A/N: I logged on to update my stories and when I did I found my flash drive blank. I don't know what happened but all my stories are gone. After getting over the shock that I'd have to rewrite them all (I have eight other work in progress fics) I decided to end this one. I've been watching season five of Leverage hoping that inspiration would strike and I'd come up with another story idea. Sorry to all of you who have been reading this, I'm just not in it anymore.
Reference to Katy Perry's Hot N Cold is mentioned.
"What's wrong with you?" Eliot asked when he walked into Nate's apartment and spotted me on the couch. I glanced up at him but didn't say anything.
"Nothing, where's Nate and Sophie?" I asked ignoring his stare.
"Over at the stage house. Something's wrong, I can tell." He looked me over and sat across from me on the coffee table. "Are you going to tell me or am I going to have to punch it out of you?" He pushed.
"It's nothing." I sighed leaning back on the furniture.
"Parker." He stated easily as if her name was written on my forehead.
"What?" I jumped sitting up straighter.
"I knew it! Did you two have a fight?" He teased.
"It has nothing to do with Parker." I lied.
"You two have some weird type of relationship going on. You're hot than you're cold, yes than no. You're either in or you're out." He told me resting his arms on his knees as he shook his head at me.
"Are you singing Katy Perry?" I asked confused.
"Who's Katy Perry?" He questioned.
"Never mind." I replied.
"Look, you want some advice?" He asked.
"What?" I questioned hesitant.
"You have to show her who's the man. No more waiting, it ain't all up to her. She has you on her toes and she knows it." He pointed out.
"What's to stop her from just saying no?" I asked.
"That's a chance you have to take." He replied. "Would you rather waste your time on a girl that's never going to be ready or take a chance, get shot down, and move on?" He asked back.
"I want Parker." I told him getting up to get a soda. Just as I said that her, Nate, and Sophie came in.
"Okay Parker, Hardison, you're on. You have a meeting with Ms. Carmichael in one hour." Nate informed us.
"Remember you just got married and you're happily in love with one another." Sophie went over with us.
"Gotcha, lots of lovin' no fightin'." I nodded. Parker barely looked at me. She had her wall back up and her face was blank. "Let's go buy us a house." I followed her out the door.
"What I miss now?" I overheard Sophie ask Eliot before shutting the door.
"So are we not talking now?" I asked Parker, turning my attention to her.
"Let's just gets this job over with." She grimaced.
"Fine." I rolled my eyes. We got to the house a little late; Chelsea was already there waiting.
"Good afternoon, I'm Chelsea. You two must be Mr. and Mrs. Harker?" She greeted us. Something about her seemed familiar, yet I couldn't place her.
"What? Yes, I'm Alan…Harker." I grinned shaking her hand. Of all the last names they could think of they chose Sophie's nickname for the two of us? "This is my wife, Alice."
"Well it's nice to meet you both. Would you like to get the tour started?" She asked, oozing with charm.
"After you Sweetie Pie." I forced a smile towards the rock beside me. She smiled back just as fake before walking past the threshold. We walked around the bottom floor getting a view of the kitchen, family room, home office, and half bath before going upstairs. Chelsea showed us the master bedroom and bath before taking us to the other side to show us to bedrooms with a jack and jill bathroom.
"The schools in the neighborhood are great and there's a park just around the corner in case you two were planning on making one of these rooms a nursery." She hinted to us. Parkers, or Alice's, eyes popped open in shock.
"I'll give you two a few minutes to look around yourself and get a better feel for the place." She smiled before leaving and making her way back downstairs.
"So, sweetums what do you think about the house?" I asked, glancing up at the crown molding.
"We aren't really buying it." She shot back alarmed.
"I know." I replied raising an eyebrow.
"This isn't me, I have to go." She shook her head trying to escape once more.
"Whoa, whoa, slow down. What's your problem? Are you trying to blow our cover?" I whisper-yelled to her.
"We aren't some happy, lovey dovey, married couple looking to buy a house. " She pointed out.
"What happened to the Parker that was ready to jump?" I asked her. I waited for a response that never came. "Eliot's right." I mumbled under my breath.
"What?" She questioned unsure of what I just said.
"Eliot's right." I repeated myself. "I want you Parker, I do." I told her honestly. "But I can't wait forever for you to make up your mind. I'm tired of this back and forth bullshit. You're either in, or you're out." I told her, finally putting my foot down to her charades.
"I don't know." She finally replied. This time, I let her pass me. Giving up I followed her down the steps looking for Chelsea. I searched the house and came up empty, finally deciding to pop my head out to see if she was on the porch. Just as I did I saw her climb out a van across the street.
"What is she doing?" I wondered aloud. Parker, curious, came to see herself.
"That van was parked outside Nate's this morning." She offered. Going on impulse I ran across the street into a started Chelsea.
"Mr. Harker, what are you doing out here?" She asked nervously. I ignored her and walked to the van opening the back door. To my surprise, Nate, Sophie, and Eliot were hiding in the back.
"What the hell is going on?" I asked. Parker, sensing something was off came over to see what all the commotion was about.
"What? What are you guys doing here?" She asked them confused.
"What are we doing here?" Sophie questioned, laughing nervously.
"Soph, I'm gonna go. I'll see you in class tomorrow." Chelsea waved goodbye, retreating quickly towards her car.
"She's not a real estate agent is she?" Parker commented.
"Damn it Hardison!" Eliot complained getting out of the van.
"What I do?" I defended myself.
"You couldn't just admit you two were dating! Sophie had to come up with this ploy to get it out of you." He explained.
"We aren't dating!" I shouted, getting the attention of a nearby neighbor.
"How about we take this inside?" Nate suggested, finally speaking up. I turned back and walked into the house followed by the rest of the gang.
"Hold up, you're saying this con was on us?" I asked in disbelief once we were all settled in the living room.
"It was her idea." Nate held up his hands, nodding towards Sophie.
"Thanks Nate." Sophie huffed sarcastically.
"You conned your own team." I pointed out.
"Well if you two didn't sneak behind everyone's back we wouldn't have had to!" Sophie argued. "I thought we were making progress!" She turned on Parker.
"So who is Chelsea really?" I asked Sophie since she seemed to be the one who knew her.
"A friend from my acting class." She shrugged, smoothing out her skirt.
"You're all unbelievable!" I complained, leaving them to go walk out on the patio out back. I heard someone follow me and turned around expecting it to be Nate or Sophie.
"You're right." Parker admitted, pulling the sliding glass door shut.
"What about?" I asked, all energy drained from me.
"I'm done running." She replied staring at her feet. I looked over at her unconvinced. "I want to be with you too."
"Do you?" I questioned.
"Yes." She assured me, reaching out to pull me down against her. She crushed her lips against mine proving to me how much.
"I told you they were dating!" Eliot bellowed from inside laughing.
"Do you want to go plot revenge against them?" I asked resting my forehead against hers.
"Eventually. Now I can think of a few other things we could do too." She suggested.
"Now you're talking." I smiled liking the idea.
"Catch me if you can!" She hollered, running off in the direction to my car.
Finally finished! It took me forever to tie this story together. I had bits and pieces but couldn't connect them. What do you think about the ending? Let me know and review!
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