Because girls don’t always need boys to save them, Mare finally outsmarts her guards and manages to escape on her own. But Maven finds out right away and sends his men to catch Mare again. So Mare is, again, running for her life.
On the other hand, Cal, who still refuses to fully support the Scarlet Guard, is secretly in cahoots with his new friends Kilorn and Cameron to save Mare according to his own plans. The three have decided to split up on their way to the palace; Cal on his own, Kilorn with Cameron. They’re supposed to meet in a place near outside the palace.
There’s a small party somewhere outside the palace. It’s a masquerade party, and there are Silvers dancing. Mare scans the place, and from the looks of it, she concludes that it’s a party of common Silvers, no High Houses. She decides to blend in. She quickly steals the unattended dress and mask on a table at the back for herself.
Cal, who has prepared this Operation Save Mare for many months, knows about the party and has dressed like he’s attending. But before he steps in the place, he spots the palace guards from a distance running and yelling “Barrow.” That’s when he realizes that Mare has escaped. Before he gets caught, Cal joins the party. He keeps walking to the far end of the place until he bumps into someone and mutters a quick “sorry.” He raises his head to meet the stranger’s face. The stranger is already staring into his bronze eyes. The exact moment he looks into the stranger’s eyes, she’s no longer a stranger to him because even though she’s wearing a mask and he hasn’t seen her for several months he knows that he’ll always know her whenever, wherever.
Mare’s world seems to have stopped. She’ll always know those bronze orbs and who they belong to. Cal. She’s about to take a step forward toward the man in front of her when the doors to the place open and ugly palace guards step in. The music stops, the guests stop dancing. The guards apologize for interrupting the Silvers’ party and announce that they have come to inform them that Mare Barrow has escaped. They ask for permission to search the place, which they are given since these common Silvers don’t really care that much about the little lightning girl.
At the mention of this, Mare starts to panic. Before she can think of a way to further hide herself, she finds herself in a pair of warm arms. The heat is very familiar, something that she’s been silently yearning for since she surrendered herself to Maven as pawn. Cal places his palm flat to the back of her head to soothe her, as if to say it’s okay, I’m here. The music resumes, except that it’s a different song, the song that they both know because it’s the same song they once danced to. The two can feel the guards are getting closer to them. Mare lays her head on Cal’s solid chest to further hide her masked face. Cal doesn’t let go; he just wraps his strong arms around her fragile body as they slowly move to the music to blend in and not look suspicious. The guards pass them and soon make their way to the doors after concluding that Mare Barrow is not in here.
Mare takes a deep sigh of relief upon hearing the sound of closing doors. She doesn’t look up, though. She continues to bury her face in Cal’s chest as tears pour from her eyes. Cal can feel her shaking. He holds her even tighter to make her feel safer while she’s in a sea of Silvers. He plants a kiss on her head as she cries a mixture of tears of pain, sadness, regret, relief, and joy.
So I ended up writing what has been in my mind for so long. This is just a concept, though. Not a proper fanfic, I guess? ;)