The Tin Man and His Dorothy – Epilogue

Later that night – or maybe it was more accurate to say it was early the next morning – Mac had finally been allowed to sleep (although they had kept her in for observation) and Will was sat by her bed unable to sleep himself.

He was thinking about Brian and Casey Anthony, and Mac's passionate rant in his office that day. Then he thinks about Mackenzie as a little girl, scared and covered in blood in a New York ER – maybe it was this one, she'd never told him the name – with her father and mother whilst her sister and brother were desperately trying to be saved by doctors who were doomed to fail; who had no chance of helping them after a car crash like that.

He was thinking about how that tiny, frightened little girl was now the woman before him: strong, passionate, loyal, loving and so full of life and imagination…and really, he doesn't understand how he could ever have allowed himself to suppress that part of her.

Her Tin Man comment from earlier comes back to him and inexplicably, something from a film he hasn't seen in years pops in to his head.

"As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don't know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable."

He takes her hand again, pressing a gentle kiss to it, before leaning back in his chair and trying to get some sleep; her gentle breathing the most soothing thing in the world.

"But I still want one."

This was originally a prompt from LilacMermaid over on LJ. Thank you so much for feeding us these wonderful ideas! ;)

For those of you who - for whatever ridiculous, inexcusable reason - have not seen the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy helps the Tin Man get a heart and he helps her get home.