A/N: Here it is; the last chapter. I really hope you enjoy it. I might consider doing a sort of sequel in the future at some point, but I can't say for sure.
By the way, for those of you who don't know, Liebling means 'beloved'.
I couldn't understand why Anton was walking us both down the streets in an attempt to find a hiding place. Normally we'd keep to the shadows, but he was just hurriedly marching through the streets, not seeming to notice all the people around. It was like he was too caught up in his own thoughts to notice or care. Suddenly I realised why I recognised this little town; it was the town right next to Jenkinsville. We'd taken a direct route back to Arkansas and I hadn't even noticed. Or maybe I had, somewhere in the back of my mind, but chosen to trust Anton rather than question him.
Finally he pulled me into a small alleyway and before I could think I reached up and slapped him across the face. I glared at him whilst breathing heavily, despising him for doing this to me. I could see the hurt and sorrow in his eyes, knowing I'd worked out his little plan.
"You bastard," I hissed, not caring what words I used. I hated him.
"Patty," he said quietly. "Please listen to me."
"I don't want to listen to you," I said in an icy voice. I didn't shout, because I knew my words would have more affect if I remained calm. "You're a liar. You tricked me."
"I had to."
"That's not true. You had a choice. You always have a choice in life, Anton."
"This is hardly life," he scoffed bitterly. "This is death."
"We've been hiding for months, Patty. No more. I can't deal with this any longer. I'm taking you home and giving myself up."
"You are not," I said firmly.
"Patty, you wouldn't understand," he said, eyes and voice filled with hurt and regret. "You are just a child. I have to protect you."
"No," I said. "I'm not a child anymore, Anton. I've grown up a lot since I've been with you and I've learnt a lot. One thing I know is that you can't turn yourself in. You can't give up now, Anton. Please don't give up."
"Patty," he said, and I saw tears in his eyes. "Please… You have been so brave, so strong. I don't know if I can…"
"Anton… for me."
"I…" his voice cracked with emotion and I knew he was breaking down. I couldn't let him. He'd been my rock, my hero, and now it was my turn to be the same for him.
"Anton," I said, trying to fight back my own tears as I held his hands in mine. "You must fight. You must survive. You have to go on, without me."
He was definitely crying now, trying to suppress the sobs but unable to hide the tears that trailed down his beautiful face, leaking from his bright blue eyes. Somehow we both knew that I had to go home. It was time.
"Anton, you will always, always, be in my heart. I could never forget you, even if I tried."
"And I could never forget you either, P.B," he said tearfully. "Everything you've done for me…"
"Go and be safe, Anton."
"And you too, my beautiful Liebling."
"But what was it you wanted to tell me? The important thing?"
"You must know."
"Tell me anyway. I just want to hear you say it."
And so he said it. Gripping my hands tightly, tears dripping from his eyes, he told me.
"Patricia Ann Bergen, I love you."
And then he kissed me, softly, quickly, on the lips and he left. Exactly as it had happened last time, except this time he wasn't running to catch a train, and I wasn't the foolish child who ran after him.
"Anton," I called out and he turned around. "I love you too."
He smiled that beautiful smile at me, flashing his perfect white teeth, and was gone. How long I stood there for I wasn't sure, but at last I sighed. Somehow I knew he'd survive, he'd be safe, and one day I'd find him again. One day when I was older. Then who knows what might happen? But for now, it was time to go home.
A/N: There we go! A huge, big massive thank you to those of you who reviewed, and I hope you'll review one last time to tell me what you thought!
Also, Yva J. is writing an absolutely brilliant story that follows Patty in the future as she tries to find Anton again. It is really good, so please have a look and review it! It deserves way more attention than it's getting.
Once again, thank you for sticking with this story and please let me know what you thought! Xoxo!