Fall to Pieces

I looked away, then I looked back at you.

Patricia looks at Joy, tears of frustration welling up in her blue eyes. She's tormented; tormented by the idea that she'll never get to be herself, that the world will never know the real Patricia Williamson, or the real Joy Mercer, all because of something that's completely out of her control.

You tried to say things that you can't undo.

Joy pulls Patricia into a tight hug, burying her face in Patricia's shoulder. Patricia holds her close and they cry together, mourning the loss of a freedom that they never had in the first place. It's Joy's parents. They don't know, but she knows what they would do if they ever found out.

If I had my way, I'd never get over you.

Patricia realized it long before Joy did. She realized that there would come a time when they would have to say goodbye, when their life together would come to a close. And for the first time in a long time, Patricia Williamson is wishing that High School would never end.

Today's the day, I pray that we'll make it through.

Joy takes a deep breath as they stand outside the door, and Patricia is holding her hand in a grip so tight that it aches. But Joy's holding Patricia's hand just as tightly, if not tighter, and they're both so scared that they don't care anymore. Their eyes meet, and they're full of fear; Patricia gives Joy's hand a comforting squeeze, and together, they ring the bell.

Make it through the fall...

Patricia will never forget the look on Joy's face, the silent tears streaming from her eyes as the door slams shut, cutting her off from the only life that she's ever known. Patricia wraps her arm around Joy's shoulders as they walk back to her car, and as she feels the shorter girl quaking with sobs, she can't help but think. I did this. She's never felt more alone.

We'll make it through it all.

Joy's lips crash against Patricia's, and it's a desperate kiss, a kiss full of questions, of fear, of uncertainty. Because they're running away from the only life that they've ever known, and just like the door's been slammed shut, so has a chapter of their lives. They can never go back.

But later that night, as they sit in the back seat of Patricia's car, holding each other close and listening to the rain falling gently from the sky, they both realize.

They've never been alone... not really.

... and now, they never will be.

A/N: Yay, a (somewhat) happy ending! I am seriously in love with this pairing... totally obsessed. But anyway, reviews are love. (AKA please review) 3