Aloha Means Hello and Goodbye
-Final Chapter- (finally)
Graduation was simple and short. The guys wore blue caps and gowns, and the girls wore purple. The valedictorian, Miles Brody, spoke. Mr. Bender spoke. Then one by one they got their diplomas. It seemed like forever, but finally the end of the ceremony came. In closing Dean Rivers spoke shortly.
"It has been a pleasure to meet and get to know all of you from this class. Well. most of you. I wish all of you good luck. Congratulations PCA class of 2009, you did it!" Dean Rivers said, he through a cheerful fist up in the air. The group of students threw their purple and blue hats in the air. Friends hugged, couples kissed, their were high fives, and playful punches. It was the end of a chapter. It was the end of life as they knew it.
Zoey found Nicole, who was already tearing up.
"What's wrong?" Zoey asked through the loud cheers of her now, former classmates.
"I just can't believe it's over! I don't wan't it to be over!"
Zoey pulled her friend into a hug.
"We still have tonight," Zoey said. "Let's make the most of it, ok?"
Dana joined them, along with Michael. Chase, Logan, and Quinn, shortly followed. There were pictures and the reunion with their parents. It was such a surreal and strange experience, knowing that there would be no more PCA. But it was also a good feeling lurking in the air.
"Are you girls all packed?" Michael knocked on the open door of room 101.
"I am," Dana said.
"Just about." Nicole said quietly. She was still crying.
"How long before you leave Michael?" Zoey asked.
"My flights at 6 tomorrow. But my parents are coming for me at 8 to bring me to the hotel."
Zoey looked at her watch. It was already six o'clock. She looked away from everyone, willing herself not to cry. It was real. They were actually leaving, saying good-bye for good.
"Oh, well, I'll hurry up then," Zoey said and then turned Dana and Nicole, "Why don't you two go ahead? Go with Michael." Zoey still had to finish packing. Then she would run over to Sushi rocks, where Kazu opened up the place just for them.
"You sure, Zoe?" Dana asked.
Zoey nodded, "I'm positive. Go. I'll be there in a few minutes."
Dana, Nicole, and Michael walked over to Sushi Rox.
Zoey finished folding her bedding, and threw the rest of her stuff in her suitcase. She would have all summer to worry about that.
When all of her things were neat and put away, she locked the door behind her and ran down the halls of her dorm and out to the campus of PCA. The air was cool for a California night and the sun was setting. Zoey ran past Brenner hall, the bookstore, and the science building. She approached the fountain and slowed to a jog. Chase was sitting there, looking at the sunset.
"Chase!"Zoey called out.
He didn't answer. He didn't even look up. Zoey then spotted his white headphones hanging from his ears. She approached him, feeling slightly awkward and tapped him on the shoulder.
His head jerked up and he looked at Zoey. "Oh, hi. Sorry Zoey, I had my headphones in."
"I saw." Zoey sat down next to him. "So what are you doing out here? I thought we were all meeting at Sushi Rox."
"Thinking about stuff."
"NYU," Chase said.
"Oh, look Chase, I'm sorry I didn't tell you I was going there. By the time I decided to tell you we were already broken up and then I was too angry at you to even mention it."
"So, what about NYU were you thinking about?" Zoey asked.
"I was accepted," Chase said, showing her the paper he held.
Zoey drew her eyebrows in and frowned. She could already tell what he was thinking,"Chase, Stanford is your dream school. Don't change your future because I'm going there."
"It's not because you're going there," Chase said. "I'm planning on going to NYU because I love you, Zoey. I love you more than anything. I love you more than my dreams. I want to be with you."
Zoey inhaled, trying not to cry for what seemed like the millionth time. She opened her mouth and closed it. She could hardly even think of what to say.
"I've never been more sure of anything in my life."
Zoey finally let the tears escape and she leaned in and kissed him.
"I love you too," she whispered. "I love you so much."
The two sat in silence for awhile, Zoey rested her head on Chase's shoulder. They both watched the last few minutes of the sunset. Zoey finally lifted her head up.
"So I guess this is it. The end of being at PCA," Zoey said. "It's really over."
"We still have one more night," Chase said, catching a tear on Zoey's cheek. He gently wiped it away. "C'mon."
Zoey and Chase walked to Sushi Rox hand in hand and surprised their friends with their reconciliation. The rest of the night was filled with food, laughter, and nostalgia. One by one their parents came to get them. The good-byes were hard but they knew they'd see each other again- some day. In the end true friendships and relationships can last anything.
A/N: FINALLY!!! I'm so glad this is over. You guys have no idea. What'd you think?
So, I will tell you about my inspiration for this story. It was based on a bit of a personal story. We weren't dating. But I liked him-ALOT! and he acted like he liked me too... And then he brought a girl over to my house and made out on my couch. It was terrible and it was almost two years ago. Luckily I'm over it. He' s one of my best friends and like my big brother. And he's still dating the girl who also happens to now be one of my closest friends, except I'm currently not speaking to her (which is a long story). But the bottom line is....I pretty much lost my passion for this story when that horrible heart break left me.
But yeah, on another note, I was thinking of deleting the following: The Book of Lies, It's All Coming Back To Me, and Lost. I just can't write them. Especially The Book of Lies...
So give me your opinion because if I have a large amount of people saying not to delete it, maybe I'll try to continue. Or even just a few people. I'm not picky.
Well thanks for reading this story. Thanks in advance to those of you who review.
Have a wonderful day!