Disclaimer: I don't own the Outsiders or Keeping the Moon or the song First to Fall by Terri Clark.
My final replies to my reviewers (they are a bit longer than usual)-
Bambola: Yes I am evil and left you off there! I'm sad that I'm ending the story too but it has to end sometime. And besides there are lots of good stories out there, much better than mine. You will see a note about my "sequel" in the author's note. The new fic should be out soon (I hope). I'll think you'll survive. Thank you for your review. I'm glad you liked this story and I hope you read my others.
ZELINDA: I'm sorry! But I think you all know what's going to happen! You get a dedication for being the first to tell me that it was Dirty Dancing that I stole the last line from! Good for you! I hope you like this last chapter and read my other stories.
oOoRikku4EveroOo: Yes I left you with a cliffhanger. I hope you liked this story and that you'll read my others, when I write them.
TWbasketcase: :gets up out of corner: Thank you Kristen. I'm glad I made you proud :beams:. Yea I really don't think I could sit through another Lindsey Lohan movie…even if it does have Matt Dillon. Although I couldn't help myself, I looked at some of the pictures from the movie to see if Matt is still hot and guess what…he still is! Not as hot as he was of course but still he isn't ugly and old looking! I also discovered that he's going to be a few movies this year which is exciting. And Lindsey Lohan isn't in them so I can watch them without clawing out my eyes with a spork (which I wanted to do after I saw Mean Girls :shudder:) BTW: I just got finished reading another S.E. Hinton book called Tex and I was looking around online and I saw that there was a movie made of it and guess who plays Tex? Ha-ha Matt Dillon! And EMILIO is in it. I MUST SEE THIS MOVIE! Thought you'd like to know about it. And yes Emilio is still very attractive! Thank God… One of the Brat Packers had to stay good looking or the world would be a sad, sad place. I have another Outsiders fic coming out…well sometime soon…but I do have a plot-bunny for a Breakfast Club fic hopping around in my head that I might have to post soon. I haven't written it yet so I don't know if it's good or not. Thanks for all your guidance and support. And of course your long comments, LOL! Oh and yes Andrew McCarthy is much better in St. Elmo's Fire than in Pretty in Pink. First of all Kevin is a much better name than Blaine ("Blaine…that's not a name it's a major appliance!" Yes I have seen all the classics and I know every line in The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, even St. Elmo's Fire and Sixteen Candles too but Bowling for Soup decided that, that movie was Brat Packy enough or something). And he's a writer in St. Elmo's Fire. How hot is that? Much hotter than being the super popular, oh so rich kid. Although I did find it funny when they are going up stairs to the party and he says that his hands will remain in his pockets and he picks up a bag of chips with his mouth. But even that moment of cuteness can not make up for the fact that Andie doesn't end up with Ducky! I mean the movie is perfect until they go to the prom and Blaine tells Andie that he loves her and Andie goes off with him and Ducky is given some random girl so the audience won't feel sorry for him. That ruined the whole movie! I always stop the movie after Ducky and Andie meet up at the prom because the rest isn't worth watching! Wow, this is a very long reply. LOL.
Swayzestyle713: I shouldn't be surprised that a person with your username figured out I jacked those last lines from Dirty Dancing, one of Patrick's most famous movies. I love Patrick Swayze. He's a very good actor and singer (She's Like the Wind is one of my all time favorite songs!). Although I don't know if I can justly say he's a good actor because I've only ever seen him in Ghost (I love that movie…it's freaky and cool), the Outsiders (duh), and Dirty Dancing (double duh!). I'm glad you like my story.
Becca: Do I like cliffies? Well not on fics that I read but I like to write them because I get interesting responses in my reviews. LOL. I hope you like this chapter and will read my other stories.
Sodapop's#1gurl: Somebody loves my evilness! That's great. I now have an excuse to be evil! Anyway I hope you like this last chapter. And be sure to read my next story about Sodapop!
Author's Note: Alrighty as I have already told you I have been writing another Outsiders fic, which was intended to be sort of a sequel to this story. However after some reflection I realize that the sub-plots in that story that connect it with this one really don't fit in with it. I am still going to post it, I'm just cutting all the stuff out about Roxie, Olivia, and Trisha. However this is taking some time as I have decided to re-write the first three chapters of that story (which I wrote when I was having writer's block with this story a while back). So it may not come out right away. However if any of you would like a sequel to this story I will be more than willing to write one (but only on the condition that you have to give me a little inspiration for one because I think it ends rather nicely and I can't think of a plot for Keeping the Moon 2…). In the mean time please be on the lookout for Black Roses Red, when I finally get it out. I hope you read it, even though it's not a sequel to this story like I said it was going to be. Anyway it's time to say goodbye to Roxie, for a little while anyway. This is my first story on here so it will always be special to me. And the fact that I got such a positive response to it makes it all the more special. Now on to what you really want, the final chapter of Keeping the Moon…
This chapter is dedicated to ZELINDA and swayzestyle713 for figuring out that the last lines in the last chapter were "borrowed" from one of my favorite movies of all time: Dirty Dancing! And also a shout out to Sodapop's#1gurl for being the 100th reviewer!
"You're welcome Roxie. But you were brave too. To get in the middle of us when you could have gotten even more hurt then you did…"
"I'm not brave…" I said, taking another breath. "I'm scared of everything. Most of all I'm scared that I'm never going to feel again what I feel when I'm with you, right now."
I bit my lower lip. There, I said it. And as much as I wanted to snatch the words back and stuff them in my mouth again they were out there. Dally stood there a moment trying to work out what I said. Then it dawned on him.
"Roxie are you saying that…?" Dally asked trailing off, not able to get the full sentence out.
"Well…yes." I said nervously, staring at the ground, shuffling my feet. "But if you don't feel the same way I totally understand…it's just that I'm leaving in a week and I…" I babbled but Dally cut me off by holding up his hand. I looked at him curiously as he took a few steps towards me.
He brushed my bangs out of my eyes the way he had the night I got hurt. Only this time he left his hand there on the side of my face. I felt my breath intake sharply and my body tense up as he cupped his other hand around my face also. But when he brought his lips down upon my own I felt my body relax into his. I reached up and ran my fingers through his white-blond hair as he wrapped his arms around my waist. It was just how I always imagined my first kiss was going to be like, only better. I even had the fireworks
I was always hearing about.
"Wow." I said when we finally pulled apart. "So all this time you've felt the same way?" Dally smirked.
"No Roxie I just kissed you because I felt like it and have no consideration for your feelings whatsoever," he said sarcastically.
"Hey!" I protested but he cut me off by kissing me again.
We stood out there in the street kissing until I looked up and saw that moon was beginning to disappear. I could hear Aunt Candace calling for us. Dally held my hand as we walked into the backyard. I noticed Olivia and Darry who were standing close to one another. He was whispering something in her ear and she was laughing. I couldn't help but smile, she deserved to be happy after her heartbreak.
Trisha noticed that Dally was holding my hand almost instantly and she winked at me and then nodded towards Olivia and Darry. I could tell by her smile that I wasn't the only one who had confessed my feelings that night.
I wanted to say something special to mark the occasion but Aunt Candace was able to sum it up perfectly, "Oh kids, isn't this magical?" she said pointing up to the sky as the moon started to disappear. Dally squeezed my hand as the moon disappeared bit by bit. I thought of Dally all those years ago in New York City with his friends, watching this exact same thing happen and how scared he must have been because when you're young you're always scared of the things you don't understand.
As I looked around at my group of friends I knew I would always remember this moment. And this summer and the way I had changed throughout it. But most of all I would remember kissing Dallas Winston moments before watching my first ever eclipse. Then I cast my gaze back up to the heavens to put my faith in the moon's return.
Author's Note: Yes it ends there. I could have continued it to when Roxie left to go back to Ohio but the actual book, Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen leaves off in the same place that I did. And in my opinion it is the perfect place to end the story. About the kiss…I don't know if I wrote as well as it could be written. I wanted to really show the emotion in it but since I have never really felt those emotions I had to use my imagination and I don't know if that's what it really feels like. Let me know what you think so I can to make it better in my future stories (yes there will be kissing in my future stories because I don't like to read stories that don't have any romance in them…well there are a few exceptions but for the most part there has to be a romance or I just can't pay attention to it). Anyway I bid you farewell until my next story.
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