Authors note: I'm really really sorry that I haven't updated this story in such a long time… but here's the last chapter!
This chapter will contain some scenes, which could be rated R (M), so do not say I didn't warn you!
Lyle waited impatiently while Sam was talking in the phone. After what he thought was an eternity, Sam hung up and with a smile; he turned to the other man. Lyle gave him a questioning look.
"They were very interested about what I had to say… and, they're gonna deal with the Centre issues right away!"
"That is fantastic!" Lyle smiled. "How long will this take?" he asked.
"It depends on us," Sam said.
"Us? What can we do?"
"They'll need information; evidence… everything we can get is of value. I think we need to let Broots help us," Sam stated.
Lyle nodded. "There's no time to waste, let's go!"
When Broots was informed, he immediately began working at his laptop.
"The Centre has changed the codes…" he stated.
"So?" Lyle asked. "Can't you break them?"
"I think I can, but it will take a while."
"Broots? Do you think we can all find out the truth?" Lyle asked.
"Guys! I just talked to the head of the CIA, I never thought they would agree to it, but they're gonna place an agent working undercover at the Centre, with a little luck, this can be ready much sooner then we thought it would be," Sam said as he entered the room.
"Yeah, if he doesn't get himself killed…" Lyle mumbled.
"Hey! Don't be pessimistic now… this will work!" Sam said.
"It has to," Lyle agreed.
IN THE MEANTIME.
MISS PARKER'S CABIN.
"Why can't things ever be right," Miss Parker mumbled. She sighed sadly, as she watched Lydia through the window. She was sitting at a stone, by the creek, just like Miss Parker used to do herself.
"Yeah, only this time it wasn't the Centre's doing…" Jarod said.
Miss Parker slowly turned around. She gave Jarod a sad look.
"How are you feeling? You have carried around Angie, even though you shouldn't," she asked worriedly.
"It hurts, but I'll live," Jarod assured.
"Don't be, you know I would do anything for my family," Jarod said with a smile.
Miss Parker smiled back, but Jarod could see the sadness in her eyes, even though she was trying to hide it.
A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER.
The sun was just about to set, Miss Parker and Jarod were sitting by the table, trying to eat, but none of them was in the mood. Miss Parker gave up and let the fork fall to the plate. She sighed, looking at Jarod.
"Les, honey..." Jarod started but was interrupted.
"I'm sorry… I'll see how Angie is doing," Miss Parker got up on her feet and headed to the bedroom. Jarod watched her go, sighing miserably.
On the way to her room, she walked pass Lydia's. She stopped, thinking she should go to her instead. Angie was fine she knew that. Slowly she entered the room.
"Lydia," she whispered. Lydia did not move. She was sitting at her bed, staring into space. Miss Parker started to get worried; she had not moved a bit the last couple of hours. And she had refused to talk, even to Parker.
Miss Parker walked up to her sister and sat down next to her. Without saying anything, she took her hand in hers, squeezing it. Lydia still didn't move. Miss Parker could hear her snivel quietly.
"Please, don't shut me out… I understand how it feels; I'm here for you…" Miss Parker said softly, stroking Lydia's long hair out of her face.
Slowly, Lydia turned her head so she was looking at Miss Parker. She blinked away the tears that were clouding her eyes.
"I miss him," she said in an almost inaudible voice.
"I know..." Miss Parker whispered. "C'mere," she said, placing her arms around her sister. Warily, Lydia leaned her body against Miss Parker's.
"Don't you trust me?" Miss Parker asked as she felt the tension in Lydia's body as it met hers.
"I do… I'm sorry… I just don't want you to think that I'm clingy, you want people to be strong… will you still like me if I'm weak?" Lydia asked in a low voice.
Miss Parker was stunned, how could she even think something like that? She sighed sadly.
"Lydia, of course I will. I love you, nothing can change that, don't ever think so again," she said.
"Yes," Miss Parker guaranteed. She tightened her hold of Lydia to accentuate what she just said.
"Lydia, someone's here to meet you."
Miss Parker looked up and saw Jarod smiling at them. She gave him an annoyed look. Couldn't he see that they need to be alone?
"I don't want to talk," Lydia mumbled, burying her face against Miss Parker's shoulder.
Jarod gave her a look, and then he turned to the person behind him. "A sign of true love, take good care of her," he whispered.
"I will," the person said. He walked pass Jarod and into the room. For a moment, he just stood there watching the Parker's. He felt tears brim in his eyes as he saw how she was grieving. She really cared. Or else she would not be this devastated.
Without saying anything, he walked up to the bed and sat down next to Lydia. Miss Parker let out a loud gasp, staring at him as if she had seen a ghost.
"Lydia, baby…I didn't die…"
Lydia slowly pulled away from Miss Parker; she turned her head, thinking she'd only imagined the voice.
"Yes, I'm here now, it's okay," Kipp soothed.
"How?" Lydia managed to ask.
"I wasn't on the plane, I realized I couldn't leave you, and then my car broke down and I had to wait for hours… I'm sorry I wasn't here for you."
"Oh god! I though I'd lost you," Lydia whispered.
"You'll never loose me," Kipp said
Lydia smiled; happily, she threw herself in Kipp's arms. With a laugh, he embraced her. Lydia wrapped her arms around him, never wanting to let go.
Miss Parker slowly moved away from the bed. She smiled as she saw them together again, maybe things could be alright! Still smiling, she walked up to Jarod. She gave him a hug.
Jarod returned it, and then they left, leaving Kipp and Lydia alone.
LATER THAT NIGHT.
Miss Parker moved slightly, placing her head on Jarod's chest to find a more comfortable way to sleep. Jarod smiled at her.
"Comfy?" he asked.
"I though you were sleeping," Miss Parker mumbled.
"A little hard to sleep when you keep on doing that," Jarod smiled.
Miss Parker knew he was joking. Playfully she hit him in his side with her elbow.
Miss Parker rolled over, leaning her arms and chin against his chest. She placed a kiss on his jaw, creeping upwards to reach his lips. Jarod responded with a low moan.
Without warning Jarod rolled both of them over. Miss Parker let out a loud scream of surprise as Jarod placed her on her back. Soon, she started to laugh.
"Shhh… do you want to wake the whole house?" Jarod hushed.
"Sorry," Miss Parker giggled. Jarod quieted her by kissing her. He let his hands slide over her body, caressing her through her pajama. Miss Parker moaned with pleasure, begging him to continue as he stopped. Jarod gladly did, and soon her nightclothes were removed to give full access to her body. Jarod placed a soft kiss on her lips, continuing down her nape, to her breasts. Miss Parker giggled quietly as he continued downwards, placing kissed all over her belly.
"Jar…" she whispered.
"Make love to me."
"Are you sure?" Jarod whispered softly.
"Mmmmmm," Miss Parker purred.
"I want it to be as that night…" Miss Parker whispered.
Jarod's smile grew bigger as he thought of it.
"Are you sure you're ready for this?" he whispered.
"I have to be…"
"Les, if you…" Jarod started but was interrupted.
Jarod carefully moved on top of her, kissing her deeply. Without breaking the eye contact, he slowly entered her. Miss Parker gave him a small smile, followed by a moan of pleasure. She couldn't believe this was really happening. It was what she'd always wanted. Jarod leaned down to place another kiss on her lips. When he was sure she wasn't feeling uncomfortable he began moving inside of her.
Miss Parker tried to not think of it, but no matter how hard she tried; memories of Dane filled her mind. Feeling Jarod inside of her remembered her so much of the rape. She desperately tried to put those thoughts aside, but didn't manage. A small whimper escaped her throat and she felt her body become tense. Jarod immediately noticed her reaction and stopped. He gave her a concerned look.
"Honey?" he asked.
Miss Parker didn't want to disappoint him, how could she tell him he reminded her of Dane? She just couldn't!
"I'm fine," she lied. She tried to relax but Jarod knew she was lying.
"You don't have to pretend, I understand."
Miss Parker felt tears brim in her eyes. He was so nice, so sympathetic.
"I'm sorry… please help me get over it, I don't want to think of him… please," she whispered.
"Are you sure now is the right time?"
"Yes, please…" Miss Parker mumbled as a few tears escaped her eyes.
Jarod gave her a sad look. "Just relax, I won't hurt you," he said softly. Miss Parker tried to obey him. First, she didn't manage but after a while of listening to Jarod's soothing words and to feel his hands caress her body, she started to relax.
She knew Jarod would never hurt her, and she knew that he wasn't Dane, so why would she react like this? It was so stupid, more then nine months had passed, but she still remembered it as if it had happened yesterday. Maybe she would never forget, maybe she was doomed to live with it. Miss Parker sighed, she pushed the thoughts of the past aside and concentrated on Jarod. If she wanted him to help her, it would be easier if she was present.
She thought of the night in the warehouse, and how much she loved Jarod. She knew how these thoughts made her feel, and focused on them. She really wanted this night… this first time they were together… to be something they would remember for the rest of their lives. And she was sure that with his help it would be. It really would.
TWO MONTHS LATER.
"I love this, I don't understand why I haven't tried it earlier, horse riding is really fun!" Lydia smiled.
"Yeah, I love the feeling of freedom!" Miss Parker said, letting her hands follow the contours of the neck of the horse.
"The first time I was so scared, I thought he would throw me off!" Lydia laughed. Miss Parker smiled. Together they took their horses back to their pasture. Smiling, they let the horses go. Then they slowly started to walk along the creek back to their cabin.
"Are we going to stay here? Do you really think Megan and Ridge will let us have their houses forever?" Lydia asked.
"I don't know, but I hope so… I really like it here!"
"Dammit," Miss Parker mumbled. Lydia gave her a confused look.
"What is it?" she asked.
"I think I have some kind of illness."
Lydia was just about to talk when she saw her sister looking nauseous. She waited until Miss Parker had recovered.
"I can see that, are you okay?" she asked. Miss Parker nodded.
"Oh no… what if it's transmittable? I didn't think of it, but I have had the same symptom as you have…" Lydia said thoughtfully.
Miss Parker sighed. "I bet the whole ranch will get this," she said.
"It's probably nothing," Lydia said with a shrug.
ABOUT TWO WEEKS LATER.
EARLY A MORNING.
Miss Parker stood in front of her full-length mirror, carefully studying herself. Frowning she let her hands touch her stomach. She couldn't believe she had gained so much weight. It was not normal, she hadn't eaten more than usual, and she did exercise. She took on her pants and tried to button them, but it was impossible. With a cry of frustration, she sat down at the bed. She didn't understand, if it had been because of Angie, it wouldn't show up now.
"Lesley! What are you doing in here, it's a beautiful day!" Jarod smiled as he entered the room.
"Are you okay?" he asked as he saw her confused look.
Miss Parker was just going to say that she was fine, when she realized she had to tell Jarod. They had made a promise that they would tell each other everything, even if it seemed stupid. She smiled.
"I'm fine… it's just that I can't… Jarod, I'm fat… look!" she said, standing up, showing her belly.
"Yes, seriously…" Miss Parker cut herself off as a wave of nausea hit her. With her hand over her mouth, she ran towards the bathroom. Jarod started after her, puzzled. Then he ran after her.
"Honey are you okay?" he asked warily as he saw Miss Parker vomiting.
He walked up to her and held her hair out of her face.
"What is wrong with me Jarod?" Miss Parker asked tiredly.
"I wish I knew, how long have this been going on?"
"A couple of weeks or something…"
"Maybe…" Jarod was interrupted by a childish voice.
"You're pregnant Lesley!"
Both Miss Parker and Jarod looked at Debbie in shock.
"What?" Miss Parker choked out.
"You heard me!"
"What makes you think that?" Miss Parker whispered.
"It's just a feeling! Have you slept with Jarod?" Debbie asked with a smile.
Miss Parker was too shocked to answer. She just nodded silently. Debbie's smile grew bigger.
"I knew it! Lydia is too, I just talked to her!" she said happily.
"Debbie, you… it's…" Miss Parker stammered.
"Do a test! I'm right, I know I am!" With those words, Debbie left the room. Miss Parker stared after her, stunned. She turned to Jarod.
"What if she is right… what are we going to do?"
"It's up to you, do you want another baby?"
Miss Parker couldn't help but smile. "Oh my god, I can't believe it…" she whispered.
"But sure! It would be great! This time I won't be afraid, I know it's yours!" she smiled. Jarod placed his arms around her, giving her a tight hug. Miss Parker leaned her head against him, sighing happily.
"Lydia, we have to find out if Debbie is right, can you come with me to the town tomorrow?"
"Sure… have you told Jarod?"
Miss Parker nodded.
"I don't wanna tell Kipp until I'm sure, what if he'll be mad?"
"He wont… he loves you," Miss Parker said softly.
Lydia gave her a small smile. "I hope you're right!"
"Actually this is incredible, the way our lives have changed. We both have the man of our dreams, I have a baby, we live at a beautiful ranch all together, and The Centre will soon be history! It's more than I could ever have imagined." Miss Parker said. Lydia agreed with a big smile.
"Lesley, do you mind if I steal your sister away for the night?" Kipp asked as he walked into the cabin. He smiled at his girlfriend, giving the bedroom a meaning look. Lydia returned the smile.
"No go ahead, I should go back to Jarod and Angie anyway! I suppose you'll stay with Kipp tonight," Miss Parker said. The sisters got up on their feet and Miss Parker gave Lydia a tight hug before walking towards the door. She smiled to herself as she heard them kissing in the background.
When she entered hers and Jarod's bedroom, she noticed he had already fallen asleep. She gave her sleeping baby a loving look before taking off her clothes and laying down next to Jarod. She snuggled up close to him, sighing contently.
ONE AND A HALF MONTH LATER
SILVER MOON RANCH
"I've got news about the Centre!" Lyle shouted as he ran into Miss Parker's cabin. He stopped dead in his tracks as he saw the twins standing in the living room with only jeans and a bra.
"What are you doing?" he asked with a frown.
The sisters looked at him and smiled.
"We're comparing our bellies!" Lydia explained.
"You're fat both of you," Lyle teased.
Miss Parker glared at him.
"Oh c'mon, it's hardly showing!" Lydia exclaimed.
"Hers certainly does," Lyle gave Miss Parker a meaning look.
"Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if I'll get twins," Miss Parker said.
"Me neither, our mom had," Lyle said.
"That was the meanest thing I've ever heard," Lydia said, pretending to be mad.
"Oh I'm sorry, I still have a hard time remembering we're three." Lyle quickly said and Lydia smiled.
"And I can't believe we all are gonna have babies!" Miss Parker laughed.
"Well, don't count me in, my belly is still flat, and I'm sure it will stay that way," Lyle said with a grin.
"Well, who knows, if you and Tess get it on there will be little Lyle's running around here in no time!"
Lyle gave Lydia an evil look, but somehow he knew she wasn't all wrong.
"Do you wanna hear the news about the Centre or not?" he said to change the subject.
"Well it seems like the undercover agent have done great success, and CIA is planning a move already this week."
The sisters stared at him.
"So this whole thing will be over much faster than we could ever imagine, thanks to us, they would never have done it without Broots and Jarod's computer work, and all the information we gave them."
"And we will find out the truth! Won't we?" Miss Parker asked.
"Hopefully," Lyle said. "And Jarod can be reunited with his family," he added with a smile. Miss Parker returned the smile.
ABOUT ONE MONTH LATER
AFTER THR CENTRE'S DOWNFALL
Miss Parker stood by the window, watching Jarod with a big smile on her lips. She'd never seen him happier.
"What do you say Angie, you wanna go out there and say hi to your new relatives!" Miss Parker interpreted her little girls whining as a yes. She hesitated, she didn't wanna admit it, but she was nervous. She wanted to make a good impression on Jarod's family the first time she met them. Of course, they all knew about how she used to be, she was afraid they would hate her. Jarod had met them in town a couple of times since they were found, but he'd never let her come with him.
Her thoughts were cut of as she heard Jarod calling her name from outside. Slowly she walked out to them, hoping for the best.
"Okay everyone, this is Lesley!" Jarod smiled, putting his arm around his fiancées shoulders.
Charles glared at her without saying anything. His silence spread to the others, they just stood there staring at Miss Parker.
Miss Parker looked down on her feet, she knew this was a bad idea, they would never learn to like her. She sighed sadly.
"Ehm… it was nice to meet you, but I… I have to go back inside," she wriggled out of Jarod's embrace and hurried back into the cabin. Jarod watched her go with sad eyes. Then he turned to his father.
"I saw that look you gave her; can't you just give her a chance? She's not the same woman you used to know, she has changed. We all have, and she really wants you guys to like her. Me too, it would mean so much to me, I love her… and I love you… so please, forgive her…" he said, praying his family would listen to him.
There was a silence.
"I know son, I know you want us to like her, but I don't know if I can forgive her," Charles said bitterly.
"Please do it for me, for all of us. She never meant to hurt any of us, she only did her job… no one dares to break the Centre rules, she tried and had to pay a painful price…"
Charles nodded. "Yes. But she…"
"Has changed," Jarod interrupted, knowing exactly what his father was about to say.
There was another silence. Finally Emily spoke.
"Jarod is right, why can't we just be happy for him? He loves Miss Parker… and that says a lot about her," she said.
Suddenly Margareth smiled. "You're right, I'll go talk to her," she said.
Jarod stared at her with big eyes as she walked away.
"Lesley?" she whispered into the bedroom. When there was no response, she entered and sat down on the bed next to Miss Parker. She put her hand on the other woman's arm.
"What are you doing here?" Miss Parker whispered in a trembling voice.
"I wanted to apologize and give you a new chance. I'm sure the others will do the same, Charles just need some time. And Emily made me realize Jarod was right about you, so she's no problem!" Margareth explained gently.
Miss Parker slowly turned her head to look at the older woman.
"What did Jarod say?" she asked
Margareth smiled. "A lot! But he made me realize you're not the same person who used to work at the Centre anymore."
Miss Parker didn't know what to say and Margaret continued.
"You're a part of our family now, we better start treat each other like that, I'm sure we can find a lot to talk about."
Miss Parker nodded slowly.
"I knew Catherine, you know!" Margareth smiled. Hesitating, Miss Parker smiled back at her.
"Thanks, it means a lot that you accept me as a family member. And I'm sure it means a lot to Jarod too."
"I know it does." Margareth gave Miss Parker a gentle hug. "I'll talk to Charles, I'm sure it will be alright!"
"Josh, when can we meet again? I'm gonna miss you."
"I'm gonna Miss you too Debbie," The clone gave Debbie a shy look. She smiled at him.
"What does your father say about this?" Josh asked.
"Oh he'll be okay with it!" Debbie said, maybe a bit too quick. Silently she wondered what her father would do when he found out. He would freak out!
"Great! I'll call you when I get home, maybe you can come visit me soon," Josh said happily.
Debbie nodded and smiled.
"I should go back to my family now," Josh leaned forward and placed a kiss on Debbie's lips. Then he said goodbye and walked away, leaving a smiling Debbie behind.
Broots stood in the doorway staring at his daughter with a shocked look on his face. Did that really happen? His daughter was kissing a boy! Too stunned to face her now, Broots backed out of the cabin and ran over to Miss Parker's.
"Parker! Are you there!" Broots shouted as he ran into the cabin.
"Yeah what's going on?" Miss Parker asked with a mix of confusion and fear.
"What am I going to do? You have to help me!" Broots said, giving Miss Parker a wide-eyed look.
"About what? Broots what the hell are you talking about, you look like you've seen a ghost," Miss Parker said impatiently.
"Debbie and Jarod's clone, I saw them kissing! Oh my god Parker you have to tell me what to do!"
Miss Parker couldn't hold back a laugh. He was this freaked out about an innocent kiss?
"Tell her to be careful and use protection," she said, laughing even harder.
Broots just stared at her in shock.
Just then, Jarod entered after saying goodbye to his family. He gave his girlfriend a confused look.
"It's not funny," Broots tried.
"Yes it is, you should have seen the look on your face!" Miss Parker managed to say between her laughing.
When she'd finally calmed down, she sat down in the couch, gesturing to Broots to sit down next to her. Still confused, Jarod sat down on the armrest next to her, giving her a questioning look.
"Debbie and your clone seem to be… together… they kissed and poor Broots freaked out," Miss Parker explained with a smile.
Jarod nodded, giving Broots an amused look.
Miss Parker turned to Broots. "Okay, I was kidding earlier… remember she's only a kid. Don't take it so seriously… talk to her about it, but you're only gonna make it worse if you tell her she can't see him…."
"But she's too young…" Broots started.
"Too young for what? Having a close friend, she's almost a teenager, Broots, keep and eye on her, and you know what? I can talk to her…"
"What are you gonna say?"
Miss Parker smiled. "Just some girl-talk!"
LATER THAT NIGHT.
They had all gathered on the grass outside of Miss Parker's cabin. A small fire was burning and all of them were enjoying every moment of just being free, being together, eating and drinking and having fun.
Miss Parker and Jarod sat in the soft grass, watching the fire. The air was warm and it was almost dark by now. However, none of them were planning on going inside, this was life!
Angie made her little cute sounds and Miss Parker smiled down at her as she was sleeping in her lap.
She could not believe the Centre was gone, forever. They were fee now. Jarod had found his family, and they had their own little family.
Ridge and Megan agreed to let them rent the cabins, and none of them wanted to leave, they really liked the life on the ranch.
Kipp moved closer to Lydia, putting one of his arms around her. She smiled, leaning her head against his shoulder.
"I can't believe we're gonna have a baby… Lyd, you've made me a better person, just remember the way I was before… that side of me is gone now…"
Lydia smiled. "I was the same you know… we were the mean ones," she laughed a little.
"Yeah," Kipp agreed with a smile.
"You know it means everything to start a family with you, I love you Kipp!"
"I love you too!"
Lydia smiled. Things really couldn't get better. She turned her head a bit, and saw her sister smile at her. She returned the smile, and gave Angie a look before turning her attention to Kipp again.
"So this is the whole big happy family?"
A female voice brought Lyle back from his thoughts. He looked up from his place in the grass and saw Tess smiling down at him. She sat down next to her, looking at the fire.
"I heard you got rid of that Centre you've been talking about," Tess said.
Lyle nodded. "Yeah, we're kind of celebrating that now," Lyle said.
"Oh, can I join you?" Tess asked, and Lyle nodded again, maybe a little to fast he suddenly realized.
Tess smiled. "Hey what's a party without music? I'll go get some real nice stuff!" Tess hurried away and after ten minutes, she was back.
The music filled the night and everyone had to agree it made the whole thing much more fun.
Broots, Sydney and Sam sat in silence as they watched the kids laugh and play. Debbie and Ridge's and Megan's kids were good friends by now. Angelo was with them too, and to everyone's surprise, he seemed to get better and better. Maybe the life outside the Centre was good for him.
"When we left the Centre, I never thought things would turn out the way it did, I didn't believe in happy endings… but this is really close to what I would call one," Broots said.
Sydney nodded. "You could call it that, but I would call it real life, not the life we lived as Centre prisoners, but a normal life, we never had one, that's why we find what we have now, so wonderful."
"Oh cut the shrink talk," Sam said with a laugh.
"This is a happy ending, and thank you for letting me be a part of it," he said.
As time passed, everything went completely dark, and the fire was the only thing that kept them warm. The kids, Sydney, Broots and Sam went inside. Lydia and Kipp took the opportunity to get some time alone in their cabin.
Lyle followed Tess to her house, making Miss Parker and Jarod wonder if their and Lydia's babies would be the only ones running around here in the future. They smiled to themselves.
Sydney silently walked up to them, carrying a blanket.
"It's getting cold out here," he said. "Do you want me to take Angie inside?" he asked.
"If you want to, I'll be there soon," Miss Parker said.
"There's no need to hurry," Sydney said with a smile.
Miss Parker smiled back, giving the baby to Sydney. He walked away and Jarod wrapped the blanket around them both. Miss Parker snuggled up to him as close as she could. She silently thanked Sydney for being so nice. He was actually like a father to all of them, and he was the best father she could ever have.
"Look, a shooting star;" Jarod suddenly said, giving the sky a meaning look. "Make a wish," he whispered.
Miss Parker shook her head. "I don't need to; I have everything I've ever wanted."
T h e E n d