Disclaimer: Dark Angel and its characters do not belong to me, but the plot is mine. This fan-fiction had been written purely for entertainment purposes. No infringement was intended and no profit had been made out of this.

A/N: Hello all! First of all, I thank you for your great support and reviews throughout Breeding Partners.Nope, this is not the next chapter of the story. This is the first few paragraphs of the sequel - the result of the requests from you guys for a one. I'm not exactly happy with it, but considering that the story had already concluded in my head, this is all I can manage! But here's my attempt. Hope you enjoy'll it!

Together Or Not - Chapter 1

(by elle6778)

The radiance of the full moon filtered through the dusty windows to bathe the sparsely furnished room and its inhabitants in its pearly glow. The balmy night was silent save the soft sounds of heavy inhalation and exhalation of the occupants of the room.

Sweaty from his exertions, Alec shifted his bare back against the back of the wall and positioned his arms in a more comfortable position. His fingers were laced together, his arms stretched over his head, displaying his taut muscles. He was sitting on the floor, staring straight out of the window, watching the dark clouds shifting over the moon.

His mind was back in its usual place. Whenever he was not actively doing something, it was inevitable that his thoughts would settle on one person. Max. It has always been that way even before the downfall of Manticore's facility. He just had not realized it until after the fire. And now, thinking of her has become as natural as breathing for him.

It was not as if he was thinking of anything in particular. Just her. He knew that she was alright; he had just checked on her a few weeks ago. That was another regular habit for him nowadays; to watch her quietly from the shadows every few weeks or so. Just to see if she was doing okay.

He continued his visit even after he had seen with his own eyes that she had moved on.

Alec closed his eyes and took a deep breath, trying not to think about that one aspect of her life which had caused him so much internal grief. His heart felt as if it had been stabbed when he saw her with that guy. He guessed that he was still hurting somewhere inside, but it was more bearable now, dulled with time. Perhaps because it had to be, otherwise he would not have survived the pain.

Two months ago, he had decided that he should do the same. He had decided that he should try to move on.

"You're thinking about her, aren't you?" a female voice beside him asked. Alec did not miss the tinge of reproach in her tone.

Without opening his eyes, he replied mildly, "About who?"

"The girl in your head," she said, rather impatiently.

Opening his eyes, Alec lowered his arms and twisted his body around to face the owner of the voice. "I didn't know that I have an imaginary friend in my head. So why don't you tell me who she is? Is she hot?" he said with a smirk.

The girl's voice suggested that she was offended by his response. "How am I supposed to know who is she? All I can guess is that she's someone you probably had a relationship with at some point in the past. The one you can't seem to let go."

His jaw settled into an uncompromising line. "You're forgetting something."

Her tone was cautious when she asked, "What?"

"I don't do relationships."

A/N: The rest of the chapter can be found in 'Together Or Not'