Sorry for the gap in updates! Little trouble on the inspiration front, but I finally found it again! This particular update is about Gage and Sydney in school (something I've often thought about, since they seem to be so close in age). Obviously it takes place long before they join the show. Enjoy!

Title: Too Damn Young

Summary: She kissed me like she meant forever.

Pairing: Gage and Sydney

Category: Romance/Angst

Words: 984

Disclaimer:Not mine!


Every time my feet are dangling in the water

I can't help but think about her

Lying there with her wet hair

Didn't know what we were doing, but we didn't care

That old wooden dock was warm on our backs

A t-shirt for a pillow and just like that

She kissed me like she meant forever

We were too damn young to know any better

Francis Gage grinned at his girlfriend as they sat on the wooden dock together.

Ever since the death of his parents, he and his sister had been tossed from foster home to foster home. He was always afraid that the next home would finally be the one that split them up, but she refused to let that happen. They were the only family they had, and they clung to each other.

But in a few months, his sister would be aging out of the system. She was already getting ready for graduation, and it seemed, to forget him. Gage was a junior in high school, and for a long time, had no friends.

Until he met her.

He leaned over and stole another kiss from his girlfriend, then wrapped a muscular arm around her. With her raven hair, chocolate eyes, and mischievous personality, Sydney Cooke had fascinated him from the moment he first met her.

For the first time in his life, he was in love, and nothing would separate them.

Sydney looked up at him and smiled. She had been so scared of getting caught while she snuck out of her home, but now that she was here with him, none of that mattered. All that mattered was that they were together.

Leaning over, Gage closed the gap between them and kissed her softly. She was so soft and warm, and his entire body ached with the need to touch her even more.

Without a single word, she pulled his shirt over his head and folded it up. Then she laid down on the dock, pulling him along with her until he was hovering over her with his strong arms supporting his weight.

He had never gone this far with a girl, and he desperately wanted to go further. Any hesitation he might have felt was quickly erased when she kissed him again, full of naïve confidence and strong desire.

The setting sun was the only witness to their young passion, and when they were both sated, Gage curled himself around her and held her tight.

"I think I love you," he whispered into her ear.

"I think I love you, too."

His heart soared, but what he didn't know was that those would be the last words they would speak. The next day, he was sent to another foster home with his sister, not even allowed the chance to say goodbye to Sydney.

Ten years later, the memory of her still haunted him. And every time his feet dangled in the water, he was reminded of that hot summer night when he had no idea what he was doing, but it didn't matter.

They were too young to know any better, and at the same time, they weren't.

The End.

A/N: Aww, young love. Thanks for reading, and please review!