A/N: In this fic… Lucas never got into the accident with Keith. Wow… this is my first fic since, like, early 2004… if you guys don't review… I won't continue. I hope you like.

"Hey, Broody, how've you been lately? Considering all your circumstances?" Brooke asked.

"Horrible, I miss Haley so bad. She has been a constant in my life since we've been eight." Lucas said. "It's hard seeing Nathan so torn up, too. She doesn't understand how many people she hurt by leaving."

"Have you talked to her lately?" Brooke asked.

"For like two minutes… she had to go though, because of a concert." Lucas said.

"Yeah, Peyton's been really distant lately, too. I'm worried about her; we haven't hung out in weeks." Brooke said.

"That sucks. You got any ideas as to why?" Lucas asked.

"Well, not really. She won't return my calls; it is hard to find out why." Brooke said.

"Yeah, so what brings you down to the river court?" Lucas said.

"I was actually looking for you… I was wondering if you have any plans tonight?" Brooke asked.

"No… not yet." Lucas said.

"Well, I was wondering if you wanted to go out to dinner with me." Brooke said.

"Yeah, that sounds like fun… I'll pick you up at 7: pm." Lucas said.

"Okay, see you then Broody…" Brooke said.

"Yeah… see you then." Lucas said. Brooke left and Nathan showed up. "Hey man, I haven't seen you at school lately."

"It's 'cause I haven't gone." Nathan said. "She's coming back next week… man I miss her."

"I know you do… so have I, man, but if she's coming back…" Lucas said. He left his sentence hanging.

"Yeah, we will patch things up… I guess. I just miss waking up next to her… her sent… the way she will literally sit down with me and make me do my homework. She's amazing, man, and I am so lost without her." Nathan said.

"Yeah, well, um… I'm going out for dinner with Brooke, but I will stop by tonight around 10: pm or so." Lucas said.

"You are going on a date with Brooke? Wow… that is crazy, man." Nathan said.

"It's not a date… its two friends going out for dinner…" Lucas said. Lucas thought about it and wished it was a date.

"Sure, man. Whatever you need to believe. You love her, though." Nathan said.

"Look, I'll see you later; I'm picking Brooke up in a half an hour." Lucas said.

"For your date." Nathan muttered under his breath.

"I heard that…" Lucas said. He drove off in his '06 Porsche Boxter.

"Where to? Ladies choice." Brooke said.

"Um… let's see. Let's go to the 'Olive Garden'"Brooke said.

"You got it…" Lucas said.

"So, are you or were you going to tell me?" Brooke said.

"What?" Lucas said.

"That you had HCM… Lucas, it hurts me that you can't confide in me anymore." Brooke said.

"Who told you about that?" Lucas asked.

"Your mom knows… I went there to see you and she told me you moved in with Dan." Brooke said.

"Oh… well, there is a good reason that I moved in with Dan." Lucas said.

"And what would that be?" Brooke said.

"Well, let's see… Dan was paying Jules' bills and stuff and she was supposed to make Keith fall in love with her and then break his heart. Well, Jules fell in love with Keith." Lucas said. "Dan said he'd leave them alone if I moved in with him."

"Oh, well, I guess you are doing it to protect Keith and Jules." Brooke said.

"Yeah… so, what are we doing here tonight?" Lucas said.

"Lucas… I need to talk to you, but not here." Brooke said.

"Well, then, let's go." Lucas said. They drove to her house. "What is up?"

"Lucas, I'm not sure if you feel the same way, but I have to tell you, I love you so much." Brooke said.

"I love you, too." Lucas said. They kissed. "Um… I'm not trying to get out of here fast, but I promised Nathan I'd stop by around 10: pm. It is now 11: pm" He kissed her again.

"Will you come by after that and stay over?" Brooke asked.

"Of course." Lucas said. "I love you, bye."

"Love you, too." Brooke said.

"Hey, man, judging by the time, was I right or was I right?" Nathan said.

"You… were… right." Lucas said.

"I knew it… its great man, I'm so happy for you, too. Look, I am going to get some sleep, you can go." Nathan said.

"Alright." Lucas said.

Lucas was driving to Brooke's. Andy saw him go by. Right then, a car smashed into Lucas' side. Andy rushed over.