Days went by and I couldn't find Hope. I needed to talk to her. The night of the dance finally came around and I kept trying to find her, instead I found Samantha.

"What do you want blondie?" She growled

"I need to talk to Hope." I started

"She'll see you at the dance." She growled again

"What?" I was a bit surprised.

"You heard me." Samantha barked, "Who knows why? We tried talking her out of it, but she wouldn't listen."

"Where is she?" I asked

"Like I'd tell you..." She snapped, "She told me she's meet you by the big oak tree in during the dance."

With that she walked off, flicking cigarette ashes.

A few hours passed and I started getting dressed for the dance. I through on a light blue short sleeved shirt and the tan dress pants my mom makes me wear on picture days. I finished buttoning up my shirt when Ulrich walked in.

"Any luck?" He asked

"I'm going to see her at the dance tonight." I replied.

"Good luck man." He patted my shoulder

"Thanks." I smiled and walked out the door.

It was a little past sun set and the sky was getting darker. The park lights flicked on the same time the paper lanterns and tiny lights in the trees did. I waited under the tree like Samantha told me Hope said. I had been waiting there for an hour and there was still no Hope around. I started to wonder if she was even coming.

"Odd?" I heard a familiar voice behind me and my heart jumped.

It was Hope and she looked so beautiful. Her red hair was pulled back into a pony tail and a few light blue flowers were across her head like a band, she was wearing a tank top that matched the flowers and a black skirt that came to the top of her knees. God she looked gorgeous!

"H-hi Hope…" I stuttered.

"Hi, you look nice." She said

"You do too." I could feel my heart pounding in my chest

"Listen, I can only stay for one song."

"What? Why?"
She smiled, "My dad's back."

I fought the urge to let my jaw drop, "He is?"

"Uh-huh." She nodded

"That's great Hope!" I said and hugged her.

Hope hugged back and we stayed like that until a slow song started playing,

"If you're not the one then why does my soul feel glad today? If you're not the one then why does my hand fit yours this way?" The music began

"Want to dance?" I asked.

"Sure."

Hope pulled away a little bit and put her hands on my shoulders as I put my hands on her waist.

"I'll never know what the future will bring, but I know you're here with me now. We'll make it through and I hope you are the one I share my life with."

We began to sway slightly to the music and I couldn't help staring into her eyes, but she stared back. I felt like my heart was going to pound out of my chest. I wanted to pull her closer to me, but she beat me too it.

"I don't want to run away but I can't take it I don't understand. If I'm not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am? Is there any way that I can stay in your arms?"

I held Hope close to me as we continued to move to the music. I think now, that this has to be more than just some crush, I think I really do love her. I mean love love. I held her closer as I took one of her slender hands into mine.

"If you're not for me then why do I dream of you as my wife? I don't know why you're so far away, but I know that this much is true: We'll make it through and I hope you are the one I share my life with."

She put her fingers between mine and put her head on my shoulder. I hugged her to me and held her hand tighter. I didn't want to let her go.

"And I wish that you could be the one I die with. And I'm praying you're the one I build my home with. I hope I love you all my life."

We continued to dance and everything seemed to fade away. There wasn't a Lyoko, there weren't two different sides for Aelita and Xana, there weren't any problems. It was just me and Hope, together forever.

"Cause I miss you, body and soul so strong that it takes my breath away. And I breathe you into my heart and prey for the strength to stand today cause I love you, whether it's wrong or right and though I can't be with you tonight you'll know my heart is always by your side."

We stayed together, nothing could tare us apart. I held her as long as I could. It felt so right being with her. I didn't care if anyone said I couldn't be with her, I'd find some way. I made a vow as we danced, that vow was that I would always love her, even if I could never have her.

"I don't want to run away but I can't take it I don't understand. If I'm not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am? Is there any way that I can stay in your arms?"

The music began to fade and our surroundings started to come back as voices broke our daze.

"Thanks." Hope said as she slowly pulled away.

"Sure." I had to tell her, but how?

"I have to go." She said as she put a slip of paper in my hand, "Read that later tonight."

"Hope…" I started, but was interrupted by Hope's kiss.

Her lips were warm against my own. This kiss was different from the others. This kiss was soft and gentle, yet just as passionate as the other ones, but there was something different; almost a bit of sadness in it.

I heard a car horn beep.

"I have to go." Hope repeated.

She turned around and started to walk off. I had to do something now, or who knows what would happen!

"Wait!" I grabbed her wrist.

She looked back at me, the lights were reflecting in her eyes and I could almost see my reflection in her eyes.

"I….uh…." My heart felt like it was about to beat out of my chest and I felt like I could drink six liters of pop and my mouth would still be dry, "um…."

The car horn beeped again.

"Odd…"

"Take care of yourself." I blurted out and let her wrist go.

"Hey," She smiled at me, "I'm a big girl, and I'll survive."

"Right…" I muttered and watched her walk away.

Take care of yourself! Gah! Why did I just let her walk away! I kept kicking myself as I walked home. When I got back to the dorm Ulrich wasn't there. I fell down onto my bed and heard a soft crumbling sound. I reached into my pocket and pulled out a slip of paper. Hope's note! I opened it fast as I sat back up and began to read it.

"Dear Odd,

Hi. I honestly have no clue why I'm writing this, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about you for the last couple of days. I guess its cause, to be blunt, I love you. I know we've only known each other for a few days, but I feel like I can talk to you about anything. I'm sorry about our fight earlier. Since my dad's back I have no clue where I'm going to end up, so I just want you to know one thing"

I love you and I always will. Even if we end up with different people and half the globe apart, you'll always have my heart; no matter what.

Love always,

Hope"

I fell back onto my bed and read the letter over and over again. She loved me, and I let her get away…

A month passed and I started school with Yumi, Ulrich, and Jeremy as freshmen in our new high school. Every day I thought about Hope and how I let her get away, and then it happened. I saw her again…

(A/n: -phew- the first season is finally done! Sorry if it seems like I slopped the ending together. I lost my whole point to the story earlier. Possibly because I had writers block for so long. Anyways, I'll be writing the first chapters for the 2nd season tomorrow. Keep an eye out for: School days. That's the sequels title. Later peoples.)