Never Send An Agent to Do A Sister's Job

Y'all know the drill, by now.




Lyrics Used:
Katy Perry "Unconditionally"

I Will Love You Unconditionally

Oh no, did I get too close | Oh, did I almost see what's really on the inside | All your insecurities | All the dirty laundry | Never made me blink one time

Unconditional | Unconditionally | I will love you unconditionally | There is no fear now | Let go and just be free | I will love you unconditionally

Come just as you are to me | Don't need apologies | Know that you are worthy | I'll take your bad days with your good | Walk through the storm I would | I do it all because I love you | I love you

So, open up your heart and just let it begin | Open up your heart and just let it begin | Open up your heart and just let it begin | Open up your heart

Looking into the warm doe eyes of the woman he loved, Phil realized he could never deny her anything. Plus, it could only help me, if I talk about it...I mean, what's the worst that could happen? He thought to himself with a deep breath before he decided to just go for it and tell her everything. "It all started when I was stabbed..."

"Eight seconds-forty...None of that even matters, now..." Phil added, helplessly. "All this time...I thought they had operated on my heart...Repaired the damage..." Watching Phil tell his story, Skye nearly regretted making him relive something so traumatic. She knew it couldn't be easy for the man. But, deep down, she knew he needed this. A person could only keep something like this bottled up, inside, for so long before they just...lost themselves. The young hacker had to admit that she didn't know what she would do if that had ever happened to Phil. "But, it was all lies. They didn't just repair my heart...They used a machine to fuck with my brain..." As unaccustomed as she was to such vulgar language coming from the senior agent, Skye easily over-looked it, given the situation. "I wanted to die...I begged them-pleaded with them to just...let me die." As Phil finally turned to look Skye in the eye, the sheer, unadulterated agony written in the piercing blue orbs crushed Skye's heart in a vice.

Skye truly had no words for what the man before her had just told her. Instead, she opted to pull them both to standing position so that she could wrap her arms around him. As she held him close, she felt him melt into the embrace-burying his face in the crook of her neck as he cried it out-choking sobs wracking his entire body. As much as it tore her to pieces to hear him suffering so, she knew he needed it. He needed to get it out if he was ever going to have a chance at putting it all behind him and moving forward with his life. Once the sobs finally subsided, Skye buried her own face into the crook of his neck as she spoke. "Thank you, Phil..."

Finally pulling away from the woman that held him in her arms, Phil stared straight into her eyes with a confused countenance. "What?" He wondered, aloud.

Raising a hand to tenderly caress his cheek, Skye smiled ever so slightly as she replied, warmly "For trusting me enough to open up to me. I know it couldn't have been easy for you to relive that. I won't pretend to understand what you're going through-God knows nobody could ever understand it if they hadn't been through it. But, I know it took a lot for you to open up about this. I'm just glad that I could be here for you when you did."

Smiling ever so slightly at the sentiment, Phil caught the hand on his cheek and cradled it gently-almost as if it were sacred. "I've always trusted you, Skye." He replied, warmly. Deep down, he knew it to be true. Even when he'd begun to question everything around him, she was the one constant; the one thing he knew would always be there-that he could always trust in.

Staring into the eyes of the man she loved, Skye remembered the vow that she had made to herself. She wanted to carry it through. But, after everything Phil had already been through, she wondered if now was really the time. However, she must have lost herself in thought as she suddenly registered the feeling of her lips pressed against Phil's. The senior agent tensed for a moment before Skye registered the feeling of reciprocity. Once she felt the kiss being returned, Skye allowed her mind to shut down completely and gave herself over to her instincts as her hands glided through his hair while she registered his own hands gripping her waist and pulling her flush against him.

Eventually, the need for oxygen became too much to ignore. As they both pulled away, panting slightly from their previous activities, they stared into each other's eyes before Phil finally spoke. "Not to look a gift horse in the mouth..." He began, smirking ever so slightly. Skye had to admit, it felt pretty damn good to see anything positive in his facial expression. "But...I have to ask..." He added, more seriously, as Skye began to dread the question she knew was coming, next. "What was that?" The wonder in his voice was coupled with desperation and something that Skye hadn't quite expected. Hope.

Trying to buy herself some time to work up the courage to actually say what she wanted to say, Skye quipped the first joke that came to her mind. "That, Phil, was what I believe most people would call a 'kiss'..." She paused as she quirked her eyebrows, playfully. "If I'm not mistaken."

Phil couldn't have stopped the small chuckle from bubbling out of his chest if his life had depended on it. And, he had to admit...He didn't think he'd be laughing-to any degree-so soon after what he'd just been through. But, damn, it felt good. However, his amusement was soon overruled by a desperate need to know why the young hacker had kissed him. Had it been a heat-of-the-moment kind of thing or was it more than that? The senior agent knew-even if he didn't like the answer-he needed to know. He had to know where he stood with her. Even if this was all he would ever have with her-romantically speaking. Finally, sighing lightly, he bit the proverbial bullet and voiced the real question on his mind. "I know that...What I meant was...Why did you do it?"

As she released a light sigh of her own, Skye knew she couldn't dodge the question, forever. "I did it because..." Chewing her lip, nervously, Skye bit her own bullet and decided to just cannon ball into the metaphoric pool of uncertainty. "Because, while you were missing, I vowed to myself that-if we both made it out, alive-I was finally going to tell you how I feel about you. And, since I couldn't find the right words...I decided to let my actions speak for me..." She admitted, as she shifted her gaze to stare at a suddenly fascinating spot on the floor.

Finally, Phil began to feel something he hadn't felt ever since Centipede's first attempt to extract his memories of the day after he died. Hope. As the ghost of a smile tugged at his lips, Phil lightly gripped Skye's chin between his thumb and forefinger as he gently guided her face upward to look at him. "Funny." He chuckled, ever so slightly. "I made myself that very same promise."

The sight of Skye's eyes widening in hope very nearly made everything he'd been through during his captivity worthwhile. "Really?!" The hacker breathed, not daring to speak any louder for fear that it would shatter the perfect illusion she'd created for herself where Phil loved her back-in the same way that she loved him.

"Really." Phil replied, the smile on his face echoed in his voice. "Skye, I fell in love with you the moment I first laid eyes on you. Thinking about you was the only thing that got me through my captivity. I just...I needed to see you again." He admitted, baring his soul to someone for the first time. Even his cellist never got to see extent of himself that he was showing the young hacker. "I needed you." He finished, solemnly. "And, I always will."

Skye couldn't stand it, anymore. She threw her arms around him as she buried her face in his shoulder. "I need you, too, Phil." She replied, though muffled by his shoulder. Pulling back to look him in the eyes once more. "I love you, unconditionally, Phil." She replied with a warm smile.

Phil Coulson couldn't believe everything that had happened since he'd been taken. First, he was dragged through depths of Hell that he was reasonably certain that even Satan, himself, never knew existed. Now, here he was, in the arms of the woman he loved. And, the best part of it all...Was learning that she loved him in return. Lacking the words to express his gratitude to the maddeningly beautiful woman before him, Phil gave himself over to his instincts and expressed his gratitude through his actions as he leaned in and pressed a second-more heated and passionate-kiss to the hacker's lips.

"'Bout damn time." Kendra observed, a well-satisfied smirk tugging at her lips, as the rest of the group watched the exchange between Phil and Skye. "Seriously. I was literally about like...two steps away from locking the two of them up in a room, together, until they finally hooked up."

"Seconded." Ward added, warmly. "They deserve this. God knows they've earned it."

"I couldn't agree more." Tony added, wrapping his arms around Bruce, kissing his neck, absently.

"It's about time he finally let someone in." May interjected, anxiously. The rest of the team eyed her curiously, for a moment. But, thankfully, they all mercifully declined to say anything. Though, she was grateful to Grant for allowing her to lean into his side.

"Gotta say..." Clint added, thoughtfully. "Not really the kinda girl I always pictured Coulson with..." Noticing all the curious glances from the group, he just shrugged. "What? Juss sayin'...She's not exactly his 'type'...I always figured he'd end up with someone a little more...uptight..."

Chuckling softly, Kendra stepped over to her boyfriend-wrapping herself up in his warm embrace-as she replied "Believe me, Hawk...The Phil Coulson that died...Was not the Phil Coulson that came back."

For that, none of the group had any words. Deep down, they all knew it to be true. Initially, that thought had scared the living hell out of each and every one of them. But, now...After seeing this exchange between the agent and the hacker...They all knew he'd be okay. Together, the two of them would face and best any challenge in their path.

Author's Note:
Okay, so, I didn't really incorporate tonight's episode as much as I had expected to...But, I'm happy with what I came up with. Anyway, can I just say OMC! Where to begin?! There were so many twists and turns and curveballs, tonight! I can't even begin to count all the times I caught myself saying "Didn't see THAT one comin'..." But, WHAT an episode?! LOVED it! Totally worth the wait! But, getting back to the story. I'm thinking of maybe doing one more-lighter hearted chapter-to round the story out. I also have an idea for something of a 'deleted scene' type thing that I might post...It's up to you guys...If y'all wanna see it...Ya gotta drop a review!

~Skye Coulson