disclaimer: yeah yeah, i don't own it. w/e. oh and i would NEVER make daley pregnant. ever.
"Hey, Nathan." He turned around and smiled shyly.
"Hey, Daley..." Nathan quit hacking at the log and folded up the knife. "What's up?"
"Well...I...ummm..." she stuttered.
"What? Daley, you can tell me anything. You know that," he said reassuringly.
"I..." She took a deep breath. "I think I'm..."
Eric kept his arms around Melissa as she sobbed into his shoulder.
"Hey," he said. She looked up, her eyes swimming with tears. "It'll be okay."
"No, it won't, Eric!" she cried. "Nothing will ever be the same! Even if we get rescued! When we get back, we'll be treated...I don't know, differently...girls will be all over Jackson, and Nathan...and you!"
"And..." Eric said, confused. "That's bad?!"
"And Jackson will forget all about poor little me. The only one who ever cared about him the way he was." She started crying again.
"Oh. No! No, that will never happen!" he said, surprised. "None of us will ever forget this...I know I won't."
Melissa smiled sadly. "You say that now, but..."
"Hey, Mel, think about it. This drastically changed all of our lives. You honestly think none of us will remember this? I'll bet, in ten years, after we get rescued, I'll look back and laugh at how you said we'd never remember this."
"But sometimes I wonder...are we ever GOING to get rescued? It's not like anyone has any communication with us..." She sighed. "What if we end up living on this island for the rest of our lives...we never get to see our family again...or our friends..."
Eric sighed and pulled her closer as she sobbed onto his T-shirt. "Then that's what'll happen. It's fate. Didn't you read Romeo and Juliet?"
Melissa laughed through her tears. "Of course. I love Shakespeare. Wait, Eric, you read Romeo and Juliet?"
"Of course. It was required."
She sighed and shook her head, smiling. "Thanks Eric. I think I really needed this talk." She leaned forward and kissed him on the cheek. "It really helped." Melissa stood up and brushed herself off. "I'll talk to you later, ok Eric?"
"Sure. Whenever you need to talk."
"Ok." She walked back into the trees.
Eric got up, looked out at the ocean, and followed her back to camp.
Nathan's jaw dropped. "Are...are you serious Daley?!"
"I...um...wow." He sat down. "Does it still work?"
"Then use it! Don't you want to get rescued?"
"You don't want to get rescued?!"
"Well, if we go back, you and I would be..."
"Together still!" he interrupted. "I don't care what people think. I'm in love with you Daley."
"You are?" she said smiling shyly.
"Of course!" he said. He stood up and took her in his arms. "It's your choice if you want to use it. Just remembe, if the others find out you didn't when you could have, you might be shunned or something."
"Ok. I'll do it." Daley pulled away from their embrace. "No matter what happens, we'll still be together, right?"
"Yes." With that he leaned forward and kissed her.
"Here goes..." Daley pulled the spare transmitter radio from her pocket. She flicked the switch. "Mayday, mayday, this is Flight 29 DWN. We are alive. Repeat, we are alive..." Tears began to fall from her cheeks. "Mayday, mayday, this is Flight 29 DWN..."
Jackson sat on the log in their campside when he heard a noise. "Why does it sound like there's a plane right above me?"
Taylor sat thinking about Jackson as she played with the sand beneath her. Just then she heard Jackson's voice. "TAYLOR!! TAYLOR!!!"
"What?" She turned around.
"A PLANE!! THERE'S A PLANE!! LOOK!!" He pointed. There, about a mile away from the beach, was a plane.
"OH MY GOSH...OH MY GOSH...Jackson!!! We're going to be rescued!"
"I know!" he exclaimed. He pulled her into a hug. "Taylor, we're going home!"
Taylor relaxed in his embrace. "Jackson, I like you so much."
"What?" He pulled away.
"I like you. A lot. But I want you to go with Melissa. She...she likes you too. And she deserves you. I don't."
"I...um...I've gotta go tell the others..."
Taylor watched him go as silent tears fell down her cheeks. She gazed at the plane that was approaching. "I'm going home..."
Eric started walking faster back to camp when he heard a noise exactly like a plane. "Melissa?"
"ERIC! THERE'S A PLANE!!" Melissa came running towards him with her arms wide open. "WE'RE GETTING RESCUED, ERIC!!!"
"Oh. My. Gosh..." He hugged her tightly and spun her around. "MELISSA, WE'RE GOING HOME!!" He let go. "We've got to go tell the others!"
Lex was watering the garden when he heard the noise. Like a plane, almost. He looked up. It sure looked like a plane.
He dropped the wattering can. "Oh man...I've gotta tell...I've...I've gotta go!"
They all ended up at camp at the same time to find Nathan and Daley sitting on the log together holding hands as though they didn't notice the plane. They all spoke at once.
"THERE'S A PLANE!"
"WE'RE GONNA GET RESCUED!"
"WE'RE GOING HOME!"
There was a flurry of hugs as everyone decided to hug everyone else. Somehow Melissa ended up hugging Taylor. They looked at each other and smiled. "Taylor, we're going home!"
"I KNOW! OMG!!" They hugged each other tightly.
Eric lifted Lex onto his shoulders. "Whaddya see, Lex?"
"It's landing on the beach! Hurry!! LET'S GO!!! PUT ME DOWN ERIC!!" Lex got off of Eric's shoulders and everyone ran for the beach. Except for Nathan and Daley. She looked at the radio that she had been hiding. Nathan looked at her and smiled.
"Good call, Chief."
They slowly walked towards the beach, holding hands and remembering.
When they got to the beach, they saw that the water plane had landed on the ocean and taxied towards the shore. All of the kids were running towards the plane yelling and screaming happily.
"Well, I guess this is goodbye to the island, isn't it?" Nathan said.
"Yeah, I guess so," said Daley a bit sadly. Nathan hugged her as they stood on the beach.
"Some vacation, huh?" he whispered in her ear softly.
She sighed happily. "Some vacation."
The kids got in the plane and searched all over the island for the others. Abby, Ian and Jory were on the opposite side of the island, just cleaning up camp for the day when they found them. The captain had died of a heart attack halfway through the journey.
What Daley had told Nathan was that when the plane first crashed, she had found the radio and thought it was nothing. After the plane washed away, she had found it again and realized what it was. She didn't really want to use it, though. By putting a mayday signal through, another plane's radio heard the call and could trace their whereabouts. Once all of them got back safely, Daley told everyone what had happened. Everyone agreed that it was good she had waited.
Nathan eventually became an Eagle scout. He and Daley shared the school presidency the next year. They ended up going on Dr. Phil to talk to troubled couples who fought all the time. Their relationship, sure enough, lasted through their high school years.
Taylor went back to being the coolest girl at school. She could never stop thinking about Jackson.
Melissa was going through the same thing. She and Taylor ended up bonding over it and becoming best friends for all of their high school years.
Eric ended up getting an award at the science fair for his fire making machine he had invented on the island. Of course, he gave Lex a lot of the credit.
Lex ended up skipping a few grades and going to the same school as everyone else. He became everyone's honorary little brother.
Jackson was sent away to military school almost as soon as they got back. He came back for visits once and a while. The 29 Down gang, as they began to be called, got together whenever this happened and had a sleepover (with running water, beds, and shelter.)
All of them found that life became more meaningful. You never know how important something is until you don't have it anymore. But when you get it back, it's even more important.
review review review, please!! sorry to end it so quickly, i just don't have time to write stories anymore...