Never

30.

The doorbell sounded harsh, waking me up enough that I fall off the bed in a tangle of sheets.

Jason's footfalls down the hallway sounded no more enthusiastic than usual, socked like normal, but there was something completely new humming in the air.

I got up, pulling on the jeans abandoned on the floor, tugging on a shirt that wasn't mine. Sofee stretched her arms high above her head; I tossed a sock at her and told her we have company.

She shrugged, picking herself up, and within minutes we're relatively presentable and I'm curious as to who came to the door. Jason never had visitors, and if he hadn't told me who it was…

I opened the door and moved quietly down the hall.

And there was Mitchell, just as tall, with the same perfect brown hair, wearing glasses that suited him perfectly again, arms wrapped securely around my brother. Jason had his head buried in the corner of Mitchell's neck, and Mitchell was grinning and not bothered at all that Jason's fingernails were leaving little marks in his arms.

I smiled at him, hanging back, one hand holding hers behind me.

"Sandy!" He said, voice older, more cultured, yet all still Mitchell. The same boy that I recognized from when I was busy being young and stupid.

"Sofee," I wrapped my arm around her waist, pulling her up beside me, "this is Mitchell. Mitchell, my girlfriend Sofee."

"You always did have good taste." Mitchell winked.

I winked back, dragging Sofee into the kitchen to give them privacy.

He was the first boy I loved. And the last, as it were.


Aw, it's over. Um, first I'm going to thank anyone who's ever reviewed at any point. And read, but I don't know your names. So that means Cecilia-Lyne-Adlehyde, ddz008, Dirty-Angel-Toes, Failariel Anwarunya, fbarlolken, GwenhyfarBeati, Jiro, Madcow13, myles-smiles, Naomi Shemer, pikapot, r.mai, Rach, Ree, and SatisfyAnEmptyInside. I love you allvery, very much.

And, well, if you love me, you'll go read Synergy... I'm kidding, you can read it if you want, since I'm posting it soon. And that one won't be updated every day, more like once a week, but I'll try to be consistent. And if you've got further questions about the story, and you really do want an answer, just leave your email or get mine, or something, so you can ask and I'll email back.

r.mai: Um, well, other than this, nope. Not here, at least. Who knows how long it'll take to get through Synergy.

Naomi Shemer: Don't forget about chapter 18! I think. Maybe I'm wrong. And I should tell you that I love hearing stuff like that.

Rach: Well, I'm glad. It's a big part of the story, so that helps.

SatisfyAnEmptyInside: Yay! I'm thrilled. Because I'm loving it, even though it's not slash right away. Really? It's Jason's safe place, so I guess not so for everyone.

fbarlolken: Aw, that's sad. Sandy... well, Sandy won't even be in the new story. And that is rather vicious, but I can understand. Jason's a needy person. They say you love your family, but Jason's just needy so he needs someone to take advantage of that. Or something.

myles-smiles: Good for you. At least he knows, cos if he didn't, that'd be like something from this story. Emo.... and it was his safe place. More detail in Synergy (yes, shameless promo)

Jiro: It will be. See for yourself, once it's up and available to be read. Read: this afternoon from this posting. I love you, I hope you like it.