Seven Days

By Mallory Quinn

Chapter 2

"Last week…"

Meanwhile back in Never Never Land, operation backstep was going forward. The special service now had the identity of all those terrorists and they knew their every move. Frank was ready to backstep. The procedure, though it looked, simple, was very painful. Not a lot of men could take the pain like Frank…But he knew it was to save the world, save New York and the French President. America couldn't afford to have the French President die on them, whether it was a terrorist attack or not.

Frank was with Olga getting ready and she was nice to him as usual, before a backstep, because she knew she wasn't going to remember what she did when Frank comes back, since it hasn't happened yet…

- Olga, said Frank

- Mr. Parker, I wanted to wish you good luck…

- You're doing it to me again… because you know you won't remember when I tell you last week…

- Mr. Parker, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate what you're doing for the world, said Olga ignoring him…

- Yeah yeah yeah, you said that all the time…

- Do I do this all the time? She said kissing him on the lips

Frank took advantage to hold her and kiss her passionately. He finally let go of her, breathless.

- You won't believe me when I tell you, you started the kiss…, said Frank…

Olga smiled and left the room. Frank had asked for a favour from someone in the government to find out what happened to the two person he had met the night before. He got a phone call.

- Harry, tell me you found them, said Frank

- I did, said Harry on the other side, she's fine, but she miscarried and he's fine but he's got a broken leg and his fiancée who recently lost her leg died…Candice White Andrew and Terrence Grandchester have reunited…

- But she miscarried? She was pregnant… poor Candy, said Frank, thank you so much Harry

- You're lucky you're backstepping because I could get in trouble for giving this classified information….

- Don't worry Harry; you won't get into trouble because I'm not going to ask you for anything…

- All that time travelling just gives me a headache…The future is the past, the past is the future…

- Don't think about it… I go back in time seven days, I'm actually seven days older when I go back… bye Harry, thanks!

- Good luck Frank…I'm sending you their files…

Frank went in the sphere that was going to take him back in time, seven days… His colleagues, Ramsey, Ballard and Pr. Mentnor were all there to see him go. They always wished him well, even if they're not going to remember feeling sad for what had happened… The procedure started and Frank was suffering and taking the pain, he had blood coming out of his nose, his eyes, he felt like they were crushing his head… the sphere disappears and Frank goes back in time: seven days. The sphere landed in the middle of Central park at 4 am in the morning so the park would be empty. A crew was going to come and take the sphere before anybody realises it's there. Frank got out and took a breath of fresh air. He looked for a phone booth and called Never Never Land…

- Hi, this is conundrum, said Frank…

"Conundrum" was Frank's code name to show that he had gone back in time. The operator, transferred him to the conference room where everybody was waiting, because when there's a backstep, an alarm sounds in the base…

Talmage put him on speaker phone.

- What is it Frank? Where are you?

- I'm in New York, Central Park…

- New York?

- Yes…in just a few days terrorist are going to bomb the Met Life Building, the Empire State Building the Statue of Liberty and major hospitals in New York…

- Ok, you have details on their plans? Asked Talmage

Frank gave them the details of the attacks.

- You're all coming here in New York for military convention in a few days…, said Frank

- We got the invitation this morning, said Olga

- Olga! Bring you most pretty dress! Said Frank, you're my date…

- All right, said Olga blushing

- Thanks for the information Frank; I'll inform the special service and the military…, said Talmage

Frank hung up the phone and he put his hands in his pockets, he found the two tickets, Terrence had given him in that bar…

- It's 7 days ago, I can stop the accident from happening and save Candy and Terrence's relationship and their baby…I met them for a reason…, he said out loud.

He had asked Harry for Terrence's address and since it was early in the morning, he went by the building he was living in. The file on Terrence said that he used to have breakfast at Denny's , near his apartment, every morning. Frank went at Denny's and he saw Terrence reading a letter. He went to sit next at his table.

- Can I sit here? Said Frank

- Sure, said Terry smiling

- A letter from your beloved?

- We talk on the phone everyday, I email her every day, and we're still write each other letters by snail mail…she sent me a picture…

- Can I see it? Asked Frank

- Sure, said Terry giving him the picture

He saw a picture of Candy smiling in her nurse's uniform. She looked so happy. He remembered their kisses; she would never remember that… He also thought about Olga who kissed him before the backstep knowing very well she won't remember and that she was going to refuse to believe what she did….Back to Candy and Terry for now…

- She's very pretty, she's a nurse? Said Frank

- Yes… she's lives in Chicago. She's coming here for my big premiere…

- Your big premiere?

- Yes, I just got the part of Romeo…

- So you're going to be a big star soon, said Frank

- Well we'll know the next morning after reading the critics…, said Terry

- I'm sure you're going to be fine…

- I have to rehearse with the actress playing Juliet… she's got a crush on me. That's the only dark cloud in this whole thing! I wish I could play opposite another actress…

"Be careful what you wish for", said Frank in his head.

- I just got to New York, said Frank, there's a military convention in a few days… I'm a little in advance. My team is going to get here in a few days…

- Oh… so you've got nothing to do until they get here? You want to hang out with me? We can grab a bite later and maybe go to the movies tonight? Said Terry

Terrence's cell phone rang…

- Freckles, said Terry smiling

- Honey, said Candy, good morning!

- I'm having breakfast with a friend

- You've made a new friend; it's a man I hope…

- Yes, of course it's a man! A woman would fall for me… I'm too handsome!

- Hey modesty…! I just wanted to wish a good day. I love you…

- I love you, said Terry, have a good day too…

Frank looked at him talking to Candy how his eyes were shining, how happy he was. He finally hung up the phone after telling Candy he loved her a hundred times.

- Sorry about that, said Terry

- No problem… let me introduce myself, Lieutenant Frank B. Parker…

- Terrence Grandchester. Pleased to meet you…

Frank walked with Terry to the theatre, and then he went to foresee the targets of the future terrorist attack. It took them sometimes but they discovered everything thanks to Frank's information on the future. But they couldn't do anything or the terrorist were going to try something else. So in the meantime, Frank was having fun in New York. He befriended Terrence and the next day, the day the accident was going to happen, he was at the theatre. He was wondering how to keep Terry and Susanna off the stage to prevent the accident.

He looked around he saw the fire alarm. At 5 to 4 pm, he pulled the alarm…. Fire drill, everybody left the stage and what they were going to go outside. Susanna was on stage with Terry, and she hated being interrupted. She loved acting with him. She loved him so much.

- Terry, that must be just a drill, there's no fire…let's continue our rehearsal, said Susanna

- No, said Terry, let's go out for a few minutes, I'm a little tired…

- All right then, said Susanna dragging her leg…

Terry was off stage and Susanna was behind him. They were walking towards the exit, when they heard a crashing noise. The spotlight falling on the empty stage. They turned around stunned.

- Oh my God! Said Terry, that spotlight would've fell on me! If I had listen to you and stayed on stage…

- I'm speechless, said Susanna a little ashamed; your guardian angel was guiding you…

- That alarm, saved my life and yours…, said Terry

They went outside, and they saw everybody outside. Karen Cleese, another actress, who was Susanna's understudy, talked.

- I saw what happened, that guy there pull the fire alarm! She sad

She showed Frank… Terry walked to Frank.

- I don't know where you came from, but you saved my life…, said Terry

- What? Said Frank faking a surprise

- You pulled that alarm and Susanna and I had to leave the stage… but a few seconds later, a spotlight fell right where I was just standing…It would've hit me on the head…Thank you, thank you so much!

- Why did you pull that alarm? Said Susanna

- Who cares? Said Terry, it saved our lives! You could've been hurt too, Susanna…

- Yes, said Susanna, thank you…sir…

- Yes, thank you said Robert Hathaway the manager, I'm going to make sure those lights aren't loose anymore… thank you again, people could've been killed…

- I'm glad everything worked out, said Frank, I have to go… Terry I'll call you….

Frank was late, they needed him for more details about the attack. Frank went on to save the world. He was glad he was able to make a stop and stop a tragedy to happen to two very nice people who belonged together.

The army and the Special Forces were able to thwart all of the terrorists' plans…Innocent people weren't killed.

Candy came for the premiere and she saw Terry's playing opposite Susanna and she realised that Susanna was enjoying playing Juliet a little too much. But she knew Terry was hers! Terry was marvellous on stage… she went to see him in his changing room.

- You were great honey, she said hugging him

- Thank you…

- Even if it was a pain to see you kiss Susanna…

- Freckles…it's acting

- I know…

- The troupe is going to celebrate, let's go, even though I want to spend my time with you. How long are you staying for…?

- For good, said Candy smiling

- Come again?

- Instead of me coming every other weekend to see you… I transfer my job to Lenox Hill Hospital here in Manhattan! I'm moving here to be near you…it's my present to you…

Terry ran to her to hug her hard. He bend on one knew and said:

- Freckles, will you marry me?

- Yes! Terry I'll marry you! She said laughing, hugging and kissing him!

He took a little box from his pocket and put it on her finger. They went to the reception and they had a lot of fun. Susanna was not happy to see Candy with Terry, but she couldn't do much. Terry had rejected her in no uncertain terms and she saw the ring on Candy's finger… they were engaged! All she could do is cry alone… Frank was there too, Terry had invited his saviour. He got to the play a little late with Olga.

- Candy this is Frank, said Terry, he saved my life the other day

- Really? Said Candy looking at Frank

She kissed him on the cheek and hugged him. Frank remembered their kiss, when she called him "Terry".

- Thank you so much, said Candy, I don't know what I would've done if I had lost Terry…

- You're very welcome. I'm glad I could help, said Frank

- Terry, this is Olga , said Frank

Frank had told Terry about Olga. He smiled at her. He took her hand and kissed it.

- Please to meet you, said Terrence

- Please to meet you…, said Olga, Terrence, Candy…

- And I love your accent…, said Terry

- Me too, said Candy smiling, pleased to meet you

- I like your British accent too, Terrence, said Olga laughing

The party went on fine. Frank and Olga where talking on their way back to the hotel.

- Did something happen to this couple in the former week? She asked

- Yes, said Frank, they were good people; I wanted to help them…

- What did you do?

- I stopped them from separating… it would've been a crime…

Olga looked at him smiling.

- You're a very compassionate man, Mr. Parker, she said

- Can I get a kiss for that?

- Dream on!

- You kissed me before I backstepped…

- All I have is your word on something I don't remember doing and I won't remember…

- The next time, I'm going to take a picture and show you…

- Pictures can be doctored…

- I can't win with you, can I, Olga?

She looked at him and smiled. She liked playing with him, she had a thing for him but she was afraid to act on her feelings.

A few days later, Candy and Terry were invited to the military convention at the Carlton Hotel, courtesy of Frank…

- Candy, Terry, it's good to see you! Said Frank

- Good evening! Said Terry smiling

Candy was holding his arm.

- Candy, how are you? Said Frank

- I'm feeling a little dizzy, I need something to drink

A waiter was passing by and Candy wanted to take a glass of wine. But Frank stopped her…

- No, take some water instead, said Frank you'll feel better…

- Thanks, said Candy.

Olga arrived smiling.

- Hello, she said, Candy are you feeling all right? You look a little pale

- I feel a little dizzy…,said Candy

- Are you on any medication? Asked Olga

- No, said Candy

- Are you in the family way? Asked Olga

- What…? Said Candy

She stopped to think, it was possible she was a few days late…

- Oh my God! Said Candy

Terry hugged her laughing and kissed her.

- That's wonderful news! Said Frank, congratulations!

- Thank you, said Candy and Terry

Frank walked away with Olga.

- You saved that baby too, didn't you? Asked Olga

- What can I say? I don't like it when little angels die…

Olga looked at him, she pulled him and kissed him on the lips, then she let go of him like nothing had happen. Frank was on cloud nine…

Terry became a big Broadway star and Hollywood was also knocking… Candy worked at the hospital, part time only. She didn't want to get tired with her pregnancy. Candy and Terry got married on Valentine's Day. Her friends came from Chicago for the wedding. Susanna kept trying to seduce Terry, unsuccessfully. Terry was happily married to the love of his life, who was having his baby… Candy had a beautiful baby boy, the spitting image of his daddy.

They may never know what Frank did for them, but they were happy to be together.

Frank continued to save the world in his top secret government project and he continued flirting with Olga. He also liked to save the odd ones when he got the occasion… He could've taken advantage of a drunken Candy the first time around, but he didn't, she looked so innocent and pure… and Terrence was likeable… He helped them stay together by avoiding a tragedy that would've made them miserable for life. Angels come in all shapes and sizes… Candy and Terry's angel came in the form of Frank B. Parker.

THE END