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From Here To Eternity
Emily Prentiss adjusted her flowing white dress round her legs as she peered over the edge of Heaven's portal to the mortal world …and frowned.
So sad, she thought sorrowfully. If only she could tell them that she felt happy. For the first time ever, she experienced a feeling of completion that she'd never experienced during her earthly life. Here, there was no pain...no anguish...none of that overwhelming darkness that had plagued her when she'd been alive.
And here, she had him. Smiling as she glanced across the portal, her eyes raked him hungrily. Clad in fine loose white pants and an equally white silken shirt, open down his chest, her eyes softened at the vision.
He could have chosen to let her go alone into what, at the time, had been an uncertain darkness. But as she'd tried to pull her hand away from him, his fingers had tightened, pulling her closer as they'd walked together down that long tunnel, connecting one world to the next, their footsteps echoing with each step they had taken together.
She'd told him to let go...to go back. He could still be saved. But he'd merely shaken his head and murmured, "Not in this lifetime or the next."
Eventually, they'd seen that beautiful light. So warm. So welcoming. It had bathed her face with its purity and she'd been helpless to resist its pull.
And together, they'd walked into Paradise.
Dropping her gaze back to the mortal plane, Emily sighed heavily. While there was no sadness in the wondrous hereafter they'd found together, regret was still possible. And as she looked down at her colleagues...her friends...something twisted inside her. "They all look so...shattered," she whispered to her companion as she studied each face on the plane below.
Hotch, always so stoic, brushed a stray tear from his cheek before looking around self-consciously. Morgan had his eyes squeezed shut as his fist beat against the leather arm of the chair he sat in, the ear buds to his iPod crammed in his ears as he tried to use music to block the pain he felt. JJ stared at a picture of her family, a smiling Henry and Will, and Emily could hear the distant echo of her thoughts, praying for a hasty return to those she loved most. And Reid...poor, poor Reid, stared aimlessly out his window, lost amid a flood of emotions that he had no skill at controlling. And beside him, Garcia wept. Wept for all of them.
"I wish she wouldn't cry like that," Emily murmured sadly with a sigh. "It won't help...and we're so..."
"Happy?" he supplied, raising a dark eyebrow as he stared back at her, amazed at the stunning beauty that he was privileged to spend all of eternity with.
"Yes," Emily nodded, meeting his compassionate gaze again. "And I feel almost guilty for it."
"Don't," he ordered gently. "One day they'll each know this peace," he told her tenderly, reaching for her soft hand. "When it's their time," he added, lifting her palm and kissing the inside of her wrist.
"What about the meantime?" Emily asked worriedly, looking back at their friends, her lips twisting.
"They'll heal," he said simply. "And they'll live," he added sternly, squeezing her fingers. "And hopefully," he said with a faint smile down at the team, "they'll love."
"I hope so," Emily whispered, leaning her head against David Rossi's angelic shoulder as they both watched the image before them drift further and further away.
"We'll see them again someday, Cara. Until then, we'll simply love each other," he told her, tenderly cradling her body against him.
And that's exactly what they did.
For all of eternity.
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