Here is my second story. It takes place during "Live together,die alone", but in this fic Jack,Kate,Sawyer and Hurley make it back to camp without being kidnapped. Like I said in the summary this story will be post rescue after chapter 1.

The ones of you who read "Without you" know that I have a weak spot for angst. I promise a lot of that in this story, too. I hope you'll enjoy my story. Please review and tell me your opinion, it means really a lot to me.

Disclaimer: I wish I owned Lost, but unfortunately J.J. Abrams had the idea before me, so it's all his. I neither own Jack and Kate, what's absolutely self-evident, because they belong only to each other, nor the other Lost characters mentioned in my story.

A new beginning

Chapter 1

When Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley arrived at the beach everybody was talking in confusion.

"Are you sure it wasn't only a malfunction?" Locke asked. He, Eko and Desmond had made it out of the hatch with just a few scratches.

"Absolutely. I clearly heard someone talking," answered Sayid, who had just arrived back at the beach with Jin and Sun.

"I heard it, too," Sun told the excited crowd. "I didn't understand what she said, but I'm absolutely sure I heard a female voice on the radio."

"What's up?" Jack asked the group. Nobody had noticed him and the others arriving.

"You're back! We were worried already. Where's Michael?" Claire wanted to know.

"He led us in a catch. We were nearly captured, but we could drive them back. Michael escaped, too," Sawyer explained. "Will you tell us what's going on here now?"

"We got a transmission when we were on the boat. The voice was barely understandable, but we could announce our coordinates over. We don't know if they understood us or if their reception was as bad as ours. We can only wait and hope for the best."

The survivors were ecstatic considering the possibility of getting rescued soon. Only Locke, who considered the island his home, Kate and the few people, who were close enough to her to realize what rescue meant to the fugitive, looked worried.

"When did all of this happen?" asked Jack.

"About three hours ago. If they understood our transmission they'll probably be here in the morning," Sayid answered.

"Hey dudes, where's Locke?" Hurley asked suddenly noticing their hunter was missing.

"He was here a minute ago," someone answered.

"He is probably just somewhere thinking. I'll go and see if he's all right anyway," Jack stated. He would rather like to stay with Kate, but he couldn't ignore the fact that someone from his group was missing, even thought it was their best tracker. The island was dangerous and nobody should wander around there without telling somebody where he is heading just in case something happened.

Jack didn't need to search long. Locke had chosen a quiet spot on the beach with a good view over the sea. It was a place that symbolized freedom.

"Hey," Jack greeted. "It's all right if you want to be alone. I just was going to see if you are okay."

"I'm all right. At least there's nothing wrong with me that needed a doctor."

"I'm not here as a doctor."

"Thank you, but I don't think you can do anything for me." Locke continued after a short moment of silence. "This island meant a second chance to me. A chance to be the person I wanted to become all of my life. You guys know me as the hunter and explorer. Back home I was just a little employee who was stuck in a wheelchair. Yes, I was paralyzed before the crash. When I opened my eyes and sat up after the plane came down, I could suddenly use my legs. This didn't only provide the possibility to move freely in the literal sense of the word. It made me see the chance to change into the man you know me as. And now I'm neither sure if I will be able to walk when I get off the island nor if I'll still have the strength to remain the man I've become."

"Without the instruments to examine you, I'm not able to say anything about the question I've you'll be able to walk. I don't know what caused the healing and so I can't say if it will last. But I know what caused the change in your personality. It was your strength. You always had it and you'll always have it. The healing was only the catalyst not the cause of your development."

"Thank you, Jack. You're right. Maybe the island really means a second chance to all of us no matter if we will get rescued tomorrow or not. You should go now and see someone else who saw the island as her only ability to get a second chance. She needs you," Locke told Jack.

"What shall I tell her?" Jack wanted to see Kate and help her feel better, he just didn't know how.

"Tell her the same you just told me. That she did become another person here and that nobody will ever be able to take that away from her."

"Thanks John. See you in the morning."

When Jack arrived back at the beach it was already getting dark. Most of the survivors were sitting around fires and discussing what they would do if rescue came tomorrow.

"Has anybody seen Kate?" he asked.

"She went into the jungle. I thought she was going after you to help finding Locke," Claire explained. Jack muttered a "Thank you" and headed towards the caves. He needed to go into the jungle and search for Kate, but he needed to get his backpack with a few supplies first. When Jack arrived he found Kate sitting there on his bed.

"Kate! I was just getting ready to go and search for you."

"I'm sorry. I didn't want to upset you. I just needed to be alone for a while. But than I decided that I wanted to be with you in case these are the last few hours we'll have together." Kate struggled to fight back the tears.

Jack took in a deep breath and sat down in front of Kate.

"Kate, I promise you that these won't be our last hours together. What ever may come I'll stand by you. I don't know what you did, but I know you're a good person. I know some really good lawyers. I'll find a way to help you. But please promise me you won't run again. The island gave you a second chance and you took it and started over. Please don't throw this away."

Now the tears were running down her cheeks.

"I can't give you this promise Jack. Please don't force me to promise something I might not be able to hold. I can't bear to talk about the future now, Jack. Not tonight. Please, let's just take this night, because it might be everything we can have."

Kate closed the gap between them and sealed Jack's lips with a kiss. Both their tears intermixed when they sank down on the bed and lost themselves in each other.