Okay, so I'm in the middle of writing two other fics, but after reading recoilandgrace's extremely moving and emotional fic Spiral Static, I felt inspired to write something of my own that had a happy ending. I just can't handle angst like you my dear!!

Disclaimer: Not mine

One second

One second sounds like such a short amount of time, and yet it's amazing how much can happen during it. One second is all it takes for surprise to register on your face when your wife tells you she is leaving. One second is all it takes to feel a sharp jab of pain when you give yourself a paper cut. One second is all it takes to feel a surge of pride when you see your daughter step on stage in her school play. One second is all it takes to realise that the woman standing in front of you is the love of your life.

One second is also all it takes for your life to change; for a bullet to be fired from a gun, for a gasp of pain to burst from the lips of the woman you've just realised means everything to you, for her body to crumple to the floor. One second is all it takes to realise that you may have just lost everything.

It takes one second for a microwave to ping and let you know your food is ready. It takes one second for a mother to register that her baby is crying. In one second, you can flash someone a smile, wince in pain, shrug your shoulder or jump up in joy.

In one second, you can feel an immense rush of relief when you hear the doctor utter the words she's going to be okay. It can take only one second for you to feel like your entire life has ended. And it can take only one second for you to realise that it hasn't.