The sky is falling

And it's early in the morning

But it's ok somehow

Keely got up early in the morning, and stood at the window of the Diffy's spare room. The paparazzi were lying on the grass in sleeping bags outside, and Keely laughed. All of this...just because someone was from the future.

"Wow, I'm too used to this family," Keely whispered to herself.

Then she walked downstairs, and got herself a drink. She walked out into the back garden, and sat on the patio.

She missed her mom, and she had always wanted to live in New York, but she had Phil, and a second family around her. And she had her whole life ahead of her. New York wasn't going anywhere.

I spilt my coffee, it went

All over your clothes

I gotta wear mine now

"Scraps!" Keely cried as she spilt her drink down Phil's shirt. "Scraps, scraps, scraps...what am I going to do now?"

"You could try putting something else on," The voice behind her made her scream.

Keely turned around quickly. "Phil! You scared the life out of me!"

"Right..." Phil smiled, and sat down next to where she had been sitting only a few seconds before. She sat back down again.

And I'm always, always, always late

And my hair's a mess,

Even when it's straight

Keely gasped as she realised how awful she must look. "Um...my hair's a mess isn't it?"

"I kinda like seeing you like this," Phil turned his head and smiled. "This is the real Keely, not the one that is manicured and fluffed up."

Keely smiled shyly. "That's why I like you. You see the beauty in everyone."

But so what,

I'm better off everyday

When I'm standing in the pouring rain,

I don't mind

I think of you and everything's alright

I used to think I had it good

But now I know that I misunderstood

With you I'd say, I'm better off in every way

"It's impossible not to see the beauty in you," Phil said, and then flinched. "Did that sound as cheesy as it did in my head?"

Keely smiled and nodded. "Yeah. But it's nice."

"What? Me being cheesy, or me saying you're beautiful?" Phil asked.

"Both. With you, I can be myself, and you can be your normal cheesy self," Keely laughed.

My friends keep calling'

They say, they say I'm stalling'

And they wanna meet you now

I tell them hell no, I say

We're trying' to lay low

Don't wanna lose what I've found

Keely's cellphone went off just as they were about to kiss. "I'm sorry," she said. "Hello?"

"Keely?" Via asked, sounding worried. "Where are you? I called the number you gave me for your new flat in New York, but there was nobody there."

Keely smiled. "Oh. I didn't tell you, did I?"

"Tell me what? Does this sound like someone who knew what was going on?" Via cried.

"I moved in with Phil," Keely said.

Via gasped. "But Keely, you're only 16..."

"With his parents," Keely groaned. "Both my mom and his parents could see how bummed out I was about leaving him, so now I can stay!"

"So..." Via said. "Have you told him yet?"

Keely pretended not to know what she was talking about. "Told him what?"

"Told me what?" Phil said, perking up a bit.

Via rolled her eyes, even though Keely couldn't see her. "Told him that you like, like him, like him."

"What?" Keely said. "That I, like, like him, like him? Well, like, maybe I told him I like, liked him."

Phil laughed. "Yeah, she like, totally told me she liked me, liked me."

"Shut up Phil!" Keely said, laughing.

Via screamed. "You told him! So what did he say?"

Keely decided to keep her in suspense. "Um...Vi, got to go. Mrs. Diffy is calling me for breakfast. Talk to you later!"

"Keely! What did he say? Keely, I..." The rest of Via's sentence was cut off by Keely hanging up.

"Now, where were we?" Phil asked, bringing their faces closer again.

Things are finally, finally looking' up

Oh my feet are on the ground

Even though I'm stuck

"Phil! I thought I heard voices out here! Hey Keely! How are you guys?" Lloyd came out of the garage, oblivious to what he had just interrupted.

Keely smiled. "I'm fine Mr. Diffy."

"What have you been doing Dad?" Phil asked, gritting his teeth.

Lloyd wiped his oily hands on a rag. "Um...fixing the time machine."

"No, really," Phil said.

Keely laughed.

"Okay...I was Virtu-goggling. Don't tell your mother!" Lloyd said, whispering.

But so what,

I'm better off everyday

When I'm standing in the pouring rain, I don't mind

I think of you and everything's alright

I used to think I had it good

But now I know that I misunderstood

With you I'd say, I'm better off in every way

Things are finally, finally looking' up

Oh my feet are on the ground

Even though I'm stuck

Even though I'm stuck

"Don't worry, we won't," Phil said, nodding. Keely joined in.

Lloyd went back into the house, leaving Phil and Keely alone once again on the patio.

"Right...so..." Phil said, leaning towards Keely.

"PHIL!" Pim's voice from inside the house yelled.

Phil threw his arms up in the air. "Does nobody want us to be together?"

"No," Pim said, walking outside. "You were sickening apart. You must be absolutely nauseating together."

Keely looked at Pim, and smiled. The favour wasn't returned.

"Phil, mom wants you inside for breakfast," Pim said.

Keely nodded. "Tell her we'll be there in a minute."

"Get another messenger, Blondie," Pim said, and went back inside.

But so what,

I'm better off everyday

When I'm standing in the pouring rain, I don't mind

I think of you and everything's alright

I used to think I had it good

But now I know that I misunderstood

With you I'd say, I'm better off in every way

"Now where were we?" Keely said, and leaned in and kissed Phil before there was any chance of an interruption.

And she knew, whatever life threw at her and Phil, they would get through it.

Including the paparazzi that would now be following her, because she was future-boy's girlfriend.

And having to put up with Pim.

And having a caveman as a pet.

And having to eat Barb's food.

And having to let her boyfriend see her when she looked a complete mess.

But if this morning was any consolation, she could get used to it.

Yeah, yeah

Better off in every way

I'm better off in every way

I'm better off today

The sky is falling

And it's early in the morning

But it's okay


I know I said the last chapter was the last one, but I wrote this and decided to put it up. This is the last chapter, unless you get reviewing, in which case I'll write more!

Better Off - Ashlee Simpson