Brendan woke up, at first not sure where he was. He blinked his eyes twice, and then reached around for his glasses. Finding them on a table beside the bed he was lying on, he put them on and his vision came into focus. He realized that he was in a hospital bed, and the events of the past day came back to his mind. He felt pain in his shoulder where he had been shot, and looked over to see a white bandage covering it. Then he looked around the room and saw two people sleeping in chairs by the bed. One was his mother, and the other was a girl in a green hat. He smiled and shook the girl in the green hate slowly awake. "Amala, wake up." She stirred

"Brendan? Hey." She smiled up at him. "Are you ok?"

"I'm fine, I'm fine, are you ok?"

"Yeah, I was just really worried about you, I mean the doctor said everything was going to be fine, but I was still really worried."

"Did Brain and Sam get off ok?"

"Sam was off right away, and Brain had to be detained a little longer because he did fire the shot that took out JB, but he got off too. Laura's in jail for now, she'll be found guilty, don't worry, everything's alright now." Amala smiled at him.

"Good, good, then can I do this now?" Brenda kissed Amala. She didn't shy away this time like she had before, instead she kissed him back, then gently pulled apart.

"Yeah, but your moms here, so not right now, besides, Brain and Sam are outside waiting to make sure you are ok." Amala started to move to go and get them, and wake his mother.

"Wait, one more thing before we tell everyone else, I love you, and not because you remind me of Emily, because you bring something out in me that no one ever could." Amala looked into Brendan's eyes, and knew he was telling the truth.

"I think I love you too." Brendan couldn't help but smiling, and watched Amala as she shook awake his mother, then left the room to go get Brain and Sam. She entered the room again rather quickly. "Actually, I don't think they're quite ready to come in yet."

Outside of Brendan's room, Sam and Brain were talking. "I'm glad you got off." Said Sam.

"I'm glad that guy didn't shoot you!"

"Yeah, me too actually," Sam couldn't help laughing at that, because honestly, she had been pretty scared those last few moments of silence.

"I was really scared that I was too late."

"What made you come back? Was it to help out Brendan?" asked Sam curiously, looking at him smiling.

"Well, partially, yeah, but that's not the only reason." Brain looked a little embarrassed.

"What else played in to it?"

"Why did you offer to stay so that I could get Amala out? Why didn't you offer to take her out?" Brain changed the subject.

"I thought you would be better suited to get her out of there, plus, you had the car keys." Sam turned slightly red also.

"Was that the only reason?"

"Well no."

"What was then?" coaxed Brain.

"I'm not telling you until you tell me what other reason you had for coming back!"

"Ok fine, I'll give it a shot." Brain took a deep breath before speaking. "I came back to make sure that you got out of there ok."

"Well, I had you go because I didn't want to see you get hurt. There, it's out." She smiled and turned away, biting her lip nervously. "You know, I've never felt this way before."

"Um, what way?"

"I've never allowed myself to like a guy before." She smiled at him.

"You can control who you like?"

"No, that's exactly it, I've always been able to control it before you, but when I met you, almost right away I felt differently. I've always been tough, and shit like that you know?"

"Yeah, I know what you mean. I've never been in love before."

"In love? So it isn't just me?" she smiled and blushed.

"Nope, it's not. I don't know if it's because we do the same type of thing or we just work right, but I never had the courage to do anything like what I did back at the alley before I met you."

"Shut up and kiss me." Sam leaned over and kissed Brain. When they broke apart, they were both unsure of what to do.

"Um do you think we should…"

"…go check on Brendan?"

"Yeah." They got up and went to Brendan's room quickly. "Hey, you're up! How are you doing?" asked Brain.

"I'm alive, thanks to you, I'm pretty sure that I've been better though."

"Brendan, we're really glad you made it through," said Sam.

"Thanks, I am too. That was quite an event. We had my mom pretty freaked by the time the bulls called her." Brendan looked over to his mom, who seemed to be happier then anyone that he was ok. "Mom, I think you could use some coffee?" Brendan's mom took the hint and left the room.

"What's up?" asked Brain.

"Did my mom get all of the details?" asked Brendan.

"No, she didn't. All that she knows is you were involved in an accident and got shot. No one thought it necessary to tell her any more then that."

"Ok, good, that's good. Anyway, Brain, I want to thank you for getting Amala out of there and to safety, and for coming back for me and Sam."

"No problem, just so you know though, it was more for her then for you." Brain motioned to Sam.

"I know, but still, thanks."

"So what now?" asked Amala.

"Now it's us. It's all over, we have each other, which is important, and that's it." Sam smiled at Amala, knowing that after this no differences could keep them from being friends.

"Alright, well, no one could ask for three better friends," was Amala's reply. Brendan smiled at her and kissed her passionately.

"Yeah, I'm going to join you there." Brain grabbed Sam and pulled her into an embrace and kiss. All four of them were happier then any of them had been in a long time, and all none of them except Brendan had ever been exposed to that sort of danger before.

THE END