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Chapter 8

"Vaughn…Vaughn…" Sydney muttered over and over in her sleep.

He had woken at the sound of her screams and the movement next to him.

He held her by the waist to keep her still and gently whispered words of comfort in her ear.

Syd woke up to Vaughn's voice thinking it was still the dream and sat up straight on the floor of the cave.

Vaughn sat up with her and placed his hand gently on the small of her back to calm her. "Syd?"

She screamed at his touch and retreated into a corner taking deep breaths , not looking at him, afraid of what she would see.

Vaughn watched Syd from the other side of the cave.'What had been so bad in that dream to make her scared of me? It's not everyday that the Bristow's get scared, in fact I've never seen her as terrified as she looks right now.'

Sydney kept her face in her hands, not giving him a single glance. Vaughn didn't know what to do for a minute 'She must be going through hell to be this scared. Whatever it is though, she needs me'

"Syd?" He asked again.

No response apart from another sob.

"Sydney, it was just a dream, okay? I'm here". He said comfortingly as he crept quietly toward her.

"Syd, look at me". It wasn't a question - it was almost a plea.

She could tell that Vaughn was in front of her but couldn't bring herself to look at him. 'What if I see…' She couldn't even finish her thoughts; it was too horrible. 'What if it was true?' Her mind questioned, 'Who was that girl?'

She breathed in as much oxygen as her lungs would allow, ignoring the nagging questions in her brain. Then, with her eyes still tightly shut, she lifted her head slightly off her hands until she knew she was facing him.

Vaughn looked at her terrified face, her eyes firmly closed with tears streaming down her soft features. He was kneeling in front of her as he lifted his arms from his side and clasped both of her hands in his.

"Syd, please, tell me what's wrong. You're scaring me".

"I'm sorry". She whispered as she slowly opened her eyes hoping beyond hope that everything was normal. As she adjusted to the dim light of the cave Sydney saw Vaughn's worried face before her. His eyes, as always, showing more love and concern for her than she ever thought possible before meeting him.

In that one glance she knew everything was going to be okay, just like he always made it. She apologised again, ashamed at how she'd reacted. It was just a dream, as Vaughn had rightly said, and she had acted like a 5-year-old child.

Vaughn saw the shame in her eyes and gently pulled her towards him until she was wrapped safely in his warm embrace.

"You okay?" He whispered in her ear.

Sydney could feel his breath on her neck; it made everything seem okay. They weren't stuck in a cold, damp cave in the middle of Iceland with a specially bred assassin after them. When she was in his arms, Sydney felt so safe and secure that it felt like home. She suddenly spoke what had been on her mind since the awful dream.

"I love you Michael, so much".

"I love you too Syd. Do you want to tell me what's wrong? Or do we have to play twenty questions?"

She chuckled at his comment, but it soon faded as the memories of her dream rolled over her. She leant back in Vaughn's arms and tried to explain everything.

"I dreamt that…Oh God, Vaughn she killed you. It was awful. She said that she would kill everyone I loved, until I was no longer myself - until I was no-one"

She broke down into tears and Vaughn tightened his embrace encouraging her to continue.

"I was holding you and then you started…rotting in front of me. And, and then you were just dead and you were just a pile of bones and you were gone, you left me." She became more and more upset until she couldn't speak anymore, there were no words to describe the most realistic dream she'd ever had.

Vaughn sensed this and he gently turned her around until they were facing. He lovingly wiped the tears away and when he spoke it was barely above a whisper. "Syd, it's not going to happen, okay. I'm never going to leave you and I'm not going to let either of us die. You're safe with me."

Vaughn knew he couldn't guarantee her safety, but he would do almost anything to prevent her from getting hurt.

Sydney looked up into his green eyes, he always knew exactly what to say to make her feel better. She loved that about him, she always had, even on the day they met, she's had the day from hell but he still managed to make her smile.

She leant in for a kiss and Vaughn instantly responded, kissing her passionately until he gently pulled away to stop it from getting out of hand. As much as he loved her, they needed to stay focused on the mission.

"You okay?" He asked.

Syd nodded, her face still red from crying. "We should move on."

"If you're sure…"

"I am."

Vaughn slowly stood up lifting Sydney with him, they gathered their belongings and continued down the caves.

Do you people forgive me now? What will happen next? Find out next week!

- Katie xxx