Author's Note: You guys are way too nice to me. Thank you all so much for the wonderful reviews to the last chapter. I love you all. Dasey shippers are the best. Really, we rock.
So, I decided to show a little love to Lizzie and Edwin in this chapter, because I've been neglecting them lately, and I do love them. They're just adorable and really fun to write. I've also decided to ignore the new LWD age spread on the kids. Lizzie and Edwin are three and a half-ish, years younger than Derek and Casey. I like it that way.
There are some…open ended sorta things in this chapter. The Lizzie/Edwin interaction, a scene at the end with Derek and Casey. Feel free to interpret it however you want. I know what I had in mind.. But I decided it was best to leave some of it left to your imaginations. You'll see what I mean. (I hope)
Enjoy the chapter guys. Thanks for sticking with this fic despite my massive delay and writers block.
ooooh did you see? We get images in profiles!!
Disclaimer: Still. Not. Mine.
"Edwin! Hurry up!" Lizzie said, grinning and grabbing Edwin's hand to pull him up the stairs, "you have to see my surprise," she said. It was a Saturday morning; two weeks shy of Edwin's fifteenth birthday. She knew it was early, but Lizzie had been out with friends yesterday, and she had seen something Edwin just had to have. Now.
"Why do we have to run?" Edwin grumbled playfully, "and where is this surprise anyway?" he asked.
"The game closet," Lizzie said, rolling her eyes.
"Right stupid question." Edwin said. For Lizzie and Edwin, the game closet was the only room in the house that really mattered. They still held all their whispered conversations and planning sessions there, even though they'd both gotten bigger over the years, making it a tighter squeeze these days.
They were at the foot of the stairs when Lizzie reached out an arm to stop him, her eyes widening, "Look!" she hissed, pulling Edwin down to the ground so they where on their knees at perfect spying level. Casey was walking down the hall towards Derek's room. She'd clearly been crying, but she also looked happy and scared, and determined, and something else, something neither Lizzie nor Edwin could identify. She opened the door to Derek's room with out knocking. Edwin shot Lizzie a look of confusion and the two of them moved quietly into the hall right outside Derek's room, so they could hear every word. Casey pushed the door, but it didn't shut all the way, and Lizzie and Edwin could see right in through the crack.
"Hey," Casey said, making Derek jump. He'd been sitting on his bed, zoned out, "I found you," she said, smiling lightly.
"I see that," he said gesturing for her to sit down and throwing her a questioning look.
"It's nice to know I was right all along. You really are a sweet guy deep down Derek Venturi," she said sitting down across from him on the bed.
"News to me," Edwin muttered under his breath. Lizzie elbowed him the stomach and gave him a look that clearly said, 'shut up or I might have to kill you,' before turning her attention back to Derek and Casey.
"Yeah well," Derek said shrugging, "don't let it get out, you'll ruin my reputation."
"Don't worry, I can think of much better ways to ruin your reputation," she said grinning, and then she bit her lip and said, "So you were right, I cried."
"I knew you would," he said, smiling.
"Derek-" she started, and then stopped, "really, I mean, you meant it all? Really?" she said, fumbling over her words.
"Yes really," he said, reaching over to grab her hand, "I love you Casey," he said.
"I love you too," she said, looking like she might cry.
"I know." he said, grinning, "But God, its good to hear you say it."
Edwin tugged a gaping Lizzie away. He pulled her down the hall into the game closet. She glared at him.
"They were about to make-out or something, and that's not something we need to see," he said.
"Good point," she said nodding, "It's also easier to talk about them if we're in here."
"Yeah and, I want my surprise." he said, grinning. Lizzie rolled her eyes.
They weren't making-out yet, but they had moved much closer to each other on Derek's bed.
"It feels good to say it out loud," Casey admitted, "I've been keeping it in for so long." she said.
"How long?" he asked, grinning.
"Derek-that's not really, I mean," she stuttered, looking embarrassed. He smirked.
"Ok, I'll go first. I have known I loved you since you showed up on my date with Emily," he said, grinning at the memory, "You were in full spy mode, in your wig and sun glasses and trench coat. Classic." he said. "I mean, I wanted you long before that. I've always wanted you, but that was when I knew I was in deep. Your turn." he finished.
"I-" she started then stopped and took a deep breath, "I fought it for such a long time, but when we had that awful dinner with my father, and afterwards, I was in the kitchen on the verge of a breakdown. Then you came in and really cared how I was, and then called him back for me?" she broke off, still amazed by how thoughtful he had been, years later, "I knew it was real. I knew I loved you."
"I win then," he said, "I knew first."
"I'm not sure that's winning. Doesn't that just mean you hid your feelings for longer?" she said, but she was grinning.
"This from the woman who refused to have a conversation with me and who tried to tell me the letter clearly about me, wasn't about me," he said playfully.
"Well if I had been corporative, you wouldn't have made me the sweetest thing ever. Its better this way." She said.
"Oh yes, cause I just love staying up till 3 am staring at my computer." he said teasingly.
"3 am? Really? Wow…" she said looking impressed.
"Yeah well, you're worth it." he said shrugging.
"Derek-" she began, but he cut her off.
"Casey, you're killing me. I've wanted to kiss you for three years now, and if I don't get to kiss you in the next thirty seconds or so, I'm going to explode." he said.
"Well if you insist," she said, leaning closer. He grinned and closed the small gap between them, bringing his lips to her.
"Like you imagined it?" she asked when they broke apart, a smile on her lips.
"Better," he said playing with a strand of her hair.
"Much better," she agreed, leaning in to kiss him again. This time, they didn't break apart for a long, long time.
"I knew it! I always knew it, I just never thought they'd admit it," Lizzie said talking fast, "I mean to hear them say they loved each other, is just wow," she finished, looking at Edwin.
"You're rambling Liz," he said, "and I still want my surprise. You practically pulled my arm off up getting me up the stairs, and now here we are in the game closet and I don't see a surprise," he said.
"Edwin," she said rolling her eyes, "We just saw Derek and Casey confess their love, can't you humor me and focus on that for just a second?"
"I'm tired of focusing on them. They focus enough on themselves for everyone." he said.
"You're being impossible. I'm not sure you even deserve your surprise now." she said pouting playfully and crossing her arms over her chest.
"Fine," he said rolling his eyes, "Oh my god, I can't believe Derek and Casey finally admitted their feelings. I thought they'd be in denial forever. Wow." he deadpanned, "Happy now?" he asked. She laughed.
"So impatient," she said, then she lifted a box off the shelf and pulled out the envelope that had been hiding beneath it, "Here," she said the excited grin returning to her face.
"What?" he asked puzzled, opening the envelope and pulling out the tickets inside it, "Oh no way!" he exclaimed. She giggled. His favorite band was playing in Toronto tonight. Lizzie had seen the tickets on sale last night and known Edwin had to have them.
"I know it's not your birthday yet, but the concert is tonight, so I had to," she said, grinning.
"This is the best! Thank you so much," he said, pulling her in to a giant hug.
"I already cleared it with the parents, and there are two tickets so you can take a date or whatever," she said, smiling, still wrapped in his hug.
"I'll have to do that," he said grinning. He let her go then said, "so I'll pick you up outside your room at six?"
"I'll be ready," she said, beaming, "Happy birthday Edwin."
It was about half an hour later when Edwin decided he needed a snack and headed towards the stairs. He paused outside Derek's room, smirking.
"Seriously you guys," he called, "you're gonna want to at least close the door all the way!" He laughed to hear Derek's groan and Casey's embarrassed sounding squeal.
"Think you could get that for me Ed?" Derek called back, "I've kinda got my hands full here."
"Der-ek!" Casey yelled, sounding beyond mortified. Edwin laughed and moved to shut the crack in the door. Marti might come down the hall, and he wouldn't want her to be scarred for life.
"I'm on it," he said.
"Thanks bro," Derek said.
"Don't you have any shame?" Edwin heard Casey ask as he shut the door.
"Nope," Derek replied, "good thing I have you to keep me in line."
"I'm pretty sure keeping you in line, is impossible," she said.
"True, but its adorable to watch you try," he said.
"I thought I was always adorable," she countered.
"You are," he said.
"Ick" Edwin muttered under his breath as he walked away. That was the thing about the Macdonald-Venturi house; you never knew what you'd overhear.
Hope you enjoyed.