September 7th, 2004
"It's senior year Cohen!" Exclaimed Summer Roberts with joy.
"Even though Coop and Ryan won't be here, we can still have the best year of our lives!" She said as she wrapped an arm around Seth Cohen.
"I suppose" mumbled Seth. "But it won't be the same without Ryan."
"But we have each other" Whispered Summer. "And nothing can ever change that. Promise we'll be together forever?"
"Promise" Said Seth, fully believing they would be together forever.
9 Months Later, June 26th, 2006.
"The time has come for all of us to move on, but we will forever hold dear these years spent together at Harbor. Through thick and thin, we have made it. Congratulations class of 2006! Good luck in the future, I wish to you the best of luck, and hope to see you all again."
Exclaimed valedictorian Summer Roberts as she ended not only her speech, but her years at Harbor. With that said, she hopped down from the podium and back to her seat so they could begin handing out the diplomas.
As she sat down, she was flooded with memories. Memories of her and Seth. She felt tears well up in her eyes, and desperately pushed aside any thoughts of Seth Cohen. She glanced around the elaborately decorated room, and spotted him seated with all the other C's. He saw her glancing at him, and Summer looked away quickly.
Summer closed her eyes briefly and wished she could fix her broken relationship with Seth. She couldn't exactly pin point when things had started to go wrong, but it all began to go downhill at the beginning of May, when she suggested they take a break. Well that back fired horribly, and now Seth wouldn't talk to her. He had no idea how much she regretted that day, and she would do anything to take it back.
She was brought out of her reverie when she heard Seth's name. She looked up and saw Seth with a forced smile, walking up to get his diploma. What surprised her most was what the Dean said.
"Seth will be continuing his education in, I quote, 'A town far far away from here.' Good luck Seth, and I hope you come back to visit from time to time"
As far as Summer had known, he was going to College in a town only an hour away from home. She was going to stay in Orange County for a year, and then possibly move to New York.
3 hours later, graduation and everything that came with it was done. Summer saw people sipping refreshments, and looked frantically for Seth. She spotted him talking with one of his comic book buddies. She tapped him on the shoulder and looked at him hopefully.
"What do you want?" He spat bitterly. "Haven't you done enough already? Are you going to ruin my graduation too?"
"Seth, don't be like this" Begged Summer. "We still have the entire summer to work this out. Where are you going for college?"
"Actually, we don't have the summer. As of July 5th, I am going to visit my Aunt in Texas for awhile, come home for a week or so, and then leave this hell whole for good" Said Seth, looking somewhat happy for once.
"Texas? We can make his work Seth! You can't just run away from your problems. Running isn't going to get you anywhere in life" Said Summer, on the verge of tears.
"I'm not running from my problems, Summer. I'm getting away from you. You were the one who wanted a break. So I'm leaving. I'm going to forget this town even exists, and start over new. And if you have a problem with that, too bad. You started this. Good luck fixing it." With that, Seth turned on his heel and stalked towards his parents. Summer watched as Mr. Cohen gave him the keys, and Seth left the building. A single tear rolled down Summer's cheek as she watched the love of her life walk away forever. Deep down, she knew he wouldn't be back. Seth was determined, and she knew how much he had hated California from a young age.
A month and a half had passed since that dreadful graduation, and Summer had decided she would go to New York right away this year. She concluded that the only reason she had planned on staying in Orange County was to be near Seth, but he obviously didn't want her, and he wasn't even going to the be there anyway. He powerful father had managed to get her into a fashion institute in New York City, even though it should have been too late for her to enroll. Summer looked around her room. She had only 2 more days until she left, and she had packed a lot of her belongings. She had 6 suitcases of clothing, and she still had a good portion of her closet to pack. She was going to be sharing a dorm suite in the City with 3 other girls, who happened to be the daughters of some of her father's colleagues.
Summer sighed as she took down a picture from her mirror. It was her and Seth on the beach. She starred at it for a few moments, remembering what had once been. She decided she would take it with her. She slipped it into one of her many suitcases.
She decided she had done enough packing for one day, and decided to go visit Seth one last time to see if maybe he had come to his senses.
She grabbed her purse and ran out the door.