Anne followed Duncan into the apartment and watched as he set the
duffel bag on the bed and the katana next to it. He turned to face
her. "Now, how did you get yourself involved in this mess?"
"This mess, as you so put it, involves a dear friend of mine, who
helped comfort me when you went sky diving off the balcony of the
theater , when I found out I was pregnant with Mary, and when I left
you in Paris. Andrew means a lot to me, he's like the brother I
"I figured that you wouldn't have anything to do with us anymore
after what happened to Mary."
Anne sighed. "What happened with Mary could have been prevented,
true, but it could have happened with any psycho Immortal or not.
You automatically assume that it's because you're Immortal. Well
it's not. I handled that, and I left, and I didn't want you in my
life for a while, I didn't want to have to look into Mary's eyes
every time you went out and having to face the question 'Mommy, is
Daddy going to come home?' But this, this isn't us, it's about
Andrew, and he's my friend and I have to give him the chance I gave
"Anne, this is none of your concern."
"It became my concern the day I met you, Duncan MacLeod. And you're
treating me like a baby. I'm sick and tired of being treated as if I
had the mentality of a six year old. I can take care of myself."
"Anne," Duncan walked over to her and placed his hands on her
shoulders. "I..... I don't want anything to happen to you. Or
Anne's expression softened. "Duncan, I know you still feel guilty
over Tessa's death. But her death was an accident. it didn't happen
because of your immortality. It could had happened at anywhere at
anytime. The same as with Mary's kidnapping. Now, I still want to
be friends with you and Richie and Joe and Andrew. But I can't if
you don't think I am strong enough to handle it. I've done a lot of
growing up in the past two years. More than I ever thought
Anne's beeper sounded off and she looked down at it. "The hospital's
paging me, I've got to go."
Duncan nodded and she walked to the elevator. Duncan opened a small
box on the table and withdrew a small key. He tossed it to her. Anne
caught it and smiled. It was a gesture of friendship. A stronger
friendship. She waved and left.