DISCLAIMER: All characters belong to Andrew W Marlow, Beacon Television, Experimental Pictures, ABC production, et al.

A/N – A short but hopefully sweet chapter. Thanks again to my beta, Dave for his patience with my mistakes. A big thanks to those who took the time to review, and to those who added the story to their favorites and alerts.

One more thing, this is probably the last chapter. I'll leave what happens next to your imagination. At this time, I'm pretty stuck with how to end this in a better way.


Standing, Rick beckoned Kate to follow him to the other side of the fire, back to the iPod set-up and duffle bag.

"Sit," he instructed her as he rummaged through the duffle bag, finally removing five cylinders around eight inches long, four inches in diameter and each fitted with a paper-covered fuse around a foot long.

Looking around, he swore quietly, "Damn."

He turned to Kate. "Stay here," he commanded and ran back up the path they'd walked down.

She watched him and muttered to herself, "Sit. Stay. What am I? A dog?"

Moments later, Rick returned, a mortar block in hand. "Forgot this," he stated, positioning the wooden frame set with five tubes, some distance away.

Kate smiled, realising what he had planned. She loved pyrotechnics.

Returning to the blanket, Rick set up the iPod's menu. Flashing her his trademark grin, he pressed play. Van Halen's 'Jump' started to stream from the speakers.

He inserted the five shells into the launch tubes. Dashing to the fire, he grabbed a burning stick, and ran back to the mortar rack and lit the fuses.

Returning to Kate, he threw the stick back into the flames, wrapped his arm around her shoulders and leaned back against the fallen tree.

"I thought a big bang to end the evening would make the day more unforgettable," he said.

As if on cue, the first shell was fired from the launch tube and silver starbursts lit up the night sky.

"Today has already been the most memorable day of my life," she said, snuggling against him. "This is the icing on the cake."

The next projectile was exploded from the rack. Kate smiled at the percussive force she felt in her chest as each shell exploded. The last three left the tubes in much quicker succession, coinciding with the last chorus of 'Jump'.

Turning to Rick, she kissed him hard on the lips.

"That was great," she said. This time the kiss was much longer and more languorous.

It was then that she noticed the lyrics of the song that was playing.

Turn on your white light
In my open eyes
Oh girl, you hypnotize me
I feel your white light
You're so bright
I'm hypnotized
And as you're looking at me
It's a deep ecstasy
And no word is enough
Just shine the light in my eyes
And hypnotize me love

Kate pulled back, looking him in the eye. "Is this song supposed to be for my benefit?"

Rick looked at her, a little chagrined.

She reached up and caressed his cheek. "You know I'm here cause I couldn't wait for the Fall. It's taken me a while, but I've realised that you're the one I've been looking for. You're my 'one and done'."

Rick released a breath he hadn't even noticed he'd been holding. "It's true you know, since I met you, I believe in love. Shit, that sounds corny!"

He sighed in frustration. He was a writer, a crafter of words, and he couldn't come up with anything decent, not to mention original, to say to the woman he loved, to convey how deeply he was in love with her.

Kate chuckled. "I know what you mean. How about we pack up and head back up to the house?"

With a nod, he started to heap sand on the remains of the fire, while Kate put the remnants of their evening back into the duffle bag. When the fire was completely snuffed out, Rick grabbed the mortar rack, and they headed back to the house together.

A/N 2 – Lyrics are to, 'Hypnotise Me' written and performed by Wang Chung – used witout permission.

A/N 3 - Thanks again to all those who have stuck with me through this story. It means a lot!