Funebre ~ Epilogue

Jade leaned against Dave's back, watching the wind pluck strands up her hair and play with them. He was listening to music. She could hear the sick rhymes from where she sat and thought that he had cranked up the volume way too much. She played with his hand.

"Hey, Dave," she said, knowing he couldn't hear her. "Why did you always say 'thanks' to me before you died? I went to see a lot of Doomed Daves, just to make sure they didn't die alone, right? I mean, no one should have to die alone and scared like that… So I did my best to find you and stay with you. But you always said 'thanks' at the end. I never figured out why." She laughed. "When Alpha you died, I was so scared. I didn't think I'd ever hear you say it again. I mean, not that I wanted you to die more! I just…I didn't think I'd ever hear you say anything, again, really, and that was terrifying."

"Isn't it obvious."

Jade jumped. "Y-you can hear me?"

"Of course. I'm a fucking ninja of cool." Dave pulled off his headphones and turned to look at her.

"What do you mean, 'it's obvious'?"

Dave smiled a subtle, nearly unnoticeable smile. "It's because I like you."

"But why would you say thanks?"

"Jegus, Jade. Because it meant that you liked me, too."

Jade turned pink. "Is that why?"

"Isn't that what I've been saying."

She laughed, suddenly feeling very silly. "Thanks."