Title: Living Without You

Author: Aimee

Rating: PG

Spoilers: Over The Rainbow, Through The Looking Glass

Pairing: Angel/Cordelia

Summary: There are certain things Angel and Cordy can't live without.

Disclaimer: If you recognize them, they belong to Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt. Otherwise, they're mine.

Author's Note: Thanks to Dev for the beta. You're very much appreciated. :)

Narwek helped Cordelia down the steps in front of her throne in the castle. "Your Majesty, I must protest. To allow dangerous criminals to roam free in your presence?"

"You're gonna make me use my important voice, aren't you? Leave us!"

The people in the room slowly filed out and shut the door behind them. Cordy turned to her friends, who were no longer chained. She held open her arms for a hug, desperately needing one. Angel stepped forward and wrapped his arms around her, pulling her close. "Are you okay?" he asked softly. "Did they hurt you?"

Cordy didn't trust herself to speak at first. "I was so scared, Angel," she whispered, looking up at him.

Wes, Gunn and Lorne walked to the front of the room where the platters of food sat. They did this so they could eat, yes, but also to give Cordy and Angel a bit of privacy.

"I didn't think I'd ever see you again," Cordy told Angel, sniffling.

"Hey," he said, lifting her face so he could look into her eyes. What he saw there broke his heart. A single tear had fallen and was making its way down her face.

"I've never felt so alone in my life," she admitted. "And I was terrified."

"Oh, Cordy. What can I do?"

She took a deep breath, trying to calm her nerves. "Will you—I just need—" she faltered.

Angel touched her shoulder, causing her to look up at him. "Tell me."

"I just want to be held. I need you."

Angel took her hand and silently led to an open space a few feet from where they were standing. He sat down on the floor and pulled her down with him. Once there, he wrapped his arm around her, pulling her to his chest. He could feel her shaking as she lay her head on his chest and wrapped her arm around his waist.

"Thank you," she whispered.

"For what?"

"Coming after me."

Angel kissed the top of her head. "Cordy, I'll always come after you. Always. You are the single most important person in my life."

"You are the most important person in my life, too. Angel, the truth is, I'm in love with you. The thought of never seeing you again broke my heart. When you fired us, you hurt my feelings, but we've grown so much closer since then and I don't want to live without you again. I can't. I won't."

"Cordy, I'm in love with you, too. When you disappeared through that portal, I tried to open another portal and follow you in, but it didn't work. I can live without a lot of things, but there are also some things I need to survive. My body needs blood to survive, but my heart needs you. You are the one thing I cannot live without. I had a taste of what it would be like and I can't do it again."

"I love you so much, Angel."

"And I love you, Cordelia Chase," he told her before softly brushing his lips against hers in their first official kiss.