Summary: Sometimes broken hearts are all it takes to bring two people together. Other times, well, it just gets a little more complicated. Charlie/Julie

Author's Note: Just something I started writing, I think its good, a little different. Hope you guys like it!

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Leave it Behind

Go and hide and run away
Run away, go and find something better
Go and ride the sun away,
Run away, Like it's simple
Like it's right

- "Still Hurting"The Last Five Years

Charlie Conway stood anxiously in the foyer of his girlfriend's house. Outside was bathed in the late August twilight. He was incredibly excited; Linda had been away for the summer, working with Habitat for Humanity in Mexico. He knew she was getting home today and although she hadn't returned the phone call he gave he figured it was OK to just show up. She walked down the stairs.

"Hi," She said.

"Hi," He smiled and gave her a kiss.

"Um, we need to talk," She said softly, "Let's sit outside." They walked out and sat on the porch steps. The warm light was making everything seem like it was glowing.

"I called," He said. She nodded.

"I know," She said softly, "My dad told me."

"So why didn't you call me back?" He asked. She shrugged and stood up.

"I have to tell you something," She said and turned around.

"Why do I think I'm not going to like this?" He sighed and felt a lump fill in his throat. She looked down. "Linda, what's going on?"

"Well," She said, "This summer, while I was away, I sort of, kind of, met somebody." She sighed and sat down next to him. He nodded, trying to keep his cool. "And, well, sometimes, things happen you know?"

"What's his name?" Charlie asked.

"Dylan," She said quietly. Great, his girlfriend was leaving him for a guy who's name was the same as one of the guys from 90210.

"And when you were with Dylan," He said, "Did you even think about me?"

"Of course I did!" She insisted, "But Dylan," She sighed, "I fell in love with him, he's so smart, and passionate and involved,"

"And I'm just some dumb jock, right?" He snapped.

"You know I don't feel that way!" She argued back. "I didn't want this to happen Charlie."

"Did you two," He started and then shook his head, he saw her look away, "You know what, I don't even want to know."

"Charlie, I'm so sorry," She whispered, "I didn't want it to happen like this, really. That's why I didn't call you back, I wanted to tell you the right way." He nodded. "I just wasn't sure what that was."

"I don't think there is a right way," He said quietly, trying not to cry, "To tell someone you cheated on them, and fell in love with someone else. I'll see you around Linda." He stood up and walked away. Obviously, that was not what he had expected.

Julie Gaffney lay under her boyfriend Scooter on his bed while he kissed her. It was the last weekend of summer, and although she had spent most of the summer in Minnesota, with him and of course the Ducks, the past month she had spent at home in Maine. Glad though she was to be back, they had barely talked when they got to his house, his parents still away on Vacation. They had just made out pretty much all night. It wasn't that she didn't enjoy this aspect of their relationship; it was just lately it seemed like the only part he was interested in.

"Scooter," She whispered as he kissed down her neck and started to pull at the back of her bra.

"Oh I missed you baby," He whispered in her ear and started to nibble on it lightly.

"Mm," She whimpered as he skillfully unhooked her bra and then slid his hand up her arm and slid it under her tank top strap to pull one bra strap down, "You're very good at that."

"Well, I've got two years on you Gaffney," He teased and kissed her again. "Besides, I figured tonight with my parents gone and everything." His hand rode under her shirt and she felt him gently start rubbing her breast.

"Oh," She said closing her eyes, "I don't know."

"Well I do," He smiled and kissed across her collar bone, "What better way to end the summer?" He was moving them forward so smoothly it was hard for her to find a breath to protest. "It's all I've thought about, since that fourth of July party when you came out in a bikini." She could feel her cheeks flush. "I can't wait to make love to you Julie."

"I just don't think I'm ready yet," She whispered. He stopped and sat up, sighing.

"So when are you going to be ready?" He said. She looked at him.

"I don't know," She said slowly, "I mean, I can't just turn it on."

"Most people can actually," He said sharply.

"You said you were OK with waiting," She snapped back.

"Yeah, when I thought it was until like homecoming or something," He said, "This indefinite crap, it's stupid."

"Scooter, having sex is a huge step," She argued. He looked at her.

"It's not actually that huge," He shook his head, "That's just the line they feed you to keep from having a good time." She rolled her eyes and crossed her arms. "Look," He kissed her, "I love you, I'm going to take really good care of you." He pushed her hair behind her ears.

"Can't we wait a little longer?" She said.

"I'm done waiting," He shook his head and kissed her and pushed her down.

"Scooter," She shrieked, "Stop it!" She kicked, nailing him in the stomach causing him to recoil. She sat up and folded her arms, "I'm waiting," She said.

"What for?" He said.

"An apology?" She said.

"Again, what for?" He sighed

"Um, that little display there," She shrugged.

"Yeah, maybe you should," He said. She looked at him.

"No," She shook her head, "Not coming."

"Fine," He nodded, "So that's it then?"

"Excuse me?" She said softly.

"Julie," He said, "It's now or never, OK?" He kissed her softly, "I can't wait anymore."

"Well, I'm not ready," She said. "So I guess its over. I guess I'll go to school a few nights early. How fun for me!" She stood up and walked out. She turned back around and grabbed her bra off the bed. "You don't get to keep this." She stomped out. She didn't start crying until she was outside. She walked towards the bus stop, when she got there she stopped. "Charlie?" She said, he looked at her. His eyes were red, "What are you doing here? Didn't Linda get home today?"

"Yeah," He looked down, "We broke up. Aren't you supposed to be with Scooter?"

"We broke up," She said and sat down next to him.

"She cheated on me in Mexico," He said, "With a guy named Dylan."

"Harsh," Julie said, "I didn't have sex with him and then expected him to apologize when he tried to force me." Charlie looked at her, "Not like that, it was more coercion than rape." He laughed.

"Well that's bullshit," He shook his head, "I have this feeling you'd be worth waiting for," She smiled, "I thought Linda was."

"You mean you two didn't?" She looked at him.

"Nope," He said, "But Dylan on the other hand," He sighed. Julie nodded.

"I think that's nice," She said. He looked at her, "That you haven't. It always made me feel a little bad, with Scooter," He gave her a confused tilt of the head, "He had, and it wasn't like overt pressure but he totally expected me to. I hate sex." He laughed.

"You're a virgin," He said, "How do you know if you hate sex?"

"I hate the concept of it," She said, "It's like before sex came in, guys were just people who I was friends with. Now it's who's looking at my ass?"

"Luis," Charlie said.

"Who's stuck on my boobs?" She rattled off.

"Portman," He nodded. She laughed.

"And both," She smiled.

"Adam," He smirked. She hit him in the chest. "You know none of us look at you like that."

"But see that's the complicated part," She sighed, "I don't want you to look at me like a sex object, but I still want to be, you know, seen."

"Cat," He said, "You're beautiful, and smart and sassy, and Scooter's an idiot." She smiled. "OK, your turn to stroke my ego."

"You're cute," She nodded, "And you have a really good slap shot." He laughed. "That was a compliment."

"From you?" He said, "Trust me, I know. Go on."

"You're funny," She said, "And smart, when you apply yourself, and I'm kind of out after that," He laughed. "You're great, and to be perfectly honest, none of us thought that Linda was right for you."

"Thank you," He said and put his arm around her, "My mom's working, you want to go get some free cheeseburgers?"

"Yeah that sounds good," She nodded as the bus pulled up, they stood up.

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