"Brandon," Jade began but at that moment Lukas joined the three of them.

"Hey, ready to go?" Luke asked, putting his arm around Jade's waist.

Jade hesitated, her eyes still fixed on Brandon's face.

"Luke," she finally decided. "Could we maybe postpone that? This is a friend of mine from Miami, Brandon. He's here and I kind of have something to go over with him. So ..."

"Oh, sure," Lukas smiled.

"From Miami?" Brandon scoffed. "And you are?"

"I'm Lukas, Jade's boyfriend," Lukas held out his hand to Brandon who looked positively aghast.

"Oh, wow," he shook Lukas's hand, looking coldly at Jade.

"I'll see you later, okay, babe?" Lukas kissed Jade on the cheek.

He pat Tyler on the shoulder and left.

"Your boyfriend, huh? Oh, and he can see my imaginary friend too apparently," Brandon snapped.

"I'll go get the car," Tyler said.

"No, no, stick around," Brandon said. "I really wanna know what you guys are planning to do now that I know everything Jade told me was a lie."

"Tyler," Jade said, her eyes on Brandon. "Maybe you can get us some drinks, while I talk to Brandon."

Tyler pursed his lips, but didn't argue. The three of them walked into a bar right next to the arcade, and Jade and Brandon sat down, facing each other over the table.

"So you wanna tell me why you lied to me?" Brandon asked and Jade sighed. "Did Tyler make you lie to me or did Lukas?"

"Neither," Jade said truthfully. "It was me."

"Why, Jade?"

"Because I knew you wouldn't understand," Jade said.

Brandon was quiet for a moment, looking like he was going to argue back.

"Care to explain, then?" Brandon said finally. "Who's Tyler? And who was that guy out there? And what's up with your - I mean, you look so different. What's going on, Jade? Please, I just wanna know the truth."

"Fine," Jade looked around to make sure no one was listening. "You wanna know the truth, here it is. The man you met out there, that was Lukas Bayman -"

"The man who said he was your boyfriend, yes I got that," Brandon said and Jade glared.

"He's a biogenetic scientist," Jade went on, ignoring Brandon's interruption. "He killed Tyler's father, and he's holding his family and friends as hostages."

"For what?"

"Experimentation," Jade said, speaking quickly before Brandon could interrupt again. "Look, it's a long story. The main thing is that Tyler needed someone to find out where Lukas is keeping those people. That's basically where I come in."

"So, he's using you?" Brandon concluded. "As his pawn? You idiot, you're putting your life at risk for what? If that bastard has already killed people -"

"See, this is why I didn't tell you," Jade looked away, throwing her hands in the air.

"I - because I'm worried about you?" Brandon looked incredulous.

"No, because you ask too many questions, and don't trust my judgement" Jade said.

"Are you saying nobody else would be concerned about this?" Brandon glared. "Wouldn't Pixie ask questions? Wouldn't Woo Bin?"

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