A/N: I'd previously liked the Nolan/Emily pairing; but now with Aiden and Padma, I really love the pairings of Emily/Aiden and Nolan/Padma. So this is what I came up with for Emily and Aiden at the end of Ep 2x4, Intuition. I'm hoping to manage longer fics once we see more of Emily/Aiden and Nolan/Padma.
The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. Love and hate are both strong emotions. The opposite of one strong emotion is not another strong emotion, but the absence of emotion – indifference.
Emily wasn't sure how long she'd stayed there crying into Aiden's shoulder. She felt like she'd fall apart if it wasn't for his strong arms holding her together, so even when the tears were done, she buried her face in his chest, rather than pulling away. His solid warmth was comforting. She felt him place a soft kiss on the top of her head.
As he held Emily, Aiden cursed her mother. And Victoria, and Tekeda, and himself. All of those who had hurt Emily. He hated seeing her in this much pain. "Let's get you to bed, huh?" he suggested in a soft voice.
She nodded against his chest, and was about to step away, when he scooped her into his arms, bridal style, and carried her upstairs.
Once in her bedroom he set her down, and moved away. "I'll get you some hot chocolate while you change." He knew hot chocolate was her favorite comfort drink, but she rarely indulged in it. He also knew that in the morning her walls would be back up, and she'd not be happy about showing him her vulnerability. But for tonight he'd offer whatever comfort he could.
He returned several minutes later to find her sitting on the edge of her bed. She silently accepted the drink, and took a sip. "Thank you."
"I told you: I'm not your enemy. Should I leave, or crash on the couch?"
"Stay," she said softly.
"I'll be downstairs if you need me," he said.
As he turned to leave, she reached out one hand, to hold his.
"No… I mean… Stay with me. Please."
"I'll lock up downstairs and be back," he promised. She released his hand.
When he came back, she'd finished her hot chocolate, and was lying down under the covers. He took off his shoes and pants, and slipped into bed with her in his tee shirt and boxers.
Emily snuggled close, and felt her body relax. She felt safe with Aiden. Since her father, Aiden was the only one she felt truly safe with. Truly herself with. Nolan was a friend, and ally, but even him she kept at a distance. She pushed him away. Aiden had always refused to let her push him away. She both loved and hated that about him, just as she still loved him, but also hated him for abandoning her. It would be so much easier if she could be indifferent to Aiden, but she wasn't.
As Emily fell asleep in his arms, Aiden thought back to the time when they were both younger and more innocent. He had two regrets in his life. His sister, and Emily. He would never have a chance to make things right for his sister, but he was determined to make things right with Emily. Eventually he drifted off to sleep, more at peace than he'd been since last time he'd fallen asleep with her in his arms.