1: Bring me to Life.
This fanfic is dedicate to my old and new friends, specially to Josefa, thanks for your unconditional friendship.
She shook with
fear. All these years, she tried to forget-- but she couldn't. When
she came home today, like every day, and opened the door and stood
looking at the floor, there it was: a little piece of paper waiting
to change her life forever…again. When Lisa reached for it,
she couldn't stop feeling that something was wrong, but she nodded
her head, thinking that now she was getting paranoid. But women
have a sixth sense for a reason.
There she was,
standing numb in the door, with the rain outside hitting her back
like a shower and she didn't feel it. Her eyes were open to what
was written in the piece of paper.
all this years, you are still alone. You shut everybody out because
deep down you know that I'm the only one for you. You beg for me
every night, and I know, because I can feel it. And the wait is
over, my love, because if you are alone, is because you wait for
me. If you were with someone, I could understand and leave you,
but how can I leave you when I know that you wait for me? No more
Lisa, I'm coming for you.
Lisa froze and
felt panic for the first time in many, many years. Suddenly, she
felt that someone was behind her and she screamed and turned around…
just to see green eyes meeting baby blue ones which looked at her
in shock. She trembled and turned pale, almost like a ghost. Rick
stood there, and tried to reach for her arm, when she gave a fast
step back and fell to the floor, not recognizing him at first view.
- Lisa? Lisa,
what's wrong with you? - asked Rick, concerned, watching her in
that unusual state. It was as if she wasn't herself. He had never
seen her like that. He tried to reach to her and she stepped back,
hitting her head into the near table.
- Lisa! C'mon…it's
me, Rick, tell me what happened!!
at him and suddenly recognized him. She opened her big eyes and
breathed hard, like it was the first time she'd ever drawn breath-
"Oh Rick!!….I….I…." she tried to calm
herself when reality hit her, she tried to stand up from the floor
but couldn't move yet. Rick kneeled next to her and touched her
cheek in concern. - Lisa…what the hell happened! I just came
to give you this report because I can't go early tomorrow and I
know you need it, and when I came here I saw you, standing in the
doorframe, getting wet, and when I called you screamed and looked
at me like I was a madman! What's wrong!! Tell me! - he said, almost
She looked at
him and the first thing she thought was "he can't understand,
I don't want his pity" and she looked at the floor and just
mumbled, "Please, help me stand up".
He did, and
as he helped her he realized how cold her hands were. He helped
her sit on the couch, walked to the door and closed it. He knew
her more than he even knew, and noticed that her eyes had come back
to their old selves. They were arguing a lot this days, and those
were the eyes he knew well, but this time he wouldn't leave until
knew what the hell had happened.
next to her and helped her get out of her soaking coat. Then he
walked to the little kitchen, put some water to boil and came back
to the couch. He took her hands in his.
tell me, what's going on…- he whispered.
at the floor, trying not to cry in front of him. She sighed and
nodded. She had no idea how she could hide this from him, and if
he knew, then Gloval, Claudia, Roy, even the girls from the bridge
her eyes and then noticed the little piece of paper on the floor,
and before she could reach it, he took it and read it faster. Lisa's
eyes were wide and angry, but then she looked resigned and ashamed.
The water started
boiling far away, but Rick didn't notice. He raised an eyebrow and
looked at her to ask, "Lisa, what's this letter? Who's this
look at him and then put her hand on her face, trying to hide what
she felt, what she did...
- Rick, it's
a long story, with a very bad end…I…I don't want you
to know…- she said.
- Well, that's
pretty bad - he said as he came to sit next to her, with a new rush
of determination - because I'm not going to move from here before
you tell me.
into her hands and then Rick felt a little panic. "Lisa don't
sob…Lisa don't cry!" and then he slowly reached for her
hands to make her look at him.
-Tell me, now.
Her eyes were
red and had a confused look.
- I need Claudia,
Rick…please, don't make me tell you this…please - she
- No way! -
he said, getting a little upset - you will talk to her as much as
you want, but you are going to tell me what's going on… WHO
stop feeling that this guy, this name, wasn't anything good. Lisa
sighed, and took a big breath.
- Ok, all right,
I'm going to tell you, but please, can you give me first a cup of
tea…I feel so cold - she said.
Rick drop her
hands and stand up slowly, he walked to the kitchen and a few minutes
later he came back with two mugs with hot tea and placed one in
front of her.
- Thanks- Lisa
murmured, and took the mug into her hands to let the hot water bring
the life again to her body.
Rick took his
own mug and after a sip, he looked at her, waiting for her to start,
not leaving room to argue about if she would or would not tell.
She would. She had to.
Lisa read his
eyes and sighed - Jake…Jake…when I was younger, after
Carl died, I…I met Jake in a bar one night. We talked, and
he seemed nice at first view. After that I got very drunk and well…you
can imagine the rest - she said not looking him in the eyes.
Rick was shocked.
He couldn't believe that Lisa could ever have a one night stand
with a stranger, but then again, she was probably devastated by
the loss of her boyfriend, and when people are in that state, stupidity
always seems like a valid option. But he still couldn't believe
that Lisa "his Lisa" could so something like that. He
tried not to look so shocked and waited for her. She took another
sip of her tea.
next morning I was disgusted by what I had done, so I escaped and
I didn't leave a note or anything. But it looks like I told him
more than I should have… and he found me the next day, when
I was leaving to go home. In that time I used to live with Claudia.
He caught me in front of my apartment and told me that he liked
me, that what had happened was special, that he had this "vibe"
that we were meant for each other… he was a freak! I mean…
first I tried to get away politely, and told him that I wasn't interested
in him, that I was sorry, but he wouldn't take a no for an answer.
Then, he started becoming a little more aggressive. That was when
Roy came in, he was going to pick up Claudia for a date and he separated
him from me, and scared him…for the moment. - Lisa looked
at Rick for the first time, trying to see what was in his mind,
if he was too shocked. He looked back at her, encouraging her to
continue. She frowned.
- After that,
he started to follow me everywhere. He was obsessed with me, he
called and hung up when I answered and I got very scared. He was…
stalking me. There were special orders from Claudia and myself not
to let anybody come close to our apartment. This continued for more
than six months, every day, all the time. - she put her hands over
her face again. She looked like she was trying to forget - Roy helped
me a lot; he went with me everywhere. That was the time when we
become close friends, and he acted like a big brother around me
- she smiled a little and then her sad smile vanished… - But
it wasn't enough. Nothing was enough. After those six months, he
stopped suddenly and I felt relieved and happy… but he was
just waiting. One night I was in the late train and when I got back
home, late at night, he kidnapped me. He got into the taxi I took
and when it stopped in a red light. He jumped into the car and shot
the driver and he hit me in the head. He took me away and I was
unconscious for several hours, it was awful…. I…I…-and
then her voice turned into a sob, Rick reached her hand and let
her cry for a little. He couldn't believe what he was hearing. He
felt angry, powerless, but he had to hear the rest, he had to know.
- Lisa, tell
me. Did this guy rape you? - he asked, spitting out the word as
if it was poison.
She cried harder
and then shook her head
- No, thanks
God no, he…he's crazy. He put me in this bed in satin sheets
and just watched me. He talked to me, touched my face. - She looked
disgusted - but he didn't rape me. He said he wanted me to want
it, but after a while, he changed, he turned aggressive. And when
I didn't let him go any further, he hit me, he almost killed me.
- She cried more - that was when someone came and he ran away. They
found me a month after kidnapping. Just in time, otherwise I would
be dead. - she looked like a ghost. Rick just held her and let her
relax in his embrace. Lisa put her head to Rick's chest and felt
secure when she listen his heart beat. She let him put his arms
around her and he rested his cheek on her head, smelling her hair.
- I'm so sorry
Lisa, I didn't know…I don't know what to say, that was awful…I'm
so sorry…- he was genuinely concerned. After a while she sat
up, a little more calm, and Rick took the letter again.
- Are you sure
this letter is from him? - He asked. Lisa just nodded the affirmative
and looked now to the now tea in the mug. The rain outside was harder
and slammed against the windows with fury, a thunder invading the
silence. Rick looked at her, trying to think. The young pilot stood
and went to the phone, and when she asked him what he was doing
he didn't answer her. He waited for a long moment before the other
- Hello? Claudia,
this is Rick Hunter - he waited for some seconds while she answered,
then added - Listen Claudia, I'm in Lisa's home and something very
bad happened, no, no, she's alright now, but it looks like this
Jake guy is back. - He stayed silence for a while, probably because
Claudia was too shocked. - Listen, I'm going to stay here but I
think it will be better if you came here, with Roy…Lisa is
not right and I think we need to figure it out what are we going
Rick kept talking
with Claudia. Lisa just listened to him. She wasn't acting like
herself and she knew it-but she was surprised to see Rick taking
control of the situation. After all this time, after everything,
Rick was acting like a grown man, and not just the overgrown, selfish
child who licked the floor that Minmey walked on. Lisa was upset
in some ways, because he was taking the situation out of her hands.
But a little voice in her head told her that in her state, she couldn't
make a very wise decision; especially because running was for cowards,
and that was exactly what she felt like doing. The same voice told
her that Rick wasn't doing anything bad either, so she let him take
control for once. She looked at the window and saw the drops hitting
hard against the glass. "Why is he back? Oh God, why…
If you are alone it is because you wait for me…for me….for
me." Lisa thought over and over again and the words pounded
her mind as hard as the rain outside pounded the pane. "No,
it's not true," she said aloud, shaking her head hard and burying
her face in her hands. Then a warm hand held her shoulder, and Rick
sat next to her, just looking at her, not speaking. Rick thought
a moment about those green eyes, those beautiful eyes, so full of
life and determination and now just looking scared, and he promised
himself that he would not let those eyes change again, not matter
what. He let her cry on his shoulder. More importantly, she let
herself cry for the first time in years.