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Chapter 16: The end

My hands began to shake as I stood frozen in shock. Dimitri had pulled a gun out of his pocket and was pointing it at Hailey who's face had gone pale.

Dimitri smirked and chuckled, but it was forced. He was losing his mind…

"Oh how the tables have turned…" he whispered.

That sick fuck…how dare he do this…

I took a step foreword and he cocked the gun.

"Stay where you are or I will kill her!" he exclaimed.

Maybe I could shift fast enough, or put up a barrier around Hailey.

"I know what you are thinking," Dimitri's eyes started to flash back and forth between me and Hailey, "You are probably wondering whether a barrier can stop bullets…"

It can…I know it can…it has to…

"Paul! Paul I've come to help!"

I turned my head in alarm. Running through the fog toward us was Jack.

"Jack go back! Stay away!" Suze yelled as she held onto Jesse.

Jack stopped in his tracks when he saw Dimitri and the gun. His eyes went large and I could see him shaking.

"And who is this?" Dimitri asked, "Your brother by the looks of it."

And then he did the unthinkable, he turned the gun on Jack.

"No!" I yelled.

"Give me the ring and I'll let him live!" Dimitri yelled.

Damn… if I gave him the ring he would have all of his power back, and none of us had enough strength to fight him again. But if I didn't…

"Don't Paul!" Jack yelled, years falling down his cheeks, "Don't give him the ring!"

Jack…he was putting himself in harms way…

I could feel my heart swell with pride for my brother.

"Fine then," Dimitri said.

Then a shot rang out into the night and Jack screamed…

It was like time had stopped…

Hailey raised her hand the last second and concentrated on the gun, turning it on Dimitri. She had used her power to pull the trigger, not Dimitri.

I almost puked at the sight of it. Dimitri had taken the bullet right between the eyes…there was so much blood…

His lifeless body fell limp to the ground and then Hailey knelt on the ground, crying.

I couldn't move…I was shocked at what had just happened.

Jack was screaming in horror and crying as well. Suze just stared at Hailey in shock and clung to Jesse's unconscious body.

My eyes seemed to focus again as Jack ran and hurled himself into my arms. I held him tightly and let him cry in my shoulder, the whole time I didn't take my eyes off Hailey.

She had stopped crying and was just staring at her shaking hands as if she had never seen then before.

"Paul…I- I was s-so s-cared!" Jack wailed, "There's s-so m-much b-blood!"

"I know Jack, just don't look ok?" I said, "You shouldn't have come."

"I- I followed y-you guys. I- I wanted t-to h-help!" he wailed.

I looked over at Suze and she nodded, taking Jack from me.

I walked up to Hailey and knelt in front of her, tilting her head so she was looking at me. Her eyes were red and puffy and her lower lip was shaking.

"I…I…I killed him Paul," she whispered in shock.

I pulled her to my and hugged her tightly.

"Thank you," I whispered.

"What?" she gasped, "How can you be thanking me? I just killed someone!"

She grabbed onto my shirt and clenched her fists, trying not to cry.

"You saved Jack, Hailey," I said softly, "I can't thank you enough."

She began to cry again and I hugged her as tight as I could without hurting her, stroking her hair.

"Let's go home," I whispered.

"I can shift Jesse and Jack. You can go ahead Paul," Suze called out.

I nodded and then I shifted Hailey and I back into the master bedroom. I sat her down on the bed and pulled her into my lap. She had stopped crying and was staring at the room blankly.

"Are you ok?" I asked.

She shook her head, "It's like it wasn't me doing it," she whispered, "It's like I was watching myself do it from far away. I was just…so mad at him…how dare he threaten Jack. He's just a kid. I wanted nothing more then for him to just…stop. The next thing I knew I had used my power to pull the gun from him and then…I just…shot him."

I hugged her and kissed her temple, "No one blames you Hailey. Hell, I would have done the same thing."

She sighed, "I guess there's nothing I can do now."

I nodded.

"What's gonna happen Paul? Someone's gonna find him," she said.

"Yeah, I guess. But when they do a test on the gun, the only finger prints they are gonna find is his. They will just think it's a suicide," I said.

Hailey sniffed, "At least it's over. The Gemini shouldn't bother us now that Dimitri is dead."

I nodded.

"We should get some sleep," I said.

Hailey nodded and took off her shirt, putting on a tank top and then a pair of cotton shorts. I just took off my shirt and pants and crawled into bed in my boxers.

Hailey crawled in next to me and I wrapped my arms around her waist, kissing her nose.

"I love you," I whispered.

But she was already asleep, a single tear still evident on her cheek.

Kissing it away I closed my own eyes and let the darkness swallow me.

…THE NEXT DAY…..

"Paul! Hailey! Wake up!"

My eyes opened and I groaned. Hailey rubbed her eyes and yawned.

We both got up and went into the living room where my parents were sitting in the living room. When we entered they looked at us, their faces were stern.

Crap.

I noticed that Jesse was conscious and he and Suze were standing in the kitchen while Jack sat on a chair.

"Yeah?" I asked.

"We need an explanation Paul," my mom said, "they found a man dead in the park out in front of our house and when Jack heard it on the radio he must have jumped at least a foot. What happened last night?"

I flushed.

"It was my fault," Hailey said softly.

My parents looked shocked.

"Mom, dad! Don't be mad at her!" Jack exclaimed, "If it weren't for Hailey then that man would have shot me!"

That sure didn't make them happy….

"What the hell do you mean by that?" my dad yelled, "Why was someone trying to shoot at you!"

"Calm down dad! It was Dimitri, the guy who attacked us at the hotel. He's been trying to kill us and last night we had a fight," I tried to explain, "He pulled out a gun. Jack wasn't supposed to be there but he showed up at the wrong time. If Hailey hadn't turned the gun on Dimitri with her power then Jack would be dead right now!"

My dad placed his head in his hands and sighed.

No one spoke for what seemed like years. Then my dad looked up.

"I guess we should be thanking you Hailey," mom said.

Hailey didn't say anything.

"So what happens now?" my dad asked.

"Nothing," I said, "The cops can't connect any of us to it unless someone saw us. We just have to keep an eye out for the Gemini for a while."

They both nodded.

A few hours later after everyone had been put up to date on what had happened last night, everyone got ready to leave. Suze and Jesse were going back to Carmel and we could go back to our old homes now that everything was settled.

We cleaned up Suze's uncle's house as best we could before we left and my dad left a few hundred dollars on the counter as a thank you. When they got home they would find the money, and have no clue who left it.

Suze was rather emotional at the airport as she said good bye. She hugged Hailey and she promised that they would visit each other this summer.

She even gave me a hug.

"You better treat her good Slater or else I'll have to come over here and kick your ass," she whispered in my ear as she embraced me.

"You know me Simon, of course I'll take good care of her." I smirked.

She rolled her eyes and grabbed her bags.

Jesse hugged Hailey gently and shook my head.

"I have to admit that you've changed Paul," he smiled at me, "I hope we see each other again in the future."

"Sure thing Jesse," I said.

I guess I underestimated him as well…he wasn't as bad as I had assumed him to be a few months ago.

As they walked onto the plane Hailey yelled out to them, "I better get an invite to the wedding!" she yelled.

Suze smiled and nodded.

Oh goodie…

…..LATER…..

I pushed Hailey on the swing in the park outside my house later that day. There was still police tape around the area Dimitri had died, and Hailey still tensed when she looked at it.

"So what happens now?" she asked.

A soft warm breeze blew through her hair and I smiled.

Stopping her swing I knelt in front of her and held her hands.

"I don't know," I said, "I guess that we'll have to just wait and see."

She smiled softly down at me.

Leaning up I captured her lips with mine, savoring the feeling of her soft lips. She smiled against my lips and kissed me back.

Wrapping my arms around her waist I stood up, making her stand up to, my lips never leaving hers.

"Let's go somewhere more private," I smirked.

She glared at me and was about to protest when I kissed her again, pressing her up against me.

Imagining a nice secluded place I closed my eyes and shifted, taking Hailey with me.

THE END

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