Because I’m still really upset about ‘Endgame’ and I refuse to except Carter’s death….
Surgit A Phoenix (The Phoenix Rises Again)
John knew something was off before he entered the apartment. There was someone else here and knew for a fact Harold and Shaw were still at the Library. Drawing his sidearm on instinct he briefly wondered if it even mattered. The only emotion he could process anymore was anger, at himself, at everyone.
Except he promised Joss. He promised he wouldn’t use that bullet he’d carried around with him forever. And to let some thug - even one smart enough to his apartment - take him out, would be disrespecting her memory. Plus he needed to make sure Shaw and Root didn’t kill each other or Harold, and no one stole his dog. But mostly he needed to be there for Harold, for the numbers.
Resigned, John angled into the room. Muscles prepared for a fight, he flicked on the lights. In a reversal of their usual routine, a familiar face smiled up at him from the couch. John’s heart stopped. Joss Carter, beautiful, fiery tempered, and very much alive, was sitting in his living room.