A/N: time for the final one in this series and maybe if you're lucky, I'll get done with one chappie of 'Benlie Weekend' tonight. Haha.

Disclaimer: The song is by Counting Crows and the characters are owned by MOA. In other words, I own nothing.


Rain King

When I think of heaven
Deliver me in a black-winged bird

We sit innocently in the garage, me camped out so that my back is resting against the grill of my car and I'm just resting for a few moments, needing the time to just breathe for the longest time. Life has slowed down, aliens soon realizing that attacking is a bad idea and we'll whoop their butts any day. And so we have more time to be teenagers again. To regain the life that we lost before while we were busy saving the world again.

I think of flying down into a sea of pens and feathers
And all other instruments of faith and sex and God
In the belly of a black-winged bird

My gaze finds Gwen and she's staring at me and smiling and she rises from the couch on the far side of the garage and goes to sit right next to me on the freezing stone floor. "You know how weird it is for us to be together?" she asks, voice soft as we stare out the cold garage door, the night sky opening up before us in a subdued silence.

Don't try to feed me

"Yup," I breath as her head rests on my shoulder. Her mane of bright scarlet cascades down my ebony dyed shirt and it's quiet in the garage after I speak that one word. The silence between me and Gwen is never forced and we relax in the peace. We don't get much of it with Ben around all the time. It's hardly ever just the two of us anymore. Us. Alone. Together.

Her eyes flutter shut softly and the night's stars are blinking awake, the sparkle of them raining down on the world. I love these moments with Gwen.

I've been here before
And I deserve a little more

"I feel that we're not always right for each other," she says, voice quiet and her eyes still closed lightly. "It's something that says to me that you're not right. And it's all in my head." Her hand clasps around mine and I squeeze her hand softly so that she knows I'm listening. "But my heart knows that I need you more than anyone else, Kevin."

I belong in the service of the Queen

I smile, not being able to do anything else but that. "And sometimes I feel that I deserve better than you." She snuggles into me a bit more. "But it's all in my head. My heart says you're perfect in every way." I find my arm wrapping itself around her slim waist and we're sitting there in a warm moment of us being together for one more second in time. "And secretly, I think I should have someone like me, more cunning and sneaky, but then I look at you in action on the battlefield and I know that my head is so wrong sometimes." A light laugh escapes me and I can't help myself.

I belong anywhere but in between

Gwen's body just curls into mine and the grill of the car is still pressing into my back. The stars glitter down at us. "It's funny how a girl knows exactly what she wants in a guy until she sees the perfect one right in front of her and realizes that he's the one." She squeezes my hand right back.

She's been crying and I've been thinking
And I am the Rain King

The days have been long and it's been forever since life has been as normal as this. My life was finally toning down to a dull roar. And normal perfection was just on the brink of the horizon, waiting to rise at the first opportunity it got as our teenage lives finally ensued the lack of war between planets.

And I said mama, mama, mama, why am I so alone?

Night is overtaking the sky as the lights of the garage suddenly seem brighter and the glow emanates out of the opening, splaying out onto the black road right in front of the garage in a perfect square. Gwen's quiet voice is so low I can hardly hear her. "You don't really know who you are until it kicks in who you want to be with."

I can't go outside
I'm scared I might not make it home

"I saw you and I realized who I wanted to be," I murmur, kissing her hair as she inches closer to me.

I'm alive, I'm alive
But I'm sinking in

We're still quiet for a long time. Then I break that silence and she stiffens next to me, just barely. Her eyes are open now and she stares up at me with a warm smile as I reach into my pocket to show her that I truly was serious. Her eyes are pricking with tears and I'm quietly anxious.

If there's anyone at home at your place, darling
Why don't you invite me in?

A moment later, the box is sitting in my palm and her arms are around my neck and the tears are falling down her cheeks, streaking her porcelain skin with trails of sparkling silver. The silence is broken as she's saying "Yes yes yes!" over and over and over again, voice clearly quaking.

Don't try to bleed me
I've been there before
And I deserve a little more

"Because you're exactly what I deserve," I say softly as she slides the ring onto her finger with one hand as she wipes away tears with the other. "No matter what else I should think."

I belong in the service of the Queen
I belong anywhere but in between
She's been lying and I've been sinking
And I am the Rain King

She's holding me so tightly and we're just sitting there, holding each other in this glowing silence of the night. It's one of those days where words aren't forced, just accepted when we're with each other. The peace is welcomed like an old friend and life is slowly reverting back to how it should be.

Hey, I only want the same as anyone

"Kevin, I cannot believe you sometimes."

I raise an eyebrow, not making a single sound.

"You choose the worst possible time. Another thing about girls is that they always dream of the most romantic proposal and then you come up with-" She splutters for a long moment before stuttering out, "That".

Henderson is waiting for the sun
Oh, it seems night endlessly begins and ends

I use the leverage of my arm around her waist to pull her onto my lap so that her back is against my chest instead of against the warm grill of the car. Our bodies are intertwined and my arms are tightly around her so that I can't think of ever letting go. "But you know you love it, Gwen," I whisper in her ear, tucking her tightly into my chest.

After all the dreaming I come home again

I can feel her heart thrumming slightly in her chest and I know she's sitting there intently waiting for me to say more, but I'm absolutely silent, just enjoying the moment as the stars smile down at us from the heavens above. They're watching patiently and I hold Gwen a little tighter.

When I think of heaven
Deliver me in a black-winged bird
I think of dying

Her fiery colored hair smells of wild roses in a field of heather and a bit like smoke, but I can only assume that's from being in the garage for way too long. The clouds are suddenly coming in and it's darkening outside so that the only light is from the garage.

"Kevin, why so soon?" she asks, voice low and scarcely audible under the sound of thunder rumbling far off in the distance.

Lay me down in a field of flame and heather

My mind is working through it. "Because I need to have you," I say, my voice gentle. "I need to know that I can have you forever. I need to have you, Gwen." My heart is pounding.

Render up my body into the burning heart of God

Gwen's emerald eyes are carefully staring at the ring perched on her finger, glimmering against the fierce fluorescent light, glowing feverishly. Her focus is on me but my eyes are out on the cold of the blackened night's sky. Her head rests on my shoulder once more. "Kev…" she breathes, staring at me intently, her eyes piercing my own obsidian orbs.

In the belly of a black-winged bird

The emotions are flooding through me, faster than I could imagine. It finally kicks in that she said yes. I can't help but think that it took a while and that I probably should've realized it earlier. My head is spinning and I'm so confused because we're not perfect. We're not near perfect. Nowhere close. But yet we're together, tied for life by a few simple stones that hide on her hand.

Don't try to bleed me
I've been here before

She's still watching me. Her eyes are like the perfect diamonds that I wish I could've put on that ring for her. But emeralds seemed too informal. I knew she would want it the way she wanted it. So I didn't try anything different. Just the way it should've been.

And I deserve a little more

And I secretly wish I could hear her say yes one more time, just so I know that she was serious.

I belong in the service of the Queen
I belong anywhere but in between

The silence is everlasting, not being broken by the either of us. We're quiet and accepting of it. We don't worry about anything but the night itself, knowing it will never change. This is our night and our night alone. The stars have vanished and the clouds are lingering, lurking as they always want to. The darkness is everywhere except for in the garage, the glow of it and us just shining broadly to cut through the blackened world outside.

She's been dying and I've been drinking

"I think it's going to rain," I tell her, my mind off in another world as the clouds cover the sky's dark, immortal beauty.

And I am the Rain King

Her smile is contagious. "I think you're right, Rain King." And her lips fall against mine.


A/N: FIN. Hope you enjoyed. Don't forget to review on all the chapters if you didn't already! Thanks for reading!

Don't forget to watch out for 'Recovering the Gwevin', another songfic series for Gwevin going to the album 'Recovering the Satellites' by Counting Crows!

~Sky