A/N: THIS IS IMPORTANT!

This will be the last chapter of What's A Girl To Do? The sequel is called It's Your Choice, for obvious reasons. :] Anyway, The first few chapters of that are posted now, so please go on and read, I suspect that there will also be a third one, but let's not get that far ahead. If you like the story well enough so far, go on ahead and start reading up on that one. I love you guys!

Holy cow, I met my goal with in three chapters of setting it, which is flipping sweet. But the poles are now closed to voting; at least voting that will be counted, so here is the final scoring:

Cain: 82

Kale: 12

Neither: 2

Kyle: 14

Allen: 1

Someone voted for Allen, never thought that would happen, but go Allen? Lol, anyway, I think I have to do something to get Kale back in the picture soon. You don't have to keep voting but if you want to, you can change the tide of the votes, so enjoy!


Chapter Twenty-Four

Bye Bye Bye

Much to my surprise, my mom called me the day before Andrew was leaving. I was in my room with Allen, we were on my bed discussing gossip, and it was odd how much he was like a girl but incredibly manly in the same way. But I have no one to blame for his girlishness but myself; he'd been hanging around me for way too long.

And then my phone rang. I rolled over and climbed over Allen to get it off my nightstand. Since it was Friday, I figured it was Cain, telling me he wasn't coming over or that he was already here, so I didn't bother with looking at the caller ID, I rarely did.

So I answered the phone, expecting to hear Cain's deep, husky, voice, but instead I heard a different one.

"Cassidy?"

"Mom?"

Allen froze, and I refrained from laughing because the look on his face made me want to crack up.

"Y-yes, Cassidy, it's me. How are you?" she asked.

I had to admit I was in shock, my mom never called me, in fact half the time I think she was trying to forget that Eddie and I existed.

"I'm um, I'm good mom, how are you?"

The doorbell rang I shooed Allen to go get it. He left quickly.

"I'm, I'm holding on, honey." She sounded tired and I felt my self starting to tear up, she had called me? She called me honey? Could she possibly be getting better?

"That's, that's good, mom." I managed to get out.

"I wanted to apologize." She said, "I just realized what I've done… with your father's death…" she paused, "I got lost." I heard her taking a deep shaky breath. She exhaled and continued, "It wasn't right how I acted to you and Eddie for so long and now I sent Andrew there not remembering how cruel he'd been to you all because I was too busy crying myself into oblivion."

"Mom…"

"I'm sorry Cassidy."

"It's okay, mom." Tears were streaming down my face, my heart was racing.

"No, Cass, it really isn't and I don't think I can ever make it up to you or Eddie, but after you graduate from there, I hope you'll come back home, it's lonely."

"I promise." I whispered, "I promise to come home."

"Thank you."

"Cassidy!"

"Kyle! Shut up! She's on the phone with her mom!"

"Oh…. crap."

"It sounds like you have company over, so call me when you're free, alright?"

"No, mom it's-"

"It's alright sweetheart, I'll be waiting. Besides, I've got to call Eddie. I love you."

We hung up and I was still frozen in place. She sounded back to normal, she sounded like she made it through. I had my mom back, I'd missed her for so long that I kind of just fell over on my bed and cried, tears of joy and tears that I held in for so long, tears that I should have cried a long time ago.

Kyle came over and sat next to me, pulling me into his arms, laying with me on the bed, letting my cry into his shoulder while Allen was on my other side, rubbing circles on my back, trying to soothe me. They thought I was crying because of something bad, I had to let them know it wasn't.

"She's back." I managed to croak out.

"What?" Allen asked.

"My mom, she's back, she apologized to me and she's calling Eddie now."

"No way." Allen marveled, "She's really better? I didn't think she'd ever come back from wherever she was hiding herself away, I was scared for you. I know how much you love your mom."

I sat up and so did Kyle and I smiled, "I got my mom back, Andrew is leaving tomorrow and I have my two best friends with me, what could be better?"

Allen, Cain and I missed school the next day to bring Andrew to the airport. Their dad had gone back for an emergency business meeting the night before. I really hadn't wanted to go, but I figured what the heck? Hopefully this would be the last time I ever saw him.

"Are you sure you don't want me back Cassidy? This is your last chance." Andrew said holding his suitcase, his intense green eyes staring at me the way they always used to. I hated them.

"That is exactly why I don't want you back." I spat at him, glaring. Thinking about it now, how I could have never seen through him before was beyond me.

He shrugged it off, showing me once again that if I had taken him back, I'd probably just be hurt again. I didn't know if could handle be hurt like that again. I hope I never will be.

Allen gave Andrew a hug, "You're such a little traitor." Andrew said playfully, ruffling Allen's hair.

Allen shrugged, "You shouldn't have been such a dick to Cassidy."

Andrew laughed, "Maybe you're right."

He looked at Cain and gave a nod of approval, "Take care of her, cause I failed."

For moment I felt my heart speed up, that's why I had fallen for him. He was a jerk, he was stuck up but he'd always been a little nicer to me, at one time, he'd really cared, and the smile and look in his eyes showed that he still might. But I couldn't risk it. I wouldn't.

I looked up at Cain, he returned the nod and his hold on me tightened, and for a moment I actually felt like I was Cain's. We'd spent so much time together the past two weeks, pretending to be together, what was going to happen tomorrow morning when we didn't have to pretend? What if we just continued to date? I kind of wanted to….

"Bye Allen, Bye Cassidy, Bye Cain." And then Andrew walked away.

Walking away from the airport, Cain was still holding my hand but as we approached Nate's car, we stole it for the day, Cain spoke up, "So I guess we aren't a couple anymore?"

I shrugged, "I guess."

And almost painfully slow, he withdrew his hand from mine. I resisted the urge to pull it back, tell him that I wanted to stay a couple, but I could never tell what those blue eyes were thinking, I never knew what to do around him.

"You didn't want to fake break up, did you?" Allen said sitting at the kitchen table with me that night, we were eating Chinese take-out and it was darn good, but I guess I seemed distracted, and Allen, knowing me so well, knew exactly why.

"What are you talking about?" I was trying to save myself from this explanation.

"With Cain, I could see it in your pretty green eyes, you didn't want him to let go of your hand."

"Shut up." I mumbled.

"Cassie, if you like Cain you should tell him."

"I don't like Cain. And even if I did, why would I tell him, the guy is supposed to ask the girl out." I shoveled food into my mouth in a very unladylike manner, not caring how horrible it might look.

Allen laughed, "Denial isn't just a river in Egypt honey."

I rolled my eyes. "Clever."

"I tend to have my moments from time to time."

"Yeah, can we get off the topic of Cain?"

"Sure." Allen shrugged. "How about Jade? Have you talked to her lately?"

I shook my head, "No, not for a week actually, we should call her."

Allen pulled out his phone, dialed the number we both knew by heart and put it on speakerphone.

It rang twice before she answered, "hey little buddy, you're going to be back tomorrow, right?" Jade answered the phone.

"Actually no." Allen said.

"Oh, when are you coming back?" she asked.

"I'm staying with Cassidy in San Diego, my dad is paying for rent too, so I'm kind of their roommate-ish, now."

"What!" Jade shrieked.

"Jade, calm down." I tried to soothe her.

"Cassidy! This isn't fair, I'm losing my best friends to California!"

"I'm sorry, Jade, maybe we can work something out where you can come stay too."

"Yeah right! You know my parents."

Allen and I hung up with Jade a while later, we got her to calm down and promised to at least try and get her out here. It was a promise I seriously hoped we get accomplished. If Jade were out here, things would be a lot easier.

But around ten, Allen stalked off to his room, and jumped in the shower. When I got out, I lay on my bed, suddenly exhausted and I willed sleep to come over me, but it wouldn't it wouldn't come. And so I was stuck, thinking, my brain in over drive. But when sleep did finally close in on me, the last thing on my mind was Cain.


A/N: Loves! I apologize for this ending so abruptly, but this story is going to be rather long and I don't want it to end up having like sixty chapters or something, so I figure that cutting it up will be better. The sequel takes off a little bit after this, all right? Go enjoy it!