Ha, I'm such a loser! So, I'm sitting on my bed this morning, reading Full Metal Alchemist, when I realize….It's Friday! Seriously, I just remembered that I have to update on Fridays! Pft, I'm a mess…

Now, I realize that the Prom is a part of Senior year, but sadly I will not be adding a chapter with the Prom. I mean, it'll be quite some time until I get to go to my own Prom, so I have no idea how to describe that sort of scene. However, this chapter is their graduation, as you can tell from the title. I've been to a couple of graduations, so….yeah….

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Disclaimer: I do not own TDRI, its characters, or the song, "One Moment In Time," by Whitney Houston.

Zoey's POV

I was so nervous on my graduation day. My parents didn't live long enough to see me graduate, as you know already, but would anyone cheer for me? Except for Mike, Jo, and Brick, I didn't have any friends. And if their anxiety was as bad as mine, would they be able to clap for me? What if the Principle handed me my diploma, and there was dead silence?!

Mike's POV

Graduation felt like the end of something I'd miss for my entire life. Like the period of the end of a sentence. I'd spent twelve years of my life in school. And that's if you don't count Kindergarten and Pre-school! This was it. All of the days spent in class, wishing for class to end, wishing to be anywhere…but class, had led up to this day.

Brick's POV

I had always wondered how it felt to be the guy getting his diploma. And the day before graduation, I finally found out. It felt sad. The second after you get the diploma, you're on your own. No more parents. No more guidance. Your job from then on is to take what you've learned during your 18 years and take your life from there. The rest of your life is in your own hands. And from experience, I knew that it doesn't take much to end that life.

Jo's POV

The worst part of graduating is waiting for it. I couldn't wait to graduate. I was done listening to others. From birth, I've known where my life was going. All of these years, my dad has been polishing me for one thing. A chance at the gold. That's right…Some people don't make it…but I knew where the rest of my life was leading. I was going to train for the Olympics. An opportunity to bring home the gold for Canada had been my goal my whole 18 years. My dad pushed me to give 100%. So you know what? Screw everyone else, I'm going to give that 100%!

Zoey's POV

Graduation took place in a massive gymnasium in South Toronto. Our school gym wasn't big enough to host a graduation, I guess. I remember arriving at the building in my white cap and gown with Mike. Our school colors were purple and white (Go hornets!). So, the boys wore purple, and the girls wore white.

"Now, Mike, remember to smile!" Mike's mother reminded him. "Your Grandparents will be here, and I'm sure they'd want a picture of you."

"Yeah, show off that adorable gap," I teased him.

"Yeah? Well make sure you don't hesitate to show of your pearly whites," he smirked. "The world loves a pretty girl."

"Guys, that's disgusting, cut it out!" Jo groaned behind us.

"Oh, did you hear that, Honey Bunny, Jo doesn't like it when we show affection," I said.

"Well, that's a shame, Lovey Dovey," Zoey added, catching on to the joke.

"Shut it!" Jo growled.

We were then sorted into two lines according to our names. Since my last name was Greenwald, I was somewhat at the beginning of the first line. To my dismay, Mike was sorted into the second line since his last name was Smith.

"See you on the other side, Zo," he said quickly, pecking me on the cheek.

"If I even make it through," I groaned.

"Hey, don't worry, Brick will be behind you. If at any time, you feel nervous, you can just look at him for reassurance," Mike told me. I didn't have it in me to answer him, and I could only nod. Soon, it was time to walk into the gym.

Mike's POV

The gym echoed with cheers as the graduates walked in. Behind the clapping and whooping was the sound of piano chords.

Each day I live,

I want to be,

A day to give,

The best of me.

I'm only one,

But not alone.

My finest day,

Is yet unknown.

Shakily, I trained my eyes on the cluster of foldable chairs ahead. In front of the chairs was a large podium where the Principle stood with a welcoming smile on his face. How many times had I sat in front of that man, explaining that my personalities had made me get into trouble?

Brick's POV

The song playing when we walked into the gym was beautiful. So beautiful, it was almost cruel.

I broke my heart,

Fought every gain,

To taste the sweet,

I faced the pain.

I rise and fall,

Yet through it all,

This much remains.

I want one moment in time.

When I'm more than I thought I could be.

When all of my dreams,

Are a heartbeat away,

And the answers are all up to me.

Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw one person in the crowd crying. Suddenly, I heard my family calling my name. We were told not to wave or look for our family while walking to our seats, but I stole a quick look. My family, Mike's family, Jo's family; they were all there! I smiled to myself and kept walking.

Jo's POV

I groaned at the song choice. It was almost if they were trying to make me feel sad.

Give me one moment in time,

When I'm racing with destiny.

Then in that one moment of time,

I will feel….

I will feel eternity.

I've lived be,

The very best.

I want it all,

No time for less.

I've laid the plans,

Now lay the chance,

Here in my hands.

Wow, those few lyrics sounded a bit like…me…

Zoey's POV

No, no, no! Really?! They just had to play "One Moment In Time," didn't they?!

Give me one moment in time,

When I'm more than I thought I could be

When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away

And the answers are all up to me

Give me one moment in time

When I'm racing with destiny

Then in that one moment of time

I will feel…

I will feel eternity

You're a winner

For a lifetime

If you seize that one moment in time

Make it shine!

I finally found my chair and sat down. This was truly happening, wasn't it?

Give me one moment in time

When I'm more than I thought I could be

When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away

And the answers are all up to me

Give me one moment in time

When I'm racing with destiny

Then in that one moment of time

I will be…

I will be…

I will be free!

I will…

I will be free!

All of the graduates were seated. It was time for the speeches, then…*gulp* the diplomas.

Mike's POV

I saw Zoey shaking. No joke, it was like she was sitting on a vibrator. I could tell that Brick and Jo noticed too, because they kept shooting worried glances at me. I felt so bad for her. It was clear the poor girl was terrified. But what could I do? Suddenly, I felt like she was a million miles away from me. All I could do was wait.

Brick's POV

Zoey looked so scared even from behind. And Mike looked scared for her. That's when it hit me; Mike was a great guy. Would a bad guy be sitting there with his brown eyes full of worry and concern, looking like he would spring up from his seat at any moment and calm her down?! NO! Would a bad guy put others before himself? No! Would a bad guy blame himself for something that was beyond his control? No!

It was at that moment that I realized that Mike was a good guy to have on your side. Let's face it, he was smart, funny, and so caring. So why did so many people bully him? Why did he have so much grief?

It was go-time. This was for you, Mike. As the principle jabbered on, I let out the loudest cough in my life. It was so loud, several kids turned to look at me, including Zoey. As soon as we locked eyes, I gave her a look that said, "calm yourself."

She closed her eyes and turned away. After that, she was as solid as a rock.

Zoey's POV

Even Brick saw I was being weak! What was wrong with me?! Why couldn't I just calm down?

I made sure I didn't shake all through the speeches. Words like "the end," and "education," kept getting tossed around like a salad. And all the while, I could only think, Where is my life going? What am I going to do for the rest of my life?

All too quickly, the handing out of diplomas had arrived. Again, I was in full-panic. Who would cheer for me? Did I really expect Mike's family to cheer for me? No. Why would they? All I was to them was a house guest. A charity case. Who'd cheer and applaud for a pitiful orphan? Technically, that's all I was.

Suddenly, I was on my feet, making my way to the podium behind a girl named Sophie Glindon. Before I was called, I looked back at Brick, who nodded at me. Then, I cast a look at Mike, who also nodded. I took a deep breath, and waited to be called.

Greenwald, Zoey.

I braced myself for stone-cold silence, but thunderous applause surprised me. There was Mike's family, on their feet, whooping like there was no tomorrow. Brick's family. Jo's family. They all clapped. And, how did he get there, Cam stood in the crowd of parents, tears streaming down his face.

I couldn't help it. I smiled. It was as if…the thing I had been searching for my entire life had come to me. That's it. The thing I'd wanted since birth was acceptance. It's all I'd ever wanted. And thanks to Mike, Brick, Jo, and Cam, I had it. I was home.

Brick's POV

Zoey's smile was contagious. As I clapped for her, I looked at Mike, who looked like he was in heaven. His eyes sparkled as she flashed that winning smile at everyone. Even Jo, who was cold to everyone but me, was happy for her.

Jo's POV

I have to admit, Zoey looked pretty happy with herself. It kind of made me feel guilty. I mean, she looked like she was having fun up there. As she walked off stage, I found that I was zipping past these precious moments while she savored them. If you think about it, that's the way you should live. Live like you could die at any second.

Brick's POV

Soon enough, it was my turn.

McArthur, Brick.

Lights, camera, action. Cheers and whistles exploded around me. My family, ROTC friends, and look, how did Cameron get here? I felt great. No wonder Zoey looked so proud, so happy. It felt great to have the spotlight. That one moment where everyone looks at you and says, "Look what it's taken them to get to this point."

And, I guess that's why they played that Whitney Houston song.

Jo's POV

For the first time in my life, I didn't waste my time waiting for my turn to come. I savored the seconds. I let my turn come to me. And I was having fun. Every minute got better. I got to study each face, and watch as that face grew from nervous to proud. This was great! If this was what graduation was meant to be, then I was meeting all of the requirements.

This was our prize. All of that time spent in the classroom was for this. The chance at recognition for hard work. I guess the people who dropped out would have to miss this great feeling. Sucks to be them.

Powers, Jo.

And it was suddenly clear why everyone up here looked so exhilarant. The way everyone yelled and hollered was breathtaking. And you better believe I was savoring the heck out of it!

Mike's POV

Even Jo was grinning away like a madman as she strutted back to her seat. My friends were all officially adults. Only I was left. I need some courage. I glanced hopelessly at Zoey, and then all courage was restored.

Smith, Mike.

I flashed my gap-toothed grin at the crowd. Everyone I loved was on their feet, their hands crashing together like mad. Cameras went off. Tears were shed. I've never seen so many tears on my mom's face. What the…was that Cam?! When did he get here?

And then it was over. The next thirty minutes passed like crazy. The last of the diplomas were handed out. Last minute speeches were heard. Caps were thrown into the air. Soon, we were out of that gym.

As I weaved through the happy families, I heard my name being called. Ah, there they were. Jo, Zoey, Brick, our parents and siblings.

"Pictures!" the parents demanded. Pictures alone, pictures with all of us, pictures with our partners.

When all of the hugging and handshaking had washed away, Brick, Zoey, Jo, and I were together.

"So, we've officially graduated," Brick commented.

"Yep, it's all downhill from here," I chirped. We all shared a laugh.

"You know, we all helped each other get here," Zoey said thoughtfully.

"Yeah, you guys have actually taught me things," Jo agreed.

"If it weren't for you guys, I don't think I'd be here right now," Brick said.

"Ha, where would I be if I didn't have you guys?" I grinned. "You guys are my best friends."

"Hey, what about me?" A voice asked. Cameron appeared at my side.

"Heh heh, yeah, we can't forget about you either, Cam!" I chuckled, pulling everyone into a group hug.

"Geez, how old ARE you, Mike?!" Jo complained, stepping away from the hug.

I just shrugged and slung Zoey over my shoulder. She could only laugh as I marched back to the car.

"Alright, it's time to go home," I smirked. "Jo, Brick, I trust you'll be following us home to eat all of the food in the house?"

"Wouldn't miss it for the world, cadet!" Brick said, pointing at us.

Wow. The words I used the most in this chapter were "moment," "cheer," "looked," "happy," and "were." Ugh, don't I feel like a broken record?!