Chapter Ten: Reunited
Bridgette walks into Courtney's shelter and gently shakes her shoulder to wake her up. Courtney moans and rolls over to face Bridgette. She slowly opens her eyes and squints up at Bridgette's face.
"It's time to get up," Bridgette tells her. "It's the middle of the day."
"Who cares? It's not like I've got anything better to do than sleep," Courtney mumbles sleepily.
"Sure you do," Bridgette replies. "Gwen, Heather and myself want to know what happened yesterday with Duncan. You avoided us until dinner and then when straight to bed! So please get up and talk to us." Courtney sighs and sits up. Bridgette smiles, pleased that Courtney was so easy to convince. Bridgette leaves Courtney's shelter and joins the other girls to allow Courtney some privacy while she changes. When she has she sits down with the other three and they look at her expectantly.
"Well, what happened?" Heather asks and Courtney sighs.
"We argued, again," she replies. Gwen rolls her eyes.
"Nothing new there," she says. Courtney glares at her and Bridgette elbows her in the ribs.
"Anyway, I told him to leave me alone and stop chasing after me because it was never going to happen," Courtney continues. "He said he couldn't do that and I asked why and he said... he said..." Bridgette, Heather and Gwen wait for her to finish the sentence, but she can't bring herself to.
"He said what?" Heather asks in anticipation. Courtney takes a deep breath.
"He said he loves me," she whispers with a sad shrug. The other three gasp and grin at each other in excitement. "But I couldn't say it back." They look at her with their jaws dropped.
"What? Why not?" Gwen demands. "Don't you feel the same?"
"I don't know, maybe?" Courtney says uncertainly. "It's complicated"
"What's complicated?" Bridgette asks. "You love each other, if you can forgive him and learn to trust him again, shouldn't that be enough?"
"Should it? Even if I do love him, which I have no idea what I'm feeling at the moment, I don't think we could ever work," Courtney replies. "We're just... too different." Heather puts her hand on Courtney's shoulder.
"Is there any way you think you could take him back? A grand romantic gesture or something?" she questions. Courtney laughs.
"That might work, but I doubt he ever would." She sighs. "I hope you got all the information your gossip-hungry ears needed." She stands up and walks away.
"Oh, we did," Heather says as she and Bridgette give each other a knowing look.
"So I've been doing some thinking and I think I know how you can win Courtney back," Bridgette tells Duncan as she barges into his shelter and sits down. Duncan is carving a piece of wood with his pocket knife. He raises an eyebrow at her suspiciously.
"I don't know what Geoff told you, but I'm staying away from her now, like she wants me to," he tells her.
"No, she doesn't!" Bridgette disagrees. "She thinks that's what she wants but we both know it isn't true."
"Uh, yeah I do," Duncan counters. "You didn't hear her last night. She was pretty clear about wanting nothing to do with me, and if I know what's good for me I'll stay away. For her." Bridgette puts her hand on her chest.
"Aw! That's so sweet!" she says. "Completely wrong, but so sweet!" Duncan rolls his eyes.
"Look, you don't know how it is between me and her," he tells Bridgette. "We're attracted to each other but it will never be anything serious."
"That's not what she said about last night," Bridgette replies. Duncan looks up from his carving.
"Aw man, she told you?" he asks. Bridgette nods. "Well it doesn't matter anyway, she doesn't feel the same." He goes back to carving and Bridgette gently puts her hand on Duncan's shoulder.
"Actually, I think she does," she tells him. His head snaps up to look at her excitedly. "She didn't exactly say that, but I know you could make her realise how she actually feels about you." Duncan cocks his head.
"She said just before that she likes big romantic gestures, and I know exactly what you can do," Bridgette says with a smile.
"Are you sure this is going to work?" Duncan asks dubiously. Bridgette hands him the stick microphone from the day before and positions Trent and Harold on the stage behind him.
"Of course it is," Bridgette replies definitely. "Now get up there and declare your undying love for Courtney!" Duncan rolls his eyes but gets up on the stage anyway. He clears his throat.
"Uh, okay, Courtney, this is for you," he announces. He nods at Harold and Trent to indicate that he's ready. "I'm sorry, so sorry, sorry like a flower after the first frost, and I'm sorry like a mitten that's been dropped, and feels so lost." Duncan glances at Bridgette and she puts her thumbs up. Harold and Trent are playing along and everyone else has gathered around to see Duncan's performance. Courtney stands there with her arms crossed but she has a smirk on her face. "Oops, I really messed up, at least I 'fessed up."
"Actually, Tyler 'fessed up," Courtney points out. "But nice try."
"But I'm sorry, so sorry, sorry like a surfer who's busted his board, and I'm sorry like the band when they played a wrong chord... Oops, I really screwed up, I felt some dude up..."
"Hey!" Gwen protests. Courtney glares at her then turns to Bridgette.
"Did you teach him this song?" she asks. Bridgette grins in response.
"But I'm sorry, so sorry! Court, I really think you rule, you're so cute that you make me drool, and if you give me one more chance, I'll do my happy, happy dance." Duncan jumps down from the stage and walks over to Courtney.
"What are you doing?" she asks warily. Duncan takes her hand and gets down on one knee.
"Courtney, you're the one for me, and I'm so incredibly, wildly, madly, crazily, oh so completely, infinitely, beyond sorry," he finishes. He throws the stick microphone to the ground. "Do you think you could, I dunno, find it in your heart to forgive me... and be my girlfriend?" Courtney looks at him uncertainly.
"Did Bridgette put you up to this?" she asks. Duncan nods.
"I'm so in love with you and I don't know what else I can do to prove it to you," he tells her. "So what do you say?" Courtney smiles and nods enthusiastically.
"Yes," she says. "Yes of course I'll be your girlfriend!" Duncan stands up and pulls Courtney into a tight hug, lifting her up and making her laugh. He puts her down and kisses her passionately, and this time she doesn't push him away.
"I love you so much," Duncan tells Courtney, brushing a strand of hair from her face.
"I love you too," she says back. "I'm sorry I couldn't say it last night. I don't think I realised it until now." They kiss again and the others all applaud, and Geoff and Bridgette grin at each other. Bridgette glances at Heather and Heather nods approvingly. Geoff climbs onto the log stage as Harold and Trent step down.
"I hate to interrupt the happy moment, but now that this has happened, I kind of have something to show- and tell -you guys," Geoff declares. There are murmurs of confusion from the crowd. "Follow me." Geoff jumps off the stage and heads into the forest without checking to see if everyone's following. Bridgette follows, walking backwards and beckoning for everyone else to join them. Heather and Alejandro are the first to go, since they know what's going on. Sierra, Izzy and Owen are quick to follow and the others reluctantly trail behind. When they've all caught up, Geoff begins explaining as he's walking.
"So about a month ago, Chris offered me a hosting job," he tells everyone. "He said there were a couple of other people going for the job but since he was helping the network choose who it would be, he could guarantee me the job."
"And you believed him?" Noah asks. Geoff shrugs.
"The thing was for me to get the job, he needed me to prove how good I was," he continues. "This part is probably gonna make you guys pretty mad... He needed me to get Gwen and Trent and Duncan and Courtney back together." The four mentioned cry out in protest.
"What, so this was all a game to you?" Courtney demands.
"No, it was nothing like that!" Geoff says defensively. "Chris knew you all still had feelings for each other, and you probably weren't going to get back together without a little push."
"Oh that makes it all okay," Gwen says sarcastically.
"You're all happy now aren't you? Sheesh," Geoff points out. They arrive at a large wooden cottage and Geoff pulls out a key.
"You mean this was here all along?" Harold asks. "Gosh! Why'd we have to stay in those crummy shelters?" Geoff unlocks the door and opens it to reveal the six missing contestants, the people from the other plane and Chris all standing in the middle of the room.
"SURPRISE!" they all yell as the others file in through the door. Sierra immediately runs to Cody and squeezes him tightly.
"I've missed you so much!" she tells him, not letting go.
"What's going on?" Owen asks.
"Wow, is this a surprise party! Cool, you guys are the best!" Izzy says excitedly.
"You aren't even a little surprised?" Noah questions.
"No, I knew this place was here. I just thought camping out was so much more fun!" Izzy explains.
"Glad you could all make it!" Chris says.
"Why did you do this?" Courtney demands.
"What, you mean organise the plane crash and keep the cabin a secret from you all?" Chris wonders.
"You mean the plane crashed on purpose?" Trent asks incredulously. "We could have died! You could have killed us!"
"And this surprises you because...?" Chris points out.
"What about the awards ceremony? We missed it! I missed out on being Cody's date!" Sierra cries, still with her arms around Cody.
"Yeah, there was never actually and awards ceremony," Chris replies. "Seriously, the Platinum World award? How dumb are you guys?" They all glare at him in annoyance.
"Was all of this being filmed?" Gwen asks.
"Oh yeah," Chris says. "It's all part of Geoff's new hosting gig. See the show's called 'Secret Matches'. It's a dating show where the people being set up don't actually know they're being set up. Isn't it great?" He's answered with a lot of angry and unimpressed looks from the campers. Zoey walks up and puts her hand on Chris's shoulder.
"Can't we all just move past this, forgive each other and start on the party?" she asks. Chris frowns and brushes her hand from his shoulder.
"We'll start the party when I say it's time to start the party!" he snaps. "And that's now. Start the music!" Someone presses play on the radio and everyone starts to mingle.
"Come her, sugar baby!" Leshawna says to Harold, pulling him into a hug. "I've missed you."
"I knew you weren't really dead," he tells her. Cody and Sierra walk past and Harold turns to Cody. "I guess this means you owe me another ten bucks!"
"Technically she didn't come back, you came to her," Cody points out. "So no dice." Harold nods.
"That's fair enough, I guess," he says.
"Why didn't you come back and save me?" Noah demands of Eva. She rolls her eyes.
"I don't live my life taking care of pipsqueaks," she growls.
"Yeah but I thought we were supposed to be friends!" Noah snaps back.
"Guys, guys!" Izzy says calmly. "Let's not ruin the moment by arguing! Instead, enjoy these delicious kebabs! I've already had like seven!"
"These are so delicious I think I died and went to heaven," Owen agrees. "Maybe I did die! On the island! And coming to this cabin is like going to heaven... Woah." Noah and Eva roll their eyes.
"Do you think they're mad at me?" Geoff asks Bridgette.
"If they are I don't think it will last long," she assures him. "They're all happy now and that was because of you. If they're mad at anyone it's Chris for organising the whole thing. I'm just glad it's over."
"Me too," Geoff agrees. "Hey Chris!" he calls. Chris walks over to them curiously.
"Yeah?" he asks.
"Since Bridgette helped me out so much with getting the others back together, do you think she could join me hosting the show?" Geoff requests.
"Geoff I don't think..." Bridgette begins.
"You know, I've actually been thinking about that," Chris interrupts. "Heather and Alejandro played a bit of a part in it too, so I'm thinking I'll ask them to make an appearance on the show every now and then."
"Dude, I'm sure Heather would be up for that one hundred per cent!" Geoff guarantees.
"Great, I'll go find them now!" Chris says, and he heads off in search of Heather and Alejandro. Geoff turns back to Bridgette.
"I guess that wraps everything up nicely," Bridgette says. Geoff nods.
"Yeah, I'm glad it didn't take us too long," he agrees. "When we get back we'll be able to get started right away. I'm so glad I'll be able to share this with you, babe."
"Me too," Bridgette replies with a smile. Geoff sighs happily.
"Do you want a drink?" he asks. Bridgette nods.
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