Lacy paced back and forth in the tiny little Sherriff's office, her footsteps tapping rhythmically on the bright linoleum floor. She brushed her light blonde hair repeatedly back behind her left ear as she thought of a way to explain to her boss why she had refused to let S.W.A.T in on her turf. Her partner Jim was leaning in the far right corner of the desolate room, staring at her intently. A heavy silence filled the air, almost suffocating the two. Finally, Lacy snapped.

"Ok, what the hell am I doing? Jim, I'm probably going to be fired over this. What the hell do I say to him?" she begged, her voice tight and strained with the emotions of the day. Jim sighed heavily and wearily pushed himself to an upright posture. His arms found their way across his chest, and he glanced up at Lacy through his thick eyelashes.

"I honestly don't know Lace. We had direct orders to let S.W.A.T take over. And you didn't listen. You probably should be fired for this. You're rogue now, technically," he said lowly. Lacey whipped around and grabbed him firmly by the collar of his black shirt.

"Who's side are you on anyway, asshole?" she hissed. Jim looked taken aback.

"Look, I'm being realistic here. I could tell you that everything is going to be fine and that you have nothing to worry about, but I'm not going to insult your intelligence by lying to you as if you were some naïve teenager. You're better than that. You can handle the truth," he replied softly. Lacy frowned, and all of her anger seeped out of her instantly. Her shoulders dropped and her arm fell down to her side. She turned away from her partner, her face bright red with the shame at losing her temper on the one person who had stoutly stood by her all these years.

"No, you're right. Absolutely."

A few months earlier…

The moon was high in the sky by the time Bella and I finally stopped running. We didn't know where we were anymore. We were simply lost in the joys of finally being able to run free, free with each other. Bella was the first to slow down, and she had to practically tackle me to get me to stop as well. For a long time we just stood there, on a little dust beaten path in the middle of nowhere, the moonlight glinting off of our pale skin, not saying a word. I put my hands in my pockets, and looked down at the ground. I didn't know what to say. She saw the gory aftermath of my lunch earlier, and I could tell that she wanted to broach the topic. I just wasn't quite sure what to say. How exactly was I supposed to explain my actions? My moment of weakness?

Bella sighed, and sat down in a patch of grass underneath a tall grandiose oak tree nearby. I followed suit, by didn't have the courage to sit next to her. Bella frowned, and moved closer to me. I stiffened, thinking that she was going to start the conversation, and was mentally preparing my defense, but all she did was sigh contentedly and lean her head on my shoulder. I relaxed, and placed my arm around her, settling back into the nook of the tree. She glanced up at me, and I smiled down at her.

"What is it?" I asked, fully expecting to be barraged with questions. She simply shook her head and smiled once more.

"I just wanted you to know that I love you no matter what."

Author's note

Alright guys. I know. This chapter kind of sucks. A lot. But, I figured it's been a long time since I've updated, and quite honestly I forgot where I was going to go with any of my stories. But, I've at least added something, in the hopes that I still have readers. So I'm going to see how well this chapter is received before I add any more. So, if you want the story to continue, review and let me know what you guys think. Also, if you guys want to tell me how you think the story should go, leave that in the review as well. Here goes nothing!