"Okay then," Jake turned around curtly. "Fine. If you think that's what's best…"
"Okay," Gabi shrugged and Sydney frowned. "It's settled then."
"Yep," Jake walked out of the room. "Looks like I'm single again. I'm going to bed."
"Okay," Cody clapped him on the back. "See you in the morning, bro."
Jake walked to his room, and Gabi smiled brightly at Cody and Sydney, only looking a little forced, and walked to her room also.
"Well, I guess that's that," Cody frowned, watching them walk away.
"That's so sad," Sydney's bright eyes were even brighter, clearly filled with tears. Cody smiled a little and pulled her close.
"Don't cry for them, sweetie," he kissed her forehead. "Laugh for us. We're happy, and they'll work it out."
"But we leave really soon," Sydney's voice trembled. "What if-"
"Shh," Cody pressed his lips to hers, the nicest way he could find to tell her to shut up. Sydney tried to smile as he pulled away, but was interrupted by a yawn.
"It's nearly four in the morning," Cody said. "How about we go to bed?"
The next morning when Gabi woke up, she glanced down sadly at her hands as she stretched. It hurt to see her that the ring was gone, it hurt to think she'd never kiss Jake again, but most importantly it hurt because she thought she might be making a mistake.
Jake had seriously been crying. Actual, real tears. How often had that happened for a girl? According to Cody, not at all. And he'd been so persistent saying he hadn't used her, even his very best friend in the world wasn't positive he was. She'd been trying so hard to save her own heart, but maybe that wasn't what love was about. Maybe love was taking risks, putting yourself out there…
And most importantly, maybe it wasn't too late. Gabi got out of bed, raking a hand through her golden brown waves. She glanced at the clock and saw it was almost eleven a.m. Jake would be awake, definitely. She walked to the door and pulled it open, then walked out of it and knocked on Jake's door. When he didn't answer, she pushed it open. And the biggest surprise of all met her eyes.
All of the drawers were open and empty. The closer door was ajar, and the suitcases gone. The bed was made with a folded piece of paper neatly on it, the windows open and he only sense of movement in the room were the curtains making light swoosh-ing noises as they connected with the bed post.
Jake was gone.
Cody glanced at the calendar as he dressed in a pair of swimming trunks. Three more days here, including this one. And it was already eleven in the morning, and their flight was scheduled on the Saturday they were supposed to leave at one in the afternoon. They'd probably have to spend the day packing, so that one was pretty much taken. In reality, he only had a day and a half to do whatever he wanted to here in The Bahamas. Today, it was going to the beach with Sydney.
A knock came at the door, and Cody finished dressing then opened it. Gabi was standing there, looking quite calm.
"Huh?" Cody glanced in the mirror to fix his hair.
"Jake left," she repeated.
"Oh…Well where'd he go?"
"Back to Australia, apparently," Gabi held out the note she had found, left on his pillow. "It says: I'm sorry for drawing this trip to an early end. You are all welcome to stay until Saturday, but I had to leave. I had lots of fun, but all good things come to an end and I couldn't stay anymore with all that has happened. Thank you for joining me on a trip that I at least, will remember forever."
She looked up at Cody, and he frowned.
"I'm really sorry," he said to her, because he didn't know what else he could say.
"Well, I'm not going to stick around either," Gabi said, and Cody was astounded to see that there weren't any tears on her cheeks. "I'm going to get a flight back to Los Angeles. I'll see you in a few days, Codes, enjoy your time alone with Sydney."
"Wait, what's going on?" Sydney appeared at the door already dressed in a pair of denim shorts and a flowy purple top.
"Um, Jake left," Gabi said. "And I don't want to third wheel so I'm going to head back home."
"You can't," Sydney looked upset.
"I have to," Gabi said with a little smile. "If you're really my best friend, you'll stay here a few more days with Cody and have fun, then I'll see you both again when you come back to LA."
"It's okay," Gabi gave Sydney a quick squeeze and then she waved as she headed to her room to pack.
Sydney turned to Cody, and saw his eyes full. Of love for her, of sadness that Gabi and Jake didn't work and now were both in pain, of excitement at the prospect of some alone time (finally!) and mostly of concern.
"Well, what are we going to do now?" Sydney's voice shook a little and she reached up to tuck a strand of blonde hair behind her ear.
"There's only one thing to do," he reached out to take her hand and squeezed it.
"Enjoy our last days here."
Note: That's the last chapter to this story, but there's a sequel I'll be posting soon! So that's technically the end of this story, but it's not the end of their story. There's definitely more to come! So thanks again to all the reviewers and to SydneyCrush for letting me use her as a character! Review a final time? 143!