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Ch. 7:

Tessa came into the room to find Robert and Cassandra on the floor. Robert was holding Cassandra and Tessa could see that she was crying.

"I'm sorry." She said, quickly turning to leave. "I'll come back."

"No." Cassandra said, sitting up and wiping her eyes. "No, it's fine. I'm sorry, we should be going anyway."

"Going where?" Tessa asked, confused.

Cassandra stared at her.

"I beheaded a man in front of you last night." She said slowly. "And then I had to be tied down to the bed so that I wouldn't go on a murdering rampage. Oh, and that's after I came back from the dead."

"It's a lot, I'll give you that." Tessa told her, moving to stand in front of her. "And I know I've only known you for two days, but I thought we were on our way to being friends. You accepted my secret. Why wouldn't I accept yours?"

Tessa was slightly surprised when Cassandra threw herself at her, but she quickly returned the hug.

"Thank you." Cassandra whispered. "You have no idea what that means to me."

"We warrior women have to stick together, right?" Tessa said.

Cassandra laughed weakly.

"Yeah." She replied.

"Well, now that that's settled, I need to go back to town." Robert said.

"Why?" Tessa asked as Cassandra looked away.

"It's just for a little while." He said. "I want to hang a sign saying I won't be seeing patients unless it's an emergency. Also, I thought Sekhmet might like something other than a bloodstained corset and a ripped up slip to wear."

"That's a good plan." Tessa agreed. "Until you get back, I'm sure I can find something of mine Ca-I mean Sekhmet can where."

"Why don't you just keep calling us Robert and Cassie." Cassandra suggested. "Keeps the confusion to a minimum."

"Thanks." Tessa said.

Robert grabbed his jacket and walked over to Cassandra.

"You'll still be here when I get back, right?" he asked softly.

She nodded and he kissed her forehead.

"I'll be back as soon as possible." He said before leaving.

"Come on." Tessa said, taking Cassandra's hand. "Let's find you something to wear."


Robert returned to find them finishing breakfast. Cassandra was in a plain white shirt and a pair of ridding pants. She had her hair tied up and she stared into the distance, just barely picking at her food.

"I brought most of your things." He said, sitting down next to her. "I didn't know what you'd want or how long you'd be here."

"Thank you." She said softly.

He sighed and took her hand, pressing something into it. She opened it to find her pendent. She shook her head and handed it back to him.

"Keep it." She told him. "You can give it back to me when we meet again."

"What do you mean?" he asked.

"I'm leaving." She said simply. "Today. And you're staying here."

"What?" he demanded.

"Last night terrified me, Methos!" she told him angrily. "The memory of me holding a sword to your throat! If you hadn't been able to reach me, I would've taken your head! That can't ever happen again. I lost you once and it drove me insane. If I were the one to kill you, god help the rest of the world. No, I need to go away. Someplace safe, where I can make sure this never happens again. And you can't be there if I'm really going to do it."

Robert stared at her and she sighed.

"Methos, you were starting to have a life here before I came." She told him. "I'm not going to ask you to walk away from that. You and I have forever. Not everyone has that option. No, you need to stay here and see where this path takes you."

"Where will you go?" he asked softly.

"There's a temple in the Himalayas." She replied. "The Master there is an Immortal. He's a friend and no one asks questions. They take women and it's on Holy Ground, so I'll be safe."

Robert nodded and she took his hand.

"I need to do this Methos, and you need to be here." She told him in Spanish before switching Egyptian. "I love you, Methos, but so does she. And I think if I hadn't come here, the idea of you being together wouldn't even be in question. She knows what you are and she isn't running away. You should give her a chance. There's more to Tessa Alvarado than meets the eye and I think she'd be good for you."

"I do love you, you know that right?" he asked in the same language. "More than anything in the world. I've never loved anyone like I loved you."

"I know." She told him. "And one day we'll be together again and nothing will come between us, but that isn't today."

He nodded and she kissed his cheek.

"So," she said, switching back to Spanish, "it's settled. I'll go to Holy Ground and you'll stay here. In a century, I'll come to Egypt and I'll meet you by the Nile where you first gave me that pendent and you can give it to me again, agreed?"

"Agreed." He told her. "I'm going to miss you. I haven't felt like this since before we died."

"That's another reason for me to leave." She told him. "It's too easy for us to be ourselves when we're together, and in this time, this place, playing our roles is the most important thing. But I'm going to miss you too."

He nodded and smiled slightly.

"So that's it?" Tessa asked. "You're just going to leave?"

"It's better this way." Cassandra told her. "Plus, if I stayed, I don't think I could've resisted helping the Queen of Swords. I think Montoya's head might just actually explode if he had to deal with two women running around with swords."

Tessa laughed and Cassandra smiled a real smile for the first time that day. She stood and walked over to her young friend.

"I'm going to miss you, Cassie." Tessa said, standing to hug her.

"And I'll miss you, Tessa." Cassandra said before lowering her voice to a whisper. "Take care of him."

Tessa nodded and Cassandra smiled.

"I guess I better be on my way." She said.


She stood outside with the others, saying their final goodbyes.

"Thank you for everything, Marta." She said, hugging the Gypsy woman.

"You are very welcome." Marta replied. "Stay safe."

"And you keep them safe." She replied, looking at Tessa and Robert.

"I'll do my best." Marta replied.

"That's all I can ask." Cassandra told her, grinning.

Marta backed up and Tessa came over.

"Well, if you're ever in California…" she said.

"I won't be." Cassandra replied. "But thanks. And tell Senora Hidalgo I'm sorry I couldn't make lunch. You might want to mention that Robert was here and that I left quickly after that."

"You are horrible." Tessa said, scrunching her nose and making Cassandra laugh.

"It's more fun that way." She told her friend, hugging her tightly. "Goodbye, Tessa."

"Adios, Cassie." Tessa replied, letting her go.

She took Marta's arm and they left the two Immortals alone. They stood there silently until Cassandra finally spoke first.

"Take good care of her, Methos." She said in Egyptian. "She's special."

"She is." He agreed, sighing. "I wish you didn't have to go. I wish we'd had more time."

"Shh." She said, stepping close and putting her finger on his lips. "I spent 5,000 years mourning you, but now I know you're out there and one day we'll be together and it'll be forever. We're immortal, Methos. We have all the time in the world."

He quickly wrapped his arms around her and kissed her, and she returned the kiss with just as much passion. Finally, they broke apart and he leaned his forehead against hers.

"I love you, Sekhmet." He told her softly.

"I love you, too, Methos." She replied.

Finally, she pulled herself away and swung up on her horse.

"Stay safe." She told him. "Remember, The Nile, one hundred years."

"I won't forget." He told her.

She smiled at him one last time before kicking Isis into a gallop. He watched her until he couldn't see her any more, and then he turned and went back to inside.

A/N: Okay, so that's it. It will continue with my version of Highlander Season 5 Episode 10: The Messenger. Let me know what you thought.

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