Author's notes: I'm very sorry to make you wait this long for the next part... well, last part, but sadly my computer died a terrible death :( But now I'm back with... thank you for being with me till now and I hope you've enjoyed this story. One more time thank you for all your lovely comments... Hope to see you again sometimes :) Sadly nobody responded my plea for betareading the possible new story, so that one is hanging out in the air for now though...
Betaread by my lovely friend -Alonso Fan-

Part 6: When The Love is Too Strong

Dana felt crap for a week. She didn't feel like eating and she kept avoiding Cody as much as she could. She noticed Cody being depressed, but she tried ignoring it even though it was breaking her heart. She screwed up big time; she gave him a chance only to shatter all his hopes later. She knew she should listen to her siblings who were trying to talk to her about getting back together with him, but she thought he'd never forgive her. She knew he loved her with his whole heart, he'd do anything for her and she had basically used him.

She wouldn't care that much if he was just some random guy from school. She had to admit Cody had an important place in her life and she couldn't just erase him from it. She kept looking at the photo of them together secretly before she went to sleep, remembering all good times she'd spend with him. The day Cody arrived to live in the van at their driveway and their first date that she had agreed to go on with him to help him win a bet. The day when he rescued her from the hands of guys at the bar she went to or the guy at the bus station in Chicago. How he tried to get a serious job to impress her. All those little memories from the past flew through her mind and kept her awake at night.

She knew she wanted to be with him, but her lies had destroyed it all. She wanted to tell him how sorry she was and that she'd love to try again, but everytime she went close to his van, she panicked and ran away.

One night she was thirsty so she went downstairs to get something to drink and found Cody sitting at the table, looking at the wall. At first she wanted to go back up, but then she decided this was it. She couldn't always run away from her problems. She gently placed her hand on Cody's shoulder, but he didn't move.

"Cody...," she said quietly and waited for him to finally look at her face.

She sat down next to him. She noticed his eyes were missing those little sparks she always loved and his smile had faded away from his face when they had broken up and it had never came back.

She moved his hand to his face, carefully caressing his cheek, but he still didn't respond anyhow. Her hand dropped down on the table and she looked at it.

"Dana, I need someone who loves me back."

She heard him speaking; his voice was low and serious in the opposite of the usual cheerful speech.

"I thought I'd found a person who'd stand beside me no matter what, like I stood beside you."

His words pierced through her. She knew he was right; after all Cody was always right.

"I thought our relationship would at least stay in friendship, but I think that is not possible either. The best thing for me would be to leave."

"You can't leave." Dana looked up at him with tears in her eyes. She placed her hand over his, squeezing it gently. "I beg you, don't leave."

"Why? It's for the best."

"Stay. Please. With me. I need you." She wiped her face with her free hand.

"Another lie? You've broken my heart, Dana." He shook his head.

"I don't lie now. I didn't lie when I said I wanted to be with you, but I couldn't stand people making fun of us. I lied when I said I didn't want to be with you anymore. That was a lie. Because I do."

She noticed a little spark returning in his eyes as he smiled a little.

"What would I do without you, dude?" She tried to enlighten the situation with impressing his own speech and it worked. He smiled widely and freed his hands from hers, only to put them on her face.

"I don't know that and I don't want to test it. My Danaburger. Oh I have to find the cheese later." He moved towards her and kissed her on the lips.

:: the end ::