No turning back. By Dary.

Summary: Jarod leaves the country and Miss Parker ends up at the hospital. Lyle's being tortured by Mr Raines for keeping secrets. What will happen? Well.You just have to read it and find out!!

Disclaimer: I don't own any of the Pretender characters in this story, and I'm not getting paid for writing it!

****THE CENTRE.****


Miss Parker sat at her desk, staring at the phone. She wanted him to call. Just to let her know that he was okay. He hadn't been in contact with her or anyone from The Centre for weeks. She couldn't help it, but she was worried. What if something had happened? It was so strange. He would never miss a chance to talk to her, especially not at a day like this. The day she hated more than anything, the day she felt more lonely than ever. Valentine's Day. She missed those small things he used to give her, even if it just was a card, or candy hearts. But those small things was enough for her to pass the day. But this day, he seemed to have forgotten her.

"Damn it Jarod, where are you?!"

"Miss Parker?" Sydney asked as he opened the door and walked inside.

"What!" She snapped.

"You haven't heard anything from Jarod, right?"


"I'm sorry" Sydney said as he heard the sorrow in her voice.

"Yeah me too, I'm sorry that I haven't captured him, so I can get the hell out of here!" Miss Parker snapped.

Sydney sighed. Why was she being so hard on herself. She kept pretending she didn't care. But he knew, he knew it was just a facade she'd built around herself to avoid getting hurt.

"It's okay to have feelings, it's okay to admit that you're worried about him" He said warily

"You think I'm worried?!" Miss Parker snapped.

"I know you are."

Miss Parker stared at him. She didn't' know what to say. Sydney was right, but she would never let him know that. "Leave me alone." She said.

Sydney sighed a second time, he knew that it was no idea to protest. He opened the door and walked out. He didn't close the door completely.

Miss Parker leaned back in her chair.

"Oh Jarod, I miss you." She said. She felt hot tears roll down her cheeks. Though, she thought no one was watching, she didn't bother to hide them.

"Miss Parker, why don't you take a day off? Go home, you don't have to be here today." Sydney said.

Miss Parker quickly wiped away the tears.

"How long have you been standing there?!" She snapped.

"Long enough, go home Miss Parker, I'll tell your father you didn't feel well, okay?"

"Okay." Miss Parker got up on her feet, grabbed her purse and headed towards the door.

"Thank you Sydney" She said as she walked by him through the door.

"You're welcome"



Miss Parker walked across the living room with a glass of vodka. She was about to sit down in the couch when she suddenly saw a red light blinking on her answering machine. She looked at it, puzzled. Who would leave her a message? Except for Lyle or her father, or someone else from the Centre. But she'd just left the Centre, so it couldn't be anyone of them. Maybe it's Jarod, please let it be Jarod. She thought. She walked up to the machine and pressed the button to listen.

"Hello Miss Parker, it's me."

Yes! It is Jarod, god.I've missed that voice.

"I want you to listen carefully. You probably know this already. But I'm telling you one more time. Miss Parker, I love you. I've loved you from the first time I saw you, and I always will. But I cant go on like this. There's nothing I want more than to be with you. And I don't think I can ever Learn to live without you. I would miss you so much that it would kill me inside. But I have to do this. I'm giving you one last chance to let me know. Do you have the same feelings for me? God I hope you have Miss Parker, I want you to meet me in the park, by the fountain. You know where I mean. If you're not there by 16.30 pm, I know the answer is no. That you don't have feelings for me. Then, I'll leave the country, without never looking back. Than you'll never hear from me again. I hope you understand. And I pray that you'll be there. 'Cause I don't know how I could live a life without you. I love you Parker Forever and always.

As the message was over, everything went silent, all that sounded was the sobs from Miss Parker. Jarod's words had touched something inside her. They had broken her ice fa├žade. She knew she had to meet him. She would never be able to forgive herself if she didn't. If she let him leave. She knew she could meet him without any problem. Without worrying about the Centre. But what about the future? She and Jarod could never have a normal life together. That was impossible. She knew tomorrow would be like it usually is, he runs, she chases. She was so tired of that. But than again, The Centre was her destiny. They would never let her leave, and if they found out about Jarod and her, they would probably kill them both. Not that she cared about her own life, but Jarod's. She sighed. Could she really risk that? Maybe Jarod was better of without her. Suddenly she didn't know what to do. Why was it being so hard? Why was it being so fucking hard?! She pressed the button to listen to the message again. She sat down in the couch. Silent tears rolled down her cheeks as she heard the sorrow in Jarod's voice. She knew how hard it was for him. And she realised how much she needed him, how much she was longing to be in his arms. She had to go there.

"God, I hope Jarod have a plan that would work, he has to, it's our only chance." she thought sadly.


Miss Parker was only a few blocks away from the park. She knew Jarod was waiting for her, and she was already being late. She had to get there before he left. She just had to. She increased the pace as she crossed a street. Didn't notice a car driving towards her in full speed. As the car hit her, she was thrown over the hood and landed on the asphalt. Everything went so fast that she didn't even understood what happened. Her whole body ached and she was bleeding from many different wounds. She tried to move but she fell back to the ground. She heard the car drive away, then everything went black.



"She's lucky she got here as soon as she did."

"Yeah, how long are you going to keep her?"

"Well, at least a week or two. She needs to rest, or else it may cause her internal bleedings."


"You can stay here with her. She'll probably wake up soon"


Miss Parker heard the two men talking. She slowly opened her eyes. The door closed as one of them left.

"Where am I ??" She said weakly.

"Hey Sis! You're awake!"

"What happened ?" She asked.

"You're at the hospital, you got hit by a car."

"Lyle?" She whispered.

"Yeah, it's me. Listen, you are going to be fine. But you have to stay here a couple of weeks" He said.



"But I'm not hurt. I just have some wounds, I'm fine" She said

"Yeah, by the way, Syd told me you didn't feel well. But well enough to be out walking.where were you going?" Lyle asked.

"That's not any of your business!" she snapped. She sat up in her bed.

"Hey! Don't move. You heard the doctor." Lyle said as he warily pushed her back down.

"What are you doing? I'm fine!"

"No you're not. You cant feel any pain 'cause the doctor gave you 'a hundred' of painkillers. You just think you are fine." Lyle said.

Miss Parker sighed. Then, all of the sudden, she remembered Jarod.

"Oh my god, I have to get out of here."

"Damn it, you know you can't." Lyle snarled.

"You don't understand, I have to!"

Lyle shook his head.

"Okay than, give me your cell phone."

"Cell phones are not allowed at the hospital. But tell me who you are going to call and I can do it for you." Lyle said with a smirk.

"No I can't."


"Wait, call Sydney, tell him to come here"

Lyle sighed.

"Okay, I'll be right back." He said before he left.

"God, I thought he would never leave" Miss Parker said as she got out of her bed. She headed towards the door.

"I can't go anywhere in this clothes" She thought. "What the hell have they done with my clothes?" She looked around in the room. The locker, they must be in the locker.she opened it and quickly changed to her real clothes.

"Damn it, they're torn. But better than nothing.."

Maybe it wasn't too late. Maybe Jarod was still waiting for her.


Miss Parker had the fountain in sight. Far away, but she could see it. But where was Jarod? She couldn't see him. Or maybe, there was a person, dressed in black. It had to be Jarod. She increased the pace. She had started to feel dizzy, but she'd ignored it. The painkillers had started to loose their effect. Every step she took made her body ache. She remembered the doctors words

She have to rest, or else it may cause her internal bleedings.

"I have to make it" she thought.

As she came closer to the fountain she saw that the man was Jarod. But wait. Was he about to leave? No! He can't. wait!! She saw him walk away. She tried to run, but she didn't have the strength. The effort was too much for her body. She felt her legs give way under her. She tried to keep running, but fell to the ground. Her body ached, and it felt like her whole head was spinning. She tried to call Jarod's name. But all she managed was a weak whisper. Then everything went black and she passed out.

Jarod kept walking. Without looking back, without knowing about Miss Parker. Tears were streaming down his cheeks. He didn't bother to hide it. He'd never thought this would happen, he really thought she would come, he really did. But she didn't, she didn't love him. Now, he had to leave. His worst nightmare had come true. He wanted to stay, to call her. Just to hear her voice. But he couldn't, not this time. It was over. And so was his life. How was he going to live without her? He didn't know where to go, maybe England, or Australia. Probably the last one. He didn't want to, but he had to disappear. He could have done it so many yeas ago. But somehow, he felt he had to be there for Miss Parker. And now she's doing this to him. Damn her! He wanted to be angry at her. He wanted to blame her, for everything. It would have made it easier. A lot. But it was impossible. He couldn't hate her. He loved her too much. Suddenly a sound of ambulance sirens broke the silence. He turned around to look at it. It was in the park, just a little bit away from the fountain. He kept looking, sadly. People had gathered around the ambulance. As the paramedics put the litter into the ambulance, Jarod had a glance at the person. It was a woman. With long dark hair. For one second he thought it was Miss Parker. But he quickly put that thought aside. But the feeling inside him wouldn't go away. It was strange. He felt some kind of attraction, like he had to go there. He stood there for a moment, watching the scene as it went in slow motion. He'd just decided to follow his inner voice, to go there. When the ambulance drove away. Now it was too late, not because it mattered. The person in there was a total stranger. Or was she?

"Stop it Jarod, don't think like that" He told himself.

He turned around and continued walking Towards his car, waiting at a parking lot down the street. But the feeling was still there. Something was wrong. He just wished he knew what.


"God, I can't believe she escaped. What was she thinking of? How damn stupid!" Lyle said to Sydney, who got there about ten minutes after Lyle had called.

The cafeteria was empty, except a young girl, crying. Sydney looked at her. Poor girl, wonder what happened to her? He thought.

"Syd? Are you even listening?"

"Sorry, I was just thinking"

"What if something have happened to her?" Lyle said.

"Sydney saw the concern in his eyes, but didn't say anything, he knew better than that.

"Yeah." He mumbled, didn't know what else to say.

He knew what this was all about- Jarod- he knew that's why Miss Parker had to get out of here. He and Jarod had talked over the phone earlier this day. Sydney knew what he was planning. That's one of the reasons he'd told Miss Parker to go home. To make sure she got Jarod's message. But there was no way he could tell Lyle about this. He had to keep it to himself. He wondered if Miss Parker got to Jarod in time. God, he hoped she did. He'd tried to call Jarod on hiss cell phone on his was to the hospital, but his phone was turned off.

"Please don't leave, she loves you. She really does." He mumbled.

"What?" Lyle asked "What did you say?"

"Nothing special, I just hope she's okay.."

"Yeah, so do I, I really do."


"Mr Lyle?"


"I've got some news about Miss Parker."

Lyle looked at the nurse.

"Is she okay?" He asked. Afraid of what the answer would be.

The nurse was silent for a moment. Lyle started to get nervous. Why didn't she say anything? Was Miss Parker dead? No, she couldn't be. Miss Parker was a fighter. She couldn't be dead. He stared at the nurse.

"Tell me damn it, is she dead or not?!!" He exclaimed. Sydney put a hand on Lyle's shoulder to calm him down.

"No, she's not dead. But she's in for surgery. I'm afraid it''s very critical."

"Surgery? Why?" Lyle asked shocked.

"As we told you earlier. She..

"The internal bleedings, right?" Lyle interrupted

"Yes, it doesn't look good, but it's too early to tell."

Lyle just nodded, didn't know what to say.

The nurse looked at them in compassion.

"I'm sorry." She said before she turned around and walked away.

Lyle and Sydney had waited for three hours, and every minute felt like a eternity. Suddenly a doctor came up to them. Both Lyle and Sydney looked nervously at him.

"The surgery went well, you can see her now."

"Thank god " Lyle sighed with relief.

"Follow me." The doctor said and started to walk. Sydney and Lyle followed him.


"Hey Sis! I'm so glad you're okay " Lyle said.

Miss Parker gave him a weak smile.

"But, there's something I need to know.why did you escape? And I want the truth "

Miss Parker looked at him in silence. She didn't know what to say, she couldn't tell him about Jarod.

"I, ehm.I don't .remember.."

"Don't " Lyle warned.

"No, I mean it. I don't remember. What's happening to me, why can't I remember??"

"Lyle, why don't you ask her doctor about that." Sydney said.

"Okay, "

Sydney watched Lyle walk out of the room and close the door, than he turned to Miss Parker.

"I know about 'Jarod'. I know everything, you can talk to me." He said warily. Miss Parker just stared at him. How could he know? Had he talked to Jarod?

"Okay, but don't tell Lyle."

"Of course not, did him?"

Miss Parker shook her head, tears rolled down her cheeks and she looked away. She didn't want Sydney to know that she was crying.

"I'm sorry." Sydney said.

"He's gone Syd, I saw him walk away. I tried to catch up with him, but I collapsed.I tried.but he doesn't know that." Miss Parker couldn't control her emotions any longer, she broke down, sobbing. Sydney sat down next to the bed and took Miss Parker's hand in his.

"I'm sorry, I.I tried to call him when I heard about what happened to you, but his cell phone was turned off."

"I'm never gonna see him again.I never got the chance to tell him how much I love him." She said in tears.

"Hey Miss Parker! the Doc said it's okay you don't remember, it's.wait, what's wrong with her?" Lyle gave Sydney a puzzled look, than he looked at Miss Parker who was still crying.

"I think you remember more than you've said. What did really happen out there? Miss Parker tell me!"

Miss Parker shook her head, unable to speak. Now tears were streaming down her cheeks and she sobbed openly.

"She's crying, for heaven's sake.leave her alone!" Sydney said.

"Yeah, that's the prob, she's crying, Miss Parker is crying. That's so not like her." Lyle thought.

"I want to be alone." Miss Parker said.

"Okay, I have to go back to the Centre, so, see you later." Lyle said. "Syd, you coming?"

"Yeah, Miss Parker. Are you sure you want to be alone?"

She nodded.

"Okay, " Sydney got up on his feet and followed Lyle out of the room.

"Hey Sis "

Miss Parker looked at him.

"Take care."


****THE CENTRE.****


"Anything new on Jarod?"

"No Lyle.nothing, it's like he vanished" Mr Parker frowned.

"Yeah, and I'm sure Sis has something to do with it.she knows more than she says. Any idea how to make her talk?"

Mr Parker was silent for a moment. He knew if his daughter had decided to not tell him, she would rather die then change her mind. He was just about to talk when the door opened and Miss Parker walked inside. Mr Parker and Lyle stared at her.

"Angel, what are you doing here? Aren't you supposed to be at the hospital?"

"No, I got released. And since you two don't give a damn about me, I got Sydney to pick me up."


"Don't 'Angel' haven't visited me for over two weeks. And yeah, why bother? Why the hell would you care about me?!"

"Hey Sis, Calm down."

"NO! I'm not going to calm down!!" Miss Parker screamed.

"Listen Angel, I do care about you, I love you. Both of you.I just had a lot to do."

"There you go again, you were to busy." Miss Parker said between clenched teeth.

"I'm sorry."

"I don't need your love, and I definItEly don't need you pity!!" Miss Parker screamed as she turned around and stormed out of the room.

"HEY SIS!! Having trouble with your boyfriend?!" Lyle shouted after her.

Miss Parker stopped and walked back into the office. She stopped about one foot away from Lyle.

"What did you say?" She said in a slow, threatening voice. She stared straight into Lyle's eyes, which made him back away.

"You heard me"

"I don't have a boyfriend." She snarled between clenched teeth.

"Oh really? What about LabRat?"

Miss Parker grabbed Lyle's throat and pushed him against the wall.

"I told you I don't know where Jarod is. And the truth is, I don't care." She let go of Lyle and headed towards the door.

"I told you, she knows." Lyle said to his father when Miss Parker left.

"Yeah, I've started to believe that too."


Miss Parker had just sat down at her desk when Broots opened the door and peeked in.

"Miss Parker you're back.I'm glad you're okay." He said.

"Cut the crap Broots, what the hell do you want?" Miss Parker snapped.

"Ehhm.Nothing.Special.I just.."

"Then leave me alone!"

Broots nodded.

"Sorry Miss Parker.."

Broots closed the door and Miss Parker leaned back in her chair. She sighed. She still couldn't believe it, she would never see Jarod again. She would never hear his deep voice again, ever. Not that she blamed him. How could she. He got one chance to freedom, he would have been stupid if he didn't take it. She just wished she was there with him, wherever it was.


"Actually, I can't tell you if you're not family , or related to her in any way.." The receptionist said.

"But I. listen, it's very important, our whole future depends on it.I have to know, has Miss Parker been here? Please, tell me.."

The young woman seemed to think for a wile. She looked at the man standing in front of her.

"Okay, I'll make an exception.." She said with a smile. She typed Miss Parker's name on her computer.

"Just a minute." she said. "Yes, you just missed her.she got released today.."

"Today? you know which date she got here?"

"Yeah, exactly two weeks ago. does it help you?"

"Yes, it really does. Thank you very much!"

"Oh my god, it really was Miss Parker I saw that day. What could have happened to her? She have been at the hospital for two weeks, poor Parker." Jarod thought as he walked away from the hospital.

"Damn it!" He cursed. If he'd just stayed. If he'd followed his inner voice. He felt so sorry for her, to be forced to go through that alone. Whatever it was, it couldn't have been easy. He could have been there for her. She'd actually planned to meet him. Which means, she really do love him. What if the Centre found out and did something to stop her? No, why would they? If they 'd found out they would have done anything to capture him. He had to see her. Now, they could leave together. Now, everything was going to bee all right.



Miss Parker was just about to put the key into the key hole, to unlock the door, when it suddenly opened. She backed away any quickly draw her gun. She walked up to the door and slowly opened it. She stared at the person inside in shock. She couldn't believe what she saw. She slowly put her gun back in its holster.

"Jarod?!" She asked in a half whisper.

"Yes, Miss Parker, I'm back"

"But how?.Why?" Miss Parker asked, still shocked.

"When I waited for you, and you didn't come." Jarod started.

"I did."

"I know, just listen, okay?"

Miss Parker nodded.

"I got this strange feeling when I saw the ambulance. For one second I thought it was you, but I put that feeling aside. I guess I was so angry and disappointed. So I left. But that feeling wouldn't go away, I tried to forget it, but I couldn't. I had to come back. I had to know..I'm sorry, I should have been there for you, I love you.."

"Jarod, I love you too." Miss Parker said almost inaudible.

"What happened to you? What stopped you from meeting me?" Jarod asked warily.

Miss Parker walked inside and closed the door. "Can we sit down" She asked.

"Sure" Jarod followed Miss Parker to the living room and they both sat down in the couch.

"I was late. I knew I had to get to you before you left, so.I guess I. well, I got hit by a car. Later I woke up at the hospital. I didn't remember anything at first, but than I came to think at you. I knew you were waiting. I told Lyle to go and call Syd, just to get a chance to escape. And I did."

"Wait, did you ran away from the hospital, just after you got hit by a car? Wasn't you hurt?"

"Yeah I was, but I didn't care. When I came to the park, I saw you leaving. I tried to run, tried to call your name.but I collapsed. Later I almost died in internal bleeding, but the surgery."

"Surgery?" Jarod asked shocked.

"Yeah, but I'm fine now, I really am."

"My god Parker, I'm so sorry. I should have been there for you, nobody should have to go through something like this alone, especially not've already been through so much." Jarod said softly.

Miss Parker didn't know how to respond, instead she just stared at him.

"Lyle was there." She mumbled

"And your father?"

"He doesn't give a damn about me"

"He didn't come to visit you?"

Miss Parker shook her head. " He was to busy."

"Yeah, I doesn't have to be like this, leave the Centre. We can go somewhere together. We can have a normal life together, far away from the Centre."

"I think that sounds great, there's nothing I want more than to be with you. When do we leave?" Miss Parker said with a smile.

"As soon as possible, maybe tomorrow.

Miss Parker nodded thoughtfully. "Do you think we can tell Syd?"

"Yes, we can trust him, he's not telling anyone."

"I'm going back to the Centre right now, then we'll be ready to leave tomorrow" Miss Parker said.

Even if she hated the Centre, she had to take a last look at it. The place she grew up, the place she'd spent almost her entire life. And she wanted to say goodbye to Sydney and Broots..

Jarod nodded slowly. "Tell Syd and Broots that I'm going to miss them" He said.

"Sure, see you later."


****THE CENTRE.****

Miss Parker was walking towards the elevator. She'd talked to Syd and Broots. Now, afterwards, she regretted the way she'd act. She had been way too emotional, as to say. She was sure Sydney and especially Broots enjoyed it "It must have been the first time I let anyone see me like that.. so, weak." She thought. She hated to admit it, but she was going to miss them.

"Hey Sis!"

The sound of Lyle's voice made her stop and turn around.


"Aren't you going to say goodbye?" Lyle asked.

"Why bother, I'll be back tomorrow.."

"No you wont, I know you are going to escape with LabRat. So Sis, there's no use to lie anymore.." Lyle said with a smirk.

Miss Parker stared at him. How could he know. Sydney couldn't have told him. Or could he?

"How the HELL did you find out!!" She snarled.

"So it is true." Lyle smiled.

Miss Parker gave him a confused look. Than suddenly she realised. Lyle didn't know, he just guessed.


Lyle just smiled.

"My office.NOW!!"

Lyle started to walk and Miss Parker followed him. When Miss Parker got angry, there was no idea to argue. He had learnt that.


"I'm not going to let anyone stop me from doing this. Especially not you. That's why I have to kill you.." Miss Parker said.

"Okay, but before you do, why don't you tell me the truth? Jarod is the reason you escaped from the hospital? Right?"


"Why? Couldn't you wait 'till you got released? I'm sure LabRat wouldn't mind."

Miss Parker glared at him, could she tell him the real reason? She decided to do it. It didn't really matter, 'cause after this conversation Lyle would be dead anyway.

"Yes he would, you see. He left a message on my answering machine. And if I didn't met him by 16.30 pm, he would leave the country. And since I didn't make it. He did"

"Why didn't you call me? I could have helped you"

"Yeah, I'm sure you could, with a sweeper team waiting." Miss Parker gave Lyle a frosty glare.

"At least, I would do my job" Lyle snarled.

"Is that why you were crying? At the hospital?" He asked puzzled.

He didn't understand. Why would Jarod's disappearance affect his sister that much. He knew she wanted to capture him so she could be free from the Centre.

"Why would you do that??"

"Because I love him!!" Miss Parker almost screamed.

Lyle was stunned. Did she love Jarod? He'd known there was something more going on between them than she'd said. But he could never have realised this. Now, it all makes sense.

"And I guess the feeling is mutual?"

Miss Parker nodded.

"I'm sorry. I didn't know you were in love with him. Why didn't you tell me?"

"Why the hell would I do that!?" Miss Parker snapped.

"You're right. I don't deserve your trust..I've been an idiot"

"You still are."

"I wish I could make it up to you. I feel so sorry for you, I really do."

Miss Parker looked at him. There was something in Lyle's voice she'd never heard before. He had actually seemed sad. And there was a touch of pain, that had never been there before. For one moment she believed him.

"It's too late. I can never trust you"

Lyle sighed. "So I guess you've found Jarod. And no you are going to leave, with him" He said.

Miss Parker nodded slowly. " Lyle, you are the only one who knows about this, except Broots and Syd. I can't let you ruin my plans." She said

"Sis, I'm not going to tell anyone. I promise.I just want you to be happy. You deserve some happiness. You got to believe me"

"You only say that cause you don't want me to shoot you" Miss Parker snapped. But deep down she actually believed him. Somehow he was different. She didn't know what, but something inside Lyle had changed. She wanted to trust him, she really did. But if she did, it could lead to Jarod being captured. And there was no way she could let that happen. Lyle saw that Miss Parker was having doubts. He had to convince her. He really wanted a second chance. A second chance to gain Miss Parker's trust.

"What can I do to make you believe me?" He asked.

"I don't know Lyle. One part of me do believe you, but the other part...just can't"

Lyle nodded thoughtfully. He understood her. After everything he'd done, it wasn't strange that she didn't. All of the sudden he came to think of a thing that might work. One thing that could prove to Miss Parker that he really wanted to help her.

"I know a perfect way!"

Miss Parker looked at him


"Our father thinks that Jarod have 'vanished'. As to speak. And.there have been an airplane accident, just a couple of days before you got to the hospital. I can easily hack into their files, and add Jarod to the 'death list.' Then the Centre will leave him alone." Lyle said with a smile of satisfaction.

Miss Parker was silent for a while, as she was thinking.

"Why would you do that?" She asked.

"Because I want to help you, because I care about you." Lyle answered.

"They are not going to believe you"

"Oh yes they are. Earlier, I told daddy that I thought you had something to do with Jarod's disappearance, that was before I knew the real reason. But anyway.I can tell him this is what you knew. And it will be a good excuse for your 'behaviours' at the hospital. That you knew Jarod was dead. And I can also fake a phone call from Jarod, to your cell phone. The same time as the plane crashed. That would make him and Raines.believe Sis, what do you say?"

"I don't know.are you sure you want to do this?" And how?"

"Trust me, I am going to make this work, you can count on that!"

Miss Parker smiled.

"Okay, now I just have to convince Jarod that you are on our side."


"I have to go now, I'm not coming back to the Centre, me"

Lyle nodded.

"Than I guess this is goodbye" Miss Parker walked up to the door, opened it and walked outside.

"Hey Sis!"

Miss Parker turned her head and looked at Lyle.

"I'm going to miss you"

"Oh Lyle.I'm going to miss you too"

The door closed. Lyle could hear the sound of Miss Parker's high heels clicking against the floor. He listened 'till it faded away.

"I'm going to miss that sound." He thought.

He had finally managed to gain her trust. For the first time, he felt a connection between them. Something he'd never felt before. He wanted to spend some more time with her. But now it was to late. Now she would leave. Lyle sighed. At least he knew that Miss Parker was happy. Jarod would take good care of her.

"Stop it Lyle, nothing is going to happen if you're sitting here feeling sorry for yourself. Now, lets put this plan into action!" Lyle said to himself as he left Miss Parker's office.



"So, how's it going?"

"Almost as we planned, daddy believes me. He said that he understood if you needed some time to rest. But now when Jarod is 'dead', the top priority is to find you. So, you better be careful, by the way.where are you?"

"I cant tell you Lyle, but don't worry. I don't think they would be able to track us down."

"So Sis, Jarod's taking care of you?"

"Yeah, I'm so glad you did this, Jarod is too, thank you.."

"You're welcome. I just want you to be happy, you know that now, don't you?"


"I miss you, The Centre is not the same without you."

"You better get use to it!"

"Yeah. Listen, Raines is here, Gotta go..Take care."

As Lyle hung up, Raines entered his office followed by three sweepers. One of them was Willie.

"Have something happened?" Lyle asked.

"You tell me." Raines wheezed.

Lyle looked at him, confused. "I don't know what the hell you're talking about" He said.

Raines gave him an evil look, then he looked at his sweepers.

"Get him!" He said.

Willie and the other sweepers quickly walked up to Lyle and handcuffed him. It went so fast that Lyle didn't even realised what happened. He tried to fight the sweepers hold of him as they dragged him out of his office. "Raines, what's going on?!" He shouted.

"Lets say that your plan didn't work after all, and're going to pay"

"Damn it." Lyle mumbled. How the hell could Raines have found out? He'd been so careful. Damn him! Damn the Centre! Now what was going to happen to Miss Parker? Would they find her? Or have they? No, they couldn't have. He knew his sister could take care of herself. And now she had Jarod. They would be able to stay away. The sweepers took him to the elevators. He wondered where they were taking him. Not that he cared about what was going to happen to him. Maybe they would kill him? No, he was too valuable. He was the only one who knew about Jarod and Miss Parker. Suddenly he knew what was going to happen. Raines would do anything he could to make him talk. Great! Lyle sighed. The elevator stopped and the door opened. First he couldn't see anything, it was dark. One of the sweepers left the elevator. He switched the lights on. Lyle immediately knew where they'd taken him. SL-27, The deepest part of the Centre. This wasn't going to be nice. It really wasn't.



"I guess you already have figured out why you're here" Raines wheezed, glaring at the man in front of him. Handcuffed and strapped to the wall. Lyle stared at him without saying a word. Oh yes, he knew. He certainly did. He didn't know where his sister was. But it didn't matter, he wouldn't have told Raines even if he knew.

"I don't know where they are" Lyle snarled.

Raines just laughed. " Since you refuse to tell me, I have to take it to the next level..Willie?!"

"Yes Mr Raines"

"Do you have what I asked for?"

"Yes" Willie handed the things over to Raines.

"Are you sure this works?"

"Yes, but have in mind.this drug doubles pain. Too much of it could kill him."

"Thank you Willie. Now, get the hell out of here!" Raines wheezed.

Willie left the room and Raines turned to Lyle again. He injected the drug in Lyle's arm and picked up the knife that Willie left him. The drug started to set in immediately.

"You can make this easy on yourself, tell me where Miss Parker and Jarod are.

Raines let the sharp edged knife slide across Lyle's throat. "She didn't tell me damn it, how many times do I have to tell you that?!" He gasped with pain as the knife cut through his skin.

"No, not this time, but you know.I'm sure you do." Raines wheezed. He ripped the knife across Lyle's right side. He tried to hold back a scream, but it was impossible. 'Cause it hurt like hell. Raines laughed.

"Damn you." Lyle snarled through clenched teeth.

Another cut ripped into his ribs and he screamed in pain.



"Miss Parker!" Sydney exclaimed as she finally answered the phone.

"Syd?! Why did you call? You know you cant do that. It's too risky. Hasn't Lyle told you that I'm fine? I told him to" Miss Parker said.

"Miss Parker.." Sydney started.

"What! Has something happened?!"

"Yes. I don't know how, but Raines overheard your last phone call. And he has taken Lyle to SL-27."

"My god" Miss Parker whispered.

"They're torturing him 'till he says where you are."

"But he doesn't know."

"He doesn't? They're going to kill him."

"Syd, I have to help him."

"Miss Parker, what are you going to do?"

"It doesn't matter, I have to go Syd"

"Miss Parker? Miss Parker are you there??"

Sydney gave up and put the phone down. "Damn it, she hung up!" He said to Broots who was looking at him nervously. Broots sighed.

"W.Wh.What did S...She say?" He asked.

"I don't know, I think she's going to help Lyle"

Broots looked at Sydney in shock.

"Is she C...Coming back?"

"I'm afraid so."



"There's no use. He's not going to tell us." Willie said.

"You're right, we don't need him anymore." Raines took up his gun and loaded it.

Lyle could hear his evil laughs. He closed his eyes, trying to stand the pain. His whole body ached. Raines had made many deep cuts all over his chest and stomach. And the drug didn't do it any better. The agony was hardly bearable. He prayed that the drug would wear off soon, he didn't know how much longer he could stand the pain. He slowly opened his eyes and saw Raines standing in front of him. He held a gun pointed at Lyle's chest.

"This is your last chance, where is Miss Parker?" He demanded.

Lyle started to feel panicked. He was going to die. And there was nothing he could do about it.

"Raines, it's true. I don't know where she is, you have to believe me."

"Yeah you say so." Raines put his finger on the trigger, ready to pull.

"NO, please don't kill me.please." Lyle begged.

"Look at yourself, you're pathetic. Begging for your life. Give me a reason why I shouldn't kill you?" Raines wheezed.

Just when Raines was about to shoot, he was interrupted by a female voice.

"Put that gun down, WheezeBag!"

Raines turned his head to see what's going on.

"Miss Parker?!"

"Yes. Let my brother go. You fucking bastard!" She snarled. She had her gun pointed at him.

Raines lowered his gun. "I didn't think you would come" He said.

Miss Parker glared at him. "I said, LET HIM GO!" She demanded.

"Why would I listen to you?"

"Because if you don't, I'm gonna BLOW YOUR HEAD OFF!!"

Raines shot her an evil smile.

"DO IT!!" Miss Parker screamed, waving her gun. She quickly glanced at Lyle. "My god." She thought. Lyle met her look. He tried to smile, but all he managed was a grimace of pain. Suddenly he saw Willie coming up behind Miss Parker.

"Sis, behind you." He warned.

Miss Parker quickly turned around and saw Willie pointing a gun at her. She was just about to shoot him, but before she got a chance to, Raines fired his gun. The bullet hit Miss Parker in her shoulder. The following minutes passed so fast that Miss Parker didn't realised what happened. The pain in her right shoulder made it hard for her to think. The next thing she knew, she was strapped to the wall, next to Lyle.

"Miss Parker, it's nice to have you back. Do you wanna know what kind of torture I have in mind for you?" Raines asked with a faked smile on his face.

"If our father knew what you are doing, he would kill you" Miss Parker snarled.

"Don't be so sure"

"What the hell is that supposed to mean?"

"Nothing you need to worry about. Now, if you don't want to end up like your brother." Raines nodded in Lyle's direction. ".You got to tell me where Jarod is"

"Over my dead body.."

"Okay, if that's what you want."

Miss Parker glared at him. This was not what she'd planned, she just wanted to rescue Lyle and get the hell out of here. But of course, that would have been too easy. It would have worked if that damn Willie hadn't showed up. Now, she was strapped to a wall with a gunshot injury in her shoulder. And she didn't even wanna think about what Raines was going to do with her. She saw Lyle looking at her. She turned her head to meet his look. His eyes was filled with pain. She knew how much he was suffering. She felt so sorry for him, this was all her fault. If she had told him...Miss Parker was snapped out of her thoughts by a bucket of cold liquid, as she thought was water, thrown over her.

"WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT FOR!!" She screamed.

"You'll find out soon." Raines said with a wry look on his face.

Miss Parker looked at him, confused. Why the hell would Raines throw a bucket of water over her? She saw Raines walk up to Lyle. He poured the few drops that was left in the bucket in one of his wounds.

"I thought you wanted to know how it feels" He wheezed.

"It's not water? Right?.." Lyle asked in a weak voice.

Raines shook his head.

"Then what." He stopped when he heard Miss Parker moan. He looked and saw her squirm. He understood she was in great pain.

"What the hell have you done to her?"

"Don't worry, I left a little 'sample' on you.."

"If you think this will make me talk, you're wrong." Miss Parker said in a slow voice. She did everything she could to hide the growing agony. She'd realised the liquid wasn't water. She didn't know what it was. But it hurt like hell. It felt like her body was on fire. The liquid burned into her skin.

"You are not going to get away with this." She tried hard to make her voice steady.

Raines shot her an evil smile.

"We'll see about that."


"Broots, you wanted to talk to me? Has something happened?" Sydney asked as he entered the office.

Broots nodded.

"T.They have M.Miss Parker." He said nervously as he pointed at his computer.

"I hacked into the cameras on look"

Sydney did as Broots said. What he saw made him stare at Broots in shock.

"God, we have to do something."

Broots was just about to answer, when Sydney's cell phone interrupted him. Sydney took it up and answered.

"This is Sydney!"

"Hi Syd, it's Jarod"

"Jarod, thank god you called, they have Miss Parker in SL-27, we have to help her."

"Oh no.what have they done to her?" Sydney could hear the fear in Jarod's voice. " have they hurt her?"

"Yes, she's shot, and. Raines is torturing her with some.. corrosive acid." Sydney said sadly.

"Oh No." Jarod mumbled." Listen Syd, I can be there in .twenty minutes. When Raines leaves the room, Broots freezes the cameras and we sneaks in and saves her."

"Jarod, are you sure it would work?"

"No, but it's our only chance, I'll be in touch.." Jarod hung up and Sydney turned to Broots and explained their plan. Broots looked at him nervously.

"T.They would kill us if they out.."



"MAKE IT STOP.PLEASE..JUST MAKE IT STOP!!" Miss Parker screamed. The burning pain was unbearable. She didn't know what to do, she just wanted it to go away.

"This is just the beginning Miss Parker, it's going to get worse.." Raines wheezed.

"Please.make it stop.."Miss Parker cried.

" I can't do see." Raines was interrupted by a sweeper coming into the room.

"There's a phone call for you, you have to take it in your office." He said. Raines nodded. He looked at Miss Parker and Lyle.

"I'll be back."He wheezed.

He followed the sweeper out of the room.

"Raines wait!!" Willie shouted. As Raines didn't hear him he ran after him, leaving Miss Parker and Lyle alone.

Lyle looked at his sister. He understood what she was going through. The few drops of the liquid Raines had dropped at him, hurt, a lot. He didn't even wanna think about how Miss Parker felt. To have this burning acid all over her body. He closed his eyes. The pain from his cuts had started to weaken, turning into a more throbbing pain. And he guessed the drug had almost lost its effect.

"Miss Parker.Lyle.."

"Lyle opened his eyes and saw Sydney and Jarod coming into the room.

"We're going to help you, but we don't have much time."Jarod said.

Since Raines didn't expected anyone to come, he'd left the keys to the handcuffs on a hook in front of the door. Sydney took them. He gave one of them to Jarod and headed over to Lyle.

"Miss Parker, it's going to be okay. I'm not going to let anyone hurt you again." Jarod said as he unlocked her handcuffs. Miss Parker didn't have the strength to stand, when she was free from the wall, she fell forward and hit the ground hard. Jarod quickly knelt by her and lifted her up in his arms.

"I'm so sorry." He whispered.

Miss Parker was in too much pain to talk. She moaned.

"It's going to be okay, I promise.." Jarod said softly.

Miss Parker squirmed, trying to escape the burning pain that almost killed her. She didn't know how much longer she could take it. She wanted it to stop, now, " me.make it go away." She whispered.

Jarod looked down at her. His heart ached as he saw her, as he heard her moan. He wished he could take away the pain, but first they needed to get out of the Center.

"I'm going to take you out of here, then you will feel a lot better. I promise. Just hold out a little longer.okay.." Jarod said softly. He turned to Sydney.

"Syd.Lyle.are you ready to go?!" He asked.

"Yes.." Sydney said. He turned to Lyle. "Can you walk?" He asked.

Lyle nodded.

"We have to hurry, Raines could be back in any minute.." Jarod said.

They walked through the dark corridor. Jarod first, carrying Miss Parker. She was still squirming, which made it hard For Jarod to hold her. Lyle and Sydney following. Sydney glanced at Lyle. He knew how hard it must be for him to walk. He was badly injured, and he'd lost a lot of blood. Lyle moaned. Every step he took made his body ache, and he felt his body become weaker and weaker. He tried to ignore the pain. He couldn't give up now, not when they were so close to freedom. Suddenly his legs gave way under him, he fell to the ground.

"LYLE!!" Sydney knelt by him, he checked his pulse. "Jarod wait!" Jarod stopped and turned around. "What happened?" He asked.

"I don't know, he collapsed.Jarod, get out of Miss Parker.."

"Syd, I'm not leaving you here.."

"You have to.."

Jarod sighed. "Lyle, get up damn it. don't do this to us. GET UP!!"

Lyle didn't want anything more than to get up and run away from this place. This evil place. But he couldn't, he didn't have the strength. He tried, but fell back to the cold floor. There was no idea, he knew Raines would be back soon. If he found them here he would kill them all. He closed his eyes.

"Lyle?! Don't give up. You can do this, I know you can."

"No Syd, it's your selves." Lyle said in a weak voice.

"Lyle.please..don't leave me, I didn't risk my life just to see you die. you have to strong.,please, do it for me." Miss Parker said weakly, tears was streaming down her cheeks. Both with pain and the fear of losing Lyle.

Lyle opened his eyes and looked at his sister, he had to make it, for her. He couldn't leave her. He was the only family she had left, at least the only family who loved her. He tried to stand up. But it was impossible. He sighed. He couldn't do this alone, but maybe with Sydney's help.

"Syd, can you help me.." He said. Normally, he would never have asked for help. Sydney smiled.

"Sure, what can I do for you?" He asked.

"Help me get out of here." Lyle said.

Suddenly they heard voices from the other side of the corridor. Jarod gave Sydney a terrified look. "Raines is coming." He said.

"We have to hide somewhere." Sydney said as he helped Lyle to his feet. He put Lyle's arm around his shoulders to steady him. They started to walk, Lyle leaned on Sydney. "Thank you.." He whispered.


They heard someone whisper. Jarod looked around confused.


" way..." He whispered.

"Are you sure?" Jarod asked.

"This" Angelo pointed at a small passage in the wall


Jarod did as Angelo said. The others followed him.

When they all was inside the passage they saw Raines and Willie pass.

"Thank god." Jarod sighed with relief.



"I can't believe it! They're gone. how the hell did that happen???" Raines wheezed.

"I don't know.but we are going to find them, they can't have gone so far.." Willie replied.

"We better be."

"Raines, I've found something.." Willie picked up a small paper from the floor and handed it over to Raines.

Raines took it and started to read.

" Raines, Better luck next time.J.."

"I'm going to kill him!" Raines wheezed.

"Tell Mr Parker they have escaped.." He said, ignoring Willie's puzzled look.

"Sure Mr Raines.." Willie headed towards the door, leaving Raines staring angrily at the paper.

"DAMN IT!!" He crumpled the paper and threw it away.

To be continued.