3 years later – 24 years old

The grim news came when her parents told her that the Cooper's were selling their cottage. It was like déjà vu all over again, except this time she wasn't just loosing a best friend but a family too; at least that's how it felt too. It also brought the sad truth to her, that she may never see Marissa Cooper again. Last she heard the girl had come back from Penn State but moved out of Newport but to where she didn't know.

A week ago she ran into Summer Roberts a store in West Hollywood. When she heard the familiar "charge it" she quickly looked around in hopes of it being the girl of her dreams, but it wasn't. She would have rather it be a complete stranger other than Marissa's best friend. Once Summer spotted her the two girls talked for a few minutes then decided to go for a cup coffee. They talked for a little while, neither bringing up Marissa although Alex had wanted to ask her she refrained from doing so.

Now she found herself standing on the back deck over looking the water as she remembered all the memories that took place so long ago. Deciding to go for a walk she let her feet her lead and just followed along. The first place they lead her was to the Cooper cottage. Standing outback she looked up at kitchen and remembered walking in on Marissa trying to bake which was a joke in of itself.

Next she found herself sitting on her rock looking out at the water then at the rock next to hers. Then she walked over to the tree where their initials were carved. Looking at her watch and noting the time she headed back for her cottage but found herself standing on the dock. This was their place, their spot where they hung out on the boat and tanned and floated in the water, sometimes swam in the rain.

When she got the news she knew that she didn't want anyone else to live in that cottage, something about it help a place in her heart. So she checked her bank account and realized she had enough saved for the down payment and was now set to meet with the real estate agent who was selling the cottage on behalf of the Coopers. Finally she sat down on the edge of the dock and dipped her feet into the water and swung her legs a little, staring off into the lake. She was so deep in thought she hadn't heard the person come up behind her standing on the other end of the dock looking at the now brunette.

The person cleared their throat but Alex was to entranced by memories of her and Marissa to notice. Finally she clued into someone's foot tapping and when she turned around she was met my stormy bluey-green eyes. Standing up and dusting herself off, sliding her flip flops back on she walked over and shook the women's hand.

"Alex Kelly, sorry about that was just thinking." She grinned as the women shook her hand back.

"Not to worry dear, but I have another meeting to attend to shortly so we'll have to make this quick." Alex nodded. "I'll keep this brief, another offer has been put on the table from an anonymous buyer." Alex looked down and nodded, in a way she had gotten her hopes up. "The buyer has informed me that they are willing to meet with you in order to come to an agreement of some sort instead of constantly going back and forth through me. If this is alright with you I can get the meeting set up as soon as possible."

Alex looked up and nodded. "A meeting would be great this place means the world to me." After a few more minutes of discussion the two women walked back to their cars and went on their separate ways.

Two Weeks Later

Once again Alex found herself sitting on the dock, feet in dangling in the water lost in a daze. She was once again meeting with the real estate agent, hoping to put a final deal on the table. She knew she could make her life easy by just talking to the Coopers directly and that both Jimmy and Julie would find a way to sell her the cottage but she didn't really want them to know.

She picked up a near by rock and skipped it across the water before she finally heard the woman behind her clear her throat and then say, "are you the other potential buyer on the Cooper cottage?"

Alex moved back, stood up and slipped her sandals on before looking up at the woman who had just brought her out of her gaze. "Sorry to bombard you like this but Susan told me you had a meeting today and I asked her to let me try and talk this over with you instead. Alex looked out onto the water and answered, "that's fine, it's beautiful isn't it." She said referring to view from the dock. This caused the woman to step forward slightly and take a closer look at the view, Alex.

Feeling the woman's eyes on her she went to turn around. "No offense but something caught your eye that you're staring at?" The woman stood there still staring as Alex turned around slowly. "I can understand one look at this place and you fell in love with it but I've loved it since I was…"

"…seven years old. The first time I saw you sitting on the dock all sad and crying mad because my family had moved in." Alex looked up and the two lost girls were seemingly found again. "Marissa?" Alex questioned.

The woman nodded and gave a slight wave with a smile. Both woman stood still not knowingly what to say or how to act. "Want to go for a walk, discuss business." Marissa asked causing Alex to nod. They walked for awhile and found themselves at their secret spot that even after Marissa's accident their parents still had been unable to find exactly where the place was. They sat down on their respective rocks and looked out onto the lake.

"I like you hair the chocolate brown works for you." Marissa smiled.

"Seems as though the blonde works good for you, is that to match you intellect." Marissa scoffed and got up pushed Alex into the water.

"You going to let me have my cottage or am I going to have to hurt you?"

Alex spit the water out of her mouth and moved closer to the edge pulling Marissa into the water. "Why didn't your parents just give you the place?" Without answering Marissa started to swim and Alex followed her until they reached the little cove. "Wanted to do it own my own didn't want mommy and daddy just giving me the cottage although they would have. I wanted it to be my own investment." Alex nodded in understand.

Half hour later

Both woman were laying on the beach when Alex finally broke the silence. "What are you honestly thinking about?" She whispered.

"That you ran into Summer not to long ago, although she didn't tell me what you guys talked about or that you had dyed your hair brown. What you thinking about?"

"That even though I haven't seen you in six years or spoken to you this feels doesn't feel as weird as it probably should." Marissa nodded in agreement. "So does that mean your going to let me buy the cottage?" Alex looked over at her and smiled. "Maybe."

"Maybe yes or maybe no?"

"Just maybe." Alex smiled.

"Jesus!" Marissa said with a little laugh.

"Yes."

Marissa looked over and her and gave her a dirty look. "We aren't little kids anymore. "

"No we're 24 and bigger kids than we were then."

Little While Later

The two had gone back to the Kelly cottage and were sitting at the table talking about old times and about where Marissa was living. "I just needed out of Newport and away from my parents when I came back from school they couldn't realize that I wasn't their precious fragile daughter anymore. So I moved down the coast a little to Laguna. You should come by some time, go surfing. I always thought Newport was amazing but Laguna is just as awesome."

"Once and Orange County girl, always an Orange County girl." Alex smiled at her. "So are you seeing anyone." Alex said quickly before taking a sip of her drink.

Marissa shook her head. "Not right now, dated around a little bit but I haven't found the one yet I guess and I'm to busy with work and the likes to really care how about you."

"Met the one when I was seven years old never been able to get over that." She mumbled so incoherently that Marissa couldn't understand her.

"What'd you say?"

Alex shook her head nothing. "Lets go down the dock watch the sunset for old times sake. Knowing that Alex wasn't going to give Marissa nodded and stood up and extended her hand to Alex who took it. They walked down to the dock laughing and joking around before sitting down the way Marissa had found Alex earlier. Silence consumed them for a little while before Alex figured that if she didn't say anything now than she might miss her chance and she wasn't about to loose it again.

"I met the right person for me when I was seven years old. Most beautiful girl you've ever seen. Beautiful smile that made me fall in love with her, probably the minute I seen her even if I didn't know it at the time."

Marissa looked over at her. "What happened if you two were so perfect and she was the one."

"Went off to school where I was supposed to go and I went where she was supposed to go and we sort of just grew apart, I realized after it was to late that she meant the world to me. Even if I didn't get to see her or because of the distance I didn't care as long as I could say to someone who asked me if I had a girlfriend 'yeah I do the most amazing person and most beautiful kind hearted woman in the world,"

Marissa blushed a little. "I'm sure she felt the exact same way so I guess the question is we're both finally in the right place at the right time what do we do? What are you honestly thinking now?"

Alex leaned over and kissed Marissa softly mumbling. "That." Marissa smiled into the kiss and moved closer to Alex running her hand through her hair. "I have to be honest, I've never for a second stopped loving you and I want you to know that."

The now blonde girl nodded. "And I'll never stop loving you, just thought you should know." She smiled.

The two finally broke away. "The first summer your family moved up here was the summer that changed my life." Alex took Marissa's hand in hers and entwined their fingers.

"That maybe so but our last summer together was the summer that changed it all. That was the summer I knew I loved you more than I have anyone or anything else and I wouldn't change any of it for the world." This time it was Marissa's turn to kiss Alex and they ended up laying on the dock for hours. They found themselves laying in the dark looking up at the stars and the moon and knew that no matter they would always be connected to one another just as it seemed the stars and the moon were.

The End