1 month later
It was around midnight, and the stars were twinkling in the sky. 2D and Murdoc were standing by the pool.
"C'mon, D. You can do it," Murdoc encouraged him, rubbing a soothing hand on 2D's back.
2D swallowed hard and stared at the dark water. Ever since the incident, 2D had been absolutely terrified of swimming.
He hadn't gone near the pool since he came back. But today, he wanted it to stop. He felt like with this fear, Catherine would still be controlling him, even from her grave. He didn't want her to be in control of his life, dead or not.
He clenched his fists, still staring at the water.
"I'm here with you. Nothing's going to happen," Murdoc said quietly, still rubbing 2D's back.
2D took a step backwards and pulled his shirt off, revealing the scars Catherine had left him with.
Murdoc took his shirt off, too.
2D took a step nearer the water, trembling and shaking. Murdoc grabbed his hand firmly.
"Ready?" Murdoc asked 2D gently.
2D gulped, then nodded.
Murdoc took a huge leap, pulling 2D with him, who yelped and squeezed his eyes tightly shut.
As soon as their skin touched the water, 2D squealed and threw his arms around Murdoc's neck, who held him tightly.
He continued trembling and whimpering, still holding on to Murdoc tightly, while the latter whispered soothing words into his ear.
Eventually, 2D calmed down a bit, and looked around him. He started giggling, astonished at himself.
"I did it, Muds! I did it!" he said happily.
Murdoc grinned. "I'm so proud of you, D."
2D let go of Murdoc's neck gingerly, and let himself float in the water, still careful. After he gained a bit of confidence, he started swimming around. He started to remember why he used to love swimming so much.
Seeing 2D laughing and having fun again in the water made Murdoc chuckle lovingly. He swam over to 2D and pulled him toward him, planting a kiss on his lips.
"I love you," he said, trailing his fingers delicately over 2D's bare, wet shoulderblades.
2D shivered at the touch. "I love you too, Muds," he replied, cheeks flaming, and he leaned in for another kiss.
Murdoc threaded his fingers through 2D's soaking locks, and 2D wrapped his legs around Murdoc's waist.
Suddenly, they heard a chuckle coming from the balcony.
They broke apart, Murdoc being slightly irritated at this interruption.
"Dudes, I swim in that too, you know. Do your funny business somewhere else!" Russel was peering from the balcony, laughing good-naturedly.
Murdoc grinned and gave him the finger. "Fuck you Russ, you wouldn't even be able to swim in the pool, you getting in would throw all the water out."
Russel glared at him. "For that, I think I'll join you."
"Wait, what?" 2D asked with wide eyes before Russel leapt from the balcony, right in the pool.
Murdoc and 2D both got thrown to the other side of the pool, while Russel grinned at them.
"God damnit, Russ!" Murdoc snapped, but he was trying not to grin.
"What's all this noise?" Noodle called from the balcony, rubbing her eyes.
The boys looked up at her sheepishly.
"You're all swimming together? Why didn't you invite me!" Noodle said a bit offended.
"Come on in, love," Murdoc grinned up at her.
Noodle perched her small body on the balcony railing, then threw herself off. The boys weren't worried, they all did this all the time in the summer.
"Noodle! You're pyjama's are getting all wet!" 2D exclaimed, but Murdoc splashed water in his face to shut him up.
2D gasped and splashed water at Murdoc. When Murdoc was about to splash back again, Russel swam in between them, ending up getting water in his face.
"Hey!" he called, and splashed water at Murdoc.
Then Noodle joined in too, and soon they were all splashing around ferociously.
Laughing and gasping, Russel eventually heaved himself out of the pool.
"That's it guys, I'm going to bed. You have all exhausted me. Noods, I think it's time for you to go to bed, too," he then added sternly.
Noodle hid her yawn with her hand. "I suppose you're right. I'll have to put on other pyjama's, though," she said, looking down at her soaking wet attire.
"Goodnight, 2D," she said, swimming over to 2D and giving him a kiss on the cheek.
"Night, Noods," he grinned at her, and ruffled her hair.
Then Noodle swam over to Murdoc and gave him a kiss also. "Goodnight, Murdoc."
Murdoc chuckled and tweaked her chin. "Sleep tight, love."
Russel helped Noodle out of the pool, and with a last greeting, they went inside.
Murdoc and 2D, now calmed down, swam to the little stairs and sat there, resting.
Then 2D suddenly pulled Murdoc close to him, pecking him on the lips.
"Thank you, Muds," he said quietly, staring into his eyes.
Murdoc understood that he was talking about the swimming.
"And thank you for not telling the others about it," 2D added.
Murdoc put his hand to 2D's cheek. "Don't mention it."
Then 2D pulled Murdoc into a kiss. Murdoc, surprised and delighted by this sudden act, didn't react for a moment.
Then he returned the kiss with deep passion, toying with 2D's hair. They broke apart, smiling lovingly at each other. Murdoc jokingly went through 2D's hair with his fingers, making it all stand up.
"How do I look?" 2D grinned.
"Perfect," Murdoc replied after a moment, and pulled 2D back into a kiss.
So that was the 'epilogue'. Yes I know it kind of sucks, but I just suddenly lost all of my imagination -.- anyway, I just wanted you to see how life was after everything happened, sort of. Thank you for reading and sticking to the end, please leave reviews and tell me what you think!