❛ And, I never - I never wanna hurt you. I think I love you. ❜
s4. it’s the fighters who survive
He would not have gone without Emori. When the plan was told, he had spoken of her. Stated she KNEW the place better than anyone around. And so he had gone back for her, he had gone back to pull her along with him. Because where he would go, he hoped she would follow. Being together was better than being apart… And eventually, having found the food and the cooking books and EVERYTHING. He had started cooking. He had started relaxing more. The moments not spent in the lab were the BEST in his opinion. He remembered the small moments they shared. Food she tasted, the way her eyes would lit up, surprise shining in them as she glanced back to him. Or the music that boomed, how he would yank her along, d a n c i n g with her. Listening to her LAUGH, which was the most BEAUTIFUL sound he had ever heard.
The way she LAUGHED. The way she SMILED. Because he had the feeling she hadn’t been allowed to do that a lot in her life. And he wanted to be the one to make her smile. The one to make her happy. As STUPID as it sounded. He wanted to laugh at himself sometimes. Shake his head and whisper ’girl got you fucking whipped, John Murphy’. But it wasn’t really a problem, was it? No… He had ENJOYED it. He still did. He was his own person, just with that bit extra to protect. It wasn’t just HIM against the world anymore. Even though sometimes he didn’t WANT that mentality.
She was with him too.
And the words that had slipped from her lips… Not wishing to hurt him. He wanted to speak up. Wanted to tell her that ALIE was the one who did what she had done. That he didn’t blame EMORI for anything. That she didn’t HURT him. ( ALIE had hurt him, it had been ALIE. Never her. ) She had came back. She had stood by him. He wanted to tell her all that and then–
( I think I love you. )
Words that caused his heart to skip a beat, eyes widening a bit as they shifted to look at her. Words that had not been spoken before. They cared, of course. They showed that in every movement they made. “ Emori. ” he finally uttered out, sinking in the water of the pool a bit, until half of his face was under as he watched her. I love you. I LOVE YOU. It caused a stupid grin to touch at his lips for a second, eyes glistening up before he finally allowed himself to slink forward in the water, his arms wrapping around her bare waist as he pulled her flush to him, their lips planting together in a passionate kiss.
I love you.
It wasn’t until he realized he needed to BREATHE that he finally pulled away, chest heaving as he caught his breath, foreheads resting together and his lips slowly curving upward, blue hues locking with brown, a somewhat stupid smile touching at his lips.
“ I love you too. ”