Final chapter! Thanks to all who stuck it out the whole way, with my scattering updates, and change of plot lines. Hope you guys enjoyed it. I appreciate all the feedback I've gotten! :)

Sorry I don't really explain what would happen to Truman; I'll let all your overactive imaginations write the ending to his story.

I do not own Life With Derek.


"Derek! DEREK!" a familiar but irritably loud voice shouted at him. He moaned, pulling Casey closer to him and burying his face between her shoulder blades.

"Go away. I'm tired." Derek mumbled.

Britney put her hands on her hips. "Derek, my shift is over. You have to get up. You're not supposed to be here, remember?"

He simply waved a hand at her in response.

Letting out an aggravated growl, Britney pulled on his shoulder to drag him away from Casey. He clung to her tighter until she awoke, crying out in pain. He instantly released her, forgetting again of her injuries.

"Sweetheart, I'm so sorry. Are you okay?" Derek asked quickly, springing out of bed as if he'd been up for hours. Somehow when he used terms of endearment with her, they didn't sound unnatural. It was just as casual as using her name.

"I'm fine, you just caught me by surprise." Casey explained, rubbing her eyes. "Well I have to say that was my least favourite wake up call from you so far."

Derek grinned. "Oh come on, what about all the high school morning fun we had? Buckets of cold water? Unplugging your alarms so you wake up in a frenzy? Those are some of my favourites!"

Casey crossed her arms, trying not to look amused. It was so much harder to hide her amusement now that she knew he why he did all those things.

"I suppose you have a point. This one wasn't that bad. I don't know if that's something to be proud of." she reminded him, biting her tongue to stop the bubble of laughter from escaping.

"You guys are probably the weirdest couple I have ever met. But I'm glad I did." Britney said, reaching her hands out. Casey sat up and hugged her.

"Thanks for everything Britney. You really went above and beyond and I will always be grateful." she told her.

Britney smiled. "The pleasures all mine. It's times like these that remind me why I went into nursing. Keep in touch you two, add me on facebook or something."

Derek enveloped her in a hug when she was free again. "We will. I think I know someone who would love to meet you as well."

Casey met Derek's eyes in confusion but when he smiled she knew what single, sweet best friend he was thinking of. There would be no Male Code for this one.

"Well I'm off to sleep forever, what an eventful night. Thanks you too for the most memorable shift of my nursing career!" she added playfully, and waved them off before leaving.

Once she left, Derek sighed. "So…today's the day."

Casey smiled. "It won't be that bad. Plus, after we tell them, we can be free to be together."

Derek kissed her lovingly on the mouth.

"We have no blood relation, there's technically nothing wrong with what we're doing. If they love us both as much as they say they do, they'll support our decision. Otherwise we'll figure something out. We're just about eighteen, they can't control us forever."

"We can't control you now! We've never been able to get you two to stop fighting, what makes you think we could ever stop this?" George's voice came from behind them.

With dread, they turned to face their family, all of which was looking a mixed of surprised and happy.

Nora moved forward first, and hugged them both.

"I've just signed your release papers. We can all finally go home." she said as the kids made their way in to greet their siblings.

"We have to go over ground rules first though. Nora will take the kids in one car, and you two will come with me in The Prince." George said warningly, in his lawyer, don't-even-think-of-arguing-with-me-because-I'll-just-embarrass-you voice.

Derek looked at Casey. "I told you, bars on the windows and a cat flap! You owe me five bucks!"

"Der-ek!"

He grinned. "That's my girl."

She simply rolled her eyes, but let his arm wind around her.

"But Dad, seriously, if you think that's going to stop the PDA, you obviously don't know my trickster ways very well…"

"DER-EK!" It earned him another rounding chorus from the family.


The End


Ta-da! That's it!

Thank you all so much for reading and those who left reviews or threw this in their favourites! Really, really appreciate all of you.

PS If you didn't catch who I was referring to for a guy for Britney, it was Sam. Don't know how obvious it was, that's why I added the male code thing. :)

I have written a Prequel to this story, titled Unwanted Connection, that can be found on my profile. It's an in-depth look at the night Truman attacked Casey from her POV, leading up to when she is rescued by Derek. It is very intense and clearly is very mature in nature, so please be warned before you read as it has detailed sexual and physical abuse. It had been bouncing around in my head throughout writing this and I felt it should be written and shared so you all can gain a better understanding of what happened that night rather than piecing it together with the bits I mentioned throughout the story. Thanks for the interest.

Endless thanks to all of you once more.