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Summary:

UPDATED in 2023 for language correction and chapters distribution. Jarod asks Miss Parker to meet to finally get things straight between them. When they confess their love, they realize time has also come to destroy The Centre. It's the beginning of a journey that lead them to discover pieces of lost memories in a spiral mind rainSet after IOTH. Recommended for: MPJ Shippers - People fond of flashbacks. This is a story that begins where we left Miss Parker and Jarod. It's about memories and past, but also present, and future. I hope you enjoy it!


Rated: PG
Categories: Post IOTH
Characters: All the characters
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance
Warnings: None
Challenges: MP/J - Catherine
Series: None
Chapters: 27 Completed: Yes Word count: 122590 Read: 186718
Published: 30/10/12 Updated: 24/01/23
Story Notes:

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the Pretender characters. But I felt free to write a fanfic about them.

First of all, I must say the idea for this fanfiction came to me during a dream. I'm re-watching The Pretender these days, and I ofter dream about tv shows, maybe because of my huge imagination. When I got up, I felt I had to put it down.

This is going to be a long journey, chapter after chapter.
I wish to thank my dear and kind "Miss Parker" (Antoinette) who helped me to translate in English: I could not have done this without her! I'm from Italy, so I hope you are forgiving my lacks in your language.
Feel free to review and rate, even if you think this is terrible!

UPDATED IN 2023: major changes to the language, minor changes to the storyline.

1. Chapter 1: The Future Together by missparker87 [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstar (3853 words)

2. Chapter 2: Chocolate and Blue Roses by missparker87 [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarhalf-star (6464 words)

Disclaimer in 1st Chapter.

As usual, thanks to Antoinette, and sorry for the "Castle" quotes ;)

Feel free to review and rate, even if you think this is terrible!

3. Chapter 3: The Lost DSAs by missparker87 [Reviews - 2] (5489 words)

As usual, thanks a lot to Antoinette, my Guardian Angel, she's helping me a lot getting through this...I was very looking forward for updating the story. I hope you all forgive my lack of good English, remember it's not my own language ;) I hope I did a good work anyway...

 

4. Chapter 4: Zoe's Moan And Revelations by missparker87 [Reviews - 1] (6215 words)

First of all, thanks a lot to Antoinette, my lovely beta reader, she's helping me with the translation... Once again, forgive my lacks with the language! :) I hope I did a good work anyway, and I'd also love to have some opinion from you. This chapter was very fun to write because I do hate the character appearing in the lines you're going to read. So if there's any Zoe fan...Time to go away! :P

5. Chapter 5: You know I hate surprises by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (5193 words)

New chapter in record time! This one hasn't got particular developments of the story, but it introduces Jarod's family and some funny phone conversations, as in good old times. I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks to Antoinette for the usual help in the translation, Luv ya!

6. Chapter 6: Don't look back in anger by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (5943 words)

Just have typos and misprints checked by my lovely guardian angel, Antoinette!

This chapter features one of my favorite songs. I just thought it fitted very well with J & MP relationship at the beginning of the season.

Of course, lyrics and music are not mine! And so all the characters, as usual.

7. Chapter 7: Michael by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (5193 words)

I love Ethan, you're going to see much of him hereafter. He's a nice character, I think he deserved being much more developed during the real show. I'm doing that for all of you!

As always, comments are really appreciated. And please, forgive my lack of English!

Thanks to Antoinette for the usual help in the translation, Luv ya!

8. Chapter 8: The Scrolls by missparker87 [Reviews - 1] (3480 words)

Time to know what the Scrolls said...

As always, comments are really appreciated. And please, forgive my lack of English!

Thanks to Antoinette for the usual help in the translation!

9. Chapter 9: Fatherhood by missparker87 [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6987 words)

This chapter features secrets to be finally revealed and a confrontation between two siblings. Twin siblings, to be exact.

As always, comments are really appreciated. And please, forgive my lack of English!

Thanks to Antoinette for the usual help in the translation!

10. Chapter 10: Execution by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (3363 words)

Another chapter, another story. Threats in the shadows and tragic events on our way.

As always, comments are really appreciated.

This time I have to thank to Antoinette, who still helped me through this chapter. And a huge thank to the lovely DanielleSmileyFace, my new Beta Reader for Mind Rain. Thanks a lot! Your help is very much appreciated!

11. Chapter 11: Good Old Times by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (5756 words)

I know I left you last time with our beloved Angelo almost dying.

I hope you appreciate this new chapter. I couldn't let go such a lovely character. Angelo was one of the things that made The Pretender such a great show, I've always loved him.

And of course it's time for a new surprise. And I guess almost all of you had already seen it coming.

Not an English speaker, blah blah blah.

See previous chapters to know the reasons why I'm not really the best writer around here! :)

And remember to thank my wonderful Beta Readers, Antoinette & DanielleSmileyFace!

12. Chapter 12: An Ordinary Hero by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (3902 words)

This is going to be a transitional chapter. The story is going on faster, from now on. And it's far from being over!

I'm a huge user of Tumblr. In case you didn't know, this is my account

beerok23/

I usually post photoset from The Pretender. Gifs, Pics, and Quotes.

I love this social network, I feel it was made for people like me!

Anyway, a few months ago I read this post:

"Only a Michael T. Weiss fan knows just how annoying Foo Fighters can be."

I laughed so much, because it's true: when you look for "the pretender" on the web you might find 2 kind of posts.
- those talking about this amazing show
- those talking about Foo Fighters, 'cause their most famous song is called "The Pretender".

Anyway, I laughed because I love them both. I love Foo Fighters so much, I guess as much as I love this show.

So I thought, "Why not using this coincidence in my fanfic?". And so, here it is. This chapter is all about this strange idea I had. I know many of you won't like it, but, hey. It's all in our mind, isn't it?

Not an English speaker, blah blah blah.

See previous chapters to know the reasons why I'm not really the best writer around here! :)

I also want to say Thank You to my wonderful Beta Readers, Antoinette & DanielleSmileyFace!

13. Chapter 13: Operation Reset by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (4332 words)

As I told you before, things are going to get faster from now on. 

Chapter 13 has some action, finally! The boys are making a step forward to destroy The Centre.

It's written a bit in an Alias style, because that's my favorite tv show.

Oh, and I love Agent Zane. I've always thought she has something irresistible. She seems nice and tough at the same time :)

If you don't like the code names I chose, well...Next time write your own story!

And as usual thank to my wonderful Beta Readers, Antoinette & DanielleSmileyFace!

14. Chapter 14: Promises and Choices by missparker87 [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5439 words)

Chapter 14, wow I think we're going somewhere here. This part is about decisions, planning, and promises. There's fear for the future, but also hope.

And since in the last couple of days our twitter accounts are getting full of amazing news about this incredible show (thank to its creators, Steve and Craig), I'm full of hope too. We really want closure, and maybe we're going to have it, "soon". In a whole "brand new way", they said.

But, for now, let me go on with this story, because I feel it needs closure too :) My English is going to be full of typos and misprints. Maybe also wrong verbs and spelling. But, please, forgive me, as usual.

15. Chapter 15: Waiting by missparker87 [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstar (4973 words)

We already knew he was alive, but we're finally meeting him during this chapter.
The plan J & Parker were trying to accomplish won't go as they've been hoping...
Not an English speaker, blah blah blah. See previous chapters to know the reasons why I'm not really the best writer around here! :)

16. Chapter 16: Hasani by missparker87 [Reviews - 1] (3572 words)

It's time for confessions, truth, surprises and revelations.
I like this chapter, is like the end of a journey. A still long journey.
Please, welcome a new character: Mr. Hasani.
I'm sure you'll find him evil and merciless in the most delicious way.

17. Chapter 17: Blackmail by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (3561 words)

I added this chapter because I felt the previous one was too long.
I hope you enjoy ;)

18. Chapter 18: Here comes the Cavalry by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (3837 words)

So, Catherine is back. Surprise, she's still alive!

I know you have lots of questions, but the most important one is: How?

Also, if you were wondering, 'Where the hell is Agent Zane?', well, you’ll find out in this chapter.

19. Chapter 19: Deja vu by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (3757 words)

This is a chapter dealing with death. Well lots of deaths.

Sorry, no more spoilers.

20. Chapter 20: Family Grief by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (4874 words)

Previously, on Mind Rain.

Catherine is still alive and is finally reunited with her daughter.

Jarod was shot by Lyle. 

Mr. Parker died and so did Lyle. 

Is Jarod going to make it?

21. Chapter 21: Wake up by missparker87 [Reviews - 1] (2983 words)

This is gonna be sappy, but…Hey, I couldn't just let him go, could I?

22. Chapter 22: Zane's Harangue by missparker87 [Reviews - 1] (2494 words)

Maybe you didn’t particularly like the sappy turn of events of the last chapter.

But things won't get easier for the 'Three Stooges', from now on. 

23. Chapter 23: The Weak and Abused's Reunion by missparker87 [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (3386 words)

I didn't know how I would end this fiction, while I was writing it. 

But I did know one thing: Jarod’s altruism saved many lives during his journey. So I thought, maybe those who have been lucky enough to meet him on the road would come to his side, should he need help.

And that's where this chapter comes from.

24. Chapter 24: No More Missing Pieces by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (4090 words)

It's almost over. But not yet.

Time to clear things up.

25. Chapter 25: Arrangements and Names by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (1387 words)

Not far from the end. I promise.

26. Chapter 26: The Trial by missparker87 [Reviews - 0] (5694 words)

I'm pretty sure that Jarod would be pursued according to law, if they caught him.

He's like F. Abagnale Jr., even if Jarod is a 'good boy'. He commits fraud, but for good.

He's like a Robin Hood of our time.

This is the second to last chapter. And I love it, it's something quite unique in a pretender fiction. I think this "trial" idea is genuinely mine.

27. Chapter 27: Epilogue a.k.a. The Pretender by missparker87 [Reviews - 2] (6373 words)

Well, this was a long journey, but it's finally over.

I should thank everyone who read this fiction, most of all those of you who reviewed.

So thank you, FANmily, I hope you really enjoyed Mind Rain as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Oh, one last thing: to really understand this chapter make sure you remember Chapter 12. If you don't, go back and read it again :)