Here we are... The end. The very last chapter of "Of Conmen and Rednecks". Am I the only one in near tears -blows nose and wipes tears away- So I gotta say that even though I wrote this story, I've fallen in absolute love with it. And not only that, but it's my most popular story. Y'all have been with me the entire time, watching, reading and making sure to send in those reviews that I just absolutely love, and... well, I love y'all, okay? Oh gosh -cries-
So, as much as I hate to say it because I don't want this story to end just yet... This is the end. It's been one hell of a roller coaster watching the competition between Nick and Keith, the reactions Ellis had to the both of them, the death, the suspense, all the chainsaws, machetes and AK-47 laying by Keith's grave (because you never know if he'll try shit as a ghost, yknow?), and the final moments that made y'all all break into tears. Oh gosh.
Every review sent a smile to my face, y'all, and even know, replying to them, it makes me smile to see how much y'all loved this story... With that said, stay for some A/N at the end of the epilogue for a quick summary on my next story. Nellis, per usually. I'm pretty sure y'all will love the story ^^
Reviews: -blows nose again-
karatekid369: Nick is okay... I felt terrible killing Keith like that ;n; But I've got two head cannons- the brown haired Keith in this story, then the red headed Keith that I use for doodles and other random bullshit that would require him. Ohgoshyou'relikeGlassSoul -facedesk- Keith wasn't a bad guy, y'know! He just wanted his best friend! I'd do the same thing for Glass, or Spazz Kadet, or flameleaf, or a few others who don't have FFN accounts D: Then write the terrible out? Ehehehe. You'll have to send me a link over messaging if you, do tho. Here's the end, and thank you for all the reviews ;u;
Rengoku Akashi: Bitter sweet. Oh man, perfect description. I made you cry? I think I aimed for that? xD Nick was awesome, even then. Oh gosh. Nick... Here's the ending, finally :D And then my new story will be... Amazing, okay? Amazing. Thank you for all the reviews throughout the story ;u;
Talie-Chambers48: He was being supportive of Ellis, since he does love him, yknow? Aww, don't be sad! You haven't seen the last of me and my miraculous writing! Thanks for all the reviews!:D
GlassSoul: Oh miss Glass, seemed you've read this already... Ohwell. Fangasm some more XD FEEL BAD DAMMIT! THAT'S WHAT I WAS AIMING FOR! -throws Hunter at you- He wasn't originally going to kill Nick! He lost his mind somewhere along the road and just, well, got desperate! You keep calling him Nicky... Bro, that's wack. OF COURSE IT WAS A GOOD STORY -has acquired the largest ego known to man because of all the reviews- I'M JUST THAT AWESOME. -You have already seen the Epilogue- But do that. Draw me fanart. DO IT. And thank you for all the reviews, bro ;u; Ah luv yew, Neek :3
Geira: People have said Keith deserved it- makes me wonder what I did wrong, yknow? It was his fault, in a way, but, at the same time, Ellis' for being so goddamn adorable and just... FFFF -nosebleeds from the M-rated images- Ignore that. I can't imagine it either... Oh gosh... If I had to kill my best friend... I would probably lock myself in a closet and just stay there for years and years until I die. At least he has Nick :D (-grumbles at the fact the guy I like is a total jackass right now-) This is what I can update! And you know what? YOU'RE AWESOME FOR ALL YOUR REVIEWS! WOO!
Radiant Rachael: Glad that my update made you happy, then... Oh gosh I made you all speechless and broken ;A; I'm sorry, but... it was the twist that not even M. Night Shamalamadingdong could have expected (if anyone gets that reference, I will love you forever). Well... Maybe y'all did see it, but whatever. PLOT TWISTS ANYWAY. Hope you feel beter ;A; Thank you for all your reviews, btw C:
H3H3H3: You cried? And I play with your emotions? -giggles evily- It's because I'm just awesome like that, bro. Just that awesome. Thank you for the reviews :D
Angelchan2012: AAH -hides- It would be a hard decision- shoot the guy you've called your best friend your entire life, or watch him shoot the man you've fallen in love with. I would never want to make that decision. Ever. And if I did, I would... FF- I'd just shoot myself. If Nick didn't take care of Ellis, he would get his ass haunted all across Georgia. Just sayin'. Keith's just that cool. Awww. Don't cry ;A; Hopefully this chapter won't make you cry... -guilt- And thank you for all the reviews you've sent it -hearts- It means so much.
Hattersglasschild: Thank you :D But thank you for all the reviews, as well! And don't cry!
D-ZombieDragon: He felt remorse for making his best friend suffer like that- guess it finally caught up to him. I know, right? I threw in a few lyrics into the chapter... I actually was listening to that while writing by accident, and realized it fit it perfectly... I was a bit shocked. I guess I'm just that awesome. Yup! And here's the last chapter! Last... chapter... -breaks into uncontrollably sobs- Oh gosh. And thank you for the reviews :D
Ayhluss: Last chapter, and I suddenly realized I've been spelling your name wrong. Well. Fuck. Anyway. Review. I know... I'm sad to end it. I've fallen madly in love with this story... ;A; I have a thing for happily ever afters without the zombies ^^; Maybe because my happily ever after will be zombies? I have no idea. Loveitthatyourreviewyknow? (Love it that you reviews yknow?). It made me smile :D And I'd like to thank you especially for all the spelling and grammar checking you did for me, even if I was too lazy to go back and change it ^^ Thank you for both of those things!
DEADLYANG3L: Really? ;A; Awww, I'm sorry! It was a fitting ending, no? But this is an even more bittersweet ending, believe me. Oh gosh just remembering it makes me sad ;n; I actually am writing another :D The quick summary will be at the end, kay? And thank you for the reviews!
SniperSkittles: Well, it's like a town that's being watched by the guards and all that. I'm not sure exactly where, but I really should have mentioned that :P I'm just lazy and I honestly rushed that chapter. But thank you for your review :D
Space Oddity22: Thank you for that, and the reviews :D
over90001: Hey... Bad Romance and Grenade. DUDE THOSE SONGS FIT! -tackle- Thank you for that :D Thank you, thank you. And it's Panda-Bear-Chan (: There's a link on my profile.
Looshk: I've done that before with some Kingdom Hearts stories ^^; Thank you :'D I'm actually working on another one right now, so it's good I'm on your author alerts! ^^ Thank for you for the review!
Disclaimer: If I owned Left4Dead2, Nick would have shown Ellis what "suck the heads means"... And Zoey would have been the one to die, not Bill.
The ride stops here. Thanks for staying with me :')
Epilogue: The Name He Never Knew
Shaggy black hair whipped at his face, green eyes downcast at the grave below, the engraved words on the tombstone, the very ones that made his world for the longest time, and now seemed to make it fall apart piece by piece. He put a bouquet of red roses on the grave, hand immediately covering his chest where his heart belonged, but just looking at that name- that two word, four syllable name- he knew that his heart was in that coffin. The black haired man, looking no older than twenty, sighed, letting his breath linger in the cool autumn air, before it faded away like everything else in his life.
He had been his one and only love, a brother of his friend, but they never actually talked. The black haired man had always stayed in the shadows, watching him from a distance, scared to approach him because he just seemed all that unapproachable, unobtainable. He hadn't even known that he existed, he didn't know what his face looked like, he wouldn't even have recognized his name if it were said. He didn't know who his secret admirer was, and now… Now he never would.
'Here lies Keith Marshall…'
Those words sent a knife through his heart, leaving him to only choke on his tears, all the unspoken words stuck in his throat forever, leaving him to realize with a shock that he would never be able to tell him that he loved him, that he thought he was perfect in every way, that even if he tried, there wasn't anyone else in the world that could compare to his warm chocolate eyes and messy mocha hair, his beautiful smile and even the sound of his laugh. The young man wiped the tears away from his emerald eyes, sniffling sullenly. "I…" his voice was nothing more than a squeak, and despite his hometown (Savannah), it completely lacked the native accent. "I love you, Keith… You didn't even know I existed, but… I love you…"
He could hear foot steps in the leaves behind him and he blinked, panicking and hiding behind a nearby tree with curiosity. Two men, a couple by the how close they were and their entwined hands, walked up to the grave, and the shorter one, a brunette with curly hair and vibrant blue eyes, blinked at the roses already laying on the grave. "Someone else was here?" He asked, his accent one from Georgia, and the black haired man's eyes widened. He knew him. "Think it was Ro?"
The taller man shrugged. "I don't know… Maybe." He watched his shorter companion bent down with his own flowers, laying white roses over the bouquet of red. Wordlessly, he stood and turned back to the taller man. "You ready to go?"
"Yup! I'm starvin'." He took the man's hand and they walked out together, leaving the black haired man to watch after them, before sniffling and wiping at his tears again. If only he had gotten that chance to talk to him, maybe they could have been like that, a couple, happy and cheerful. Ducking his head, he shook it before turning to leave out the other exit, leaving behind pieces of his heart and bits of memories of the man he had loved.
"You never knew my name, but it was Dave… David Matthews…"
"My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause 'till it come back to me." Am I the only one who thought of Mark Antony's speech with that line "... he knew his heart was in that coffin"? Eh? Eh?
SUPERSECRETSUMMARYBULLSHIT for... -drum roll- "Did It Hurt When You Fell?" (LAME PICK UP LINES! WOO!):
Nick's just a ornery asshole conning gambler until his world is turned upside done when he meets Ellis, a strange eighteen years old Southerner who's life story is a mystery and reasons for staying even more. But for every reckless man, there's a Guardian angel beside him...
It's AU, I've fucked with Nick and Ellis' age-gap (12 has turned into 7), and it's gonna be the shit if I don't make it sound like shit. And that summary sucks, but whatever. Add me to your alerts if you haven't already and watch for the next chapter soon. And if you watch me on dA, I'll be posting it there. Or if you don't watch me on dA, go do so- there's a link on my profile. Until then!