A/N: This is the final chapter of the emotional roller coaster of a story. Thank you to those who stuck through this the whole journey. This was a very difficult piece to write. Special thank you to Shadows-of-Realm for the beta and ladygris for help with the final line.
Chapter 14- A New Beginning
"Rodney, what is going on?" Jennifer was not sure she wanted an answer to her question. For the moment, she wanted to enjoy the feeling of his hand on her face, afraid that it would be gone any second.
"I'm sorry. I didn't know how to tell you," Rodney frowned. "I just wanted to be here for you when it happened."
She always hated it when Rodney was vague, "When what happened?" Jennifer was clueless as to what he meant until she turned as saw her body behind her on the bed. "Rodney?" the fear was very present in her voice.
"I know," his voice was full of emotion. Watching your wife die was hard to witness even being dead yourself. Rodney's feelings were torn. On one hand, Jennifer was too young to die and he thought she deserved to have a long happy life. Then the selfish part of him knew that her death meant that they had their chance to have that forever they had begun to make plans for.
"Am I dead?" her voice shook with uncertainty as her hand grabbed for his.
"Yes. Just like me," he gave his wife's hand a reassuring squeeze.
"How?" Jennifer was beginning to panic. She never thought losing the love of her life would literally kill her.
"Shh. It's going to be okay," Rodney pulled her into his arms. It felt better than ever and he tightened his hold on her. "Dehydration and extreme stress exacerbated an undiagnosed heart condition."
"If you hadn't died, you would have lost me anyway," she refused to let go, scared that if she did that she would never get a chance to hold her love again.
He shook his head, "The condition would have been treatable. I'm sorry I did this to you."
"Sorry for loving me? How can you be sorry for that?" Jennifer lifted her head from his chest to look into his eyes.
"If I never fell in love with you, you would still be alive." Rodney knew it was a big change from his earlier words about not changing anything about their time together, but now that Jennifer was dead he felt guilty about causing it. He averted his eyes so she would not see the shame.
"Rodney, look at me," the dead physician forced him to look at her. "Why the sudden change from before?"
He still managed not to look at his wife, "I thought that by coming here I could have changed things. That you wouldn't have to die. Then there is part of me that is kind of glad this happened. I know that sounds really bad."
Jennifer pulled away from Rodney and sighed. Her mind was spinning, trying to come to terms with what happened. "I made the choices that bought me here," she tried to get him to see that. "It's not bad to think that. The missing part of me is no longer missing."
Rodney looked over at the love of his life, "This still isn't right."
"Like losing you two weeks after we got married was right?" she knew there was no way he could argue with that point. Jennifer saw his mouth flapping to find a way to prove her wrong. "You know I'm right. There is only one way I think I could be alright with this."
"How can you be alright with this?" the obvious was passing right over his head.
"Do you even need to ask?" Jennifer drew her husband in for a kiss to give him a taste of what she meant. "We still can be together, right?" she pulled pressed her lips against his neck. "Last time I saw you, you promised to pick up where we left off with that kiss."
Rodney finally got the hint, "I think together for eternity just took on a whole new meaning."
"I'm up for trying if you are. We don't have to give up on the plans we started to make," she started to smile when another realization hit her.
"What?" the smile was contagious.
"Have to give you something back," Jennifer reached around her neck and pulled off her chain. She took the ring from the chain and slid the wedding band back onto its original owner. "Now it's perfect."
Rodney looked down at his hand, "Yes, it is. Forever with you. I wouldn't have it any other way."
To show she felt the same way, Jennifer smiled before giving her eternal partner another kiss as a way to begin their new life together.
Their time together alive might have been short, but now the two souls that were made for each other could explore their love that transcended this mortal coil.