This begins shortly after "Shadows of Darkness" ends.
After returning from the hospital Brennan headed to Shalimar's room.
Sensing his approach she looked up as he entered.
"Have a seat. How's your friend?"
Brennan sat in the chair facing her before answering. "Recovering. I think
he's going to be fine."
Shalimar easily read the relief in his eyes and in his voice. "I'm glad. He
means a lot to you doesn't he?"
Realizing that he'd never gotten to explain it to her he decided it was as
good a time as any. "Yeah. He was the first one I willingly told about my
powers. The first person, since my dad died, to care about me and try to
help me. I wish you could have had someone like him, instead of what
happened to you."
His genuine affection for the man was easy to hear in his tone, and
Shalimar knew him far to well to miss it.
After a moment of comfortable silence Brennan spoke again. "You know we
never got to have that talk we were going to, before. . . everything
The feral gave him a confused look. "When I said we'd talk later. About
Adam and your dad and what happened to you."
He saw the confusion leave her face as she remembered his remark. She
"Are you still mad at Adam?" Brennan prompted.
Shalimar thought for a few moments before answering. Brennan was wise
enough to give her the time to collect her thoughts with out pushing. "Not
as much. This whole thing with the hospital reminded me what a mess I was
when he found me. How much he helped me- - - and I didn't make it easy for
him at first," Shalimar finished in a wry tone.
"What about your dad? Have you heard from him lately?" Brennan asked,
genuinely curious. He knew that if things with Shalimar continued the way
he wanted them to Nicolas would one day be his father in law.
"Yeah. I got a message. He's doing OK. Things aren't perfect, but at least
we're talking. It's good for the moment," she concluded, with a slight
"You know, you were really brave to go to that hospital at all after what
you went through. . ." Brennan's voice trailed off as he shook his head
slightly. He was still shocked at what she had been forced to endure.
"Yeah, well. I didn't have much choice. I couldn't ask Sandy to face it if
I wasn't willing to. How was working with Lexa?"Shalimar asked, wanting to
change the subject, and learn Brennan's feelings toward the other woman.
Brennan heard the jealous note in Shalimar's voice and was pleased by it.
"Not bad this time. Her ability to disappear, and make others disappear,
can be very useful."
"True enough," Shalimar had to admit, remembering the incident at the
"And, she saved my life."
"WHAT?!?" Shalimar "asked", suddenly worried, and wanting to know what had
"One of the guys illusions almost had me taking a fall down an empty
elevator shaft. Lexa stopped me," he explained, trying to down play it. He
definitely didn't want to mention the "woman's" offer of kiss. He been
flirting with her in an attempt to ensure she'd give him the access and
information he needed, but didn't think Shalimar really needed to hear
"Then I guess we all owe her one," the feral reluctantly agreed.
They were quiet for a few minutes and Shalimar took the time to really take
in Brennan's appearance. He was much more dressed up than usual, and she
thought it looked good. The blue dress shirt she was particularly fond of.
The contrast seemed to make his brown eyes look even darker and more
After a while Brennan broke the silence. "You should come with me and meet
Dr. Palance sometime."
Sensing how much the man meant to Brennan she was flattered. "I'd like
There conversation was interrupted by the appearance of Jesse. "It's about
time for dinner. You two coming?"
"Yeah, Jess," replied Shalimar.
Brennan stood up and held a hand out to Shalimar. Smiling, she took it and
"To be continued?"
Brennan gave a slight shrug as they followed Jesse to the kitchen.
A/N: OK, it's up to you guys whether this will be continued or not. I'm
thinking I might turn it into a series of conversations that take place
after the episodes. Or I could just have the next chapter be when Shal goes
to see Dr. Palance and he tells her a bit about the younger Brennan. Please
let me know what you guys think. . . .