A/N: This is a bit different style story for me, so I hope you'll like it. Please let me know, good or bad. It's written from the point of view of an old friend of Brennan's he's known since before Mutant X and her thoughts on Brennan and Shalimar as she watches them interact. She works as a bar tender.

First time I saw him tonight was when he showed up and asked for two beers. That's nothing new. Brennan's a regular and seldom alone for long. Not with his looks. I must say the man's good for business. The owner's of the hearts he breaks tend to try and drown their sorrows in drinks. It usually takes a LOT of drinks. Anyway, the second time I saw him he was coming off the dance floor with the blonde beauty. Again nothing new. Except everything. The way he looked at her. The way he smiled at her. The possessive arm around her waist. Suddenly I know why he's breaking everyone else's hearts. Cause his is already taken. By her. It's why he flirts and dances with the other women, treating them to his charm, then leaves alone. He leaves to go be near her, if I don't miss my guess. And with all the time I spend watching people I rarely do.

Now they're right in front of me.

"Amy, I'd like you to meet Shalimar. She's a friend of mine. Shal, this is Amy. She runs this place."

I can't hide the quirk of my lips when I hear him call her a friend. He may be fooling himself with that line, but not me. And not any of the guys in here either. Normally they'd be all over a woman who looks like Shalimar does. I see it every night. But the other men aren't so drunk yet that they can't see the "hands-off-she's-mine" signals Brennan is giving. Nor are they brave slash stupid enough to get Brennan angry. They haven't had enough liquid courage yet. Besides, it obvious the woman feels the same about him and that no other guy would have a chance with her.


I smile. "Sorry. Long night. Nice to meet you Shalimar."

"Thanks. You too. Nice place."

"I just tend the bar, but thanks."

We all talk for a bit then they go back to dancing. During a lull I watch them. The way they move together is amazing. The two are completely and intensely focused on each other. Damn. Don't get me wrong. I am pleased to have Brennan as a friend, and that's what we are, friends. It's good with me and I have a boyfriend I love, but I would be lying if I said I wouldn't die to have Brennan look at me the way he looks at her, dance with me the way he is dancing with her.

Eventually one guy gets up the courage to approach Shalimar. The look Brennan gives him has the man turning around and heading my way for another drink.


Brennan's back and we're talking at the bar. It's early enough that there isn't a crowd. Suddenly he pauses and looks over his shoulder to the door. Shalimar has just walked in. He had sensed her presence without looking and across the room. Talk about a strong connection. She walks up and stands very close to him. He smiles and begins to tease her about being late, as he drapes an arm around her shoulders to pull her close.

Because of his past Brennan values his "personal space". It usually shows and most people wisely respect it. For Shalimar to so confidently walk into that space, and for him to allow it, then pull her closer, tells me a LOT about their relationship. So did the look in Shalimar's eyes. By now it toned down to plutonic affection, but when she first saw him. . . her true feelings were showing, and there was nothing plutonic about them.

Soon they move to the join several other couples now on the dance floor. I don't think they'd have noticed if there was one other couple or fifty. They were again completely into each other and in their own world. They leave early and I'd bet all my nights tips that they will not separate until morning. Even if I'm wrong, I'm really not worried about how things will turn out in the long run. With those two it's only a matter of time.

A/N: I'm thinking of doing two more similar chapters (the "narrator" wouldn't be Amy, but other people) for Jesse/Emma and Jesse/Lexa for anyone reading who likes those pairings. Please let me know if you're interested I should write and post them.