2,199 Days and You’re home.
Warning, this is probably going to be a long but cute asf fanfiction!
Clarke had never loved anyone as she had loved Bellamy, watching that rocket and knowing he was on his way to safety, she felt relief wash over her. She didn’t mind dying as long as it meant the people she cared for went on. Clarke had been sure the radiation would kill her, the memory of the searing pain she felt from her bubbling skin, the feeling of the burning blood choking up in her throat would forever be planted in her mind. She’d been so sure she’d die that day, dying on a dying planet. But then Madi found her, the girl only young then, barely able to take care of herself let alone nursing Clarke until she was at full health. Those were some of the most painful days of her life. Not just the radiation seeping through her but the fact that she’d let Bellamy go, she wouldn’t see him for years to come, no more warm hugs reminding her of home, no more playful smile crossing his face even though she knew he wanted to be mad at her. Everyone she loved so far from her but they were safe and that’s all Clarke could ask for.
“Won’t you give up one day? It’s almost been six years, Clarke.” A sweet voice spoke up from behind Clarke as she finished her daily conversation with an imaginary Bellamy over the radio. Sometimes she imagined him replying, a snarky comment on how he told her nothing would happen to her, but everyday it was silent. But she’d never give up, not on Bellamy, not on Raven or the others either.
Clarke slid the radio into her torn backpack and spun to meet the sea-green eyes of the eleven year old, a bright smile dancing across Clarke’s face. The young girl reminded her of herself when she was young, full of sarcasm and spirit, something that seemed like it would never die. “What kind of role model would I be if I gave up?” Clarke grinned, ruffling Madi’s hair who swatted Clarke’s hand away.
The two had been by each others side since Clarke was able to function properly again, Madi had only been six, but somehow she knew exactly how to look after Clarke when she was in her frail state. Clarke would always remember finally waking up to no pain and bright green eyes staring down at her in wonder, Madi’s hair had been braided back reminding Clarke of Octavia. But now the young girl had grown, learning to survive from Clarke everyday, her long brunette locks only braided in separate sides of her hair now as the rest flowed down her back, eyes still full of life. Madi had been completely immune to the effects of the radiation, she was a pure night-blood that fact saving her from Praimfaya.
Madi dropped on the tipped over trunk that Clarke always sat on when she spoke to this Bellamy Madi had heard so much about. She could picture him from Clarke’s detailed stories she’d tell her before they slept, every story Clarke would somehow drift to the subject of Bellamy. Madi knew he was important to her, there was always an expression that was plastered on Clarke’s face when her mentor spoke of the freckled faced boy.
“Do you think they’re listening?” Madi asked, staring out at the scorched land, she could barely remember when everything was green and filled with life, the only place that survived now was the land Clarke and her had helped restore life into. She felt Clarke slump down beside her an unreadable expression on her face.
“I hope,” She sighed, she’d been hoping ever since the day she knew she’d survived. “But if they are why can’t they come down? I’d have thought they would have fixed the fuel thing by now.”
Madi hated seeing Clarke upset, she rested her head on Clarke’s shoulder. “I’m sure their just prepping, readying to come back. Bellamy must be dying to see you.”
Clarke’s lips lifted at the mention of the dark-haired boy. “Well I can’t wait to see him either.” Madi had never asked Clarke if Bellamy was her boyfriend, she never had the courage and she didn’t want to seem nosy, her mother had once told her to not to interfere with someone elses business. “We should head back before it gets dark, we don’t want to find a herd of cockroaches sleeping in our tent now, do we?”
Madi nudged Clarke playfully before jumping to her feet, the child in her taking over as she beamed at Clarke.
“Beat you to it.” The girl smirked waiting for Clarke to get back on her feet. Clarke wasn’t exactly the speediest, she’d learnt that over the years and she knew the little night-blood was much faster than her but she grinned.
“Your on.” Clarke chuckled, breaking into a sprint as Madi did, childish giggles leaving her lips. Clarke couldn’t help but smile, she was glad to have Madi with her, to at least give the child a fun childhood. She made sure to take Madi with her wherever she went, the girl loving the decision of adventure. Clarke allowed her to follow her up mountains and taught her all the things she knew, including using a gun. She’d gone from the strong little girl from practically six years ago to a adventurous, brave and smart child, she was up for any challenge Clarke threw at her, although Clarke never pushed her and she made sure Madi got enough sleep even if Clarke barely slept herself.
Clarke paused to catch her breath, she wasn’t eighteen anymore, she didn’t have the same energy stored within her. But she was quick after Madi as she watched Madi glide to a stop tapping the post to indicate she won, her breathing fast as she caught her breath smiling in victory.
“I’ll beat you next time.” Clarke muttered through breaths making Madi laugh but she just patted Clarke’s back.
“You keep telling yourself that, Griffin.” Sometimes Clarke wondered where all the child’s joy and snarky comments had came from, but even though sometimes she wanted to roll her eyes at them she’d always be grateful for them. “I think I’ll go and get som-”
Before she could finish her sentence a rumble shook through the sky, the sudden sound startling the pair, Clarke instinctively tugging Madi towards her. Eyes shot to the sky, their hearts thudding. They never had thunder or lightning anymore. Clarke had to squint before she was able to figure out what was happening and for a second she didn’t believe it, it took Madi a little longer to figure out but when she noticed her jaw fell open.
“Bellamy.” Clarke finished for her, eyes sparkling with something they hadn’t in six long years, the flutter in her heart beating just a little faster at the thought of seeing his puppy brown eyes again or feeling his arms around her once more. She didn’t move until she could predict where the rocket was going to land; in the sea by the looks of it. Which made sense seem as that was Raven’s whole plan in the first place, a manual landing.
Without warning Clarke had shot off, she knew the rocket would land before she got there so there was no way she’d be harmed by it’s landing. Her mind only focused on her goal; reaching Bellamy.
For once, Clarke had beaten Madi at running, she was far ahead of the young girl, determined to see for herself that she hadn’t taken any hallucinogenic nuts or that the little radiation in the atmosphere hadn’t crept into her mind to play tricks on her but when she caught a glint of silver as she emerged from the edge of the trees, the water glistening in the warm sunlight. She ignored the fact that she could barely breath from running so fast, she glanced over her shoulder as she heard Madi’s feet padding on the floor appearing beside her.
“Should we go and get them?” Her timid voice asked, she was nervous, she’d heard all about these people and she’d wanted to meet them. All the people Clarke looked up too, people who she thought of as family, something Madi had began to think of Clarke as, Clarke was the only person she had in her life and she was scared that Clarke would forget that she was there. “Won’t they drown out in the ocean like that?”
“No, the rocket’s floating for now. We can’t go into the water not until we know it isn’t electrified.” Clarke told her, crouching down to grab a pebble, warily stepping towards the sea, “Stay back.” Madi didn’t argue, watching as Clarke tossed the pebble hard causing it to clang against the rocket and plop into the water. Clarke waited for the electric but nothing happened and then her eyes travelled to the tin can bobbing in the water, waiting for a sign of life. Madi had moved to her side once more.
The two stumbled a little in surprise as a screech of metal broke through the air, Clarke knew the sound more than she’d like too. A hatch opening. Clarke ushered Madi with her to move behind a tree just in case the others react to the pebble as a threat from the outside, it was only now that Clarke realised Madi had been shaking beside her. It was rare that Madi was afraid seem as she was so brave and seeing her scared made Clarke’s heart clench.
“Hey,” Clarke whispered, her hand pushing Madi’s hair out of her face, giving the young girl a gentle smile. “They’ll love you, I promise.”
Madi opened her mouth to reply when they snapped their head in the direction where she’d heard the splash of water. Monty, Clarke thought. Then another, Monty reaching up to help. Harper, Murphy then Emori. Clarke had moved from the trees at this point, mouth slightly agape. It took minutes until they noticed the short blonde haired girls presence, none of them having words to speak. Everyone of them in shock. Echo clambered out of the machine next, smiling when she finally felt the water around her, Raven made her way out after, Clarke could see a pair of large hands helping lift her up and her heart almost stopped.
“Oh my god…” Raven whispered, stunned at seeing her old best friend before her. Bellamy must of heard, quickly climbing out without looking up.
“What-” But before he finished, he spotted her. For a split second it felt like nothing had changed, that they hadn’t been apart for six years, that Bellamy hadn’t left her side at all. “Clarke,” Her name tumbled from his lips she could barely hear it but she’d known he’d said her name. She heard Murphy mutter something like plot twist and she felt herself rolling her eyes at him as she used to. “H-how? I-I thought-”
“I’ve radioed, everyday. 2199 days, six years Bell. I never gave up.” Clarke let out, Bellamy had wadded out of the water now, the others by his side but stopping to let Bellamy welcome her first. Clarke’s eyes had filled with tears of joy. “I-I’ve missed you.”
Bellamy gave her a sad, watery eyed smile, “I’ve missed you more than you know, Clarke. W-we tried to come down. We tried to come home.”
“I tried to come home too.” Bellamy was slightly confused by her words for a moment, before a goofy smirk smeared across his lips, walking slowly towards him.
“Did you just call me your home?” Clarke stopped before him, eyes gazing into one anothers, grins dancing across both their lips.
“Damn right I did.” She smirked and the two finally crashed into one another’s arms, clinging on as though they were going to be separated again. Clarke took in his familiar scent as she felt him bury his face in her hair as he had years ago, a hug only Bellamy knew how to give. She closed her eyes, pressing a kiss on his shoulder even though she was just technically kissing his suit, he pulled slightly out of her hold, caressing her face as he did the day he’d he left earth. “Just do it.”
Bellamy smiled brightly at her words and leaned in, his lips pressing against hers, he wanted to deepen the kiss but he knew she’d want to greet the others too so it was short but he noted to make sure she knew how much he missed her later. Clarke understood why he cut it short and she pressed her forehead against his before stepping away from him greeting the others. They were all overwhelmed by seeing her but the smiles were permanently on their faces for now. Clarke felt a missing piece as she greeted everyone, she glanced over her shoulder for Madi, her eyebrows furrowing in worry. The girl was always close by her.
“Madi?” Clarke called, the name making the others look at Clarke like she’d lost her marbles but Clarke’s face relaxed as a familiar brunette appeared from behind the trees. “I thought you were right behind me, I’d like you to meet-”
“Bellamy, Raven, Monty, Murphy, Echo and Emori.” Madi shrugged, murmurs had erupted behind Clarke but Clarke held out her hand to the girl, Clarke’s smile giving her confidence. They hadn’t interacted with any other humans than one another for so long that it almost scared her to shake Bellamy’s hand. “It’s nice to meet you, Clarke talks of you everyday.”
Clarke’s cheeks burned when Bellamy smirked, side glancing Clarke before his attention fell back on the little girl. “I’m glad you were here to keep her company, I imagine you were fairly young when the two of you met.”
“I saved her life.” Madi announced proudly, smiling at Clarke who returned the smile.
“I think she did pretty well for a six year old.” Clarke smirked, then turned to Raven. “Raven, Madi, Madi, meet the genius mechanic that saved everyone’s life more than we could ever count.”
“It’s a pleasure,” Madi nodded, holding out her hand and Raven shook it, still staring at Madi in amazement.
Madi nodded, “The last of them, yes. My mother was an outcast, we never really interfered with Polis or the Commanders so I was never trained, not that I’d need to be, Clarke had been an amazing teacher.” Madi complimented, Clarke bowed her head at the compliment, she hadn’t even taught Madi everything.
“Technically Bellamy taught me how to use a gun and I taught you so really, I didn’t do it alone.” Clarke shrugged, a shy smile on her face as Madi rolled her eyes playfully at Clarke.
“Stop being humble, Princess. The girl’s complimenting you.” Bellamy grinned, the nickname was something she hadn’t exactly thought of much but when it fell out of his mouth, she felt as though she melted her eyes filled with nothing but love and awe.
There we are, I warned you it would be long lol. I wasn’t sure whether to make it longer but I feel like this is long enough, that finale just inspired me to write and honestly I love the idea of this Madi character I imagine Clarke and Bellamy treating her as their own when he comes down. Plus she’s so adorable! I hope you enjoyed!!
@obidad-kenobi Here’s the finished version just in case you wanted to read it. (STILL DYING OF FEELS FROM THIS EPISODE!!)