Author's Note: thank you to everyone that reviewed! This chapter is dedicated to you! I will answer all comments underneath, but for now...

Ch 11:

Lizzie flung her hands around her betrothed's neck. But David stood there stiffly, glaring at Darcy. Lizzie took a step back and looked intently into his eyes—trying to read his expression. The rain continued to pour on them, reminding Lizzie that had been an injudicious decision.

"This is my friend Will" said Lizzie, awkwardly introducing them. They glanced at each other and an unspoken understanding was conveyed.

"I'm David" he said, extending out his hand politely. Darcy shook his hand firmly, though his head was spinning with a multitude of thoughts. Lizzie had rejected him. She said she didn't love him.

"Well, I think we should go inside Lizzie, though I see you are already soaking wet" said David, in a monotone voice. Lizzie could feel how tense he was.

"Yeah" she nodded, "Bye" she said towards Will and reached for David's hand. He allowed her to hold it—since he was a gentleman, but didn't squeeze it back. They got under the tent of the restaurant and David looked at her with watery eyes.

"So he is the one?" asked David, holding back tears. "He is the one that has holds the key to your heart?"

"No!" said Lizzie, taking a step closer to him. "He is not. David, I've been a fool!" began Lizzie, but David wasn't listening.

"No, I've been the fool. I knew you hadn't fully given of yourself but I hope, nay I prayed that eventually you would. Lizzie, I love you. But I'm not competing for your heart, attention and thoughts" answered David calmly. He turned around but Lizzie pulled him around, desperately trying to get him to listen.

"I know this looks back David, but please, listen to me" she begged, her eyes conveying the truth. "Please" she murmured, holding on to his arms. She hugged him tightly and rested her head on his chest, taking in the smell of him. He cupped her face and looked into her eyes.

"Goodbye Lizzie" he whispered, kissing her on the cheek. He walked away and left her standing there, alone. Lizzie felt the tears precipitating from her eyes, as she saw the love of her life walk away.

It took her a few hours to calm down. In between sobs, she pulled out a pen and paper and a poem began to formulate on the page. She didn't regret running after Darcy since it led to this realization. She needed to come to terms with her emotions.

My heart is swelling up

With a feeling of ease,

I finally see,

That we were never meant to be.

I've been such a fool,

But I've now grown wise,

I wasted my time,

But I won't be fooled twice.

Not everything that shines,

Is automatically gold.

Sometimes what's hidden,

Is worth even more.

I've been such a fool,

And now I'm in love,

Not with an idea,

But a true human soul.

The time was not wasted,

I've grown and I've learned,

I love you,

Please marry me David.

The last few words conveyed every emotion she was currently feeling. A tear fell on the page, denting the paper. She wiped off her tears and with a sudden inspiration, grabbed her purse and left the apartment. After what seemed like an eternity, she knocked on his door, not caring that she had never looked this disheveled.

"Lizzie" said David, completely surprised, "What are you here? It's so late! Did you take the subway? Please tell me that you didn't!"

"You still care about me?" whispered Lizzie, hope swelling up her heart. David gave her a smile that would make any woman melt.

"How can I stop?" he murmured, looking at her with bathetic eyes.

"I want to read you something" she said, "It's a poem I wrote for you…" She pulled the crumbled piece of paper from her bag and read it to him, with tears in her eyes. "I love you…I've been a fool. I let the idea of something confuse what was real. I know I don't deserve you" she began, gesticulating loudly with her hands, "I'm sorry. I know that doesn't cut it. But I want you to know, I need you to know that we had was real. I did give of myself to you. I did let you in. I'm sorry if I hurt you—"

David kissed her passionately, cupping her face and bringing her close. Lizzie kissed him back like never before. All the emotions that she had been holding back finally lashed out and found their appropriate outlet. She caressed his neck as tears percolated their lips.

"I love you" she murmured, letting out a heavy sigh. He looked at her like never before and whispered, "I love you too". A smile spread on both of their faces, as he pulled her close and hugged her tightly.

*The End*

Author's Note: As I mentioned in the beginning, this is a story that is very dear to my heart. I think all women can relate with having "fallen in love" with someone to only realize that the infatuation was never real. I went into this story, like I do with all of my stories, not having the ending set. I wanted Lizzie to discover for herself what was best for her and I have to say, that I have no regret. Though Darcy was dear to her heart, I think Lizzie got the point where she realized what they had wasn't real. I hope that ending does not offend you! and that you liked it! I look forward to hearing you thoughts and will respond on PM.

Answers to questions/comments:

beco44: you didn't like the letter? why did you think he shouldn't have written it?

SLD: yeah it was very difficult to write because I wanted all of the emotions to be conveyed but yet for the scenerio and what was happening to be clear.

mudpie: lol sorry, I hope you don't hate me for this ending!

clarinetto: yes he did...

prevail upon me: happy? lol

3dayeventer: thanks! im glad you think so! like I said in the beginning, if you've fallen in love with david, then I've done my job.

draminofan: thank you! that compliment means a lot to me!

NYT: haha i loved your review! thank you! and I absolutely loved that line! i was thinking of maybe using it in the story but i didnt want to bring darcy back in. he is out. this is it...