Falling Through Love?

AN: Sob, sob. It's the end. Actually, I am pretty happy that this is the last chapter and the story is complete. I've had so many writer's blocks that I thought my head was going to explode! Thank you to every review, especially those of you who would review every chapter. Such loyalty. I love you. The POV will be switched back to Carmen's. It's only natural, right?...Thank the title and song to Avril Lavigne's " Keep Holding On ". I absolutely adore it after Eragon, the movie, was over. I love when movie's end with such songs. Like my twist last chapter? Victoria is stupid...Hehe, idiot... :D

You guys are so freak'n lucky! I was really going to KILL SOMEONE OFF last chapter!- probably Carmen, or Lash, or someone else like her mother! Then I was like, " Naw, I won't get the reviewers mad- they don't deserve it." And, I was tired of killing the characters off in my stories- cough, morbid, cough...(::Whistles and walks away::)

Disclaimer: I do not own " Keep Holding On ", by Avril Lavigne.

Chapter Fifteen: Keep Holding On

You're not alone
Together we stand
I'll be by your side
You know I'll take your hand
When it gets cold
And it feels like the end
There's no place to go
You know I won't give in
No, I won't give in

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I watched from a far, eyes focused on my "home", which was currently being refurnished and basically rebuilt on he inside because apparently Victoria needed to tear apart every room and object in order to obtain one person. Good thing she's in jail, whining and complaining with Gwen, Speed, and Penny, who have seen fit to torture her everyday for her failed plan. I hear my mom, laughing with Richard. It isn't contruction workers or anyone of that such who were fixing up the house, but super-beings who were thankful to me and the others- Lash, Will, Layla, Magenta, Zach and Ethan. The super-beings knew they couldn't use their powers while working, but still opted to help out, anyway. My mother spots me and smiles, warm and bright.

" Hey, Claire", Layla greets. I smile and cock my head quizically, asking, " Where are the others."

Layla rolls her eyes, " At the Paper Lantern, irritating Warren...I feel very sorry for him."

" So", I say, grinning, " You did a pretty good job at holding Victoria down."

She smiles wickedly. " I guess she was no match for Mother Earth?"

We laugh and I place a hand over her shoulder, then turn and stare at the house once more. Suddenly, Layla pushes away from me and whisperes teasingly in my ear, " It looks as though Romeo is coming..."

I'm confused, and turn sharply, then understand. Lash is walking steadily toward me, hands in his pockets, and I glance at my mother. She is doing what mothers do: look the boy up and down, expecting them. She grimaces at his punk look and shakes her head, probably wondering if she's dreaming. I laugh hard, and hearing it, my mother turns and stares at me. After a few seconds, her lips curve into a approving smile...sort of. She glares at Lash as if to warn, " If you do anything wrong, I will crush you." He shrinks back but nonetheless stops in front of me, smirking.

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Keep holding on
Cause you know we'll make it through
We'll make it through
Just stay strong
Cause you know I'm here for you
I'm here for you
There's nothing you can say
Nothing you can do
There's no other way when it comes to the truth
So, keep holding on
Cause you know we'll make it through
We'll make it through

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" Hi", I say, stepping back to create space between us, but he only draws closer.

" I guess you should be happy that you were asigned to me by...Victoria." It seems almost impossible to say her name, even thought I know that Victoria is as harmless as a butterfly. Cringing at her name, I try to continue. " And I guess it's a good thing that you gave up on her- you would've ended up in that jail along with her, Speed, Penny, and Gwen."

He shrugs, apparently not caring about the subject, but there is a trace of pain on his face. " I do miss Speed, though", he mummurs, gazing at the house, lost in his own mind.

I can't get angry that he misses Speed, because I know that they were friends. Smiling faintly, I ease the conversation in a different direction. " So, what a year, eh? And this was only the beginning...And imagine all the popularity you'll be getting when we get back in school."

He shivers with displeasure, disturbed by the thought. " I guess I'll no longer be feared...Too bad..."

My eyes widen and I recoil, shocked. " You like being feared?"

He smiles wickedly, " Yeah. Why do you think I wanted to be a villian- the control, the power..."

I mentally smack myself. Wait to steer this conversation into a different direction...

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So far away
I wish you were here
Before it's too late
This could all disappear
Before the door's closed
And it comes to an end
With you by my side
I will fight and defend
I'll fight and defend, yeah, yeah

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" Hey guys!" Ethan waved from behind me, walking up to us followed by Zach, Will, Magenta, and Layla. Lash scowled and stepped back, hating their prescence as usual. I felt vaguely solemn, for I knew he wouldn't change- he had too much pride and dignity.

" Hi", I reply, smiling brightly. I was grateful to have them in my life- especially Layla, who has turned out to be a very, very good friend.

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Keep holding on
Cause you know we'll make it through
We'll make it through
Just stay strong
Cause you know I'm here for you
I'm here for you
There's nothing you can say
Nothing you can do
There's no other way when it comes to the truth
So, keep holding on
Cause you know we'll make it through
We'll make it through

Hear me when I say
When I say I believe.
Nothing's gonna change
Nothing's gonna change destiny
Whatever's meant to be
Will work out perfectly
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
La da da da, la da da da
La da da da da da da da da

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" So, I heard Vicky did a great deal of damage on your house", Layla said, staring at the house as it was being remodeled. Zach scoffed and folded his arms across his chest.

" Dude, why do get all the new things?" I arched an eyebrow at him while Will shook his head at him.

" Um, Zach? What was your reward, again? Oh, yeah...a giant trophey and not to mention you'll be super popular."

" Super", Ethan whispered, enjoying the word on his tongue.

" Carmen!" my mother shouted, motioning for me to enter the house as she dissappeared into the hall. Sighing, I glanced once more at them and dashed into the house. My mother was standing on top of the stairs, smiling as if she had a secret.

" Come here, I have a surprise..." My happiness and curiousity peeked to the top, and I ran up after her. When I got to the top she was leaning near the door to my room, smirking. Taking careful steps, I gingerly opened the door- the white pine clean and fresh. When my eyes met the inside of my room, my mouth fell open, dropping to the ground. My room was beautiful- a thousands times better than my old one with its mismatched furniture and plain, lifeless walls, which were now a dazzeling ruby red. My bed was also red, sequined and stacked with decorative pillows. But what really got me, was the fact that there was iron cage near the corner, a yellow bird stained with patches of red, cocking its head back and forth. I squealed, the ten year-old girl awakening inside me- I've always wanted a bird- a symbol of freedom and rising above the bad in the end of things, or, that was what I thought, at least.

My mother smiled and walked away, leaving me to drown in my own happiness and child-like joy. This bliss moment reminded me of Christmas, but also, of New Year- a new beginning and a time of changes. I giggled at the thought. So cliche...

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Keep holding on
Cause you know we'll make it through
We'll make it through
Just stay strong
Cause you know I'm here for you
I'm here for you
There's nothing you can say
Nothing you can do
There's no other way when it comes to the truth
So, keep holding on
Cause you know we'll make it through
We'll make it through

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" Why are you so happy?" Lash asked, walking in the room and scanning it. I whirled around, my long, flowing skirt flapping against my skin, and smiled brightly, the child still lingering inside me.

" My room!" I cried out in joy. He blinked twice, glanced around, and cocked an eyebrow at me as if I were insane... Well, at that moment, I guess you could think that.

" And?..."

" It's completely different- beautiful!"

He straightened up and nodded knowingly, staring at the walls. " Ohhhhhhh..."

" I know! It's so gorgeous, right?" I was completely crazy.

" Um...Sure?" He was a guy, standing in what was a girl's room. Why would he like it? Not like I cared at this point. I was lost in my own mind, and the utter joy that I felt after defeating Victoria came rushing back to me, causing me to twirl around so more, saying random words and sentences while Lash stared blankly at me, amused and confused all in one.

" Right, I'm just gonna...Go, now..." He attempted to turn around but I latched onto his arm, smiling up at him. He sighed with exasperation and shook his head at me as if I were an annoying child at Disneyland. Which, at that moment, I did very much resemble.

" You like me, right?"

He bit his lower lip, puzzled. " Yeah...So?"

" Does that make me your...girlfriend?" The word sounded strange, especially when it was Lash who I was saying this to. Lash! Someone who openly admitted that he was cruel and enjoyed being a villian- someone who could never like heroes or sidekicks...especially sidekicks. He wanted power, so why should I trust him? I wasn't even sure myself...

" I guess."

" You guess?" This time it was me who arched an eyebrow.

" What do you want from me?!" he cried out, stepping back.

"...Uh." I couldn't bring myself to say it, but finally, I managed to reply, my voice high, but still a whisper. "...A kiss?..."

He drew back, taking in a sharp breath of surprise. "...That's all?"

I nodded, blood flowing to my cheeks. He chuckled and I shivered at the sound; it was evil and wicked, just as I remembered. Instead of thinking of the good and bad in im, I waited, holding my breath.

He shrugged. " Okay."

Leaning down, he pressed his lips to mine, and I felt that same electrical feel hit me, sending shock waves pumping through my veins and making my blood run faster to my heart, beating with adrenaline. His hand tangled through my brown hair, while I couldn't bring myself to lift my own hands; the felt heavy and numb. Slowly, he pushed away, smiling slyly.

" You'll get use to it."

" I guess", I mumbled, turning away, my hair falling in front of my face.

" Guess?" he joked, and I couldn't help but smile.

" Carmen!" someone shouted. I turned toward and ran to the window, then opened it. Will was waving at me from below.

" Yeah!?"

" I just found out that there was going to be another Homecoming- to replace the last one!" he shouted, grinning. I shook my head at him, then laughed and leaned out the window some more.

" Make sure your next date isn't a complete psychopath who wants to turn everyone into babies!" Two people walking by turned and stared at me. I ignored it and laughed.

" Well", Layla teased back, " make sure you don't get some crazy girl mad when she wants to destroy the world!"

We laughed, the sound full of joy and happiness. Finally...

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Ahh, ahh
Keep holding on
Ahh, ahh
Keep holding on
There's nothing you can say
Nothing you can do
There's no other way when it comes to the truth
So, keep holding on
Cause you know we'll make it through
We'll make it through

And they lived happily ever after...so cliche...