Title: Until the End of the World
Author: WhatBecomesOfYou
Rating: PG
Pairing: Lucas/Haley friendship.
Word Count: 270
Summary: It felt like the end of the world was at hand, at least she'd watch it happen with her best friend.

Fiery streaks burned across the sky; thick tendrils of smoke choked the heated air.

It felt like the end of the world was at hand, as though the four horsemen of the apocalypse would come galloping out of the shadows at any moment.

Haley felt herself blindly groping along the streets, making her way on memory alone. Come hell or high water - and based on the dripping beads of sweat coursing down her neck and strands of her hair sticking to the sides of her head, high water sounded like a mere fantasy - she would make it to her destination.

Lucas answered the door, and she collapsed into his arms as he closed the door with a swift kick. "I wanted -" she started to say, before the words would not come.

"Shh, Hales, you're safe," he said, rubbing her back, running his hand along her shoulder blades in an attempt to comfort her, "you're safe, you're safe."

She felt hot tears stinging at the corners of her eyes upon hearing his words of comfort, though no tears would dare to fall. She buried her face into the folds of his shirt, clutching onto the thin fabric as though it was the last secure thing in the world. Perhaps it was.

Time seemed to move slowly, her pressed against him, his hand never straying from her back.

If this was the last night, and there was no tomorrow - not for them, or not for anyone - then at least she'd watch the ashes rain from the sky and the world end with her best friend by her side.