I am finally getting around to finishing and updating this story! I'm honestly not too sure where it's going right now, but I have an idea for this chapter at least. I have an image up for the story by the way, I hope you guys like it!

Crossing Paths is officially off hiatus! And we're going back to Sarah's point of view! To save you guys from going back to look at the first chapter, I'll just say that Sarah and Elliot are off to a party in the city tonight for a short recap…alright? :P Enjoy! (:


Parties like these ones were the ones I hated.

I mean, 5 years ago, I would have been one of the girls in their too tight dresses up at the bar, taking shots, looking for some loser to hook up with. But that wasn't my life anymore, and I was glad of it. I didn't miss it one bit, and I was happy that I had moved on from just being another drunk slut of the world. Now I had Elliot, and I was happy again.

It was Elliot's brother Kenneth's birthday. He was turning 19 tomorrow, and his party was tonight. I personally didn't really want to go to the party here tonight, but I went for Elliot, since I knew he loved these kinds of parties. My role at these things was sitting alone, on a bar stool, and sip my coke for hours, until Elliot is ready to leave. It wasn't really my idea of fun, but I didn't really know what was lately. I dealt with it though. There were far worse things I could be doing right now.

Just then, I saw Jake walking up, a glass of beer in one of his hands.

"Sarah!" He greeted, slamming his drink down on the bar counter. "Sup?" He asked, still sounding like a teenaged boy. I guess some things just never changed.

"Hey Jake!" I replied smiling, giggling a bit. "And not too much," I continued. "Just…this," I said, looking around at the bar, and everyone in it.

Jake's hands fell onto his legs, and he looked at me, his eyes meeting mine.

"You okay Sarah?" He asked, sounding more serious then usual.

I looked back at my brother, and smiled.

"Yeah, just bad memories," I sighed, forcing a smile. I looked around at everyone else having fun around me. Kenneth was dancing with one of my sisters, and Elliot was dancing with the other one. It didn't bother me much, since I knew that there would never be anything going on there.

"If you say so…" Jake said, sounding unsure. "So how's everything going for you? It feels like we haven't talked in a long time!"

He was right there…we haven't talked since Christmas. Even though we had reconciled things, Jake and I were nowhere near as close as we used to be, or close at all for that matter. Jake and Elliot used to be close too, but after getting in a big argument over a girl a few years ago, they had drifted apart a lot too. Of course, I wasn't around then, so I missed all that.

"It's alright I guess," I shrugged. "I got a job a few weeks ago. Wendy's. It doesn't pay good, but it's a start," I explained. "For the car…Elliot paid for it. I owe him, big time."

Jake shook his head in disbelief.

"I still can't believe that they never found the car!" He shouted. "I just wished that there's something, anything that we could've done!"

"And report my little brother as a suspect to the police?" I asked. Even though no one had heard from Mike since his departure, there's no way I would rat him out. That would not help matters at all. "Lying to the cops was the best way out of that one."

Jake smiled.

"You're a really good person Sarah," Jake told me smiling. "You've come a long way, you know that?"

I sat there, and couldn't help but let out a huge smile. Hearing that from my brother was amazing. Maybe I have come a long way. Maybe Jake and I really would reconnect someday, to relive how close we were growing up. Maybe.

Just then, I saw Calvin calling Jake over.

"Yo, shots man?" He asked Jake with a grin, holding up a bottle of Jack. Jake nodded, then turned to face me, standing up.

"Catch you later?" He asked with a smile, as he started to walk away.

"Yep, for sure," I mumbled, looking at the ground, unsure of what else to do. I looked around at everyone else. They all seemed to be having fun; something I seemed to be incapable of doing these days. I had fun when I used to drink, not that I remembered much of it, but it was fun at the time. I knew I could never go back though. I mean, look how far I've come in just 3 years! I was happy with where I was right now.

Just then, a bunch of police officers ran into the bar, interrupting my thoughts. They looked around, and I looked at them, alarmed. Then I saw them start to run towards me. I panicked.

"Sarah Baker?" One of them, a young, 20 something year old asked.

I bit my lip nervously before I answered, scared of what they wanted. I saw Jake and Elliot start to walk towards me, wondering what was going on as well. I looked at them confused.

What was going on?

"That's me," I told the cop, just as the guys got over to my side of the bar. Jake and Elliot were immediately by my side, and the rest of our families were coming over to see what was up.

"Is everything okay, officer?" Elliot asked. The officer smiled in return. I sighed in relief.

"We have found the car that your family had reported missing a few months ago," he replied. "There isn't too much damage, and you will receive some money back for the debts you paid on it."

I looked at Jake and Elliot, wide eyed. This meant that Mike had for some reason ditched it somewhere in the middle of nowhere, and had likely just gone back to school. That was my guess.

"Now, are there any suspects you can think of that would do this?" He asked us, eyeing us carefully. I looked at Jake, who shrugged.

"There's no one I can think of outside of our family," I told the officer, which technically wasn't a lie.

The officer nodded in acknowledgement.

"Alright then. We're going to put this case to rest, but if you know anything, just give us a call," he told us, walking out towards the door with the other officers. Jake eyed me suspiciously.

"Really Sarah?" He asked, shaking his head. "We can't keep this a secret much longer! The cops might catch on."

"He's right," Elliot agreed. "If there's anything I've learned about cops, it's that you can't ignore them," he explained. "They'll still be looking into the case, no matter what they say. It will always be there, Sarah."

I sighed. They were right in a way, I suppose. But it didn't make sense. Ratting out Mike wouldn't help him, or anyone in our family at all; if anything, it would just make the situation worse.

"What do you suggest we do then?" I asked the guys.

"Find out why he did it," Jake joked. "And ask why he's such an immature little twerp who should just grow up and get over himself," he added, rolling his eyes.

"Why don't Sarah and I go see him?" Elliot asked, looking at me with a smile. I widened my eyes. Maybe that would be a good idea!

"Hey, I wasn't actually serious guys…" Jake laughed.

"I like the sound of that," I said with a smile. "It's a good plan…but I think I should go alone; Mike and I have stuff to talk about dating back much further than this whole car incident. He might think you being there is some sort of bribe," I added, looking at Elliot.

"I understand," Elliot said with a smile.

The night wrapped up shortly after that. It all flew by fairly quickly. Jake and Elliot took some more shots, and before I knew it, it was time to go home. I helped a drunken Elliot outside, and into the car. We sat down, and rolled down the windows. As I was about to drive off, Jake stumbled out into the middle of the road, right by a corner.

"G'night Sarah," he said smiling, his words slurring together. I sighed, and poked my head out the window. Elliot shook his head at how bad Jake was at holding his liquor. Some things never changed.

"Jake, get out of the middle of the road, before somebody-"

A black Mercedes racing around the corner interrupted my words, as it struck my little brother head on, simply driving on as if nothing had happened.

"Phone 911!" I shouted to Elliot, as I ran outside onto the road, tears quickly forming in my eyes. This wasn't happening. It couldn't be real…


Cliffhanger! ;P I promise a quicker update this time! Sorry about the wait again, I'm determined to finish this story!

Thanks for reading and reviewing!

~Lauren