There were very few things that made Maddie entirely happy during their last days at the compound. At least when they were together in the cell or together in Dylan’s room she had their tiny radio, and then the sound of Dylan humming spanish songs when she wasn’t paying attention, the feeling of her arms and the light trail of fingers moving subconsciously over skin all night. They never had the promise of safety but they were together. This night was different than any other night. This night they were free and safe, and Maddie still got Dylan’s arms and voice and the ability to put her head down beside her wife and truly be able to say that everything would be okay. The events of the breakout swarmed like mad in her head. Maddie was sure that she would never be able to shake the image of her sister’s lifeless body from her thoughts. but eventually, weeks of not enough food or sleep, running through the compound, walking the entire night through the woods… all of it caught up to her, faster than it probably ever would again and her body fell to a surprisingly peaceful slumber.
The sound of her name seemed to come from a distance. But even so it was a voice that Maddie would recognize anywhere, and a voice that, after the months they had had, would probably jar her from her sleep for the rest of her life if she heard it. Immediately her eyes darted open, locking on the equally as wide brown ones in front of her before moving to the stream of sun light against her wife’s skin. Right away she assumed Dylan had had to have gone insane, finally cracked and was just burning herself a live. But there wasn’t an ounce of pain on her face aside of the way her nose was a bit wrinkled in confusion. “Dylan… what—” Her eyes scanned the hole in the barn, looking to see if somehow the light was coming from something else. “try… going outside or something. Just maybe your hand..”
Dylan was slightly relieved when Maddie woke up, but at the same time, it didn’t give her any more answers. At least she knew she wasn’t going crazy though. What if it was only her hand. What kind of fucked up shit was that? Give her false hope and just tear it away. Gently shifting Maddie off of her body, the girl was careful not to jump into the light. There was a shaft of light that shone brightly in the center of the barn and she stepped towards it slowly. First, the hand that wasn’t burning. She drew it into the light and slowly inched forward, more and more of her skin entering the light, until finally her entire body was bathed in it. She closed her eyes and let the warmth of the sun wash over her. Too long had it been since she had felt this, and it made a large smile spread across her face. “Maddie, come here,” she opened her eyes and looked at her wife. She could feel her body warming slightly, and she held out her hand for her love. Wrapping her up in her arms, she hugged her tightly, laughing in such a carefree way that she hadn’t remembered doing in so long. She was a vampire, that was standing in sunlight. That was one less thing she had to worry about once they found civilization. “I love you,” she whispered, kissing her wife softly before pulling away and smiling brightly at her again.
Dylan tilted her face up to soak in the sun once more. Finally she glanced back at the woman in her arms and furrowed her brows. How was it that this could happen? Caspian had clearly told her that vampires couldn’t be in sunlight. Something to do with their lower body temperature and the sun’s UV rays having a greater effect on them. She didn’t really understand at the time, but she vaguely remembered him saying that there was a way. She lifted her hand to push a lock of hair out of Maddie’s eyes when her eyes caught sight of her wedding ring sparkling in the sunlight. Wasn’t that it? A ring that allowed vampires to be in the sun. Her eyes widened and she slowly brought her hand down to look at the twinkling diamond. “You don’t think… Could… Was Aurora powerful enough to do that?” she asked softly. She would never be able to thank the witch enough for giving this gift to her. She only prayed that she and Aiden had made it out as well and that one day she could show her gratitude to her for it.