Chapter Ten: I Love You, Right?

I was expecting Ariana to pull away, but she didn't. By now the crowd was in pure silence. After everything I had been through this summer, it was obvious that I would never recover. Years from now, no one would believe anything I said and I didn't expect them to. If anyone told me that they found the girl of their dreams after being intertwined with a psycho mob kid, a kidnapping, and the FBI, I would probably look at them like they were crazy.

"How did you know?" I asked after I finally pulled away from Ariana. "Lulu told you, didn't she?"

"Actually," Ariana started. "You did. I was talking to your sister about you and I had her on speaker phone. I heard every word you said and well I feel the same way. That therapist really helped me figure out that...well I love you too."

"I never said I loved you," I told her.

"You were so about to say it," she replied. "So don't even act like you weren't. Besides, who actually kisses someone when they're in the middle of a front of...everyone..."

I had nearly forgot that we were in front of everyone that we knew and that I still had the microphone in my hand. Everyone had saw our kiss and now everyone had heard our conversation. I figured that I had nothing to lose, so I pressed my lips against Ariana. The kiss went for an even longer time until it was finally broken up by Zack.

"Who would have thought," he began. "It turns out that the only thing that stood between you two getting together was me. As soon as I was kidnapped, you two just started falling for each other. Personally, I'm glad you two are together because Shawn, I have to tell you that I'm going out with Desiree Evans."

"You told her about how you survived during the kidnapping didn't you?" I told him. "And she felt sorry for you and now you got her. Zack, you are a pure genius."

He nodded his head in agreement and strolled off. Before I could walk off, Ariana pulled me back to her. "Nope," she said quickly. "You're not going anywhere until you tell me that you love me."


"You heard me," she replied sternly. "If you want me to be your girlfriend, then tell me that you love me right now."

"Why?" I started. "I comforted you when Zack was kidnapped, I had a freakish dream about you, and I took a bullet for you. Why the hell should I have to say it?"

"You know what, Shawn," she began. "You haven't changed a bit. You're still a stubborn jerk, who bottles up his emotions."

"And you're still a snob who wines when she doesn't get her way," I stated. "You know what, I think all of this is because I'm going crazy from the events I've been through. At the start of the summer, I hated you so much and now here we are at the end of the sum-Ugh I sound so stupid right now. You know that I love you and you're the first one out of family or friends that I've ever said that too..."

EPILOGUE: One Year Later

"You guys think you're so cool because you're in college now," Lulu stated. "Ugh, college freshmen are so annoying."

"That reminds me," Zack started as he looked at his watch. "I'm meeting Desiree at her house. Shawn, Ariana, I'll see you guys on campus."

He hopped in his car and zoomed off. "Take care of my brother for me," Ariana told Lulu. "I think you can help Alan shed that whole 'obsessed with you' attitude."

"Alan is like my best friend," she replied. "Trust me, I don't think he's obsessed with me. Anyway, just make sure my brother doesn't do anything stupid. We don't need to be involved in anymore FBI level crimes. Oh yeah and no babies. The last thing I want is a bunch of little Shawns and little Arianas running around here. Can you even picture Shawn as a parent?"

"I'm right here," I remarked as I got in the car. "Lulu, I'll see you on Christmas or whatever. Ariana, please get in the car before she talks all day."

"See you Lulu," Ariana said as she got in the car.

I immediately drove off and Ariana just stared at me. "What?" I asked quickly.

"You're so hot when you're rude," she remarked. "Its such a turn on."

"And you're hot when you're turned on," I replied as we started French kissing.

However, I wasn't watching the road and I barely managed to slam on the breaks when I saw a car in front of us. I just narrowly avoided hitting them from behind. "You idiot!" Ariana yelled. "You could have got us killed!"

"I could of got us killed?" I replied. "You're the one that started Frenching me while I was suppose to be watching the road."

"So it's my fault?" Ariana asked.

"I think so, Princess," I remarked sarcastically as I pulled up to a red light. "I swear Ariana, sometimes you get on my nerves. I don't know why I deal with you and your attitude."

"Because you love me," she responded sweetly. "Isn't that right, boyfriend?"

"Yes," I muttered. "You know, we can pull over and I can show how much I love you."

"Or we can just wait until after we get married," she told me. "There are other ways to show love, you perv. For example, we can stop arguing for a day. That'll be a true sign of love or you can just tell me one thing about love."

"Well," I started. "The only thing I know is that I love you, right?"


The End. I just want to say thanks to everyone who read. You know I'm thinking about making a sequel about Lulu and Alan, so look out for it. Thanks again!! :)