A/N: yes it's true. i have officially jumped onto the Eclare bandwagon. i'm sorry i just couldn't help it! he's so friggin' cute! and he's sweet to clare! and oh my gosh, he's cute! ATTENTION: FOR THOSE OF YOU READING CALIFORNIA GIRL, i'm not quitting that. i may be on board for Eli/Clare, but i haven't completely given up hope for KC/Clare. and i promise i'll put up a new chapter soon, but i have writer's block! so if any of you guys want to give me some ideas for the next chapter of that, it would be most appreciated :)

disclaimer: as always, i own nothing that pertains to the degrassi world.

I walked into The Dot, where Eli had recently been hired to work part time waiting tables. I sat down at a table by the window and looked for him. I spotted him in a corner near the back, taking some couple's order. He looked up, saw me, and smiled that smile of his that drove me crazy. I smiled back, and my heart fluttered when he waved at me. I waved back, and he winked. I giggled and felt myself blushing, so I looked down. When I looked back up, he was still smiling at me and his costumers were getting angry.

"Pay attention," I mouth, pointing to the couple and laughing.

"What?" He mouths, looking to where I was pointing, and doing a double take.

I laugh again, but then I remember exactly why I'm here in the first place. I look down at my hands until I hear the door open. Out of habit I look up to see who it is. Jenna and KC walk in. Jenna avoids me completely, and KC looks in my direction, smiles briefly, and keeps walking. A year ago that would have sent my heart racing, but today, I felt nothing. No, actually, I almost felt disgust. I had heard all the things he had done this year. I also knew something Jenna obviously didn't: he was cheating again. Only, this time, it was on her, not me. Alli had caught him and Bianca behind the dumpster the other day. She had taken a picture and sent it to me.

KC and Jenna walked past me, and I shook my head to clear it.

"Hey, beautiful," Eli said as he walked up to me. I smiled at him. "I'll be right back with your usual," he said, bending down to kiss me on the cheek.

"Okay," I said happily, smiling. He winked again, before he walked off and I sighed. Eli and I weren't official yet, but he had still made a habit of kissing me on the cheek at least twice a day. "In a friendly way," he had said when I asked him about it. I knew he meant it as more than just a friendly way, and sometimes I wondered why he didn't just ask me out already, but I knew why. I had asked Adam about it. "He knows you're not ready for a relationship," Adam had told her, "He doesn't want to pressure you into anything you're not ready for." I have to say, that made me okay with him not asking me out yet.

"KC, I can't believe you!" Jenna screamed. I turned to look at her, and she was standing up at their table, tears streaming down her face.

"Jenna, I'm so sorry," KC said, but Jenna ignored him.

"We're through! I never want to see you again!" She yelled, running out of The Dot as fast as she could. It was the most cliché breakup I had ever witnessed.

I turned back around, but before I did, I saw KC look at me and start to get up.

C'mon, Eli, hurry up and get here, I thought. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw KC walking towards me. I squeezed my eyes shut tight, and silently prayed. Please don't let him come to me, please don't let him come to me, please don't come to me.
"Clare," KC asked. I opened my eyes and tried not to let my disappointment show.

"Hey, KC," I said, looking anywhere but at him.

He sat down in front of me, and didn't say anything. I kept looking over to the counter to where Eli was, trying to make eye-contact with him.

After a few more moments of awkward silence, I finally looked at KC.

"What do you want?" I asked in a defeated voice. That shocked KC, he had never heard me say anything so rude.

After he recovered, he said, "I just want to talk to you."

"Okay, go," I said. He sat there again, looking conflicted.

"I miss you," he finally said. "Like I said at the end of last year, things got bad after we broke up, and I'm not blaming Jenna or anyone else, because I know that I'm to blame for most of it. I just need some stability in my life, and I had that with you…so I was wondering if you'd maybe give me another chance?"

"Oh, KC," I said, "No."

"What?" He asked in disbelief, "I just poured my heart out to you, I miss you so much, I miss being with you all the time and talking to you, and…"

KC kept rambling and I looked over at Eli again. This time I caught his attention. He smiled at me while he was pouring our coffee. While I had his attention, I cut my eyes to where KC was sitting. Eli didn't get it, so I did it again. This time he followed where my eyes and saw KC. His expression changed from amused to angry quickly. Eli knew what KC did to me, and he wasn't exactly one to forgive easily. He put down the coffee pot and practically jumped over the counter while I turned back to KC and pretended to look natural.

"Dude, what do you think you're doing," Eli asked when he got to where I was sitting.

KC looked up and said, "I'm trying to talk to Clare."

"Well, if you know what's good for you, you'll get your scrawny ass up and leave."

KC looked at me, with hurt in his eyes. "Why are you doing this?" He asks me quietly.

I looked him dead in the eye, "You're not the guy I thought you were. I know why Jenna broke up with you, I know about Bianca."

"Do I have to make you leave?" Eli asked, "Because you don't want that."

"No man," KC said angrily, grabbing his stuff and standing up. "I'm done here."

"Good," Eli said, "And if you know what's good for you, you'll stay away from Clare."

KC pushed past Eli and out the door. Eli followed him with his eyes, glaring at him the whole way. As soon as KC was out the door, Eli was kneeling next to me.

"Are you okay, did he hurt you?" Eli asked, his hands hovering over my shoulders and arms, finally landing on my hands. He grabbed them, and held them softly, looking me in the eyes. "What happened?"

"Nothing, I'm fine, he didn't touch me." I said quickly. "I just really didn't want to be around him."

"And that's it," Eli said, making sure. I nodded my head. "Okay, I'm going to get our coffees, do you think I can leave you alone for ten seconds without you getting into trouble?" He smirked and his green eyes sparkled.

"I'll try my very hardest," I said, laughing.

Eli smiled at me again and squeezed my hands quickly. I watched him as he left and sighed happily. How exactly did I manage to stumble across him?

"Hey, Peter," I heard Eli say as he took off the little half apron thing he was forced to wear, "I'm taking off now."

"That's the third time this week, man," Peter complained.

"Gotta spend some time with my lady," Eli said as he grabbed our coffees. I rolled my eyes, even though I loved that he would say that. "I'll catch ya later," he said as he was walking back to me.

"Oh, good, you're still here," Eli said when he sat down and handed me my coffee. "You know, I really can't ever leave you alone." He smirked his little crooked smirk that sent my heart flying. I wanted to kiss that smirk right off his face, but I didn't.

"So, I'm your lady?" I asked, ignoring his previous comment.

Eli looked slightly embarrassed. He obviously didn't know I had heard him.

"Um, so you texted me? Said it was something important?" He asked, cleverly avoiding my question.

"Um, yeah," I said, remembering why I had come here in the first place. "I just talked to my parents."

I paused and looked up into Eli's piercing green eyes. He said nothing, just waited for me to continue. He knew this was a touchy subject for me.

"Well, um, my dad is…leaving." Eli's eyes got huge, and I continued, "Well, actually my mom is kicking him out. He cheated, they're getting a divorce." When I said the word divorce, my voice cracked and the tears started swelling in my eyes.

Eli reached across the table and grabbed one of my hands. He rubbed gentle circles on it with his thumb, trying to soothe me.

"They're not going to try marriage counseling?" He asked, trying to give me some hope.

I shook my head, swallowing hard.

"My mom doesn't want to. She wants him out of our lives," I started crying and Eli got up quickly to sit next to me, pulling me close and wrapping his arms around me. I rested my head on his shoulder and cried into it.

"Shh, shh, don't cry, love," he said, stroking my hair. "Everything will be okay, I promise you."

"She's so heartbroken," I sobbed, "How could he do this to her? To us? We trusted him! Loved him! And he betrayed us for some blonde skank!"

"I know, I know," he soothed, "Shh, shh…It'll all be okay."

I looked up at him.

"I just can't believe he would do this. I can't believe he's leaving. Eli, what am I going to do?" The sobs came again, and buried my face into his chest.

He bent down and kissed the top of my head. "You don't have to do anything, just stay right here in my arms forever." He smoothed my hair and kissed the top of my head again, and then once more after that.

I laughed through my tears.

"What?" He asked, a small smile on his lips.

"I'm just…so glad I have you," I answered sitting up and wiping my eyes. "And if I could, I would stay in your arms forever."

"What do you mean if you could?" He asked. "You totally could, there's nothing stopping you."

I let out a small laugh, and we smiled at each other for a few moments.

"Come with me," he said suddenly. He grabbed our bags and my hand and we left The Dot. When we got to Morty, he opened the passenger side door for me.

"Where are we going?" I asked when he shut his door, laughing.

"You'll see," he said, smiling as he revved up his hearse.

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