I know it's been a while but I've been trying to get all of my stories wrapped up. This is the last chapter of this story, I'm sad.

Sob, sob. Tear, tear.


Ethan's POV

I slowly approached the girls, trying to build up nerve before they realized I was coming. I waited until I got right behind Lindsay before I cleared my throat and got their attention. Lara immediately got up, walked over to me and whispered, "If you hurt her anymore, I will personally make sure you hurt eternally in a place I'm sure you'd rather not hurt." As she walked away, I resisted the urge to cringe at the thought of what she'd do to me if Lindsay didn't like the news I was about to tell her. If there's a merciful God up there, please help me!

After sending a quick prayer up, I went over and sat down next to Lindsay. "Hey."

Her voice was quiet and emotionless as she replied, "Hey. I guess Lara told you to come talk to me?" I nodded. "Well thanks, but it's unnecessary. You don't need to say anymore, I get it and I'm alright with it."

"No, you don't get it." Her indifferent face turned confused now. "Can we talk?" She nodded and we began taking a walk around the lake. After a moment, I took a deep breath and began. "A long time ago, I dated a girl named Tiffany. I fell in love with her actually, and I told her so. We were really happy and everything but I wasn't completely honest with her and when I finally told her the truth, she left me." I sighed. "And the last thing she said to me was, 'I hate you, you freak!'" I took a deep breath and repressed the memories that threatened to resurface every time I told this story.

"After that day, I decided that I'd never fall in love again because one of two things would happen, either she'd leave me, or she'd get hurt. Neither choice was better than the other so I figured having neither one with a broken heart was better than both with a broken heart."

She seemed to see where I was going now. "So before...?"

I nodded. "I was lying. They know what happened but they think I'm being silly and just not giving anybody enough credit. I've found that keeping my feelings to myself no matter what makes it easier to deal with my decision."

"Is that why you don't give anybody a chance to get close to you? You think you'll fall in love or get them hurt?" I nodded solemnly. "I think I understand."

"Do you forgive me?"

"For what?"

"Hurting you with that lie."

She smiled that smile I love so much and nodded. "You were trying to protect yourself and me. How can I be mad at you for that?" I smiled in relief and we sunk into a comfortable silence as she discreetly took my hand and we kept walking.


Lindsay's POV

The silence lasted a few minutes "Can I ask you a question though?"

"Sure."

"What did you tell Tiffany that made her leave you and call you a 'freak'?"

He hesitated and I suddenly felt like I didn't really want to hear the answer. "Well, back then I didn't shimmer or anything as out of the ordinary in public as often as I do now so she basically thought I was a perfectly normal person." I scoffed and he shoved me playfully. "Like I said, I wasn't as open with it as I am now. We actually lived on Earth back then and it was a lot different than here and less accepting too."

I understood. Since we'd come here, apparently a different dimension than Earth, I'd noticed people were a lot more accepting or a lot more reserved. "So you told her that you weren't as normal as you seemed and she left you?" He nodded. "Didn't she know you well enough to see you were fine?"

"Well, no. She knew the normal side of me but she was too scared of what else I am to realize that I'd never hurt her. Plus, I had to tell her that I had enemies that wouldn't think twice about using her to get to me and that just threw her over the edge."

"If we were together, would they use me too?"

He smiled down at me. "I'd never let that happen."

I smiled back up at him. "One more question. Actually, it'll probably cause more questions so don't take my word for it."

He laughed and said, "So what's the question-causing question?"

"What are you that made her scared of you?" He stopped walking for a second before he continued in a noticeably slower and more agitated manner. "Are you okay?"

He looked down at me and seemed to relax. "Yeah, I guess I just still have a few issues with getting left."

I nodded in understanding, then shook my head. "I'm not going anywhere."

He seemed reassured and then smirked lightly. "Well I didn't exactly tell her."

"What did you do?"

"I showed her and let her see for herself because I figured she wouldn't believe me otherwise."

"Show me then."

His eyes sparkled with mischief. "You sure?"

"Yeah." As soon as the word was out of my mouth, his mouth was on mine and I was up against the nearest tree. For a moment, all I focused on was that he was kissing me and I was kissing him too. It took me a little while to realize that I was supposed to be finding out what he was. Even then it was hard to ignore the kissing aspect. He ran his tongue along my lip and I let him in and soon our tongues were trading spaces. Immediately, I found what Tiffany'd found. I knew what he expected me to do but I was enjoying the kiss a little too much for that.

Finally I pulled back and looked him in the eye. His arms were on either side of me and he just looked down at me, waiting for me to say something. I just took a breath and said, "You're a vampire."

He nodded.

"Would you ever hurt me?"

He looked up at me in surprise and said, "No, of course not."

"Would you ever hurt my family and the people I love?"

"No."

"Then why would I leave?"

His distressed look turned surprised. "You're not scared? You're not mad? You're not switching countries?"

I just laughed and kissed him again. He sighed in contentment against my lips and I knew he wasn't letting me go anytime soon.

Are you complaining?

I smiled into the kiss and wrapped my arms around his neck. Not one bit.