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A/N: This is the last chapter. Maybe a sequel? Let me know if you want one!
Alex, the Lost Boys, and myself watched as Peter began the initial attack on the pirates. Rufio kept trying to get my attention. I finally looked over and he flashed me a thumbs-up. I smiled back weakly, trying to preserve the image in my mind. It was hard, to say the least. Then Peter sent up a cry of 'Bangarang' and we threw ourselves against the balcony we'd been hiding on, sending up an answering shout. We each held a rope, swinging across. I landed on a pirate, knocking him out. Alex landed in the rigging.
"Alright, who's first?" I asked, drawing my sword and looking around at the pirates in front of me. They hesitated a moment, then rushed forward. We (meaning Alex, the Lost Boys, and myself) followed suit.
It was awkward, at first, using the sword. But I kept getting glances of spiked hair and bone armor, which told me what direction to fight in. I lost myself in the battle, fighting alongside Alex. When two pirates backed Alex and me up a set of stairs onto the quarterdeck I'd forgotten where I was. When a pirate slashed my leg I snapped back to reality. I stumbled back against a railing. Hook came seemingly out of nowhere and pinned me with his hook at my throat.
"So there is a girl in Neverland again, is there?"
"Actually, there's two," I replied, a sarcastic smile on my face. Before he could answer Rufio appeared at the bottom of the stairs.
"Hook!" he called in challenge. Peter was between them in an instant, stopping Rufio from advancing towards Hook. When Peter flew away at hearing Maggie's cry Rufio turned back to Hook, a cocky grin spreading slowly across his tan face. I started forward, wanting to stop the coming fight. Alex grabbed me from behind and held me back. I watched silently, jerking forward every so often. She never let go. It was only when Rufio tried to block an overhead thrust and Hook plunged his sword into his body that her grip loosened enough for me to escape.
"No!" I cried, rushing forward. Everything was blurred through tears that were racing down my face. As Peter caught Rufio I stood to the side, supporting myself against a wall. It wasn't enough and I sank to my knees on the deck. When the tears cleared from my vision Peter and Hook were engaged in their fight elsewhere. I crawled forward and cradled Rufio in my arms.
"Please don't be dead…please oh, please don't be dead. No one's supposed to ever die in Neverland…" I whispered as I rocked back and forth. I started singing the White Seal Lullabye under my breath, my voice breaking with sobs every so often. The hand not supporting Rufio reached down to clutch the locket of pixie dust.
"You aren't supposed to be dead…" I whispered. There was a flash of red light and I was thrown backwards into Alex who had been standing watch over me, her own eyes filled with unshed tears.
And there before us stood Rufio, looking down at himself in wonder. His hand was pressed over the spot where a wound should have been but no longer was. I scrambled to my feet and rushed forward, only to stop an arm's length away. I reached out my hand cautiously and touched his face. He grasped my hand and pulled me into a hug. It was a side of him I had only seen once before.
"Oh my god…you're alive!" I cried, although it was a little muffled against his shoulder.
"Did I scare you?" he asked, drawing back. Rufio's old cocky smile was back, a hint of mischief back in his eyes. I pulled him back into a hug, nodding against his shoulder. Alex tapped my shoulder and I turned around.
"Shouldn't we be catching up with the Lost Boys?" she asked.
"Oh, yeah! They'll be by the croc clock now," I answered and started towards the quarterdeck stairs. I ended up clutching the railing as intense pain shot up my leg. Looking down I saw where a pirate had slashed my leg earlier. Blood was drying around the long gash, but it still hurt to walk on it. I stumbled backward and Rufio caught me. Alex barged into Hook's cabin to find something to wrap it in. She came back out with what looked like a very expensive bed sheet and tore it into strips with aggression. Once my wound was properly wrapped Rufio lifted me into his arms.
"What are you doing?"
"You'll see. Alex, meet us at the croc clock, alright?"
Alex nodded and Rufio pushed off from the deck of the pirate ship and into the air. I let out a yelp and hung onto him tightly, my eyes shut. After a moment I opened my eyes again, amazement replacing fear. Neverland was even more beautiful from up above. We reached the croc clock and landed behind the Lost Boys who were watching Peter and his children flying away. Alex came out of the tunnel seconds after our landing. Rufio set me down and I cleared my throat. The Lost Boys turned towards the three of us, rushing forward but coming to a stop when they saw my leg.
"What? It's just a scratch. It barely hurts anymore!" With that they rushed forward again. I lifted Too Small into my arms, hugging him. The rest danced around us, but stopped when Pockets pointed at something behind me. I turned, setting Too Small back down when I saw what it was. A big swirling blue doorway had appeared.
"Interdimensional vortex?" I asked Alex, turning my head to look at her.
"Our way home," she answered with a nod. I sighed, and turned back to the Lost Boys. They looked extremely sad.
"We'll be back. I promise," I said. Rufio came forward, and without a word took off his locket and put it around my neck. I smiled, and hugged him, then the rest of the Lost Boys. Alex and I turned, clasped hands, and jumped through the vortex without a word. We landed on my couch at home as the end credits of the movie played. The locket was still around my neck, but the bandage on my leg was gone. My jeans were still ripped and I could see a faint scar underneath.
"That was so awesome," Alex said after a moment, and I nodded in agreement.
"Yeah, it was."
A/N: So, that is the end of this story. Tell me what you think of having a sequel. Alex and Lily will be having more adventures in the future, in Neverland and beyond.