Arriving back at the sanctuary, Shalimar was immediately taken to the lab.

As Adam worked on her, he had the others stay around so he could ask them questions about what happened.

"So, you're saying that the whole thing was a setup?" Adam asked as he scanned Shalimar.

"Yeah. Corbin said he didn't like hiding and that Eckhart offered him his freedom for us, but I'm guessing that by now he's probably taking a nice log nap in a stasis chamber," Brennan answered.

"Most likely," Adam agreed and then looked down at Shalimar, saying, "Well, it looks like you have a broken arm, some very bruised ribs, and a nice shiner around you right eye, but other than that, you're fine."

"Great," Shalimar muttered.

"Well, think of it this way Shal. You're a lot better now considering that a little while ago you were technically dead," Jesse put in.

"True," she agreed.

"Not to mention that with today's technology, I'll have you fixed up in a few minutes. Although you will be sore for a few days."

"Yeah, but I suppose that being sore is better than being dead," Shalimar quipped.

"You've got that right!" Jesse exclaimed as he walked over to her.

"Alright, well I need to patch Shalimar up and then she needs to get some rest. So, why don't you all came visit her later," Adam said to Brennan, Jesse, and Emma.

"Ok, we'll see later, Shal," Jesse declared as he patted her lightly on her good shoulder and then followed the other two out of the lab.

A little while later, Jesse wandered out of his room to find Shalimar sitting by one of the ponds, staring absently at the gently rippling water. Her arm was in a sling, but all other signs of their recent fight had disappeared, undoubtedly a result of Adam's technology.

"I thought you were supposed to be resting," Jesse said as he walked over and sat down next to her.

"I was, but it got boring," she replied as she looked at him.

"And when Adam wasn't looking, you used you stealthy feral abilities to slip away unnoticed,"

he finished for her as he smiled.

Shalimar nodded, saying, "Yeah, something like that."

"So, how are you doing?" Jesse asked as his face became serious.

"I'm ok. I'm kinda sore, but I could still take you down if I needed to," she replied as she flashed him one of her grins.

"Yeah, sure you could," Jesse said sarcastically.

They sat there in silence for a few minutes before Shalimar finally spoke up again.

"Um...Jesse? I just wanted to...uh...thank you for...you know, saving my life," she slowly got out as she blushed slightly. She was clearly embarrassed by the fact that she, of all people, had to be saved.

Jesse gently took Shalimar's hand in his and looked intently into her eyes, saying, "Shal, there's nothing to be embarrassed about..."

Shalimar quickly cut in. "I'm not embarrassed."

"Oh, yes you are," he said as he raised his hand to stop her from protesting any further. "Shalimar, we've lived together for quite a while now and I can easily read you like a book. I know that you embarrassed because when you are, you blush and you do that stuttering thing. And currently you're doing both."

Giving in, Shalimar nodded and then stared down at her hands.

"Look Shal, I love you so much. You're like a sister to me and if I were to lose you, I don't know what I'd do. I mean, I would gladly give my life to keep you away from any harm," he told her as he gently wiped away a single tear that was making its way down her cheek.

"I think it's safe to say that we all would," they heard Adam say from behind them. Turning to face him, they noticed that Brennan and Emma were standing there too.

Stepping forward, Emma said, "Adam's right, Shalimar. We would. In the time we've lived with together, we've all grown so close that we would sacrifice ourselves to save one another without even a second thought."

Shalimar nodded as she wiped away the tears that were in her eyes. "Yeah, you're right. It's just..it's not very often that I get taken down by anyone and the fact that I almost got killed kinda wounded my ego."

"So in other words, you're a bit humiliated," Brennan said as a big smirk lit up his face.

"I guess so," Shalimar replied just before she flashed him one of her sly grins, "But if I were ever taken down again, I would definitely want it to be another feral who did it, just like tonight. There is no way my ego would be able to get over it if it were someone like you guys who did it. Not that any of you could ever come close to taking me down,"she finished as she let out a small laugh.

"Care to place a bet on that?!" Jesse asked as he lunged for her, but once again, she was too quick. Shalimar jumped out of the way and Jesse ended up landing in the pond again like he had earlier that day. Spitting out water, he looked up at her. "You're so going to pay for that!!" he growled as he stood and stepped out of the pond, his sopping wet clothes dripping all over the floor of the sanctuary.

"Oh really?" she asked as she smiled. "Bring it on," she said as she took off in a run away from the others. Jesse quickly followed.

"Not again," Adam mumbled as he wandered away, most likely to the lab.

Brennan and Emma looked at each other before they both sat down on the stairs, listening to Shalimar's taunts and Jesse's lame comebacks.

Turning to Emma, Brennan grinned. "Speaking of bets, do you care to place a little wager on who will win?" he inquired.

"Sure. I've got fifty on Shalimar," she replied quickly.

"Hey, no fair. I wanted Shalimar!" Brennan whined. "But fine, I'll put fifty on Jesse."

"Good luck," Emma said with a grin as she shook Brennan's hand. "I just hope that you have fifty bucks lying around because there's no way Jesse will win, even if Shalimar is only using one arm."

Brennan glared at her for a few seconds before giving her a small smile and then nodding. "Yeah, you're right," he agreed as he opened his wallet and handed her a fifty dollar bill.

Accepting it, Emma listened for a second to hear Shalimar saying something that sounded like "Do you give up?" and then Jesse's strained reply of "Yes! Yes! Just get off me!"

As a smirk lit up her face, she looked at Brennan. "Come on. Why don't we go get something to eat. I'm buying,"she said as she waved the fifty dollars in front of him.

Brennan nodded. "Great, I'm starving."

With that, they both stood up and heading out to find a place to eat.

THE END!!!

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