Chapter 13

"I would've found you"

"Okay guys, thank you for helping us out and it was great meeting you, but we gotta hit the road," Cable smiled a bit sadly at the people who came to watch them depart.

"We'll visit when we can," Nolan said, trying to cheer them up.

Andrew came up, tears falling down his face rapidly, his lower lip trembling. "Aw, Andrew," Cable knelt down and picked the boy up, not caring that his tears were soaking his shirt, "What's wrong, buddy?"

Andrew sniffled loudly, "You're-you're leaving, and I'll never see you again."

Cable frowned and shook his head, "We said we'll come visit, and we mean it."

Andrew wiped his nose, "Pinky promise?" He held up his pinky.

Cable chuckled and linked their pinkies, "I promise, and I never break a promise." He set the boy down, "But when I see you again, I want you to be more smarter, and most awesomest person ever, okay?" Andrew nodded, a grin lighting up his face.

Cable grinned back before standing straight, "Stubbs, it was great seeing you again. And it was very nice meeting you, Maggie." He exchanged hugs with them. He turned to Otis, "You're awesome, Mr. Otis." Otis waved his hand with a grin. He went to his mom, "Do you want to come with us, or do you want to stay?"

Krista smiled softly, "Though I would love to come with you, I think I'll stay here, make sure you keep that promise to Andrew."

Cable smiled back, and embraced her, "I'll visit when I can."

She hugged back, "You better, I love you."

His eyes swelled up because it had been so long since he heard that, "I love you too, Mom." He let go and went to the RV with Nolan. He blinked confusedly, "Hey, where's Firo?"

Nolan snickered and pointed to the front of the RV where Firo and Helena were heavily making out. "What're they doing, Mommy?" Andrew asked before Eddie covered his eyes.

"Firo!" Cable.

"Helena!" Eddie's shocked cry.

Nolan almost fell to the floor from his laughter. The couple separated, a blush adorning their face. Cable clapped his hands, "Yeah, come on lover boy, we gotta hit the road." Firo nodded, kissing Helena quickly. The trio waved goodbye once again before leaving.

"That was something, wasn't it?" Nolan said once they actually started driving.

Cable smiled, "It was, and worth it."

"I'd do it again in a heartbeat," Firo had trouble concealing his grin.

Nolan laughed full heartedly, "I bet you would just so you could kiss Helena," He made obnoxious kissing sounds. Firo growled, putting his hand on Nolan's face and pushing him away.

Cable laughed at them from his position on the couch, "I think it's funny that this trip was so unplanned."

Nolan shrugged, "It's fate." Firo snorted. Nolan scoffed at him, "Come on, Firo, it was. If we didn't pop the tire, we would've drove past the bar and never met Lyla."

Firo waved his hands, dismissing it, "Coincidence."

"I think not," Nolan retorted, "If we never went to the bar and fought Don, Cable would've never gotten hurt-,"

"I could've done without that," Cable commented.

"And we would've never gone to the hospital. Therefore, you would've never met Helena. So ha!" He crossed his arms, "I rest my case."

Cable chuckled as Firo rolled his eyes, "Thank you, Lawyer Wilson, but now I have to go Judge Goode on you. Sooner or later, we would've run out of gas, thus making us stop at the bar to ask for gas. Don still would've fought us; we still would've gotten hung over. If we didn't stop at the gas station, we would've stopped at the hospital to get pain relievers or something. Therefore, meeting everyone we already did. That, Lawyer Wilson, is showing you; you just go lawyered."

Nolan grumbled in protest, "What do you think, Cable?"

Cable shifted his eyes from the window to his friend, "I believe it's fate you meet everyone you meet."

Firo scoffed, "Seriously, Cable?"

Cable shrugged in reply, "I believe it. Firo, just because you don't believe it doesn't mean it's not real or true. If I didn't interfere in your bullying, I trust you we would've never been friends. If I studied psychology and philosophy like I wanted to freshman year, I would've never met Miss Quinn and fell in love. I believe in fate because to me, it happens."

He cleared his throat, "Like that time you said you didn't believe in love, which, I believe, is probably the stupidest thing someone can say. Love isn't a political statement that you can analyze or something. It's an emotion that, whether you like it or not, believe in it or not, will sneak up on you. So that, my dear Firo is you just being lawyered." Cable high fived Nolan.

Firo sighed, mentally taking defeat, "Whatever, let's just get some music in this bitch." He turned on the radio.

"Man, you got a potty mouth." Nolan rubbed his ears. Cable laughed and gazed out the window once more, letting the music wash over him.

"When the one thing you're looking for is nowhere to be found. And you're back stepping all of your moves trying to figure it out." If there was one thing Cable hated in times like this, it was when songs related to him. The worst part was that he wanted to hear it over and over again.

"You wanna reach out, you wanna give in. Your head's wrapped around what's around the next bend. You wish you could find something warm cause you're shivering cold." He was alone, not really, but when it came to love, he was.

"It's the first thing you see as you open your eyes. The last thing you say as you're saying goodbye. And something inside you is crying and driving you home. It's the first thing you see as you open your eyes. The last thing you say as you're saying goodbye. And something inside you is crying and driving you home." He thought back to the last thing he had said to Allison. And like he told his mother, if he knew what he knew now, he would've said something else.

"Cause if you hadn't found me, I would've found you. I would've found you." Okay, now he needed to know who sang this.

"So long you've been running in circles around what's at stake, but now the time's come for your feet to stand still in one place." From now on, he wouldn't be a coward. Chances, risks, he would take them. He laid back on the couch, thinking of the future.