A/N: I know it was forever since I started this story. I had almost given up on it, but I didn't and here's the final chapter. Kind of short but also kind of sweet. For those who even remember the rest of the story, hope you like the ending!
It was late when Miss Parker came home from the Centre. She parked her car outside her house and walked inside heading straight for her bedroom. She was beyond tired, her head hurt and she felt so alone. She sighed miserably, thinking she would do anything for a few days of happiness again. After the adventures on the island, her whole life had been turned upside down and she didn't think it would ever be alright again. How could it? Her life was ruined in so many ways…
When she entered her bedroom, something big and dark sat on the floor. She stopped dead in her tracks, quickly reaching out to switch the lights on.
When she realized what the creature was she couldn't believe her eyes. A very big German shepherd was sitting in the middle of the room, staring at her with its dark eyes.
"How did you get in here?" Miss Parker whispered to the dog, slowly walking up to it, kneeling in front of it.
"She's with me," a dark voice suddenly said and Jarod stepped out of the closet.
Miss Parker just started at him, shaking her head in disbelief. She didn't even bother to be mad at him. Why couldn't she have seen this coming? So damn typical Jarod…
"Do you mind explain why you brought a dog to my bedroom in the middle of the night?" she asked wearily.
"Sure. I was planning on giving her to you."
"Jarod, you are giving me a dog? Why on earth would you do something like that?" Miss Parker asked confused. She got up on her feet and faced Jarod.
"Because she will be your best friend, she will love you no matter what, she'll never think less of you because of your scars, she'll keep you company so you won't have to feel so lonely all the time and she'll protect you when I'm not around… and I happen to know Lyle liked German shepherds and since I know you miss him so much, our dear friend here could make you feel a little better," Jarod explained gently, looking straight into Miss Parker's blue eyes. "I named her Lilah," he added softly.
Miss Parker couldn't bring her to say anything. She just kept on staring at the man in front of her as her eyes slowly filled with tears. She blinked them away, looking down at the dog. She couldn't believe Jarod had said all those things. He was right, but the fact that he knew exactly how she felt was making her speechless.
Lilah walked up to her and sat down next to her, putting her paw on Miss Parker's leg for a while. Than she just sat there, looking up at her lovingly.
With tears running down her cheeks, Miss Parker looked up at Jarod again. "But you hated Lyle… how could you name the dog…" her voice trailed off.
"It's a beautiful name… reminds me of yours… besides I know it would mean a lot to you," Jarod answered softly. He walked up to Miss Parker and placed his arms around her to comfort her. This time she didn't fight him.
"Thank you Jar," Miss Parker whispered. "Thank you for everything," she wrapped her arms tight around his neck, never wanting to let go.
"Jarod, I've wanted to tell you something a long time now and I…" Miss Parker paused as she was thinking of how she was going to say it. "This is not a promise… it doesn't change anything, at least for now… I haven't decided what to do… but I just want you to know that… I love you."
"Oh honey, I love you too… so much," Jarod hugged her tighter for a while, than he pulled away and held her face between his hands. "You're so beautiful," he whispered. He let his hands caress her scarred cheeks, her hair and finally down her back. He watched her for a while, than he slowly leaned forward and gently kissed her lips.
Suddenly Lilah made herself heard with a loud bark. Both Jarod and Miss Parker looked at her and smiled.
"You aren't jealous are you?" Jarod asked with a laugh.
Miss Parker smiled. She sat down and started to stroke the dog's soft fur. "Don't worry girl, I'll take care of both of you," she said, looking up at Jarod devotedly. Maybe not right away, but she knew that someday she would have to give up this hell she called life. And when she did, maybe she could finally have those days of happiness again…
Until then, it was just her and Lilah.