Chapter 18: The End!

Dib bit his lip, looking down at the male alien's flushed face, parted lips and tear streaked cheeks. His words echoed wildly around in the boy's head, breaking out the set of questions he'd thought he'd already answered himself previously, and knocking the answers loose so they didn't fit anymore.

The fact that Zim was male didn't surprise him as much as he thought it should. He'd known Zim as a male for most of his life, and the affection he felt...the 'love' he had for the invader of his heart remained unchanged, whether he was a she, a he or an it. Zim was still Zim.

Zim kissed him then, a deep, crushing, desperate kiss. Yet even then, Dib's mind insisted on being skeptical. Zim was still drunk. When he sobered up, he'd deny having said anything. He'd never forgive the human for letting him lose his crown. They'd go back to being enemies either way, leaving bittersweet memories of their truce to rot and fester in the middle of the fragile bridge of trust they'd built between them, a bridge that would be burned along with the memory's carcass. This is what his logical self told him, the one he'd always listened to, had come to depend on, most of his life. It was usually right, too.

He made his decision then.

Zim redoubled his efforts and tightened his grip, as if he sensed what the boy's answer would be and thought he could kiss him forever, in that way preventing the fate from happening.

Gently, but firmly, Dib took hold of Zim's shoulders and pushed him back. Realizing he couldn't hold back time, Zim stopped fighting and just stood there at Dib's arm's length, waiting.

"I love you too, Zim." he said softly. "And I want to be with you no matter what, but..."

The human gulped nervously, steeling his mind to see through the choice he was about to make, spoke:

"Can you forgive me for not knowing what that meant until now?"

Gasps were heard all around the room, but Dib ignored them, turning his attention to Shirley instead, one hand holding his bewildered alien close and the other reaching up to remove his own crown.

"You can have mine, too!"

He tossed it next to Zim's at the shocked girl's feet. He'd done entirely too much thinking with his brain, and not enough with his heart, that fact being the cause of his constant failures and misery. He'd saved the world enough times and given it plenty chances to save itself, but it always chose to stay happy in its ignorance. It was his turn to be happy now.

He smiled at the source of that happiness, "Let's get out of here."

"YES!" Zim leapt onto his waist and locked his legs behind Dib's back; cupping the human's cheeks, he proceeded to fervently plant little kisses all over his face.

Blinded as he was by this, Dib still managed to guide himself and his prize towards the exit.

Halfway there, Zim paused and looked over Dib's shoulder to center stage.

"HAHAHAHA! Victory for ZIM! Kiss my voluptuous, green ass, bitch! Woo!"

Dib grinned slyly as they exited the door, making a run for the limo and jumping in as soon as they left the building. "Home, Jeeves!"

"My name is HENRY, sir!" the irate driver said as he pulled out of the parking lot, "And need I remind you to please get your head out of my rearview...? Er, thank you."

Zim was laid down atop the human boy, still focused on his attentions to Dib's face, both feeling too anxious to wait until they got back to his base.

They had some next times to catch up on...

(End Dancing Queen!)

It's done! Finished! A happy, sappy ending, cause that's how I like 'em! Thanks to everybody who read this story and reviewed; and thanks to all my proof-readers for their help as well! Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it!

And now for the traditional individual thanks to those who reviewed last chappy!

thejennamonster: Yes, blame the booze and not my lack of creativity!Whee, I'm off thehook! (escapes before she changes her mind)

DibMagician: My job here is done! Yay! Did I do good? (eyes widen like a hungry child with no cookies)

Hamato Kameko: Too bad I can't continue the cruelty with vague references to a possible sequel...Meh, I still have my Smeets fic to work on! Huzzah!

SingerOfDoom: Yes, Dib does indeed rock! But so does Zim! I don't know...I love both! (huggles)

Capra hircus: Adorable loveness is GOOD though! Being insane with it is just an added bonus!

All Apologies: And now the end is definite, and there is no more to be waiting for! How can I continue to be evil if I have nothing to taunt people with? Meh!

Anukis-san: Happy 'E' dance is often confuzzled with the OMGTEHMADNESS! dance, so I can see why joor mum was worried. I was grinning madly myself at the end of this, and I hope you were too!

Momo-cha: Aww, feel the lurve! I've heard it said that love hurts, but I never thought it would feel like taking a hundred machine gun rounds in the chest...oh, well. (dies)

Tapangwa: Horray for huggles! GIMME!

Mystery Reviewer: Horray for random unhappy noises! Hopefully this inspired many more!

Ryu Forte: Whee! (huggles plushies) I'm gonna tie you two up nekkid to the end of mah bed! (is suddenly aware of Mom standing in doorway) ...I'M NORMAL!
And I want fanart! You draw so pretty!

InsaneKiwi: Am still waiting on Zim wearing dress piccy! And I'm glad joo likes mah story! Hopes you like the ending too!

animeninjaNIPPON: Aww, thank ya! I love your Irken Catnip fic! But I don't think it classifies as 'Mature' as nothing was described in gory detail...DOWNGRADE IT TO 'T' OR SOMETHING SO I CAN ADD IT TO MY C2 ZADR LIST! The fans command you!