Disclaimer. I don't own Walker, TX Ranger. This is my first Walker, Texas Ranger story, don't hate please. This is where Trial By Fire left off.

A/N: Wow. It has been a LONG while since I have updated this fic and I'm so sorry I've taken such a long hiatus. I think I've finally got my mojo back. Please enjoy this chapter. I know it's short and sweet but the next chapter will be long, promise :)

As soon as Detective Blake left, Haleigh practically leapt out of Alex's hospital bed like it was made of fire.

A look of panic and sadness washed over Haleigh's face as she began to pace across the hospital room and Alex could not, for the life of her, figure out why.


"What's wrong sweetie?"

"Please don't adopt me out of pity!"

"I'm not adopting you out of pity."

"Yes you are! You feel bad because you lost your mother at an early age and you wished you had had someone to step in for your mother figure so now you're going to take over as my mother! You think you and Walker can just take over as my parents, do you? Is that what you think? No one can replace my parents, Alex! Speaking of Walker, you -you haven't even talked to Walker about this! When you were talking to Detective Blake, you used the word 'we' and now you're using the word 'I' like you're the only one making the decision!"

"Haleigh, you need to sit down and breathe," said Alex, trying to reason with Haleigh to get her to calm down.

"If I sit down and breathe Alex that makes this whole thing real!"

"Haleigh, you're not making any sense."


"Exactly what?"

"This whole thing doesn't make sense! I want this to be an awful nightmare so I can just wake up and say that it was 'just a dream.'"

"Honey, it's not that simple."

Haleigh finally stopped pacing as if her brain had finally told her body to just stop.

"I know it's not that simple" Haleigh said as she took a seat back down on Alex's bed.

"I know you're not adopting me out of pity and I know that you and Walker aren't going to try and replace my parents, I just"–

Haleigh's voice began to trail off as tears began to fall down her cheeks.

Alex took a hold of Haleigh's hand, letting her know she was there.

"I'm lost Alex, I'm lost and I don't know what to do."

Haleigh buried her face into the crook of Alex's neck as Alex rubbed soothing circles into Haleigh's back.

"That's why I'm here Haleigh. I'm here so that, together, we can make sense of the madness."

After a few moments of quiet, Haleigh broke the silence.

"Hey Alex, do you know what time it is?"

"I'm guessing really late."

"Or really early, depending on how you look at it."

Alex chuckled.

"How 'bout this, we get some sleep-"

"You've been asleep long enough missy."

Alex smiled warmly at Haleigh. "Hey, my body has been through trauma, I need all the rest I can get."

Haleigh chuckled a little at this.

"As I was saying, you and I can catch some shut eye and then once Walker comes back, we can discuss things, okay?"

"Sounds like a plan, Stan."