8. Fight the Fire with Fire.
When Lisa woke up, she felt Rick's arms around her and, for some
unknown reason, this made her angry. It was just 6:15 AM and the
clock was set for 6:30, so Rick was absolutely sleep. Lisa looked
at him and felt like there was fire inside her chest. She didn't
know why, but she knew she was angry. She stood up and went to the
bathroom to take a shower before he woke up, but she closed the
door a little too hard, and Rick jumped from the bed.
hell….?" said Rick sitting on the bed, trying to focus
his eyes around. His hair was a mess, and he had a very funny look
in the morning. When he could open his eyes and look around he didn't
find Lisa next to him, and for a second he felt disappointed, but
then he heard the shower running.
at the clock and groaned, it was too early. He go back into bed
and tried to sleep for the free 10 more minutes he got, but couldn't.
He had this strange feeling that something was wrong.
When Lisa came out of the shower, she smelled the coffee in the
air. Rick wasn't in the bedroom, so she closed the door, hard again,
and changed into her uniform. Rick peaked into the direction of
the bedroom from the kitchen and raised an eyebrow, this was weird.
He went to take his own shower.
From the time
that Rick was ready, Lisa was in the kitchen drinking coffee and
reading the newspaper. For some reason, Rick didn't like the fact
that she wasn't looking at him, specially because the newspaper
covered her face completely.
said Rick trying to look at her. She didn't move at all and just
murmured a harsh "Morning" back. Rick sighed and poured
a cup of coffee for himself and sat across the table from her.
After a good five minutes of absolute silence, Rick cut the tension
between them and asked.
Lisa turn to
page slowly and hid herself behind the newspaper. She didn't bother
looking at him when she answered him back in a most petulant voice.
a reason why I should not be all right?"
an eyebrow when he noticed the tone of her voice and felt a little
acting strange this morning, did you sleep well?" he asked.
Lisa's fingers grabbed the paper a little strong this time, but
she didn't change her tone of voice. Still hiding behind the newspaper,
she answered him back.
is there a reason why I should not sleep well?"
it!…" said Rick standing up and coming next to her, throwing
away the damn newspaper. Lisa's eyes grew wide and shocked for a
second and then turned into a very angry gaze.
hell gave you the right to do that?, I was reading!" she exclaimed.
I don't like to talk to the front page of a damn newspaper"
he answered her.
Lisa crossed her arms and gave him her most official looked. Rick
gulped for a second, feeling like a 6 year old boy under his teacher
reprimand, but he put that feeling behind him quickly.
"I want to know what happened to you?" he asked again.
"Nothing you need to know" she replied standing up and
looking at him straight in the eyes with a challenging look.
"I think I want to know" he answered, crossing his own
arms, giving her the same look back.
Lisa and Rick stood in the kitchen locked in this staring contest
for several minutes almost not blinking. After a while, she turned
more angry and walked away from him and poured more coffee.
"Geez..." said Rick looking at the ceiling, looking for
heaven's sake "…You put that damn uniform on and transform
into a damn ice queen…"
As soon as the words where out, he bit his tongue. But he wasn't
fast enough. He looked over at Lisa who was livid. Her eyes were
in a dark shade of green and Rick could swear they were made of
liquid fire. Her skin was pale and her fingers where almost breaking
the mug of coffee. She looked scary.
"Don't say anything" she said controlling her breathing,
but it wasn't enough "Who the hell do you think you are?? You
are NOBODY to criticize me you…you pitiful excuse for a hero…"
Rick was shocked and his own face looked as angry and scary as hers.
He couldn't think straight, all he knew was that she pushed all
the wrong buttons with him.
"And what gives YOU the right to act like a brat in the morning
and ruin a perfectly fine weekend?" he answered very aloud.
Here eyes were bigger now and furious. Her rational side told her
that he was right, that he didn't do anything in particular for
something like this, but another part of her, her angry side, made
the rational part shut up for good.
She turned her back to him and walked into direction of the outside
door, but Rick grabbed her wrist before she could run away into
the living room.
"Get you hands off of me!!" she screamed and tried to
free herself, but Rick didn't let her go.
"I'm not" he said, challenge in his voice. "You are
not going to run away this time and leave me here talking to myself…"
She looked at him and the only thought in her head was that she
wanted to slap him. She was blushing furiously, that's just how
angry she was, and Rick couldn't stop the thought of how sexy she
looked at that moment.
"No", he said and pushed her against the wall. When she
was trapped between the wall and Rick, he asked her again "One
more time, why the hell you are so angry?"
She looked at him irritated, he was a little taller than she was,
and she didn't like the fact that she had to look up at him.
"Exactly that!!" she answered back, before she could control
the words out of her mouth.
Rick looked at her with a confused face for a moment. Lisa's got
very embarrassed and turned her face to the other side. Then Rick
"You are angry about last night!"
"Good to know that you still have a neuron working…"
said Lisa without looking at him.
Rick was more angry now than ever in his life.
"You don't believe me!" he said too shocked. This time
she looked at him, still angry but visible hurt.
"Yeah right! You think I'm going to believe that you said you
want me and exactly for THAT reason you stopped?!…you have
been around too much with stupid girls, Hunter…" she
Rick was furious with her, he didn't know exactly how the hell he
would answer, but the words come out alone.
"So you are frustrated because I didn't want to have sex with
you last night? You don't believe me, and now…you insult me?!"
"Don't flatter yourself Rick, I don't think that you are THAT
good in bed anyway", she said smirking sarcastically at him.
This was all what Rick needed to throw away any control he still
had over himself. He took both of her wrists and put them over her
head and then kissed her roughly.
Lisa was more than surprised, but she didn't open her mouth. She
was mad and she pretended to keep in that mood, but Rick was a very
serious kisser, and knew exactly how to manage her. Lisa wasn't
used to the fact that Rick kissed her without her order in between,
but now he was showing exactly that to her, that he wanted her on
his own will.
Rick kissed her with passion, but she was stubborn and kept her
lips closed. He could feel that she was slowly giving up, and he
smiled to himself and continued kissing her, every time slowly and
sensual, sucking her lower lip. Lisa's will was breaking and her
heart was beating so fast that she was sure Rick could hear it.
Lisa couldn't stop herself from moaning, and when she did it, Rick
took the chance and deepened the kiss. Their tongues started the
antiquated battle rhythm, searching for pleasure. Rick was holding
her hands against the wall, and Lisa was thankful of that, because
her legs were melting into water. Rick noticed it, and held her
wrists with one hand and the other come down to her waist and held
her firm against him. The kiss went on and on for several minutes,
and both of them forgot why they were arguing about. The only thing
on their minds was the feeling of each other. Lisa thought about
how great the coffee tasted in his mouth and Rick wondered how she
could taste like honey every time.
After a good 7 minutes of kissing, Rick looked at her with lust
in his eyes. Lisa was barely breathing, she was blushing, her lips
were parted and her eyes were almost closed, looking like a cat
watching a mouse. Rick was more than turned on with that predator
look in her eyes.
"Do you still not believe me?" he managed to asked her,
"Why did you stop last night?" she asked trying to free
her hands from his grip. But he didn't let her go.
"I told you, I don't…think…it's….wise…"
he said closing his eyes when Lisa started kissing his neck.
"You were saying…?" she asked against his skin,
making him shiver. She sucked a little and Rick gasped and moan
aloud. Lisa smile to herself.
"What are you trying to do? Make me crazy?" he said looking
at her eyes again and she smirked devilishly.
"Let me go and I will" she answered him licking her lips.
This was a side of Lisa that Rick didn't know at all, and he loved
every second of it. He felt that he was in a middle of a contest
of wills and he was losing, but he was more than glad to let her
win. But an alarm sound in the back of his head…he couldn't,
not yet. He managed to control his breathing and smiled at her.
"I love the idea of staying here and letting you make me crazy…and
I will LOVE the idea of proving you wrong, and show you that I can
stuff you like a Thanksgiving turkey…" said Rick smirking
and Lisa laughed hard back at him "But I think it's going to
be weird if we don't go to work today…"
Lisa frowned like a little girl and Rick couldn't stop to groan
and kissed her again.
"I think your mouth said one thing and the rest of you said
another, Hunter…how can you be so confused?" she said
biting his lower lip a little.
Rick chuckled a little and let her go. A few more of those kisses
and he was doomed, and he wanted to be doomed.
He put his hand and supported himself against the wall, next to
her head. She slowly moved her arms down and put them behind her.
Both of them where looking into each other eyes and Lisa smiled
at him, tempting him.
"You are too damn sexy, did you know that?" he said looking
at her and she smiled proudly. Rick's other hand was still on her
waist and he pulled her closer to him, noses touching.
"Only with you Mr. Hayes" she said looking for his mouth
and when he was going to kiss her again, she move away, smiling.
Rick groaned in frustration.
"I think now we are even…" she said and Rick let
her go, she stepped back , away from him.
Rick raised an eyebrow and sighed in frustration. Now he understood
why she was so angry.
Lisa smiled at him and walked to the kitchen to finished her breakfast
and he followed her. They ate in silence looking at each other.
Lisa was smiling in triumph and Rick looked at her like she was
a piece of chocolate.
When they finished their breakfast and cleaned up everything, Rick
grabbed her again by the waist and put her face to face against
him. He asked her again.
"I hope now you believe me when I say I want you…"
"I think I can believe you now… but I will need more
proof…" she said and put her arms around his neck. Rick
laughed aloud and put his arms around her waist, finding incredible
sexy the curve between her waist and her hips. She looked at him,
deep into his baby blue eyes and wondered for a second.
"Am I really an ice queen?" she asked.
Rick laughed a lot and nodded a no to her "THAT was something
I didn't know…I think the girls were right when they suggested
about our unsolved-sexual-tension situation, don't you?"
Lisa laughed with him and kissed the tip of his nose with tenderness.
"I think we don't give them the credit they deserve, they are
more perceptive than us…"
"I think everybody is more perceptive than us.." said
Rick smiling and kissing her softly on the lips, then asked "so…now
I can kiss you how ever much I want, even at work?".
Lisa smiled a little embarrassed and nodded at him. He loved when
she blushed that way, specially because he knew it was just because
of him. "So the show is not going to be hard then…"
Lisa raised an eyebrow and a diabolical sexy look came to her eyes
again. She smirked at him and pressed herself against him, making
Rick blush. She hugged him tight and murmured in his ear, licking
"I truly believe that is going to be a VERY hard show Mr. Hayes…"
she said, making him know that she could feel how…ready he
was. Rick couldn't stop the sudden moan that escaped from his lips,
and hid his face in her neck.
Rick turned every shade of red and, once again, Lisa left him standing
alone shocked in the kitchen when she walked away and opened the
door on her way out, smiling.
Lisa and Rick arrived at the base like any other ordinary day. After
all the kissing in the morning, it left them visible calm, a lot
more relaxed, but the second they stepped foot inside headquarters,
they tensed. For some reason, everybody was looking at them with
a weird expression. From privates to high ranking officials, everybody
stared at them with different expressions: excitement, incredulity,
surprise and one or two were absolutely shocked. Lisa looked at
herself for a moment, thinking that maybe her skirt was open or
something. Rick was thinking something similar and he looked at
himself too. Then Rick and Lisa looked at each other backs.
"Do I have something on my face?" asked Lisa to Rick.
He looked at her and nodded and ask the same to her. After a inspection
they didn't have a clue why everybody was looking at them.
"This is weird" murmured Rick to Lisa, when a guy looked
at him with fury in his eyes. "What? Did I do something wrong?"
"Not that I know, but knowing you…" she said smiling
and Rick pushed her a little.
"Well…its not the first time we came to work together,
why is everybody looking at us?" asked Lisa almost to herself.
"I don't know…maybe you moaned too aloud in the morning
and the neighbors heard" answered Rick and laughed a little
when Lisa turned pink.
"Well…you are the one with the hickey on your neck…"
she defended herself.
Rick's hand came faster and touched his neck, but his uniform had
a high neck and the hickey was properly covered. Lisa giggled.
"You are going to pay for this, you know that, right?"
asked Rick in a deep voice. Lisa couldn't stop the sudden shudder.
"Changing topics, I still wonder why everybody is looking to
us…" said Lisa trying to look professional.
"I don't know…its like they already knew…"
"Oh My God…." Stop Lisa and faced him "Its
"The trio!!" answered Lisa.
"C'mon Lisa, no way!. We agreed that they are going to start
the rumor just yesterday, they didn't have the time…"
"Oh …they have enough time. You don't know them….yesterday
when we were on a coffee break, they disappeared for 15 minutes":
"Maybe they went to the bathroom…how is it possible that
someone start a rumor this big in 15 minutes?". Asked Rick,
arms crossed over his chest with an incredulous look.
Lisa smirked and raised an eyebrow in his direction and just said
They stop in the entrance for the bridge. Lisa was a little nervous,
because until that moment they didn't do anything that showed that
they were a couple. She was considering asked Rick to leave it for
tomorrow, when Rick grabbed her by the waist and kiss her with abandon.
Everybody who was near them stopped in their tracks watching the
scene. Nobody talked, nobody breathed. A few girls gulped when Rick
deepened the kiss in front of everybody. Lisa was in her little
heaven, the moment that Rick kissed her, her whole world centered
on the feeling of his soft lips bringing life to her. She didn't
realize that her own arms were around his neck and that she was
answering the kiss with the some abandon. Rick didn't notice the
shocked faces around him. All he could register was that Lisa was
making little noises that were driving him crazy. When both of them
parted because they needed air, the reality slowly came back to
Rick didn't ever imagine that he was going to enjoy this little
game so much. When he noticed earlier that Lisa was acting like
her usual officer demeanor, he was determined to make her pay for
the teasing in the kitchen. When he thought about kissing her in
front of everybody, he never considered that the idea could be so…erotic.
He even thought that he was going to feel uncomfortable too, but
he was far away from that. Now they were embracing each other and
everybody was looking at them, and Rick smiled proudly because he
was sure he had the most amazing women in his arms.
Even Lisa enjoyed the kiss very much, but her thoughts weren't in
that direction. She was overwhelmed with all the attention around
her. She just want to disappear with Rick somewhere else. She hid
her face in his neck and Rick laughed aloud.
"C'mon, you are going to tell me that you are embarrassed about
this?" he asked and then touched her hair tenderly.
Lisa just nodded and he didn't need to see how red she was, he was
sure. She straightened up, and looked at him harshly.
"Don't give me that look…"said Rick defending himself,
"you told me that I can kiss you in public. I am just doing
my part here".
"Yeah, sure!" she said and stepped back from him. The
people around them start walking again and the whispering started.
"I think I'm going to the bridge…I have things to…do"
said Lisa walking in direction of the door, without looking at him.
Rick stepped back smirking too much and waved to her "See you
later honey…and don't worry… I'm going to have my revenge
for this morning in more ways than you can count…" he
said aloud and Lisa looked at him with wide eyes and dropped jaw.
He winked at her and threw a kiss into the air in her direction,
and then disappeared into the next hall.
When Lisa entered the bridge, the trio and Claudia turned on their
heals to watch her. Lisa was blushing furiously and she couldn't
hide her smile, Claudia smiled too.
"Looks like someone had a very good beginning today…"
winked Claudia to her and she didn't bother to answer her back.
She just walked to her station and murmured "Good morning"
Claudia was laughing quietly at her own station, and she looked
to the trio who giggled with fascination. Claudia saw the whole
kissing scene before when she went to pick up a coffee for herself.
Of course, she never brought the coffee back. She just ran back
to the bridge and told the trio what happened. Then they waited
for Lisa to came inside.
Lisa didn't look up, but she knew everybody was expecting some answer
from her. She tried to read the information in front of her, but
"Where is Admiral Gloval?" asked Lisa, trying to change
"He has a meeting with Maistroff. You know, its better to do
all the nasty things early and see if your day gets any better…"
answered Claudia looking again to her own station. Lisa nodded and
agreed with her.
A relative calm invaded the bridge after that. Everybody was doing
their jobs with concentration, and Lisa was more than glad about
that. After a very agitated weekend, she was thankful that something
remained the same.
Two hours past and at 10 AM the VFs started their normal patrol
circuits. Lisa and Claudia were giving instructions to everyone,
when a familiar face came on the screen.
"Skull leader waiting for instructions, bridge" said the
voice of Roy.
"Roger, Skull leader. Your squad has to patrol from the area
B-14 to D-18. There's the possibility of some zentraedi disturbance
in C-3, so be aware". Answered Lisa looking at her chart maps.
"Roger bridge, how long before we can take off?" asked
Roy smiling. Lisa didn't noticed it, but Claudia did.
"6 more minutes Skull leader, the Vermillion squad is taking
off right now" answered Lisa checking her information.
"Hmm…good to know, so Lisa…" asked Roy smirking
on the screen "…I heard that you and Rick made a very
good show in the morning, right?"
Lisa dropped her pencil to the floor and couldn't look at the screen.
"C'mon Lisa" said the laughing voice of Roy "let
me see your face….what? are you glowing yet?"
"Roy shut up!" said the voice of Rick and then the screen
divided into two sides, on one was Rick Hunter blushing and on the
other was Roy laughing his lungs out.
"This is not a proper conversation for the tech channel"
said Lisa trying her best to look calmed and failing miserably.
Even Rick laughed when he saw Lisa's face. At this time everybody
on the bridge was paying attention to the scene, and every single
pilot was listening to the conversation and watching her embarrassment.
It was an open channel for a reason.
"Don't laugh Rick, its not funny…" said Lisa warning
"Ohh Lisa…" said Rick smiling to her and a new mocking
idea came into his brain "…why are you so shy? You weren't
that shy this morning…"
Lisa was completely red and everybody was laughing at her, even
Claudia. She was glad that the Admiral wasn't there.
"Shut up Hunter!" said Lisa a little out of control. After
a few minutes of good laughing, Rick stopped and just smiled sweetly
at her "Easy baby, you know I'm just teasing..."
"I know, but this IS an open channel, you remember?" answered
"Yes, I remembered its very good, but now that you are going
to be MY wife, I was thinking that you can be easy on me here too"
he said enjoying teasing her too much.
Lisa looked away for a second and when she turned to the screen
again, she looked deadly serious.
"That's enough!, you can take off now Skull Squadron, and you
better do it Hunter, because I'm going to make good use of my new
last name and I'm going to hunt you to death for this…"
she said angry but couldn't stop a little blush and a twinkle in
her eyes. She was mad, but couldn't stop smirking at him. He was
just too adorable.
Rick gulped in his seat at first, but when he noticed the glitter
in Lisa's eyes, he breathed again. He was a little worried that
he went too far with his joking. He smile shyly and then saluted
and just said "Roger that, beautiful", and disappeared.
Lisa watched the blank screen for a few seconds. How was she going
to have some respect around here when, now, she wasn't able to be
mad at him anymore?, she thought.
"Give it some time" answered Claudia giving her friend
a wise smile. Lisa felt a lot more calm when she saw her face. The
Trio had the same look and Lisa finally relaxed a little.
"I think its a good time for a coffee break?" said Vanessa
standing from her chair and stretching.
"Yeah" said Lisa rubbing her own neck and walking to the
They entered a small room which had everything any official or pilot
needed for a moment of relaxation. There was a coffee machine, a
couple of nice couches, a TV, a radio and a good window with a lot
of natural light.
The place was empty and Lisa sat on the couch and let her head rest
against it. Everybody sat next to her, except Kim who was making
her "famous" special coffee. After she put a hot mug of
coffee in front of everybody and everybody thanked her with enthusiasm,
Kim sat next to Claudia…and the questions started.
"So Lisa…how was THAT kiss?" winked Kim to Lisa
and she almost choked with her own coffee.
"You should warn me before you do that…" said Lisa
and then added "well, it was…good"
"Just good? You almost fell if Rick didn't hold you!"
said Claudia and Lisa laughed.
"Ok, ok, I admit it, it was way more than good…"
she said remembering again and blushing.
"I knew it!" jumped Sammie way too happy "so…how
"Sammie!!" the other four women shouted.
"What! I want to know and you don't fool me, I know you want
to know too!" said Sammie looking to the other three, and this
time all them blushed except Lisa.
"Well….what can I say? He is…he is…Oh My…he
is an amazing kisser, he knows exactly what to do, exactly how to
touch…Oh boy…" said Lisa and then stopped when
she realized she said too much for the shocking expressions.
"Well…You asked!" said Lisa blushing to Sammie,
and after a while, Sammie nodded.
"Why were you so mad with Rick before?" asked Vanessa.
Lisa's face turned a little serious and thought about it before
"Its just that… we were at work and I felt so…vulnerable.
I mean, everybody was listening…"
"Yes, but that is a tactic, if someone didn't know you two
were going to married, now everybody knows for sure" interrupted
"I know, you are right, but still….it was weird, I mean,
how are people going to respect me if he teases me that way?"
asked Lisa worried.
Claudia patted her hand and smile to her "Did you ever noticed
how much Roy enjoys torturing me when he goes on patrol?"
Lisa thought for a second and realized that Roy teased Claudia all
the time, but she was so used to that by now that it was almost
imperceptible. She nodded to her.
"You see? Roy teases me all the time, but after a while nobody
noticed, not even the Admiral. The same is going to happen with
you, its just that now…its fresh news, that's all…but
believe me, after 6 months being married, nobody is going to care
about it…" Claudia finished and drank her coffee.
Lisa thought about it for a moment. Claudia was right, everybody
had high respect for Claudia and for Roy, no matter how much they
flirted with each other. She smiled a little and relaxed.
"Yeah Lisa" said Kim and winked at her "Enjoy it
now while you can!"
Lisa for the first time laughed and nodded "You know? I think
you are right, and I'm so going to get my revenge on him",
and Kim nodded to her.
"So, how's everything for the wedding?" asked Sammie.
"I think everything is fine…" said Claudia and looked
Kim answered "I have my homework done, I found the most exquisite
food for the wedding, an open buffet with everything! White meat,
red meat, fish, sushi, Italian, with everything! And almost for
nothing, I made a great deal with an old friend of mine who owns
a restaurant…she is going to bring the drinks too!".
"That's awesome! Thanks Kim" said Lisa too grateful.
"We are ready too, we have every single possible song, and
we are going to have a good DJ…you know, ex boyfriend who's
still in love with me" said Sammie and everybody rolled their
"The invitations are supposed to be done by now…"
said Claudia looking to her clock "Miriya said she has a free
morning and she was going to print them and send them by special
mail. The invitations are going out today to the guests" said
"Wow, how many guests did you invite?" asked Lisa.
"550" answered Claudia without looking at her.
"WHAT?!!!" shouted out Lisa "But…But…how…why…when….Since
when do I know so many people??!"
"Since forever darling, we invited everybody on the base…"
answered Claudia with a wink
"But that's going to be a fortune! I can't afford that!"
asked a now pale Lisa.
"Easy, easy breathe girl…don't worry about the money.
The reception is Admiral Gloval's gift for you…" expressed
Lisa was more than surprised and more than glad. She couldn't believe
he was so kind with her, her heart felt all the gratitude and love
for this man who was like her father.
"He is something, eh?" said Kim smiling with the same
"Yes, he is something" said Lisa proudly, "Well,
I think that's it then! I cant believe the ceremony is going to
be so soon, I feel so…strange…".
"Good strange or Bad strange?" asked Vanessa.
"Hmm….good one. I mean I feel like divided between what
I feel and what I know…my rational side told me that this
situation is far away from being normal. Jake is around, I know.
But these days with Rick were so… amazing" she finally
"You are seriously in love with him…" said Claudia.
"And you just noticed that?" smirked Kim and Claudia blushed
and everybody laughed but Lisa felt a little sad at the same time.
Vanessa walked next to her an put her arms around her.
"Don't worry. If he is half of the man I expected him to be,
he is already in love with you, but just too stupid to notice it".
Lisa looked to her and smiled a little and just murmured "I
hope you are right, V".
Rick had to go home at lunch time because he forgot important papers
for his report to Lisa and he didn't want to upset her, more. He
left the base and walked home because it wasn't that far with a
few shortcuts around the deserted base area. It was a beautiful
day and he was walking all alone without worries, thinking about
what he would do next to amuse Lisa.
His thoughts stopped as soon as a dark figure appeared between the
trees. Something sinister was with this person. Whoever she or he
was, was taller than him, and wearing a long black cloak and a black
hat that covered the face completely.
Rick stopped in his track and watched the figure that walked slowly
and secure in his direction. Nobody was around, he noticed, but
couldn't react on time, before strong arms held him in his position.
He turned around just to see another black figure behind him. The
only thing he could see was a pair of scary and dark green eyes.
"What the hell? Let me go!" said Rick trying to free himself
from the grip of the man, but couldn't. The man behind him was very
Rick didn't notice when the person came in front of him. Another
pair of angry and shining green eyes looked at him.
"Who are you? What do you want?!" commanded Rick trying
to free himself, but the man was holding him painfully hard. Then
another two more black figures came from the trees around and circled
them. Rick was in shock.
"So…" said the manly and deep voice of the man in
front of him "…you are Rick Hunter…"
"Yes, Captain Rick Hunter. Who are you anyway?"
The man laughed and it was disgusting sound, like a hyena. Rick
couldn't see anything, except how the eyes of the man glittered
with anticipation. The man behind him held Rick more firmly.
"I thought you were more clever Mr. Hunter…" said
the man and made a gesture to the other two man to come closer to
him. The other two guys looking the same as the other two, same
size, same body complexion, even the same kind of green eyes.
"Let me introduce myself as…Jake" said the man and
Rick's eyes opened wider.
"You are…bastard! Let me go!!" screamed Rick aloud
with anger. He wanted to kill this man with his own hands, and didn't
care how many body guards or whatever the other guys were. But Rick
couldn't free himself, and the other men just laughed when they
saw his futile intent.
"Well, well…look it was true. This little thing is a
brave one. Lisa looked better this time…" said the man.
"Don't you dare speak about Lisa, you fu**ing as***ole!!"
said Rick furiously.
"I have more right than anyone to speak about her however I
want…" said Jake in a dangerous voice, almost whispering
and then added "…And I'll do whatever I want to her".
grow wider with anger. He tried to kick the man behind him, but
it was in vain. He turned to look at Jake and said.
"I'm not going to let you do anything to her…ever. She
is mine" said Rick threatening him. Jake's eyes almost closed
into two fearful lines.
"She is not yours. She is mine and she always will be…I
have the right…"
"You don't have anything!" said Rick, fighting back "She
is going to be MY wife, you sick pervert".
"I know about your little game Hunter, and you are not going
to fool me" and then Jake came closer to Rick's face "You
don't love her…I know" he murmured.
Even with the mask on, Rick knew Jake was smirking and Rick tried
to hide his nervous face. But he wasn't fast enough.
"You can't love her. I know about you more than yourself. You
are in love with that little Minmei star. You don't have anything
to do with this…not even Claudia or Roy, not even your Admiral.
Lisa is mine, and I'm going to have her…and this time with
or without her permission".
Rick was in shock. This guy knew more than he should. He tried to
free himself one more time, but this time, the two guys held him
in place, taking both of his arms.
"You Mr. Hunter…you are a real bother, obstacle in my
way to getting what I want… what is mine. Lisa fell into some
kind of trance with you these last couple of years. Yeah…I
watched, every single move you made and everything that you did
with her and that pathetic little singer of yours. You don't love
Lisa at all, you are using her. You are such a pathetic confused
little boy that you don't even know what you want!" said Jake
smirking. Rick tried to hit him with all his force, but couldn't
"But you made your last mistake Hunter. I saw when you left
he waiting all day. Even I was angry with you, you are so stupid.
But she forgave you, until the scarf incident…you remember
it Mr. Hunter?"
Rick yelled and shout "Shut Up!" but he was scared of
how much he knew.
Jake stand up again, looking even taller from short distance. Rick
had to look up to watch his eyes.
"Yes, you don't want me to remind you that you screw it up,
screw it up big time. But that was for my benefit" he said
and stepped back. "You think I'm going to believe that you
are actually going to marry her?!, don't underestimate me Mr. Hunter.
I have more eyes around you than you can count"
"What the hell do you want?"
"Isn't that obvious? I want to make her happy. The first time
I saw you and her together, I thought that maybe you were going
to do…something, to get to her. And I was willing to leave
her, if you make her happy, but you didn't. All you did was cause
her frustration after frustration… and if you can't make her
happy, I'm going to do it".
"You are a moron, she doesn't love you! She hates you! You
make her sick!!" yelled Rick and was glad when he saw the disgusting
gaze of those green eyes. Sadly, Jake punched Rick into the stomach
hard, taking out all the air.
Rick would have fallen if the other three men weren't holding him.
He tried to breathe and looked at him again, challenge in his eyes.
"Maybe you are right, maybe I screwed it up, but she forgave
me, and she is going to marry me…" said Rick smirking.
"Not if I kill you before" said Jake deathly calm.
Rick shuddered, but didn't make any movement. If this madman wanted
to kill him, he wasn't speaking that much.
Jake laughed again "Don't worry Mr. Hunter. I am way more…elegant…to
do things. It is too easy to kill you now. I don't like easy things,
I love Lisa, remember?" said him and stepped back again, watching
how helpless Rick looked.
"Lisa is mine, and I'm going to have her, even if I need to
kill her. She IS mine…" he said and Rick scared to death,
for her. He wasn't going to let Jake do that. "…but you
are annoying, Mr. Hunter. All these years I watched you closely,
and you are so…obtuse, that I want to teach you a lesson,
a life lesson. But its not the time yet".
"Do whatever you want with me psycho, but leave Lisa alone!!"
Jake smirked again against his mask. "She is mine in life and
death, I'm not in any rush. But you two are going to learn, Oh….you
will" said Jake and waved his hand in the air. The three man
left Rick alone and he hit the ground.
Jake walked next to him and kick him with his foot one more time,
"You will learn who I am Mr. Hunter. And this façade
of marriage of yours is not going to fool me. I'm going to see Lisa
happy, and I know you will disgrace her. But she needs to learn
that for herself. And I'm not going to do anything about that. You
are stupid enough to do it yourself. I'm just going to sit…and
watch you lose the only good thing that happened to you."
The four men walked slowly into the shadows of the trees, leaving
Rick on the ground, but even through the pain, Rick could hiss at
Jake "I…I'm… not…going…to…lose…"
he managed to sit and Jake turned to watched him. Rick added one
more time "I'm…going… to make…. her…happy…she
Jake chuckled and went away.
When Rick came
back to the base, he hid the beating he got. He didn't want Lisa
to worry about it. So he just looked for Roy and Max.
Both men help Rick who wasn't badly hurt, just some bruises. But
emotionally, Rick was devastated. Until that moment, he never realized
the true magnitude of Lisa's words. He never doubted her words,
but he never realized, until now, what a menace Jake was.
The thought of him gave Rick chills. The man was more than obsessed,
he was truly mad. And he noticed that he wasn't alone. He probably
was a man with enough financial recourses to make any kind of vigilance.
Now that he was alone, waiting for the next patrol in the afternoon,
Rick could feel in his own skin what Lisa felt for years. He hid
his head in his hands. So many of Jake's word were true. How much
he made Lisa suffer, how much he disappoint her and turned her down.
How many failures. And every single time she forgave him. Every
Rick looked at the sky and a squadron of VFs flew across the sky
beautifully. He thought about Lisa and how much he didn't deserve
her. He sighed and walked to his own VF. When he was in position
and ready to take off, he looked at her in the screen and promised
to himself, that he will be the man she deserved. Then man he was
meant to be.
The day past without more incidents. The Skull squadron was having
"fun" in the air with a couple of squads of rebellious
zentreadis. As usual, they won, but not before Miriya came into
the battle and Max and her started their usual match and try to
see who was the best. Of course, Rick and Roy made their best, but
Miriya and Max were out of their league, way out. But the two seniors
pilots enjoyed too much watching the lovely couple try to decide
who was going to clean the dishes that night.
"Lisa, when are you going to come and fly with us?" asked
Roy on the screen again.
"Is there anything good up there that could interest me?"
"Oh, I think so…Rick can teach you one trick or two,
right flyboy?" asked Roy and then Rick was on the screen too.
Lisa didn't know what happened before with Rick and Jake, the last
thing she was aware was that she and Rick were teasing each other,
and the bridge crew was ready for this new round. It was obvious
that Roy want to started a new one, even Claudia warned Lisa about
it. This time, nobody looked to the screen, just Lisa.
"Really Rick? What can you teach…me?" asked Lisa
Rick looked at her before answering. He had a dark shadow in his
baby blue eyes , but he didn't want to be selfish this time. If
Lisa wanted to play, we was willing to gave her that.
"Err…well, you did fly with me before….you know
how I am.." he answered with caution.
"Yes I did, but can you show me anything new I don't know?"
asked Lisa raising her eyebrow in a obvious challenge.
Rick smiled for the first time since morning. This was going to
"Oh baby…you don't have any idea how many things I can
show you…you just wait and see…" said Rick answering
her silent challenge.
"I've been listening to that for centuries Hunter, when are
you going to show me?"
Rick wasn't expecting that particular answer from her, and Roy laughed
aloud on the channel.
"I thought I showed you something this morning…"
said Rick smirking.
"Yeah, and I thought I showed you something too. I mean, does
you neck still hurt?" asked her smiling sexy.
Several "Ohhs" could be heard on the open radio, from
all those pilots in the air. Rick was shocked by her and Roy was
smirking with a proud I-taught-her-to-do-that face.
"I…my neck is fine…how are your wrists?" asked
Rick trying to control his breathing.
This time was Lisa who was surprised, she turned a deep shade of
red and now all the girls looked at her with a question in her eyes.
"Err…fine, Hmm…S-Skull leader, you can landed in
the platform 2-CB" said Lisa looking into her charts.
Roy chuckled on the screen, having too much fun and replied "Roger
that Bridge, Skull Squad in coming home".
Lisa found herself
walking straight looking for Rick. It was a good day, no matter
how much they tried to tease each other. Everybody watched her walk
with an unusual smile on her face. In this moment, she couldn't
stop the funny feeling in her stomach. She wondered how was Rick
Rick was walking towards the bridge when he saw Lisa. They stopped
and looked at each other for a moment.
Rick was different since the morning when he left her for work.
He, Roy and Max talked about the situation and they tried to comforted
him, but just one person now could do that, with her kisses, jokes
and presence. Rick prayed in silence that the feeling he was having
was more than just passion. He knew it was bigger, but he wasn't
ready to admit it.
And now he was watching her. He couldn't believe that he actually
missed her so much. But now she was in front of him, looking gorgeous.
A VF landed and the wind covered them. Lisa's hair flew freely and
took his breath away.
Lisa was wondering too. Was it possible that he wanted her as much
as she wanted him? Was it possible that he needed to kiss her as
much as she need to kiss him?. But his eyes answered her silent
questions. He walked to her, not thinking about anything anymore,
not Jake, not Minmei, not more past mistakes. One thing was on his
mind and in his blood, and that was the sweetness of her mouth and
her arms around his neck, telling him that they belong to each other.
They kissed for an eternity, and Roy watched the scene from far
away with his arms around Claudia's waist. He smiled a sad smile,
still worried about what happened before.
"So…for when is the bet then?" asked Claudia, bringing
Roy back to reality "I bet for Christmas eve" she said
and Roy frowned.
"That far? No way…I bet for the honeymoon"
"I accept" she said and kissed him on the lips.
The two couples kissed after a long day apart. Neither of them noticed
a pair of dark green angry eyes watching the scene from the cabin
of the last VF that landed that afternoon.