Author's Note: Thanks as always for going along with my increased nuttiness. I appreciate it more than I can say. The next story is going to jump ahead a few years, and the focus is going to shift to Stephanie, TJ, Connie Vanderbilt, and Lizzie Norris. Thanks again for all of the reviews.

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Chapter 10: Won't Give Up

Eva walked into the house carrying a garment bag and walked into the kitchen. Mikey was sitting quietly at the table.

"Hey," she smiled.

"Hey," he said. "What's in the bag?"

"Prom dress," she shrugged. He nodded. "What are you doing here?" She asked. He smiled and offered her a large wrapped rectangle. "Mikey!"

"Happy Birthday Evie," he whispered. "Something I thought you might like." She nodded and opened it. She smiled and ran her hands over it.

"Oh, it's beautiful!" She whispered, it was a large smooth book, entitled "The Art of Venice," but everything was in Italian. "You're the best best friend in the history of the world." She kissed him on the cheek.

"Well, I saw it," he shrugged, "and Julie and Jimmy always give each other books and stupid shit like that, so I figured, keep the tradition going." She smiled and sat down and started looking through it. "I did good?"

"Absolutely!" She said. "Where did you even find it?" She asked.

"We were in Italy with Julie's mom over spring break," he shrugged. "I figured you would like it, since you've never been." She smiled.

"Aunt Tammy keeps promising to take me," she whispered and ran her fingers over the glossy pictures. "What did David get me?"

"Oh no," he shook his head. "You're not getting that out of me." She sighed. "So you bought a prom dress, huh? Are you planning on putting out?"

"You wish I discussed that aspect of my relationship with you," she shook her head. He laughed. She stopped. "Does he expect me to?"

"Sweetheart," he stood up, "I'm teasing. No, you know he doesn't expect anything from you. He hopes and wishes and prays, but no expectations." She nodded. "He's a better man than me that way. If we'd stayed together, I would have had expectations."

"Hm, then clearly I made the right choice." She smirked. He laughed. "Thank you for the book Mikey. Thank you for everything."

"Anytime Evie," he said hugging her close.

"Do you want to see me in my dress?" She grinned.

"Not particularly," he shook his head. "But I somehow doubt that's going to stop you."

"You would be right," she bounced into the bathroom and got changed and then walked out. He stared at her. "Is that good staring or bad staring?"

"Good," he whispered. "Definitely good, wow, Evie, you look beautiful."

"Thanks," she said, blushing. The dress was a gorgeous deep blue taffeta. Tammy had made it for her niece and she had just gotten it back from a tailor.

"I'm kind of trying hard not be in love with you right now Riley," he said. She smiled. "But that's an everyday fight for me."

"You know how much I love you, right?" She whispered. He nodded. "Good." She hugged him. "I'm going to go change and then you're buying me dinner."

"That's your boyfriend's job," he said.

"Not tonight it isn't," she shrugged. He laughed. "Besides, he's busy, he has a recital tomorrow and he needs to focus."

"Ah," he nodded. "I see." She smiled at him and skipped back into the bathroom to change. She walked back out in her jeans and tee shirt.

"What are you doing this summer?" She asked.

"Probably waiting tables at Julia's," he shrugged. "I want a car next year, so," she nodded.

"Which location?" She asked.

"Bangor," he said. She nodded again. "Why do you ask?"

"I want to visit you silly," she laughed. He smiled. "Or maybe we can go to Colorado at the same time."

"Maybe," he nodded. "That'll be fun." She smiled.


A few weeks later Eva and David danced with her head resting on his shoulder. They weren't technically even at the prom anymore, but standing on the terrace of the hotel room they'd gotten. She looked up and kissed him softly.

"What are you thinking right now?" She asked. "I want you to tell me the truth."

"The truth?" He said. She nodded. "I'm surprised that you wanted to come up here, this was a just in case dream scenario." She swallowed and kissed him again. "Eva, I didn't mean that because we're up hereā€¦"

"No, I know," she said softly. "I just, I love you, and I want it to be with you," she took his hands and they walked inside. "I want this tonight." They sat on the bed and kissed for a while.

"As glad as I am," he whispered. "That you want this tonight," he took her hands, "I don't." She closed her eyes. "I mean, I do, I want you, I always do, but I don't think you're ready for it, and I couldn't live with myself if," she smiled and kissed him.

"You're so good to me," she whispered. "How are you always so good?"

"Just a gift I guess," he smiled. They lay down and she rested her head in his chest. "Now it's my turn, what are you thinking?"

"We've never talked about," she whispered, "I mean, we've talked about it, obviously, but never, I mean, have you ever?"

"Oh," he smiled. "That. Yes, I have." She looked at him. "There was a girl, I was on tour with Patrick one summer. We met in June, it was over by August." She rested her chin on his chest and looked at him. "I was your age, she was a little older. I wasn't ready, and I should have waited longer."

"When you say a little older?" She frowned, "like us a little older?"

"She was twenty one," he smiled. "So actually a lot older. I thought I was a big stud," she laughed. "I wish I'd known that you'd be here then." They kissed softly and ended up rolling over so that she was on her back. They kissed harder then.

"I don't just think I'm ready, David," she whispered. "I am ready." He smiled and they kissed again. "The timing doesn't matter, just that it's with you."

"Then do me the favor of us waiting another year," he said. "If the timing doesn't matter to you, then I'd rather it happen when you're sixteen, and I can no longer be prosecuted. Your father would press charges and you know it." She sighed, he probably would. "I love you so much," he whispered.

"I love you too," she whispered. "And I'm not giving up." He smiled. He knew she wouldn't.


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