"So I was thinking we should go out tomorrow" Darien said. The sigh that cam was imminent. "I need to answer this" Serena showed her vibrating phone to Darien, completely ignoring his statement. Darien nodded looking around the beach. Serena had insisted on coming to the beach, and in the end, Darien couldn't resist her big watery eyes. He chuckled.


Hey, it's me

"Hey, what's up?" Serena ran a hand through her long blond hair.

I'm fine, I just wanted to tell you something Raye said slowly. Serena crunched her nose up.

"I'm getting the vibe that this is not good?" she asked slowly.

No, not really. I meant it actually depends completely on you. I mean you-

"- Raye. Quit yammering and tell me"

Okay. Um I was at Morgan's and she kinda told me that she saw Danny . . . .kissing . . . .J.J Serena gripped her phone.

Baby you okay?

"I'm fine, why wouldn't I be? Why was this so important anyways?" she asked nonchalantly.

Sere just lay off of it. I know you liked him even if a little, I'm sorry. Serena rolled her eyes.

"Raye, if you thought that this was so important, you wouldn't have called me to tell me. You would've waited until I was over your house. So obviously, you don't think this was important. But I'll do you a favor, I'll come over later and we'll talk about this okay?" she didn't wait for Raye's answer before hanging up. Serena just stood there for a minute taking her surroundings in before she walked back to where Darien was.

"Hey" Darien stood up when he noticed Serena.

"So ,dinner?" asked Serena as she sat back on the sand. Darien looked at Serena. "Everything okay?"

"Didn't you want to go to dinner?"

"Of course, but you seem a little down." Serena sighed before looking at Darien and rolling her eyes at him. "Seriously?" Darien laughed. "Okay, okay. I thought we'll go a little earlier so we could maybe watch a movie, or go to the park or…" Serena interrupted him.

"Don't tell me what we're gonna do, surprise me. You're so lame Darien" Serena teased as she stretched out.

It was Darien's turn to roll his eyes. He sat down next to Serena, a little closer than before.

"So is your friend still at your apartment?" Serena asked looking at Darien.

Darien grinned. "Why, did you wanna come over? It's not problem really, I could kick him out" Serena hit Darien playfully on the shoulder. "Yeah right. I was just asking because I'm curious. Can't someone just be curious?" she asked lightly. She tensed a little bit when she felt Darien's fingers on her cheek, stroking slightly, just enough so she could feel them. Serena looked into Darien's eyes, losing herself in their endless blue depths. She noticed Darien leaning in and while one part of her wanted so badly to just kiss him and taste those familiar lips again, the other part pulled away.

Darien sighed, disappointment evident in his eyes. "Too early?" He asked very softly. Serena nodded. She felt immense guilt as she looked at his disappointed face so she did the only thing she could do without feeling she was going to far. Darien sighed when Serena put her head on his shoulder. He wrapped his arms around her small waist. "It's okay, Serena. I'm not mad, I could never be mad at you" he confessed in a whisper. Serena closed her eyes and leaned in further. How she had missed this. His smell, his words, his chest. She giggled at the last one. Yeah right, she thought, like we did anything.

"What's so funny?" she heard Darien whisper. Serena shrugged or at least tried. "Just remembered something" she said lightly. She sighed when Darien smelled than kissed her hair. How could she live without him?

"Just please, don't expect too much from me" Serena said suddenly. Darien frowned at the sudden turn of their conversation. "Serena. . . . I don't expect anything of you. Where did that come from? Am I coming on too strong?" Darien asked slowly, stroking her hair.

"No, not really but. . .I feel like you expect us to be the same again, and I really don't want that" Serena confessed, bowing her head. Darien tensed, his eyes narrowing. Serena panicked when she realized that Darien took her words the wrong way. "I mean. . .what I mean is, now that I look back, I wasn't really satisfied with our relationship-" Serena blushed under Darien intense stare "-I mean, you were different. It's like whenever we met you were somewhere else. Your mind was never on what was going on; it was like you were in an alternative reality. . ." Serena stopped her babbling and looked at Darien only to discover him looking at the water, a thoughtful expression on his face. She sighed. "And you're doing it right now" she whispered.

Darien's eyes closed and he titled his head back, before he sat up and looked at Serena's watery eyes. "Hey" he said, as he put his slender finger under her chin and made her look at him. "I always listened, I'm listening and I will listen as long as you want me too" he tucked a piece of stray hair behind her ear. "I'm never somewhere else, just always with you. When you're away, my thoughts linger on you. I wonder what you're doing, where you are, how you are, what you're wearing, what mood you're in or if you're thinking about me" he chuckled without humor. "It's kind of pathetic really, how much I can miss you when you're right next to me and in my arms. Why won't you believe me when I say that I'm in love with you? I don't deny it and I never will. I'm not good at expressing myself, you know that more than anybody. And I know that's not an excuse, but in the end what I'm trying to say is. I'm yours. Always. When something is wrong or something doesn't feel right, tell me. Please, just stop being afraid of hurting my feelings and tell me so I can change. You want me to be closer-" Darien moved closer to Serena "-and I'll be closer, body and sould. Just please Serena, talk to me"

Malachite stood with his arms crossed looking at Patrick. Judging by his smug face, Minako knew that Patrick did not feel intimidated at all. Feeling a fight coming , Minako pulled on Mal's T-shirt to try to get him to look at her. Getting annoyed when he didn't even glance at her she was about to say something when Malachite spoke.

"We have to go now, it was nice meeting you" Patrick gave Malachite a nod. Putting his hand behind Minako's back, Malachite lead her away.

Patrick rolled his eyes. His eyes kept following the two figures walking away, his gaze lingering on Minako's figure longer than necessary. When they weren't visible anymore, he whispered slowly.

"No" he sighed "We just happen to be at the same place, at the same time, all over the world." He smiled a coy smile.

Patrick yelped loudly when he felt something cold on his leg. Looking down, his eyes widened when he saw a little girl pushing her ice cream up against his leg. "What are you doing?" he asked in a flat voice, rubbing the bridge of his nose.

The little girl looked up. "Soveeyy, icey creamy melty" she answered innocently and shrugged. Patrick was about to yell at her when he saw an old woman running towards him.

"I am so sorry for this my boy, I'm sure she didn't mean it." She said as she took what was left of the ice cream of his leg while scowling at the little girl. Patrick yelped a second time when the woman attempted to clean his pants all the way to the ankle. He took a couple of steps back. "It's okay, I will do that myself" he said completely irritated. What the hell was wrong with these Americans?

"Oh, you have an accent!" the woman said a little too loudly. Patrick's eyes tightened. He sighed before just giving up and walking away, his left leg cold because of the ice cream.

He heard the lady mutter a "How rude" but he really didn't care. What was the world coming to?

Amy sighed as she looked at the clock on the wall. Serena would be here any moment now.

She wondered it would be awkward talking to Serena again after such long time. It's only been like three weeks. They hadn't been in touch and it hurt her because she considered Serena one of her best friends.

Amy got up when the door bell rang and answered the door. Opening it wide, she gave Serena a long hug.

"Ugh, I've missed you" she heard Serena say. Smiling she closed the door. "Come in, come in." Serena looked around the house. "Did you guys do something different?" she asked Amy as she sat down.

Amy nodded. "Yeah, my mom painted the walls like a darker shade of yellow. She was sick of seeing the same thing everyday." Serena nodded. "Yeah, I would be too. I think I need to change something with my room." She giggled.

"Like what?" Amy went to the kitchen to get drinks. "What do you want to drink?"

"Uh, you have some kind of juice?" Serena yelled to the kitchen. "No, but we have Pepsi" she heard Amy yell back.

"Nah, no Pepsi. Just give me water" she smiled when Amy came back with the drinks. "I just want to change my furniture or at least move it around. Nothing big" she smiled at Amy.

"I missed you" Serena confessed lightly. Amy grinned. "Same here. So, what has been going on in your life?" Serena laughed at Amy's wiggling brows. She shook her head.

"Nothing much, just chillen" Rolling her eyes, Amy took a sip of her water.

"Are you back with Darien?" Serena shrugged. "I don't know what I'm doing with Darien."

"Have you forgiven him yet?" Amy inquired. "Yet? Amy!" Serena whined. "What? Come on, Serena. It's just so obvious you love him, it's not a matter of whether or not you're gonna forgive him, it's when." Amy's nose crunched up.

Serena had to ask. "You never liked him, did you?" she said with laughter in her voice. Amy shook her head slowly. "I just never thought of him as boyfriend material. I always pictured you with Danny D" she commented.

"Danny D? Oh my gosh, it has been so long since anybody called him Danny D!" Serena giggled. "Thanks for reminding me, even though Danny D is going to kill you for it!" Amy laughed.

"SO what's going on between you two anyways?" Serena's smile faded. "Um I was at Morgan's and she kinda told me that she saw Danny . . . . kissing . . . J.J "

Serena shrugged. "He's involved with J. J."

"Eww, that girl?" Amy rolled her eyes. "Every good guy falls in her trap" Serena's eyes widened at Amy's words. "Amy!" she yelled laughing.

Amy shrugged. "It's true and you know it" she said nonchalantly. Serena sighed happily. "I do, I do. So what's been going on in your life?" Serena asked. Amy blushed.

Serena's eyes narrowed. "What?"

She heard Amy mutter something. "What? Speak louder Ames! I -can't -hear -you" Serena said slowly.

"Zachary asked me out!" Amy exploded causing Serena to squeal and hug Amy. "That's great! So when are you going out?" Amy's face crumpled. Serena noticed immediately.

"Hey, what's wrong?" Amy shrugged.

"I told him I would think about it" Serena rolled her eyes. "And why would you do that?"

"I don't know Serena, it just seems like he's way over my head, you know?" Serena sighed. "Believe me Ames, once you get to know him and see all of him, stop blushing Amy you know that's not what I meant, well if you get to know him, he won't be this perfect being anymore and you'll feel completely at ease. You see him as this gorgeous perfect hunk right now but it won't be long before something he does annoys you and you'll be asking yourself how someone can be so perfect looking but not be perfect." Serena sighed and looked at Amy. "I'm not making any sense, am I?" she asked smiling. She laughed when Amy shook her head slowly, her eyes wide. "It's ok and I'm sure you crushed Zachary's ego for a while anyways" Serena commented at the end.

"What do you mean?" Amy asked, her face showing how confused she was.

"Duh! The girl he likes turned him down, what else?" Serena shook her head smiling. Amy pouted. "I didn't turn him down and I'm sure he doesn't like me that much anyways" she sighed, her shoulders slumping.

"Amy what are you talking about? Why do you think he talks all nervously when around you? Or why he tries to impress you so hard? Let's say we forget about all that, why the hell would he ask you out?" Amy sighed unhappily. "What am I supposed to do now then?" she asked Serena. She saw Serena reach over and grab her cell phone off the table. Before Amy could stop Serena, she had already dialed Zachary's number and given her the cell phone.

Amy was about to end the call when Zachary answered the phone.


". . ." Amy sat on her sofa, speechless. Serena grinned and nudged her shoulder, earning a scowl from Amy in the process.

Hello? Anybody there?

"Zach?" Amy squeaked before composing herself. "Zach?" Amy asked a second time.

Amy? Hey, what's up?

Amy cleared her throat. "Um, I –I was just wondering if you um still….wanted . . . to go out?" Amy squeaked again, covering her face with her other hand, pushing the desire to cry down.

Of course. Is tomorrow good? I heard there was a carnival over at . . . uh. . .what's that town called… anyways, you wanna go there? I heard it's better than the usual carnivals and hey maybe I'll win you something . . . anyways, what do you think?" Amy almost smiled at how nervous he sounded. Was he always this way? And why did she never notice?

Amy breathed out. "Yeah, that sounds perfect' she said happily. Serena sighed, relieved. She listened on as Amy gave Serena her address to Zachary.

Amy squealed when she hung up. "Isn't he perfect?" Serena rolled her eyes. "You sounded like you were going to cry" Serena commented dryly.

"And what's up with the squeaking?" Serena laughed as Amy hit her with one of the pillows on her couch.

"Anyways, it seems like my job here is done, so I'm going" Serena winked as she stood up.

"You're not going to stay for dinner?" Amy asked. Serena laughed. "And finish all of it?" Amy shrugged, smiling. "Nah, I told Raye I'd go over her house, she's kinda waiting for me"

Amy nodded. "Do you want to go with me? It'll be fun, maybe we could invite Lita too." Serena asked hinting at a slumber party. Amy shook her head. "I can't, it's going to take a lot of convincing for my mom to let me go to a carnival alone with a guy" Amy shook her head. Serena laughed. "Okay then" Serena hugged Amy goodbye and went out the door.

Serena could hear Amy squealing loudly and shook her head. She ran back to Amy's door quickly when she remembered something. Serena banged on the door until a frightened Amy opened the door.

"Oh my God Serena, what the hell are you doing? You scared me" Amy scowled at Serena when she started laughing. "What's so funny?"

"I just remembered the time when we were at Chad's barbeque and ahahahahaha and Zachary was leaning to get the ahahahahaha salt-" Amy scowled again, knowing the story by heart and closed the door on Serena's face. Yet, it did not stop Serena from telling her tale while laughing like a maniac.

"ahahaha and he wanted to impress you, and he started flexing his muscles, not paying attention to the fact that his arm ahahahaha was right under your nose ahahahaha so when he-" Amy glared at the closed door from the inside.

"-ahahhahaha flexed his one muscle so hard that it hurt and he jerked his arm ahahahahahaha and hit you on the nose! Ahahahaha and your nose started bleeding! Ahahahahah-" Amy rolled her eyes and went to her bathroom to take a shower, effectively blocking out Serena's laughter. She sighed, annoyed yet nothing could stop the small smile from dancing on her lips.

Sorry it took this long to update. BUT NO HARM DONE, RIGHT? RIGHT? YEP, I knew it. LOL AnYwAyS, CoMmEnT!!