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30 January 2007 @ 06:21 pm
 
Title: You Belong to Me
Author: paparazzichick
Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Death
Rated: R
Pairing(s): Joe/Crystal and eventually...Brad/Crystal, Brad/Jen, Chester/Cali, Rob/Shelli
Warnings: Language, Mild Sexual Content, Violence
Summary: The last chapter ^_^

Notes: I don't own Linkin Park and this is just fiction. I also don't own Cali or Jen. I do, however, own Crystal and Shelli. The awesome banner was made by Cali!


Chapter 12: It Ends Tonight

The group gathered around Crystal’s bed and greeted her. Crystal was happy to see them all, but she really just wanted to talk to Joe. Joe had some things that he wanted to tell Crystal too, so he decided that he was going to say them now.

“Okay, before we do anything. I want to tell Crystal something without any interruptions,” Joe stated.

Everyone nodded or spoke in agreement to what Joe had said. Crystal was eager to hear what Joe had to say.

“What is it, Joe?” Crystal asked her voice weak and soft.

“I’m sorry about what happened between you and Brad. I should have told you sooner or at least stopped you from going out with him in the beginning,” Joe said.

“That’s not your fault,” Crystal said.

“I’m not finished…I should have stopped you because I wanted to go out with you. I’ve been jealous of Brad this entire time. I just never told you because I was afraid of what you might say. Now that you’re like this, I can’t hold in my feelings any longer. I want you to know that I love you and always have,” Joe said.

“Now he says it,” Shelli commented and Cali elbowed her in her side.

Crystal couldn’t believe what she was hearing. It was everything that she wanted and she was so glad that Joe had finally told her. Now Crystal felt that she could tell Joe her feelings too.

“I love you too and I always have as well,” Crystal said.

“Why didn’t you tell me?” Joe asked.

“Same reason you didn’t tell me. I thought that you didn’t feel the same way,” Crystal explained.

“I’m glad that the both of you finally got that out,” Cali said.

“So what about you and me?” Brad asked.

Everyone wanted to hear the solution to that as well. Crystal had an answer for that as well. She knew the minute that she met Jen, her and Brad were over.

“We’re done and you know, I’m not mad at you. I just request that you resign your parental rights to Joe,” Crystal said.

“Oh shit,” Dave gasped.

“What? I’m not doing that,” Brad said.

“You owe her, Brad. It’s your fault that she’s like this,” Mike said.

“It’s the least you can do after what you put her through,” Chester added.

“Fine,” Brad said, wishing he didn’t have to agree to that.

“Wait, you want me to be the baby’s dad?” Joe asked, utterly confused.

“Of course, you’ve been taking care of me throughout this pregnancy. It’s only right that you be the baby’s dad,” Crystal explained.

The rest of the conversation was spent talking about the future. Everyone was sure that Crystal was going to make it through this surgery.

“Okay, it’s time,” the doctor said as he entered the room.

“I guess that’s it then,” Crystal stated.

“See you after the surgery,” Shelli said and hugged her friend.

“You better make it through,” Cali added and hugged Crystal after Shelli.

Each person said their good-byes to Crystal, even Brad. Joe was the last one to hug Crystal, but he didn’t want to just leave her like that.

“I need you to make it through this so that we can be together, ok?” Joe said.

“I know. I’ll try my best to come back to you,” Crystal said.

Joe leaned over and kissed Crystal. Crystal didn’t want the kiss to end, but alas it did. Joe was smiling at her and she returned his smile with one of her own.

“I love you,” Joe said.

“I love you too,” Crystal replied.

Joe left the room and was filled with hope. He just knew that Crystal would make it through that surgery. Joe decided that he was going to propose to Crystal when she got out of the hospital.

“We’re going to be a family,” Joe thought as he went back to the waiting room.

~One Year Later~


“Hey, Chris,” Joe said and sat down.

Joe was at the cemetery visiting Crystal’s grave on her birthday. Crystal hadn’t recovered after the surgery and everyone was crushed. The doctors managed to save Crystal’s baby. Crystal unknowingly gave birth to a baby girl. Joe named her Christine Crystal Hahn and Brad didn’t object.

Joe brought Christine to Crystal’s burial site as well. The little girl was sitting in Joe’s lap as he talked to Crystal.

“As you can see, I brought Christy with me. She looks so much like you, she even has your red hair,” Joe said and then added, “she’s usually very talkative and wild, but I guess she’s on her best behavior for you.”

That was true because Christine was an active child. Now that the little girl could walk, she wandered all over the place. She was also very noisy and kept Joe up at random hours of the night. He didn’t mind it because she reminded him of Crystal. At the moment, Christine was falling asleep in Joe’s lap.

“I still miss you a lot. I wish that you were here so that I could talk to you…I mean have an actual conversation where you talk back to me,” Joe commented.

Joe thought about Crystal a lot. He imagined how things would be if she was there. He figured that they would have gotten married and had a ton of kids. Things were okay now, but Joe always thought that they would be better if Crystal was there.

“Shelli and Rob are getting married next month. She and Cali have been raving about it. Of course, you already know that Cali and Chester are hitched and their marriage seems to be going well,” Joe continued.

Chester and Cali had celebrated their year anniversary a couple months ago. After Crystal died, they realized that life was too short and rushed off to Vegas to get married. Shelli on the other hand, wanted a big white wedding. It was going to be costly, but Rob didn’t mind because he wanted to do anything to make Shelli happy.

“The band’s doing well too. We made up with Brad, who is still with Jen. Also, I let Brad see Christy every now and then. I figure he should at least be in her life a little bit,” Joe explained.

Although the guys forgave Brad, the girls took even longer to forgive him. Brad may be friends with everyone again, but it wasn’t the same. They didn’t trust him like they used to and he knew that. He was just glad that they were talking to him now.

“Well, that’s it. I’ll come back and visit you on your birthday like I always do,” Joe finished.

Joe got up and carried Christine to his SUV. As soon as Joe got ready to put Christine in her car seat, she started whining. Joe just smiled and kissed her on her cheek.

“I guess you really were on your best behavior for your mom,” Joe thought.
I hope you all enjoyed it. Make sure to R/R ^_^
 
 
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Jen Shinoda-Haner-Dun: GL - Last Jammy Momentxsassysynnerx on January 31st, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
i knew it i knew it i knew!!!!!

i loved it!!! can't wait for more fics! :D
paparazzichickpaparazzichick on January 31st, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
thanks so much!