A/N: This is it, folks! The end of the story. Hope you enjoyed it.


Thank God for Manticore

A lone figure stood in the middle of the Seattle City Cemetery. It was dark outside, too dark for a normal person to see anything, but transgenics had enhanced vision. Alec stared down at the grave of his first love. "I don't know what happened, Rachel. I swore I'd never love anyone after you. Love is a weakness, it distracts us, makes us do stupid things, gets people hurt. That's what they taught us at Manticore, and I believed them. Look what happened to you; I fell in love with you and it got you killed. Well this time, I was the one who got hurt. It's not Maxie's fault. She didn't know how I felt. I didn't get the chance to tell her... No, that's a lie. I had lots of chances to tell her, but I never did. I waited too long and now she's back together with Logan." Alec sank down onto the grass and laid back staring up at the stars. "I don't really know where I'm going to go now. I just know that I can't stay here. I can't watch them together and pretend to be happy."

"So don't." Max's face appeared over Alec, obscuring his view of the stars.

"Max, what are you doing here? I thought you'd be celebrating with Logan." Alec sat up and looked at her with a guarded expression on his face.

"I'm not with Logan, Alec." Max said softly. "I never was. We're grateful to you for getting the cure, but that doesn't mean we're getting together."

"But Logan said..."

"I know what Logan said, but he was wrong. He assumed that with the cure out of the way we would just fall into each other's arms and live happily ever after. And maybe we would have, a year ago, but not now. I just don't feel the same way about him now." Max lost her nerve to continue so she stopped and looked down at the ground.

Alec reached out and took her hand "Why not now, Maxie? What's changed?" He prompted gently.

Max looked everywhere but at Alec.

"Maxie?" Alec stood up and took her chin in his hand gently, forcing her to look at him. Alec remembered what Original Cindy had said earlier in the evening, but he had to hear it for himself.

"IthinkI'minlovewithyou" Max said quickly, almost under her breath.

"Say that again." Alec begged, not believing what he just heard. He told someone once that Max would never admit when she was in love, that she would choke on the words.

"I said I THINK I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU." Max enunciated very carefully this time.

Alec's mouth dropped open in shock. The expression on his face was so comical that Max couldn't help but smile. She took a step towards him and stood on the tips of her toes. Reaching up she threaded her fingers through the hair at the base of his neck and then she kissed him.

Alec kissed her back this time...and kissed her...and kissed her...and kissed her some more. Manticore had trained it's soldiers to hold their breath underwater for extremely long periods of time. Apparently it was useful for making out too. When they finally ran out of breath he pulled back and looked down at her. "Thank God for Manticore" Max teased. Sobering a little she said "I never thought I'd say that and mean it but if it weren't for them I'd never have met you."

Laughing Alec reached down, scooped Max into his arms. "It's almost a shame they are not around to thank."

Max smacked him on the arm playfully. "Watch what you wish for. Your wish just might come true."

Alec looked down at her with love in his eyes. "It already has, Maxie, it already has."

The End