When fate reunited Reyes and Sara, it was quick to separate the two of them once again. One moment, she was there, she was real. The next morning, she disappeared, leaving Reyes to wonder what had happened to her. He wasn't too surprised that she left without a word. No goodbyes, no slammed doors, nothing but radio silence. Yet, that silence was deafening. He took it as a hint that she didn't need -- or want
-- his presence in her life. The thought of looking for her crossed his mind here and there, and as more time passed, those thoughts increased in frequency. In the end, he never actually acted
on those thoughts.
Paranoia kicked in and put a stop to him when he thought about actually trying to find her. His line of work wasn't really safe by any means, and he would have hated to throw her life in danger by being associated with him. It had happened before, it could easily happen again. Though he knew she was a woman who was capable of handling herself, the state she was in when he found her left him worried. Pandora wasn't a particularly forgiving place -- especially with the storming winter descending upon it. Besides that, he wasn't so sure she'd be thrilled about seeing him again. She was pretty mad when she first saw him, and while he felt that the two of them had cleared things up some, who was to say if she wanted to see him again?
He was hoping for the best, but definitely expecting the worst.
That was months ago when he last saw her. She still crossed his mind, and when he stopped by at the Torch & Candle, sometimes he glanced behind his shoulder hoping that, by some miracle, she would show up and have a drink with him. It never happened, of course. At some point, he stopped looking back and only kept his gaze focused on his hard liquor, exhausted and weary over the whammies that life threw at him.
He found some solace in the form of owning a dog. It had been a bit over six-hundred years since he last saw a dog, technically, and the moment he saw the chow pup at the shelter, he was smitten and snatched him up in his arms immediately. Owning such a young dog presented some challenges, but overall, he thought it was worth it. He felt far less lonely when he came back home, a feeling that was much more comforting. When Sara left, it made him realize just how much he hated being so alone, and having a dog helped alleviate that empty feeling.
He also found that even without words, his dog was remarkably persuasive. Though the weather outside was cold and snowy, Reyes was won over with sad eyes and squeaks that begged for the two of them to go out to the park, and after bundling up significantly, he was out the door with leash in hand and a bounding bunch of fluff following close behind. With dog in tow, he was off to the park, and by the time the pair got there, he freed his dog from his leash and tossed a ball for his dog to catch and bring back to him. The first few times, everything went smoothly.
And then the one time he threw his ball a bit too far, he took note of the fact that it was taking a while for him to come back. Following after where he threw the ball, he spotted that his dog become very interested in another individual. As in, he jumped on her and basically threw her onto the snow-coated ground.
Without further prompting, his feet crunched in the snow towards his dog and the woman on the ground -- and then it was just the woman on the ground, as his dog went running after the ball she just threw. He couldn't go after his dog just yet, and he was sure that the pup would turn around and come back once he got a hold of the ball anyway, so that wasn't too much of a concern for him. Mainly, his concern was for this random citizen his dog had tackled.
Once he reached her, the first thing that came out of his mouth was an apology. Given that he was behind her, he didn't get a stellar view of what she looked like.
"I'm so sorry about my dog, he gets excited around new people, and -- you're not hurt, are you?" The more he looked at this woman, though, the more he realized something was familiar. He caught a glimpse of her profile, and then it clicked.
"Wait. Sara? Is that you?"