AN: Okay guys here's the last part. Christine I hope that leaving you speechless was a good thing ha ha! Thanks so much to everyone who supported this story. Please review!

Richie walked into the bedroom, softly shutting the door behind him. Dri was sitting up in bed now dressed in an over sized black t-shirt. She was propped up by pillows and her legs were covered with the comforter. Se tried to sit up a little more, but an agonizing pain shot through her ribs causing her to moan and favor her side. Richie was there in less than a second.

"I'm fine," She said before he could even ask.

Truthfully she wasn't fine. As of ten minutes ago the adrenaline was completely gone and it hurt to do the simplest things. That included breathing. Stupid cracked ribs.

Richie hadn't touched her. He didn't know how she'd react so instead he stood next to the bed with his arms crossed over his chest. It was his typical tough guy stance.

"Mac said you wanted to talk to me," He said with no hint of emotion in his voice.

Once the pain passed she looked up at Richie. Suddenly she couldn't do anything but laugh. She grabbed her side as pain shot through it yet again. Even though it hurt like hell she couldn't do anything but laugh.

"What's so funny?" Richie asked.

"Did anyone ever tell you that you look like a wannabe gangster?" She asked between bouts of laughter.

"Look if you wanted to bring me in here just to laugh at me I can leave."

"No!" She cried as he turned towards the door. "I'm sorry Richie. I really wanted to talk to you about something."

He turned back towards her, but didn't say anything.

"I wanted to say I'm sorry," Dri told him in complete seriousness. "I know I've been a complete bitch and I know I've hurt you."

Richie sighed and sat down on the edge of the bed. "You haven't hurt me. I just don't understand why you can't talk to me or why you don't want me around."

"I have hurt you and I owe you an explanation for it. Even if it is a lame one."

"Dri you don't have to.."

"Yes," She said cutting him off. "I do. Look I know I've been pushing you away, Richie and I'm sorry. I really am it's just that remind me so much of Adrian sometimes that it hurts to even be around you. I miss Adrian so much and I know that it's my fault he's gone. I just don't want to hurt you too!"

Dri looked into his eyes. She saw pain there. She had caused it but not in the way she was thinking. Richie was upset because of the way she thought. She seemed to think that everything was her fault. That everyone she loved got hurt because of her.

"I was scared to let myself get close to you," She continued. "I was scared that I'd somehow hurt you like I hurt Adrian."

"Dri, I'm not Adrian," He said in a gentle voice. "I'm Richie Ryan and you're not going to hurt me."

"How do you know?" Dri cried. "Look at my father! Look at Adrian! They are both dead because of me!"

"Is that what you think?" Richie asked truly in shocked.

Dri looked away and nodded.

"Dri it wasn't your fault. You couldn't have prevented what happened to your father. It was an accident."

"What about Adrian?" She asked looking at him again. "That was my fault!"

"No, it wasn't. Even if you had been there Alec still would have killed him. You couldn't have stopped that either."

"Even if I couldn't it hurts to remember Richie. As much as I." She trailed off.

"What were you going to say?"

She sighed. "I just don't want to hurt you," She whispered.

Richie took her hand in his. His blue eyes met her green. "I care about you Dri. I love you like a little sister. The only way you could ever hurt me is by pushing me away. Please don't do that."

She suddenly smiled slyly. "Only on one condition."

Richie raised an eyebrow. "What's that?"

"Stay with me until I fall asleep?"

Richie smiled back at her. "You got it beautiful."

Dri leaned back against her pillows and closed her eyes. Richie continued holding her hand until he watched her breathing even out and knew she was asleep. Even then he stayed with her. He didn't want to wake up alone. As of now he wasn't going to let her push him away anymore. He would always be there whether she wanted him to be or not.

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