Hola, my wonderful readers!!
I'm really sorry that it took this long to post up this last Chapter, but I was super busy. But, here it is....the last Chapter of WALHFGOW (that's what I call this story in my head lol). Anyways, it was really bittersweet writing this Chapter, because, well....it's the last one. I hope you guys enjoy it!
Disclaimer - I do not own SWAC, or "That's How You Know".
"That's how you'll know he's your love"
The ride back to Condor Studios was completely silent. The only noise was Sonny occasionally sniffling, and the sound that her sleeves made when they brushed against the car door as she wiped her cheeks. It wasn't exactly an awkward silence, as we weren't mad with one another. It was more of an unsettling silence. Neither of us knew what was going to happen next. I mean, I knew what I was going to confess to her, but I didn't have any idea how Sonny was going to react. I knew how I wanted her to react, but that didn't mean that she would exactly respond that way.
Honestly, I felt terrible. I hated seeing Sonny cry; it hurt my heart every single time that a tear rolled down her cheek. The only thing that made this whole scenario worse was the single fact that it was my fault that Sonny was crying. At first, of course, it was Tara's. But I had comforted Sonny about that, and she was over her. But now...now Sonny was crying solely and completely because of my own stupidity.
I parked in my special spot and shut off the engine, pulling my car key out of the ignition. Without a word, Sonny unbuckled her seatbelt, opened the passenger side door and got out of the car. I sighed and followed her lead, surprised to find that she was waiting for me in front of the car. I smiled at her slightly and grabbed her hand. She didn't even react to the contact; she didn't intertwine our fingers together, she didn't squeeze my hand, she didn't even pinch my palm like she did sometimes when she was upset with me. But she didn't pull her hand away, and that had to count for something.
"Where are we going?" Sonny asked me, breaking the silence for the first time since it had settled over us. I looked sidelong at her and nodded once towards me dressing room, which we were nearing. She just pursed her lips and nodded slightly as I opened up the door, following me inside and settling into the chair in front of my desk. She crossed her legs and folded her hands in her lap, bobbing her right leg back and forth.
I perched on the edge of my bed, and then bounced back to my feet a second later, instead pacing in front of Sonny. She glanced at me, her eyebrow raised, and then turned her attention back to her fingernails. I knew that she was waiting for me to start explaining, but I had no idea how to get the words out.
"Chad," she said softly, prompting me.
I nodded and then, all of a sudden, the words bubbled up inside of me and tumbled out of my mouth. "Sonny, listen. Do you remember a few weeks ago, when we were over at your house, and we were watching 'Enchanted'?" I saw her nod her head and then continued. "Well, Portlyn got really mad at me, because she wanted me to tell you that I love you. When we were watching the movie, I got this idea that I could show you how I felt, instead of just telling you. So, I took all of the lines of the song, and re-enacted them, to show you how much I loved you. I sent you a note, yellow flowers on a rainy day, I took you dancing, dedicated a sing to you – "
"Wore brown to match my eyes, and we had a picnic by the fire," Sonny said softly. She looked up into my eyes, her face glowing. "I thought that it all sounded familiar, but I just didn't register it in my head, you know? But Chad, you did all of that just to show me that you love me? Why didn't you just tell me?"
I shrugged one shoulder and rubbed the back of my neck with one hand. "I dunno," I said. "I just wanted it to be special. I mean, how many boys just tell their girlfriends that they love them? I wanted to be different."
"Awww," Sonny pushed herself out of the chair and took my hand, dragging me over to the bed. She sat me down and then perched on my lap, taking my hands in hers and playing with our fingers together. "That's really sweet, Chad. But there's still one thing I don't quite understand."
I placed a kiss on her forehead and rested her head in the crook of my neck, stroking her brunette curls. "What's that?"
"Today, when I told you that I loved you...why did you hesitate? Why didn't you just tell me that you loved me back right then?"
"Well, part of the original plan was for me to tell you when I reached the last line of the song. That was when we were having the picnic at my house that night, remember?" Her soft hair brushed against my neck as she nodded her head. "Well, I chickened out that night, and decided that I would wait until your birthday. And I was planning on telling you a bit later on, when I was giving you your present. I had this whole thing planned out, and then Tara had to come and ruin it all."
"Hmm," Sonny murmured. She lifted her head up and looked at me, a grin taking over her face. "So, Chad? Can I have my present now, then?"
I sighed and started to dig around in my pocket. I was going to give this to Sonny at the surprise party, but really, if all of my other plans had fallen through, what was the point of waiting? I gave Sonny the blue velvet box and looked carefully at her reaction. Her eyes lit up, and her whole face turned a light shade of pink.
"Oh, Chad, what is it?" she breathed, gently brushing her fingers over the lid.
"I'm not going to tell you," I said, tucking some hair behind her ear. "Open it up and see."
I didn't have to tell her twice. She quickly flipped open the box and gasped when she saw the necklace lying there. It was a silver heart pendant, a sparkling red ruby in the centre of the silver plate. The pendant was hanging on a delicate silver chain, which I now clasped around Sonny's neck. She touched the necklace with her fingertips and smiled up at me. "Thank you so much, Chad!" she exclaimed before attacking my lips with hers.
When we broke apart, I gently pushed her off of me and stood up, straightening my shirt as I did so. Tawni had told me that they would need only about two hours to set up for the party, and because of this little setback, it had been about three hours since we left to go to Build-A-Bear. They'd had enough time to decorate the Prop House. I took Sonny's hand in my own, and couldn't stop the smile from spreading across my face when she squeezed my hand in hers.
"What?" she questioned, looking up at me.
I just shook my head and tugged on her hand gently, pulling her towards the Prop House. The lights were still on, and everyone was making noise inside the room, but we didn't really have time to go back to my dressing room, or even the mall, for that matter. Besides, Sonny actually let go of my hand and ran into the room excitedly, probably to show Tawni the necklace that I'd given her.
"Tawni, look at what Chad got me for my birthday!"
I knew her so well.
I followed her inside and laughed at the look on Tawni's face. It was a cross between awe (because she saw the necklace) and frustration (because Sonny ran into the room before they could shout 'Surprise', I'm guessing). True to form, she stomped her foot on the floor and tossed her blonde hair over her shoulder.
"Sonny, no, we we're ready!!" she cried out. "Go back outside!"
Sonny looked confused, so I just took her hand and dragged her back outside. "Trust me, ok?" I whispered. There was bustling and hustling, a crash and a scream, before the lights in the Prop House shut off.
"Ok, Sonny, you can come in now!" Tawni called out.
I laughed under my breath and led Sonny into the dark room. As soon as we entered the room, Nico flipped on the lights, and everyone screamed out, "Surprise!! Happy birthday Sonny!"
Her hands flew to her mouth, and she started to giggle. "Oh my gosh! Thank you so much, you guys!"
While Sonny was talking with her castmates, Portlyn sidled up to me and poked me in the side with her long, sharp nail. "So...did you tell her?" she demanded. I nodded, and her whole face lit up. "Finally!" she cried out, pumping her fist in the air. "Hey, everyone! Chad told Sonny that he loves her!" she squealed, and my whole face turned red. Sonny, on the other side of the room, flushed also, and everyone cheered and wolf-whistled for us.
"Oh, huh, thanks guys," I said, my blush deepening as more blood rushed to my face.
"Everyone, quiet!" Tawni screamed. She wheeled a cart into the room, a cart that was carrying a big birthday cake. The trim of the cake was pink, and right in the middle, on edible paper, was a picture of me and Sonny, hugging and grinning at the camera. "It's time to cut the cake!"
"But, Tawni, the party just started," Sonny protested, sipping a cup of punch. "Shouldn't we wait a little bit?"
"Look, Sonny," Tawni said, setting the paper plates out on the cart. "You and Chad got here a little late, ok? We were supposed to cut the cake at this time, and the party was supposed to start like, one hour ago! So, please, can we just cut the cake now?"
"Yeah, Sonny, please?" Grady asked, making a puppy dog pout. "I want some cake!"
She smiled and motioned for Tawni to continue with her hand. "Well, I guess its okay," she said, and stuck the candles in the middle of the cake, careful not to mutilate our faces. "Hey, Tawni, can you light these for me, please?"
"Sure," she chirped, and hurried over to Sonny. She lit a match and brought it to the wick of each of the candles, and squealed in delight when they caught on fire. Sonny motioned me over with her hand, and I stood behind her and snaked my arm around her waist.
"Make a wish," I whispered in her ear, and she blew out the candles all in one breath.
"Yay!!" Tawni clapped her hands and held out a fork to Sonny. "Now, Sonny, you and Chad have to cut the cake together!"
Sonny blushed, but she stuck the fork in the cake and fed me a mouthful. After I was finished swallowing, I took the fork from her fingers and dipped it into the cake. However, instead of putting the fork in her mouth, I instead swiped some icing off with my index finger and planted it on her nose. I watched as she laughed, and everyone started to throw the cake at each other. I slipped the forkful of cake into my mouth and started when I felt a glob of frosting hit me on the cheek.
I turned my head to see Sonny laughing at me. "Got you!"
I smirked and started to chase her. I followed her around the whole Prop House, and laughed when she cornered herself against a wall, just like she did the day that this all started. I trapped her and brought my face down to hers, kissing the frosting off of her cheek.
"I love you, Sonny Munroe," I whispered.
"And I love you, Chad Dylan Cooper," she answered, before connecting our lips once more. It was the most amazing kiss that we'd ever shared, the most amazing kiss that I'd ever had, and by the time that we broke apart, both Sonny and I were breathing a little heavier.
" 'That's how you know he's your love'," Sonny quoted in a whisper.
I smiled at her and kissed some icing off of her nose. "Exactly," I agreed, before pulling her in for another kiss. " 'That's how you know'."
So, honestly, I wasn't quite sure how to end this story, so I apologize profusly if the ending sucks. And also, I justed wanted to thank everyone for reading this story, and following it and most of all, reviewing. It really means a lot to me. So, I hope that you all enjoyed my first multi-Chapter Channy fanfic!!