"Wait"

A tired heart jumped at the unexpected sound, the voice barely there.

"Wait"

It wasn't a plea, Boone knew.

But Jack didn't want to.

"This is our best chance"

Those blue eyes, so bright and wide it shouldn't have been beautiful but they were and it meant Boone was going to die.

"Really?"

Breath labored, blood trickled from him like the sweat and not-tears dripping from Jack's face not his eyes.

"I'm not going to let you give up."

Tranquility, or was it shock? clouded those too-pure blue eyes with peace.

"I know you made me. A promise."

The same words, the woman with the rosemary chain and dead husband.

"I'm letting you off the hook."

And the not-tears fell from brown eyes staring into blue ones. Each filled with regret for a life not lived. A life stolen by lies and love unrequited.

By fate.

"Tell Shan-"

Jack leaned in closer, pleasegodplease don't let him fail in this last request.

"Tell Shannon"

He leaned even further, the bittersweet stench of blood and failure filling his nose and eyes,

A last movement, a surge of power lifting the dying man a few centimeters higher,

The faint brush of bloody lips against lips all too dry. Last breath fluttering from one to the other.

"Tell..."

Jack closed those still too-beautiful blue eyes.

Blood drying on tingling lips from stolen kisses, not meant for him.

But he couldn't tell Shannon, her lips far too red with love that lived to have the taint of death.

The taint that cleansed Jack with a forgiveness not his to keep.

But no one would ever know of his transgression.

Dead men tell no tales.

But the voices do.

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A/N: Watched Lost Season 1 and this image came to mind. Hope you enjoyed and check out my other stories!

Disclaimer: If I owned/wrote for Lost, would this really be a free fanfiction story? There ya go. *sorry bout that, I keep forgetting in my stories to put a disclaimer LOL*

-Annie