Sorry again for not updating. Too many things going on in my life right now and on top of it my so called family seems to have no hope for me. I'm not gonna go into it, but here's chapter 6. I hope I did a good job on this. Read & Review! I need all the motivation I can get.


Re-united At Last?

"Do you regret last night?" Syrena asked.

Gab was still overwhelmed by everything that has happened up to this point. He couldn't immediately answer Syrena's question; the best he could do was to stand there with his beak slightly agape. Syrena didn't hear an answer from Gab, so she decided it was best for her to go. With a hurt that burned in her chest, Syrena started walking away. She knew she couldn't look back, because if she did leaving would be too hard.

"Syrena..." Gab whispered. Syrena didn't hear him though and she kept walking. "Syrena!" Gab shouted. Syrena stopped walking, but refused to turn around to face him. Gab ran to her, but tripped on the way; he fell face first on the ice. He lifted his face off of the ice to stare at those sleek, marine blue feathers on her back.

"Please don't go." Gab said. There was silence for what seemed like years, but in reality it was mere seconds. Syrena still hasn't turned around yet. Gab loved her with all his heart.

"Gabriel, if you still think I don't love you then...then you...are an idiot!" Syrena screamed the last part. Gab winced, but knew he had it coming.

"How could you ask me if I really love you after everything we've been through! How?" Syrena said, while turning around. "I've loved you since we were chicks; you were the first penguin I met! I'm risking everything just to be with you!" She shouted.

Syrena's beautiful brown eyes were wet and tears were profusely falling on her feathers. Gab felt like an idiot; he hurt her again! He shouldn't have to ask her that question, last night was all the proof he needed.

"If this is how it's going to be Gab then..."

Gab's insecurities suddenly disappeared; he got up and quickly caught up to her. He pushed his body against hers. Passion flared; Gab nuzzled into her neck. It was the need to comfort Syrena that drove him. It was the need to love Syrena that drove him.

"I'm sorry. Please don't leave me." Gab whispered.

"Gabriel." Syrena moaned.

This only encouraged Gab to continue. He stopped and looked into her eyes, then he softy pushed his beak into hers and caressed her tongue with his own. This love filled exchange went on for a few minutes, and then Gab suddenly pulled away.

"No." Gab said.

"Huh?" Syrena said.

"The answer to your question." Gab said. Gab took Syrena's flipper into his own and looked at her with only sincerity in his eyes. He had this crazy smile on his beak. After everything Syrena had been through, she had finally found love and she couldn't be any happier. She jumped on Gab and they both fell down on the cold ice. Syrena looked at Gab, who was looking up at her, with happiness in her eyes.

"You know I've never met such a clumsy penguin." Syrena said with a mischievous smile.

"Clumsy? You think I'm clumsy?" Gab questioned.

"Yeah, but I guess you're kind of romantic...in your own way." Syrena giggled.

"Oh really? We'll just have to do something about that." Gab rolled over so that he was now on top and started tickling her sides. Syrena couldn't stop herself from laughing; she tried as hard as she could to make him stop, but the best she could do was to get him off of her.

"G-Gab stop! P-P-Please." Syrena said in between laughs.

Gab did as he was told.

"Okay, but only because you said please." Gab said.

"You *pant* really are the biggest dope." Syrena said. They both shared a laugh. They were both in a blissful heaven with no drama and no regrets. Only love was present in that magical cave and it seemed like nothing could go wrong. Syrena then remembered that Gab had answered her question, but she never answered his.

"Gab do you still want an answer to that question?" Syrena asked. Initially Gab was confused as to what question she was referring to, but then he realized what she was referring to. He looked at her with questioning eyes.

"Syrena there's no need to-" Syrena rubbed her neck against his, which got Gab to stop talking. Syrena giggled at his reaction to the romantic gesture. He was going to have to get used to it from now on.

"I want to." Syrena whispered. Before Gab could protest any further Syrena pulled away and stepped back from him. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Syrena felt a song come to her and, as it turns out, it was the perfect answer to his question. (A thousand years - Christina Perri)

Syrena: Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow

Syrena: One step closer

Gab looked at Syrena with admiration in his eyes. Her voice was incredible! It was as soft as the clouds above, but as firm the ice beneath. He felt so...loved. It was an incredibly comforting feeling that happens when one finally finds true love. The song felt so familiar that Gab couldn't stop himself from joining her.

Gab & Syrena: I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

Syrena looked at Gab with a shocked expression; She didn't expect him to join her, because this song was supposed to answer his question. Nonetheless Syrena found it to be a pleasant addition to the song. His voice resonated off of hers perfectly and just made the song that much better.

Syrena: Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What's standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this

The two penguins were slowly approaching each other, waiting for the perfect moment to come together. The love that they held for each other was undeniable. Ever since their chick days, they have harbored these feelings for each other and now they finally come out.

Gab & Syrena: One step closer

Flipper in flipper and forehead against forehead; they met in the middle. Their beaks were nuzzling each other and they were looking into each other's' eyes. Gab took one step forward and she took one step back, then he took a step back and she took a step forward. With Gab leading the dance and while they were wrapped in each other's' flippers, they continued the song.

Gab & Syrena: I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

Gab & Syrena: And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand moooooore!

Gab & Syrena: One step closer
One step closer

Syrena: I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

Syrena: And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

The song ended and the lovers found themselves emotionally drained from that performance. Both penguins refuse to let the other out of their grasp. Syrena looked into those deep blue pools that Gab possessed; She could see nothing, but herself in his eyes. Syrena leaned forward and slid her tongue against his and they were kissing yet again.

"Syrena!" A male voice shouted.

"Gab?" A female voice said with a confused tone.

Syrena immediately recognized those two voices and pulled away from Gab. Horror stuck the couple's very core when they saw Age and Haley standing at the entrance of the cave. Gab and Syrena immediately let go of each other. Age's face seemed indifferent at the moment, but his tone of voice said otherwise. Haley, on the other hand, seemed quite shocked by the situation.

"Syrena what is going on here?" Age asked. His voice hinted with a bit of anger.

"Daddy I..." Syrena just didn't have the right words.

"Syrena please tell me it wasn't what I think it was." Age pleaded.

"I-"

"No it wasn't. She didn't do anything!" Gab said. He knew that other penguins would look down on Syrena if they knew she had been with him, when she is supposed to Zev's mate. He wanted to protect Syrena, but he didn't know how. Age looked at him with question filled eyes that seemed to be prying into his own searching for answers.

"Gab I-" Age was cut off.

"It's not what you think! I took her by surprise and kissed her." Gab had an idea, but it would be risky. Syrena was taken aback by what Gab said, so much so that she couldn't speak.

"Gab why? You know she is with Zev so...why?" Haley asked.

"Because I love her." Gab said with confident eyes.

"Gab I'm sorry, but you know she's with Zev." Age said with disappointment in his voice and sadness in his eyes.

"I know and I'm sorry. I guess I should go now." Gab said. He turned to his right and looked at Syrena with longing eyes; he never wanted to leave her side. They had just found love together and now it seems like they would have to part ways yet again. Gab started walking towards the entrance of the cave, where he looked back one more time and mouthed three words to Syrena, then dived into the snow to sled off. Syrena shed a tear, but she had no choice but to let him go. She was determined to find a way to make this work, especially after being separated from Gab for so long.

- With Gab -

Gab sledded away as fast as he could; he shred through the ice and snow at blinding speeds. Gab couldn't believe it, Syrena loved him back! But now he didn't know what to do. He didn't want everyone to think bad of Syrena, but at the same time he wanted her by his side. Gab slowed down and eventually stopped sledding; he was exhausted, but he didn't know why. Nevertheless he started walking his way home; Gab turned a corner and suddenly encountered his parents.

"Gabriel!" Bo said with a relieved tone. Bo lunged and gave Gab a motherly hug. "Thank goodness you're okay!" Bo said with tears in her eyes. Bo and Erik had been looking for Gab all day and they started to think the worst.

"Ma! It's okay nothing's happened to me." Gab said in an attempt to comfort his mother. Gab looked behind his mother to see his father standing there just staring at them. "Pa?" Gab said as Bo let him go. Gab and Bo were standing side by side looking at Erik, who seemed to be deep in thought about something. "Pa if you're mad I understand-" Gab was cut-off by the sudden contact.

Erik wasn't mad at Gab, he was just very worried about his son. He was currently hugging son. "I'm not mad Gabriel, but never do that again!" Erik shouted, while letting go of Gabriel. "You have no idea how worried we have been! I mean we just spent the entire day trying to find you! I thought maybe you were-"

Bo came to Erik and grasped his flipper with hers in an attempt to calm him down. "Honey it's okay. Calm down." Bo said in her sweet accented voice. Erik immediately calmed down. Bo hadn't seen Erik react like this to anything in quite a while, not since another penguin tried to put the moves on her while she was pregnant.

Gab was extremely startled by this sudden change in attitude, but he knew his father well enough to realize that his reaction was out of worry. He knew they must have been worried sick about him and he promised himself he would explain everything to them. "I-I'm sorry pa. Something held me up last night and I promise I will tell you everything, but right now I'm really tired." Gab said.

"Okay Gab, but you better rest up now, because there is small party going on tonight."

"Awww! Do I have to go?" Gab complained.

"Well you should. Everyone's gonna be there." Bo said.

"Wait who's everyone?" Gab asked.

"Umm...Family and close friends I think." Bo said.

"Does that include Age, Haley, and umm Syrena?"

"Yeah of course!" Bo answered.

"Fine I guess I'll go then." Gab said in a seemingly defeated tone. Truthfully though, he was excited for tonight. If Syrena was gonna be there, he was going to be there as well.

- With Syrena -

Syrena watched Gab sled away and out of sight. Her focus shifted from him to her parents, who were giving her gazes that expected immediate answers. She already missed Gab; his eyes, his smile, and most of all his love. She has never felt so happy in her life!

"Syrena!" Haley's stern tone snapped her back into reality. "What were you doing with Gab?" Haley asked. Haley wasn't upset that her daughter was with Gab, she was worried of what is to come if her suspicions came to be accurate. She knew love had mysterious ways of showing itself, after all she was supposed to mate with another penguin until she re-met Age.

"N-Nothing ma." Syrena weakly answered.

"Then why were you with him in this cave?" Age asked. Age, as opposed to Haley, was a bit upset at Syrena for two reasons. The first being her absence last night and the second reason was the fact that she was with Gab. He wanted to know what happened last night.

Syrena was about to reply, but she suddenly felt dizzy. She stumbled a bit, but held herself up. "Can we talk about this later?" I'm really-" Syrena couldn't finish before everything went black. She felt herself falling into someone's flippers and then nothing.

When Age saw Syrena stumbling he started to worry and when she suddenly fell he quickly lunged to catch her. "Syrena!" Age was very worried for his daughter. He looked back at his mate with desperate eyes.

"Age it's okay. She's just tired, trust me. Now let's go home, she is going to need the rest for tonight." Haley's statement was met with a confused expression from Age. "The party tonight? Honestly Age how could you forget?" Age chuckled nervously.

"Sorry I guess I wasn't thinking." Age said. He scooped up his daughter in his flippers and the family started making their way home. Age couldn't shake this presumptuous feeling that something was coming. It wasn't a good feeling at all and whatever was coming was directly related to these recent events. Age could only help he would be able to protect Syrena.

After a short and silent walk, the family finally reached their destination. Zev was patiently waiting at the entrance current home. He had wanted to go along with Age and Haley to search for Syrena, but Haley convinced him it would be best if he stayed here. Zev was snapped out of his thoughts when he saw Age and Haley walking towards him; He noticed Syrena was unconscious in Age's flippers, so he immediately assumed the worst. "Syrena!" He shouted as he ran to them. He stopped when he was close enough and looked at Syrena, desperately searching for any bruises or other signs of damage. "Please tell me she's okay" Zev said. Zev felt a flipper on his shoulder.

"It's okay Zev she's fine; she's just tired that's all." Haley said in comforting voice. "She'll be awake for tonight, so don't worry about it okay?" Haley felt Zev immediately relax and let out a sigh.

"I'll try." Zev said. Unknown to everyone else Zev was currently battling his own inner demons. Mumble left him with a lot to think about after he talked to him. Right now Zev's head is a hurricane of doubts and feelings. He could only hope that tonight would clear up some of it.


I hope you guys enjoyed this chapter! Now I'm off, so see ya next chapter!