A/N: Wow, I haven't written in FOREVER, have I! I'm so sorry to have done this to you guys, but inspiration was just NOT coming to me at all. This is a pretty short chapter, but I hope that you still enjoy! RR!

"And where the hell were you these past few days"

Shit.

Cornered like a rat.

Taking in a deep, cleansing breath, Electra clenched her fists by her sides, then pivoted abruptly on her heel so that she was now face-to-face with her balding comrade. As far as she was concerned, all hell was about to break loose.

"Well" he finally demanded. "Where were you"

Electra gave him a shrug of complete indifference, her tone rather dull as she returned simply"I went out...what's it matter to you, anyway? You're not my father."

Jet stiffened. As much as he hated to admit it, she was right. Deciding to remain completely un-phased, however, he growled agitatedly in response"Is that any way to talk to the man that took you in off the streets! I could have just as easily thrown you out"

"I know" Electra mumbled, closing her eyes tearfully as undesired memories suddenly came flooding back into the recesses of her mind like the walls of a dam exploding. "I-I never said that I wasn't thankful, or anything, because I am. I just...need to be alone right now."

Jet ran a hand along the plane of thinning hair upon his scalp and sighed. "Fair enough...dinner will be ready in a few."

Electra nodded wearily. "Thanks."

"Oh, and Electra"

She paused. "Yes"

"I know that you were at the Red Dragon headquarters with Vicious" Jet revealed, his pale blue eyes soft and filled with a luminescent concern. "Did he hurt you at all"

Electra froze, memories of herself and the skilled swordsman tangled up in one another's amorous embrace within the throes of passion resurfacing within her mind at full-force, her voice rather choked as she returned softly"No...h-he let me go."

"Are you sure"

She nodded. "Of course I am...why would I lie to you"

"I don't know, maybe because you wanted to"

"Jet, please" Electra groaned, throwing a hand over her eyes in utter exasperation. "If you don't mind, I really would like to get some sleep, so I'm going to go and lie down for a while."

"Oh...of course" Jet agreed, giving her a miserable look. "Go on and rest."

"Thanks."

Giving her retreating figure a fleeting glance, he frowned deeply, wondering how on earth she could have changed so drastically after only four days.

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"Vicious-sama"

He grunted. "Donnelly...what is it that you want"

The young man that had been addressed immediately bowed before his master, announcing with a tremendous air of importance"Communications received this message about an hour ago, sir-it's from Miss Electra Ovilo."

Vicious' eyes widened. "What? Give that to me"

Sitting up in bed without any regard towards his injuries, whatsoever, the silvery-haired man hurriedly snatched the manila-colored parchment from his comrade's outstretched hand and opened it up, only to read:

Vicious-

It's Electra...I know that this might sound rather awkward, but I've been thinking and I absolutely must see you again. When I was with you I felt safe and important-here on the Bebop I'm just another crazed woman with a shadowed past. Please let me come back to the headquarters-I promise that I haven't told my comrade about your location. As a former colonel of the Martian Military branch, I crave adventure and excitement, and on the Bebop I'm just not getting that, anymore. I hate to leave Jet behind, I really do, but deep-down I'm a selfish woman that solely abides by her own needs. See you soon.

-Electra Ovilo

Vicious grunted, immediately crumpling up the note and pitching it across the room within a state of absolute frustration. What had gone on between them was merely lust-not the beginning of an actual relationship.

"Once you leave the syndicate, you can't come back in" he revealed darkly, his ebony irises narrowing as he shot his lackey a sharp glance. "Donnelly, see that Miss Ovilo is killed as soon as possible...give her no mercy."

Donnelly nodded eagerly. "Yes, sir"

A/N: Sorry that this was so short, but I needed to make it this way since the next chapter will probably be fairly long. This fic should be wrapped up in about two chapters or so, and will be a bittersweet ending, as you already may have guessed. I need 10 reviews to continue!