A/N-okay guys…as sad as it is, this is the last and final chapter of this story :'( It's really sad for me to say that! I've had so many people read this story, and I didn't even think people would like it. I want to thank everyone for reading this that did, even if you never reviewed! I hope you all enjoyed it. Now, I'm going to try to respond to everyone personally who ever reviewed the story, but I'm going to do it at the end, so if you don't want to read through em all, you don't have to! So, happy reading!


He'd done it again! For the third year in a row, my dad had blown me off. The only reason I stayed was because I didn't want Shade or my mom to know. When I came home and saw everybody, the tears had just finally fought their way through.

I heard my door open, and looked up to see Shade standing there. He walked over and sat down next to me on the floor.

"What happened?" He asked.

I rested my head on his shoulder. "He didn't show up."

He ran his fingers through my hair. "I'm sorry, Baby."

I shook my head. "It's not your fault."

He gently brushed the tears on my face away.

"Did he call you or anything to tell you he wasn't coming?"

I shook my head again. "He had even called me this morning to confirm."

He gave me a hug. "It's all right. You know, downstairs, you have a lot of people that love you and care about you. They want to give you a happy and special birthday."

I looked at him and smiled. "Okay. Come on."

He helped me up and held my hand firmly as we walked downstairs.

At about eight o'clock, Shade said he wanted to give me his gift.

"It's not much," he said, "but I hope you'll like it."

He picked up his guitar and sat on a stool. Everyone sat down on the couches and the floor to listen to him.

"I wrote this song last week," he said smiling at me, "and I want to dedicate it to Colleen. It's called 'Walking in Your Fire.'"

I watched and listened to him intently throughout the song.

"Feeling all your love surrounding me, falling down upon my bended knee," he sang. "Lift broken wings and fly away. I'm not afraid of your heat. Let me…take a trip unto your wild side. Feel your flames from the inside. I want to fit into your crazy life, take away all my pain and strife. Give me one chance to prove how much I feel for you. My one and sole desire is to be…walking in your fire."

He strummed the last chord of the song and smiled at me.

I walked up to him and kissed him lightly.

"Happy Birthday," he said and kissed me back.


A/N-sorrie if you didn't like the ending…I thought it was a cute way to end it. So, here goes to all you reviewers::::::::::

Elona: Ahhh! What happened to you? I hope you didn't stop reading! Well, I wanna thank you so much for all your encouragement when I was starting this story! It really helped a lot!

Dragon Angel: You helped me come up w/a couple ideas for this story, and I thank you so much for it! You always helped me along the way, and it encouraged me. Thanks for reading!

NightWolfBlue: You're awesome! Im so glad you like the story! I hope you continue reading my stuff! : )

LettuceGirl: Thank you very much for reading this! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

HUrLeYgUrL66: hey hey! I got so many reviews from you, and I loved it! I love getting reviews over and over from people, cuz it shows me that they like the story, and want to see more! Thank you!

P.C. Lee: Thank you very much for reading this. I don't know how much you've read of it, but I hope you liked it! : )

Flying Blind (Wildfire): AHH! You're one of my favorite readers! Hehehe. You've been reading all my stories from pretty much the very beginning, and it's so encouraging! BTW, I love your stories, and I encourage EVERYONE to read them!

Kl: I only got one review from you (that I'm aware of) and let me be honest with you, it hurt me at first. My character bios aren't necessarily something I would put in the book if they ever get published or w/e. That's for the readers satisfaction only, if they want my idea of what I think the character should look like. I put what it is in the little chapter title thing. If someone doesn't want to read it, they don't have to. However, I'm not going to be using that anymore really becuz I've come to not like it much, but I will be putting the character descriptions into the story. I will describe them in some way in the story. Secondly, about how Colleen reacted to Shade's father's death. She was upset with him at the time, and didn't feel like being very sympathetic. If you read on in the next couple of chapters or so, you would see that she apologizes to him and tries to talk to him about it, and he pushes her away. Finally, if you finished reading this, thank you.

S-pannrada: thank you so much for reading this story : ). I hope you enjoyed it!

Silent Dreamer: Wow! I think you were one of my most loyal readers on this story! Thank you so much I always loved getting your reviews, and finding out what you thought of my story! Thank you for reading it.

Cryptic Insanity: I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this story. It means a lot to me : ) thank you!

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Okay…anyone else, I didn't do, please..i'm sorry! I love you! Don't take it personally! I just cou ldn't think of anything to say to EVERYBODY! Please read my other stories as well. I hope you'll enjoy them if you! Love you all! Thanks for all the support and encouragement! : )