"Why didn't she tell me?" was the thought that ran through Luis's mind throughout his remainder of his dance with Sheridan. He tried his best, but he couldn't come up with any explanations that were acceptable or that seemed realistic.
If she's lying about this to me, who knows what else she may be lying to me about! I sure hope Beth can explain this, but I have no idea how...
Sheridan, meanwhile, couldn't wait for the dance to be over so she could stop dancing with her ex during their song.
I can't believe it! I mean, of all the songs in the world, why this one?
As she heard the final bars of the song, she dropped her hands from around Luis and ran off crying. Gwen saw this and quickly followed her.
"Sheridan? Are you ok?" Gwen asked, worriedly.
Sobbing, Sheridan replied, "No, of course I'm not ok! Luis and I were just crowned King and Queen of the Prom. We were dancing together to Our Song. It should have been the perfect moment-but it wasn't. And it's all because of Beth!"
Gwen stepped forward and gave Sheridan a hug. "It'll be ok. I know this is hard for you, but you'll get over him, Sheridan. I know you will. Do you want to go home?" Sheridan couldn't find her voice, so she just nodded. Gwen then ran inside to find Hank and Ethan.
"Gwen, you shouldn't have to leave. I'll take Sheridan home. You two can stay here and dance the night away," Hank told her.
"Hank, I'm not going to have any fun knowing my best friend is heartbroken. I have to go. You two can always stay and dance with other girls," Gwen suggested, getting sick at the thought of Ethan slow dancing with another girl.
"Gwen, if you leave, I leave. We came together, and I'm not going to let you try to console Sheridan alone. I understand how tough this must be for her," Ethan informed her.
"Yeah, Gwen. She's my date. I really should go. I need to make sure she's ok," Hank added.
"Thanks, guys," Gwen said, before realizing something. "Hank, you do realize that you and Sheridan are only here as friends, right?"
"Y-yeah. Of course. I know that," he attempted to say nonchalantly.
"But you wish it were more...right?" Gwen guessed.
Hank considered denying it, but he glanced over at Ethan who knew his true feelings. He knew he could never pull it off. "Yeah."
"Look, I'm gonna be straight with you, Hank. Honestly, I don't think she's ready for a boyfriend now. She's definitely not over Luis yet, so if you two did date, you would just be a rebound guy."
"Yeah, I, uh, kinda gathered that from her reaction to their dance."
"But you need to tell her how you feel. Tell her how you feel and that you know that she's not ready for a new boyfriend yet. Just make sure you're sure to add that you felt as if she deserved to know and that you'll always be there for her. While your feelings may come as a shock to her, she'll just accept them and appreciate your understanding. Then, when she's over Luis, she'll consider dating you. Ok?"
"Yeah, I guess you're right. I just didn't want to tell her since I didn't want to burden her anymore."
"Hank, you need to be honest with her. You two are really close, and she at least deserves that much. And once you tell her, you'll feel better. Once it's all out in the open, you'll feel this immense sense of relief. You have to tell her-tonight." Gwen and the guys then walked out to the limo where Sheridan was waiting and drove to Hank's house.
Meanwhile, Luis had watched Sheridan run off crying and was beginning to wonder why. He stood there, just watching her run away, when Beth came over and asked him to dance.
"Actually, Beth, I'd rather talk, if you don't mind."
"O-okay. What's up?"
"Let's go somewhere a little more private," Luis told her.
Beth grinned, assuming he didn't want to talk, but just be alone with her. She led him to a corner of the gym that was dimly lit. "Well?" she asked seductively.
"What's the deal with Sheridan? Why did she run off on me?"
"I told you, honey. She wants you, and she was probably just miserable because she couldn't deal with the fact that you're not hers."
"Beth, did Sheridan and I ever go out?" Luis asked bluntly.
Beth was shocked. Every other time I told him something he just accepted it and didn't question it. Is he remembering things? Or is he not sure if he can trust me? What should I say? I could say no, but if he's remembering his dates with Sheridan, I'm screwed.But if he's not, then he won't question why I didn't tell him this before.
Luis noticed her hesitation. "Well? Not sure how you should LIE?"
Beth knew this was getting out of hand. She had to say something—fast. "Luis, sweetie, yes, you did go out with Sheridan-for a while, actually. I don't think she's gotten over you yet. I mean, it has been a long time since you dated, but I think she really loved you."
Now Luis was angrier-if that's even possible. "Why the hell didn't you tell me this? Don't you think I have the right to know this kind of stuff?"
Soothingly, Beth told him, "Of course, sweetie! But you were going through so much that I didn't want to burden you with more facts that weren't really relevant anymore. But you're right. I should have told you. I'm sorry."
Luis was about to yell at Beth some more when he realized that her reasoning made sense. It wasn't so much that she was KEEPING it from me. She jus didn't want to confuse me further so she just was waiting until later to tell me.
He felt as if a big weight had been lifted off his shoulders. He grinned. "So, honey, do you wanna dance now?"
Beth gave him a sweet smile and said, "It would be my pleasure."
Later, Gwen and Ethan returned to the Prom. After they had managed to calm Sheridan down, they left to give Hank and Sheridan some time alone. They knew that if they stayed, Hank would never tell Sheridan how he felt. While he might not do if even if there weren't there, he definitely wouldn't do it while they were there. They knew that he would be embarrassed with them around and that he wouldn't want Sheridan to feel as if he had been discussing it with other people before her. Anyhow, they showed up and danced the night away.
"Gwen?" Ethan asked. "What do you think about the whole Hank/Luis thing?"
Gwen grinned and said, "Well, I don't think that they'd make a good couple! That's for sure!"
Ethan laughed. "No, I mean the whole Sheridan deal."
"Well...I really like Luis—I mean, not like that or anything, but I know how happy he made Sheridan. Personally, I think that she loved him. She won't admit it, but she was really falling for him. But now that she got involved, it's all screwed up."
Ethan laughed even harder at the face Gwen made when referring to Beth. It wasn't hard to guess how she felt about her.
Gwen rolled her eyes. "Anyhow, I like Hank too, but I'm not sure if Sheridan thinks of him as anything more than a friend. I mean, now, obviously, he's just a friend cause she's so obsessed with Luis and what she lost to that b*tch. But she might have liked him before the whole Luis deal. I don't know. But I think that Hank would be a great guy for her. He understands that she may not be ready for a boyfriend now and is willing to wait for her. I think that's pretty nice of him. Don't you?"
"Sure. I don't know much of what girls want, but that seems like something that's pretty romantic. C'mon, let's dance." They headed out to the dance floor, just as a slow song came on the speakers. Ethan glanced at Gwen, but she just kept on walking, so he kept going too. Suddenly, she turned around to face him. Ethan gathered her into his arms, and they began to dance.
Gwen couldn't believe how right it felt to be in his arms. She rested her head on his shoulder and swayed with him to the music. She knew that there was no other place in the world where she would rather be. Being there, in his arms, just felt so perfect, so right.
Ethan, meanwhile, was wishing that Gwen felt the same way he did. He really liked her, and he was thrilled when she asked him to Prom. He wished it wasn't just as friends, but he knew he would accept whatever Gwen was willing to give him. 'Friends with Benefits' was just fine with him! But then he remembered the advice Gwen had given Hank. He knew that he had to tell her. No matter what her reaction, she deserved to know. He had to be honest with her-but not until the song was over. After he told her how he felt, he may never get this close to her again.
The song ended, and a fast song came on next. Reluctantly, Gwen and Ethan separated.
"Gwen? I wanna talk to you for a sec-if that's ok."
What's going on? Gwen wondered.
"Sure, Ethan. What's up?"
"C'mere," he said, authoritatively taking her hand and leading her to a quiet corner.
Once Gwen saw where they were... well, suffice it to say that she had about 3 billion different daydreams run through her head at once-all of them involving her and Ethan. "So?"
"I have something that I need to tell you. Gwen, I-"
"I have something to tell you too," Gwen interrupted.
"Uh, Gwen, can I finish?"
"Oops. Sorry. Go ahead."
"Look, Gwen, I-I like you. A lot. And I know that you don't feel the same way, but after what you told Hank, I knew that I had to tell you."
Gwen was in shock. After she recovered, she realized Ethan was standing there, waiting for her to respond. "Uh, Ethan, wow. I, uh, I like you too. And as more than friends. I just thought you didn't like me that way. That's why I asked you as friends. But since you like me..." Gwen trailed off.
"...And you like me," Ethan interrupted with a grin, "we can do what we've both been dying to do." And with that, he leaned down and kissed her.
While Gwen and Ethan were busy admitting their feelings for one another, Hank was attempting to do the same thing. They were up in his room so that they could avoid Sam if he came home early.
"Sheridan, there's something I have to tell you. And it can't wait any longer cause otherwise I'll lose my nerve."
"Ok. What's up?" Sheridan prepared herself for the worst-something along the lines of he knew that Luis believed Beth's story cause he'd secretly had a thing for her for years...or something like that.
"Look, I, uh, I... Oh, man."
"Spit it out, Hank," Sheridan urged, her worries increasing by the second.
"I, uh, I like you Sheridan. As in more than a friend. I know that you're not over Luis yet, but Gwen said I should tell you. I didn't want to burden you with anything else, but she's right. You deserve to know. I'm not expecting you to say that you want to go out with me now or anything. I just wanted to tell you."
Sheridan was shocked. That was the last thing she expected Hank to tell her. She sat there on his bed in stunned silence for a few moments. "Well, uh, Hank, you're right. I'm not over Luis. And it could definitely take awhile. I'd love to say that once I get over him, I'd love to go out with you, but I'm not going to. I can't make you wait for me. I won't even ask you to wait for me. No matter how much you may like me, I may say I will date you once I get over him, but I might not. I might decide that we're better off as friends, or another guy may ask me out. I'm not trying to avoid dating you. I'm just trying to save you from whatever pain I might accidentally cause you. I'm sorry, Hank, but right now, but answer is, as you figured, no. I hope this won't affect our friendship."
Hank was disappointed, but he wasn't surprised. This was what he had expected all along. "That's ok, Sheridan. I figured that was what you were going to say. But I just want to make sure that you know that I will always be here for you. Call me anytime day or night if you need someone to talk to."
Sheridan leaned forward and hugged Hank. "Thank you so much, Hank. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this. You are a true friend."
A few hours passed, and Hank had taken Sheridan home. The Prom had ended and the lovebirds were on their way home. For some reason, they just happened to keep getting confused and giving the limo driver the wrong directions. Eventually, they ended up at Sheridan's house. Gwen tapped on her window, and Sheridan ran to open the door for them. She arrived at the door to see Gwen and Ethan kissing on the front porch.
"Ahem!" Sheridan cleared her throat. Guiltily, the two broke apart.
"Uh, sorry, Sheridan. We, uh, just came by to see how you were doing."
"Riiiiiiight, Gwen. More like avoid going home, and tell your parents when you show up about 5 hours later that you spent a lot of time at my house helping me get over Luis. Besides, I figured this would happen tonight."
"Really?" Ethan asked.
"Yeah. I knew how much Gwen wanted you, and I thought that you liked her back, so I told her that she should ask you to Prom. As 'friends,' of course." Sheridan grinned. "And then you both went, had a blast, danced a little, consoled me a little, and made out a lot."
"We did not make out a lot!" Gwen exclaimed. Sheridan just looked at her with a look of total disbelief on her face. "I mean, ummm, it depends on your definition of 'a lot,' I guess. I mean, personally, I'd have to say that it wasn't nearly enough. In order for it to be 'a lot' I think it would have to be too much!"
"Ok, Gwen, but let me ask you this. Have you two spent more time tonight dancing? Or making out?"
Gwen and Ethan looked at each other and grinned. "Well, I'd have to say about the same, Sheridan."
"That's 100% bullshit, Gwen. There's no way. You danced, like, what, three dances before the whole Prom Court Fiasco? And judging from the looks of your hair and clothes, it's highly doubtful that you were able to keep your hands off each other once you confessed your feelings to each other."
"I swear I'm not lying, Sheridan! I mean, we swayed when we were kissing. And technically we were on the dance floor. And we kissed while dancing. So, see? It's pretty close."
"Fine. Whatever." Sheridan paused. "Anyhow, any good gossip to share? Like, I don't know, anything about Luis realizing that Beth is a manipulative b*tch and dumping her?"
"Actually, Sheridan, it's funny you should mention that," Ethan began.
"What?" Sheridan gasped. "You mean it actually happened?"
"Uh, no, but apparently there is, or at least was, trouble in paradise. I heard that after your dance, he grabbed Beth's arm and dragged her away from the crowd."
"He probably just wanted to make out with his 'girlfriend,'" Sheridan replied bitterly.
"Well, apparently, he had a really angry expression on his face." Ethan added.
"C'mon, Sheridan! At least it looks promising! Maybe he finally realized how she has him twisted around her little finger!"
Sheridan smiled a little. "Thanks for trying to cheer me up, guys."
"No problem, girl! That's what best buds do! Besides, you need to stay optimistic. Things could easily start looking up. Maybe Luis'll eventually believe that Beth is lying since everyone else is telling him things that are the exact opposite to what she is telling him."
"Thanks, guys. You're the best friends I could ever ask for!" Sheridan gave them both big hugs. "Now go and get the hell outta here. I'm sure you'd rather be somewhere else, doing something else!" She wiggled her eyebrows.
They both laughed. "Thanks, Sheridan, you're the best. C'mon, Gwen, let's go."
"One sec. Sheridan, call me on my cell the absolute second you need to talk. I'm here for you-even if I'm in the middle of something very...interesting."
"Thanks, Gwen. Now go have fun doing some of that...interesting...stuff. I'll talk to you later."
"Bye, Sheridan," Ethan said as he started dragging Gwen out of her house.
Gwen laughed. "Bye, Sheridan!" They walk out the door, with huge smiles upon their faces.
Sheridan smiled sadly and said quietly to herself, "Well, at least someone found love at the Prom."
Sadly, she returned to her room to cry over all she had lost.
Meanwhile, Luis and Beth were heading to Chad's Post-Prom party. He believed what Beth had told him about Sheridan, but he couldn't stop thinking about everything people had been telling him. He didn't think that Beth would lie to him-something he felt had been proved again through her confession of his previous relationship with Sheridan earlier that evening-but he had trouble believing that everyone else was lying to him. Granted, there weren't THAT many people, but no one seemed to comment on how long Luis and Beth had been going out or anything else like that. He found that somewhat disturbing. Beth was rambling on and on about something-he wasn't really listening-when he knew he just had to ask her.
"Beth, how long ago did I date Sheridan?"
Annoyed, Beth whined, "Luis... What about my end of the year party! Should I hold it at my house, or do you want to throw one together somewhere else?"
Who gives a damn about where to hold a party? It'll be at the beginning of the JUNE! It's more than a month away. How superficial IS she? he asked himself, but he said, in a much nicer tone, "I'm not sure, Beth. Can I think about it? Anyhow, how long ago did Sheridan and I break up?"
I thought we already talked about this! Why is he bringing this up again? she wondered.
"Uh, Luis, didn't we talk about this before? I thought we agreed that it didn't really matter. But, if you really want to know, it was a couple of months ago. I don't know exactly, but before we started going out, you told me that Sheridan had convinced you to pretend you two were still going out. I'm not sure how she managed to convince you-I forget. Anyhow, you made the break-up public, and then we started going out. She's always hated me since then. She thinks of me as the girl who stole you from her. Why did you want to know?"
"I was just kinda curious. No real reason." Just then, the limo stopped at Chad's house. Luis grabbed her hand, hoping to avoid any more of her pointless conversation. "C'mon."
Gwen and Ethan decided that they were going to head by the party too. They figured they could do two fun things at once-they could party AND make out. Naturally, they were kissing all the way to the party. Once the limo pulled into his driveway, it took them a moment to notice since they were so wrapped up in each other. After the finally made their way out of the limo, the tried to navigate their way through the crowd to Hank. He had told them he was planning to show up, and they wanted to see how he was holding up. They hadn't asked Sheridan about the whole Hank issue in case he hadn't told her, but they were wondering what had happened. After wandering around the yard for awhile, they gave up looking for Hank, found an open spot on the grass and began to kiss. A few minutes passed when a low voice interrupted them.
"Way to go, Ethan."
With big grins, the two separated and saw Hank standing before them. "Thanks, man," Ethan replied.
"Yeah, thanks-I think. That was a compliment, right?" Gwen asked.
"Well, actually, what I meant was that I knew that Ethan had wanted you for awhile, and I'm glad that he finally got up the nerve to tell you about it. At least, I'm assuming that's what happened. Right?"
"Well, yeah, but I was gonna tell him the same thing. He just saved me the trouble." They kissed again.
"Ok, ok, I can take a hint. I'll leave you lovebirds alone. Maybe there's a girl here for me somewhere."
"Oh, man, that's right! What happened with Sheridan? Did you tell her?"
"Yeah, I did. She, uh, basically told me that she wasn't interested."
"Oh, that sucks, man," Ethan replied.
"Oh, Hank! I'm so sorry! And I encouraged you to tell her!" Gwen lamented.
"Yeah, Gwen, but you also warned me that this might happen. I'm glad I told her though. Despite how much this hurts, I'm glad that I finally got this off my chest. You were right, I do feel A LOT better. Gwen, I don't hold you responsible for my pain. If anything, I want to THANK you for persuading me to take this chance. Without your encouragement, I would still be holding back my feelings for Sheridan. Now she knows how I feel, but she also knows that the next move, if there will be one, is hers," Hank confided. "I really owe you one, Gwen. But, now I'll walk off and let you guys have fun at the party doing...whatever."
Gwen and Ethan both grinned. "Thanks, Hank. We're even now," Gwen replied. He walked off, leaving Ethan and Gwen to pick up where they left off.
At that same party, Luis couldn't seem to shake this nagging doubt about what Beth was telling him. Why am I having problems believing her? She's my girlfriend. I LOVE her! At least, I think I do. She tells me of all these things that we used to do, but I can't seem to remember any of them. Granted, that's because I have amnesia, but still... You think that I would remember the girl that I love, but the only thing that I've remembered has to do with Sheridan. I need to talk to her and get her side of the story-now. He knew what he was going to have to do.
"Beth, I-I don't feel well. I think I'm gonna head home."
"Oh, sweetie, that's horrible! Let's get you home. I'll take care of you."
"No, no, I'll be fine. A little bit of sleep, and I'll be back to normal."
"Are you sure? Cause, honey, I love you and I'll stay and take care of you if you want."
NO! JUST LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE! I just want some time ALONE! Luis's mind screamed.
"I'll be just fine. Don't worry about me. Just get some sleep yourself."
"Ok, if you're sure, sweetie..."
"I'm sure," Luis replied quickly. Beth gave him a weird look, but they just headed out to the limo and drove her home.
After he dropped her off, he headed over to Sheridan's house. Nervously, he walked up to her front door, wondering whether or not he should actually knock on her door. He knew it was late, and he didn't want to disturb her-or her family. He was just about to turn around and walk back to the limo when he heard a voice nearby.
"Gwen? Is that you?" the voice whispered.
"Sheridan?" Luis whispered back.
"Who is that? Who's there?"
"Uh, it's Luis. I was wondering if I could come in. I, uh, would really like to talk to you."
Why does he want to talk to me? Is Beth with him? But what do I have to lose? I already lost him. I don't see how things can get much worse. Sheridan contemplated.
"I'll be right out."
Once she got outside, he walked her to the limo. They climbed in and asked, "So? What's up?"
"Well, I was wondering why you ran off from our dance crying. I know that we used to date-in fact, one of our dates is one of the few things that I actually DO remember. Why were you so sad after we danced?"
"Do you want the truth?" Sheridan asked. He nodded. "Well, this could take awhile. We started dating a few weeks ago-April 6, to be exact. I remember I was having a horrible day, and then you asked me to the Prom in English Lit. I didn't believe it at first, but once I realized that I WASN'T dreaming, I was really happy. That Friday, we went out to a movie-The Matrix. I don't usually like action movies, but because I saw it with you, I really enjoyed it. Anyhow, on Thursday of that week, I was in a great mood. I walked into PreCalculus and Chad and Hank told me that you had had a concussion in gym when a volleyball hit you on the head. Hank and I visited you during PreCalculus, and we went by after school-a little after 3. But by then you had gone home, and you thought that Beth was your girlfriend. That really hurt me. Remember how Hank and I came by around 3:30? I was so shocked when you told me that Beth was your girlfriend. I just couldn't believe it. Beth has wanted you for years. I think that when she found out you had amnesia, she saw her opportunity and took advantage of it."
Luis was shocked. This followed what Beth had said in only one spot-the concussion and amnesia stemming from a volleyball on the head during gym class. Other than that, her story was completely different. He thought back to the day when she and Hank had visited him. She had seemed rather shocked when he told her that he already HAD a girlfriend. He didn't think that she'd be able to act that well. He was still confused though.
Sheridan was sitting beside him, praying that he would believe her. She had told him the truth, but it was up to him to believe it. Suddenly, Luis leaned forward and kissed her. Sheridan was sure that she was dreaming, but kissed him back with all her heart. But then, just as suddenly, he pulled back.
"Luis?" Sheridan asked softly. "What was that for?" But Luis didn't respond. He just sat back against the seat with this very serious look on his face. Sheridan was very confused. What was going on?
Luis hadn't been able to resist kissing her. She just looked so sweet and sexy. That hopeful look on her face was simply irresistible. But suddenly, during the kiss, he started to remember more and more. He remembered that day in English Lit. He walked into the room, determined to ask her to Prom. He was so concentrated on overcoming his fear that he didn't even notice the fierce scowl on her face. He asked her if she had a date to Prom, and she gave him a depressed answer. When she didn't pick up on his hints at her being his date he finally asked her, and she took him out of his misery and told him that she'd love to go with him to Prom.
It was as she described. He had asked Sheridan to Prom, not Beth. Why had he let her manipulate him? He knew he'd have to break up with her and get back together with the girl he really loved-Sheridan. Then Sheridan's voice interrupted his thoughts.
"Luis? Are you ok?"
Luis shook his head. "Yeah, sorry, Sheridan. I just remembered something."
"Really? That's great."
"Look, Sheridan, I'm really sorry. I never should have fallen for Beth's act. Can you ever forgive me?"
Sheridan was shocked. He believes ME! He does! YES! She knew there was only one thing that she could do. She leaned forward and kissed him with all of her heart. It was the only thing she had wanted for weeks. She broke off the kiss and told him, "Of course I can forgive you. You had amnesia-it's not your fault." She leaned in for another kiss.
They kissed for a few more moments, until Luis asked, "Do you want to go to Chad's? His party's pretty cool-besides, I think I saw Gwen and Ethan there."
"Yeah, but they probably didn't see you-or anyone else!"
They both laughed. "They WERE pretty wrapped up in each other," he admitted.
"Let's go." They gave the directions to the driver and continued kissing.
They reached his house a bit too soon. Reluctantly, they stepped out of the privacy of the limo and looked around for Gwen and Ethan. Judging from the radiant smiles on their faces and the way their arms were wrapped around each other, it wasn't hard to tell that Sheridan and Luis were back together. They got a number of comments from their friends on how cute they looked, or on how smart Luis was to finally realize how much Beth was lying to him. After asking a couple of people, they finally stumbled upon Ethan and Gwen-literally.
"Hey! Watch where you're going!" Ethan said.
With false sympathy, Sheridan replied, "Oh, I'm sorry, Ethan. Was I interrupting something?"
Ethan was about to reply when Gwen cut him off. "Sheridan? What are you doing here? Come to find Hank?"
"Actually, Gwen, I'm already with a guy."
"Really? Who?" Gwen wondered.
"Uh, me, Gwen," Luis interjected.
"Luis? Is that you?" Gwen asked.
"Yeah, Gwen, it's me. I'm surprised you recognized my voice."
"Well, I've known you for HOW long? Anyhow, it's great to see that you and Sheridan are back together. You two belong together, ya know."
"She's right. You two make the perfect couple-right after us, of course."
"Thanks for the vote of confidence, guys," Luis said with a grin. "Now we'll leave you two alone so that you can get back to...whatever it is that you were doing."
"And you guys are going to go off and do the same, right?" Ethan teased.
Luis grinned back. "That WAS the general idea, yeah." Luis and Sheridan walked off. Soon, both couples began to kiss again, and continued to do so for a long time.
The next day, Luis went over to Beth's house and broke it off with her. She cried and begged him to reconsider, but he refused. He told her that he couldn't handle her lies any longer and that he needed to be with someone who would tell him the truth. Afterward, he went over to Sheridan's house.
"C'mon, honey, it's gotta be a surprise. You've gotta let me put the blindfold on you."
Resigned, Sheridan responded, "Fine. But it had better be worth it."
"Oh, it will. Believe me, I think it'll be worth it." And with that, he tied it around her head, and led her to his car.
They drove for a few minutes before he stopped the car, and helped her out. They walked for a while, but soon stopped. He helped her sit down, and slowly removed the blindfold. Before her was a picnic lunch, with all of her favorite foods. They were in a little clearing in the middle of the forest.
"Oh, Luis! It's beautiful."
"Only the best for you, my sweet."
"But why did you bring me here? I mean, this is great, but we had a great time last night. You didn't need to do so much. We're back together, and everything's as it should be."
"Yeah, but I have something I need to tell you." Luis paused. "I love you, Sheridan. I realized it last night, after I took you home after Chad's party. I can't believe that I forgot you, or how much I love you, and for that I'm really sorry. You've been really great about just forgetting it, and letting us move past it, and I just wanted to show you how much you mean to me. I really love you, Sheridan."
"And I love you, Luis. Never forget that."
"As long as I don't get another concussion, I should be good to go." They both laughed at his horrible joke. "If there's one thing I WON'T forget, it'll be this. You mean so much to me, Sheridan. So much."
And with that, they shared a deep kiss, sure that their love would stand the test of time.
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