A/N: This is the last chapter! Thanks for all the support. I hope you enojyed reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Love Fizzy. :)
"Who's there?" came Izzy's voice. It was muffled by the closed door that stood between them, but he could tell she had been crying. He was causing so many tears today, it hurt him as well.
"Felix King." He cleared his throat. He had momentarily forgotten why he had even come at the joy of hearing the sound of her voice, whereas minutes ago he thought he might not have gotten hear it to again before he left. "Izzy, can I speak to you for a moment?"
The door to Izzy's bedroom opened slightly, and she appeared in the doorway. "What are you doing here? You're going to miss the boat."
Felix smiled sadly. "I have plenty of time." In reality, he had no more than ten minutes. "Izzy, why won't you come to see me off like you promised?"
Izzy took a deep, shuddery breath. "I'm sorry, Felix. But I just can't seem to bring myself to be able to say goodbye to you."
"That's not going to keep me here, Iz. Besides, you were the one who encouraged me to sign up in the first place!"
"I know, and I want you to go." Through the tears in her eyes, she smiled. "You know, I kind of wish I could come with you."
Felix leaned forward to kiss her, but she stopped him. "No. You can have that kiss when you return home, safely."
She grinned and entered his open arms. "Come back to me, stupid. I'll be waiting."
Felix grinned. He knew that was the answer to the question he had asked her at the wedding, and it was all he needed to hear to go on.
After a long time, but not long enough, they broke apart. "You'd better go," Izzy said.
Felix smiled half-heartedly. "See? Goodbyes aren't so hard."
"No, but it's what comes after the goodbye that I don't like. Now, go on and get out of here. You've got a boat to catch, remember?" She paused, a smile lingering on her lips. "I love you, Felix King."
"I love you too, Iz." He took one last look at her, carving that fleeting image of her into his memory, before descending the stairs.
Halfway down, he nearly bumped into Clive Pettibone.
Clive put a hand on Felix's shoulder. "You know, I was wrong in thinking that you hadn't turned into a decent young man. Well done, son. I'm proud of you."
"Thank-you, sir." Felix wasn't sure if Clive was talking about the fact that he had signed up for the navy, or that he cared enough about his daughter to come and say goodbye to her before leaving. He assumed it was a bit of both.
Felix then remembered he was seriously running out of time. As soon as he was outside, he took off in a sprint to where Gus and Felicity were still waiting. "How much time?" Felix gasped.
"I'd say abou' five minutes er so," Gus Pike responded calmly, although he flicked the reins hard enough that the horse took off at top speed.
They made it to the dock at the last boarding call. Felix leaped from the carriage before it had come to a complete stop, running straight into the arms of his still crying mother.
Alec patted his son on the back. "Your things are already onboard. We're going to miss you, son. It'll be awfully quiet around here without the official King troublemaker."
Felix grinned, "Goodbye, Father."
After saying goodbye to a tearful Cecily, and the rest of his family, Felix boarded the boat. In a few moments, Elbert found him.
"I thought you weren't going to make it!" he cried, slapping Felix on the back in comradery.
Felix shrugged. "I couldn't leave without saying goodbye to my girl."
"Me either," Elbert said, as he waved to Cecily.
The boys watched as P. E. Island shrank and disappeared into the distance, unknowing of what adventures were waiting for them beyond the next horizon.