CHAPTER 11

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Later that day.

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"Jarod, if I wanted to capture you. Don't you think I would have done it earlier?" Lyle said with a deep sigh. It was really frustrating. He wanted Jarod to believe him, but at the same time he understood why he couldn't.

There was a silence.

"Why the sudden change?" Jarod asked.

"I can't explain it. The only thing that matters is that I have changed. And I want you and my sister to be together. I know she loves you, and I also know that you can make her happy," Lyle explained.

"Lyle, I'm glad you say that. But how do I know I can trust you?"

"Stay with Parker tonight. If you see any sweepers, you know you can't," Lyle smirked. "Seriously, you just have to take the chance," he added.

Jarod nodded.

"I have to go, take care of her," with those words Lyle turned and walked out through the door. He stopped at the porch. "Oh, by the way...don't worry about the dead bodies, I'll take care of that, I also tell Mr. Parker something...just enjoy your time together..." he said before he left.

Jarod just stood there for a while, staring after him. Then he closed the door, locked it and walked up to the bedroom to see how Miss Parker was doing.

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Jarod couldn't help but smile as he saw Miss Parker's sleeping form. She was lying on her side with her arms wrapped around one of the biggest pillows. Jarod walked up to the bed and sat down on its edge. He warily touched Miss Parker's shoulder. Slowly, she opened her eyes and gave Jarod a sleepy look.

"I'm sorry; I didn't mean to wake you, how are you feeling?"

"As good as I can be."

There was a silence.

"It's getting late. Do you want me to stay?"

Miss Parker didn't know what to say. She just looked at Jarod. Of course she wanted him to stay. But could she really let him know that? After everything that she had been through the last couples of days, she wasn't sure of whom she could trust. But the thought of being alone scared her so much.

"Miss Parker?"

Unable to speak, Miss Parker just nodded.

"Sit up," Jarod suddenly demanded.

Miss Parker gave him a puzzled look. "Why?" she asked.

"Because I'm gonna take that pillows place," Jarod smirked. He couldn't help but laugh as he saw the stunned look on Miss Parker's face. After a while she did as he said, and Jarod removed the pillow and made himself comfortable. Miss Parker gave him an uncertain look. But as she saw the warm and caring look he gave her, she slowly leaned back against his warm body. She rested her head against his chest. Snuggling up as close to him as possible.

"Comfy?" Jarod asked tenderly.

"Yeah... thanks..." Miss Parker whispered, she closed her eyes and let out a soft sigh.

"Daddy will kill me when he finds out about this," she mumbled.

"If you are talking about Raines and what you did, Lyle said he'll take care of that, I don't think we need to worry. At least not now…"

"I hope so," Miss Parker sighed. "Besides I don't think I care what the hell he says anymore…" she added sadly.

"I'm sorry baby," Jarod whispered. He knew how much Miss Parker loved her father, realizing the truth about him must hurt her deeply.

"I'll get over it," Miss Parker mumbled. "Jarod?"

"Yes?"

"Thank you, I don't know what I would have done without you, you are the only one I can trust now."

"I'll always be here for you, never forget that. But you're wrong. You have Sydney, you can trust him…"

"Yeah… I can't believe I never realized it before, but Sydney has been more like a father to me than my real father ever was… ever will be… I love him…"

"I know it's hard…" Jarod started but Miss Parker cut him off.

"I mean Syd," she said.

Jarod smiled. "You should tell him that."

"I will, I just realized I should tell a lot of people how I really feel about them. Both good and bad things…" Miss Parker was quiet for a while.

"Do you really think it'll be alright?" she suddenly whispered.

"I know so... just relax, and everything will be okay. You know I will always be here for you, and if you want to, there is nothing I would want more than to have a life together with you," Jarod whispered.

"I want that too... I want that so much..." Miss Parker said in an almost inaudible voice.

"That's a deal!"

"Yes…" Miss Parker smiled tiredly, sighing contently as she felt Jarod tighten his hold of her. She just loved how he made her feel safe.

"And, Jar… I love you too; I should have said that a long time ago…"

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The End.

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AN/ Yes, I thought of ending it here, maybe it's a bit rushed, but if I'd start explaining how they get away with killing Raines, and Miss Parker, confronting her father… I could go on forever. And this fic wasn't even supposed to be this long!

So this is it, a happy ending!

Oh and thank you everyone for the reviews!