"So, are we going out tonight?" Sally asked everyone as they walked out of the school. It had been a few days since they had sent the vampire Watch back to his dimension. They stopped outside and all sat around the huge waterfall outside their school.
"Yeah sure." Cindy said. "I still need to find a date since you guys have forbidden me to go out with what's his face…"
"Austin Brown." Sally said.
"Thank you, Sally." Cindy glared at her.
"No problem, sweetie." Sally smiled at her.
"How 'bout it guys? Cathouse? I have nothing better to do." Adam said.
"I don't know," Bryce said slowly, eyes on the dispersing crowd of girls that had just walked past. He sighed. "I have a history exam tomorrow. If I don't start studying then I'll fail."
"Wonders never cease," said Watch mildly, almost automatically.
"Haha…" Bryce rolled his eyes, finally dragging them away from the girls.
"You know, I have that History exam too…" Cindy said, worriedly. "I really should prepare more."
"We can study together." Bryce offered automatically, smiling at her.
"Sure." Cindy smiled brightly back.
"Oh brother," Sally rolled her eyes. "I think Cindy's already forgotten all about what's his face. How about the rest of you? Adam? Do you have a critical history test to study for too by any chance?"
"No." Adam replied, though it sounded like he highly regretted it. He turned to where Star and Watch were sitting together. "What about you guys?"
Star shrugged. "I've done all my homework. I've got a free night…Watch?" she asked him. He had been staring into space, not paying full attention to the conversation, responding distractedly. He still had one fading black eye, and a few cuts on his face and neck that they could see. He had done his best to cover them, but couldn't cover them all.
"Huh wha?" he said as Star poked him.
"Cathouse." Adam said. "Can you come out tonight?"
"You know what, I think I'll just stay home and study. Cos of the fun." Watch said with a sad smile.
"Oh come on, Watch." Sally said bracingly. "I know you're all weird about seeing that other evil side of yourself and being tortured by him and having painful childhood memories dragged up and stuff, but that's no reason why you can't live the rest of your life with the same ease you always did."
"Can she cram complex emotions into a nutshell or what?" Bryce said putting an arm around Sally which she shrugged of, but still smiling.
Watch was actually smiling. "Yeah, well can you explain why I suddenly have a great urge to go home, lock the door, never go out again, and die a virgin?"
Bryce scoffed. "I think that ship has sailed."
Watch paused, suddenly remembering what had taken place – the words spoken mainly - in the library…the things he was glad his friends never saw or heard. Maybe he'd tell them all someday. But he doubted it. He sighed. "I just don't want to turn into that, ever…I mean I was so evil - slutty, soulless…" he paused again, a weird smile on his lips. "And I think I was kinda gay."
Adam and Bryce snorted with laughter.
"Looked better than you though," Sally said absently.
Watch glared at her.
"What?" she asked and Watch raised an eyebrow. "What? He did!"
The others all started laughing. Even Watch broke down and laughed.
"I suppose he did have something I don't have…" Watch said, still chuckling.
"What?" asked Bryce with a grin. "Taste?"
Watch leaned over and punched him on the shoulder hard. Bryce punched him back in a flash, carefully avoiding any wounds. Once again, this was pretty much ignored by the others.
"I was thinking more along the lines of confidence." Watch said, not giving Bryce the satisfaction of rubbing the spot on his arm which was actually - to Mr. Bond's credit - starting to sting
"Not to mention the fact that he was incredibly horny." said Star, rolling her eyes.
They all laughed and they started to make their way out of the now deserted school grounds.
Many merci's to my reviewers, though a special mention must be made of Mallory Grier - her excellently detailed reviews helped me to fine-tune this story so I'm the happiest of it I've ever been. Thanks again!
Hurrah, my fic has ended - and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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