You Get Me Through

By: KellyCRocker59

Epilogue: Free

Sorry I got so behind on this! I didn't mean to end up waiting so long to give things a proper conclusion. Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this; I'm so grateful I got to share this story with you.

"Is this how we begin our first day of summer, Mr. Montgomery?"

He smiled, leaning back against his headrest.

"How was I supposed to know this would be the one day it decided to rain in California?"

"Maybe it's a sign. Surely rain the day after graduation is a bad omen. Shall we return to my house and perform a cleansing?"

"I don't think that'll be necessary." Teddy replied, watching the water pelting the windshield. Ian's hand felt comfortable in his, setting in Ian's lap as the other boy's thumb ran over the back of it.

"So, what was going on with you last night? I mean, I understand getting the jitters, but it seemed like something else was bothering you."

"Just stuff with my dad. I didn't realize it until I was talking to Sophia, but I need to know he's going to be okay when I leave for college. I know he thinks he will be, but I'm not so sure. He's not as strong as he puts on. No one is."

Ian nodded. "I can't say I really understand, but I know that it's hard. You're handling it so well, T."

"Thanks." Teddy replied. "I don't really feel hurt anymore. Just…frustration, I guess."

"Well, it's nothing my big strong man can't deal with, I'll tell you that." Ian replied.

Teddy laughed. "Thanks, babe."

He felt the other boy attempting to climb over the seat and on top of him, but it didn't really work out. Ian managed to swing one leg over him and reached down for the lever on the seat, reclining it as far back as it would go.

"This is much more difficult than I had anticipated." Ian huffed out.

"You're doing pretty well, actually." Teddy replied, putting his hands on Ian's legs as the other boy leaned down and kissed him.

"So what plans have you got for me this summer?" He asked, planting his hands on the other boy's chest.

"Tons and tons of plans, babe."

"You're really not going to tell me, are you?" Ian asked, pressing their foreheads together.

"No chance." Teddy replied with a grin.

Ian sighed, twisting his body so he could lay on top of Teddy, awkward as it was.

"We've been through a lot this year, T." Ian said.

"Yeah, we have." Teddy agreed, arms twisting around the other boy.

"You, especially." Ian continued.

"I couldn't have done it without you." He responded.

"What I'm trying to say is…I think we're going to be fine, come fall. I'm not worried. Well, no more than the average person worries about these things. Probably even less, actually."

"I'm not too worried either, really. I mean, unless one of us gives up on it, which I don't see happening, there's no reason we can't make it."

"Yeah, which is not going to happen. I like you quite a lot, Theodore."

"And I feel the same about you, Ian Michaels."

"Are you actually saying we might be the lucky ones this time, T?"

"Maybe. I really think we might be."