A/N: I want to thank everyone for their reviews :) This is only the second story that I've had over 100 reviews :) I love this story and am sad that it's over, but I couldn't think of where else to take it. This epilogue is a little... well, weird lOL. It's a conversation between Seth and Ryan because they didn't get to have a whole lot of interaction in the story... and they are so much fun to write.
Disclaimer: I don't own the OC or anything other tv show in this chapter. You'll be glad of that LOL. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Chapter 15: The Wrap-up
Three days later, Taylor was back living at the Roberts, Cooper, Cohen house. She was back in her old room, but with Ryan as her new roommate. Things were going great for them, both physically and relationship wise. She hadn't gotten many of her memories back, but she wasn't dwelling on that any more. Now was the time to think about college and her future... whatever that might bring. She was in a good place. She wondered if maybe amnesia had been the best thing that could have happened to her. No past equaled no regrets after all.
It was about midnight, when Ryan lightly kissed his sleeping beauty, got up from their bed, and went downstairs. When he and Taylor first got home, all he thought about was her... being with her... making her feel comfortable. He hadn't really thought about Hess, or even the coded messages Seth kept giving him. It had finally caught up with him.
Ryan found Seth sprawled out in the living room on the couch. His feet propped up on the coffee table. He was wearing his Naruto pjs and blue t-shirt. His hair looked like a bird nest. Ryan silently sat beside him, wearing only black boxers and a 'wifebeater'.
"No...... So what happened?"
"Well, the blond guy ended up blind in an explosion and...."
"You're watching The Mentalist?" Ryan scoffed.
"I'm expanding my horizons. Besides, my Bleach didn't tape because God is mad at me, and Summer really likes this show.... I think it's more for blond dude than for the story lines."
"You don't say."
"I do say.. and as it happens, I find myself believing that I'm like the Mentalist guy."
Ryan raised an eyebrow suspiciously. "How so?"
"Well, he can manipulate people and situations into what he wants and, apparently, so can I."
"Uh." he grunted. It was too late at night for Seth's riddles.
"Yeah, it's amazing. Not three days ago, I used my persuasive power to 'chat' with the former Dean Hess"
"Yeah... and how did that go?" Ryan knew that Seth had talked to Hess, but he hadn't expounded as to what was discussed. After he and Taylor had 'gotten back together', she'd made him promise not to go after Jack. He was her friend, or at least a so called friend, after all... and she didn't trust Ryan not to punch him. It was a good call on her part. To keep temptation at bay, Ryan had avoided any interaction with Jack. He hadn't even seen him. It was a bit anti-climatic for him, but it made Taylor happy... which in turn made him happy.
"It went great. In fact..." Seth leaned over to the cend table and got his wallet. He opened it and handed Ryan a folded piece of paper. When Ryan saw what it was, he couldn't believe it. "You blackmailed him?"
"I prefer to think of it as being paid for my silence."
"That's the definition of blackmail, Seth."
"Yeah, whatever Webster. Anyway, I promised I'd erase the picture of he and Taylor from my phone in exchange for this large sum of money."
"And did you?"
"Yeap... " he paused to give the moment more drama. "Check your phone." Ryan did and saw he had a picture message. "You didn't?"
"I did. No one ever said Hess was a bright man."
Ryan smiled at his brother. No, he didn't like having a picture of Hess and Taylor on his phone. And No, he never thought Seth would resort to blackmail, but heck, at least he hadn't gone to jail for punching him... All in all, it had went well. Ryan settled back on the couch with Seth and grabbed a handful of popcorn. "The Mentalist, huh. You say Summer has a thing for the blond guy?"
"Not that dark-headed guy." Ryan pointed to the large 6'3" inch man on the screen.
Seth began slowly chewing his popcorn, now thinking not so happy thoughts. "No."
"Hum... interesting." Another handful of popcorn. "I kinda look like that blond guy."
"Yes you do, Ryan. Yes you do."
A/N Part II: Yes i know the show ended before the Mentalist started. I couldn't help myself. I heart both shows. I'd love for Ryan Atwood to be Patrick Jane's illegitimate love child LOL.