This story continues on from where 'The Assault' ended and is my idea of what could have happened in the show if there had been a fourth season.
I hope you enjoy…please R&R. All feedback is appreciated. Thanks.
Soul Mates - Love and Pain
Chapter One- It Wasn't a Dream
Shalimar woke up in a strange bed, it was still dark outside. She slowly sat up trying not to wake Brennan who was asleep next to her. She knew he must still be in a great deal of pain, Jesse had removed the bullet and patched his shoulder as best he could in the bathroom of their motel room and given him a couple of painkillers they had managed to buy along with some other supplies at a late night drugstore.
Looking over at the next bed she seen Jesse and Lexa cuddled up together fast asleep and she couldn't help but smile seeing them look so peaceful, 'if only yesterday hadn't happened' she thought to herself. Turning round she looked at Brennan and smiled again 'well I am glad some things happened yesterday' she chuckled to herself before a groan brought her back to reality.
"Hey, you okay?" She whispered.
"Yeah, my shoulder just reminded me that it wasn't all a dream." Brennan whispered in response as he tried to sit up, wincing as a pain shot through his shoulder.
Shalimar reached over helping him up, "Do you want me to get you another couple of painkillers?"
"It's okay, I'm just stiff. Can you pass me some water, please?"
"Sure but take these too." She opened the bottle of aspirin.
Brennan sighed, "Thanks." He took the two tablets from her open hand and swallowed them.
"Now try and get some more sleep, you're going to need all the rest you can get to keep your strength up."
"So do you. That was a nasty fall you took yesterday and you can't tell me it didn't affect you."
"I'm fine, it's you and Jesse I'm more concerned about but if it will make you feel better I'll go back to sleep."
"Yes it will, now come here." He gently tugged at her arm pulling her down next to him.
"Are we okay?"
"Yeah, we're fine and everything will work out I promise," he kissed the top of her head. "Go back to sleep."
"Okay," she cuddled closer to him. "Brennan?"
"Nothing." She closed her eyes and listened to Brennan breathing, feeling the rise and fall of his chest and the beat of his heart hoping that it would help her fall asleep.
She lay like that for an hour before finally giving up, deciding to go for a walk. She quietly got dressed and snuck out the room.
It was a few hours later when Lexa woke up to find Jesse lying staring at her.
"Good morning, did you sleep well?" He whispered.
"Actually I did. All that excitement yesterday must have tired me out." She said, covering her mouth to hide a yawn.
"And here I thought it was the pleasure of sleeping next to me that had done it," he smirked.
She playfully slapped him on the chest. "In your dreams Kilmartin," she said with a wry grin. "How are you feeling?"
"Not to bad considering, although my feelings are hurt," he pouted.
"Poor Jess," she leaned over and kissed him on the cheek. "There is that better?"
"Oh much! You are a great nurse Miss Pierce." He replied sarcastically.
She sat up and looked over at the other bed, seeing only Brennan asleep she turned back to face Jesse. "Where did Shal go?"
He shrugged. "I don't know she was gone when I woke up, probably went for a jog you know what Shal gets like if she's cooped up for too long."
"She shouldn't be off by herself it's not safe." She said her voice rising in anger.
"She'll be fine Lexa, don't worry she won't go far." Jesse tried to reassure her knowing Shalimar was more than capable of looking after herself.
Lexa frowned, "Still it's dangerous for all of us to have her wondering about."
"Don't worry; I'm sure she'll be careful."
"Yeah I'm sure she will. So do you think we should wake sleeping beauty?" Lexa asked pointed towards Brennan.
"Lets leave him be until Shal gets back. I'm going to grab a shower unless the lady would like to go first."
Keeping her face straight she said, "That's okay you need it more than me, you stink!"
Jesse laughed as he headed towards the bathroom. Both he and Lexa had been for a shower and gotten dressed by the time Shalimar returned carrying food and supplies.
"Morning, how are you feeling Jess? I got some more painkillers for you and Bren if you need them and I got some muffins and coffee for breakfast too." She said waving the bag she had in her hand in front of him.
"I'm actually feeling quite good, sleep and a shower seems to have done the trick, now did you mention muffins?"
Shalimar laughed handing him the bag of muffins, "Some things never change do they?"
"What?" he looked from Shalimar to Lexa who was laughing too, "I'm hungry!"
"You're always hungry Jess." Lexa stated.
"I see some things really never change." Shalimar said pointing at Brennan who as usual was the last to wake.
"Yeah we decided to leave him be until you got back." Lexa said sitting next to Jesse and helping herself to a muffin and one of the coffees.
Shalimar walked over to Brennan and gently shook him, "Bren wake up. I've got some aspirin for you and coffee."
Brennan groggily opened his eyes and smiled. "Thanks Shal," he slowly sat up wincing at the pain shooting through his shoulder. He gladly accepted the aspirin and coffee from Shalimar's outstretched hand.
"So what's the plan for today?" Jesse asked.
"Well first of all we need to find somewhere to stay, this motel was okay for one night but I think we need something a bit bigger." Lexa said looking around the small motel room.
"Yeah and I don't know about the rest of you but I think some new clothes are in order." Shalimar grumbled looking down at her dirty clothes.
"Hey, at least your top doesn't have a hole in it and isn't covered in blood. You guys decide where we're going I don't really mind but right now I need a shower." Brennan said as he headed to the bathroom.
"I already thought of that I got a t-shirt for you at the store." Shalimar reached into the bag pulling out a t-shirt and tossing it at him before continuing, "So how about we head out of the city and rent a house, we can use a false name just to be safe, go get some new clothes and stock up on supplies?"
"Sounds like a plan. We're going to have to get hold of a computer I think I should be able to hack into the computers at Sanctuary on the condition they're still intact." Jesse said.
"We need to find a way to rescue Adam. When I was being held at the Dominion they kindly told me my expiry date was close. I doubt I have much time left and we have no idea how much time you or Brennan has either." Lexa stated.
"Let's concentrate on getting settled somewhere first then we can plan where to go from there but don't worry Lex we won't let anything happen to you," Shalimar tried to reassure her even though she knew deep down without Adam there wasn't anything they could do.
She looked over and seen Jesse wince when he moved his hand so she walked over to examine it. "Jesse let me see your wrist, I think I was right last night it is just a bad sprain the swelling doesn't seem as bad this morning." She smiled as she wrapped a fresh bandage around it and reaching for the tub of aspirin, "There all better, now take a couple of these it will help with the pain."
"Yes, mom." Jesse joked.
"Now you, come sit on the bed I want to see your shoulder." Shalimar said to Brennan when she seen him emerge from the bathroom carrying the t-shirt she had given him.
"You really are a mother hen aren't you? Got to attend to your cubs," Lexa sniggered.
Shalimar scowled at her causing Jesse and Brennan to laugh. "Watch it mister. I've still to re-dress your wound, I can very easily cause you pain," hearing that Brennan's face lost some of its colour causing Jesse and Lexa to laugh even harder and even Shalimar couldn't help but smirk. "Well it doesn't look too bad but I'm still a bit worried about an infection." She placed a gauze strip on top of the wound and taped it on. She helped him put on his t-shirt and put his arm in the sling she had bought. "There all done," she reached up kissed him on the cheek.
"Thanks Shal," Brennan smiled. "So where are we going?"
"There is this town my parents used to take me to it is about 30 miles north of the city, not to big but we will be able to buy everything we need and shouldn't have a trouble renting a house. There is just one problem, I'm sure the Dominion will have frozen all our accounts by now so how are we planning to pay for it?" Jesse asked.
"Well I have some money I put away back before I joined you guys." Brennan told them.
"I never took you for a saver Sparky always thought you would spent it on the first car you seen or to impress a hot girl," Lexa joked.
"Yeah, well there is a lot you don't know about me Lex."
"Hey, I never knew either. So how much have you got?" Jesse asked.
"Enough to keep us going and to buy everything we need."
"Cool!" Jesse said enthusiastically.
"So it's decided then. Let's go, I don't know about the rest of you but I'll be a lot happier once we are out of the city. It's not safe here the Dominion will still be looking for us." Lexa said.
They cleaned the room as best possible wiping down all the surfaces to remove any traces of them before heading out into the hallway.
Lexa took hold of Brennan's hand and they both disappeared while Shalimar and Jesse went to check out the room, they had decided it was best for two of them to check in to the room as a couple to avoid any suspicion as the Dominion would have been looking for four people and since Lexa could turn invisible and Brennan had been shot it was most logical for it to be Shalimar and Jesse.
They all met up outside and headed to a nearby used car lot to buy a cheap car and then headed north.
It was late evening they had rented a three bedroom house and had bought a bunch of supplies. Jesse walked into the kitchen after finishing setting the computer up in the basement, Shalimar and Lexa were in there already putting away the supplies they had bought, they had been too tired to cook so Brennan was away getting Chinese for their dinner.
"So how do you want arrange the rooms I mean Jesse had to go rent a three bedroom house instead of four?" Lexa asked.
"Hey! It was all they had either that or a one bed apartment. I thought this was better." Jesse said from the door way.
"Its okay Jess the house is fine two of us can share it's not a problem." Shalimar reassured him.
"Sorry Jess, I didn't mean to sound ungrateful the house is fine, I guess Shal and I can share a room." Lexa said apologetically, looking over at Shalimar who nodded in agreement.
"Good it's settled then, I was worried I was going to have to put up with Brennan's snoring." Jesse said.
"Funny bro, but I hate to tell you that it's you that snores not me." Brennan said placing the food he had bought on the kitchen table.
"He's right Jess, I remember the first time I heard it. I thought a train was going through Sanctuary." Lexa told him.
"I don't snore." Jesse snapped.
"Yeah you do." Brennan said sitting down at the table and grabbing a plate.
"I do not," Jesse frowned. "Shal tell them I don't snore."
"Sorry Jess, I have to agree. You snore."
Jesse looked at each one of them before shaking his head and sitting down to help himself to the Chinese. "I know you're all just pulling my leg."
"Sure Jess," Brennan sarcastically said raising his eyebrows and looking at Lexa and Shalimar who both smirked.
"So I've managed to set the computer up and I'm downloading some of the files from Sanctuary at the moment but by the look of it the Dominion has already managed to decrypt some of Adam's files. I'll get what I can." Jesse said changing the subject.
"Can't they trace us?" Shalimar asked.
"No, I piggy backed it off a couple of places. By the time they trace it this far all the files will all be downloaded and they'll hit a brick wall."
"Good, now we just need to find a way to get Adam back." Lexa said.
"Do you have any idea where they took him?" Brennan asked.
"No, I would have said there main headquarters but since that's now a pile of rubble I have no idea."
"I can try and hack into there system, see if I can find any clues," Jesse suggested.
"Yeah, maybe," Lexa was sceptical. "That might be too risky though."
"If we want to get Adam back we are going to have to take a few risks," Shalimar pointed out. "Besides, with your expiry date approaching we don't have much choice."
"Okay," she agreed. "But let's just be really careful."
"Of course," Shalimar replied. Brennan and Jesse nodded in agreement.
They finished there meal and heading into the living room to watch some television.
"I think I might turn, I'll see you guys in the morning." Brennan stretched.
"Okay, see you in the morning." Jesse said.
"Yeah, night Brennan." Lexa added.
"Night," Brennan made his way out into the hall.
"Bren, wait up." Shalimar said following behind him.
"What's up Shal?"
"Nothing, I just thought we could talk." She smiled taking his hand in hers.
"I'm beat Shal can we do this later?"
Shalimar pulled her hand away, "Yeah sure of course." she said trying not to show her disappointment.
"Please don't be like that. I just need to get some sleep okay?" He smiled weakly at her and kissed her forehead.
"Sure." Shalimar watched him walk up the stairs to his room and couldn't help but wonder why he was being so distant with her.
It was the early hours when Shalimar emerged from her room she quietly closed the door behind her so not to wake Lexa and made her way down to the kitchen for a glass of water.
Passing by the door to the basement she saw the light was still on and headed down to see who was still up. Jesse sat at the computer staring at the screen.
"Hey, what are you doing still up its 4am?" She asked.
"Hi Shal, I'm not tired so I thought I would work on some of the files I downloaded from Sanctuary."
"Jess is everything okay? You were awfully quiet at dinner," she asked sitting down next to him.
"I'm fine, just trying to absorb things. So much has happened it's hard to believe it's all real."
"Yeah, I know what you mean," she thought about what had happened between her and Brennan. They hadn't had a chance to talk since escaping from the Dominion headquarters and she couldn't help but worry where they were headed.
"Shal, are you okay?"
"What?" she shook herself out of her train of thought. "Yeah Jess, sorry I was just thinking."
He frowned, "Are you sure?"
"Yeah, no, I don't know. I'm just scared Jess."
That surprised him; he had known the feral for a long time and could count on one hand the number of times she admitted to being afraid. "Scared of what?"
"Lots of things," she sighed. "Not finding Adam, for starters. Losing one of us. I don't know I've just got this bad feeling Jess, I can't seem to shake it."
He placed a hand on her shoulder and looked her in the eye, "I can promise you that you won't lose any of us. I won't allow it."
She couldn't help but smile, "Thanks Jess."
"No problem, and if you want to talk about whatever it is that's bothering you I'm here, okay?"
"I might hold you to that," she smiled.
"Listen Shal…" Jesse was interrupted when the computer beeped to inform them they had a new message.
"That's strange who would be sending us a message?" Shalimar asked.
"I don't know but we will soon find out," Jesse replied opening the message on the screen and they were both shocked to see who appeared on the screen in front of them.
"Adam," Shalimar whispered.