Quick one-shot that I've held onto for some reason and never posted it. I do not own Gargoyles. Please review.

She couldn't breathe. She was suffocating! She had to get out, but which way did freedom lie? She was trapped in the prison called Nature and she wanted out. At first, when she became aware of herself, she thought that escape was impossible. Now, after the one called Puck released her, she knew that it was possible and that was why she was trying to free herself once more. This crushing weight of human memories and fancies nearly obliterated her. She had to breathe. She had to fly.

Elisa sat bolt up right in bed, trying desperately to catch her breath. Cagney went sprawling on the floor, disgruntled by the rude awakening of her mistress, and stalked out of the room. Elisa saw that the bedroom door was partially open, explaining how Cagney got in and had been sleeping on her chest.

There was a squeak and a heavy thud out in her living room. Elisa froze, listening to what it could be, barely breathing.


Elisa hopped out of bed and tripped on the mass of blankets that had been thrown on the floor. She let out a grunt and quickly got to her feet. She opened the bedroom door to find Goliath standing in front of her. She gasped and jumped.

"Hey, big guy," she said.

"What is it, Elisa?" asked Goliath, looking over her shoulder and into the dark bedroom.

"I tripped getting out of bed," said Elisa. She stepped into his arms and breathed in his scent. "What are you doing here?"

"I was patrolling nearby," said Goliath. "I wanted to see you."

Elisa listened to his breath rumble in his chest for a moment. She rested all of her weight against him.

Thinking that she had fallen asleep, Goliath picked her up and held her in his arms. Elisa stirred and stared up at him, a little surprised by the bold move. Goliath put her back in her bed, kneeling down and stroking her hair. Elisa smiled and closed her eyes.

"Sleep now, my love," said Goliath. "You are safe."

With that, Goliath kissed her on the forehead and the gargoyle inside of Elisa leaped at her cage, screaming in anguish. Elisa opened her eyes and pulled Goliath over to give her a proper kiss. Pacifying the gargoyle inside her, Elisa fell asleep.

"Sleep well, Elisa," said Goliath, getting up and leaving.