A/N: Thanks everyone! Wow, you guys review very fast! Thank you! I posted it last night, got home from school today, and already had my 5 reviews. Then as I was working on the review responses and all this author's note stuff, I got three more, like, right in a row. Wow! Thanks! So, this chapter has a lot of Dana and Logan (of course. They're my favorite so there was no way I'd be keeping them out of the final chapter!), a section of Michael and Cassandra, a section of Nicole and Ben, and some other bits and pieces. No Chase though. Sorry Chase fans! Wow, I still can't believe this is the last chapter! I'm not sure when I'll start posting the sequel. I would like to start posting it right away but I'm only on…chapter 12 I think out of who knows how many chapters and I know that if I were to start posting it right away, I'd post all the chapters I have written before I could write more and that's really going to delay the updating process between chapters. So either I can delay the posting of the sequel while I write more of it or I can just start posting it but then I'll have delays between chapters. I think I'll probably delay the posting of the sequel so I can write more because also I'm afraid that if I catch up to where I am, it'll take longer and I might end up not finishing it because I have so many stories that I've started and never finished. Check my profile for updates on when I'll be posting it and stuff. Now, it's almost time for the final chapter of Do You Love Me? Thank you so much to everyone who's been reading and reviewing this story! Onto my oh-so fabulous reviewers!
sarah – I don't want to say anything about the problem because I don't want to give it away but I will say that it's the first thing in this chapter. Yeah, Zoey and Chase fans probably won't be too happy with Richie. I think I've mentioned it a few times but it probably got lost in my massive author's notes. lol. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
monkeypants17 – Thanks! I know what you mean. It's unbelievable to me that I'm posting the last chapter. And it is really long. I'm not good at all at short stuff. lol. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
pebbles-05 – Thank you so much! I love to write stories but this is the first one I've ever finished (other than those I wrote for a school assignment). Like I said in my extremely long author's note up there, I'm not quite sure when I'm going to post it yet. I'm going back and forth because I'd rather have at least most of it written but I don't want to keep you guys waiting for a long time. Check my profile for updates on when it'll be posted though. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
Marcy – Thanks! Well, Dana's problem with Logan is the first thing is this final chapter. I'd so love to just post the sequel right away but I think I should take some time to write more if it first. Check my profile for updates on when it'll be posted though. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
music4mysoul – Thanks! I can't really say anything about Dana's problem because I don't want to give it away. But luckily, it's right at the very beginning of the chapter so you don't have to wait long to find out. lol. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
Kickboxbaby – Thanks! Remember to check my profile for updates on when I'll be posting the sequel! Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
Queen Latifah-Missy Elliott14 – Yeah, she really just…well, yeah, broke is the perfect word. Well, broke down which is what you said but yeah. I'm going to confuse myself if I keep rambling on about that. lol. Yeah, that's true about Richie. But did say that he only thought he liked Nicole. But who knows? Technically, I don't even know because I haven't written that far yet. lol. Dana's problem with Logan starts off this chapter so you don't have to wait that long! lol. I'm not too ahead because I only have 12 chapters done but I guess I am still ahead. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
stardust104 – I know, Dana's had such a hard life. It's sad. And Zoey and Richie is a surprising twist. I didn't think of that until…maybe until I was writing it, or a little before. lol. Nicole finds out about it in this chapter. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
Alex44Catgirl – Thanks! Like I said in my extremely long author's note up there, I'm not quite sure when I'm going to post the sequel yet. But check my profile for updates on that. Yeah, Logan is really hot. lol. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
Happymoose101 – Yeah, I was shocked too, even though since, like, chapter 30 I've been having a countdown in my author's notes. lol. Thank you! I really tried to stay on top of the updating and I always made sure to respond to every review I got because you guys deserve it! No crying today. lol. I feel bad for Chase too. And he doesn't even know about Zoey and Richie yet. Ooh, Richie really made you hate him with that. Wonder if he'll ever make up for it. We'll have to wait and see. As for Dana's problem with Logan, that's kicking off this final chapter! Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
melonbar92 – Thanks! This is the last chapter but check my profile for updates on when I'll be posting the sequel! Yeah, Richie and Zoey was a big twist. I didn't see that coming until – at the earliest – a chapter before I wrote it. lol. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this story! I hope you enjoy the final chapter and the sequel when it comes!
Disclaimer: I don't own Zoey 101 or any of the characters, except Sandra, Ben Nichols, and Richie Maxwell. I also don't own the chapter of this title ("Don't Lie") because it's a title of a song by the Black Eyed Peas.
"That problem…was you."
Logan felt his throat close up. "Me?" he choked out.
Dana nodded her head. She took a deep breath, then went on with her story, "The very first time I saw you, I liked you immediately. Then, the first time I talked to you, I thought you were an obnoxious jerk. Even though I knew what I jerk you were to talk to, every time I saw you, I still liked you, but then I'd talk to you, and hate you again. Recently though…everything's been…different. When I see you, my feelings are more…intense. And when I talk to you, it's been different. I like talking to you. I want to talk to you. I stopped hating you whenever I talked to you. Instead, I started to like you when I saw you, when I talked to you, and even when you weren't around. It was…confusing. But, I never let it show. I tried to ignore it. I'd constantly remind myself that you're a jerk and I hate you. Then, we spent the whole day together. Just the two of us. You were so sweet to me. You showed me a whole new side of you. I got to see, what I'm hoping is, the real Logan Reese. Then, on top of all that, we kissed. We made out. And…I liked it. So you're still a problem I have because…I can't understand it. I can't read you. I don't know what I feel. I don't know what I want or what you want or what's right and wrong and everything. I just…I don't know. And when I can't control something, I push it away. I couldn't control my grandmother's death, I couldn't control my dad's problems, I couldn't control our moving, I couldn't control my mom's stupidity at being a parent, and I can't control whatever there is or isn't between us. I don't know what's going on here. And…and you said…you said…well, y-you know what you said. Di-did you…mean it?"
Michael and Cassandra exited the ice cream shop, laughing. "You have the best stories, Mike!" Cassie exclaimed.
Michael grinned. "You're not so dull yourself," he teased her.
Sandra hit him playfully. "Hey Mike, know what I just thought of?" she asked.
"What?" Michael replied.
Sandy grinned. "You still never told me why you ran with me, even though you hate running. Well, you told me it was because of me, but you never explained it," she pointed out. Michael groaned and Cass's grin widened. "You didn't think I'd really let you off the hook, did you?" she taunted.
Michael sighed. "I was hoping," he told her.
Cassandra grinned. "Hope's gone. Explain it to me. Please?" she begged, her eyes begging him to tell her, her lips in a pout.
She's hot! Michael thought. "Ok. It was because…I think you're cool," he explained. That was true, so he wasn't really lying to her.
Cassie scowled. "That it?" she questioned, clearly disappointed.
Michael suddenly felt guilty. He was, in some sense, lying to her. "Uh huh," he responded, looking at the ground.
"Ok then. Well, I had fun today. Thanks. Bye Mike," Sandra declared, then turned and headed off towards her dorm.
"Bye," Michael mumbled, his head still down. When he finally looked up, she was gone.
"Di-did you…mean it?"
Logan took a deep breath. Now's my chance! he thought.
Your chance for what? a little voice nagged at him.
My chance to take back what I said about loving Dana!
The voice shot back, Why? It's true. Maybe this is your chance to finally start dating Dana!
He argued back with it, What makes you think that Dana would want to date me? Or date anyone?
He was sure he could hear the voice laughing at that. Oh come on! You know her better than anyone! You know that she's not just going to have a fling with someone. She wants someone to love her. She wants you to love her. She just told you the dark parts of her life. Don't run away. Don't be an idiot! You love her, so tell her that!
Logan took a deep breath. What he said now would make or break whatever it was they had.
Nicole closed the door behind her and Ben. "So, umm, this is my room," Nicole announced.
Ben nodded. "Yeah, I saw some of it last night. When I delivered the pizza," he pointed out.
"Right!" Nicole agreed. "So…uhh, now what?"
Ben looked at her hesitantly. "Well, uhh, we could….kiss again?" he suggested.
Nicole face brightened. "OK!" she exclaimed. "I mean, umm, ok, sure, why not?" she added quickly, not wanting to sound overeager.
Ben just smiled. He leaned in and kissed her, firmer than he had before out in the hallway. Nicole's knees weaken. She was thrilled to be his girlfriend and thrilled to be kissing him. She felt Ben's tongue against her lips. Wow, he's moving fast. she realized, somewhat wearily. Ben sensed her hesitation. "Come on, Nikki," he murmured, just barely taking his lips off her.
Oh, why not. she decided, this time allowing Ben to deepen the kiss. After all, I do love him.
Zoey reached her room and put her key in the lock. I can't believe Richie asked me out on a date. she mused as she opened the door. As soon as she opened the door, her eyes fell upon Nicole and Ben. They were making out, Nicole's back against the wall and Ben's left hand – in Zoey's opinion – much to close to Nicole's chest.
Zoey cleared her throat loudly, catching their attention. Nicole jumped and broke the kiss. "Zoey! Hi!" she chirped, fixing her hair. "Umm, you remember Ben, right? He delivered our pizza yesterday."
Zoey gave a small smile. "Oh, yeah. Hey Ben," she greeted.
"Umm, hi," Ben replied awkwardly. "Well, uhh, I better get going. I'll see you tomorrow, Nikki." Ben gave Nicole a quick kiss on the cheek, then left the room.
As soon as the door closed behind him, Nicole blurted out, "He asked me to be his girlfriend!"
Zoey smiled. "That's great! Hey, maybe we could double date sometime," she suggested, remembering Richie's idea.
"Double date? With who? You and Chase?" Nicole wondered.
"Chase? No, of course not! We're just friends! You and Ben double dating with me and Richie," Zoey explained.
Nicole's eyes widened. "Richie?" she repeated.
"Yeah, I ran into him on my way back to the room and he told me he likes me and asked me to go out on a date with him so we could get to know each other better," Zoey told her.
Nicole wasn't sure how this news made her feel, but she decided to at least pretend that it made her happy. "That's awesome! Of course we can double date! I'll tell Ben tomorrow!" she exclaimed. Then, eager to change the subject, she gushed, "Ben calls me Nikki. Did you hear him say that? He has a nickname for me! Isn't that sweet?"
Zoey smiled, glad with how the night played out. "Yeah, that is sweet," she agreed. Nicole babbled on some more about every encounter she'd had with Ben throughout the day, but Zoey wasn't paying too much attention. She was thinking about Richie. Things were starting to look up. Maybe they were actually going to get better. Her friends knew what had been bothering her, she had a date with a great guy…things were good, and she was glad.
"I…" Logan began. I can't do this.
The voice argued back, You can, you idiot! Just tell her you meant it!
"I…meant it," he stammered. "I-I love you."
A/N: The end. Wow. And I'm sorry to leave it on a cliffhanger like that. I'm sure everyone's now dying to know what Dana's reaction will be. Again, I'm not sure when I'll post the sequel. Check my profile for updates on that. Maybe, if it's taking me a while to get enough of the sequel written, I'll try to write a one shot or something but no guarantees on that because, like I've said, I'm not good at writing short stuff. lol. Plus it just dawned on me that that'll only make writing the sequel and getting it posted take longer. lol. Ok, well, I have a forum too so if you want you could ask me questions there or just post stuff or you could PM me with question or if you just want to talk. A big thank you to everyone who's been reading this story and another big thank you to everyone who's been reviewing this story! And thanks in advance to anyone who's going to review after I post this chapter because I probably won't be able to respond individually because for all I know you guys could keep reviewing and get your friends to review, etc. But if you submit a signed review I'll do the reply thing they have. For my annoymous reviewers, I hate to leave you out like that so maybe I will end up doing something but if I don't just know that I really appreciate the reviews! Thanks everyone! I hope you've all enjoyed it and I hope you'll read the sequel and enjoy it just as much! Thanks again! Bye!