Chapter 12: Still Waters

Ryan and Anna held each other, silhouetted by the sunset.

Summer felt oddly protective of the newer couple as she watched them across the yard. The last few days of hardship seemed to have only strengthened their bond. From where Seth and Summer sat they couldn't make out Anna and Ryan's conversation. They could imagine though: fiercely whispered declarations of love, promises of loyalty and trust, and feather-light kisses giving way to passion.

"It's big between them," Seth observed, breaking the peaceful silence. "Do you think they know how big?"

"No. Maybe. I think they're both scared of their feelings."

"Can you blame them?" Seth wondered. "They've both been jerked around so much. Do you think it'll last between them?"

"No one can know that Seth," Summer chided. After a moment she spoke again, "Still waters run deep."


"I don't know. It just seems to fit them. Everything that's happened in the past few days, it's been there for months. It was all just below the surface, and no one saw it coming."

A/N: :::sighs::: There. It's done.

This isn't the story I set out to write. As you may have noticed if you've been reading the A/Ns, this fic and I have issues. Ironically, this last scene has always been how I pictured Still Waters ending.

For awhile there it was going to be about eight chapters later and Anna and Ryan would have been married. It wouldn't have worked. It's time to move on.

Thank you so much to my wonderful beta and beta-lite. You two... adjectives fail me. And to my great reviewers, especially ctoan who convinced me it was time to let go, thanks for everything.

I'm a little sad saying goodbye to something I've worked on for so long. Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this journey.