Chapter Three


Almost an hour passed and Miss Parker was getting more and more impatient. Just as she thought she couldn't take it anymore the door opened and Jarod walked inside. He looked around.

Miss Parker wanted to run up to him, but soon realized there was no idea, he couldn't see her anyway. She sighed miserably, burying her face in her hands. I just want to hold him; once… is it to much to ask for?

"Melinda?" Jarod called out. The brunette walked up to him. "Hi," she said. "Jarod right?"

Jarod nodded. "How did you know my name?" he asked suspiciously.

Melinda didn't answer and Jarod decided to continue. He didn't believe in supernatural stuff, but he couldn't get this woman's words out of his mind.

"What did you mean, Miss Parker wanted to tell me she loves me?" For god's sake Jarod, has it ever occurred to you that she might be crazy?

Melinda tried to explain that she could see ghosts and how it worked. When she was finished Jarod didn't know what to say.

Miss Parker got up on her feet and walked to stand next to the other woman. "Tell him… I'm sorry about everything I've done to him, that I never meant anything with - you run and I chase," she said, biting her lower lip hard. And I thought things would get easier when you died…

Melinda nodded, she turned to Jarod. "She says - I'm sorry about everything I've done to you, that I never meant anything with - you run and I chase," she repeated.

Jarod gasped. Maybe he was crazy, but he actually started to believe this woman, she could never know those things. He looked around the room. "Is she here?" he asked in a low voice. What am I gonna do without you Parker…

Right here baby

"Yes, she's standing next to me."

Miss Parker smiled sadly. She looked at Melinda. "Tell him that I love him, that I always have," she said struggling to keep her voice steady. Please, don't cry now, don't be so damn weak!

Melinda told Jarod and the small smile on his lips made Miss Parker's smile grew bigger. She blinked away the tears that were clouding her eyes.

Jarod looked next to Melinda. "I love you to," he said sadly. "I always will."

"Please don't grieve, I just want you to be happy, go someplace, far away from the Centre."

Melinda passed on the message and Jarod nodded, but didn't know if he could manage that, how could he be happy without Miss Parker? I've always imagined a life with you, how can I just forget my dream, oh Parker…

Jarod tried to be strong. "I will never forget you…" he said.

"Yeah," Miss Parker whispered, tears were running down her cheeks. "I see a light," she added slightly confused.

Melinda smiled. "It's for you," she said gently.

"I don't want to go," Miss Parker said. How can I leave everything I've ever known?

Melinda was just about to talk when Miss Parker took a few steps towards the light only she could see.


"Yes honey it's me, take my hand," Catherine whispered, she held out her hand but Miss Parker hesitated. She looked at Jarod and as she saw his lost look, she just wanted to run up to him and hug him.

Melinda noticed it too. She explained to him what was going on.

Jarod took a deep breath and closed his eyes for a while. When he opened them again a single tear slipped down his cheek. "It's okay Mirah, go to her," he said. I'll miss you so much…

Miss Parker gave him one last look, Goodbye my love than she walked closer to her mother. When she took her hand and stepped into the light, Melinda didn't see her any longer. She had crossed over…

She turned to Jarod. "She's gone," she said in a low voice. Jarod just nodded unhappily. God he would miss her, but at least she would be free, maybe she would even be happy.

He gave Melinda a weak smile. "Thank you," he said.

"You're welcome," she said. "Hey, I'm sure she'll miss you just as much as you'll miss her," she added and Jarod nodded.

"I'm glad she's back with her mother, she'll take care of her…" And one day we'll be together forever, promise you'll wait for me…

Melinda smiled sadly as she watched Jarod leave the antique store.

Life is short; life should never be taken for granted, because one day, it'll be taken away from you…