DISCLAIMER: I do not own Riley Poole, Ian Howe, OR Ben Gates. I only own Alex Gates. Lyrics are as follows: 'Can't Take It In' by Imogen Heap from "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" movie soundtrack; 'Going Under' by Evanesence; and 'Your Eyes' from "RENT" movie soundtrack.

Riley sat in his chair, sighing angrily as he rubbed the frustration and sleep from his face. He felt like he wanted to murder his co-workers with a spoon…a very blunt and dull spoon. He groans as his head banged on the edge of his desk hard.

Alex was on the couch, watching TV on that wintry afternoon in New York. Dressed in sweats and nursing a gallon of Dutch Chocolate ice-cream, she channel-surfed to find something of interest on the tube. Groaning, she turns the TV off and just eats the gallon in silence.

Can't close my eyes
They're wide awake
Ev'ry hair on my body
has got a thing for this place
Oh empty my heart
I've got to make room for this feeling
so much bigger than me

Riley was in the elevator, leaving work for the week. He was finally happy to leave work for a week to helping out Ben Gates. He loosened his tie a little, allowing him to breathe more comfortably.

Alex walked out of her apartment building, all dressed in her usual street clothes and her car keys were jingling in her hand. She walks up half a block before she comes across a black Nissan Altima. She got into the car and started it up before she pulled away from the curb in a way that most street racers normally drive.

Now I will tell you what I've done for you

50 thousand tears I've cried
Screaming, deceiving, and bleeding for you
And you still won't hear me
Don't want your hand this time, I'll save myself
Maybe I'll wake up for once
Not tormented...Daily defeated by you
Just when I thought I'd reached the bottom

I'm dying again...

I'm going under
Drowning in you
I'm falling forever
I've got to break through
I'm going under

Blurring and stirring the truth and the lies
So I don't know what's real and what's not
Always confusing the thoughts in my head
So I can't trust myself anymore

I'm dying again

I'm going under
Drowning in you
I'm falling forever
I've got to break through
I'm going under

So go on and scream
Scream at me
I'm so far away
I won't be broken again
I've got to breathe
I can't keep going under

I'm going under
Drowning in you
I'm falling forever
I've got to break through
I'm going under

Riley turns on the radio to have "Your Song" by Elton John start playing on the radio. In Alex's car, "El Tango de Roxanne" was blaring in the small space. Alex's face was streaked with tears as she sang along with the song. Back at Riley, tears were forming in his eyes.

Riley pulled up to the loft apartment and killed the engine of his van. He rested his head down on the wheel, avoiding the horn. He closed his eyes as the tears fell down his cheeks.

Alex pulled over on the highway before she broke down completely. She couldn't believe that her heart was broken beyond repair. She placed her head on the steering wheel as she continued to cry.

Your eyes
As we said our goodbyes
Can't get them out of my mind
And I find I can't hide
From your eyes
The ones that took me by surprise
The night you came into my life
Where there's moonlight I see your eyes

How'd I let you slip away
When I'm longing so to hold you
Now I'd die for one more day
'Cause there's something I should have told you
Yes there's something I should have told you
When I looked into your eyes
Why does distance make us wise?
You were the song all along
And before this song dies
I should tell you I should tell you
I have always loved you
You can see it in my eyes

"We're going to have someone else join us in terms of helping out," Ben said to both Ian and Riley as the three were sitting down outside a restaurant in Washington D.C. on a sunny mid-March afternoon.

"Someone else is going to be sucked into this?" Ian asked. "Think that you might not be able to-?"

"I can do it, but she's pretty good as well. In fact, she's better than I am at some areas. She's your friend, Ian…you know what she's like," Ben said as he took a sip of his coffee.

"Sorry I'm a bit late…getting down here was a mess, if you ask me. God only knows why I'm still staying in New York at a time like this," Alex said as she filled in the last available seat next to Riley.

"Took you five hours to get down here from Manhattan…you're beginning to slip, Alex," Ian said as he smiled at the newcomer.

"Well, it wasn't so bad…just a minor accident on the I-95 getting down here from New Jersey," Alex replied as she took Ben's coffee and took a gulp from it. "God, Ben…you know that French Hazelnut is my addiction," Alex added as she sighed in content.

"Alex, this is Riley Poole. Riley, this is my younger sister, Alexandra. She's going to be the one that going to help out as well," Ben said as he introduced the two.

Alex and Riley looked at one another before muttering a 'hi' to one another. Ian sighed, knowing that this would be really interesting…especially after two years of the death of Ian's former girlfriend, Riley's cousin, Cassandra. And, he knew that they were thown back into each other's lives at that moment.