2: Rebel Yell.
The rain stops,
finally. Lisa is sitting on her couch, looking nowhere, feeling
numb, like when you wake up from a nightmare and you don't know
what time it is, or even where you are. She feels guilty, ashamed
of what she did and what was happening now. She slowly looks up
and sees three familiar people around her, one is Rick, handsome
as always, she thought. Then, next to her, legs crossed and hands
over her own was Claudia, looking worriedly to the other man, a
tall blond man with an arrogant look, but now, somehow, he looks
older, just because of what they are talking about.
Lisa feels like
she is watching this as a witness and not like the protagonist of
the story. Her mind is cloudy after crying so much, it is like she
has some short circuit in her brain and she barely can think. She
listens, and the words don't make sense, she only can just understand
the tones of the voices and all she can register is concern, concern
- I think we
should go to the police- say Claudia.
- Yeah right,
babe, last time that was just a waste of time. Those guys couldn't
find the forest for the tress, they are dumb. If it weren't for
the two squads who disobey orders and make their own investigation
and fly to every single spot of the area, Lisa would be dead. I
really think the police is just a waste of time, what we need to
do is find this guy and kill him! - screams a very angry Roy.
- Well - say
Rick, arms crossed over his chest, looking at the floor - I don't
think that's going to be very wise, this guy is not going to be
easy to find, he probably is stalking Lisa, who knows since when.
I think we can't risk her putting her in a dangerous situation.
- I agree, she
suffered enough, Roy - expresses Claudia, looking over Lisa who
tries to smile at her, not understanding much of what was happening.
Claudia squeezes her hand with affection.
- All Right,
all right! It's just I'm tired of all this…I'm not going to
let that guy touch Lisa or everybody else anymore - say Roy and
he looks at the floor, then Claudia stands up and puts her arms
around him, and he holds her close, feeling secure.
the scene and then his eyes goes to Lisa sitting there, alone and
fragile. He never saw her like this, and even some manly (and stupid)
part of him was kind of glad that the great captain, the women who
often put him in his place, was now vulnerable. But he shakes his
head, feeling guilty. He walks up next to her as she sits there,
talking his hand, trying to look in her eyes for some determination.
- Lisa, tell
me what to do, what do you want? - Rick whispers to her.
Lisa look at
him for a minute, trying to think, but she still look lost. Rick
squeeze her hand and let her stay in silence, and he put his attention
to the discussion again.
- Well, we must
do something! - says Roy - I mean, I'm not going to stay here and
not do anything! Maybe this guy is somewhere near here…maybe
we should go and see…
In that moment
Lisa hears him, her hear starts beating fast, and she squeeze Rick's
hand, feeling a cold feeling going from her neck. Rick notices.
- Roy, shut
up, you are making her nervous - he says immediately.
Roy look at
Lisa and stops. He walks in front of her and kneels down, taking
her hands, making her look him in the eyes.
- Damn it Lisa,
you have to react to this, you can't stay like a little scared girl.
This is serious and we need you to stop him, you must stop him,
don't let him do this to you again!
it - says Claudia.
- No!, she needs
to understand, and if I need to put her in the shower fully clothed
and turn on the ice water so she can react, I'm going to do it!
C'mon Lisa, you are one of the strongest women I know, Damn! You
are stronger than me! You must help us here!
Lisa looks at
him, Roy was almost hurting her hands, but something in his voice
makes her react. She looks at him, now focusing and then she looks
up to Claudia for a second. She breathes hard, awaking from her
slumber state and then nods at him, firmly. "he is not going
to win, not this time".
- I'm here,
and I'm going to fight.
lights up with pride, pride for her. He though that not even he
could stand something like this, but she can, because she was Lisa
Hayes after all. He sighs, relieved, and then speaks.
- Perfect, then
we must make a plan or something, understand this guy's mind.
- Ha! You think
you can understand this fu---ing crazy man's mind?! I don't even
want to go there…- Roy say with a smirk.
- But Rick has
a point- says Claudia sitting on the other side of Lisa, all four
of them very closer together - There's must be a key to all this.
They stay thinking
for a second, and Lisa turns her head and puts it on Rick's shoulder
in a gesture so tender that Rick felt the flush in his cheeks when
Roy and Claudia look at him, but no matter how embarrassed he felt,
he put his arms around her. Lisa doesn't even pay attention, she
just feels the comfort of Rick neck and just want to stay there
forever. "I'm so tired…so tired", she thought.
- The letter!
- say Roy after a while watching to the couple next to him. - The
letter is the damn key!!! - he stands up abruptly and look for it
in the table. He reaches it and reads it one more time and smiles.
- What it is
Roy? - ask Claudia.
- Ha Ha Ha!
This as--ole gives us the key we need! Listen to this: 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. This jerk thinks Lisa is waiting for me!
- Ask Rick.
- So little
brother, it's obvious - Says Roy smirking at him and playing with
the piece of paper
- what we need
is to get Lisa a boyfriend.
Rick was speechless
and he looks almost scared "a boyfriend??"
- a boyfriend
Roy? - asks Claudia walking next to him and taking away the paper,
reading it again
- we tried that
smart ass, remember George? When he realized what was happening
he ran away.
- True, that's
why we need to find someone brave, not a wimp this time - he say
tickling her nose
- and I'm the
one who's going to chose this time.
an eyebrow and crosses her arms across her chest in an annoyed way,
that's when Rick spoke.
- I don't think
a boyfriend is going to fix all this. This guy knows that she's
alone, he probably knows a lot about her in her real life, and a
sudden boyfriend from nowhere?? He's not going to buy it so easily.
- You are right
flyboy - say Roy walking in front of them and sitting on the coffee
table, then he pushes Lisa's hair behind her ear, and looks at her
now sleeping figure and Rick's hands around her - But there's something
we can use to our advantage, something that was going on around
our noses all this time.
- What? - ask
Rick, looking a little pale.
- C'mon! - say
Roy trying to talk not so very loud as to wake up Lisa. - Are you
blind?? She's in love with you since who knows how long, and everybody
gossips about you two!
- But that's
not true! - say Rick raising his voice a little and stops moving
when Lisa moves in her sleep - We are friends, and I don't know
if she likes me! I mean, we fight all the time…and what about
Minmei! - he say whispering.
in front of him on the couch and sits next to Roy.
- Listen Rick,
I know you are younger than us, but you acted pretty mature a couple
of minutes ago. We are not talking about "what ifs", we
are sure that this guy can kill Lisa in a second. She needs you,
WE need you to be mature. We saw what he did to her - and then she
looks at Roy who was looking at the floor, mouth shut and he shudders
- He's a beast, he's dangerous, and I'm not going to leave her alone
this time. YOU are our key. We need you. The gossip about you two
is everywhere on the base…
was red of embarrassed
- … Let's
face it Rick - continue Claudia talking in a low voice - you, Lisa
and Minmey are the stars of the classic love triangle EVEN if you
say there wasn't anything there. I know we are talking about something
big, about your personal life, but let's face it too, Minmey is
not going to leave her career for you, and Lisa's life is in danger
- Rick, look
at me - say Roy trying to get the attention of a very scared Rick
Hunter - Hey, we have to make choices in life. Sometimes life gives
you time, other times life makes you take choices in seconds, and
this is what is happening now. A boyfriend is not going to be enough,
not even a lover…
got very, very pale and then without knowing what he was doing,
he pulled Lisa closer to him.
- … Last
time we couldn't get that bastard, and if he knows now that Lisa
has a boyfriend, maybe he won't do anything, but if you broke up,
then he's going to come into the game again…and worse, because
he's going to think that she left you for him. - Roy took a deep
breath and took Claudia's hand in his.- Rick, brother… I'm
going to ask you once, and if you say no, we will understand, but
think of this as one opportunity in life…if…if you accept
I can guarantee that you will be a happy man, then you will find
things that you don't even dream about it, and I know it, because
I know Lisa and I know you, and I love you both very much, you three
- he says looking at Claudia, then to a sleeping Lisa and Rick -
you are my family, and I never ever would do anything to hurt you
guys, and when I tell you Rick, if you do what I say, you are going
to find that thing you are looking for…
Rick took a
big breath, smelling Lisa's perfume, a mix of lemon, rain and something
feminine, that makes him feel at home. He knows what Roy was asking,
he knows it but he didn't want to think about it, he just wants
to run away from this, but he can't. A big responsibility was in
his arms. He looks at his big brother, his blue eyes meeting his
and knowing and trusting him with his heart. He knows what he has
- I will Roy
- says Rick looking at the sleeping beauty in his arms - I will