A/N: At long last, the last chapter of this fic is here!  I'm sorry I'm so horrible with updates.  But thank you to everyone who reviewed this fic.  Especially the people who reviewed more then once.  It lets me know that some people actually liked my story enough to stick with me!  Okay, you can just read now!  Enjoy ^.~


Her Injured Heart ~ Epilogue

By: Valentine Taylor



Last time:

"I'm glad you told me about this.  I assume this is why Yamato was here yesterday?"

"Yeah, he's been a big help."

"He's such a nice boy," Ms. Takenouchi replied.  "Why don't you go get ready for dinner."

Sora nodded and headed towards her room.


"…in local news, 18 year old Troy Takahashi was sentenced to ten years in prison for raping his ex-girlfriend.  The boy was tried as an adult and sentenced without bail or parole."

What Sora heard from the TV allowed her the most happiness she had felt in a long time.  She was finally completely separated from the one person who had managed to ruin her life.  At least that's what she had thought he had done.  But that was before she received the call from Matt.  He had asked her to meet him at the park.  Now she didn't know what to think.

After telling her mother she would be home later, Sora headed to the park.  She found Matt sitting under a tree.  He looked up when he heard her approach.  He met her on the path and walked her to a nearby bench.  "Matt, what did you want to tell me?"

Matt was silent for a moment.  Then he took a deep breath and replied.  "Sora, remember when you told me Troy thought you had fallen in love with me?"  Not knowing what he was getting at, she nodded and he continued.  "Well, I don't want to sound like some sappy romance novel, but," he took another deep breath, "I think it goes the other way…I think I'm falling for you."  Sora opened her mouth as if to say something, but Matt continued quickly.  "Please, just hear me out.  Throughout the past few months, I've watched what you went through and it made me so mad.  But as time went by, I realized I was feeling something else as well.  I was jealous.  I was jealous of Troy.  I didn't understand how someone so horrible could be with someone as loving and caring as you.  Then I realized that I wanted to make everything better for you.  And now that Troy is gone…I was wondering if…you would care to give-us- a try."  Matt's eyes pleaded with her.

Sora stared into the orbs of blue and found that these words, she never in her wildest dreams thought she would ever hear directed towards her, were possibly the most sincere the boy had ever spoken to anyone.  "Matt…" She reached over and gently touched his cheek.  "You are one of the best friends I have ever had, and I love you for it. I need time, but…yes…if you can be patient and take things really slow, yes, I am willing to give it a try."  For the first time in two weeks, Sora smiled a genuinely happy smile.

To exuberant for words, Matt could only smile back and gather the red haired girl into his arms in a loving hug.


~Two weeks later~

Matt and Sora walked into school hand in hand.  Word had spread like wildfire that the much sought-after Yamato Ishida was now taken, and the mob of girls had somewhat diminished.  There were always the loyal fangirls sticking it out, but Matt was happy just holding onto Sora's hand.  Sora was much happier now, and living a much more normal teenage girl's life.

"Ooh, look at the cute couple," came a sarcastic comment from behind the two.  They turned to see Tai standing in the doorway.  He had a big smile on his face.  "Matt can you tear yourself away from Sora for just a minute please?"

"Sure Tai," Matt replied.  "Sora, can you wait for me after class?"  Sora nodded and Matt went off with Tai.  "What's up?"

"Matt, has she said it yet?"

"Tai, it's been two weeks.  She said 'slow' not 'lightspeed'."

"I know, but it just seems that she should know already.  She's been friends with you for years, it's not like there's much she doesn't already know about you."  Trust Tai to misinterpret the whole relationship thing.

"Tai, she'll say it when she's ready," Matt said slowly, "I'm not in any kind of rush or anything.  And Sora's worth waiting for."  Tai just nodded.


Matt rushed to meet Sora outside her classroom.  His conversation with Tai had been bugging him all day.  When would she tell him?  Would he have to wait his entire lifetime to here the words his ears longed for?

"Hey Matt!  Ready to go?"  Sora's voice interrupted his thoughts.

"Let's go," he replied coolly.  They went to his car and he drove her to her apartment building.

"Thanks for the ride!  See you tomorrow morning?"

"Of course!"  Matt smiled.  "I love you," he said, like he had so many times before.

And just like so many times before, Sora just smiled and nodded.  Closing the car door, she headed for the elevator.

Matt, on a sudden impulse, jumped out of the car and ran into the elevator just as the doors were closing.  Sora yelped, but Matt ignored her surprise.  "Sora, why do you always do that?  You always just smile and nod when I tell you I love you…why?"

"Matt, what…?"

"Sora, you told me you wanted to take things slow and I agreed.  But I didn't think…I didn't know you would be completely devoid of emotion when I told you I loved you.  I expected some sort of response.  You don't even have to tell me you love me, that's not what I need!  I just need to know that you care about what I said!"  Matt looked into the girl's eyes.  "I need to know if you feel even the tiniest bit towards me, what I feel towards you.  Please…" He pleaded.

Sora looked at him, confused by the emotions running through her.  "Matt, I…" The elevator doors opened and Sora tore her eyes from Matt and stepped out.  "I get off here.  Good night."

Matt's face hardened.  "Then I guess you don't."  The doors closed and the elevator started back towards the ground level.

Sora stared at the doors in front of her.  She turned Matt's words over in her head.  "Matt…" Without another thought she ran towards the stairwell. 

Matt was getting into his car when he heard the hurried footsteps behind him.  He turned to see Sora running towards him.  Straightening up again, he waited for the girl to approach.  She didn't say anything to him, but looked deeply into his eyes.  He looked right back and saw everyting he needed in those orbs of fire.  The answers to all his questions.  Without a word, the girl jumped into his arms and held him tight.  He felt her emotions running into his body as they stood holding each other, and Matt was finally free from all doubt.

She loved him.

Saying I love you
Is not the words I want to hear from you
It's not that I want you
Not to say, but if you only knew
How easy it would be to show me how you feel
More than words is all you have to do to make it real
Then you wouldn't have to say that you love me
Cos I'd already know
What would you do if my heart was torn in two
More than words to show you feel
That your love for me is real
What would you say if I took those words away
Then you couldn't make things new
Just by saying I love you
More than words
Now I've tried to talk to you and make you understand
All you have to do is close your eyes
And just reach out your hands and touch me
Hold me close don't ever let me go
More than words is all I ever needed you to show
Then you wouldn't have to say that you love me
Cos I'd already know
What would you do if my heart was torn in two
More than words to show you feel
That your love for me is real
What would you say if I took those words away
Then you couldn't make things new
Just by saying I love you
More than words

 I was a normal teenage boy.

I had to go to school,

Played in a band,

Hung out with friends,

Saved the world, the usual. 

But then everything changed.

I fell for one of my Best Friends…

I fell in Love…

The End

A/N: Awww, wow…I write the WORST endings ever.  Sorry guys.  You'd think that after a month that I could at LEAST produce a good ending, but no.  I have been too busy watching anime and Harry Potter and living life to write a good ending and I am SSSOOOOOO sorry…By the way, in case you didn't already know, the song is "More Than Words" by Extreme.  Anyway, my next fic is going to be completely written before I post any of it, so updates will be a whole lot quicker.  Thanks to EVERYONE who reviewed *huggles*  I would thank each and every one of you individually, but I have already put off studying for my English and Geometry finals long enough…Til next time!!!

-Val ^.~