"Are you comfortable?" Justin asked as he moved a pillow on the couch.

"For the millionth time, I'm fine." Taylor rolled her eyes. "Please stop fussing and come sit with me."

Justin smiled. "I think I can do that." Helping Taylor sit up, he slid onto the couch so that Taylor could rest her head on his chest. Picking up the remote, he began to scan the saved shows on the DVR. Finding Friday Night Smackdown he couldn't help laugh as Taylor groaned.

"Isn't it bad enough that you make me watch Raw?" She whined. "Now you're going to make me watch Smackdown too?"

"You need to be a well rounded wrestling fan. That means you need to watch all the shows." Justin said slowly as if talking to a child.

"I would have to be a fan first." Taylor pointed out.

"Oh you will be." Justin promised.

Hearing a chuckle coming from the entrance to the living room, they looked over to see Gloria wiping her hands on a towel. "I need to run to the store and pick up a few things. Do you need anything while I'm gone?"

Justin looked at Taylor who shook her head no. "I think we're okay, Mom. Thanks for asking though."

Gloria smiled at them before waving goodbye and heading out the door with a promise to return shortly. Once the door shut behind Gloria, the teens turned their attention back to the TV and their argument on whether or not Smackdown was a fitting show to watch.

When the doorbell rang, Justin looked down at Taylor. "I bet that's your dad and Derek. I'll go let them in."

Taylor nodded since it was still a lot of work for her to maneuver around on the crutches. Justin slipped out from under Taylor's head, replacing a pillow that he had moved earlier. Before heading to open the door, he slipped his wallet out of his pocket. "That has been driving me crazy." He said as he set it on the coffee table.

"You know I could probably help make it not so thick." Taylor reached out and snagged his wallet.

Justin rolled his eyes as he headed into the foyer. "And how's that? By spending all my money?"

"Well now that you mention it I do need a new pair of jeans and a new tank top." Taylor called after him, grinning as she heard him laugh.

Deciding to go through Justin's wallet while she waited, Taylor nearly jumped off the couch when she heard a large crash coming from the hallway. Struggling to her feet, she quickly grabbed her crutches and made her way to the foyer, Justin's wallet still clutched in her hand. Taylor's face paled as she saw Dustin tackle Justin.

"It's all your fault that she's dead." Dustin yelled at Justin, trying to punch him. "I did everything for that bitch but it wasn't enough."

Taylor realized that he was talking about Lydia. She felt her good leg begin to shake as she began to comprehend that Dustin had killed Lydia. Remembering that she had spotted the sheriff's card in Justin's wallet, Taylor started searching for it. With trembling fingers she managed to pull the card out of the slot that Justin had stuck it in but realized that she didn't have a phone. Moving as quickly as she could, she reached for her cell phone that was sitting on the coffee table.

As another crash sounded from the foyer, Taylor jumped, swinging her head to the doorway, her eyes wide with fright. Knowing that she had to be quick she tried to dial but found that her hands were shaking to bad. Closing her eyes, she took a deep breath to calm herself down before trying again.

Listening to the ringing of the phone, Taylor breathed. "Please answer. Please answer."

Right before the voicemail picked up, Taylor heard Sheriff Patterson answer. "You have to get to the VanHelm residency right away." She practically shouted into the phone. "Dustin killed Lydia and he's here now."

Taylor didn't have to say anything else. Just before the phone went dead she could hear the sheriff shouting orders to his deputies. Feeling slightly calmer now that she knew help was on the way, she made her way back to the foyer.

"Do you know that Lydia broke up with me yesterday? She said it was because she wasn't getting what she needed from me anymore and she had found someone else. She even had the guts to tell me that she had been seeing you behind my back." Dustin snarled at Justin.

"Dude, calm down." Justin ducked another punch. "I was never with your girl. I've been dating Taylor for awhile now."

Dustin wasn't listening to Justin though. "I followed her yesterday. I saw what she did to Taylor and I knew that she would come running back to me so I waited. When I saw her run from the house I was so happy. I knew she was in trouble and I was the only one that could help her. I followed her so that when she stopped I could show her that I was there for her. Instead I see her with you at the hospital."

Dustin had Justin by the throat now and Taylor could see that Justin was having a hard time breathing. Knowing that she had to do something, she started moving up behind Dustin. Justin saw her and tried to motion for her to leave. Dustin saw the movement and turned around his crazed eyes fixing on Taylor. Seeing the expression in his eyes that was so similar to the one that Lydia had, Taylor froze.

"She hated you, you know." Dustin said conversationally to Taylor. "I never figured out why but she did."

Unsure on whether or not Dustin wanted a comment, Taylor stayed quiet as she noticed that his grip on Justin had relaxed as his attention became more focused on Taylor.

"I really didn't care though. I enjoyed being able to help her 'punish' you. It also made her so hot and bothered to see me rough you up. We always had the best sex after." Dustin smiled a feral smile as he released Justin and started toward Taylor. "Are you like your sister?" He whispered as he came close.

Taylor shook her head violently, shrinking away from Dustin.

"Maybe you would like a taste of what she enjoyed. Do you like it as rough as she did or are you still a virgin?" Dustin reached out and grabbed Taylor's hair at the base of her neck, jerking her head backwards.

Tears filled Taylor's eyes as flashbacks from the day before filled her vision. Just as Dustin's lips came crashing down on hers, Justin, who had recovered from Dustin's attack, swung a vase, connecting with Dustin's temple, causing him to crumble in a heap Taylor's feet, unconscious.

Once the attack was over, Taylor couldn't stop the hysterical sobs that escaped her lips. Justin gently gathered her into his arms, rocking her back and forth. This is how the police found them when they finally showed up. Sheriff Patterson handcuffed a barely conscious Dustin, taking him down to the station after reading him his rights.

Thankful that everything had turned out okay, Grant and Derek decided to stay with Taylor at Justin's house to wait for Gloria's return. During their wait, Derek filled his sister and dad in on what had happened in his life since he had left town. He told them all about the girl that he was going to marry and agreed to bring her home so that they could meet her. Once Gloria was home, Justin explained what happened and after making sure that she didn't need any help cleaning up, Grant and Derek took Taylor home.

Several months later

"Tay! Let's go!" Justin yelled up the stairs.

"I'm coming. I'm coming." Taylor appeared at the top of the stairs, dragging a suitcase behind her as she tried to maneuver the cane that she was still required to use. "You know you could come help me."

Justin sighed as he took the stairs two at a time. Grabbing the suitcase from Taylor he hurried back down the stairs. By the time that Taylor had made it down the stairs, he had already loaded the suitcase into the car.

"Do you have everything now?" Justin asked, half fearful that Taylor would think of something else.

"I think so." Taylor sighed as she settled into the passenger side of Justin's Mustang. "Can you believe we're starting college already?"

"It hardly seems possible." Justin agreed. "But at least we're going to the same college. I'm not sure I could stand being away from you."

Taylor turned her head to smile at Justin before leaning over and giving him a swift kiss. "Can we stop by the cemetery before we leave?"

Starting the car, Justin glanced over at Taylor. "Are you sure?"

Taylor closed her eyes, sighed, and nodded her head. "It's time."

The ride to the cemetery was silent as Taylor and Justin both thought about the event that had happened at the beginning of the summer. Pulling up next to the grave that Taylor wanted to visit, Justin shut off the engine and shifted in his seat to look at Taylor.

"Do you want me to go with you?"

Taylor, who was staring out the window pensively, shook her head. "I need to do this on my own."

"Okay." Justin said slowly. "Just know that I'll be right here if you do need me."

Taylor glanced over her shoulder as she climbed out of the car and smiled at Justin. "Thank you." She said simply before shutting the door and making her way carefully to the grave.

Hunkering down next to the gravestone, Taylor slowly traced the letters that spelled out her sister's name. For several minutes she stayed there silently as she let her emotions flow over her. Finally she started to speak.

"I want to hate you but I'm finding it harder and harder every day. You made my life a living hell but at the same time you helped to shape me into the woman that I am today. I hate that we never had the type of sister camaraderie that I've read about." Taylor had to pause and clear her throat.

"I also hate the way that you died. You never deserved to go the way that you did." Taking a deep breath, Taylor let go of all the resentment that she had ever harbored against Lydia.

"I hope that you are finally at rest. Goodbye Lydia." Stiffly Taylor stood up, feeling a weight fall from her shoulders. Taylor took one last long look at Lydia's grave before turning and walking back to where Justin was waiting for her. With a smile on her face, she opened the car door and slid into in her seat. Leaning over she kissed Justin deeply.

"What was that for?" Justin asked huskily when they pulled apart.

"To let you know how much I love you." Taylor said with a smile.

"I love you too." Justin replied starting his car up.

Reaching over Taylor intertwined her fingers with Justin's, feeling her heart flutter when he squeezed her hand and looked over, winking at her. As they pulled away from the cemetery, Taylor felt her heart lift and she knew that she was finally free. Closing her eyes, Taylor allowed a smile to cross her lips as she felt the car speed down the road and towards her future.

The End

A/N: We have reached the end of the story. Thank you so much for sticking with the story. Special thanks to:

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