Jesse parked his motorcycle and made his way up to Aaron's doorstep. He hoped Aaron would answer instead of one of his parents so he wouldn't have to explain why he was coming over to see a fourteen year old.
"You're doing this for Michelle," he reminded himself as his nerves were getting to him.
He knocked on the door. While waiting for someone to answer he kept his eye on some kids playing frisbee in the street, making sure they didn't come near his motorcycle. He turned his head when he heard the door open.
Aaron stood there shocked to see Jesse at his house. "What the... what are you doing here?"
"Can I talk to you for a minute please?" Jesse requested.
Aaron raised his eyebrow, confused by what all of this was about. "I guess. Just remember that you're at my house."
As they both took a seat on the front porch Jesse started up the conversation. "Look I'm sure Michelle has told you that I wasn't the biggest fan of you two dating at first..."
"She's mentioned it once or twice," Aaron interrupted.
"Yeah, well, I can see how happy Michelle is when things are going well with you guys and that's all I really care about, but today I came over and she was in her room crying because you're pushing her away and I don't like that one bit," Jesse warned.
"Look I wasn't trying to make her cry. All I did was take the day off and she got on my case like she's my mother instead of my girlfriend. It bugs me when she does that sometimes," Aaron explained.
"A girlfriend who cares about you, how horrible," Jesse said sarcastically. "Look I get the whole teen angst thing, I've been there. It's not fair of you to take your problems out on Michelle though. You have a great girl right now and if you don't watch it before you know it you won't have her anymore. She's only looking out for you because she wants you to be the best you can be. I'm leaving now. Just think about what I said," Jesse advised as he walked back to his motorcycle.
Aaron sat there just letting it all sink in.
Michelle was working on her homework at around seven o'clock. A knock on her bedroom door stole her attention.
"Who is it?" Michelle asked.
"Aaron. Your dad let me in," Aaron answered.
Michelle walked over and let him in. "Hi."
"Hi," Aaron said awkardly. "I wanted to apologize. For not calling, for today, for everything. Fighting with you, with Teddy, with my dad... it's all just been a lot."
"I've been trying to get everything back to normal but it seems like you won't let it," Michelle pointed out.
"I know. Your uncle came to my house to talk to me this afternoon and it got me thinking. You're one of the most important people in my life Michelle and I don't want to lose you so before I came over I got you this," Aaron said as he pulled a ring out his pocket.
Michelle looked surprised. "You're not proposing are you?!"
"Of course not! It's not much but I wanted you to know I care," Aaron said as he slipped the ring on her ring finger.
"Aaron I love it! Thank you," Michelle beamed.
"Also I want you to be my date for the school dance," Aaron proposed.
"I'm in but I thought you didn't like those things?" Michelle questioned.
"I don't but you do. Make sure you tell Teddy in advance so we can make it a double date thing," Aaron offered.
"You're going to forgive Teddy?" Michelle asked.
"Might as well," Aaron shrugged. Michelle grinned happily. "I don't know much, but I know that I love you. I also know that when things get rough I want you by my side, and I always want to be by your side as well."
The first time she said I love you Aaron didn't say it back, so to hear him say it touched her. "I love you too Aaron."
"I see your doing homework. Does that mean you can't go out tonight?" Aaron asked.
"I've got all weekend to do it. Where do you want to go?" Michelle wondered.
"How about we get as many people as we can together and go to the Smash Club?" Aaron proposed.
"That sounds fun! We haven't hung out as a group in a while," Michelle realized.
Aaron pulled Michelle into a kiss before she grabbed the phone.
They managed to gather Teddy, Derek and some other school friends. Jesse, who was working, smiled as he watched Michelle enjoying herself with her friends. Michelle saw him look over at them and decided to go talk to him for a minute.
"So I should be mortified that you went to my boyfriends house and talked to him, and I still kind of am, but whatever you said seemed to work so thanks," Michelle thanked him.
"I'm glad he came around," Jesse said.
"We're getting along a lot better now. He even gave me this ring," Michelle stretched out her hand and showed him.
"No rings," Jesse said jokingly.
"It's not that kind of ring Uncle Jesse," Michelle rolled her eyes.
"I'm glad that you aren't mad that I went to talk to him. I just didn't want to see you hurting," Jesse explained.
"I'm not," Michelle said.
Jesse nodded. "You look like you have a fun group over there so have fun with your friends. Love you munchkin."
"Love you too," Michelle smiled walking back to her table.
That night ended up being one of the best nights Michelle had in a while. It only reminded her what amazing people she had in her life. Her friends who she always has a great time with, her family who goes through great lengths to make sure she's happy, and of course Aaron who at this point she was pretty much completely in love with. Freshman year had now turned into her favorite school year of her life so far. Even though she didn't know how it could get better, she was looking forward to seeing what the rest of her high school life would bring for them.
A/N: Yes the story is now complete! Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to read it. I had a fun time writing it.