"Raven!" You have a phone call!" I got up form my homework and went to Marcy. "It's the police, they called to say that they have family information. "

I gently grabbed the phone and pressed it to my ear. "Hello?"

"This is Raven Martinez?"

"This is she."

"We have called with information and new family. You have an aunt in New York that is willing to take you in."


"Yes, she knew how bad your life has been and figured it would be best to take you in. You know, to start over."

Start over.

"Well I do need a fresh start, so I'll go."

"Okay I will inform her of your arrival. You shall depart from the airport on Sunday. Have a good day miss."

"You too." I ended the call and I set the phone back in its charger. "What did he say?" asked Mrs. Blue. Everyone was setting up the dinner table. I looked down at my hands.

"He said he found my aunt and she said she was willing to take me in to give me a fresh start… And I'm going."

"WHAT?!" Ty and Rocky said in unison.

"You are? I thought things were well here?"

"They are, but I need this. I just really need a fresh start."

"Well, if you feel that's what's best for you, you should go for it."

"Thank you, Mrs. Blue, for everything."

"My pleasure, but I will miss you a lot. Things will never be the same."

I looked down at my hands. Ty and Rocky weren't hiding their expressions, but Mrs. Blue was. It hurt my heart and I couldn't bear to watch.

"Well… I guess I should start packing, since I leave tomorrow." I ran a hand through my hair and hurried to my room. I then realized that it wasn't Mrs. Blue's face I couldn't stand to see. It was Ty's.


I was almost finished packing when there was a knock on my door. "Come in."

The door opened and Ty's head popped in, his face weary.

"May I talk to you?"

My stomach clenched as I nodded. He shut the door behind him, obviously anxious and rigid. I took a moment to study his features. His face, his vibrant, youthful face was blank and there were shadows under his eyes.

"What did you need to talk about?"

"Do you really hate me that much?" I looked at him with confusion. "Do you hate me so much that the first opportunity you have to get away from me you take it?"

"I don't hate you," I whispered softly.

"Then why are you leaving?"

"I think that I should go to New York with my family and start over."

"But you already started over. Here with us, with me. All those things I said weren't true."

I couldn't help but feel vulnerable and weak at his gaze. However, I threw in defiance as I rose from my sitting position on the bed. "Why are you so worried about me? What about CeCe?"

"What about CeCe?"

"Don't you have a thing for her? I saw you two kiss and then you said…you said you loved her," I muttered the last part.

"I do love CeCe…" he said confidently.

"See so why-?" I started before I got cut off by his lips.

"Please let me finish," he said softly as he cupped my cheek. "I love CeCe, but only as a sister. I can't feel the way she feels about me. Not when I'm so hung up over you. You see me Rae! You see the dark circles under my eyes. I've been thing about you day and night. I can't bear to lose you."

I swallowed slowly and stared at him with wide eyes. "Look, if you think we can ever be together, then stay. But if you hate me and want nothing to do with me, then go. And I will support you decision either way." His hand dropped from my cheek and he left me alone in my room.

The next day…


I awoke in the morning with a jump, opening my door in one swift movement. I went straight for Raven's room. When I opened the door, I found that everything was gone. She had really left. My heart dropped down to my stomach. I glanced at the clock and saw her plane didn't leave for another hour.

On impulse, I ran and yanked on some jeans and a shirt and raced to my car. The airport was 30 minutes away, but it took a little longer due to a little traffic. I cursed under my breath as I got closer and closer, praying that I make it on time. When I got there, I sprinted to the gate praying to God that she would still be there. Some people yelled at me for running, but I didn't care. My heart leaped as I got closer and closer. Then I saw her, she looked anxious and a bit at war with herself. When I got there, the lady at the counter was just about to call for everyone to board the plane.

"RAVEN!" I yelled. Her head shot up, a shocked expression on her face.

When I approached her, my heart was pounding out of my chest. "Ty," she said softly.

"I wasn't going to let you leave with an explanation."

"I… I don't know. I thought and thought and I want to stay, I want to be with you, but I was so scared. I don't know anything about what I feel about you. And it's not like I can just ask my parents. You really did hurt me and I thought we couldn't be, but no matter how much I tried the resist it, I still loved you."

"Raven, I almost lost you once. I will not lose you and I intend to keep it that way. I messed up. It was the biggest mistake of my life. I love you Raven."

Tears trickled down her cheeks and I rubbed my thumb to wipe them away. I wrapped my hands around her waist and spun her in the air as I buried my head into her neck. She squealed in my arms as I murmured 'I love you's' into her neck. I set her on the ground and pulled her against me.

I hungrily kissed her lips and my heart leaped as she kissed back. She ran a hand through my hair and held me tight. I pulled away and rested my forehead against hers. "Promise to never leave me?"

She smiled radiantly. "Wouldn't dream of it." I looked up to see two security guards panting and glaring at me. The both shared a look that said 'Once this touching moment is over, you're dead meat.' Uh-Oh!