For about fifteen minutes Brad and Miranda hid from Gordo and Lizzie out by the pool and Gordo and Lizzie hid from Brad and Miranda, up in her room. Both were embarrassed by the incident, but realized that they couldn't avoid their friends forever. The two couples eventually found their way together in the living room.
"So," Miranda said quietly trying to suppress a snicker.
"Yeah, um," Brad tried, also not knowing what to say.
Lizzie blushed hotly and Gordo finally said, "Maybe from now on you guys can try knocking?"
"Sure," Brad said.
"I don't think it's our fault!" Miranda said defensively, "We didn't know you guys were doing that. Maybe from now on you can post a sign that says, 'We're doing it in here, so go away!'"
Lizzie started to giggle and said, "Oh my gosh, I'm sure my parents would love that!"
Gordo and Brad started to laugh too but Miranda remained defensive and refused to see the humor in the situation.
"Miranda what's the matter?" Gordo asked.
"Nothing," Miranda answered coolly and turned slightly away from him.
Sensing that the problem was between herself and Miranda, Lizzie asked gently, "Miranda can I talk to you upstairs?" Miranda shrugged and started to follow Lizzie up to her room. "Guys, we'll meet you out at the pool in a little while, okay?"
Gordo and Brad went out to the pool and Miranda and Lizzie sat down on Lizzie's bed. "So, Miranda, I think I know why you're upset, but why don't you tell me anyway."
"Who says I'm upset?" Miranda said calmly
"Your attitude, that's who," Lizzie answered. Miranda just shrugged and refused to say anything further. "Okay," Lizzie began, "So, you're upset because you felt like Gordo and I were blaming you for walking in on us?"
"Weren't you?" Miranda asked.
"No," Lizzie said, "If anything, it's our fault for not locking the door. How were you supposed to know what we were doing in there?"
"Exactly!" Miranda said triumphantly.
"Well, on behalf of Gordo and myself we are sorry if you felt like you were at blame," Lizzie said.
"You still don't get it do you?" Miranda growled.
"No, I guess I don't," Lizzie said timidly, "Can you explain it to me?"
Miranda sighed heavily and said, "I thought we were best friends."
"We are," Lizzie said.
Miranda gave her a look that told Lizzie she should not interrupt again. Then she continued, "If we were best friends you would have told me about this momentous occasion in your life instead of me having to walk in on you to find out. I'm assuming that wasn't the first time right?"
Lizzie quietly said, "right."
Now in a voice that was more hurt than angry, Miranda said, "Were you ever going to tell me?"
"Yeah, eventually," Lizzie said sheepishly.
"What does that mean?" Miranda asked.
"I don't know. I felt weird telling you," Lizzie said.
"Why?" Miranda asked.
"For a few reasons. Gordo has been feeling a little insecure about me sharing the details of our physical relationship with you. And because I didn't want it to feel like I was rubbing it in or anything. Plus, it's so new, I just wasn't ready to share it yet," Lizzie said, "I'm really sorry I hurt your feelings."
"Okay, Gordo has to realize that we are best friends too and girls just share stuff like this. And I want you tell me about major things that happen in your life. You should never feel like I am going to be jealous of you. Because a true friend does not get jealous of her best friend over things like this," Miranda said, "If you're still not ready to share, I understand. Just please let me know when you are."
"Well, now that you know and have practically caught us doing it, I can tell you about it," Lizzie said.
"Really?" Miranda said excitedly, "So, what was it like? Did it hurt? When did you do it the first time?"
"Whoa Miranda, slow down!" Lizzie laughed. "The first time we did it was the same day that Brad went to Taiwan. That evening Gordo made dinner for me at his house and it just happened. It hurt at first, but after a little while it felt really good."
"Does your Mom know?" Miranda asked warily.
"Yes and she is being surprisingly cool about the whole thing. She made me an appointment to get on birth control. There are still rules that we have to abide by, but apparently we are good to go," Lizzie said.
"Wow, my Mom would freak out!" Miranda said, "So, how many times have you done it altogether now?"
"Um," Lizzie said counting in her head, "Seven, I think."
"So, it's that much fun?" Miranda asked.
"If you are ready it is. I don't think I would have enjoyed it if we weren't ready to take this step," Lizzie said.
"Good to know," Miranda said, "I'm sorry I got mad at you."
"That's okay, I understand. Had I been in your shoes I would have been mad at you too," Lizzie said.
"Are we still best friends?" Miranda asked.
"Always!" Lizzie said as she gave her friend a warm hug, "Now let's go swimming."
Down in the pool Gordo and Brad had been having a conversation about the same topic, in a less girly, less emotional sort of way.
"So, you guys are doing it now?" Brad asked.
"Yep," Gordo replied.
"So, is it awesome?" Brad asked.
"Pretty much," Gordo said.
"Cool," Brad answered ending the conversation.
When the girls came out they talked about school starting and how much fun their summer had been. Lizzie had been right, it really had been the best summer ever and she had a feeling that it was also going to be the best school year ever. With her best friend and her boyfriend at her side, and Brad too of course, they were going to have a blast and she couldn't wait for it all to begin, tomorrow.
Author's Note: Well, this is it. Their Sweet 16 Summer has come to an end. I want to thank all my readers. I really have appreciated your reviews and support. I had so much fun writing this story, my first fan fic ever! I am looking forward to starting the sequel, which I have loads of idea for. I'm not positive I'll stick with it, but right now I think the sequel is going to be called, Sweet 16 Autumn. Let me know what you thought of the ending of this story and if you have anything you'd like to see in the sequel. Thanks again to everyone!! Best Wishes, Tinkerbell