"Got it all?"  Vannie asked as men and women went by her with canisters.

"Who are you?" the Asian man tied up in the corner asked.

Vannie looked over her shoulder at him, then went and crouched in front of him.

"I'm shocked.  Dapp didn't tell you about me?" she asked with mock surprise.

Zin narrowed his eyes at her.  Vannie extended her hand with a scorning smile.

"Vanessa Elizabeth Monroe, or Bannon, whichever you prefer."

Zin's eyes widened.  "Dapp did warn us about you."

"Guess he wasn't' convincing enough," Vannie commented rising and turning away from Zin.

She pointed out a few men.  "Stay and make a final sweep.  Be quick, but thorough, then catch up as quickly as possible."

The men nodded and Vannie led the way out of the fortress.

"Brain, you done yet?"  Vannie asked over her comm-link.

"Just about," he answered.

"We're almost ready to leave," Vannie informed.

"I'll be ready and waiting when the helicopters return, promise," Brain assured.

"You better be.  Empress out," Vannie ended the conversation.

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Jessie unscrunched herself from the ball she had squeezed herself into.  She stretched her limbs and then looked at the monitor with a groan.  She was not happy with herself.

"Why can't I remember that sequence," she scolded herself.

"Something wrong?"  Jonny asked.

"I'm almost done," Jessie began, "but I can't think of this last sequence."

"Remember what you did the last time this happened?"  Jonny reminded.

"I took a break and purged Quest World of all files regarding Pheryll 90," Jessie answered.

"And taking that break helped you remember right?"  Jonny asked.

Jessie looked away from the computer screen to Jonny's eyes.

"Get some sleep Jess.  That's probably what's affecting your memory," Jonny ordered.

Jessie sighed.  "Maybe you're right."

"Wow, did you just admit that?"  Jonny teased.

Jessie laughed.  "Yes, and that might be the only time," she responded.

She sighed again and rose.  Jonny followed her as she made her way to the house and then to get a drink of water from the kitchen, then finally to the study where she lay down on the couch.

"Don't let me sleep too long," Jessie ordered yawning.

"I won't," Jonny vowed with no intentions of keeping his promise.

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"Radio the UN the coordinates of the Council.  Tell them, they won't have Surd, but will have him shortly.  Also tell them the Pheryll 90 will be disposed of," Vannie ordered Julie as the helicopters began to fly away from the jungle.

"Get us back to Maine," she then ordered the pilot.

She looked behind her when she heard a scuffle, then turned and left the cockpit of the chopper.  Race and some of her "army" were standing around Surd who was now lying on the floor.

"Something wrong?"  Vannie inquired.

"Surd's just being his usual difficult self," Race responded running a hand through his white hair.

"I will not give up my freedom so easily," Surd spat.

"You really don't have a choice," Race responded before walking away.

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After finishing the conversation with his mother Hadji returned to the study where he had previously been meditating only to find it occupied by a slumbering Jessie guarded by Jonny.

"How did you get her to take a break?"  Hadji asked his brother incredulously.

"She can't say no to me, at least not forever," Jonny responded.

"How far is she with the program?"  Hadji next inquired.

"She's almost done.  She has just one more sequence to work out," Jonny answered.

Both men stared at the red head silently, both admiring her.

"I am going to go prepare something to eat for when she wakes up," Hadji suddenly said turning and leaving.

Jonny just nodded the best he could, his eyes never leaving his Jessie.

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Vannie sighed as she slumped onto a bench in one of the helicopters.  She looked up at her husband who was standing over her.

"You okay?" he asked, concern evident in his voice.

"Fine, just relieved, and a little tired," Vannie assured.

"Why don't you try and rest then," Race suggested crouching in front of her.

"I don't know if I could," Vannie responded truthfully.

Race rose to sit by her.  He put his arms around her, holding her close.

"Everything's going to be all right now," he guaranteed.

Vannie let herself rest against her husband and finally felt her tiredness take over her.  "Goodnight," she heard Race whisper in her ear before she fell asleep.

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"How long have I been asleep?"  Jessie asked stretching.

"Long enough," Jonny responded.

Jessie checked her watch and Jonny watched her eyes go wide.

"It's been six hours," she exclaimed.  "I thought I told you not to let me sleep for too long?"

"I didn't," Jonny assured smugly.

Jessie scowled at him and rose.

"Hadji made something for you to eat.  It's cold by now, but you can reheat it and eat before you go back to the lighthouse can't you?"  Jonny called after her.

Jessie stopped and looked back at Jonny.  She sighed and gave in.  "Yeah, I guess it wouldn't hurt," she agreed.

Smiling, Jonny accompanied Jessie to the kitchen.

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Vannie picked up the handset for the radio and put it to her mouth.  "As soon as Race and I are off, codenames can be dropped and all personnel will return to headquarters where the Pheryll 90 will be disposed off."

Vannie repeated the message, then returned the handset to its cradle and returned to where her husband was waiting for her where she had left him.

"Ready to go?" she asked.

"As soon as we grab Surd I am," he assured.

Just then two guards escorted Surd in and handed him over to Race.

"Landing in T minus two minutes," the pilot warned over the intercom.

"Let's get our Jonny back," Vannie whispered.

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Once again, Jessie's hands flew over the keyboard.  A slight smile tugged at the corner of her lips and her eyes sparkled.  Jonny watched her work in amazement.

"I told you it would do the trick," Jonny bragged.

"I already admitted you were right once.  Don't expect it to happen again," Jessie responded as her hands finally stopped and she leaned back in her chair.  "That's it," she announced.

"Are you sure you don't want to go over it again and make sure there are no mistakes?"  Hadji suggested.

Jessie was about to respond when the door to the lighthouse opened letting in a blast of cold air and a tied and bound Surd.  Race and Vannie followed close behind.

Surd spotted Jessie immediately.  She turned her head away from him and locked eyes with Jonny.  She felt Hadji's hand on her shoulder and glanced over at him with a smile.

"Everything ready?"  Race asked as he forced Surd down into one of the VR chairs.

Jonny looked at Jessie who nodded at him.  He wheeled his chair forward and allowed Vannie to put one of the VR modules on him.  Race was having a hard time with Surd, but with a little "persuasion" Race got the doctor to sit still.

"Hope you can do this while he's unconscious," Race said apologetically as he moved to stand beside his daughter.

Vannie joined them and they watched as Jessie logged both men into the system.

Jonny walked around a bit trying out Quest World as if it were brand new to him.  "Now I know why Surd wants Quest World all to himself," Jonny breathed.

Surd at the moment was lying unconscious on the ground.  Jonny watched him as thoughts of the revenge he could take ran through his head.  But, he held himself back.  The sweetest revenge of all would be coming soon.

"Iris, begin Resurrection program," Jessie ordered.

Jonny felt the familiar tingle as his feet left the ground.  The sparkles surrounded him and he could see them swirling around Surd who was also floating off the ground.  When the process was over he didn't feel any different.  But, he knew all he had to wait for was to be logged out and returned to the real world.

"Let's hope this works," Jessie whispered as she began the logging out sequence.

She crossed her fingers and watched as Hadji and her parents approached the VR system.  The glowing dome lowered from around Surd and Jonny and immediately Surd began to struggle for breath.  Hadji hurried to unlock Jonny from Surd's chair and help him out.  Surd was returned to his "prison" against Vannie's suggestions to just let him die.

"Death is too good for him," Race assured her.

She just nodded silently as the breathing apparatus in the chair took over for Surd.

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Jonny looked around himself his eyes shining.  Hadji was right next to him, his eyes also shining and smiling the biggest smile Jonny had ever seen his brother wear.  Then he heard it, the softest, "Jonny."

He turned to look into Jessie 's gorgeous green eyes.  Then she fell into his arms, tears running down both of their cheeks.

This is the moment, Jonny thought as he stroked and kissed Jessie's hair.  This is the moment I've been waiting for.  He closed his eyes and enjoyed the feeling of Jessie in his arms.   And then, he felt more arms encircling them both.  Hadji, and Vannie, and Race were all there, surrounding them in love and family.  And all wore tears the same as Jessie and Jonny.  It's all so perfect, Jonny thought.

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"I still don't see why you needed him?" the warden over Brattleford Prison asked confused.

Race only shook his head in response.  "It doesn't matter now.  Just take him away.  We don't' ever want to see him again."

The warden just shrugged his shoulders and boarded the helicopter.  Race stood back as the chopper lifted in the air and moved off.

"Race, Dr. Quest is on the phone for you," Hadji called from the door of the compound.

Race jogged inside and to the study where he picked up the receiver for the phone on Dr. Quests desk.  "Hey, Doc, what's up?"

"We found it Race, we found the cure," Benton said excitedly.

"That's great," Race congratulated.

"How are things on your side?"  Benton inquired.

"Things couldn't be better.  Both Jonny and Jessie are safe, and we relieved the Council of the Pheryll 90.  Hopefully, by now they're all in jail," Race answered.

There was silence on the other end, then Benton asked silently, "How do we do it?"

"I don't know Doc, I really don't know," was all Race could answer.

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Jessie closed her eyes.  She was sitting on the couch in the den with Jonny's arms around her, a fire roaring in the fireplace.  There was no talking or quiet chatting.  They didn't need any.  They had all they needed in each other and the moment.  All they wanted was to be left alone for the next ten years.

"Hey you two, planning on staying up all night?"

No such luck.

"Yes mother, we are," Jessie answered opening her eyes.

Vannie saw the "get lost and make sure no one else disturbs us" look in her daughter's eyes.  She smiled and moved on.  Jessie closed her eyes again and felt Jonny press his lips to the top of her head.  She turned to look at him and catch his lips with her own.

"For a while, I wasn't sure if I would ever be able to do this again," Jonny told her after their kiss ended.

"It doesn't matter now," Jessie told him.  "We're both here and well."

"And that's the best part," Jonny whispered.

He kissed her forehead, then rested his chin on the top of her head.

"That's the best part," he repeated.

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