Hey everybody, the contest ends today. So here is the final chapter! *confetti flies everywhere*

Ryamon: she likes confetti. Weirdo.

Shut up Ryamon. Thanks for all the great reviews guys. I appreciate it. This chapter is dedicated to CCPheonix for her contest, vialana for her great story "Limits of Friendship," and nEo-cHaN for writing such great Taito stories. But everyone is great. Please enjoy this chapter and read the bottom note. Thanks guys!

Tai's POV

**************************************************************************** ** It was about 2 hours after Matt and I hooked up that we left the mall. I had changed back into my first outfit, the soccer tank and flare jeans. Matt said he thought it made me look sexy, so of course I changed back into it. So we were walking around town, slowly heading back to his apartment.

"Why do we have to go back to your apartment so early, Yama?" I asked him. He shrugged and shook his head.

"No clue. My dad just said he wanted me home after the contest."

"But the contest ended 2 hours ago. Isn't he going to be mad?"

"Hey, what he doesn't no won't hurt him." He replied and slipped his free hand into mine.

"That's a very good point." We walked in silence just watching the upbeat attitude of the city.

"Matt? What are we going to tell the others?"

"Tell the others about what, T-chan?" I looked at him, then pointedly at our hands.

"I mean about you and me." He stopped walking and looked at me.

"Are you ashamed to be with me or something?"

"No! Of course not. I've been waiting for this forever. But how do you think they'll react?" He started walking again.

"Who cares what they think? I mean, I've got you, you've got me, we COULD survive without the others." He said. I sighed and followed him.

"I know we could, but I mean, I happen to like having my friends around."

"I know. But they're just like me. They aren't going to stop hanging out with us just because we swing the other way." He said with a laugh. I started to laugh too. It feels good to be happy again, like truly. Everything just seemed so right at the moment. I've got the best boyfriend in the world, holding my hand and walking together, just enjoying the other's presence.

"Tai, where are you going?" Matt's voice interrupted my musing. I came to a halt and turned around. I was so deep in thought that I didn't even notice the fact that we had reached his apartment building.

"Um....upstairs to your floor?" I answered him. He just shook his head and dragged me inside.

"C'mon Mr. Model, let's go." I grinned and followed him into the elevator.

"You are such a ditz you know that?" I looked up and gave him my innocent look.

"No. Am I?"

"Yea, but you're a cute ditz so it's not a big deal." The elevator bell rang and the doors opened, revealing his floor.

"You coming?" he held out his hand. I nodded and grabbed it.

"Let's go." I replied as we headed down to his apartment.

************************* Matt's POV ******************************************

The hallway was surprisingly quiet as Tai and I walked along it. It was sort of creepy, like in those old horror movies.

"Matt? Is it always this dark and quiet?" Tai asked as he held my hand tighter.

"Not normally. Everyone must be out."

"At the same time?" he said sarcastically. I shrugged and continued walking to my apartment.

"Matt, even your apartment's dark. Where is everyone?"

"Tai, stop complaining." He stuck his tongue out at me. I grinned evilly and bit down on it. He yelped in pain and quickly put his tongue back in his mouth.

"That'll teach you, won't it?" I said with a smirk. He nodded quickly.

"Yes. Ow, that hurt!" he whined while sucking on his tongue. I rolled my eyes and stopped at my door.

"Hey, it's dark here too." I said. Tai rolled his eyes.

"No really?" he said sarcastically.

"Hey, sarcasm is my bit. You're is to be the bishonen."

"Whatever."

"That's my word too!" He just grinned and pointed at the door.

"Are we going to go in or not?" he asked me. I nodded and grabbed the handle with my free hand. I opened the door and stepped in.

"Matt, it's really dark in here." Tai whined as he moved closer to me.

"What? It's not like you're afraid of the dark." I retorted. Tai didn't say anything.

"Are you?"

"No." He mumbled, but moved even closer. I rolled my eyes and moved inside a bit further.

"Well, don't worry about it, I'll turn on the lights in a sec." I reassured him as I ran my hand along the wall.

"Hey Matt, the switch is back here." Tai pulled me back a few steps. I turned around and felt the walls.

"Aha! The little piece of.." I muttered to myself. I felt the switch and turned the lights on.

"SURPRISE!" a bunch of voices shouted at once. I jumped about 5 feet in the air and spun around so fast I almost fell. Thankfully, I have a boyfriend with fast reflexes. I opened my eyes and was greeted by the sight of all my friends and family and a very decorated house.

"Happy birthday, Matt!" Sora and Mimi squealed as they ran up towards me. I let go of Tai and allowed them to hug me. Everybody else started saying happy birthday to me.

"Ah guys, you didn't have to do this." I told them as I let go of them. I turned back towards Tai.

"Did you know about this?" I asked him.

"Maybe." He said with an innocent grin. I rolled my eyes and turned back to everyone else.

"Wow, everybody came! Mom, Dad, TK, Mr. and Mrs. Kamiya, Sora, Mimi, Joe, Izzy, Kari, Davis, Yolei, Cody, Ken, Jamie, Dawson, Kenji, Rei. I feel so loved." I said. Everyone started to laugh. (A/N: Jamie, Dawson, Kenji and Rei are just made up band members since I don't know their real names. *shrugs*)

"Well you are, you dork." Tai said with a grin. Everything was quiet for a bit. Suddenly Mimi jumped up.

"Well, what are we waiting for? Let's party!" She shouted. She pointed at Davis and he turned on my stereo. Music soon filled the air and everyone started chattering and doing their own thing. Kari, TK and our parents disappeared into the kitchen, Mimi started dancing with Joe, and the others were dancing and just hanging out. I was sitting in an armchair with Tai practically in my lap. Sora walked up to us and smiled.

"So." Tai and I looked at each other.

"So what?" we said simultaneously. She rolled her eyes but laughed.

"Are you two together now?"

"Yea, you could say that." I answered her while Tai nodded.

"When?"

"Right after you guys left." Tai replied.

"So my plan did work." She said in a cocky tone.

"What plan?" I asked cautiously.

"Never mind, Matt." Tai mumbled and twisted uncomfortably in my lap.

"No, I wanna know. What plan?" I asked Sora.

"Well, you see, Mimi and I figured that you've always liked Tai. Tai told us that he liked you about 2 weeks ago. Actually he told me and I told Mimi but that's not the point. Anyway so we were walking in the mall when he told me. He started asking about how we could get him to like you and stuff. I saw the poster for the contest and bingo. We figured if he did the contest, you would notice him and realize your feelings and junk." She explained.

"Wait, so you knew he was a judge before you talked me into doing the contest?" Tai squawked. Sora nodded quickly and turned back to me.

"So obviously it worked, didn't it?"

"Yea, I guess you could say it did. Although Kei and Draco helped too."

"Who's Draco and how the hell did Kei help?"

"Draco's a friend of mine. He was on the judge panel too. He helped me figure out everything basically. And Kei made me realize what a creep he really is and that I should tell Tai everything so I can be with him 24/7 and protect him." She raised her eyebrow and shook her head.

"Ok, sure. Anyway, congratulations guys. You deserve to be together." She said and turned around. "Jamie, get your cute ass over here." She yelled as she made her way over to my drummer. I chuckled a bit and turned my attention back to Tai. Only to find him glaring at me.

"What?" I asked him cautiously.

"You think I need to be protected all the time?" he asked me sharply.

"Not ALL the time, but I mean....you can't always defend yourself." I said carefully.

"I can defend myself just fine, Yamato."

"Oh really? Who's the one who almost drowned? Who's the one who almost got his ass kicked at the mall? Who's the one who got hurt at the park when we were kids?" I said furiously.

"That doesn't mean anything!"

"Like hell, Tai. You're not as high and invincible as you think you are." I reminded him. He sighed and sank into my chest again.

"I guess you're right." I smiled and played with his hair.

"Now see, I like you better when you aren't fighting with me."

"Whatever." We both started laughing and just enjoyed ourselves. Suddenly Kari came bouncing up to us.

"Hey guys!" she greeted us cheerfully.

"Hey kid, what's going on?" Tai asked his sister. Her smile grew wider when she saw our position.

"So you guys are finally together huh?"

"Yes, why is everyone asking us that?" I asked. She shrugged.

"Who knows? But anyway, guess what, Tai?" she changed the subject.

"Huh?"

"Mom and Dad said you could do it." Tai looked at her and tried to decide if she was telling the truth.

"Are you serious?" he asked finally.

"Yea, after they read the paperwork and stuff. You can." Tai smiled really wide and started moving around.

"YES! THANK YOU MOM AND DAD!" He shouted happily. I felt totally lost in this conversation.

"What are you talking about?" I asked him.

"This guy came from Abercrombie and Fitch as a model scout and he wants me to join the modeling program. And now I can! I actually have the chance to be a real world-wide model!" he exclaimed, very excited by the concept of being a model.

"Where is it?"

"I'm not sure. But who cares?" he grinned. I shrugged and held him closer.

"I don't care right now. Let's just focus on today." I whispered to him. He nodded and started looking around the room. The music has suddenly stopped and Mimi was standing in front of the room.

"Hey everybody, before things get TOO out of hand, I vote we let Matt open his presents!" she suggested. Everybody started talking at once and placing the presents in a pile in front of Tai and me.

"You plan on getting off of me any time soon?" I asked him.

"Of course not. You're too comfortable." He replied with a lazy smile. I rolled my eyes and focused on the pile in front of me.

"Wow, thanks everybody." I addressed them all as I picked up the first present.

"Who's it from?" TK asked me from his corner.

"Sora. And put that video camera down, Takeru Takaishi." I said without even looking up.

"You're no fun." TK pouted as he pretended to turn it off. But I know he left it running anyway. I ripped open the package and pulled out a set of tickets for the Good Charlotte concert.

"Sora, you are a miracle worker you know that?" I said as I checked them over to see if they were real.

"Yup. Did you even bother to read the card?" she asked me. I gave her a sheepish grin and retrieved the card. I opened it up and found a small packet.

'Hey Matt, happy birthday. The tickets are for yours and Tai's first date. This is for your bedroom after. Have fun. ;) Sora.' I read it through and realized what the packet was. I felt my face go slowly red.

"Not cool." I mumbled under my breath and glared at her. She just smiled and winked.

"Open the next one, Yama." Tai interrupted my thoughts. I picked out the biggest one next.

"From Mom and Dad. You both actually agreed on something?" I asked my parents.

"Oh shut up and just open it." My dad said jokingly. I dragged it into my lap and on Tai and opened it.

"This is freakin' heavy." I commented. I pulled away the last of the paper and turned it over. I took one look at it and gasped.

"You guys bought me a brand new guitar?" I said in awe. My mom nodded.

"Your father and TK said yours was so old so we decided to get you a better one."

"Awesome! Thanks!" I exclaimed as I examined it. Tai however had other ideas.

"You can look at it later. Open the next one!"

"Whose party is this, yours or mine?"

"Yours.....but my rules." I stuck my tongue out at him and picked up the next package.

"From TK. Ok, it's square." I said as I opened it. I took away the last of the paper and chucked it at my brother.

"I told you to turn that camera off!" I whined as the paper rebounded.

"But you're so photogenic. I can't help it. Did you even look at my present?" I didn't actually.

"Final Fantasy 7. Cool, thanks. BUT TURN OFF THE CAMERA!"

"No way. Just keep opening your presents." TK instructed me. I cursed at him some more, but did as I was told. As this continued, I got a whole bunch of great stuff: CDs, Video games, clothes from my dad even though he got me the guitar, cash, gift cards, a new skateboard from Jamie since he crashed and trashed mine, and some DVDs like Meet the Parents, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and Legally Blonde (a inside joke between me and Kari.)

"Thanks everybody. This has been great." I said. Then I realized something.

"Tai, where's your present?" I asked him. He looked at me for a moment, then slapped the palm of his hand to his head.

"I'm SO sorry, Yama. I got so wrapped up in the contest that I didn't get you a present! I'm sorry." He said as he buried his head into my chest. I shook my head and laughed.

"Hey, don't worry about it. I don't blame you. Contest was too much stress on you. Besides, having you is the only present that I want." I told him.

"Awwww!" Everyone said at the same time.

"Oh shut up." I said and everyone started laughing. The music came back on and everyone started talking again. Tai sat watching me and played with his pockets. Suddenly he jumped up.

"Wait a sec, Matt!" he said as he jumped off my lap. He ran through the front hall and out the front door. Everyone stopped talking and turned to look at me.

"What?" I asked with a shrug. Everyone just stared at me and then went back to doing whatever they were doing. I sighed and sank back into my chair. Sora came over to me and sat down on the arm of the chair.

"What'd you say to him?" she asked me. I shrugged and shook my head.

"Nothing. He said he didn't have a present, but then he's all like, "Wait a sec!" and ran away."

"Hmm....well, here he comes." She said and got up. She walked away and Tai came back to me.

"What was that all about?" I asked him. He didn't say anything but shoved a box into my hand.

"What's this?" I asked suspiciously.

"Just open it you dumbass." Tai said. I looked at the box and tore off the paper.

"A jewelry box?" I raised my eyebrow.

"Just open it!" Tai persisted. I shrugged and opened it. A golden chain fell out. I picked it up and looked at it. It was a golden locket in the shape of a wolf head with a sapphire blue eye.

"It's just something I found a long time ago. It just reminded me of you." Tai said. I prodded at it and lifted the latch. Inside was my favorite picture of us.

"Do you remember when this was taken?" I asked him. He grinned and nodded.

"Yup. When we were 12 at the beach." He replied. I returned the smile. Kari had just started taking photography. We were at the beach. Tai was standing in the water and he had me in his arms with one on my back and under his legs.

"That's when I first realized I loved you." Tai interrupted my thoughts. I shook my head and grinned.

"Thanks Tai." I said as I put it on.

"Did you even bother reading the card?" he asked me. I gave him an embarrassed smile. I picked up the card and started to read it.

'Dear Yamato,

Do you have any idea how much I love you? Take the entire solar system and multiply it by a million. You're the best friend I could ever have and I'm eternally grateful. You and I have been through so much together it's not even funny. From the first time we met to me almost getting my ass kicked and you saved me to the modeling contest. I would be lost in this cruel world without you. I'm glad that we're together now. I hope we can stay that way too. I promise you right now, I will always love you Yamato Ishida. Don't you dare forget it. You take up all the space in my heart. Keep your spirit and attitude. Don't let me make you go soft. Happy Birthday, Hun. You'll always have a special meaning to me.

Love you always, Taichi Kamiya.'

By the end of his letter I was in tears. Who ever would have thought that Tai was such a sweetheart? I feel so special now.

"I know it sounds weird, but it's just what I was thinking at the time." Tai explained to me. I wiped my eyes and pulled him down into my lap and hugged him.

"Thank you so much." I whispered into his hair. He smiled and kissed me.

"Anything for you, darling." He replied. I returned the smile. Suddenly the lights went out again.

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Yamato, Happy Birthday to you!" everyone sang as Dad carried the cake out to me.

"Go ahead Matt, make a wish." Dad told me. My face glowed in the candlelight as I thought about it. What could I possibly want? I have a great family, awesome friends, and a lovable boyfriend. Boyfriend......that's it! I had my wish.

'I wish that Tai and I could and would, shall and will, always love eachother and be together no matter what.' I thought to myself and blew out the candles. The room became pitch black again and everyone started clapping. Tai leaned down and kissed me again. I think he enjoys it too much. But who's complaining?

"Happy Birthday, Matt. I love you." He said as he planted butterfly kisses all the way down my neck. I sighed and smiled. I knew now, no matter what, my wish would easily come true.

**************************************************************************** ** AND BAM! The story is complete! Thanks again to all you wonderful reviewers out there. And if you want, there will be a sequel to this. And even if you don't want it, there'll be a sequel anyway, lol. But let me know. See ya later people!

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