Guess who is back? I know it's been almost a year since my last update and I am so sorry for that. Life got really complicated for me. After my last chapter, life kind of took over. It's been an extremely hard year for me and it's still pretty hard, but I know that I never wanted to abandon this story. It was even harder for me to get back into this fic after I moved knowing the show was cancelled. It really sucked, but I am back and I'm not going to give up on this fic. It won't take me another year to update though. Expect regular updates, but not daily like before.

I actually started this chapter last year. This is how I planned it happening. It's pretty dramatic but when has anything ever been easy for Chloe and Alek?

Alek's POV

I looked around at our surroundings, checking to make sure the area was safe. We were all the way down in Chelsea, walking back would take an hour at the least.

"Are you sure you don't want to take a cab back?" I suggested. "It's over an hours walk back." I had been hoping she would agree, but I knew Chloe and wasn't surprised by her answer.

"Yeah…I mean unless you want to take a cab. I kind of like the fresh air." She said, shrugging her shoulders as we stood outside the Bowling Alley.

"Alright, don't say I didn't warn you." I laughed as we began walking away from the bowling alley.

The streets were still busy, but compared to day time, they were nearly empty. It was pretty warm outside as summer hadn't quite ended yet. Thankfully, fall would be hitting soon and it would cool down some.

"You may have totally kicked my ass at bowling this time, but I will beat you next time." She said confidently as we began walking down the street.

"Beat me?" I scoffed. "You wish King." I gently nudged her and tossed her my signature smirk.

I wondered why her aim had been so off at the bowling alley. It should have seemed natural to her and that she'd be great at bowling but when she kept getting gutters, it was clear to me that I was wrong. I didn't overthink it, not thinking that anything was wrong with her. My mind drifted to how much fun I had instead and I watched her walk, studying the look on her face. She looked thoughtful and I found myself completely mesmerized.

We walked a few minutes in silence and I finally found that we had been progressing. Just the night before Chloe had admitted that after everything that's happened, she hasn't been able to stop feeling what she felt back then. She told me she had been falling for me back then. I had pushed her away and it was now my biggest regret. I should have heard her out. We were destined to be together, but I was too stubborn. Now…just maybe we could test the waters. Tonight had been amazing. It was so carefree and normal, something that I wasn't used to. We had turned a new leaf, we were starting over. Maybe now we actually stood a chance.

Halfway through our awkward and silent walk back, something wasn't right. Like many times before when something was about to happen, an unsettling feeling swirled in the pit of my stomach. I opened up my ears, blocking out the sound of the city as I listened for something unusual around the two of us. Whatever it was, something was coming. Chloe was a couple of paces ahead of me, too far. I walked faster to catch up with her. "Chloe."

"Yeah?" She turned her head to look at me and smiled. She was oblivious to anything going on around her. "Alek…I had a really nice time tonight. Thank you for that." Her smile grew and before I could react the way I wanted, it started.

"Chloe!" I grabbed her shoulders and pushed her down on the ground as a ninja star sliced into my back. Pain ripped its way through my body. It had gone deep. She gasped beneath me, her eyes widening in shock.

"Alek, what's happen—Alek watch out!" She screamed as I felt someone grab onto my legs and pull me off of her. Her eyes were laced with fear as she grabbed my hands and tried to stop whoever had me. It was no use, the impact of the star weakened me significantly as if it were laced with something. Regardless, they were stronger.

"Chloe, run!" I cried out in agony. "Get out of here!"

I felt myself being thrown against a wall, my body slamming into it, feeling as if it had shattered. I desperately tried to move but found myself incapable of doing anything other than watch. I realized that whatever I slammed into had paralyzed me.

"Get off of me!" She screamed as the man in the black trench coat picked her up roughly, slamming her into the alley wall. She whimpered in pain as I clenched my eyes shut at the impact. I tried to move again, only being able to move slowly as my body ached all over. I took deep calm breaths trying to gain enough strength to get to her.

Chloe struggled beneath the man's grasp around her throat. Her feet were sweeping against the ground as she tried to gain some balance. Her claws extended and mashed into the man's arm. Something was wrong. Her claws retracted. However, he let her go as he cried out. It was as if Chloe had no control over her Mai powers. I watched as she fell to her hands and knees and scampered over to me.

"Alek!" She whispered hurriedly, concern and fear in her eyes and her hands shook, afraid to reach out and touch me. She saw the star implanted in my back, too scared to pull it out. "Oh god." Her hands were shaking.

"Do it. Pull it out." I said exasperated. "Do it fast." I was breathing heavily. I knew the chances. I squeezed my eyes shut. I groaned as I felt the star being pulled out quickly. A burst of relief flooded through my body but I was still weak.

"Chloe, get out of here. I'll follow." I felt my strength building, but not enough to pick myself up.

"No! Not without you. I am not leaving you!" She cried and went to help me up.

Before she could, the man was behind her. He grabbed Chloe by the hair and threw her backwards. She screamed once again as the man walked over to her.

"Any final words, Uniter?" Her eyes widened. As she started scrambled backwards on her hands and feet. He had her cornered. Panic set into my body.

The will to save Chloe washed over me, allowing me to move past all the pain. I was so slow, Too slow. I managed to stand up. My stance was staggered and my back fell against the wall as I breathed heavily. "Chloe." I breathed out.

She heard me, but the man paid no attention to me. I was using it as a distraction. I tried, but he ignored it.

"If I'm correct you have seven lives left to die." He smirked manically. "The order is going to have fun with you."

I watched as Chloe desperately tried to extend her claws. Something was very wrong. She was useless against this man. Her super human strength was gone, her defenses were gone. The man grabbed her arm roughly, yanking her to her feet. She tried to fight against him but it was useless. Her eyes caught mine and I saw fear and sorrow filled in them. I watched in anxiety as the man pulled out a knife. He was going to kill her. Take away one of her lives.

"Stay away from her." I was willing at that moment to die for Chloe. I always was. I didn't care how weak I was. I lunged myself forward, slamming the man into the wall weakly. He quickly turned around and with all my rage I broke his left arm. The knife was in his right hand and it was lunging towards me.

"Alek!" Chloe screamed as she watched what was happening.

"RUN!" I roared, but she wouldn't have it. She grabbed onto the back of the man, pulling his head back. Her hands tightly wound into his hair. He slammed his arm back, his elbow slamming into her rib cage. Chloe cried out in agony as she clenched onto her side, stumbling back.

My focus wandered to Chloe. I felt something hit me again. The unsettling feeling in my stomach. This time it wasn't a warning. It was cold and sharp and I heard Chloe yell my name as my knees started to give out.

The knife had pierced into me. It wasn't deep enough to harm any internal organs, but it was deep enough to kill. If I was going to die, I wasn't going to be the only one. I would not allow myself to die with Chloe in harm's way. My eyes darkened in anger and the thought of living without Chloe gave me the will to keep fighting. My strength returned enough for me to break our attacker's right wrist. He was still holding the knife, trying to push forward with what he had left in him. We were falling to the ground. The knife was pointed towards my second and for a moment I believed it was over.

When Chloe screamed again I found the strength to turn the knife around. The man landed on top of me and let out a dying grunt as the knife went into him. His weight on top of my weakened body caused me to groan weakly.


Chloe's POV

I desperately ran to Alek's side, afraid that he was dead. I saw the knife pointed at Alek's stomach. The man on top of Alek was dead and I pushed him on top, thankful to see Alek had been able to turn the knife.

Fear coursed through my veins when I saw all the blood. "Oh my god Alek! How could you be so stupid?" I was crying, I thought I was going to lose him for good this time.

"Chloe, I'm fine. It's not as..bad…as it looks." He said between groans. I trembled above him.

I lifted his shirt to see the gaping wound. He was bleeding, thankfully slowly. I let out a sigh of relief. "Alek, stay with me. You're going to be okay." I breathed out, praying that I was right.

I looked around quickly for anything that would stop the bleeding. I was at the point that I didn't care. I ripped the bottom half of my purple top and pressed it to his stomach.

I took out my phone to reluctantly call Jonathon. "I don't have time to get to specifics. I need medical now." I quickly rushed to tell him where I was and hung up the phone.

Alek was my hero. He was on the verge of dying, yet he came through. Something was wrong with me. My powers rendered useless. I had only been able to extend my claws for five seconds before they retracted. I was stripped and unable to protect myself.

I reach out and ran my fingers across Alek's cheek. "You're going to be okay. I promise. Stay awake."

"Chloe." He went to speak but I pressed my fingers to his lips.

"Shh, save your energy." I teared up, brushing the hair off of his sticky forehead.

An hour later we pushed through the plaza and up to our room. I had my arm wrapped around his shoulder, allowing him to use me as support as we climbed the stairs. I helped him over to the bed as he sat, leaning back on his hand and letting out a breath. He was conscious and much better than before, but still very weak. We hadn't spoken a word to each other since the incident.

In all honesty, I was afraid to speak. Alek would be back to normal by tomorrow afternoon. They had given him some type of ancient healing remedy that the Mai used over the years. Alek was already gaining his strength back, but he was still very weak. Luckily, he was able to walk. It took a lot of energy out of him, but he was capable.

I hadn't told the medical team about my lack of powers. I didn't need anyone doubting that I was the Uniter any more than they already did in the past. My lip trembled at the thought of how close I was to losing Alek tonight. I dismissed myself into the bathroom only to return with a damp cloth. I walked over and sat beside Alek on the bed, pressing the rag to his forehead and gently swiping it along each side of his face. My eyes avoided his as my breath grew ragged.

"Chloe, look at me." He said softly. His shirt was gone but he had a jacket on. Bandages were wrapped around his waist, but there was still blood dried onto his skin. I started pushing his jacket down his shoulders, but he resisted.

"Alek, please." I pleaded, my voice shaky. He weakened, allowing me to push the jacket off as I tossed it to the other side of the bed. I ran the washcloth along his skin, clearing away the dry blood. I needed to clean the rag out so I stood up as Alek grabbed my wrist.

"Please talk to me." He looked up at me. His eyes swirling with concern as they pleaded with me.

I shook my head as my voice broke. "This wasn't how it was supposed to be." My eyes watered, the tears ready to spill. "Tonight was supposed to be good. Instead I almost lost you and…and I don't know what I would do if I..." I choked up…unable to get the words out.

Alek quickly stood up and wrapped his arms around me as I sobbed into his shoulder. I grasped onto him as if my life depended on it and cried. I felt him stroking his fingers through my hair and pushed him off.

"How could you do that? Why?" I wiped my eyes, taking a step back.

"To save you."

"No! Not to save me." I cried. "You can't do that. You almost died. You almost died your one life to save one of my seven!" I turned around and walked over to the dresser, grasping it for support.

"Chloe. It's my duty to protect you. I want to protect you. I can't just watch you die."

"I don't care what your duty is! Throwing away your life to save me? You can't do that. You just can't." I whipped around to face him, my expression a mix of anger and sadness.

"Why not?"

"Because I can't live without you!" I gasped at my own words. It was true, but I never thought that I would be saying them to him. Before he could respond, I continued. "One of my lives is worth saving yours Alek Petrov. You heard me right. But that doesn't mean I'm ready. I'm still hurt about what happened these past two years. I can't move past in just a week or two. It's going to take time for both of us. All I know is I can't live without you. Whether we hate each other or we end up loving each other and having a future together. You can't die on me. You can't throw your life to save one of my many. Not when you have just one." I finished, feeling as though a heavy weight had lifted off of my chest.

Thank you for the continued support on this fic. I can't tell you how many pm's and reviews I still get to this day. It's almost daily, but definitely weekly that I'm asked to continue and update. If it weren't for that continued support, I probably wouldn't be updating. I would have felt like hope was lost for good. For those of you that are still with me, please review. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this chapter and what you would like to see happen next.

Why are Chloe's abilities weakened? What was that star laced with? What is Alek going to think of Chloe's sudden confession? What is going to go down at the dinner with Jonathon? Leave me your thoughts in a review.