Authors Note: Hello everyone, this is my first silent hill homecoming story. The first thing I want everyone to know is that I don't edit so if that becomes a distraction I'm very sorry. I will update with reviews so if I can get at LEAST one on this chapter that sounds good to me. I personally love the good ending of this game so I hope you all agree if not then keep an open mind! I would like everyone to keep an open mind and remember at NO point in the story am I going to pretend I know everything about the game. Just enjoy it!

I don't own Silent Hill, Konami and Double Helix does.

Chapter 1: Safety

The fog seemed to lift as Alex, Wheeler and Elle traveled down the road out of Silent Hill in an abandoned police cruiser. All Alex could think about was Josh. His attempt to come and rescue him had all been in vain; all because he was too foolish to consider how dangerous it had been to take Josh in the boat on the lake. Even worse, Alex had ignored his brother's safety the moment he began teasing him and holding him back from his necklace.

Alex closed his eyes as he remembered the sound of Josh's skull crashing against the bow of the boat. He shuddered as he thought of how his limp little form had sunk beneath the surface of Lake Toluca, only to be recovered by their father hours later that very same night.

"Looks like there's a road block up ahead. I guess we're gonna have some walking to do." Wheeler interrupted Alex's horrible thoughts long enough for Alex to notice an open gateway.

"Come one Alex." Elle said helping him out of the small doorway.

Alex allowed Elle to throw his arm around her slender shoulders. It was clear she alone couldn't hold him up, but he found the effort kind. He didn't feel he deserved the kindness, but he knew he needed it more than anything right now.

"Up ahead is an observation deck, we should be back onto normal street limits once we get up there." Wheeler explained.

"Thank God." Alex replied, happy they were leaving the God forsaken town.

"Careful what you're saying there man, better be talking to the right God." Wheeler turned back as they walked.

Alex placed a small smirk on his face, Wheeler was quick witted and he liked that in a person.

Looking back down at Elle, he wondered how her frame of mind was after all that had occurred. Knowing what her mother had done must have damaged her, although she was doing very little to show it. She was strong, she always had been even after all this time.

Alex leaned his head slightly to breath in the scent of her hair. Even her scent was the same, strawberries and floral. That was Elle. Her sense of style had changed over the years, but she was still beautiful. That's just how Elle always was; beautiful

By the time they made it up the dirt road the observation deck was right beside them. "Here we are. Time to high tail it." Wheeler stated walking over to some of the parked cars in the driveway.

Alex let Elle check one of the cars on her own. He stood there holding his aching arm just staring at Toluca Lake. The sun was rising for another grey sky morning. It made him wonder how many people met their demise in that town; he wondered how many of them fought trials like he had. It saddened him to think people had to face their darkest fears just to discover the truth behind it all.

"We got two working Alex!" Elle shouted excitedly from the other side of a light coloured olds mobile.

Alex looked over and smiled at her as best as he could. "I'm going to head up to Brahms. I'm going to warn the police chief there what's just happened. You two can either come with me or find your own way home." Wheeler informed them from the front seat of a black 4x4 truck.

Elle looked at Alex questioningly, "Nah Wheeler, you go ahead and take care of things. We'll be alright." Alex assured him.

Wheeler cast Alex a smile, "You take care of yourselves. There should be a stop about five miles from here. Maybe I'll see you around." Wheeler said before closing the door.

Alex waved as Wheeler made his way out of the parking lot onto the main road. Alex headed over to the small car Elle was seated inside. "So, where to?" Alex asked her as he turned the key in the ignition.

"Well, I have an aunt in South Ashfield. My mom didn't always get along with her, but I always did." Elle told him as he pulled out onto the road.

"South Ashfield… that's a few hours from here. We could make it tonight if you're in a hurry." Alex suggested heading in the direction Wheeler had gone.

Elle shook her head vigorously. "No, I think I need a little time to get better before I go and see her. Let's just get a place to sleep. I'm really tired." Elle looked down.

Alex nodded, "Sure. I could go for some sleep too." He assured her.

The drive was quiet and lengthily. They remained silent until they reached a small city bustling with life at such an early time. Elle seemed surprised to see so many people. "You ok?" Alex asked looking over at her as she pressed both hands against the window.

"So many people… It's been so long since I've seen so many." Elle was on her verge of tears as she stared at the breath taking sight before her.

"We should pull over and get something to eat. You could use something." Alex pulled into a parking lot outside of a sub shop.

"Alex, I'm not really hungry." Elle told him; she was still uneasy after the whole ordeal in Silent Hill.

"I know you aren't, but you still should try to get something down. Even if it's just some water." He placed his hand on her back, "You don't want your body to give out." Alex assured her.

Elle nodded and looked up into his eyes. "You're a good friend…" She told him.

Alex pursed his lips and nodded at her unsure of what to say to that. Alex dug inside each pocket of his coat. His breast pocket held a wallet. Opening it up he realized it was his from when he was a teenager. The drivers license was inside, Alex could remember his father throwing the coat over his shoulders before they headed to the mental hospital. He could remember how he had yelled and screamed at his parents that Josh wasn't really dead. Alex never forgot about the look on his mothers face, she was so devastated by all of it. He couldn't blame them for taking him to the hospital at all.

Alex must have paused for too long, because Elle was now concerned. "Don't you have enough money?" Elle asked him.

The question itself was a fairly silly one in the long run; Alex's father had been a colonel so it was highly likely anything his parents had was his now house included. Alex looked over at her, "No, I do I was just counting my bills." He pulled out thirty dollars and closed it, shoving it back into his breast pocket.

Alex stepped outside the car and closed it behind him. Elle watched him walk inside; she was surprised to see such a beautiful blue sky hanging above her. Shepherds Glen hadn't seen sunlight in so long she was having trouble taking the entire scene in her rather fragile mind.

Before too long, Alex emerged from the sub shop holding a bag to go. Elle watched him walk back to the car. He looked alert still as if they might be attacked at any moment. She would have laughed but she wasn't sure she could. All she could think about was her mother and Curtis.

Alex sat back down inside the car and closed the door. Elle snapped out of her thoughts as the bag of food was waved in front of her face. "Elle?" He asked.

"Oh, thanks Alex." She took the bag and looked inside.

Alex opened up his wallet again and counted his money quickly. "I've got about two hundred here and a couple thousand in my bank. I'm not sure about my savings." He told her.

"I've got a credit card." Elle told him as she opened a bottle of water.

"So, we could get a motel if you want." Alex offered.

"Sure." Elle nodded before taking a sip of her water.

Alex took out his sub and water and removed the wrapper. He was starving after such a stressful night. He took a bite and rested his head against the back of his seat. "So, why were you sent home from the army anyway?" Elle asked deciding to talk about something.

Alex sighed, "I wasn't actually in the army." Alex took another bite of his sub knowing Elle was going to flip out on him.

"What?" Elle looked at him confused.

"The night I left was the same night Josh died. It was my fault." Alex started as he looked over at her.

"Alex, you can't honestly believe that." Elle didn't know the details of Josh's death, but she refused to believe Alex would kill Josh.

"You weren't there Elle." Alex shook his head before continuing. "I took Josh out on the lake that night. It took our canoe from the garage dad bought that one summer. Dad never let us out on the lake alone, but for once I didn't listen." Alex paused.

Elle put her hand on Alex's hand that rested on the seat. "Josh was getting nervous, and to get him to stop worrying I tried reverse psychology on him. I said that dad thought he was a baby and couldn't do anything on his own. I know now that was a big mistake." Alex looked over at Elle briefly before continuing. "I got him so annoyed he showed me a necklace dad gave him with our family crest. I don't know why I got so mad, I guess it just proved how much more mom and dad loved Josh than me. So, I took it from him." Alex closed his eyes once again and Elle knew this was hard.

"You don't have to tell me Alex," She was cut off, "No! I want you to know." He drew in a deep breath. "He tried to get the necklace back, and when it slipped from my hand he hit his head off the boat and rolled into the water." Alex swallowed hard.

Elle stared into his eyes, feeling her own tearing up slightly. "Dad found him hours later, he had drowned. I couldn't deal with what happened, so my mind convinced me I had spent time in the army. In reality, I was in a mental hospital for the past few years." Alex explained to his best friend.

"Alex, I'm so sorry." She wrapped her arms around him, letting the bag fall to the floor with a small thud.

Alex rested his head against hers and closed his eyes. They remained in this position for several minutes before Elle pulled away. "So, you can't have been in good condition when you left if you still thought you were a soldier." Elle noted.

"I escaped. I came straight to Shepherds Glen." Alex explained.

Elle nodded, "At least you aren't dangerous." She smiled slightly.

"As far as you know." Alex raised a brow as he bit into his sub once again.

Elle wasn't sure if he was serious or joking at this point. "What?" She asked shaking her head.

"No, really Elle, you might not be safe around me. I'm not entirely sure what I'm capable of." Alex couldn't hide his smile as Elle began widening her eyes in confusion.

She clenched her teeth and elbowed him, "You're a jerk!" Alex laughed as she frowned at him.

"It's not funny; I've been through a traumatic experience!" Alex raised a brow at her.

"Oh, believe me I have no idea what you'd be talking about." He nudged her arm letting her know she wasn't off the hook.

Elle tried to fight back her smile, "I hate you when you make sense." She glanced at him as he took another bite of his sub. "You chew like a horse." She smiled and looked away crossing her arms.

Alex laughed and continued his sub until it was completely gone. "You're not going to eat?" Alex asked her as he placed his hand on the key in the ignition.

"No, I think I'll just finish this." She pointed to her water.

"Alright, but you'll get hungry eventually. It'll hit you hard. Take it from me." Alex told her as he backed out of the parking lot.

Elle rested her head against the seat and periodically took sips from her water bottle. "Did you want to get a place in town, or would you rather let me drive a bit and find one further from Silent Hill?" Alex asked looking over at her.

"Maybe a little further." Elle told him with a hint of sorrow in her voice.

Alex turned on the radio deciding it might calm them both down a little. He knew he had already recovered quite a bit from post dramatic stress disorder, he wasn't sure if he was going to go through it again. Glancing over at Elle, he hoped she would be able to recover quicker than he had. Alex reminded himself he hadn't even fully recovered until Silent Hill showed him what he needed to know.

"Alex?" Elle broke him from his thoughts.

"Yeah?" He looked over at her weary form.

"Do you ever think what happened back home will happen again?" Elle asked him.

Alex looked over at her, catching the fear in her watery eyes. "I don't think so, Elle. I just couldn't see it happening again." He shook his head hoping he was more reassuring than he felt.

"Why not? I mean, it didn't seem possible anything like that would ever happen. Who's to say it couldn't ever happen again?" She fiddled nervously with the zipper tab on her jacket.

Alex opened his mouth and then closed it again before looking back at her, "I just know it Elle. We got out, if we weren't meant to, I don't think a place like that could really stop us if it wasn't done with us." He said before turning back to the road.

Elle nodded with an understanding smile, "I just still can't believe it. I mean, I was there and I witnessed it all but, I had no idea such a place existed, I still can't grasp it." Elle shook her head and held her arms.

Alex sighed and nodded, not sure what to say to something that almost much described exactly how he felt. He heard the beginning of a sob from beside him. Alex looked back over to see Elle covering her eyes, her lips twitched in a painful expression. Alex pulled over onto the side of the road. He unbuckled his seat belt and got out of the car despite his massive leg pains, and headed to the other side.

Opening Elle's door he carefully pulled her out and held onto her. "It'll be alright, Elle." He soothed running his fingers over her blond scalp in a calming manner.

Elle pressed her face into his chest and put her arms around his neck tightly. "The one person I thought I could feel safe with just tried to kill me, Alex! My own mother wanted to kill me!" She sobbed madly, the shock finally leaving her.

Alex held one arm around her back and continued massaging her scalp with the other. "I'm sorry Elle." He tried to keep himself from choking up while he calmed her.

"I don't know if I'll ever be the same again. Everyone just keeps disappearing or hurting me." Elle trembled; Alex could tell she was only going to get more riled if she didn't stop now.

He placed both hands on her cheeks and pulled her from his chest so she could look him in the eye, "Elle, I'm not going to hurt you. I won't be going anywhere without you. You're all I have left and I'm not going to abandon you." He promised her sternly.

Elle nodded and inhaled deeply, "Thank you, Alex. I always knew I could count on you." She smiled wearily.

Alex smiled down at her comfortingly, "We should get back on the road. You really could use a good rest." He told her as he let go of her face.

Elle nodded and got back into her seat. Alex limped back around the car and stared at the road ahead. No matter what, they were going to be alright, he couldn't imagine anything worse than that Hell he had just crawled from.

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