I'm sorry!

This chapter is SOOOOOOOOO late, but I had lots of neglected assesments that i had to do.

It hasn't been proof read either, so any mistakes can be noted in a review or PM. I wanted to get it out ASAP. Enjoy!

Delicate feet ran lightly down the winding stone steps, taking them two at a time as smooth hands grasped at the banister, trying to stop the feet from tripping up as they hurried through the echoing halls

Delicate feet ran lightly down the winding stone steps, taking them two at a time as smooth hands grasped at the banister, trying to stop the feet from tripping up as they hurried through the echoing halls. Lenalee slipped through the darkened corridors, onyx eyes darting from side to side nervously as every step seemed a thousand times louder in the dead silence. She stopped outside the cafeteria, quickly glancing up and down the hall, before easing the door open and dashing inside.

Unfortunately, she didn't think to look inside the room she was entering.

"Ow! Who the hell- Lenalee?"

The Chinese girl looked up, grimacing in pain as she rubbed her throbbing head. Kanda was slumped against a table in front of her, holding his chest where she had run into him.

"K-Kanda! What are you doing here?"

"What do you think? I'm getting a drink!"

Lenalee frowned and pulled herself to her feet.

"Okay, okay, I get it." She mumbled, straightening out her night dress. "I guess you can't sleep either?"

Kanda rolled his eyes at her. "Nah, you think?"

"I take it you're worried about Lavi too then?"

Kanda stiffened and scowled.

"No! What makes you think that?!"

Now it was her turn to roll her eyes. Kanda was definitely not good at hiding his intentions.

"Fine then, let's just get a drink and be done with it then shall we?"

Kanda muttered an agreement and they crossed the cafeteria in silence, both of them cursing their timing.

Lenalee reached up for a glass, standing on the tips of her toes as she cursed the person who had designed the kitchen. Finally, she dragged one victoriously from its perch and filled it to the brim, sitting up on the bench top as she sipped the water.

"So what's bothering you Kanda?" she asked, peering through her lashes at the silent samurai. He looked away, hiding his eyes behind his fringe.

"Nothings bothering me." He mumbled.

The Chinese girl raised an eyebrow at him. "Of course."

He glared at her, his frosty stare boring into her.

"I said nothings bothering m-"

He was cut off as a finder threw open the cafeteria door and ran inside, looking around wildly. Catching sight of them, he beckoned for them to follow him.

"Exorcist sama! Come quickly!"

Frowning, Lenalee and Kanda ran after the finder.

"What is it?"

"Go up to the front gate, Komui wants you two up there now." The young finder turned to leave, but Lenalee caught his arm, spinning him around to face her.

"Why? What's going on up there?"

The finder swallowed nervously, tugging at his collar.

"Allen Walker was found outside the gate with Lavi Bookman. Komui said you two had to go up immediately."

Lenalee traded a quick look with Kanda before launching herself up the closest staircase, her heart pounding in time with her feet as she heard her companion close behind.

"That stupid moyashi! He's supposed to be in hospital!" Kanda growled.

Lenalee made no response other than to grimace and speed up fractionally, cursing her lack of innocence at a time when speed was so crucial.

They rounded the corner, exiting the staircase on the ground floor without slowing even a fraction as they tore down the corridor side by side, reaching the grand entrance in less than a minute. The pair stumbled to a halt at the doorway to the entrance hall, gasping for breath as they peered inside.

Allen stood with Komui and a trio of finders, pointing in the direction of the woods as he argued with his companions. He caught sight of them and waved, motioning for them to come over.

"Allen! What's going on!?" Lenalee jogged lightly to his side, looking concerned. "Are you all right? You should be in bed!"

The younger boy rolled his eyes. "I'm fine Lenalee!" he said in exasperation. "I don't need any help. But Lavi-"

He broke off, biting his lip as he looked away.

"Allen?" Lenalee asked gently, "Allen what is it?"

The boy took a deep breath and looked up at her.

"Lavi, he's in a coma." His eyes were wide and fearful, tugging at the Chinese girl's heart. "I don't know if he's going to wake up. . ."

The girl pulled him into a tight hug, stroking his pale hair soothingly.

"It's okay Allen, he'll be fine. I know he will." Her words sounded unconvincing even to her, and a seed of doubt planted itself firmly in her mind, slowly spreading. Finally, she pulled away, smiling gently at him.

"Let's go see him shall we?" she smiled again, wider this time, as Allen nodded and they set off down the hall after Lenalee convinced her brother to let Allen take a break.

They reached the infirmary at last and Kanda pushed the door open, admitting his smaller companions. Lavi lay on a bed, serene and peaceful, breathing steadily. If it weren't for his deathly complexion, Lenalee would have sworn he was just asleep. His red hair framed hi face, making him look like some kind of fiery angel. Allen made a choking sound and ran to his side, grabbing his hand as if he was trying to pull him back to consciousness.

"Lavi? Lavi!" he said desperately. "Lavi, please wake up!"

Lenalee laid a reassuring hand on his shoulder as he bowed his head, pulling Lavi's hand to his heart and holding it there.

"Lenalee." Kanda put his hand over hers, giving her a warning glance. "We should go."

She cast a final concerned look at Allen's bowed head, before nodding and allowing herself to be steered from the room.

The door slid slowly shut behind them, leaving Allen alone in the room with Lavi's unconscious form. The boy pulled up a chair, sitting beside his friend as he gazed longingly at the boy's eyes. He slowly reached out, pushing a lock of hair from his face. Allen frowned, this wasn't Lavi. Lavi's hair was messy and wild. Growling slightly, Allen ruffled the older boy's hair like the redhead had done to him so many times before.

Still, something wasn't quite right, but Allen couldn't quite put his finger on what exactly was wrong. Then it hit him.

He wasn't smiling.

There was no quirky twitch of the lips, no lopsided grin to brighten his face. His perfect lips were straight and set, refusing to betray any emotion. And it wasn't just his mouth either. There was no spark in his eye, no jaunty flicker of laughter that managed to make each day more bearable than the last. It was almost as if all the good things about Lavi were gone, leaving an empty shell to rest in his place. All the things that he lo-


Did he love them? Allen thought back to every smile, every laugh, every mischievous glint he'd received from Lavi. At the mere memory, his heart swelled and his eye's pricked with tears. Would he ever get to see them again?

Finally, he turned back to the sleeping figure, a single tear making it's way down his cheek.

"Please Lavi. . ." he mumbled, resting his warm forehead against Lavi's cold skin. "Please come back."

Lenalee and Kanda had been waiting, unmoving, for at least ten minutes, an awkward silence growing between them.

Finally, Lenalee spoke up.

"Do you think they'll be all right?"

"They'll be fine." Kanda said in a bored voice, inspecting Mugen's blade.

His companion frowned.

"But Kanda, What if Allen-"

"Again with Allen!!" Kanda yelled suddenly. "Is he all you ever think about?!"

Lenalee jumped, blinking in surprise.

"Every time you open that goddamn mouth of yours it's always Allen, Allen, Allen." He hissed, glaring at her. "So shut up unless you have something interesting to say!"

The dark haired girl stared at him.

"K-Kanda. . ." she mumbled.

"What?" he snapped back.

She bit her lip, deciding not to pursue the topic. "Never mind."

She got to her feet, dusting off her skirt as she turned back to the door.

"Where are you going?" Kanda asked suspiciously.

"I'm going to check on them, coming?"

Kanda narrowed his eyes and turned away shifting so that his back was facing her.

She sighed and opened the door, slipping inside.

Kanda remained where he was.

That stupid Allen, he thought, what's so great about him anyway? He's just a freak someone abandoned at birth. How come Lenalee's always talking about him?

He ran his hand through his hair, working a few lose knots out of the silky blackness. It's not like he has anything that I don't.

Suddenly, the door was thrown open, surprising Kanda and making him jump.

Lenalee stood in the doorway, fear in her violet eyes. She was visibly shaken, trembling slightly as she gripped the doorknob tightly.

"Lenalee?" Kanda asked curiously.

She whipped around at the sound of his voice, a tear escaping the corner of her eye.

"Lenalee!" Kanda said again, this time in alarm as he leapt to her side, holding her shaking shoulders. "what is it? What's wrong?"

"It's Allen. . ." she said in a shaky voice. "He- he won't wake up."

Well, I hope it didn't suck too bad. I was desperate to make some progress.

I'm working on a new one that has been swirling around for a month called "4 o'clock boy". and it's hard to write for Alias when I'm uninspired.

I will finish it though! (given enough reviews puppy dog eyes even a simple "omg that sucked" is fine!)