Note: Hey guys. So I don't know if this is interesting to you, but I actually wrote this one backwards. I knew how I wanted it to end like, so I worked from there! Enjoy :)
Scott was lost. He had been walking around the city for ages, trying to find his way back to Shelby's house. So, when he came upon a small park, he decided to take a rest on one of the benches.
The snow was still falling, and Scott could barely make out the two figures that were slowly walking towards him.
"Scott!" One of them called out.
It was Agent Morgan. He and Prentiss had been looking for Scott all night. When they reached him, the two sat down on the bench, one on either side of him.
"You should know something." Scott said, "Daisy and I only came here for Shelby. We were worried about her... I had to make sure she was okay, ya know?"
Prentiss nodded, "But you know that you won't be allowed to stay here. I wish there was some way that you could... But you're school is on their way here. They've been really worried about you."
Scott nodded, "I knew we'd have to go back at some point. But it was worth it to see her, even if it was only a day or so."
Morgan frowned, clearly misinterpreting what Scott had said.
Prentiss looked at her watch. "We should go. We need to pick up your friend, Daisy."
The three stood up, Morgan gently leading Scott towards the car.
She was running. Running until the air left her lungs, until the strength left her body. She closed her eyes, and felt herself falling into an abyss of nothingness. An empty shell of herself, floating lifelessly through space.
"Shelby? Are you awake?" She felt herself being gently shaken to consciousness by a familiar touch.
"Yeah, I'm awake. Sorry JJ, what's wrong?" She asked.
"Well, I just got a call from Dr. Reid, and it looks like they found your friend... Scott." JJ smiled hopefully.
"Is he okay? When will he be here?" Shelby jumped up and looked around.
"Wait... where'd Daisy go?" Shelby searched the space for her friend.
"She's gone, Shelby. Someone from Horizon is on their way here to pick them up. Apparently they've been missed. We had no choice but to take them to the police station..." JJ looked at Shelby, feeling the pain she saw on her face.
"I'm so sorry... But there counselor, Peter, he's coming to pick them up. There's still time for you to see them before they go, if you want to." She added thoughtfully.
Shelby didn't say anything. She nodded solemnly, and went to grab her sweatshirt.
At the Police Station:
Scott smiled when he saw Shelby walk through the front doors of the station, JJ trailing close behind.
"Scott!" She called when she spotted him, running to his side.
"Shelby, I'm so sorry. There wasn't anything else I could do. They were going to have to find out at some point." He whispered softly.
"I've missed you... I don't know what I'll do without you..." She choked on her words.
"No one ever really knows what they're doing in this life. But they find a way to get through each day. Somehow, they push through. Supposedly it gets better. I guess well just have to find out then, right?" He flashed a witty smile.
"Yeah." Shelby smiled, "I suppose we do."
Daisy appeared from behind the bathroom door, "There you are!" She exclaimed.
"Shelby! I thought we weren't going to see you before we left..."
"What? As soon as I found out where you guys were I came right over! I can't believe they're making you leave..." Shelby rested her head on Scott's shoulder.
"Can't take the Daisy withdrawal huh? Yeah... that's some pretty powerful stuff."
"Yeah, that's it. I can't handle all this withdrawal."
The three smiled at each other, savoring the moments they had left.
It wasn't Peter who came for them, a member of the security staff, who Scott had grown quite close to, arrived shortly after Shelby. To Shelby, it was like a dream. They were gone, and she didn't understand why. Why they had to leave, why Walt was dead, why she was alive.
"Come on Shelby, let's go home. I'll make us some hot chocolate." JJ's warm embrace brought her back to reality.
"Yeah... that sounds good."
Shelby stared at her hot chocolate, letting her mind go blank. A sea of thoughts swirling around in her head. She was lost, running. She didn't quite know what she was running from, or running to. But it was all she could do. Closing her eyes, she took a deep breathe, feeling the air run down into her lungs. This keeps me alive? This simple action?
"Are you okay? I know that was really hard for you... but I want you to know that I'm here for you. Whatever you need. I'm always going to be here for you." JJ sat down next to her.
"Thanks JJ... I'm okay though. Just thinking."
"Nothing in particular."
"It's like a poison you know?" JJ took as sip of her cocoa.
"Loss, suffering. It sits with you, and ever so slowly, eats away at you. Until there is nothing left."
"How do you stop it?" Shelby turned to look at JJ, concern in her eyes.
"It's different for everyone. But I think... the best cure for that type of poison, is love. Lots and lots of love."
"And I have some good news for you my friend. I happen to have lots and lots of love... and it's all for you."
JJ gently swung her arm around Shelby, and Shelby took a breath as she rested her head on JJ's shoulder.
Nothing had ever felt so right.
Maybe Scott was right... I guess we'll have to wait and see. Just like everybody else.