~Part Two Of Forever Trilogy~

Chapter 25


"RUBIN!" I exclaimed with glee, throwing myself across the room at him, and enveloping him in a big hug.

"Topaz?" he gasped as I squeezed him.

"Yes," I said, tears threatening to fall out of my eyes.

"Topaz!" He put his arms around me, hugging me back. "Ouch! You're hurting my sides!"

I pulled away, and yanked up his shirt, revealing thick white bandages wrapped around his torso. Thankfully, they weren't stained with blood. At least they took care of him; I had to give Synis that much kudos.

"I had to get stitches," he said with a shudder. "It was just awful!"

Anger filled me. It was Maroon's fault for hurting him; his stupid Charizard just had to grab Rubin! But, actually, as I thought about it, it was my fault. They wanted me, so they took Rubin to get at me. This time, tears did fall. I was really upset about all this.

"Oh, Topaz, please don't cry!" he exclaimed, hugging me again, patting my back.

But I couldn't help it. I pressed my face against his shoulder, and cried. But then, suddenly, there was a loud, furious roar. The room shook, and the door slammed shut, forcing Raiden and Demeter inside, and making me jump. Yeah, Groudon really was here. Who knew how much time we had left? There was no time to go to Am and Diamonda. The final showdown was happening now.

"We have to go," I said, scooting off the bed, and wiping my eyes with my arm. "Like, now."

I opened my bag, and pulled out his hat; I left the clothes; he didn't need them. I handed the hat to him, and he put in back on his head.

"Thanks," he said.

I just nodded. I headed for the door, and Raiden and Demeter stepped aside. But right as I reached for the door knob, Rubin grabbed my wrist, pulling me back slightly, stopping me.

"Topaz, wait!"

I turned around to face him, and he released me. "What?"

Rubin flushed slightly pink. "Uh, well, since, uh, there's a slight possibility that, uh, we might not, uh, come out of this alive, I, uh, just want you to know, uh, that, uh, I..."

I didn't know why, but my heart beat picked up a little. What did he want to tell me? That was making him blush? Was I imagining this? Was this just my wishful thinking? Or was he really going to say what I thought (and hoped) he would? Well, there was only one way to find out.

"That you what, Rubin?" I asked quietly.

"Uh..." He gulped, his Adam's apple bobbing, looking unsure if he could finish the sentence. But then he seemed to steel himself because his expression turned very serious. "I love you, Topaz."

I was surprised I didn't pass out as soon as he said those words. I just stared at him, words unable to come to my mouth. He really just said that to me? I couldn't breathe, let alone think. He just told me he loved me! Rubin just told me that he loved me! Words could not express my happiness.

I managed to snap out of my daze, and actually breathe, 'cause I had started to feel light-headed from lack of oxygen. "Rubin...I love you, too."

There, I said it. The words came out of my mouth. And I meant it. I meant every word. I did love Rubin. I loved him more than I ever loved Grey, or liked Flax. He was just so different from them. He was someone I knew I could trust, someone I knew I could rely on. I swear, he could even be 'The One', as Jade puts it.

"Really?" he asked.

"Yes, really," I said.

He blushed deeper, and smiled his cute little grin.

Well, Rubin, this is where you kiss me, buddy. He didn't get the message. Maybe it was because he was really a gentlemen, or it was just nerves. Maybe he had no idea what he was doing. Well, I wasn't about to wait for him.

I grabbed his hand, yanked him toward me, and stood as high as I could, and pressed my lips to his.

This kiss was unlike any other I had had - and, thanks to that weird fling-or-whatever-you-want-to-call-it with Grey, I had been kissed a whole lot of times. It wasn't too gentle, or too rough. It was just right, like it that one fairy tale with the two Ursaring and one Teddiursa, and that gold-haired girl who broke into their house or something. After a moment of surprise and hesitation, Rubin kissed me back. I was pretty sure I read this somewhere, but it sure felt like I was zapped by Raiden's Discharge or something as we kissed.

That was the damn best first kiss ever.

We broke apart. Rubin's face was flushed - though it wasn't like a blush or anything - and his gorgeous blue eyes twinkled, and he started grinning like an idiot. But I couldn't help but smile back, and laugh a little. I was so happy. We hugged, and our heads inclined to kiss again, but our noses bumped instead. We both laughed.

Suddenly, there was a weird annoyed growl/grunt behind us, and a giggle. We released each other, but still kept our hands together, and I turned around to see an annoyed-looking shiny Pikachu and a flustered, blushing Ivysaur. I sighed.

"Alright, alright, we're going, we're going," I said. "Come on, Rubin. Let's go find your Pokemon."

He squeezed my hand, and nodded, and then released it. It was time to get down to business. Synis would not get away with using Groudon - Groudon would combine the regions when it was the proper time. It was time for another showdown - and first battle with that blasted president of ours.

Sorry I couldn't update yesterday! But here's the next chappie today.

Get ready for Furthermore to end. We have eight more chapters and an epilogue!

Here's some news on Forevermore: It's going to be a heck of a lot longer that Nevermore and Furthermore combined! And I have no idea where it's going xD

ANYWAYS! I'm sure this chapter made lots of folks happy! Like I said earlier, this is by far my favorite chapter in Furthermore.

You know, some cliches are just so good xD

Oh, yeah. Why does Grey need a replacement? He quit being an admin for Synis, remember? The new admin...will shock a few, I think. You'll love 'em, though!

Yesh, Rubin is too pwetty xD But...he needs to MAN UP ALREADY! *dies* Don't worry, he will in Forevermore...and don't think nasty thoughts. My head's in the gutter enough! xD

Go and review! *sends fluffy Ladys (yes, I know that's spelled wrong xD) out to everyone*