him.

"Oh no I haven't forgotten, it just makes my job easier."

"You really are delusional," Jesse said with disgust. "Why don't you just step aside and let us past then no one will get hurt."

Simon laughed, "You're the delusional one, if you think I have any intention of letting you go."

"Simon please don't do this." Isabel pleaded, tears forming in her eyes.

Simon lowered the gun slightly unable to point it at the one person in the world he cared for and that he knew cared for him. "I'm sorry Izzy, I have too," he said with a hint of hesitation in his voice.

"Why do you want to hurt more innocent people?" she asked looking into his eyes.

"Innocent? Isabel they murdered Jefferson's father. How can they be innocent?" Simon asked.

"We didn't kill Eckhart." Jesse shouted angrily. He took a deep breath to calm himself when he seen Isabel look at him with pleading eyes, he nodded before returning to his position next to the Brennan and Shalimar. "How are they?" he asked Emma who was sitting with Shalimar's head resting on her knee.

"I don't know, Shal's breathing seems to have slowed and Brennan…"

"Feels like shit," Brennan groaned, his eyes still half shut. "What's happening?" he asked, his voice strained.

"Isabel is trying to talk her brother into letting us go." Jesse whispered, helping Brennan sit up a little.

"Why don't we….just….fight our….way?" Brennan asked struggling to catch his breath.

"Give her a chance to convince him and if not we…." Emma was interrupted by Brennan coughing; she gasped and looked worryingly over at Jesse when she noticed he was coughing up blood. "Jess?"

"I know Emma," he snapped. "We don't have time for this. We need to get out of here." He added trying to sound confident when he was feeling anything but.

"Let….me," Brennan mumbled, charging up a tesla coil.

"No Brennan, you're too weak." Jesse put a hand on his shoulder.

"It's okay…Jess…safer than…a….fight."

Jesse glanced over at Emma before returning his attention to Brennan. "Okay, I'll distract Isabel so that you can get a clear shot," he paused. "Are you sure you can do it?"

"I'm fine," Brennan said with a weak smile.

Isabel sighed, she was having no luck. Simon had always been stubborn and she was quickly running out of things to say. She heard Jesse shout her name and quickly spun her head round, seeing electricity dancing around Brennan's fingers, she instinctively jumped out of the way just as Brennan threw the tesla coil in her direction hitting Simon square in the chest and throwing him backwards out into the hallway.

"Simon!" Isabel yelled, rushing to his side to check on him.

"It's okay Isabel, he'll be fine. Brennan didn't have enough energy to do any serious damage." Jesse explained before turning to Brennan. "Well done Bro," Jesse said with a grin that quickly changed to a frown when he noticed Brennan had once again lost consciousness.

"Jesse?" Emma's eyes darted between Brennan and Jesse as her heart skipped a beat.

"His pulse is weak but its there, lets get out of here." Jesse told her, trying to hide the worry he was feeling knowing it wouldn't do any of them any good if they knew just how much energy Brennan must have used throwing the tesla coil. Pushing those thoughts aside he picked Brennan up trying his best not to aggravate his injuries. "Jeez Bren! You really need to go on a diet," Jesse grumped.

"Isabel, come on!" Emma shouted, motioning Isabel to take Shalimar's legs so they could carry her out.

Once outside they headed to where they had left the car. "Adam?" Jesse said activating the com system.

'Jesse, are you alright? I was starting to worry.' Adam's voice sounded through the com a few seconds later.

"Sorry about that we ran into a small problem, we're on our way back with Brennan and Shalimar," he paused. "Adam they're in a bad way." He added glancing behind him at the unconscious elemental and feral.

'Alright, I will have the lab ready for you getting here.' Adam said before closing the link.

They arrived back in Sanctuary a short while later; Adam helped Jesse carry Brennan to the lab, while Emma and Isabel took Shalimar to her room. "Can you two take care of Shal?" Adam asked from the doorway of the lab.

"Yeah, she isn't hurt physically. We just have to figure a way to get her to wake up," Emma said trying to sound confident, although deep down she had no idea how they were going to accomplish it. Isabel's attempt back at the warehouse had been a complete failure and she hoped that maybe since Shalimar knew her she would have more luck.

"Keep it simple, try and focus on things that will make her doubt what is happening. Once she lets her guard down, I should be able to wake her," Isabel said, linking her mind to Shalimar's.

Emma nodded in response before she reached out her mind to connect to Shalimar.

Emma stood hidden in the shadows watching the funeral service, her heart broke when she seen Shalimar, her eyes red and tears streaming down her face. A man had a comforting arm around her and Emma surmised it was her father. A small boy stood at Shalimar's other side his arms wrapped around her leg as she gently rubbed the side of his head. Emma couldn't help but notice how much the boy looked like Brennan and she smiled at the thought of how good Brennan and Shalimar would be together and what great parents they would be. She shook herself from those thoughts as she seen the crowd disperse.

"Shalimar? Sweetheart, are you coming?" Nicholas asked, rubbing her shoulder.

"Can you give me a minute alone, so I can say goodbye." She choked, looking at him with tear filled eyes.

"Of course, come on Joshua lets go see if I can find you some ice cream," Nicholas said holding out his hand for Josh to take.

"Don't cry Mommy. Daddy is with Connor and the angels." Josh said, looking up at her.

Shalimar smiled remembering when their dog had died and Brennan had told Josh that he was with the angels. She knelt down and wrapped her arms around him. "I know honey." She sniffed back the tears. "You go with Grampa and I will see you soon."

"Okay Mommy. Love you," Josh said, kissing her cheek.

"I love you too, honey."

Emma watched Nicholas and Josh walk away before slowly approaching, "Shalimar," she said.

"Yes." Shalimar rubbed her eyes sniffing back the tears as she turned round to face her.

"My name is Emma, can I talk to you?" she asked, nervously.

"Now isn't really a good time." Shalimar snapped in response.

"It's important Shal, please," Emma said, trying to sound as sympathetic as possible knowing how fragile Shalimar felt.

"Okay, what can I do for you?" Shalimar asked.

"Why don't we go for a walk?" Emma suggested, motioning Shalimar to follow her.

Shalimar hesitantly looked back at the grave, before following, "Okay, so what is all this about and do I know you?" she frowned. "You seem familiar I just can't place where I have seen you before."

"Yes Shal, you do know me. In fact we work together and are best friends." Emma said, praying she wasn't being to blunt.

Shalimar pulled on Emma's arm to stop her, "I think I would remember working with you and being your best friend," she said with a hint of sarcasm and disbelief.

Emma spun round to face her, "Think Shal, try to remember. I'm telling you the truth, I know you recognise me. Please trust me I'm here to help you."

"I don't need any help!" Shalimar snapped, turning on her heels and storming off.

Emma took a deep breath, "Brennan's alive, Shalimar. What's happened is all in your mind, all you have to do is wake up," she said, jogging to catch up.

"How dare you! I am just after burying my husband and you expect me to believe he is still alive. Do you actually realize just how much I wish it was true, but its not, he's dead. I seen him die and…." She choked out as she stopped in her tracks. "A part of me died with him." She added slowly turning round to face Emma, tears once again streaming down her face.

"Shal all you have to do is let me help you and then you'll see I'm telling you the truth," Emma said, placing a comforting hand on her shoulder.

"Why are you doing this?" Shalimar sobbed dropping to her knees.

Emma knelt down beside her and pulled her into a hug, rocking her back and forth. "Shhhh, just let go, let it all out," she whispered.

Isabel appeared behind them; she knelt down in front of them and sent a psionic blast to each of them.

Emma shook her head and turned to see Isabel smiling at her, "Hey! Well done Emma."

"But she's still unconscious," Emma said, glancing worryingly between Isabel and the unconscious feral.

Isabel grinned and motioned her head in Shalimar's direction just as Shalimar slowly opened her eyes, blinking a few times to allow them to adjust to the bright lights of the room. "Where am I? What happened?" Shalimar asked, groggily.

"You're in Sanctuary Shal," Emma smiled. "How are you feeling?" she asked helping Shalimar sit up.

"Fine, I think," Shalimar rubbed her eyes and swung her legs round so she was sitting on the edge of her bed. "How did I get here? The last thing I remember was seeing Brennan fall. God Emma, is he okay?" she asked, fear and panic in her voice.

Emma glanced worryingly at Isabel before speaking, "You were both taken prisoner, and you were put into a kind of dreamscape. Do you remember any of it?" she asked.

"Yeah, a little but it felt more like a vivid dream. Emma what happened to Bren?" she asked getting more agitated.

"He's in the lab, Adam and Jesse are taking care of him," she paused. "He was beat up pretty bad Shal." She added.

"I have to see him." Shalimar jumped off the bed and sprinted to the lab, Emma followed close behind her. She burst through the door, and stood frozen when she seen Brennan lying on the lab chair.

"Shalimar, how are you feeling?" Adam asked, looking up from the computer screen in front of him.

"I'm fine. Adam how's Brennan?" she turned sad tear filled eyes on him.

"He was in a bad way when Jesse brought him in; he had a few broken ribs and some internal bleeding. I have done everything I can, he's resting just now." He got up and walked over to meet her, "Let me run a few tests. I want to make sure there is no side effects of what was done to you," he added leading her over and motioning her to sit down. He nodded to Emma who had entered the lab behind Shalimar and she smiled before wordlessly leaving them alone.

"Is he going to be okay?" she asked, her voice almost a whisper.

Adam sighed glancing over at the unconscious elemental, "Honestly, I don't know. He took quite a beating it is just a waiting game for now," he said, turning to meet Shalimar's sad eyes, "Lets get you checked over."