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A/N: Oh my GOD!! I know, it's been faaaaaaaaar too long, and I am sooooo sorry, but here is the final chapter for Bickering Leads To...

I want to thank everyone who read it, and reviewed it. It's been a long time coming, so I'm gonna stop rambling and let you read.

Chapter 9: The Aftermath

'So, not to sound totally girly, and ya know, ruin my image as the tough chick, but where does... this, leave us?' Max asked, smiling up at him as she let herself relax against him.

'Well, first of all, I think the whole jealousy thing has taken care of ruining your tough chick image, but...hey! No hitting!' He told her, and she simply grinned back at his semi-annoyed glare. 'Alright, alright, sorry. To answer your question, I don't know where this leaves us. I mean, we didn't really do much talking last night, did we? After the whole 'I was jealous' thing I wasn't really in the mood to talk. But I guess we have to now, don't we.'

'Yeah, I guess we do.' There was silence between them for a while, until Alec shrugged, moving her slightly with the motion, and she looked up at him again.

'Or we could just not, and let it play out, see what happens for a while. I mean, I know you, so I'm pretty sure you're not in this just for sex, cause that's not you and also you wouldn't have been so jealous if it was.' He paused, and looked down as if asking if he was right.

'You're right,' she told him softly, her eyes moving down slightly in embarrassment, until he caught her chin and lifted it until she was forced to look at him.

'Hey, this isn't the Max I know and love. I mean first, you just admitted I was right about something,' she laughed and he smiled, happy she'd relaxed a little before continuing, 'and second, she's not usually the embarrassed type. Not that I mind, it's kinda cute, but you have no reason to be embarrassed. You have no idea how jealous I used to get when we were around Logan, at how you used to treat him so good and I barely even registered. Hell, I was jealous of any guy you gave attention to, even Josh.' She looked up at him in surprise.

'Joshua? Why were you jealous of Joshua? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love the big guy, but...'

'That's just it. I knew it was never, would never be like that, but you just said it. You love him. For all your denials and 'we're not like that' lines, you seemed to love Logan. You love Cindy, and even Sketchy. And you loved Ben,' he whispered the last part, and looked away. 'But you always seemed to hate me, and I couldn't change it, not matter how hard I tried, or how much I loved you.' He froze, and she copied his earlier actions and used her hand to bring his face to look at her.

'Alec, I never hated you,' she tightened her grip and held his face when he tried to turn away, and waited until he was looking her in the eye. 'It's true, despite what you may think, or what my previous action might have made it seem. There may have been times when I hated what you represented to me and the memories you brought back initially, but I always knew it wasn't your fault, so I could never hate you.'

'Really?' He asked, and she almost laughed at the timidness of his voice; it was just so unlike Alec to be so unsure of himself.

'I promise,' she watched him relax, then saw the look in his eye that she knew meant he was about to ask something stupid, or cheeky, possibly both.

'Not even when I had that bomb in my head and attacked you and Josh and you had to use your cure money to save me? Cause I distinctly remember you saying at one point that you should've let my head explode when you had the chance.' She rolled her eyes, but her hand unconsciously drifted to the back of his head where she remembered the tiny bomb being pulled from. Any scar was long gone by now, thanks to their quick healing.

'Not even then, Alec,' she told him softly. 'I'll admit, that was probably when I had my lowest opinion of you, and those few seconds where I thought you were going to kill me I came pretty close, but you didn't really give me time to fully form the feelings before you pulled away and yeah I was pissed I lost the money and couldn't get the cure, but I saw the look in your eyes when you had me pinned. You didn't want to be there, you didn't want to hurt me, or Josh. You were just scared, and I know what that's like. And when we were waiting for the doc to pull the bomb out, I didn't want to admit it back then, but I was terrified, and when it went off, right after he pulled it out...' she trailed off, and he looked at her, stunned.

He would've never guessed she'd ever felt that way, considering her actions during that time. He wouldn't have held it against her if she had hated him back then. He hated himself back then. He never wanted to be the reason for that look in her eyes, that was there when he hovered above her, knife in hand.

He reached down and mirrored her actions by placing his hand on her cheek, and couldn't have contained his smile even if he'd tried.

'You will never know how happy I am to hear that, or how much I am experience total disbelief at this moment. If you randomly see me pinching myself in the next... forever, probably, it'll just be cause I'm still expecting to wake up from a dream.' She laughed, then shrugged and looked at him innocently.

'Eh, I would've just assumed it was another one of those weird quirks of yours, don't worry.' She told him, and he glared at her.

'Quirks, huh? Oh you so don't wanna go there with me.' He warned, and she turned to look at the wall.

'I don't know what you're talking about.'

'Sure you don't.' He leant down and kissed her quickly. 'But if makes it better, I'm planning on being there to overlook those quirks for the rest of our lives.'

'Yeah?'

'Yeah.' She kissed him, and it was perfect. Until he opened his mouth to add 'but just so you know, you tell anyone I said that, I will deny it, or if that doesn't work, well, I remember everything you just said too. I never knew you could be so girly.' He winced as her hand came around behind him and smacked his head. 'Hey, I never said it was a bad thing.'

'Alec?'

'Yeah Max?'

'Shut up.' She pulled him down to kiss him, and felt his smile.

'Whatever you say, Maxie.'

A/N: Just another quick thankyou to everyone who read this story, or will in future read it. I love writing, and knowing someone out there enjoys it, you guys rock!