Several years later

Al was half asleep when there was a crisp knock on the door. He stood and opened it. Outside stood the Doctor from a leap Sam had made early in the Quantum Leap project.


Al had become familiar with the idea of Time Lord regeneration with the telepathic connection, but this was the same Doctor that had infuriated him years before.

"Hello, old chap! Do you still need help with that sticky problem?"

"Absolutely." He pushed open the door.

"I would have been here sooner, but I didn't have the dematerialization codes for the TARDIS for the longest time, and then I had quite the time bouncing around," the Doctor apologized as he came in.

"Better late than never," Al replied and cleared a spot on the table.

The Doctor and Al sat down, and a glimmer of Sam's homecoming appeared on the horizon.

Him... That wasn't what I expected at all. I know, weird ending, but I have to say I'm a bit proud of it. Hope you liked it.