Okay, everyone, this is the FINAL CHAPTER of the story! I'm both happy to complete it and sad to see it end. But, I am proud to announce that it is very possible that there will be a sequel! :D

Chapter 17: Caramel and Cream

After James and Carlos finished their pizza, they sipped at their smoothies and just sat there and talked. Not about anything in particular; just talked. They were down there for a good hour before the mood suddenly changed. James noticed Carlos wincing and scrunching up his face in discomfort.

"What's wrong?" James asked in concern.

"Nothing. It's just my stomach. It hurts a little." Carlos said, "I guess my pizza didn't quite agree with me. It was so good, though."

"You wanna go back to your room?" James asked.

"No, I'm fine. We can sit here for a while." Carlos reassured him.

They sat there for several more minutes before the discomfort in Carlos' abdomen intensified slightly and he felt like he needed to lay down. James wheeled him back to his room where Kendall and Logan were just 'chillaxing'.

"You two have a nice date?" Kendall asked.

"It was perfect." Carlos said, smiling.

"I'd almost forgot how good a strawberry smoothie could be." James said, wheeling Carlos over to his bed.

"You wanna stand or do you want me to pick you up?" he asked.

"Pick me up. Please?" Carlos gave him his signature puppy-dog eyes on the last word.

James smiled and slid one arm underneath Carlos' knees, and the other around his back. Carlos wrapped his arms around James' neck as he gently lifted him up and set him down on the bed.

"Thanks." Carlos said as James re-covered him with his warm blankets.

It was late that night and Kendall and Logan were both asleep on the couch. The only light in the room was a dim lamp on the bedside table. The curtains on the two long windows were open and exposed the clear, night sky. James and Carlos both lay on Carlos' bed, snuggled underneath the cozy covers. They lay facing each other, leaning against the slanted back of the bed. With one hand, James held Carlos' hand in his; with the other, he lovingly stroked his hair. Smiles adorned their faces as they gazed into each others eyes.

"It's been a while since we've snuggled." Carlos said, keeping his voice down so as not to wake Kendall and Logan.

"Too long." James said, "It's so nice."

"Sure is." Carlos said, "I love you."

There was a long silence.

"Carlos...you know that letter you wrote for me?" James asked.

"You read it?" Carlos asked, sounding hopeful.

"Yeah, I read it. And..." James reached into his back pocket, "...I wrote one for you."

He handed Carlos a folded piece of paper. Carlos took it, smiling and seeming a little surprised.

"Oh, James..." he said, unfolding the paper.

He began to read.


What a Kiss Means:

Kiss on the stomach..."I'm ready."
Kiss on the Forehead..."I hope we're together forever."
Kiss on the Ear..."You're my everything."
Kiss on the Hand..."I adore you."
Kiss on the Neck..."We belong together."
Kiss on the Shoulder..."I want you."
Kiss on the Lips..."I love you."

What a Gesture Means:

Holding hands..."We definitely love each other."
Holding on tight..."I don't want to let go."
Looking into each others eyes..."I just plain love you."
Playing with hair..."Tell me you love me."
Arms around the waist..."I love you too much to let go."
Laughing while kissing..."I'm completely comfortable wth you."
Picking someone up off their feet..."That they love them fully and would do anything for them."

We've done each of those many times in our relationship. I went through my most happy, intimate memories of you and me and I recalled how I was feeling at each of those moments. Carlos, I love you so much. You mean everything to me and I cannot bear the thought of ever losing you. I know you're the only one I'll ever love or want. I read the letter you wrote for me and I ust want you to know that I return every single word with all my heart and soul. Some nights, I could stay awake just to hear you breathing or smile while you're sleeping. I could stay lost in this moment forever. Every moment I spend with you is a moment I treasure. My heart beats only for you. My soul yearns only for you. It's the greatest treasure in the world to me to hold you in my arms; to protect you from the world out there that can be so cruel at times. I'll always accept you for who you are, no matter what. There is nothing in the entire world that would ever make me stop loving you. It hurts my heart to see you in pain. Whenever I see you hurting, I just want to hold you and make all your hurts go away. I promise I will love you and respect you all the days of my life.

Forever Yours, James.

Carlos felt tears welling up in his eyes as he finished reading the letter.

"Thank you." he said, leaning forward and placing a kiss to James' lips, "I love you."

"Forever?" James asked, stroking Carlos' cheek.

"And ever." Carlos smiled.

The next day was kind of hectic. The room was full of visitors. Jo, Camille, Gustavo, Kelly, Mrs. Knight, Katie. Even Mercedes came over for a brief visit. But the big surprise visitor was the African-American police officer that had been in charge of Carlos' rescue operation. He stopped by on his way to work to see how Carlos was doing and to wish him and James the best of happiness. Carlos thanked him adamantly for agreeing to save him that night almost five days ago. All this meant so much to Carlos. He had the ultimate support system. Everyone stayed for a couple hours before leaving to let Carlos rest. As everyone left, Kendall and Logan walked down to the cafeteria and got four ice cream cones, one for each of them and took them back to the room. Carlos' face instantly brightened when he saw the ice cream.

"Here you go; you're favorite flavor." Kendall said, handing Carlos one of the cones.

"Cookies-n-Cream?" Carlos asked.

"Yep." Kendall replied.

"Yay! Thank you." Carlos took a big bite of the sweet, delicious ice cream.

"You do much more of that and you'll get a brain-freeze." James said, licking at his chocolate ice cream cone.

"I don't care. It's so good." Carlos said, taking another bite.

Kendall, Logan, and James all laughed.

"Carlos, lean over; you have something on your face." James said, a sneaky grin on his face.

Carlos leaned over unsuspectingly. James quickly swiped a smear of ice cream on the tip of Carlos' nose.

"Hey!" Carlos said, jumping back.

All of them burst into laughter as Carlos had an adorable scowl on his face, wiping off the ice cream.

"Oh, yeah?" Carlos said, getting a little of his own ice cream on his finger.

He flicked at James and it landed in his hair.

"Aaaa! Not the hair!" James shrieked, wiping quickly at the ice cream.

They burst into harder laughter. As the laughter died down, Kendall motioned for Logan to follow him out into the hallway. He did so and Kendall closed the door behind them.

"What are we doing?" Logan asked.

"Let's give them some time alone." Kendall said; James and Carlos had had very little time alone since the accident.

Both of them stood in front of the window looking into the room. They smiled as they watched James and Carlos smiling and laughing, so happy. As Kendall watched, his eyes drifted over to Logan's ice cream cone, which was vanilla drizzled with sweet caramel. His eyes travelled from the ice cream to James and Carlos, and back and forth several times. He let out an involuntary giggle.

"What's so funny?" Logan asked.

"James and Carlos." Kendall said, "They're like your ice cream cone."

"What are you talking about?" Logan asked, thinking Kendall had lost it.

"They're caramel and cream."

A/N: Well, there it is! The FINAL CHAPTER! The story is complete. As I've said before, I'm happy to finish it, but I'm also sad to see it end. I would just like to thank everyone who reviewed this story for all your amazing support and ideas and encouragement. THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH! It's been so fun writing this and letting my creativeness flow into it. This was my first ever BTR story and it has GREATLY immersed me into the world of BTR fanfiction. Ever since I first watched Big Time Rush, I have just been so excited. Excited to see all the episodes that come on, to write new stories, to look up pictures, to talk with my BTR-obsessed friends, just everything! I ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY COMPLETELY LOVE BIG TIME RUSH!

P.S. Due to a review from Sting Of My Tears, I am seriously considering writing a sequel to this. But I have one teenie-tiny-itty-bitty problem...I have NO IDEA what to put in it! HELP! Anyone who has any ideas, please either tell me in your review or send me a message. I am open to anything and I would LOVE to hear any of your ideas! :D It's been fun. I love all of you! Again, THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND REVIEWS! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D