Xqulth: Well, not only has this story had the highest word count than any other of my stories I am proud to say that none of them have ever been beta'd and I am quite (quiet? No I'm quite sure its quite) happy about that. So, I regret to say that this is the last chapter. Also known as the end. Sadly. I shall miss you all. Look for my next story though. I love all of my faithful reviewers. Oh! Slight notice, this has been written since like an hour or so after the last chapter was posted. I was waiting for those reviews!
I woke up to the sound of arguing and the smell of Chinese food. Opening my eyes I saw Millie and Casey talking while eating. Casey saw I was awake and offered food to me. I took the pair of chop sticks that Millie offered and the box of food and began to eat.
"Do you know how to make them stop?" Millie asked
"I have a better question or more of a request: Make them stop. Please." Casey put in.
"Who's fighting?" I asked.
"Over?" I prompted
"What to do with Mary." I looked at Millie confused
"David's mom." I nodded to show I heard her and took another bite of chicken. There was no more chicken left and I sucked at eating rice with chop sticks. Walking out of Griffin's room I saw them arguing and an unconscious Mary in a corner.
"You can't just kill her." David argued
"And why not?" Griffin demanded standing toe to toe with him, which with the height difference, was a near comical sight, "What do you think Boo?"
My head snapped to attention, "Think about what?"
"What should we do with Mary?" He nodded towards the paladin. I looked at them and then at her. Millie and Casey came out from the room hearing the silence. They were looking at me as well. I sighed,
"I'm not sure we should kill her just yet. I mean no one knows where the hell this place is but then again, we can't just let her leave."
"See," David said, "I told you, you can't kill her."
"I'm not done." I snapped at him and I looked at Griffin, "Do you happen to know how to produce amnesia? A controlled one perhaps? We could get info from her and then drug her with an amnesia pill and then she'd forget she ever came here and was drugged."
"I could work on it." He said begrudgedly and I gave him a small sympathetic smile. David looked too triumphant and I looked at him,
"I stopped him from killing her today, that doesn't mean I'll do it in the future." Immediately he looked crestfallen and Millie went up to him to try and comfort him. Alex looked at me and Casey,
"You know, you two are like daughters to me now right?" Casey and I shared a look that said, 'Is he crazy?' and then looked back at him and Casey voiced what the look said except replacing 'he' with 'you' and 'is' with 'are'.
"Well, I just wanted you two to know that before I leave. I figure that if Griffin has you at least he can't get into too much trouble." I was about to protest that he 'doesn't have me', but I was cut off, "Then that means I can leave him with you and then try and find myself a life again."
Casey smiled, "Of course, she'll make sure he doesn't do too much damage to innocent people."
"How much have you been paid and by whom?" I asked her curious but all I received was a laugh from both of them. Then Casey walked up to Alex who took her hand and Jumped with her. Confused as I was I decided to follow them. When I did, I found myself in the middle of San Francisco. They were sitting there smiling at me. I was confused even more.
"Alex is adopting me since my parents are dead and you know none of my family likes me much." I noticed that she was smiling, "I'll grab your mail from Chicago and some of your stuff if you want. You are going to visit me though right?"
I grinned, "Of course, how could I not."
"Good, now don't do anything I wouldn't do." She gave me a hug and turned and walked away with Alex. They actually did look like father and daughter. I smiled and shook my head, Jumping back to the lair. Griffin saw me,
"Where'd they go?"
"Somewhere sunny." I told him and then added, "I'll tell you later."
"Well, I found a pill that could do what you suggested."
"You are seriously going to drug my mother while I'm here?" David asked with Millie at his side.
I looked at him like he was slightly crazy, "Of course not, you are free to leave whenever. I mean, no one is forcing you to stay and watch us beat the crap out of her 'till we get our information and then drug her. I mean by all means, leave." I said and walked towards the unconscious Mary. Hearing David Jump Millie and himself back to, I assume of course, New York, I turned and saw Griffin watching me.
"What?" I asked
"What are you still doing here?" He asked back.
"Do you want me to leave?" I felt my heart drop into my stomach as I feared his answer.
"No, of course not, but everyone else left, what is keeping you here?" Chuckling, I took a deep breath before answering him,
"What is keeping me here? My Aunt is in Chicago by now, not wondering where I am, David and Millie are annoying as hell and all I get from Casey is 'Don't do anything I wouldn't do.' So what is keeping me here Is you. Your psychotic British accent, your wonderful gaming, sarcastic, annoying, pain in the ass self." I took another breath before looking in him in the eye, "You Griffin are what is keeping me here."
He blinked with his jaw nearly on the ground. I chewed on my bottom lip and looked at him. Suddenly he Jumped in front of me and his mouth collided with mine. Surprised my eyes opened wide and then closed. My hands found their way to his hair, which was surprisingly soft for being in the desert nearly 24/7. I felt his hands on my waist and I grinned. Only when air became an issue did we part.
"So you'll stay?" He asked quietly
I looked him in the eye and Jumped in front of his TV and grabbed a controller. Turning on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 I proceeded to beat his high score. Of course the only retort I heard was the ever British sounding "Oi!"
So, you may think this is the end of our wonderful story. However, I thought you might like to know what the hell happened to everyone. Well, first off:
Roland: Eventually, Griffin and I tracked him down and he actually killed himself before we could kill him. Sadly, I didn't get to kill him.
Mary: We drugged her after we got our information and beat the hell out of her. Needless to say, I don't think she'll be trusting David very much after that. We dropped her off at David's apartment though; hopefully he left her at her house.
David and Millie: Got married, had a kid (I feel bad for her). The kids name is Sara; she's not a Jumper (Thank god). David when I last heard was in current custody of paladins in Rome. I really do wonder how he lasted as long as he did.
Alex: Found someone in San Francisco. Her name is Cathrine and she absolutely dotes on Casey. They are expecting their first child in June. They live in the suburbs and Alex is a taekwondo teacher while Cathrine is a computer programmer.
Casey: Currently dating someone in San Francisco and is currently looking for her own place. She is doing something in dance I believe. Last time I saw her though she was busy with her boyfriend Mark. Annoying creep though, not sure how long it'll last.
Griffin and Me: Hunting Paladins. Dating. Me beating his ass in Call of Duty. Neither of us has gotten near death in awhile though. May have to fix that soon.
Anyway, this is where I leave you all. Have a good life and stay out of the paladin's way.
X: well, it is now 12.10AM and I have finished it. So, I have no clue where that last part came from but I rather like it. Thanks to all who reviewed and urged me to finish. I actually didn't realize how close I was to finishing it. It was fun though. So I would like to acknowledge everyone who reviewed:
Mrs. Max McDowell
Sneaky Nixie (sorry i forgot to add you)
Wow…I actually thought there were more of you…*blink*