NOTE: I don't own these people, once again. Drake, Josh, and Miranda own themselves. And Nickelodeon owns the show. Simple Plan wrote this song, Perfect. Good Charlotte wrote the song for Chapter 2. Yeah. I hope you like the story. No deaths in this one. Lol. (Reviews would be nice).


Drake climbed down from his bed and sat down on a couch. A repeating sadness rolled through his body. He sat down without his usual enthusiasm, staring sadly out into space. Josh was the first one to notice.

"Hey Drake," he asked. "You alright?"

Drake brushed him away with a hand motion. "Yeah."

Josh climbed out of his bed and stared into his step-brother's eyes. "You sure? You don't look that good."

Drake didn't answer. He was thinking.

Hey dad look at me
Think back and talk to me
Did I grow up according to plan?
And do you think I'm wasting my time doing things I wanna do?
But it hurts when you disapprove all along


"Hey!" Josh yelled, snapping his fingers in Drake's face.

Drake jumped. "W-what?"

"Tell me Drake," Josh said. "You can trust me."

Drake looked at his step-brother. "Josh, what happens when you think of your mom?"

Josh looked at Drake with hurt, surprised eyes. "My mom's dead Drake."

"I know," Drake said sadly. "But I was just thinking of my dad."

"Oh."

"It's," Drake struggled for the right words. "It's the 'anniversary' of my parents' break-up. And it's really hard," he said, struggling not to cry.

"It's ok, Drake," Josh told him, putting his arm around his shoulder. "Just cry."

And now I try hard to make it
I just want to make you proud
I'm never gonna be good enough for you
I can't pretend that
I'm alright
And you can't change me


Drake cried into Josh's shoulder for about twenty minutes. Josh patted his back, hugged him, tried to comfort him, feeling a little uncomfortable. Drake was never this open. But then, he usually didn't think of his parent's divorce every day either. And then Megan came in, and Drake sat up and tried to act like everything was alright. But as usual, nothing got by Megan.

Surprisingly, she didn't mock Drake as she usually did. She ran into his arms and started sobbing as well. Drake hugged her tight, and she looked up into his eyes. Josh, thinking he was intruding, quietly left the room.

"Why Drake?" she asked her brother. "Why? Why did he hit you? Why did he leave?"

Drake stared back at her, a sparkling tear running down his face. "I-I don't know Megan."

"It wasn't fair," she wailed. "It wasn't fair."

'Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and
We can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect


"I know," Drake sighed. "But you know, life isn't fair. It wasn't fair to leave Mom all alone. It wasn't fair that he hit me. It wasn't fair that he tried to hurt you. It wasn't fair that I had to protect you."

Megan shuddered, remembering the times, and hid her head in Drake's chest. Drake looked at her surprised.

I try not to think
About the pain I feel inside
Did you know you used to be my hero?
All the days you spent with me
Now seem so far away
And it feels like you don't care anymore


Flashback

"Don't hurt him!" Megan wailed, back then a small girl of eight.

Her dad turned on her, eyes full of fury. He raised his fist.

"Leave her alone!" Drake yelled, a boy of thirteen.

His dad turned around, slapping him hard across the face. Drake stumbled, but kept his balance. An ugly red mark lay on his cheek.

"Don't you dare touch her!" Drake howled, ignoring the burning pain on his face.

With an inhuman roar, his father reached forward and grabbed his throat, yanking the lanky boy up in the air. Drake struggled for air, but then finally lay still with a shudder. He gagged, making rasping noises when finally his dad dropped him to the ground, brutally kicking him in the stomach. Drake doubled over, trying to get air, as Megan fell to his side and started to cry desperately. His dad turned around and left.

That was the last time they ever saw him.

End of Flashback

And now I try hard to make it
I just want to make you proud
I'm never gonna be good enough for you
I can't stand another fight
And nothing's alright


"It's okay Megan," Drake said, trying to make his little sister feel better as she cried, long heartbroken sobs. "It's okay."

"I want him to come back Drake," she cried. "I miss him."

"I do too," Drake said, tears jerking at his eyes.

'Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and
We can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect


"Where's Mom?" Drake asked.

"She's crying in the kitchen," Megan said in a choked voice. "Dad is helping her."

"Oh," Drake replied, breaking down completely.

Nothing's gonna change the things that you said
Nothing's gonna make this right again
Please don't turn your back
I can't believe it's hard
Just to talk to you
But you don't understand


Josh watched the scene through a crack in the door and found himself crying as well. His mom was gone, and he missed her. But how could their dad be so selfish? He was alive, yet he had left them, left the kids and the wife whom he had once loved.

Josh had never seen Megan cry. Drake, yes. Once in awhile. But never Megan. Megan was tough, Drake was too. But Drake was more open while Megan was secretive and shy. If this was enough to make Megan cry, Josh would cry. Megan who was evil and plotted, injuring her brothers and never once apologizing.

Josh sobbed until no ends for them. Feeling their pain. Their emptiness. Their loss.

'Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and
We can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect


"It'll be alright," Drake soothed. "It will be okay. We have Josh now. And seriously," he started to laugh through his tears. "Josh is one funny guy. Remember the time he started twitching on TV?"

Josh cringed as he heard these words. He never wanted to talk about that again.

Megan giggled, "I told him about that. I reminded him."

"You did?" Drake said in delight. "That was so mean Megan!"

Despite his words, he started cracking up.

'Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and
We can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect


"Everything's going to be alright," said Drake. "Come on Megan. Let's write Dad the letter we do every year."

Megan's face became awash with pain again. "Ok," she said quietly.

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