THANKFUL ALL AROUND

NOTE: I do not own any of these 7th heaven characters. All of them belong to the WB. I'm giving a lesson here. When you meet people online do NOT agree to meet them anywhere. Rather you're a girl or boy or a grown-up or kid. Always be careful.

Summary: How many of you who like this story really want to stone me right now? I am so sorry I didn't update months ago. I had blockage like you couldn't believe. Plus I was working on other stories. Well, here it is. I hope you like it.







CHAPTER 8



After everything had been cleared up at the police station with the Internet men Matt called for a taxi to bring him and the others home. They all rode in silence. Joni and Casey were thanking their lucky stars all the way. Once back at the building and paying the driver Matt and John went to their separate apartments with their daughters. Casey went in and sat down on the couch.

"I have to have some words with you," said Matt. He had anger in his voice. "But I have to call your mother and tell her what's up. Stay in here."

"But, Daddy, I-" Casey started.

"Not a word!" Matt was really enraged.

When Matt was gone Dante walked into the living room. He saw Casey sitting on the couch looking very sad and depressed.

"What's wrong? What's going on?" Dante asked.

"I am in a load of trouble," his twin replied. Dante sat down next to her. "I'm a big load."

"What happened?"

"Joni and I had been talking to some guys we met on the Internet. Anyway, we thought they were thirteen-year-olds so we agreed to meet them. But it turned out they were grown. If Dad and Uncle John hadn't come then." Casey trailed off. She just realized how lucky she was.

"Oh, God? Are you serious?"

"Yeah, I am. I'm so stupid."

"You bet you are," said Matt, walking in. Both of his children quickly looked up at him. "Dante, go to your room. I need to talk to your sister."

"Okay," Dante sighed. He gave Casey I small smile and left out of the room.

Matt sat down next to his daughter. He took a good look at her. Before Casey knew what was happening Matt had pulled her close to him in a tight hug. He could not believe how lucky he was that nothing serious had happened to her or Joni. Casey slowly hugged him back. This was not what she'd expected.

"Oh, God, Casey," said Matt, getting choked up. "I could have lost you. You could have been hurt or kidnapped or." Matt started to drag off. He was very sad and was doing his hardest to hold back tears.

"Daddy, I'm so sorry. I didn't mean for this to happen," Casey apologized.

"But it did happen." Matt pulled away and looked at her. "Anything could have happened."

"I can't even began to say how sorry I am."

"Casey, you mean so much to me that I can't even define it. You're my daughter and I love you. But how could you do something this stupid? I couldn't be more disappointed in you."

Disappointed? That hurt a little. Casey had never heard Matt say that he was disappointed in her. She hated hearing it now.

"I know. I know I did something really stupid. But please don't hate me."

"Hate you? If I hated you I wouldn't have busted in and saved you. God, I love you, Casey."

"I love you, too, Daddy. I am beyond sorry."

"I know. When Sarah gets home she'll want to have words with you. So will I. Now go to your room."

"Okay. And I am really-"

"Sorry," Matt interupted. "I know."

John and Joni were sitting in their living room on their couch. John was trying to get rid of some of his anger. He hadn't said a single word to his daughter since they'd got home.

"Joni," John began, "do you have any idea how worried I was?"

"How'd you find us, Dad?" Joni asked.

"I read your little conversation on your computer."

"Gee, thanks, for respecting my privacy."

"Your privacy? Your privacy?! You could have been killed and all you care about is your privacy?!"

"But, Dad, I'm fine."

"You might not have been!" John snapped harshly. He exhaled. He had to control his anger. "Look, I am so upset with you. I can't even begin to describe it."

"Daddy, I am sorry. I got caught up in it," said Joni.

"I know. The Internet has effects on people."

"Yeah. It does."

John put his arm around her. "I love you, kiddo."

"Love you, too, Daddy."

"But you're still dead."

"I figured."



A/N: Once again I'm sorry for not updating sooner. Please forgive this young teen. (