Song: "Still Here" Natasha Bedingfield

Story: Guardian Angel: The Return

Characters: Max/India, Nicolas V./Axis, Terry M.

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You looked at me and saw what I never could see

You made me feel more than I thought I could ever be

And when I needed a friend you were always there to lift me up

To make me strong

You're not gone

India walked along the street of the tiny village with Axis, holding hands. He paused by the side of a gorgeous little chalet and gathered a bouquet of brightly painted flowers and handed them to her. She smiled at him. "I don't think you're supposed to pick those." His aura eyes that pricked a sense of déva ju inside of her sparkled. "Anything for you, India."

You're still here

With me all the time

You're still here

When I close my eyes

I still see you

I still feel you

And we'll never be apart

You're still here

Still here in my heart

In my heart

She held them in her free hand as they continued on down the village. They were staying in this cozy town in France on one of their missions. India knew it was not a coincidence that her father had sent them both on a mission in this romantic setting. But she didn't mind. It felt good to get away, with Axis. It warmed her in more ways than just being with Axis. It was as if when he hugged her, she was getting a hug on both sides. Thought it was strange, she couldn't help needing to hang on to that feeling. Not the feeling of Axis's touch, but rather, of someone else's…

Because of you I knew how it felt to be loved

You made me feel beautiful 'cause you believed I was

And I will never forget how you touched my life

You made me feel like I belong

You live on

He was standing in line for her, to pick up some food from a café near their hotel for dinner. The skies were darkening rapidly but Axis thought he could make it in time. India stood under an awning, clutching the violet blossoms and laughing as rain started to pelt down and Axis bravely hid the carton of food under his jacket as he ran toward her. "I'll go get an umbrella," he said, shivering. She froze for a moment as she looked up into his rain-drenched face. His carmelly curls hung wet and dripping over his eyes… There was something slightly not right about that beautiful face. Something missing. "Okay good because I am still perfectly dry," India taunted, forcing herself to focus on the man before her.

You're still here

With me all the time

You're still here

When I close my eyes

I still see you

I still feel you

And we'll never be apart

You're still here

Still here in my heart

In my heart

At that moment, a little motor car whizzed by, splashing through a newly made muddy puddle on the deep cobblestone street. India gasped as it completely drenched her in mud from head to foot, while it entirely missed Axis. He looked at her with deep concern. "India, are you okay? I'm so sorry!" She glared at him jokingly. "Managed to miss you, heh?" Axis looked genuinely guilty. "Come on, let's go clean you up." He gently took her elbow and sheltered her under his coat as she ran the last few hundred yards to the hotel.

All my life

You'll be in my life

You'll be part of me

I'll just think of you and you'll still be

You'll still be here

"I didn't know vehicles like that could go fast enough to generate that much splash," she prompted him happily. Axis gazed over at her in the elevator. She was now wearing his coat. "At least I saved the important stuff – the food." He jiggled the Styrofoam carton ruefully. India felt her heart squeeze in relief. He – whoever HE was – was still Axis if Axis acted a certain way. She shivered violently. "Let me take care of you, India," he said softly, ushering her into her room and taking off the coat. "It's okay, it's just a little mud, Axis," India laughed in an attempt at dismissal. But the truth was, she didn't mind being taken care of. In a way, she needed it. Her chest felt hollow. Her heart was missing, and she didn't know why.

Still here

You're with me all the time

You'll still be here

Still here

When I close my eyes

I still see you

I still feel you

And we'll never be apart

You're still here in my heart

The warm shower slowly brought her back to life as it ran over her dark hair, her face, her clothes, washing them free of mud. Axis stood before her, also in the shower. He gently ran his hands over her head, helping her get the mud out, but also, she suspected, just enjoying the moment. She sighed and closed her eyes under the caring feeling of his hands. She opened her eyes quickly, to check who it was that stood before her. Axis…was it Axis? India reached her hand out and placed it on his t-shirt collar. "….Nick?" He looked at her, his eyes soft and concerned. "Yes, India, it's me." But though she had found an old name, it was not the name she had been trying to remember.

You're still...

I still feel you

And we'll never be apart

You're still here in my heart

In my heart

In my heart

In my heart

Still here