A/N – Last chapter, folks. Like I said, I'm not sure if I'm going to do another Step Up fic, we'll have to wait and see. Enjoy!
It was the day of the World Jam. We were all nervous. Luke had told me about Carlos' visit, and I was pissed, at him, at Julien, at all of them.
"Coming up next, the World Jam Championship battle. The House of Pirates versus the House of Samurai. And this battle is the battle you won't forget" Grandmaster Caz called as we walked in, the Samurai across from us.
"Luke, Ana" Natalie suddenly grabbed us, pulling us aside.
"I'm so sorry" she said. I could hear the sincerity in her voice. "I know I lied to you both, but our friendship was real Natalie promised.
I had thought about Natalie a lot after that party, after the Pirates broke up. I wasn't sure if I was ready to forgive her, but I think I was ready to give her a shot.
I just wasn't sure Luke felt the same.
"I'm leaving tomorrow. I'm taking a train to California. And I wouldn't have the courage to do that without you two. I know you have dreams, too. This is crazy, but come with me?"
"What makes you think I would trust you again?" Luke asked, his voice hard.
"Because that person that I was only with you… That's who I really am."
"Luke" I said softly. He looked at me. "You're a filmmaker. California's your shot" I told him sadly.
"What about you?" he asked, his hand on my cheek. I kissed his palm. "Moose and Mouth have a long distance relationship. I'm sure we'd make it work."
"Right about now, Pirates to the stage!" Grandmaster Caz yelled on the mic. "Let's hear it for the pirates, y'all!"
The music started as we took the stage. Caz called the Samurai to the stage. We started the battle.
Adding the MSA crew to the Pirates gave us an edge we hadn't had before. The Samurai were good, but they had a lot of dancers standing still.
But the Samurai had the crowd. And they were good.
"It looks like it's over, people!" Caz cried. "There's no way the Pirates can come back form this!"
And then Natalie jumps in, throwing out some serious moves. "Oh, what's this? The Pirates are answering back!" Caz calls.
Julien grabs Natalie, and both crews have to grab them to separate them. Once Natalie was back with the Pirates, she looked at me. "You two kill it. We can still do this" she told me.
I looked over at Luke, who nodded. I faced forward. We stepped up. It was time to kill it.
The music changed, the crowd was in our favor. It was time. "All right, y'all. Let's go!" we stripped off our heavy jacket and huddled. "What are they doing?" I vaguely heard as we broke apart, shirts lighting up.
"Oh! Oh, are you kidding me?"
The colors changed as we danced, not a single spark. The contrasting colors were amazing, and I could barely hold my laughter at Moose, who's shirt, pants, and shoes all lit up.
"It's getting tribal in here!" Caz yelled as we pounded our fists to Moose's feet and the drum beat. Then, the lasers in our hands kick on. Jason and moose outdid themselves.
Moose was our conductor, the best dancer, really.
Then, we let the kids out.
"Now, here's the Pirate shorties!" Caz laughed. We all laughed at the little kids showed up the Samurai until they scampered off stage.
And then, it was all over.
"That's it, that's it. It's a wrap" Caz called over the screaming crowd. "And both of our finalists did their thing" the Samurai were trying very hard to look like they weren't worried.
"But now, it's time or our judges to decide who's going home with the $100,000." Caz turned to the three judges. "Judges, are you ready with your decision? Whose flag you gonna raise?"
It was a tense moment while they deliberated.
"Black and gold, for the Samurai? Or red and black, for the Pirates?" Caz's constant questions only made me more nervous, though I knew he was being paid to entertain, not be quiet.
Finally, finally, the middle judge stood and threw up the red and black flag.
It was deafening. The sheer excitement was thrumming through the air.
I spotted Luke walking away from the crowd and followed him. He picked up Natalie's jacket, with the California Film Academy admission folder and the letter she wrote.
"You should go" I told him. He looked at me like I was crazy. "She's right" I shrugged. "You deserve to live your dreams, Luke. And you're damn good."
"You can go, if you want" Jacob told him from in front of him. "I will take care of everything until you get back."
Luke looked like he wanted to cry at Jacob's loyalty.
"You gave us the chance to live our dreams and now it is time for you to go and live your dreams" Jacob told him.
I waked away, leaving Luke to his thoughts. He had a lot to think about.
You know, some famous guy once said 'To travel is better than to arrive.' And I was like, 'What?' Because I used to think that there is only one path to take to where you want to get to be in life.
But if you choose that one path, it doesn't mean you have to abandon all the together ones. I realized that it's actually what happens along the way that counts. The stumbles, and the falls, and the friendships.
It's the journey not the destination. You just gotta, I guess, trust that the future will work itself out like it's supposed to.
Natalie stood in line for the ticket, sure Luke wasn't going to show up. There goes all that planning, all that faith.
And then, she spotted the green Neo Fly.
And the orange one further down.
And a blue one.
There were three on a random guy's shoulder.
"What happened, did you forget something?" Jacob's loud voice surprised her as her eyes jumped from the lights to the Pirates, who were all standing there, in the middle of the station.
"I think you forgot to say goodbye" a Tick suggested.
Natalie smiled at their chatter, unable to really hear their words. "I'm gonna miss you guys" Natalie cried, her eyes filling with tears as she claimed hugs.
"Come on, don't cry, don't cry"
"Where's Luke?" Natalie had to wonder if it was all worth it.
Jacob looked over her shoulder and smiled, causing Natalie to turn around.
Luke was coming down the stairs, ticket in one hand, bag in another, looking around. Finally, he found them, and headed to them.
"Ready?" she asked him, hugging him.
"I don't know" Luke said honestly as she pulled away and stepped back. "I'm not sure if I can leave Adriana, dream or no. I mean…"
"I guess it's a good thing you're not leaving her behind, then" Moose interrupted him. Luke looked over at them suspiciously, especially when Natalie smiled at something behind him.
"After all, I already bought my ticket"
Luke spun around. Adriana stood in an army green dress, black shoes and belt, duffle bag trailing behind her. She glanced down, then looked back at Luke. "Jenna's gonna keep my stuff, just in case I need it."
Without a word, Luke grabbed her and kissed her, hard. He poured everything he felt into that one, single kiss, clutching her like a lifeline.
"I love you" Adriana gasped when they separated. "And I will follow you to the ends of the Earth if I have to."
"What about school?" Luke didn't want her to throw away her education because of him.
"I'm transferring. It's not like I can't go to school for dance anywhere." Adriana grinned. Luke was filled with relief.
"And Adriana?" she looked up. "I love you to" and he kissed her again.
The cries got louder as Moose took that opportunity to kiss his girlfriend.
"Together?" Luke asked, pulling away and holding out his hand.
Adriana didn't even hesitate as she grabbed his hand. "Together."
Luke grabbed a wrapped box and they walked over to Moose. "This is for you, man" Luke handed the box to Moose. "We'll see you soon" Luke promised. "Blow it up"
They did Moose's handshake.
"You're BFAB. Remember that" Luke ordered. "Take care of the house, guys."
"Take care of my sister, Luke!" Moose shouted after them as they walked away.
"Always" Luke swore, kissing her hand as they turned and walked away.
"Open it!" Camille demanded, grabbing the lid from Moose as he pulled it off. Moose pulled out a one shoe of a pair of Limited addition gunmetal Nike dunks, the shoes that started it all.
"No way!" the crew cried. They were Luke's lucky shoes. Moose grinned.
"Let's go party, people!"