A/N: Well, we have finally reached the conclusion of my story. I apologize for the long gaps between updates. I started off really well but really tapered off in the past several months. I would like to thank everyone who has been reading this story. This has been a lot of fun for me. Thank you.
Louis had no trouble making himself get to sleep that night. Having barely gotten any sleep the night before it would have been natural to just fall asleep when he reached his bed. But with the additional activities of the night, he hit his bed and was out like a rock. He was even sleeping in his army camouflage from the previous day. He slept from 9:00 that night until noon the next day. At that time he pulled himself out of bed. He took a shower and put on some clean clothes. Then he sat in his chair and thought. Now what? he wondered. He thought he should try and talk to Tawny. But then again, she had a pretty stressful night herself, probably more so than Louis had. When Louis was all clean and everything, he ran down the stairs and walked out the front door. He saw some flowers in his mom's garden and he pulled several of them out. But just as soon as he pulled out those flowers, he looked up to see Tawny. Louis was a little shocked to see her. "Hi," he said nervously.
Tawny smiled and said hi back. She was clean and rested herself. Her hair was curled that day and was weareing a red blouse and jean skirt. When she smiled, Louis could see the slight gap in his teeth on the left side of her mouth. He loved that for some reason. "How are you today?" he asked.
Not sure what else to say, "So, uh, these are for you." Louis gave her the flowers, roots and all.
"Thanks," she said.
Louis tried to explain some things. "I was a big dork. Back all those months ago I could have asked you to the prom, but I didn't. And I was pretty stuck on myself and you almost had to take some serious consequences in the end. I just wanted to say that I was sorry."
Tawny was looking at the flowers Louis had just given her. "Thanks. It's OK. You really saved me last night. For awhile there I thought Corey was the one. Turns out he was a real crook."
"Oh," Louis began; then he thought about the "crook" line. "What!" he exclaimed. Tawny proceeded to explain to him all that happened and what the police told her last night. She didn't know it at the time, but Corey Richmond, aka Austin Redeye, would spend twenty years in jail for his activities. Turns out Tawny was not the only person he'd tried this with. She was just the only one that didn't have to suffer. "Oh," Louis said when he learned all this.
"But anyway, I always thought you were a goof. Corey seemed like he had a hold of his life and knew what he was going to do, just the opposite of you I guess. I mean, I used to get upset at you because you wouldn't take anything seriously, couldn't take responsibility or anything like that." Louis nodded slightly. "But last night I learned that when the situation calls for it, you can really come through." Now Louis smiled. "By the way, how did you know that was going to happen?"
"Um, a little birdie told me. It's a long story," Louis said, remembering what he overheard through a bathroom door.
Louis and Tawny looked into each other's eyes and shared a kiss.
"Say, I remember we said earlier this summer that we would hang out after you got back from your trip." Then she slyly asked. "Could we do that?"
Louis grinned. "I think we could," he said. "Would you like to go get some ice cream?"
Tawny smiled and said, "Yeah, I'd like that."
Louis and Tawny held each other's hand and they began to walk down the sidewalk. Then Louis' dad stepped out of the house holding up a credit card bill. "Louis!" he bellowed at the top of his lungs. "You spend $550 on my credit card!"
Tawny smiled and covered it up with her hand. Louis' face was frozen. "Oops. Lets get outta here, Tawny," he said. He took her hand and went off running.
A/N: Thank you and God bless you all. sola gratia