E/O Challenge Word:

chain (CHān) n. – a connected flexible series of metal links used for fastening or securing objects; such a series of links worn as a decoration; a necklace.

Spoilers/Warnings: Set a few months before 4.03, but possible vague spoilers for that episode

Word Count: 100

A/N: Inspired by a gift I recently received. And also, I'm trying something new here – telling a story in drabble format (so each chapter is 100 words; a couple are a few words over) and also including the word of the week (as defined above) in each chapter. We'll see how it goes...

And my love is an anchor tied to you; tied with a silver chain. ~ Crosby, Stills, & Nash

"Oh, John..."

Mary gasped softly, momentarily speechless as she stared at the silver bird-shaped pendant; suspended – as if in flight – by a dainty silver chain; both resting in a slight tangle; cushioned by a nest of cottony gauze within the small square box she held.

"It's beautiful," she whispered, her fingers hovering over the gift.

"You're beautiful," John returned and then smiled when Mary looked up at him through her feathery bangs; showed her the dimples that always melted her heart; that he did not know she secretly hoped would show up on the faces of their children one day.