Title: Tears

Author: Angel Grace

Fandom: Alien Nation

Summary: To cry salty tears…

Disclaimer: Don't know them, don't own them, wouldn't know what to do with them if I had them. Distribution: No cookies till you ask!

Notes: English is not my native language, so my apologies for any lingering mistakes. Otherwise, I have no specific warnings, but please read the fic first, then read the notes on the bottom.

And please review!


By Angel Grace

You look so peaceful while you sleep.

A single tear runs down my cheek, but my hand catches it before your rest is disturbed.

A million times I've captured my tears, kept them inside. They won't stay put. Churning like a deadly sea, they keep escaping in these quiet moments.

My chest hurts as I feel the dam rupture inside. How do I protect you, if I can't even protect myself? I'm breaking apart and I'll never find all the pieces again.

A soft sob escapes my throat, but you don't move. You're exhausted.

Arguing is a draining business, isn't it? It seems like that's all we do these days. Argue. About who used the bathroom last, about what kind of lunch we'll get. About where we'll sleep. Is this the bliss love is supposed to be?

We're too different… and too much alike. Too stubborn, too independent. I want to keep you safe, but you're so much stronger than me.

And sometimes… sometimes you scare me. I see you clench your fists and I want to duck. I know you're not an imposing figure physically and I know you'll never strike me in anger, but that doesn't stop instinct from kicking in.

You're suffering as well. You used to have a laugh that brought life to the dying… and a smile that brought light to the darkness. I never see that smile anymore. Instead, you show me a pale imitation, all the more painful for resembling the real thing.

We're poison to each other.

So I'm leaving.

A salty tear rests on the pillow beside you, my final poisonous gift.

I think it will burn you more than all the water in the ocean.

I'm sorry.




A/N: So, who were the people in the fic? First answer this question to yourself, then read on.

Remember who you decided on?

I'm curious. Please tell me. And take the time to review while you're at it! LOL

This can be read as a companion piece to 'I Learned To Lie', but it works just as well as a standalone. That's why I asked you to decide for yourself who the pairing was. You might see someone completely different from my take on them. This is an old idea, I've been a bit disenchanted with this fandom for a while now, but if I find out enough people still read it, I might continue my larger story. So please, give me your comments.