He woke up before her, just like he always did. At first he forgot where they were, she was laying against his side and snuggled down like she belonged there. He ran a hand through her curls and kissed her cheek.

It was then he remembered where they were, they'd made it to her parents house and their journey together was over. A heavy weight settled in his chest as he lay there staring up at the white ceiling listening to her breathe.

When he couldn't stand it anymore he gently eased her onto the bed beside him and sat up. He glanced back at her then stood and pulled on his clothes. He slipped out of the room as quiet as a mouse and moved down the grand staircase.

Ralph was coming into the entry way as Snake was coming down the stairs and he offered him a smile.

"Snake, why don't you join me for some coffee?"

"Thank you sir, I was just looking for the bathroom."

"Down that hall first door on the left, the kitchen is through that archway."

Snake gave a nod of agreement as the older man moved into the kitchen. He didn't want to have coffee in her fancy kitchen with her filthy rich family but he couldn't sneak out and not say goodbye either.

So, after using the facilities he stepped into the bright, airy, kitchen. Her dad was sitting at a table with his coffee and he motioned for Snake to pour his own. Snake got his coffee and settled into a chair across from the other man.

"Is your wife not up?" Snake asked, trying to make conversation.

"No, not yet."

"That must be where Lana gets being a late sleeper from."

"How would you know?" Her father asked.

"Well, we shared a room."

"You were in a motel room with my daughter?"

"I can promise nothing disrespectful happened. I care about your daughter, she's a wonderful woman and I would never do anything to dishonor or disrespect her."

Her Dad took a drink of his coffee studying Snake, it made him uncomfortable. He was used to women and children avoiding him and awkward stares but this was unsettling.

"What exactly is your relationship with my daughter?"

"We're friends good friends, I'd do anything for her."

"Really?"

"Really."

"Are you in love with her?" He asked bluntly.

"With all due respect sir....."

"No, don't answer that."

Snake took a drink of coffee and felt himself break out in a small sweat, did her dad know she'd spent the night in his room?

"What I really want to know is do you honestly think you can make her happy?" He asked.

"I'm sorry, I don't understand where this is going."

"You said you'd do anything for her, would you let her go? Don't you think that's the best thing you can do for her."

Snake was speechless, he really didn't have the words to argue. Her dad was making a good point, the life Snake could give her wasn't the kind Marcus could.

"She's well bred, well educated and has a fine young man willing to marry her. Lana will never want for anything, hell he might be president someday. What can you give her? Really? Weekends when you get home from being on the road? The possibility of being killed or raped before she's forty by a rival gang."

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