Part 2:

Brian and Sheridan decided to go see a movie that night. She quickly changed so they can leave for dinner. They went to the Seascape and, surprisingly, Hank and Gwen were there on a date as well.

Once Gwen saw Sheridan she said sarcastically, "Thanks SO much for calling me back, Sheridan."

"S-sorry. I forgot," Sheridan replied apologetically.

"That's ok. I have to go to the bathroom. C'mon, Sheridan," Gwen announced, dragging her friend with her.

"Meaning it's girl talk time," Hank concluded. "Just don't take TOO long, ok, honey?"

Gwen kissed him and replied, "We won't," while pulling Sheridan to the bathroom.

Once they're there Sheridan couldn't hold back any longer. "Ok, what the HELL was that about?"

"I'm sorry, but I had to tell you something. Since you practically hung up on me on the phone, I had to drag you in here."

"For the FIFTY-HUNDRETH TIME, I'm sorry!"

"That's ok, but I just talked to Luis this morning when I went over to the gym to talk to Hank. He said he hasn't gone out with Beth AT ALL."

Sheridan couldn't believe this. "So, basically you're saying that I should believe my ex, who's probably lying to save his own skin over my boyfriend who adores me?"

"Sheridan, you've said it yourself so many times. Brian really seems to like you. But does he like you SO much that he'd go to ANY lengths to keep you from getting back together with Luis?"

"I will have you know that Brian is sweet and kind and HONEST! He wouldn't lie to me."

"Sheridan, just promise me one thing. I just want you to think about this one little thing. In the entire FOURTEEN months that you Luis had been together were there ANY signs that he might be the kind of guy to go out with someone just because she's easy? Or the kind of guy who would CONSIDER cheating on his girlfriend—let alone actually DOING it?" Gwen questioned. She then raised her hand up to stop Sheridan from responding. "I don't what to know what you're thinking. Just promise me you'll think about this, ok?" Sheridan just nodded and they headed out to the restaurant, where their boyfriends await.

All through dinner, Sheridan did as Gwen had asked and thought about who was telling her the truth. It can't be Brian, Sheridan thought. But then again, I don't think Luis would lie to me—let alone do anything like that. Ugh! This is sooooo confusing!

They finished dinner and headed to the theater. While there, Sheridan kept thinking about who the liar was. She knew that it should be obvious, but the answer just kept evading her.

~*~*~*~

After the movie ended, he drove her home and parked just outside.

"Sheridan, I never thought I'd get the chance to go out with you. I mean, you were dating Luis since the beginning of your junior year, and I didn't really get to know you until then. Everyone always thought that you would be together, like, forever. So when you guys broke up, I thought it was fate telling me that I was meant to date you. I mean, we're perfect for each other. I—I love you, Sheridan. I realize it may be too soon for me to tell you this, but I had to tell you."

"Wow. I—I don't know what to say. I want to tell you the same thing, Brian—"

"Don't worry. I know you just got out of a big relationship. I don't want to pressure you into something you don't mean. I just wanted you to know exactly how I feel."

"Oh, Brian!" Sheridan exclaimed, before leaning over and kissing him firmly. Eventually, Sheridan pulled away from the sweet kisses. "I'm sorry, but I really should go. I have to work tomorrow morning."

Brian groaned, but backed off, complaining, "Are you SURE you have to work?"

Sheridan just laughed in response. "As much as I'd love to pretend I DON'T have to work, I do. Sorry." And with that, she kissed him again and opens the door.

~*~*~*~

That night Sheridan just couldn't sleep. Her mind was too concentrated on one subject—who the liar is. She's right back where she was all night.

I should've just stayed in the car with Brian! I'm getting as much sleep as I would have had if I had stayed longer in his car! Sheridan thought. But who's lying? Brian has a point. Everyone thought Luis and I would be together forever. I thought we'd be together forever! I loved him, and he loved me. He wouldn't lie to me. But then again, Brian loves me. Why would HE lie to me? But he also said he never thought he'd get a chance to date me. Meaning he saw his chance and took advantage of it by lying to me. Who should I believe?

~*~*~*~

The next day, Sheridan went to her job as a lifeguard. She prayed that she wouldn't need to rescue anyone that day—after all, she was far too distracted to notice if anyone was drowning. If she did notice, she worried that she might not remember how to save them. Luckily, she was working with her friend Chad Harris that day. When no one was swimming, they sat together and tried to figure out her problems.

"Ok, Sheridan, here's what I think. I think that Luis would never lie to you. He doesn't have a deceitful bone in his body. From what you're telling me, I think that Brian saw his chance and took advantage of it. And then he did everything he could to hold on to you," Chad told her.

"Chad, you never even MET Brian. You don't know him. How can you make that kind of judgement?"

"I know I never met him. And he might be the greatest guy in the world! I don't know the guy. All I know is that you're a great girl, any guy would want to date you. If I wasn't dating Whitney, you might be fighting ME off with a stick too! But I know that Luis is a great guy. I could tell how much he loved you—it was obvious to the world! He doesn't seem like the type that would risk anything when it came to you. I just really don't think he's lie to you. That's all there is to it," Chad explained.

Just then, some people jumped into the pool forcing Sheridan and Chad to separate and do their job. Sheridan was mad because she wanted to ask Chad just how he knew that Luis would never lie to her. He had said that he thought that Luis had loved Sheridan, but maybe he never did. How could he—or anyone else REALLY know if Luis had loved her? Or how much he had loved her?

After what seemed like an eternity, their shift came to an end. As they were signing out, Sheridan asked him how he knew that Luis wouldn't have lied to her.

"How do I know? How do I know…I know because I could see the look in his eyes every time he talked about you. I know because the way he always looked so animated and enraptured when you were together. I know because he acted sad when you weren't there. I know because he would do ANYTHING for you. I don't know exactly how to explain it, but when you see all these things and others, you just KNOW."

~*~*~*~

Sheridan went home, thinking about what Chad told her. All the way home, she couldn't stop thinking about what Chad had said.

As much as I hate to admit that Brian may be lying, I think I agree with what Chad told me. I mean, I thought we REALLY loved each other. I never would have thought that he would lie to me. I need to talk to him. Tomorrow, Sheridan decided.

Since she slept through her alarm, she arrived at school late the following morning. She didn't have time to find Luis before school and had to rush off to first hour. English Literature—yay. With Ms. MacDonald as a teacher, it is definitely a class she wouldn't mind missing.

On that day in particular, she wasn't looking forward to seeing Brian. She didn't want to talk to him before she talked to Luis—otherwise she feared losing her nerve and believing once again that Brian couldn't be lying to her.

She walked into the room as late as possible so she wouldn't have to talk to him before class started. She sat at her desk and wondered how she had gotten herself into that situation. Luckily, Brian was absent that day.

~*~*~*~

Sheridan went to each of her classes, but she avoided the cafeteria during her lunch hour. She knew that she would have to talk to Luis there, and she would rather talk to him alone. She planned to corner him before Physics and ask to talk to him.

After Calculus, she walked towards Physics and saw Luis standing in the hallway, outside of their classroom. Her heart began to accelerate and she knew she was making the right decision.

She walked towards him, and saw him lean his head down to talk to someone. She crept closer and realized that he had another girl in his arms—and not just ANY girl, but Beth!!!

I can't BELIEVE how stupid I was! He IS dating her!! Why else would she be in his arms? Sheridan concluded. Rather than stick around for Physics with the man she loves, she ran to the office and signed out for a "doctor's appointment."

~*~*~*~

A few minutes later, Luis walked into Physics. Hank immediately sat down beside him. "Man, what the hell do you think you're doing?"

"What are you talking about?" Luis asked, very confused.

"Why were you holding Beth? Sheridan ran off crying when she saw it."

"Beth was upset because she's got a D on her mid-quarter and her parents are pissed. She's grounded now, and she's freaking out. Besides, why would Sheridan care if I'm holding another girl? She's GOT a boyfriend? How is it any of her business?

"Luis, you are so dense. Sheridan was just about to forgive you for hitting on Beth. Gwen thinks she figured out that you wouldn't lie to her. She wanted to get back together."

Luis groaned loudly, "So, you're saying that I've ruined the chances of getting back together with Sheridan with one stupid move AGAIN?!? Oh, man…"

"And this move was REALLY stupid. If you were holding a different girl, she would be able to easily forgive you—after all, she's dating Brian. But this was Beth. The girl who started this whole problem. The girl who her boyfriend says you're dating and have slept with! She is THE worst possible girl for her to see you with," Hank explained, groaning. "What are you going to do, man?"

With a depressed expression on his face, Luis replied, "I have absolutely no idea."

~*~*~*~

That night, Gwen and Hank drove over to Sheridan's house. They knew that she probably wouldn't even talk to Luis, so they were hoping to show her what was really happening before Physics class.

They knocked on the door and Sheridan opened it with a tear-stained face. "H-hey, guys. What are you doing here?"

Hank spoke first. "I saw what transpired before Physics. Gwen thought you might want to talk to someone. I thought I should tell you what was really going on between them."

"I know exactly what's going on. Brian was telling the truth. Luis and Beth 'together,' and I was a fool to think he'd lie to me."

"Sheridan, you're wrong! You two are perfect for each other, and if you'd each finally realize that you're still madly in love with each other, you could get back together and stop this soap opera that the entire Senior class is obsessed with!"

"Yeah, Sheridan. Besides, after I saw you run off, I talked to him. He said that he was just comforting Beth. She was upset since she got a D in Physics on her mid-quarter and now she's grounded," Hank added.

"Yeah, I can see how depressed she's be that she can't see Luis anymore. Being grounded can really suck if you've got a lot of ground to cover."

Gwen couldn't believe how stupid Sheridan is acting. "Sheridan, get it through your head! He… was… never… dating… Beth!!! He wasn't TRYING to look like he was coming on to her a few days before you broke up. He didn't mean to make you think that he was going out with her. They're just friends. He wouldn't lie to us. Hank's his best friend, and I'm almost always around them, so I hear almost everything that he says."

"Besides, you two are a lot alike," Hank added.

"Oh really? How so?" Sheridan questioned skeptically.

"You're both unable to lie. You always feel compelled to tell the truth. So does he. I don't know if he's even able to lie with a straight face!"

"Yeah, that's true, but you both have one much more important thing in common, Sheridan," Gwen informed her.

"And what would that be?"

"You're both madly in love with each other, yet neither wants to be the first to admit it. You want him back with all of your heart, and he's thinking the same thing right now. You would do anything for him, and he for you. You two really have true love."

"Yeah, yours was the most stable relationship in the school, besides mine and Gwen's, of course, was always yours and Luis's. People thought you two would be together forever."

"Key word there is WAS. People used to think that we'd be together forever. Even I thought that we could never break up. But I also never thought that Luis would do something like THIS. Could anyone have expected him to act this way?" Sheridan responded angrily.

"No one will ever think that Luis would cheat on his girlfriend. And he HASN'T!" Hank argued.

"Says you, his best friend. Who else would he tell, but swear to secrecy? Of course you would say he hasn't!" Sheridan replied with disgust.

Gwen opened her mouth to defend Hank, but Sheridan cut her off. "And YOU! Gwen, you'd never betray your boyfriend, or any secrets he has told you. Gwen, Hank, I cannot believe either of you. As much as I want to believe what you tell me, I cannot. I'm sorry. I saw him flirt with Beth. That I may be able to forgive, but then, THEN I see him with her in his arms?!? I cannot take that, nor should I be expected to!"

Hank wished that he could make her understand. "But he was just CONSOLING her! He wasn't doing anything, and he hasn't done anything with her either! Nor does he want to!" he shouted before adding softly, "It is you that he wants, Sheridan. No one but you."

"Even you have to admit that he loves you, Sheridan. He would do anything for you."

"He LOVED me. Past tense. Or, at least I thought I did. I still love him, but I can't be with him if he doesn't feel the same way I do. I don't know how he CAN love me, considering what he's done." Sheridan paused before continuing. "Look, I think we have said all there is to say about what is or isn't going on between Luis and Beth. And I would appreciate it if you would leave since you're not going to be able to convince me that nothing is going on."

Gwen glanced at Sheridan sadly, and told her, "If that's what you want, Sheridan, we'll leave. Just think about what we said. Goodbye, Sheridan."

They drove away and left Sheridan alone with her thoughts. I wish I could believe them! I really wish I could. But Luis can't love me! He can't! If he loved me he never would have acted as he has—would he?

~*~*~*~

Hank drove Gwen home before heading over to Luis's house to give him the bad news. He had promised let Luis know what had happened. He pulled into the driveway and knocked on the door. Luis answered the door immediately.

"Well?" he asked with a hopeful expression on his face.

"Can I come in?"

"Yeah, yeah. C'mon in. Want anything to eat?"

"No, I'm fine," Hank replied as he walked into Luis's room. He sat and softly told Luis the bad news. "I'm sorry, man. We just couldn't convince her."

"No! Why wouldn't she believe you? I would tell you the truth! And Gwen would tell her the truth! Why?!?"

"She said that I would lie to protect you. And that Gwen wouldn't betray me. I'm really sorry. I know how much you love her."

"Of course I love her! Who wouldn't? She is the sexiest, smartest, greatest girl ever." Luis paused before adding quietly, "I used to wonder how I got so lucky that a girl like her would even go out with a guy like me. I never deserved her. I mean, just LOOK at how I treated her! Even though it was an accident, you don't do that to people you love."

"Hey, buddy, there is an upside though." Luis looked up hopefully as Hank continued. "She said she still loves you."

"If she loves me, why won't she give me another chance?"

"She said that she didn't think that you felt the same way about her. She told us that she couldn't be with a guy who didn't return her feelings."

"But I do! Why can't she understand that?"

"All I have to say is, if you can't tell her, show her."

~*~*~*~

On Tuesday Sheridan was in a horrible mood. She walked into English Literature with a scowl on her face.

"Sheridan, are you ok?" Brian asked. "You look upset."

"D-don't worry about it. I had a really bad day yesterday."

"Do you want to talk about it?"

"No, not really. Maybe later." Sheridan flashed a smile, attempting to reassure him. Brian was still worried about her, but he left her alone, as she had asked.

~*~*~*~

The day continued, but her mood didn't include in the slightest. Sheridan was glad that Gwen, Hank, and Luis didn't tell anyone about what had happened the previous day. That would have embarrassed the hell out of her.

At the end of 7th hour, Sheridan considered skipping Physics again with another "doctor's appointment," but she knew that she couldn't keep avoiding him.

She walked into the room, and time seemed to stand still as her eyes connected with Luis's. She couldn't tear her eyes away from his dark hair, his deep brown eyes, and his gorgeous face.

Luis is so sexy, Sheridan sighed to herself. If only he loved me as I love him? Why can't we still be together, in love, like we used to be? Everything would be perfect.

Class started and they learned more about vectors and forces. Big yawn. They also received a huge book-sized packet due the following day, but Mr. Woyak was kind enough to give them class time to work on it.

Sheridan quickly got to work, not wanting to drag her mammoth physics textbook home that night. After a few moments, she noticed that Luis had disappeared.

Where is he? Sheridan wondered. He probably went to get a drink or something. But what do I care? I don't have the right to care anymore. Sheridan sighed and tried to continued with her homework.

Just then, one of the secretaries came to the door. "Sheridan Crane?" she requested.

Sheridan stood up and walked to the door. "Yeah?"

"Sheridan, I need you to come with me, please."

Mr. Woyak, who had been listening, asked, "Will this take long?"

The secretary thought for a moment before responding. "It shouldn't take too long. But she could always come back and get all her stuff after school."

Now Sheridan was really nervous. Did they figure out that I didn't really have a doctor's appointment yesterday? Do they know that I skipped yesterday? Oh no! What's going to happen to me?!? she worried.

Sheridan was taken to one of the principal's offices by the secretary. "When you're done talking to him, you can go back to class." She handed Sheridan a hall pass and walked away.

"Here goes nothing," Sheridan muttered to herself.

Nervously, she opened the door and walked in. "Uh, sir, you wanted to see me?"

"Ah. Sheridan. Yes, I did," the deep-voice of the president replied.

"Do you mind if I ask why?" she questioned, worried about what he's going to say next.

"Yes, I hear that you didn't go to your eighth hour class yesterday. Might I ask why?"

"Uh, well, I, uh, had a doctor's appointment yesterday."

"Oh, cause, well, I heard that you, uh, have been having some problems with your ex, who is also in that class."

"Yes, ummm, we just broke up recently."

"Do you miss him?"

Why would a principal care about something like this? Sheridan wondered. She responded politely, "Yeah, I do. But he likes this other girl in that class. It's not a lot of fun to watch."

"Would that be something that would make you want to skip that class?"

Sheridan groaned inwardly, thinking, He knows! "Uh, yeah, it would."

"Well, young lady, I have only one thing to say to you," he said firmly.

Sheridan was worried, but she knew she had to accept her punishment. "Yes, sir?" she asked, looking down, prepared for the worst.

Slowly, the chair turns around. He says two words to her. "I'm so sorry, Sheridan."

Surprised, Sheridan looked up and saw not a principal, but Luis sitting in the chair.

Luis then began speaking in his regular voice. "I'm so sorry. Sorry I hurt you, sorry I ruined what we had, sorry I ruined your trust in me. I don't think I can ever do enough to make up for all that I've done to you. But I'd like to have the chance to try. Sheridan, please, give me another chance. I won't let you down this time."

Sheridan could not believe that this was happening. I must be dreaming! But I'm not. Luis is HERE. In front of me. Telling me that he's sorry and wants me back!!

Luis thought that she was considering what he had said since she hadn't said anything. "Sheridan, I love you so much. More than I thought I could ever love anyone. All I want is another chance. And if you can't do that, at least tell me that you forgive me and that we can be friends. I know I don't deserve another chance. Even though I never meant to do any of these things to you, I hurt you so much. I just love you so much, and I just wanted to tell you that."

Sheridan began to cry, and Luis began to feel terrible. "I'm sorry! I didn't mean to hurt you again. I'll just go away and leave you alone."

He started to stand up and walk out of the room when Sheridan shoved him back into the chair and sat on his lap. "You are not going ANYWHERE, mister!" she informed him. "At least, not until I get a kiss."

Luis grinned with relief and gladly obliged. The kiss was sweet, deep, and full of love—their love.

After a few minutes, Sheridan pulled away. "How did you do this?"

"Do what?" Luis replied teasingly.

"THIS!!"

"Oh, this? This was nothing. It didn't take me too long to arrange it."

"Nothing? You call THIS NOTHING?!? You got yourself out of Physics. You got ME out of Physics. You got into a principal's office, without him here. You got one of those attendance ladies to come and get me out of class and take me here and scare the HELL out of me… You went through so much trouble—and all for me?"

"Sheridan, I would do anything for you. Haven't I told you that enough yet? I love you. I love you more than you could probably ever IMAGINE!! My love for you. That's the only reason I can give you."

They kissed again, and Sheridan asked, "So, what are you doing on Friday?"

Luis got a weird look on his face. "Well, you remember that secretary?"

Sheridan was really confused. What did that attendance lady have to do with their date? "Yeah… What do you have a date with her or something?"

Luis laughed. "No! I just, uh, told her I'd baby-sit for her on Friday night."

"Ok, what about Saturday?"

"I'm cutting the principal's lawn during the day, and I'm babysitting for Mr. Woyak that night."

Jokingly, Sheridan asks, "Is this what it's come to? I have to make an APPOINTMENT to see my boyfriend?"

"But after Saturday, I'm done doing my little 'chores' in exchange for their help. So…"

"As happy as I am to be back together, I don't know if I can trust to you baby-sit for some kids."

"Oh yeah? Well, what are you gonna do about it?"

"I just might have to drop by later on that night and make sure that the kids are all ok…I mean, what if they're like NOT asleep by bedtime or something! The world would just END!"

"Yeah, it would—and they'll be in bed by 7."

"SEVEN! What kind of kid goes to bed at seven?"

Luis gives Sheridan a sly grin and says, "The ones that I'm watching when my beautiful, hot, sexy, gorgeous girlfriend is gonna come over." They kissed again… and again… and again.

Eventually Luis had to stop and say, "Wait. What about Brian?"

"What about him? I was never in love with him—besides, he LIED to me to keep me away from you. I couldn't stay with him after something like that—even if we weren't back together."

Just then, the final bell rang. "We should probably get out of here. And I need to get my stuff from Mr. Woyak's room."

Luis groaned but stood up and walked toward the door. "Do you want me to come with you to Brian's house?"

Sheridan thought about it for a moment before replying. "Could you just give me a ride and not take me inside? I don't want to hurt him more than I have to."

Luis agreed, so after grabbing Sheridan's things they headed over to Brian's house. Sheridan walked up to his door and rang the doorbell. No one answered right away, and Sheridan was wondering if anyone was home.

Finally, Brian answered the door. "Hey, Sheridan. Uh, what are you, uh, doing here?" he asked nervously.

"I'll just be a minute. Look, Brian, I figured out that you lied to me about Luis, so we're over. I'm sorry, but I can't have a boyfriend who lies to me." Sheridan apologized.

"Uh, that's ok, I guess. But, Sheridan, I swear—" he began before a voice from inside cut him off.

Beth walked up to the front door in a bathrobe, her hair tousled and messy, "Brian, honey, who is it? Oh, Sheridan! Hi!"

Sheridan couldn't believe it! Brian was with Beth!! "Hi, Beth. How are you?" she asked, trying her best to keep her voice steady.

"I'm doing ok. Oh, and tell sexy out there in that car that I say hi and thanks for the help. He helped me convince my parents to un-ground me! Otherwise, I wouldn't be here with my sweetie right now." She gave him a kiss on the cheek and waved to Luis in the car. Amazed, Luis waved back.

"Well, uh, I gotta go. It was nice seeing you, Beth," she said, purposely leaving out Brian's name.

Holding her head up high, Sheridan walked back the car, climbed inside, and collapsed into tears. Luis quickly pulled away from the curb and drove off.

He soon stopped in an empty parking lot. "Are you ok, Sheridan?" he asked quietly, turning off the ignition.

"Yeah, I'm fine. I just can't believe it. He said YOU were the one doing all those things with Beth, when in reality, it was HIM!! How could I have been so stupid?!?"

"Sheridan, it'll be ok. He's a jerk. Don't worry about it."

"I don't care about him. I'm just sad that because of his lies, I missed days I might have spent with you! Oh, Luis." He consoled her for a little longer until they realized that they were all alone.

~*~*~*~

Later that night, Gwen and Hank arrived at Chad's party. They both knew about Luis's plan and were hoping to see Sheridan and Luis together that night. They walked in the door and immediately scanned the room for Luis or Sheridan.

After about five minutes, they spotted Luis on a couch in a corner of one of the rooms with a girl they didn't recognize. They got closer, praying for that girl to be Sheridan. Soon they realized that the girl has dark, curly hair. Sadly it couldn't be Sheridan.

"Judging from the way he's making out with her, it must be a rebound girl," Hank whispered to Gwen.

"Yeah, probably. I'd say Beth, but I think he learned his lesson there," Gwen agreed.

They walked closer yet and overheard Luis say to the girl, "I love you so much."

The girl giggled and replied in a breathy voice, "I love you too, Luis."

Hank couldn't believe how Luis was acting. There was no way he was over Sheridan already! He pulled Luis back, "Man, are you ok?"

Luis gave him a puzzling look, "Yeah, I'm fine. Why?"

Hank whispered, "You just told that girl that you loved her. You'd never lie to a girl, but there's no way you're over Sheridan already!"

Luis grinned and replied, "Yeah, I'm not over her. What's the problem?"

Now Hank was more confused than ever. What was going on in his friend's head? "Why'd you lie to her?"

Suddenly the girl started giggling. "I'm sorry, Luis," she gasped between giggles.

Just as confused as her boyfriend, Gwen introduced herself. "Hey, I'm Gwen."

The girl just giggled more. "I know" is all she said in response.

"I'm Hank. And you would be?"

The girl giggled some more, and asked, "You mean you don't recognize me?"

Hank shook his head, and Gwen says, "No, not in this light, at least."

The girl raised her head and pushed her hair behind her ears. With a sly sparkle in her eye and a cunning grin on her lips, she introduced herself to the two. "I'm Sheridan. Nice to meet you two!"

Luis started laughing as soon as he saw the looks of pure shock on his friends' faces. Gwen and Hank shot him death glares, but he just couldn't stop.

Gwen reached out to touch Sheridan's hair. "Sheridan! What did you do to your beautiful hair?!?"

Sheridan laughed again and told them, "Nothing. I put in some electric curlers and I have some one-wash dye in my hair. We just thought that we'd freak you guys out a little. And it worked about 10 times better than we thought it would!"

"Yeah, sorry to freak you guys out like that, but the looks on your faces…Oh, it was the greatest!" Luis added with an ear-to-ear grin.

Gwen glanced over at her boyfriend and told them, "As tempting as it is to kill you guys, we won't."

"Yeah, cause we just spent a few weeks trying to get you two BACK together, and killing you would kinda defeat the purpose. I mean, if you're dead, you can't be back together, can you?"

The four laughed as the soft chords of a ballad came over the speakers.

"Dance with me?" Luis requested.

"I'd love to," Sheridan replied, flashing him a soft grin.

He grabbed her hand and the two walked onto the makeshift dance floor.

I'll never break your heart,

I'll never make you cry,

I'd rather die than live without you…

(fill in more lyrics here)

"I wouldn't, you know," Luis whispered into her ear as he held her close. "At least, not on purpose."

Sheridan met his lips in a soft kiss. "I know that now, Luis. I'm sorry for not trusting you."

"What do you say we call it even? I never meant to hurt you, but I did."

She sighed blissfully and rested her head against his chest. She was happier than she had ever been in her life and knew her life could never get any better.

~*~*~*~

After their dance, Luis pulled her off to the side. "Sheridan, I have something that I bought for you a few months ago. I was planning to give it to you for our 18 month anniversary, but I figured now is as good of a time as any."

Luis pulled Sheridan down onto the couch and sat down beside her. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a small royal blue jewelry case. Luis glanced up after hearing an almost inaudible gasp and saw Sheridan's mouth formed into a perfect "O."

Luis chuckled heartily. "Sheridan," he began, opening the case to show a small gold ring with an opal setting, "I love you with all of my heart and soul. You make my life more complete than I could have ever imagined."

"Luis, are—are you proposing?"

Luis laughed again. "No, Sheridan, I'm not proposing. We're a bit young to be getting married, don't you think? Rather, this is a promise ring. This ring promises you that I will love you for the rest of my life. Maybe one day I will be re-enacting this scene with an engagement ring, but that will be a few years in the future. Will you wear this ring for me?"

"Luis…" Sheridan sighed happily. "I want nothing more than to wear your promise ring."

Slowly, Luis slipped the breathtaking ring onto Sheridan's slender fingers. "I love you, Sheridan Katherine Crane."

"I love you back, Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald," Sheridan replied, a perfect smile on her lips.

The two met in a slow, passionate kiss, knowing that their love was one that would last a lifetime.

The End!