A/N- Thanks for all your reviews, I really appreciate them
"You ready?" Sylar asks me breaking me from my thoughts.
"Are you ready?" I counter as I decide to make the first move, as he was taking far too long.
I closed my eyes and teleported behind him. I used my telekinesis power to grab a street sign and swung it at him. I hit him in the head and he staggered backwards. I hit him a couple more times before he got the better of me and threw the street sign through the Stars Hollow video store's front window.
"Why don't you just give up," Sylar says to me.
"Sure," I reply. "If you can catch me."
I turn invisible and take a couple of steps back.
"Nice one," Sylar says looking around for me. "I can't wait to try that one. One problem though I can still hear you."
He raised his hand and I focused hard. I blocked his telekinesis. He was trying to lift a car, but now he couldn't.
I lost concentration and Sylar immediately threw the car at me. I bent my knees and lifted my arms above my head. I caught the car mid air and threw it back at Sylar. I became visible again and shot electricity at him. Sylar fell down, but was up just as quick.
"Let's see what you can do now," Sylar says as he freezes my feet to the ground.
"Easy," I reply as I make fire come out of my feet. "Too easy," I add as I take a step back, so that he knows that I'm free from the ice. "You're going to have to try harder than that. Come on, I'm new at this and I'm kicking your ass."
"Not for long," Sylar says and I notice my hand turning to liquid.
"Cute," I reply as I block his power. The liquidation stops, but I'm now missing half an arm. I focus on Claire and my arm soon grows back.
I searched his mind and found a memory, one of Sylar with his mother. Huh, Gabriel Gray, nice name. I close my eyes briefly and shape shift into Gabriel, glasses and all. I wanted to give him a chance to kick his own butt.
"Hello," I say adopting Sylar's voice from the memory. "I'm Gabriel, Gabriel Gray." I held my hand out towards Sylar.
"My name's Sylar," Sylar retorts angrily.
"Well, I don't know," I say shifting back into myself. "You mom called you Gabriel, well before you killed her at least."
"Deal with this," Sylar says as his hands start glowing. "If you're lucky you'll only blow up Stars Hollow."
"You're giving me more powers," I ask Sylar confused as I absorb his power. "Do you really think that's a good idea?"
"Just wait," Sylar says. "You won't be able to control it."
"You sure," I ask Sylar. "On a scale of one to ten how sure are you?"
I focused all the radiation energy flowing through me and shot it at him like a lighting bolt. He fell backwards. I walked over and stood above him.
"You have nothing on me," I reply.
"Really," Sylar asks and I let him get up. "Jess Mariano, mother Liz Danes, father James Mariano, well if you could call him a father. You were abandoned by both your father and mother, and had to move in with you Uncle. Now you're living the good life, with a girlfriend and all."
"You leave her out of this," I hiss angrily at him.
"Make me," Sylar replies. "When I kill you, and I will, she'll be next on my list, followed closely by you Uncle."
"You won't touch them," I say as I turn towards some arm to arm combat.
I gave up quickly and combined my fire and electricity power together. I blasted him with it, but he froze it in mid air and threw it back at me, I had no time to react and the blast hit me and I landed flat on my back. I tried to get up, but I knew that I would have to wait until I healed first.
"Now," Sylar says as he cuts open my head slowly. "Stay still."
I tried to block his power, but I couldn't, I was in too much pain.
"Arrrggghhh!" I scream out.
I looked towards the diner and noticed both Parkman and Bennet holding Luke back. I looked for Rory's thoughts in the group. I just wanted to hear her one more time.
Jess, no, come on get up, you have to get up, -Lorelai
I wish I had superpowers, -Kirk
Maybe I could knock the guy on my left out and then run. I have to save Jess, well I have to try at least, -Luke
Jess, I love you. You have to be okay, please try and fight back… maybe you could accept his offer, it's not too late, -Rory
Accept his offer. I knew that was definitely not an option. I tried to figure out a plan. He had me pinned, but that didn't matter as I still couldn't move, I must've fried something in my brain- Fire and electricity probably aren't the two best things to be hit by.
Is that the town loner? –Miss Patty
I looked behind Sylar and noticed a man walking towards us. I wanted to warn him to keep his distance, but I didn't want to alert Sylar as he seemed oblivious to the world around him. I kept my eyes focused on the guy as he shot out red electricity. It hit Sylar in the back and immediately immobilized him.
"You alright?" The guy asks me as he pulls me up.
"Yeah," I reply. "Thanks. Is Sylar dead?"
"No, just frozen," The guy replies bending down. He took the glove off of his left hand and touched Sylar. It was like freeze frame, I saw the power leave Sylar and enter the man, it was quick and painless. "He won't hurt anyone now."
"Who are you?" I ask the guy. "And how'd you take his powers."
"They call me the borrower," The guy replies. "And that's my ability. I can take powers off another just by touching them."
"Jess," Luke says as he comes over and hugs me. "Thank god that you're alright."
"Yeah," I agree. "Thanks to this guy."
"You're the town loner right?" Luke asks him. "The one that lives in the caves."
"Yeah," The guy replies nervously.
"Well thanks for saving my nephew," Luke says as he shakes the guy's hand.
"Jess, I'm glad that you're alright," Rory says as she hugs me. "I love you."
"Yeah," I reply as I kiss her. "I love you too."
"Bennet," The town loner says as Bennet approaches us.
"Long time," Bennet replies. "Is Sylar immobilized?"
"Yeah," The town loner responds.
"We'll take him in," Bennet replies. "Put him on level five. What are you going to do with his powers?"
"Take over the world," The town loner jokes. "I don't know. I can't control them much longer. It's too unstable, I'm going to have to pass them on and soon."
"Well, don't touch anyone here," Bennet warns as he turns to leave. "And keep out of trouble."
"Sure," The town loner replies. "Jess," The guy says motioning me over to him.
"How do you know my name?" I ask him confused as I walk over to him.
"I know a lot of things," The town loner replies. "I'm your uncle… well other uncle." I must've looked confused because he explained further. "Your father Arthur Petrelli," The town loner explains. "I'm his younger brother Jonah."
"Nice to meet you Jonah," I say still trying to take it all in. "So where is my dad?"
"He died," Jonah replies. "Suicide."
"Oh," I say in shock. "Well does anyone in your family actually know that I exist?" I ask Jonah. "Does Nathan know about me?"
"No," Jonah replies. "I'm the only one that knows, well apart from Peter. You met him right, he showed you the future."
"Yeah I met him," I answer. "He's a great guy, but he's not me, is he?"
I had started to expect it. Peter was different, too different.
"No," Jonah replies. "He's your twin brother. You were killed in the future by Sylar. Peter avenged you by killing Sylar and the rest of your crew. He saved Claire though, she's your cousin."
"Hiro told me that she was Nathan's kid," I tell him. "So where is Peter in present time?"
"He lives with me," Jonah explains. "No one told your mom that she had twins, so she only left the hospital with you, and then there was a mix-up or something and no one came for Peter so I took him in. We traveled around a lot because I didn't want Peter to be influenced by the rest of the family."
"Why?" I ask confused.
"They're not all good Jess," Jonah tells me carefully. "It was just better if you and Peter grew up away from all that."
"So Peter's my twin brother?" I ask still slightly confused. "Why didn't I get to meet him before this, does he even know that I exist?"
"I never told him," Jonah replies. "But he has his clairvoyant dreams, like you, so I'm pretty sure that he knows. Come on lets get back to the diner, I'm sure the town wants to welcome you back, plus they probably all have questions for you."
"Great," I say sarcastically and then change the subject. "You don't really live in the caves do you?" I ask him shocked.
"Heaven no," Jonah replies amused as we make our way past Sylar. Bennet and the other two guys were loading him into the back of a truck. "We have a house out in the woods."
"What about Peter?" I ask confused. "I never see him around."
"We keep to ourselves," Jonah replies. "Peter is home schooled and when we find the need to get out we just travel to Boston or Hartford… somewhere where no one will recognize us."
"Jess," Rory says as she runs up and hugs me again. "What was up with that guy that looked like you but had a scar on his face, he whispered something in my ear and told me to think it no matter what."
"That's Peter," I answer as I pull out of the hug. "He's my brother."
"You have a brother?" Rory says shocked.
"Yeah," I answer. "And an Uncle," I say motioning towards Jonah as we walk into the diner. "Rory this is Jonah, Jonah this is Rory."
"Nice to meet you," They say to each other.
"Okay," Bennet says coming back into the diner. "We have Sylar and we are taking him to a secure location. He has lost his powers, so he isn't dangerous, but we are taking all the necessary precautions just in case. Now what you saw today, you cannot tell anyone, no one," Bennet says whilst looking at Miss Patty. "Jess' safety, as well as the safety of others depends on it. You will not see us again, hopefully, and Jess thank you for all your help."
"No problem," I reply.
"If you ever need anything just call me," Bennet says as he hands me a card. "We appreciate everything that you have done for us… and you too Jonah."
"Sure," Jonah replies unconvinced.
"Will I see you around?" Noah asks Jonah hopefully.
"No," Jonah replies. "I can't, I'm sorry."
"Okay," Bennet says as he hugs Noah. "And brother, don't forget to do something with those powers before you do something stupid."
"Sure Noah," Jonah replies.
"I'll see you," Bennet says sadly as he walks out the door.
I love you brother, -Jonah.
So Noah and Jonah were brothers too, but that means that… jeez this is too confusing, I'd have to ask him someday.
"So is the future fixed?" I ask Jonah nervously.
"Take a look for yourself," Jonah replies.
"The future?" Rory questions me. "Can I come?"
"Is that alright Jonah?" I ask nervously.
"Sure," Jonah replies. "But keep to the shadows and only interact with yourself or Peter, do you understand?"
"Yes," I say as I place my hand on Rory's shoulder. "We'll be back in a few minutes, give or take," I say to Luke.
"Where are we?" Rory asks confused. I teleported to the Manor, we were in the room where Rory was bedridden and I was glad to see that she wasn't there.
"The Manor," I answer. "It was kind of a refuge for people with abilities, but that was in the old future I have no idea what it is used for now."
"What was I like in the future?" Rory asks me excitedly as we make our way out of the hallway and down the stairs.
"Beautiful," I reply truthfully, yet I was certain that I wasn't going to tell her the whole truth. "You still loved me even after everything I put you through."
"I'll always love you Jess," Rory says as she kisses me softly. "No matter what."
"I believe you," I reply, how could I not, I had seen it with my own eyes.
"Jess," Peter says to me and I turn around.
"Hey," I say as I take in his appearance, he looked so different. "I see you don't have a scar anymore?"
"Yeah," Peter replies. "It's good."
"I know that you're my brother," I say to him.
"Yeah?" Peter questions. "Sorry I didn't tell you. I would have but I didn't know how to tell my twin brother that he had been killed. It was easier to just pretend to be you."
"It's okay," I reply. "Jonah told me."
"You met Jonah then?" Peter asks amused for some reason. "That explains how different this reality is then."
"How can you remember?" Rory asks Peter confused. "You would be different, what happened before wouldn't have happened to you, so you wouldn't know about it."
"It's one of the abilities I picked up," Peter explains. "It allows me to see all different realities in full detail. Like if you decide to do something then I can see that reality clearly," Peter explains. "But then say if Jess changes your mind, then the new reality replaces the old one."
"Wouldn't that get annoying?" I ask him. "Everyone changes their mind like once every minute."
"It's actually less then that," Peter replies. "But I can block it out. I only use it on the people I love, as I want them to make the right decisions. Plus I have a great memory, so I just store it all in the back of my mind and pull it out when I need it."
"Wait," I say to Peter. "So in the other reality you weren't me, right?"
"Right," Peter replies failing to see my point.
"So then why were you kissing Rory?" I ask him pointedly.
"Because when you died she became fair game," Peter answers.
"You kissed me?" Rory asks confused. "I wouldn't allow that."
"You never know," Peter says. "You might just like me more than Jess."
"Okay," I say immediately changing the subject. "So am I alive in this reality… and is Rory alive."
"You're both alive," Peter says as he walks away and motions for us to follow him. "Have a look," He says as he motions to a window, we get in close and look out the window.
"What's going on?" Rory asks confused.
"Sunday family dinner," Peter replies. "We do it every week."
"Is that mom and Luke?" Rory asks amazed.
"Yeah," Peter answers. "And your mom's pregnant with a girl."
"What about the others?" I ask Peter.
"Well," Peter begins. "We have Jonah and his brother Noah, they had a falling out many years ago, but somehow they worked through all their differences. Then we have our brother Nathan and his family, including his daughter Claire. Then of course we have you and Rory."
"We look so old," Rory says amused even thought we were only three years in the future.
"What about you?" I ask Peter. "Do you have anyone special?"
"No," Peter replies sadly. "I'm just waiting for Rory to realize that it is me that she wants."
"What?" Rory asks confused.
"I'm only joking," Peter replies. "I've seen someone in my future, but the only trouble now, is that I have to wait for it to come around."
"How long do you have to wait?" Rory asks sadly.
"Around five years," Peter replies. "But trust me it will be well worth the wait."
"Why don't you just go and find her now?" I ask confused. "If you know who she is,then why wait?"
"I have my reasons," Peter replies.
"Okay," I say dropping the subject. I had the whole future to convince him. "What about the others?" I ask Peter. "Nikki and her son, Elle… all of them."
"They are with their families," Peter replies. "Nothing exceptionally bad happened, so there was never any reason for them to leave home."
"That's good," I say visibly relieved. "So is Molly back with Parkman and Mohinder?"
"Yeah," Peter replies. "Claude is the only one that returned to the Manor, but we hardly ever see him, we let him stay because he had nobody else."
"What about Sylar?" Rory asks nervously. "Did he ever come back for Jess?"
"No," Peter replies. "The company locked him up on their most secure level. He had no powers, so he couldn't escape. He hasn't hurt anyone else since that day," Peter adds for my benefit.
"I'm glad. It looks like the future is going to be a great place," I say to Peter.
"Just don't stuff it up," Peter says to me jokingly. "Anyway you two really should be getting back."
"It's nice to meet you," Rory says to Peter.
"You too," Peter replies.
"Will I be seeing you soon?" I ask Peter hopefully.
"Yeah," Peter replies. "Sooner than you think."
"Bye," I say as I put my arm on Rory's shoulder.
"Look out the window," Peter says just as we teleport back.
We were back in the diner and I immediately looked out the window. Peter was standing there, in the middle of the street. I didn't think, I just ran out of the diner and hugged him.
"Jess?" Peter questions me confused.
"Yeah," I reply. "Brother," I say as I hug him tighter.
"It's nice to meet you," Peter says pulling out of the hug.
"You have no idea," I reply.
"Hey guys," Jonah says as he approaches us. "I see you two finally met."
"Yeah," Peter answers happily.
"I need you to trust me," Jonah says turning serious.
"Okay," I say without missing a beat.
"Peter?" Jonah questions.
"I don't know," Peter replies.
"I'm just going to split Sylar's powers between the two of you," Jonah tried to reassure Peter.
"I know…" Peter replies. "But I don't want anymore powers."
"Come on Peter," Jonah pleads. "You know that I can't hold onto these powers forever and I would just give them to Jess, but I don't know if it's too much power or not. You have to Peter there is no other way."
"Come on," I say to Peter and I hold his shoulder comfortingly. "It will be over in a minute."
"Okay," Peter agrees.
Jonah places a hand on both of our foreheads and closed his eyes. I could feel the power surging through me, it didn't hurt, but it felt strange. I kept my eyes on Peter the whole time, he looked scared and his eyes were shut tight. It was soon over and Jonah let us be.
"Are you alright?" I ask Peter nervously. Future Peter was always so strong, he was so unlike the person standing in front of me.
"Can I meet Rory?" Peter asks me hopefully as he opens his eyes.
"Sure thing," I reply as I let go of his shoulder, but only to put my arm around his shoulders in a brotherly way. "She's going to love you."
As we walked towards the diner, I couldn't help but think how complete my life was now. I had two uncles who loved me and a twin brother I'd do anything for. Plus the future didn't look too grim now, I was excited for what it had in store, enjoying Sunday lunches with my family. I couldn't wait and I knew that I didn't have to.
I looked down at my brother. He looked the same as his future self, but he looked young and innocent and it was at that moment that I knew I would protect him from the world, no matter what. Nothing bad would ever happen to Peter, I wouldn't allow it, because I never wanted to see the look of despair and regret in his eyes ever again.