Author's Note: lol I know, Casey's kind of acting like a brat. But she's just confused with her feelings and everything... let's go easy on her ;-) So here's the next chapter, thanks for all the reviews! I can't decide if I want this to be the last chapter or not... We'll see. Enjoy!

"Wait, Case!" I ran after her. What the hell had happened?

She kept walking and staring straight ahead. So, of course, I jumped in front of her. She sighed heavily with annoyance, trying to get away from my block. When she couldn't, she cried in aggravation, "Derek!"

"Tell me what's wrong," I said to her.

She looked at me crossly. "Did you NOT just hear what Princess Pink just said?"

I was confused. "Which part?"

Casey gave me a Look. "You know what part."

I was still dumbfounded.

Her eyes narrowed. "We're disgusting, Derek. We're stepbrother and stepsister. We shouldn't be making out. We shouldn't be having these kind of…feelings for each other."

Her voice wavered on the word "feelings." She looked down, suddenly looking broken.

"It isn't right, Derek. We live together. We share the same house, the same family. It's not like this could ever go anywhere. We couldn't get married or anything."

"Why not?" I challenged her.

She looked up at me at that. Her blue eyes were full of unshed tears and I just wanted to take her into my arms. But I knew that wasn't the right thing to do at that moment.

"Because…because we couldn't…" she stated weakly. I knew she didn't have a good answer for that.

"This is ridiculous, Case," I told her gently. "We care about each other. We want to be together. We're not blood-related." I let out a heavy sigh. "You can't help who you fall in love with, Casey."

I watched a tear slide down her cheek. I reached up and, as gently as I could, brushed it away with the pad of my thumb. She closed her eyes.

"I don't know what to think," she whispered.

"Then don't think about it," I said to her. She shivered and I moved in closer to her.

She opened her eyes and looked back up at me. "Why does it feel so wrong in my head…" she bit her lip. "But so right in my heart?"

I gave her a slow smile. "Because it is right, Casey." Leaning down, I gently brushed my lips against hers and pulled away. Her eyes had fluttered closed. She didn't move and so I leaned in and kissed her again. This time, she kissed me back.

"Besides, it will make for a great story for our kids and grandkids," I murmured against her lips.

She let out a laugh, breaking the kiss. She looked up at me, amused. "Kids and grandkids?"

"Yup," I grinned down at her and pressed my lips against her forehead.

She rolled her eyes affectionately at me and I took her hand in mine.

Together, we walked back to the beach house.