Emma didn't remember how or when she got back to Sanctuary, but waking up in Brennan's arms was all that mattered. The couch where they had ended up was decidedly uncomfortable and something was digging into Emma's back but she didn't care. She didn't even want to move in case this was all some wonderful dream. She remained absolutely still, barely even breathing and watched Brennan sleep.

The way his chest rose and fell, the way his hair was slightly mussed up from sleep. But most beautiful was the expression of absolute contentment on his face. Emma gently caressed his cheek and he smiled, not completely awake but aware of Emma's presence.

*~ I never thought I could be so happy. Edward was right, this feeling makes life worthwhile. I . . . he completes me. ~* Emma smiled.

*~ I must tell Edward he was right. Where is he? I don't remember if he came home with us. . . but then I don't remember much from last night. ~* Emma giggled to herself.

She got up from the couch, careful not to wake Brennan. He frowned as he missed the warmth from her body, but she soothed him back to sleep.

*~ I wonder where Edward is? ~*

Emma sent her thoughts out trying to ascertain if he was sleeping or not. She felt Shalimar and Jesse sleeping, completely exhausted from the emotional roller coaster they had been on recently. Adam was asleep in the lab, passed out after completing some experiment. But Emma couldn't feel Edward.

*~ WHERE is he?!! ~*

Emma was getting a little worried. She had gotten used to having him around to talk to and it was disconcerting when he wasn't there in plain sight. She walked towards the guest room - maybe Edward was just shielding his thoughts.

She opened the door only to be greeted by an empty room. It was clean; all of Edward's stuff had been removed. Emma swallowed - Edward had left.

She sat on the bed, for a moment unsure how to react. He had left without saying goodbye.

It was then she noticed a letter addressed to her lying on the bed. She picked it up and held it in her hands. She really didn't want to read it - she didn't want to read any apologies - she wanted Edward back.

Her hand slightly trembling she opened the letter and started to read.

"Dear Emma,

I know you will be angry with me for leaving but I didn't want to spoil your happiness with sappy goodbyes. It makes me so happy that you and Brennan have found your way to each other. I am only sorry I couldn't have stayed longer. The two of you radiate such love and warmth.

But dearest, I had to leave. You have your life to live and I had to say goodbye to someone . . ."

Emma swallowed; she could see Edward standing in front of a grave. She could feel his pain and she knew that some part of her was still connected to the physic.

*~ Marie. ~* Edward bent down to gently trace to name on the headstone, tears coursing down his cheeks.

Emma's breath caught, how could she have ignored his pain once she had found her happiness.

"Because he wouldn't have wanted it otherwise." Strong arms came to enclose her - Brennan's arms.

"He is in so much pain." Emma leaned into him taking strength from him.

"And you can't change that. He needed to go away. Staying here would have been harder for him. Watching you everyday would only remind him of what he has lost." Brennan turned her so that she was facing him. He gently wiped the tears of her cheeks.

"But I didn't even get to say goodbye. I never got to thank him . . I" Emma whimpered.

*~ Didn't you? ~* Edward's voice sounded in her head and Emma gasped.

*~ You never needed to thank me. You made me live again; you don't need to do anymore. ~*

*~ But . . . your pain . . . ~*

*~ The pain reminds us that we are alive. And I would rather have this pain that not remember her. Be happy little one. That is all I ask. ~*

*~ Will I ever see you again? ~*

*~ I don't know, but I will always be there for you. If you ever need me . . ~*

*~ I'll call. ~*

*~ I will miss you little one ~*

*~ Always. ~*

Emma smiled as Edward left her. She looked up into Brennan's face. He didn't say anything. When Emma wanted to talk about it, he would be there for her. Till then, he would wait. For her he would be patient.

"Thank you." Emma leaned into him.

"Have I ever told you how much I love you?"

Brennan grinned, "Not enough." And he kissed her.

Everything would be all right. They were together, how could it not?

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Hmmm, as much as I enjoyed writing that I have never taken so much pleasure in the simple words - the end. So, what did you guys think overall, too sappy? Too short, too long?

Would you be interested in reading something else? I am working on another fic, but I think I will wait until I have written a few chapters. Thank you, to all of you who reviewed. You make writing worthwhile.