Title: Pyrophobia

Author: Sarge


While flying to the safe house, Jesse and Brennan took the liberty of informing Adam what had happened at the warehouse. When they got to the part about the fire, Brennan immediately noticed that Shalimar seemed to get a blank look on her face. He thought about saying something to her, but decided against it. She was already upset with him and he didn't want to make it worse by putting her on the spot in front of everyone. He knew that she hated to be seen as weak.

Adam also noticed the distant look Shalimar got when they talked about the fire.

"So, that's when Brennan knocked her out, picked her up, and jumped back through the fire," Jesse explained to Adam as he glanced over to see Shalimar starting to doze off in her seat.

"I see," was Adam's reply.

"After that, I think you can pretty much figure out what happened," Jesse finished.

Adam nodded. "Yeah."

Jesse looked back over to see the Shalimar had finally fallen asleep. Moving closer to Adam, he quietly whispered, "Do you think someone should talk to her about it?"

"I'm not sure. Probably, but right now what I think she needs is space to work everything out. When she does that, I think that would be the best time to talk to her. We don't want to pressure her. That could only make it worse," Adam replied.

Jesse nodded his head. "Yeah ok. It's just..I've never seen her freeze like that. I mean, I knew she was scared of fire, but I never really realized how bad that fear actually was. I guess I'm just worried about her, but I can't help it."

"I know, Jesse. We're all worried about her. Just give her time," Adam said just before announcing, "We're here."

Cloaking the Double Helix, he set it down on the roof of the building.

"Alright, let's go in and settle down. There's no telling how long we'll be here," Adam said as looked over at Shalimar to see her still sound asleep. Deciding not to wake her, he quickly handed Jesse the medical supplies and his bag of things.

"Will you take these inside? I'm going to get Shalimar," Adam stated.

"Ok," Jesse replied as he followed Brennan and Emma out of the Double Helix.

Adam walked over to Shalimar and gently picked her up into his arms. She stirred a little bit, but didn't wake. Going into the safe house, he carefully walked down the stairs and placed Shalimar on the couch.

"I set her bed up in our room if you want to bring her in there," Emma told Adam quietly.

"No, it's alright. She can sleep on the couch. I want to keep an eye on her tonight. You know, to make sure there aren't any complications with her injuries," he replied.

"Oh ok. Well, I'll go grab her blanket then," she said as she turned around and walked down the hallway to the bedrooms.

The safe house consisted of three bedrooms, one bathroom, a small kitchen, and a living room. It wasn't very big, but it was just enough for them. Each of the bedrooms had a clothes closet, a dresser, a TV, and two beds.

Jesse and Brennan took the first room down the hall. The next room was Emma and Shalimar's. Then there was the bathroom and finally Adam's room.

Emma returned a minute later with an armful of blankets and pillows. She gently lifted Shalimar's head and placed a pillow underneath it, while Adam draped a blanket over her. Then he took one of the couch's pillows and placed it under Shalimar's sprained ankle. Standing up, Adam looked at the sleeping blonde and smiled.

"Well, I'm going to go to bed as well," Emma stated as she attempted to stifle a yawn.

"Ok, goodnight," Adam replied.

"Goodnight, Adam."

He watched as Emma made her way down the hallway to her and Shalimar's room. A few seconds later he heard a soft banter of what sounded like the two guys fighting over the bathroom. Then as he heard, what he presumed to be, the bathroom door shut, he saw Jesse walk into the room.

"Is there a problem with you and Brennan?" Adam asked.

"No, no. He just wanted the bathroom first, so I let him have it," Jesse answered.

"He threatened to zap you with a bolt of electricity, didn't he?" Adam quipped.

Jesse shook his head 'no', but when Adam gave him an unbelieving look, he reluctantly nodded and then said, "Yeah, yeah. Anyway, I came out here to tell you goodnight."

Adam smiled and patted Jesse on the back, saying, "Goodnight, Jesse."

Adam sat down in a chair next to the couch and watched Jesse as he wandered back down the hall. He glanced over at the clock to see that it was already 1:42 AM. Sighing, he settled down into the chair and began to doze off. Soon he was fast asleep.

Sometime around 2:15 AM, Brennan walked into the livingroom. He had come out to say goodnight, but when he saw that Adam was asleep, he decided against it. Wandering into the kitchen, he took a cup out of the cabinet and quietly filled it with water. Taking a sip, he was suddenly startled by a sound from the livingroom. Quickly, he walked out there to see Shalimar thrashing around in her sleep.

Beads of sweat littered her body and her breathing was erratic. She was calling out something, but what she was saying it too low for Brennan to hear. That was until he moved closer.

She was mumbling, "Fire!...No, no, no..stay away!!"

Brennan's eyes grew wide as he listened to her. Kneeling down beside her, he took her by her shoulders and gently shook her, saying, "Shalimar, wake up. It's only a dream, Shal...Come on, wake up!"

With a sudden gasp, Shalimar simultaneously sat up and snapped open her eyes.

"Oh God," she whimpered as tears began to cascade down her face.

Immediately, Brennan stood up and then sat down on the couch next to her. Pulling her into his arms, he rocked her gently and whispered soothing words into her ear.

It was then that Adam suddenly woke up to the sound of crying. He looked over to see Shalimar sobbing into Brennan's chest while Brennan held her tightly, gently rocking her.

Brennan glanced over at Adam and mouthed 'nightmare' to him. Adam nodded in acknowledgment and then he mouthed 'Do you need help with her?' back to Brennan as he pointed to Shalimar. Brennan shook his head, silently replying, 'No, I've got her'. Adam nodded again and then pointed to the hall. 'I'll be in my bedroom' he once again silently mouthed. Brennan gestured his understanding with a nod then watched as Adam silently stood up and walked down the hall to his bedroom.

Looking down at Shalimar, he noticed that she wasn't crying anymore. She was just sitting there with she head on Brennan's chest, staring at the wall across the room.

"You ok, Shal?" he quietly asked.

Gazing up at Brennan, she shook her head slightly before, whispering, "I can't stop thinking about it, Brennan."


"The..the fire," she replied as tears welled back up in her eyes. "I thought...I thought I was going to die."

"But you didn't. You're here right now. Alive and...semi-well," Brennan said, making Shalimar smile slightly as she sat back, looking him in the face.

The smile quickly dissipated as she continued on by saying, "But I wouldn't be alive if it weren't for you. I would of sat there until the building collapsed on top of me. I let my fear take control and it nearly got me killed."

"Shalimar..." Brennan started, but he was interrupted before he could say anything more.

"No Brennan. It's not just that I almost got myself killed, I endangered your life too, along with Jesse's. I could of gotten you both killed," she said as she took a deep breath. "I mean, if that were to ever happen, I...I don't know what I'd do," she finished as tears began to trickle back down her face.

"Oh Shal," Brennan said as he pulled her back into his arms and hugged her tightly. "It's ok. We're safe. You're safe. Everything is fine."

Brennan held Shalimar until her tears finally subsided. Attempting to stifle a yawn, she looked up at Brennan and gave him a small smile.

"Are you tired?" he asked her.

Shalimar nodded. "Yeah, a little," she replied.

"Same here," Brennan said.

"You should go to bed then."

"What about you?"

"I'm going to stay here because one, I can't walk very well with this ankle and two, I don't want to wake up Emma," Shalimar answered.

Brennan grinned as he asked, "Well, do you mind if I stay here with you?"

Shalimar gave him a strange look before he quickly added, "I don't want to wake up Jesse either."

Shalimar nodded and smiled as she replied, "Yeah, I'd love it if you'd stay."

"Ok, good," Brennan said as he gave her another grin and then slid behind her. Wrapping his arms back around her waist, he pulled her close as they both got under the blanket and laid down. Shalimar was against the back of the couch while Brennan was near the edge.

With a sigh of contentment, Shalimar laid her head down on Brennan's chest and snuggled in closer.

"Goodnight Shal," Brennan whispered.

"'Night Brennan," she whispered back as she fell asleep.

Brennan watched as the blonde in his arms slept. Gently kissing her on the top of her head, he closed his eyes and as he began to doze off, the last thought he had before he fell asleep was God, I love her.




Sorry Jesse/Shalimar fans, but it looks like this story is going to Brennan and Shal. I plan to write more very soon, but at the moment, I've got some major writer's block. Any suggestions for upcoming chapters would be greatly appreciated or just tell me what you would like to see happen. If you decide to help me out, write your suggestion as a review or send to me by e-mail at Shalimarfox2@aol.com. THANK YOU!!!