That night Madison had a date, so I invited Jake over for dinner. I excitedly drove home in my new car with Jake right behind me. I parked in the garage and met Jake in the kitchen. I started searching through the pantry for something to eat but he stopped me.

"I refuse to let the birthday girl cook!" He wagged a finger in my face.

"It's not my birthday anymore, Jake, that was yesterday!" I defended.

"It's still your birthday if I say it is, so go away! I'm going to cook you dinner tonight. Go get comfortable." I smiled and went up to my room, leaving him alone in the kitchen to prepare dinner. I was excited to see how well he could cook.

I changed into sweats and a sweatshirt and returned to the kitchen where my boyfriend was busy cooking. "You look so handsome in front of the stove!" I grinned.

"Hey, you're not supposed to be in here! Go relax until I call you."

"Yes sir!" I laughed and wandered outside onto the beach.

Fifteen minutes later Jake found me and brought me back to the house. The dining room table had been set for two, complete with candles. We sat across from each other as we ate the delicious fettuccini dinner Jake had prepared. He even made garlic bread and Caesar salad! When we had finished eating we stayed at the table for a while, just gazing at each other, holding hands peacefully.

"Have I ever told you how much you mean to me?" Jake asked suddenly.

I smiled. "Well, not in so many words, but I think I get the message pretty clearly." I was trying to be lighthearted. When he became serious and emotional like this I had a difficult time not crying with joy. I was a very emotional person and when people, especially my boyfriend, said something that made me incredibly thrilled I couldn't stop my emotions from being expressed.

"I'm being serious here, Callie. You mean more to me than any other girl I've ever known. I'm not sure how that came out exactly, but it was supposed to be true and deep." He smiled. He had a perfect smile. "I've never known anyone who makes me feel so content or as happy as I am when I'm with you."

My eyes started watering. "Thanks Jake. You know I feel the same way. Whenever I'm with you, everything just feels right. It's as though nothing that could happen could upset me or make me sad because just seeing you makes me smile."

He squeezed my hands. "You know what Callie?"

"What Jake?"

"I think this is real." He leaned closer to me. "This, me and you, our relationship, I think it is very real."

"It is real, Jake," I leaned in towards him. "It's perfect and it's real!"

The End


A/N: Okay, don't hate me but this is where I'm ending this story!! I know, it doesn't make sense to end my stories and then to make sequels, I should just continue, but for some reason I can get more inspired if I'm starting it new, and writing it in a series! I already have the first couple chapters of the next one finished, so you can expect those to be posted by the end of the weekend. The next book is called "Living". I hope everyone continues to enjoy this series, and please, please, continue to review to let me know whether or not I should even continue!! Thanks a bunch! Luv Nat