A/N: The Last chapter! Ugh! I'm so sad. But alas, all good things must come to an end, I guess xD
In regards to the previous chapter, I definitely got mixed reactions to Erik's mom taking the fall for Zack's murder. I was actually a bit surprised by how many of you didn't like how everything ended up playing out. I thought people would more so protest to Erik's suicide attempt, but, surprisingly, people seemed a lot more upset with Nate's mother's attempt at making up for how she hadn't really been there for her son when he'd needed her most.
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Erik flipped his cell phone closed, a grave look on his face as he turned towards Nate.
"It's done. It's over. Zack's dead."
Nate let out a sigh of relief, wishing Erik felt the same. He knew he must be feeling some sort of relief, but at the same time, Nate could already tell he was worried for his brother, and what Zack's murder might mean for Sean.
"Erik…" Nate said softly, reaching out and holding Erik's hands in his own. "Don't do that. Don't blame yourself. You can't always be there to protect everyone. "
Erik's eyes met Nate's as he swallowed hard, managing a small nod.
"Yes. You are right, of course."
Nate could tell, though, by the tension in Erik's voice, that even if he did know Nate was right, he still wouldn't be able to just forget about it and move on. Maybe it was best to simply look forward to the future instead of dwelling on the past.
"Just think." Nate said, deciding to focus on the positive in hopes of distracting Erik. "We can move in to our own apartment now, just you and I. Things can be how we've always wanted. No Zack. No drama. Just the two of us."
A small smile began to tug on the corners of Erik's lips, though the tension in his face was still visible.
"Indeed... It seems an odd prospect, almost too good to be true."
Nate grinned, leaning forward and kissing Erik affectionately.
He was right. It did seem too good to be true. They'd gone from not knowing if they'd live to see the next day to having the whole future in front of them.
"Almost. One request though." Nate said, his memories drifting back to the earlier events of the day.
He hated to be an inconvenience like this and tell Erik he wanted them to find a new apartment, but he didn't think he'd be able to stomach going back to the old one after seeing Erik in the state he'd been in the last time he'd been there.
"I love the apartment and all, I just, I don't think I can go back there, not after-"
"Say no more Nathaniel. I was thinking precisely the same thing."
Nate nodded, knowing they should probably look for a place relatively close to the high school.
Gah. School. In all the craziness, Nate had forgotten about all the shit they'd have to deal with when they got back. So much had happened theses past few months that people back at school would undoubtedly ask questions about, especially about Erik's suicide attempt. As if the fact that they'd become a couple hadn't given people a reason enough to talk about them. But whatever. They would make it through all the gossip and shit, as long as they had each other. That was really all that mattered.
"School should be interesting. I'm sure by the time we get back everyone will have heard about all the shit that's gone down."
Erik let out a soft chuckle, a small smirk tugging at the corners of his lips. "Indeed, it should make things rather interesting. We have been through more than our fair share of obstacles these past few months, I suppose."
Nate laughed, shaking his head. "Yeah, considering most high school couples can't even make it through a few months of normal shit, let alone when you add crazy stalkers, family secrets, and a homophobic brother into the mix."
"Well, I suppose, when it truly comes down to it, nothing can stop fate if two people are meant to be together."
Nate nodded, fully assured that him and Erik were just that: meant to be together. They'd been through so much shit, started out as just two people locked in a closet together at some high school party, and ended up facing off with a homicidal stalker, just for the opportunity to be with one another. Instead of tearing them apart, though, like it would've most people, it had just made them stronger, made them realized exactly how much they needed one another.
"It's been worth it, though, to go through all this. I mean, now that we can be together. Now that I can be with you."
Erik nodded, flashing Nate one of his genuine smiles, the kind that Nate had grown to live for over these past few months.
"Without a doubt, Nathaniel. Without a doubt."
"So, what do you think?" Erik whispered, wrapping his arms around Nate from behind and pressing a soft kiss to Nate's neck.
Nate smiled, loving the fact that they didn't have to hide their affection for each other now that they had their own apartment. He loved their new apartment even more than the old one, mostly because it was farther away from Sean's, and the old house he'd shared with his mom for so long, and anything that reminded him of all the shit that had gone down with Zack for that matter.
"It's perfect Erik, really."Nate said, tilting his head back so he'd be able to see Erik. "You know what though?"
"Hmm?" Erik asked, pressing another soft kiss to the base of Nate's neck.
"I'm betting," Nate drawled, pulling Erik forward slightly. "That we'd have a lot more fun in there."
Tilting his head towards the closet, Nate felt Erik smile against his neck.
"Funny," Erik whispered, leading Nate's body forward with his own slightly. "I was thinking the same thing . It's only fitting, after all, that our new life here starts much the same way this all began."
Sliding his hands down slightly, Nate smiled as he felt Erik lace his fingers around his belt buckle.
"You know, Nathaniel, I do believe this is the very same belt buckle you wore back during our first initial closet encounter."
Nate grinned, knowing Erik was right, not only because he wore that belt buckle most often because of that exact reason, but because he'd purposely chosen to wear it today.
"Yeah, I was hoping you'd notice."
"How could I not?" Erik whispered, his smile turning into a crooked smirk. "You have, as I've always said, had that sort of peculiar effect on me, Nathaniel."
A/N: *Cries hysterically* I can't believe this is the end of this story! It's my baby, and I'm sad and happy to see it end at the same time. I mean, it's the first story I've followed through with, and actually finished, so it's nice to know I'm actually capable of completing a story. Still, though, it's sad to see it end, even if I know Erik and Nate are going to have their own sequel.
And I know this chapter was uber short, but really, there weren't too man loose ends to tie up. Hopefully I didn't miss any. If I did, I can just go back and add some stuff later.
Anywhoo, I would just like to thank everyone who's supported me through this story, and everyone who reviewed, story alerted, or favorited this story! Without all your encouragement, I definitely would have never gotten this far! Seriously, guys! I'm going to miss you all. I mean, it's weird, but I feel like I've kind of gotten to know you guys in a weird way. I mean, I know which of you are my critics, and which of you will pretty much support me no matter what, those of you that I can expect a review from each chapter, and those of you that chime in every once in a while just to let me know your still reading.
But enough of that. I'm sure what you guys are all really waiting for is the news about the two new upcoming stories that are pretty much spawning from this one.
Sean's new story will be entitled 'Dangerous Desires', and I'm publishing the new chapter the same time I'm publishing this one. And yes, it will be a yaoi. Most people pegged Sean for the hetero type, but, ah, lets just say things aren't always as they seem ;) I'm really excited about his story! I mean, like, ridiculously excited! Go check it out, and tell me what you all think so far!
Erik and Nate's sequal will be called 'Secrets Never Die', and I've also already published the first chapter to that story today as well. I'm hoping to include a lot more fluff/romance in that one than this last one, though it will certainly have it's fair share of drama as well.
And, I'll be doing some editing to this story of course, now that it's completed. I'm not sure if I'll start from chapter one again and republish each chapter like a lot of people of FP seem to do or just leave it as is and make subtle updates to it, but I figure I should at least go back and take a few days to read the whole story in its entirety, just to get a feel for the overall vibe.
So, I guess this is the part where I say goodbye to you all *Tear* Hopefully, I'll see a lot of you reading some of my other new stories, but if not, once again, I'd just like to thank you all for taking the time out of your day to read this story. It means so much to me, I can't even put it into words. Really.
So, yeah. By for now, but hopefully not forever :)