This is the last chapter of this fic. I'm leaving this in a good note.

Chapter 20: Believe in Me

A few minutes later, Cody picked up his icy-board and walked towards the island and starts to go out surfing. He got on the water, paddled his board in the river and it seems as if those naysayers of his dream might be taking his toll on him. Regardless of what he says or does, everyone doesn't believe that his surfing dreams would turn into reality.

As Cody is waiting for the wave to commence, he said to himself, "I don't care what everyone says. I will be me. I will be like Big Z, even though I'm different from them. I mean, so what if I'm different from everyone else? Big deal. I can do anything I can set my mind to and if it means I surf until someone understands me, then that's how it will go."

After a few seconds, one wave starts to come up and it's a small one. He starts paddling his board and turns around to catch some movements from it, then as the board comes towards him, he stands up and rides on it. It was a little wave that pushes the board and he's hoping that Cody will maintain his balance while on the board himself.

All he could see is his igloo; no penguins out there. Just him, his board and the ocean, all by himself. For Cody, it seems like a peaceful night for him to be by himself and just get away from everything just to surf some sick waves.

Then, another wave comes towards him and he starts to ride on the wave as he paddles his board, stands up, and lets himself go. He tries to master some moves, like going airborne without losing his balance, which he tries to anyway. Within a few seconds, he finally stood still and rides the wave like it's no tomorrow. It's as if he's starting to connect the waves a little more. That in itself is how he predicted he would do in Pen Gu Island, even though he's only 13.

He sighs softly and whispered, "I got it."

Then, he paddled his board back to shore and gets off the water with a sigh of relief. He sits on the snow near the ocean, just catching some air after some surfing. He looked at his Big Z necklace and still remembers the saying that Big Z told him;

'Never give up. Find a way, cause that's what winners do.'

He still keeps it locked in his head and looks up at the full moon in the sky as he feels the wind blowing and said, "I hope I can be like you when I get older."

Minutes later, he looked at himself in the river as his reflection. It seems as though there were two sides of Cody;

One was determined to prove the naysayers of Shiverpool wrong and that he can be the best he can be and strive to be the best surfer like Big Z and leave behind the place that's stopping him because he's different

And the other side is a person that is just trying to be like someone else, but is afraid to know that if someone judges him because he's different.

His personalities made him feel as if he really is different and strives to be himself, no matter what. With confusion in his heart, it seems as though he needs to let it out the best way possible; by singing. He looks around and sees no one there and decides to let it out--just once.

Look at me you may think you see
Who I really am but you'll never know me
Every day it's as if I play a part
Now I see if I wear a mask
I can fool the world but I cannot fool my heart

Who is that dude I see staring straight back at me?
When will my reflection show who I am inside?

I am now in a world where I
Have to hide my heart and what I believe in
But somehow I will show the world
What's inside my heart and be loved for who I am

Who is that dude I see staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Must I pretend that I'm someone else for all time?
When will my reflection show who I am inside?

There's a heart that must be free to fly
That burns with a need to know the reason why

Why must we all conceal what we think and how we feel?
Must there be a secret me I'm forced to hide?
I won't pretend that I'm someone else for all time
When will my reflection show who I am inside?
When will my reflection show who I am inside?

No matter what will happen as he grows up, he will stop at nothing to get to his dream. No matter what anybody says or does to bring him down, he will be like Big Z.

He says to himself, "I believe in me. I'm going after my dreams and no one's gonna stop me from doing what I'm passionate about. One day, I will be like Big Z and surf the waves just like him."

The song is "Reflection" from Christina Aguilera. I changed the lyrics to dude because it reflects Cody's personality. Well, this wraps up 'Tears of a Maverick: The Preteen Years'. I'm glad that you enjoyed reading it as I have enjoyed writing it. I'm gonna do the teen years from 14-16 and later I can write about his life before the movie and yes, the age is 17. Laterz!