Disclaimer: Alex and Jay are characters from my imagination! If they resemble anyone in real life or anything else like that, it is purely coincidental! And, this story contains yaoi!! Meaning, the story involves a gay relationship. If this stuff bothers you, then don't read it! Don't say I haven't warned you, since I have put up this disclaimer from the very beginning...

A/N: Where have I gone? That's for me to know...and everyone else to wish they knew. It doesn't really matter, anyway, since I'm back now! Took me long enough...anyway, well, after a VERY long delay, I've finally picked up where I left off...it was really bad of me to leave the story at such a cliffhangerish (ooh...new word...) spot. And now, thanks to all my absolutely wonderful reviewers:

*~Skye Blaine~* I know, seeing Jay with Kerri was very sad...but all will be explained here, don't you worry! ^^ Alex will be fine! I promise!

*~White Raven~* Eep! Please don't kill Jay! _ I know I didn't really make him as likeable as I wanted him to be...but trust me, his intentions are good! I swear it! He's just...confused...read and find out! ^^;;

*~Gothic Baby~* I know, Alex gets hurt a lot...I'm glad you like the story though ^^ Everything will work out okay in the end.

*~Alle ALewis83~* I don't think I got to thank you for reviewing the last chapter... _ I'm sorry! I'm honored to be in your favorites folder! ^^;; I'm glad you like my poem, I know it's very sad...and I'm happy that you like my stories! Thank you very much, I hope you like how Challenged Love turns out! ^_^

*~Bitter Berry~* I'm so horrible with updates, I'm really sorry...and this one took even longer. Far longer, actually. And yes, Akira...I love his name too! Jay does have a good explanation, I promise. At least, I think it's good enough...I think...maybe...yea. It is! ^^;;

*~Moonlit Diana~* I'm sorry about leaving it at such a bad spot...and for so long, too... ;-; But I did finally put this up! So now you won't need your Magical Box of Infinite Tissues™ for a little while, at least. Hehe ^^;;

*~sstclai~* I'm sowwy...I know I left it at a horrible cliffhanger. But I'm trying to make up for it, since I waited for so long, and I hope you like it!

*~Wicked Wonder~* You've waited long enough ^^;; This chapter's finally here! Everyone hates Jay now...it wasn't supposed to happen that way _ I hope this explanation can at least clear his name...

*~Fires of Hell~* I wonder if any of the scenarios that you thought up turn out to be what actually happens? ^^;; Well, we're about to find that out, aren't we? I hope you enjoy it!

*~Pyrrha~* I'm sorry about what's going on between us lately. I hope things can work out, eventually. Thank you for the review, I know it's been awhile...and I wonder if I changed the info I gave you around or not. I can't quite remember...but, if you do read this, I hope you enjoy it!

So, thank you all! And I'm so sorry for taking so long!! And now, the (apparently) long-awaited chapter thirteen of Challenged Love! But...I must also mention...that it is the last chapter. Challenged Love is finally over, after I've dragged it out over such a long period of time _ But, I hope you all like the ending!! I worked hard to try to make it worth the wait, I swear!! Enjoy!

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"J-J...Jay..."

"Alex...maybe it's not what it seems..."

I turn to Akira, who seems nearly as confused as I am about the sight in front of us.

"How can this not be what it seems?? He's quite plainly kissing...her!! Right there!!"

I point to Jay, and look back at him. Jay suddenly looks up and sees me standing there, and his mouth drops open in shock. He pushes Kerri aside, and runs over to me.

"Alex!! It's not...it isn't what it looks like!!"

I turn around, refusing to look at him. I feel the tears coming, and I stare down at the floor, trying to hide my face with my hair.

"Alex..."

Jay puts his hand on my shoulder, and I feel his touch...but it feels so cold...and empty...just like how I feel inside. Alone...and unloved.

"...It wasn't what it looked like. I swear."

I sniffle, and my whole body shakes. I manage to reply very softly...

"...Then what was it?"

"Kerri...she-"

Jay stops as he sees me shaking. At the mention of Kerri's name, a tear slides down my cheek, followed quickly by other tears. I try to hide my face, so that he won't see me crying, but I can't hide it. Jay wraps his arms around me and pulls me close, allowing my head to rest on his shoulder before he continues with his story.

"I'm sorry, sweetie...I was just heading towards my locker, and Kerri just came up to me and kissed me...I guess she saw us and got jealous or something..."

More tears come after that. Why do I want to be in his arms, if he just hurt me? I feel so empty inside...I'm beginning to wonder if anything will ever work out for me.

"...Y-you...didn't protest...or anything..."

He hugs me more tightly than before, not caring about anything or anyone else around us.

"She startled me...and I didn't know what to do. I was scared, and...I can't really explain it. I'm sorry...I honestly didn't mean to."

The tears keep coming. Are they ever going to stop...? What about the teachers? Surely someone's going to say something...

As I had predicted, a teacher comes up to us. I don't really hear what she says, but Jay and I are soon walking to another room...a private room. I don't understand...I didn't think a teacher would want to help...I guess I was wrong. I glimpse Akira out of the corner of my eye as I walk solemnly to the room, his face full of worry and sadness. I see Jay nod, as if to tell him that everything will be okay, and Akira nods as well and heads in the direction of the classrooms.

I find myself sitting on a couch, in Jay's lap. His arms have never left me...he's been holding me ever since I saw him and Kerri kissing. I feel so awful...I just wish that everything would go back to the way it was before...

Jay rests his head next to mine, and holds my hand in his. He whispers to me softly that it's okay, that everything will be okay...but I keep sobbing. I just can't stop.

After a little while of having me rest in his arms, Jay speaks up.

"Alex...there's something I need to tell you."

I shiver and feel more tears coming, fearing the worst...that he's going to break up with me.

"I promise you that I'm not going to break up with you because of this...but I've just done some thinking, and this is my explanation for not protesting when Kerri kissed me. I'm...not gay."

New tears begin falling down my face again, before he quickly continues with what he's trying to say.

"But, I'm not straight either. I guess I'm bi. And the reason that I didn't just stop the kiss right away was...I've never actually kissed a girl before. I wanted to see if it felt different. And it does...but I like kissing you better. I don't really know how to explain it. I'm sorry, Alex...I really messed things up. Again."

Jay kisses my forehead gently, and pulls me closer to him. I slowly open my eyes, looking at his beautiful face, and into his own beautiful eyes. He seems so apologetic, and...sad. I don't like seeing him sad...but...

It still wasn't really fair of him to kiss Kerri, even though he just wanted to experiment...but...I love him. I can forgive him...and it really was Kerri's fault. I can forgive him.

I gaze into Jay's gorgeous eyes again before finally whispering softly...

"I love you."

"I love you too."

He leans in and kisses me on the lips softly. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but...the joy that I've always felt whenever he kisses me is still there.

"I forgive you, Jay. I'm sorry I'm always being such a sensitive brat all the time..."

"You're not a brat, Alex. I know I hurt you, and I feel really awful about it. I promise that I'll never hurt you again. And I love you because you're sensitive. You're the best guy anyone could ever want."

"...Do you really mean that?"

"Of course, Alex...I love you more than anything else in this world."

"Jay...I love you so much, more than anything, and I never want to lose you. I really, truly, deeply love you."

"You'll never lose me, I promise. We'll always have each other, and I'll always be here for you, no matter what. I love you."

"I love you too, Jay..."

I nuzzle Jay's chest, and snuggle into his arms. He wraps his strong arms tight against me, and I can feel his warmth and love. I know now, and always will know, that although our love for each other may be challenged by others at times, we'll always come through together in the end.

-Fin-

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A/N: The End!! My first story is finally over! How weird, seeing as how the second story I started was actually finished first...but oh well. I know this was a really abrupt ending...but I really could not think of any other things that could happen to them. I think I put them through enough, don't you? And now my torture for them is finally over...hehe. Well, I'll try to come up with an idea for another story, but...I'm sorta out of ideas at the present. Maybe Akira's story...hmm...I dunno. I never really did say what happened after that...I was a bit mysterious there. Umm, would anyone be interested in reading about what happens to Akira? Well, tell me what you think, and I'll start up again as soon as my brain starts working, I guess. Thank you all for reading, and I hope you liked it!! ^_^