Until the end of time

Chapter 1

A breathy gasp escaped her lips as she felt her body falling. Weightless. Backwards. Almost like a kick.

And yet she felt nothing. Nothing at all.

She barely felt herself hitting the ground; the back of her head hitting the concrete that had been beneath her feet only a moment before. She didn't hear the bullet casings hitting the ground; she didn't hear the people that had been bustling around her scream. She didn't hear her name yelled, by the two men outside the building.

All she heard was all the air from her lungs being pushed out of her lips and then … nothing.

She placed her hand on chest as she fell. Still falling. It was warm…there was something warm on her fingers. She raised her arm up to look at it but had to blink, unable to see it. A mess of colours and no defined edges. Smudged water paint at best.

She blinked and finally saw the red on her hand. The frank red blood that covered her fingers. The same colour as her jacket.

Her arm fell, like she had. Hitting the ground hard beside her.

She stated at the tall ceiling white dots dancing on her pupils.

If I should die this very moment

Her chest heaved up and down and she was vaguely aware of her laboured breathing.

And then suddenly she could hear everything. Everything. People's cries, screams, yells. It was so loud. Too loud. Her head was bursting and she wanted the silence, yearned for the silence back. Please.

"ARIADNE"

It was familiar. The sound, the voice. Her head lolled to the side and gave a sharp twinge in protest. But it was soon forgotten when she saw him. He was there. She could see him. Her eyes fixed on him even though he was still slightly blurry. But there was no mistaking his sharp figure – he was there. Going away from her?

He was being pulled away.

No…no…no…no…no…no

She needed him, didn't they know she needed him. Didn't they know?

"ARIADNE" his eyes met hers and a million words were exchanged between them. Every feeling. Every fear. Every piece of their vulnerable hearts right in that moment was shown to the other. She held his gaze. He was the one to break it. He turned to push off another man trying to drag him away. Away from her. She didn't like that man. She needed him, didn't he know that.

But he was there. She watched him fight. She watched him yell and protest and fight. He was there.

He was there for her. With her. He was there. And that was all she needed to know.

I wouldn't fear

She wasn't scared. She didn't feel scared. Or sad. Or hurt. She didn't feel.

She was numb.

But he was there and that was all that mattered. He was there. She was safe.

With him she was safe.

She watched him push off more men. Fighting for her. She felt her back warm slightly and frowned wondering why for a second. Only a second.

"ARIADNE!" she looked back up to see him. Slamming through the glass doors. Gun in hand. The others behind him. Eames..Roberts...Guns. The door shattered as it rebounded off the wall at the force he'd pushed it open with. She watched the shards of glass bounce off the ground, glittering in the dun. A shot echoed in her head and watched Arthur raise his gun again,

Where was her gun? Where was…? Where was she?

Shots were fired and she heard each of them hit their targets, she watched the casings hit the ground, lying with the glass and with her. She heard the screams get louder and the cries and she heard her wheezy breath. But her eyes stayed on him. And finally he turned back to her. His dark eyes raked over her body. Finding her eyes. Meeting her gaze.

For I've never known completeness like being here

He landed on his knees beside her. She heard them hit the ground with a thud. She watched the red seep into the fabric and wondered how he was going to get the stain out, why wasn't he more concerned? What was it? But she looked up again when she felt him. He placed his hands on her cheeks on either side of her face,

"Ari, love I'm here" he stroked her cheeks. She wanted to reach out and touch him. She could feel him but he sounded so far away. He looked like he was there, in front of her. But his voice…it was so quiet, like he was in another room. She needed to get to him.

His hands were so warm on her skin. She was so cold. She was cold. She was freezing. His hands were warm.

"I'm right here Ariadne hold on, hold on we'll get you out of here. Stay with me alright" she looked up at him, peered into his eyes that were stormed with concern and fear and worry. But there was love too. She could see it.

"I'm here Ari. I'm not going anywhere. I'm here love stay with me" he repeated in a fierce whisper,

Wrapped in the warmth of you

Nothing else mattered, she couldn't see or feel or hear anything else in that moment. Just his hands on her face. Caressing her face, brushing her hair away from her eyes. She could see just his eyes. Nothing else.

"I'm here Ari just breathe. Breathe Ari. We've got you. It's okay"

It was then that Eames appeared on the other side of her and she looked at him quickly,

"How you doing darling? You just can't keep yourself out of trouble can you?" he said throwing her a smile. She tried to smile back, reassure him. She could see the strain in his eyes, he was worried. It didn't suit his face and always caused her to worry. What had happened? She needed to ask. But as she opened her mouth the pain that erupted in her throat and her chest was unlike anything she'd ever felt.

Loving every breath of you

"No Ariadne shhh..shh it's okay, don't try to talk love okay. Just breathe Ari" she should have known. Known that it would hurt. She felt pressure on her stomach. Hard. She wanted to squirm away but her body, she couldn't move it. She couldn't feel the rest of her body.

Panic.

She couldn't wiggle her toes, she couldn't feel her legs. She could feel wetness on her face. It hurt so much. All of it. Everywhere. But then he was there again. Bent over her body until his face was but inches away from hers. She could feel his hot breath on her lips as he breathed.

He breathed for her.

"Breathe Ariadne, I need you to breathe, it's okay. I'm right here just breathe with me Ari" he coaxed and she watched a tear drop from the corner of his eye. As if in slow motion she watched it form into a perfect raindrop and then drop until she felt it shatter on her forehead. She felt it run down the side of her face. More followed, streams of tears. But when she looked back up at him he wasn't crying.

Still my heart this moment

She wanted it to stop. She looked at him begging him. Make it stop.

It hurt, it all hurt, she could feel the pain. Everything hurt. Her stomach, her eyes, her chest, her throat, her arms; she was on fire. There was so much pain.

And more. There was more. There was so much pain in his eyes. It made it almost unbearable to look into them. Her heart was racing.

But she was with him. He was there. He loved her. She could feel his body, she could smell the scent that was undeniably Arthur. She could feel his hands on her face. Hear his voice, pleading her to keep her eyes open. To stay with him.

Didn't he know she would always be with him? Didn't he know that she would never leave him, always love him.

Oh it might burst

She needed him.

She loved him.

Didn't he know?

Hadn't she told him enough?

She had to tell him. Now she had to tell him.

She opened her mouth ignoring the slicing pain.

"I ...I" He shook his head,

"No Ari please don't talk. They're coming love. Just hold on they're coming. The paramedics they're nearly here WHERE ARE THEY?" he yelled frantically his neck snapping the opposite way and she tried to shake her head. It didn't work.

"I lo.." She took a deep breath,

"I love you" he stopped talking, he stopped yelling, he stopped everything. And stared at her.

"No!" His voice was low yet so forceful,

"No...do not say that like you're saying goodbye" he commanded and she frowned. Goodbye? She would never say goodbye. Not to him. She loved him. Why would she say goodbye?

His lips were against hers briefly. Her thoughts vanished.

"I love you too Ariadne. God I love you"

Could we stay right here till the end of time?

She wanted him- she could see the love, hear his love. For her

I love you too Ariadne. She breathed again. He knew. That was all that mattered. And then...

Then the world started spinning faster and faster and faster until it exploded into bright lights and she clamped her eyes shut. She couldn't see his face but even when she shut her eyes the darkness didn't come, all she could see was white. Blinding, bright, painful white.

Till the earth stops turning

"ARIADNE NO...ARI OPEN YOUR EYES. ARI...NO PLEASE ARIADNE PLEASE OPEN YOUR EYES" she couldn't ignore it. Not him. She couldn't, so she opened her eyes. It hurt, it hurt more than words could say but she focused on his eyes. His eyes.

"Good girl just stay with me sweetheart" he said running his hand across her cheek.

All the lights faded. Time stopped. The sound faded again. Everything stopped. He was with her. Everything was okay. His words finally caught up with her and suddenly she was scared.

Where was she going? She didn't want to go. She wanted to stay. With him. With him. Forever. She didn't want to go anywhere.

Wanna love you till the seas run dry

She wanted to tell him how much she loved him.

Kiss him in the mornings and at night.

Love him unconditionally forever.

Start a family with him.

Love him. Over and over and over.

I've found the one I have waited for

It was him all along, it was him. She'd suspected it when he'd taught her how to dream, how to live, how to truly live. Once Cobb had introduced the impeccably well dressed man – Arthur.

Arthur.

She had waited for so long. Holding onto the tiny promise her father had once made her. The one that had assured her that she was going to find a man to look after her, to look after, who would love her no matter what. Like in the fairy tales. Like he did.

She had waited, her hope wavering, her hope dimming, fading.

And he'd been right there. The whole time.


Hey everyone! I really hope you like it I know it's a bit weird but I've been wanting to try it.

Song: if i should die Lamb-Gorecki

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