A/N: This one was...I don't even know, lol. I was kind of in a little bit of a poetic mood, I guess. I didn't label specific characters for this because I figured people might like it left open, but I did have two very specific people in mind. If you've read my other fics I'm sure you can pinpoint who those characters are, lol. I was thinking of maybe doing a sequel from the other side of the coin, in which case it'll be more obvious, but for now just read it how you so choose.

Also, thanks for all the reviews on the other stories. I normally try to respond to each one individually but I've been so crazy busy lately with getting things ready for a big move. I lurves you all! *hugs!*


One…two…

…seconds before he has to make a decision.

One…

…second to take his shot.

Half…

…a second to feel the pain.

One…

…second before he hits the ground.

One…two…three…

…seconds lying in stunned immobility.

One…two…

…times someone is screaming his name.

One…two…three…four…five…

…footsteps before someone is kneeling beside him.

One…

...plea for him to hang on.

One…

…angry question asking him "why?"

One…two…three…

…colorful insults thrown his way.

One…two…

…laughs before he chokes on the blood.

One…

…curse.

One…

…demand for help.

One…two…three…four…

…breaths before he can't anymore.

One…

…frightened order for him to "Stay with me."

One...two…

…seconds before he closes his eyes.

One…

…last shout for him not to "fucking die on me, you asshole!"

One…two…three…four…five…six…

…obnoxious beeps.

One…two…

…seconds before someone asks if he's awake.

One…

…long groan.

One…

…second before his friend's yelling at him again.

One…

…smile.

One…two…three…four…

…seconds more of listening to the tirade before he falls back to sleep.

One…two…three…four…

…seconds of watching him sleep.

One…two…

…seconds before whispering a "thank you."

One…two…

…seconds before whispering, "but next time you save my ass over your own, I'll shoot you myself."

One…

…sigh as he settles back in the chair.

One…

…determined acceptance that he'll be there for a while.