I’ll Follow You Into the Dark
Alex is surprised to see Maggie. So surprised that her breath catches in her throat and tears prick at her eyes and she has to pinch herself to make sure it’s real.
Maggie wears trackpants and that damn orange t-shirt she stole from Alex all those years ago.
It was the exact outfit she had died in.
Which is mostly why Alex hadn’t expected to see her; you don’t usually see your dead fiance at work on a Tuesday. But she’s there, and she’s walking towards Alex and her hair has that just-woken-up mess to it.
“Maggie,” she breathes, “what are you doing here?”
Maggie smiles sadly and nods her head towards the alien with a gun pointed at Alex, frozen in place, just moments from pulling the trigger.
“I’m… I’m about to die, aren’t I?”
“Afraid so, Danvers.” Her voice sounds exactly like it used to, and Alex feels her heart soar despite the predicament she’s in. “He’ll pull the trigger in a few seconds, it’ll hit you in the chest. You’ll bleed out too quickly, before anyone can get to you. Before Kara can get here.”
“Wow. I really should’ve waited for back up,” Alex says, deadpanned. Maggie laughs. She takes another step towards Alex, standing directly between her and the alien.
“I’m sorry it had to happen like this,” Maggie tells her, “I’m sorry Kara or J’onn aren’t here. You shouldn’t be alone for this.”
“I’m not alone; I’ve got you,” Alex says fiercely, tears forming in her eyes. Maggie cocks her head to the side, in the way she knows drives Alex mad.
“You’ll always have me,” Maggie promises, taking a few more steps towards Alex and standing beside her, shoulder to shoulder. “But I can’t hold this off for much longer. Time will start again soon.”
“Does it hurt?” Alex whispers, her voice shaking.
“It’s just like going to sleep,” Maggie says, and Alex is grateful for the lie.
“Stay with me,” Alex says, somewhere between a command and a desperate plea.
“Forever,” Maggie says, and she reaches down, intertwining hers and Alex’s hands.
Alex takes a deep breath, before nodding her head. Maggie squeezes her hand.
A shot rings out.