Hey, DittoDudette here! Wow, it seems we've stumbled across the last chapter. First things first. The story cover belongs to Ickybicky. She's pretty awesome, check her page out. I hope you enjoy reading this chapter as much as I enjoyed writing it. I finished writing this before the last chapter came out, I just wanted to keep you guys waiting :)
I hate running, but for some reason, my legs couldn't stop. I saw Cody running for Sierra, and I tried to keep up behind him. Instead of taking the elevator, Sierra decided to run up the stairs. I'll mark that on my list of reasons why I hate Sierra. Cody wasn't extremely athletic either, so it wasn't too hard to run after him. Cody didn't even know I was running after him. He was pretty focused on chasing Sierra.
After a few flight of stairs, and running non-stop, Sierra finally decided where she was going to hide. She decided to run to her room. I hid behind a trash can that the maid had left in the hallway. Sierra slammed the door in Cody's face.
"Sierra, look, I'm sorry. Please let me in…" Cody sounded desperate.
The hallway was silent safe for Sierra's crying.
"Sierra just let me in!" Cody said, knocking on the door.
The door opened, and Sierra appeared in the doorway. "Anything you said was made clear back there." She said with tear falling down her cheeks.
Cody sighed and kept pounding on the door. "Can I come in?" Cody asked, ignoring her last statement.
Sierra opened the door all the way, letting Cody in. Once Cody was in Sierra's room, I walked over and hid next to the doorway.
"Cody, I thought you liked me! You got me all excited for what? Nothing!" I heard Sierra yell.
Cody took a deep breath. "Sierra, I'm sorry, but I don't feel the same way about you."
"Oh yes, you do! I don't like you anymore, so you must feel the same way about me! I should've known that signing up for this show would just cause more drama! I'm done! We're over!" Sierra screamed, sobs escaping in between breaths. I heard footsteps come closer to the doorway, and hung close to the wall. Sierra marched out of the room, but turned in the opposite direction from where I was standing.
I expected Cody to go after her, but he stayed where he was. I poked my head in the doorway. I saw Cody standing there with shock and sadness written all over his face.
This was my moment. It was one of those moments I was talking about before. The moment where everything slowed down, and you feel like a bit of life passed by you. Like you're on a rollercoaster, and you finally decided to hold on to the handlebar. Life doesn't give me a lot of these moments.
I took a deep breath and walked into the room. Cody still must've not noticed I was there.
"Cody," I said nervously, reaching out to touch his shoulder.
Cody looked up and backed away from my hand. "Noah, why are you here? Are you going to make some sarcastic remark about my love life? Go ahead, you should do it. Laugh at me." He snapped.
"Eh, usually I would. I don't feel like it right now. That's beside the point. Are you okay?" I asked, trying to brush off my sarcastic tone.
"Me? Oh I'm fine. It's not like I care. I've always wanted to escape that stalker. She's happy now that she's away from me. She's happy, I'm happy right? That's how I was with Gwen before she moved on with Duncan. Gwen's happy with Duncan, I'm happy too." Cody said; I could tell there was anger building in within him.
"And you know what? I don't even care anymore. Sierra doesn't like me, Gwen doesn't like me. You know, now that I think about it? I don't need Sierra! I don't need Gwen either! Yeah, I don't need Gwen or Sierra! Who does? In fact, FUCK GWEN AND SIERRA BECAUSE I DON'T NEED THEM!"
I watched as he broke down in anger and sadness. He kneeled down on the floor, his arms laying beside him.
He let out a laugh that bordered on hysterical. "I don't need them. I don't need anyone! You want to know why? Because no one wants me! Why should I depend on other people if they don't need me! No one wants me! Even my parents are starting to forget my that I'm on this planet! They forgot my birthday for the past two years! Two years! I can't believe I was so stupid. I thought all these girls liked me, when in reality no one does! It's not just girls, it's everyone! No one likes me! Not one damn person. I mean, God, if Sierra doesn't like me anymore, then who does?
"I can't even tell my crush that I like them because they probably hate me too," Cody started. The he paused and looked up at me. "Why are you even here?" he asked, his face red. I could tell he was holding back tears.
I could feel my eyes widen as he addressed the question. For once in my life, I had no answer for him. But he needed me to be there for him. "Cody, I know one person that cares about you. Me."
He looked at me with a surprised expression on his face. Then he looked skeptical. "Don't give me sympathy. I don't want your pity. I understand if you don't like me. It's happened enough times." He said, looking at me.
"Cody, you know me. I don't just hand out sympathy. I usually don't swallow my pride to tell my crush I like him, either." I said, kneeling down next to him.
He stared at me with a hurt look. Somehow, behind all the sadness, he still held a weak smile. "Noah, what am I even doing?" he said, looking down at the position he was in.
"Honestly, I don't even know. I'm kind of concerned for your well-being." I answered. "But I do know that you don't need Sierra or Gwen to make you feel better. You don't even need a girlfriend."
Cody frowned. "I know that now. I didn't know a few minutes ago. That's why I dated Sierra in the first place. I thought I couldn't find anyone else who would like me. When we were dating, she wouldn't let me talk to anyone. I was better off being single and desperate, than taken and miserable.
"That's why I love spending time with you. Everytime I was with you, I felt like someone wanted me. When I was with Sierra, I felt like no one wanted me and that she was going to be the only person to ever love me."
I sighed. I could understand what he was saying. "Cody, there are people here who like you. You just tend to brush them aside." I laughed. "You realize that Sierra's going to be back here in a few days, asking for forgiveness, right?"
Cody looked at me sternly. "Yeah, I know. I'm not going to take her back. I've learned my lesson with dating a stalker." He looked back up at me. "You've probably guessed who I have a crush on, haven't you?" he asked, suppressing a sad smile.
"I have a guess…" I said. I didn't even realize how close I was to his face.
He leaned in closer, and pressed his lips to mine. Even from a cynic's point of view, that kiss decribed the best feeling I've ever had. Fireworks don't even begin to capture how I felt at that moment. He wrapped his arms around my neck. After a while, he pulled away and smiled at me.
"Did that answer your question?" he said, giggling. There was Cody changing his attitude in less then five seconds.
"No," I smirked. "I might need another hint."
Cody and I broke out in a fit of laughter. I don't even know what came over me. I usually try to hold myself in a calm posture. At that moment, I had to laugh. I couldn't deny how adorable he looked when he laughed.
When we finally calmed down, he stared at me. "So, you want to go out?" he asked.
I leaned and kissed him again. "Did that answer your question?" I asked, smirking.
"No," he answered. "I might need another hint."
Another voice entered the picture. "Yes! We did it!"
Cody and I looked over at the doorway to see Izzy, Trent, and Owen standing there. Izzy was giving all of them high fives.
Cody frowned. "Uhm...this is not what it looks like."
Izzy laughed. "It's exactly what it looks like! Don't worry Cody, we already know you're bi."
Cody looked over at me with a surprised look. "Did you tell them?"
"No! That was all Izzy. She recorded us while we went to the island." I responded quickly.
"Oh, well, I wouldn't of cared anyways. As long as it's just you three. Wait, it is just you three, right?"
Izzy nodded. "Right."
Cody's face turned red. "Good. Can we not tell anyone else? I'm not ready to tell everyone that I'm, you know, bisexual yet."
"As long as it takes." I answered. I looked over at the matchmakers. "Agreed?"
Izzy grinned. "I don't care if it takes you a thousand years to find the key to the closet door!"
Trent and Owen nodded in agreement.
He looked at me with an understanding look. "Let me guess, that fake note I got when we were at the island was from Izzy too."
I nodded. "Izzy wrote that. She's been trying to hook us up."
"And we succeeded!" Izzy yelled. "Go NoCo!"
Cody looked at me confused. "NoCo?"
Izzy smiled. "'No' for Noah and 'Co' for Cody'" she stated.
"NoCo has a nice ring to it." Cody said, laughing.
"Yeah," I replied. I smiled a genuine smile. Not a smirk. An actual smile. I know, shocker. I guess Cody knows how to bring the best out of me.
Trent smiled. "Cody, I'm glad you've finally found someone, man."
Cody gave a nervous laugh. "Better than hitting on Gwen all the time."
Owen ran over and gave me a bear hug, lifting me up in the air. "My little buddy got himself a boyfriend. I didn't think this day would come." he put me down, and I scoffed at him. "It's not that I didn't think you were ever going to date someone. I just thought...you know...anyone got any food around here?"
Trent looked around. "We should get back to the party."
Cody and I looked at each other. "Nah," Cody said. "Noah and I are going to play some videogames."
I had to use all my will power not to kiss him right then and there.
Well, that's my story. I can't say it's the best thing you've ever read, but it's definitely the best story I've ever came across. I think that's about it for me. Until we meet again…
Well, what do you think? I love the ending! Anyways, I thank everyone who reviewed, favorited, and even followed this story. I couldn't of done it without you. From the people who've reviewed since the beginning (TheMysticalQ, iPsychic, Sliced-Up-Angel, Clamanter, KTEW, ChibiRox, I'll Cover Angel And Collins, AnotherTornRose, UltraViolet579) to the people who started reading/reviewing later on (HinatathePikachu, MyDarkestHero, AthensEnternalMaiden, AngelHasaRawr, KaitlynShadowheart, KaitlynToTheMax, AnotherBasketCase, donniewat, malzi21, Princess-of-Rainbows, bloo buscus). All of you helped me become a better writer.
Don't think I'm leaving anyone else out. I just gave named the people who reviewed. Anyone who read this gets thanks too. And people who read this in the future get thanks. So, sequel maybe? I don't know...I might make one. Even if I do make a sequel, (most likely) I have another chapter story I want to publish first. I'm three chapters deep into writing it. Sad to say, it's not a NoCo, but Noah and Cody are in it as two of the main characters. I'm in love with the story and have been writing non-stop. So, like I said, when the maybe-sequel comes out is TBA.
It's funny because the way this story came out is not what I wanted it to be in the beginning. In fact, when I first thought of this story, it was going to be a one-shot. I changed it. Then, I didn't want them to actually hook up in the end. I wanted that to be in the 'sequel'. At first, I wrote it in third person limited. Then I changed it to Cody's point of view, and now it's Noah's. When I first thought of this, we (USA) didn't know if TDRI was even going to come out! So, yeah. I guess my mind changed a lot during this story.
I'm going to be honest, this is the only chapter story I've ever finished in my whole life. Even when I wrote in my notebooks at school, I never finished any of the stories I started. I'm really happy I finished this. Also, sad. I kind of wished this story lasted longer. Oh well...
Well, that was longer than I expected. Well, anyways, I think that's about it! Thanks everyone! See you through the screen :)
P.S. NOCO FTW! XD