Chapter 14

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I-Believe-In-The-Butterflies: I'm sorry if you're upset that Scott's appeared but I felt I had to bring him in sometime:(. Glad you liked it and I hope you're not too disappointed with Ryan's reaction.

KC-Chick: well, I've been thinking, and a clothes hanger sounds like an excellent weapon! although you might get a few funny looks carrying that around - never mind though, you have to be prepared for these sort of things! Yes I am being sneaky, I'm so bad! But I hope you enjoy this!

GalootMaster: lol, to have provoked such a violent reaction from you! just kidding, I must be doing something right then! Glad you liked it, esp the kiss bit in chapter 10!

smartiepantz: Well, the thing about Scott (which I probably should have put in but didn't) is that he nice guy thing was just an act and that he's really not so nice at all! Grrr! I hate him!

valkrys: I know, it feels really weird to be ending this fic when they're not together, so I'm glad it's a prequel too, and it's all gonna be ok! Ryan's reaction took ages (I honestly didn't know how he would react to something like this)so I hope that you think it's ok.

EVCGLSB: aw, thanks! I know, I love his bird arms too! And Scott, yeah I know, he sucks but I created him so I guess i cant complain! Maybe that's why there wasn't a single squee in that review :(. Just kidding, but I do love your squeeing!

xGoingUnderx: I know, I have to say, that when I re-read last chapter I thought, jeez, Marissa doesn't waste her time does she! Never mind! Hope you enjoy Ryan's reaction!

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"I brought leftovers." Marissa announced as she walked into the Cohen's kitchen later that evening. Ryan looked up from his homework.

"What are you doing here?" He asked, confused, they hadn't had plans tonight -not that he was complaining.

"Nice! Love you too!" Marissa retorted, faux hurt. "I'll just go then, shall I?"

"Ok then," Ryan said playing along. "But can you leave the leftovers, I'm starving!"

"Oi! I'm here because, you seem to forget one very important thing."

"What's that then?"

"I live with my Mom now which means I intend to spend as little time as possible at home. It's only been three weeks and I'm already thinking that throwing myself off the balcony sounds like a very good idea. But anyway, seeing as Seth and Summer are out on some big anniversary date I'd thought I'd come and pester you instead." She finished brightly, jumping up to sit on the counter.

"Oh, thanks, at least I know my place then."

"Yep!" She winked. "Now, can we eat? My stomach thinks my throat's been cut."

"What did you bring?" Ryan asked, getting up from the table and peering into the container.

"Guess!" She demanded, covering his eyes with both of her hands.

"I give up."

"You haven't even guessed."

"I know, I give up."

"You gotta have at least one guess. Wait, you wanna clue?"

"Ok."

"Are Sandy and Kirsten home?" Marissa asked, smiling to herself. She had just had the best idea ever. Ryan was confused, what the hell did that have to do with anything?

"No." He said warily. "Why?"

"No reason, come on." Marissa whipped off the headscarf she was wearing and wrapped it around his head like a blindfold.

"Er, what are you doing with that?"

"You can't see, it's a surprise."

"I hate surprises."

"I know. Come on." Marissa took his hands and began to guide him slowly out into the backyard.

"Where are we going?" Ryan asked suspiciously, he didn't like what was happening here. He hated surprises.

"You'll see."

"Marissa..." Ryan said warningly "We're getting dangerously near the edge of the..." He trailed off, suddenly he knew exactly what she was about to do. Before he could stop her, she'd pushed him in the pool.

"Can you guess yet?" Marissa asked laughing.

"Mac and cheese." He laughed as he surfaced, taking off the blindfold. "I hate you."

"No you don't." She said sweetly.

"I do, and hey, if I'm wet you're gonna get in as well."

"No chance!" Marissa said backing away.

"Ok, you give me no choice." Ryan said making his way to the edge of the pool, he tried to grab one her ankles but she moved away again. He climbed out the pool - with difficulty as he was nowwearing wet jeans - and began to chase her around the edge of the pool. Marissa ran into the house, through the kitchen into the family room where Ryan eventually caught her. Kicking and screaming he carried her outside.

"Get off me!" She squealed.

"Nope!"

"Now!"

"No."

"I'm gonna get all wet." She protested.

"Yeah, that's the plan." He said as he picked her up and threw into the pool before jumping in after her.

"I hate you." She giggled, shivering.

"Love you more." Ryan winked.

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An hour later they sat in front of the PS2, still slightly damp but full of the mac and cheese and grilled cheese that Ryan had made as Marissa's insistence "for total deja vu."

"I'm still cold." Marissa whined.

"You've already got two jumpers on." Ryan reminded her.

"I know, but I'm still cold. Maybe we should huddle together for warmth." She suggested. Ryan laughed.

"If that wasn't the most blatant plea for a hud I've ever heard..." He smiled holding out his arms. Marissa sank into his embrace gratefully, he rubbed her back trying to get her warm.

"You're like a radiator." She giggled. "Oh yeah, I've got something to tell you." She said after a pause, suddenly remembering.

"Uh-huh. What's that?" Marissa took a deep breath.

"I'vegotadateonSaturday." She mumbled.

"Huh?"

"I've got a date on Saturday." She said again.

"Oh yeah, who with?" Ryan asked casually as he could manage, still rubbing her back. His mind was reeling, a date. That sucked. Now he'd have to share her.

"Scott Henderson."

"Oh him, he's cool."

"How d'you know?"

"Sit next to him in Physics."

"Oh." There was a pause. "So that's it. 'He's cool?." Marissa asked.

"Well, he is."

"I know but, I thought.." She trailed off embarassed.

"You thought I was gonna flip out and get all jealous?" Ryan teased. Marissa nodded slightly.

"Well," He sighed dramatically. "If you want the truth I'm heartbroken, I was holding out for a Ryan/Marissa reunion, but I expect I'll get over it. Eventually." He said, smiling. Marissa looked horrified. "I'm kidding." He laughed, but he wasn't so sure.

"You sure?" She asked, relieved. He nodded.

"I think it's cool you're dating again. One of us should."

"Cool, but you have to promise me that if me and Scott start dating, and we might not, I mean we haven't even been on a date yet, but if we do, you and me still have to hang out and play on Percy and Petunia-"

"Petunia?"

"Your PS2." She explained. "But, I mean it, we have to still have Ryan/Marissa time, you promise?" Ryan laughed.

"What?" She asked indignantly.

"You. You're so silly."

"Thanks!"

"No, you know what I mean. Of course we can still do stupid stuff."

"Hey playing PS2 is not stupid, it should be an Olympic event."

"True." Ryan agreed.

"So that's a definite promise?" She asked again.

"That's a definite promise." He confirmed, although he wasn't so sure, of course things were gonna change between them. He couldn't let her know that though because, more than anything, he wanted her to be happy. If Scott could do make her happy, great, if he hurt her, he was gonna get it.

"Alright." She threw her arms around him knocking him over onto the floor, she lay on his chest while he stroked her hair feeling utterly relieved. They lay there in silence for a few minutes.

"This is weird." Marissa said.

"What is?"

"Me and you; friends."

"You've only just noticed?"

"No, you know what I mean." Ryan didn't, but he let her continue "It's heaps better then when we were dating isn't it?" She mused

"Yeah." Ryan agreed halfheartedly. "We don't fight as much."

"Only when you cheat at PS2." She commented.

"Oi! I do not cheat at PS2."

"Yeah you do!"

"Do not!"

"Yeah you do!"

"Ok, I do. Sometimes."

"Sometimes?" Marissa scoffed. "What about all the time? Anyway, we were being serious." She reminded him.

"Oh yeah, forgot. You and Scott."

"You sure you ok with it?"

"Positive." Ryan said honestly. "It's cool, I just want you be happy."

"That's what Summer said, you'd say."

"She's not as stupid as she sounds that one."

"I'll tell her you said that." Marissa warned.

"No! Don't. I've witnessed quite enough of her rage blackouts for this lifetime thanks! But seriously. it's cool." He said kissing the top of her head and sitting up.

"You wanna play playstation?" She asked.

"Do you?" She nodded eagerly.

"Just let me have a word with Petunia first, see if I can get her to be kind to me."Marissa said.

"No chance! Petunia is my PS2, she's very loyal." Ryan smiled.

"I should bring Percy over one day, they could be friends." Marissa giggled.

"You're so stupid." Ryan laughed

"It's why you love me." She smiled sweetly.

"True." Ryan agreed smiling back at her. "True."


Wow, so there you go, did you like it? (I can't believe it's over!)Was it an ok ending? Ok, enough with theSpanich inquisition!I really, really hope you all liked that cos it was so much fun to write, this last chapter just kept getting longer and longer cos I didn't want to end it! As it says in the summary, this is the prequel to Marissa's Choice, so if you want to see what happens next just hop (although not literally cos that might hurt) on over to that fic!

A sincere thanks to everyone that has reviewed; xGoingUnderx (you are possibly the fastest reviewer ever I love it!),EVCGLSB (I'm gonna miss your squeeing and your hilarious reviews!), I-Believe-In-The-Butterflies (awesome idea about the kiss! you rock too!), KC-Chick (watch out for those trees, although I think you'll be ok with a clothes hanger to protect you! Thanks for reassuring me about my characterisations.), smartiepantz (for your suggestion of the Ryan/Summer scenein chapter 7), valkrys (for saying my writing is like watching an episode of the show - wow!) BrSoccerChic (for your really reassuring reviews). GalootMaster (for my crown and the 'you made me cry but not in a bad way because it was so damn good' award, they are very much appreciated!), emzylou (for pointing out that Ryan propped himself up on his eyebrows! I'm so stupid!), slimkay (for your short, sweetbut very much appreciated reviews), Sis2ACesarSalad (for reviewing and forsaying that my name is cute! Thanks!), IluvDanBen33 (for your lovely reviews and for being the first reviewer, yay!), Yes. I am evil-oh well (for not being that evil after all)!

Oh yeah, just one more thing. I'm off to WYD in Germany on Tuesday (if any of you are going looking out for me, I'll be the one inspecting trees with a tennis racket)! So to KC-Chick, EVCGLSB, valkrys and xGoingUnderx, plus anyone else who's stories I am reviewing who may be reading this. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten you, all your stories are on my story alert thingy so i'll review them all when I get back!

Thanks for reading and reviewing, Claire xx