A/N: Gah! I couldn't get this one right. It was extremely hard to write Edwin's reply because I didn't want it to be repetitive or sappy. And I'm not sure I succeeded. ' I just wanted to complete this story before I go on vacation. So, even in it's short, sappy glory, here's Edwin's reply.

I don't own anything to do with Life With Derek.

It's funny. When I read the first couple lines of your lecture, I honestly didn't know what to think. Then I got angry. The option to send you an email back, yelling at you, did cross my mind. But that would be Derek's way of doing things. (By the way, don't ever show him this; I'm pretty attached to living)

So in the end, I decided to just write something I should have written you a long time ago. I'm sorry too. I should have tried to understand why you were so upset that night. But I guess, under the faƧade, I was also very insecure about us. I guess we should have been more like Derek and Casey. The whole school knew they were step-siblings and they didn't care.

I can't really think of anything to say that you haven't said already. It was a long email, but I did enjoy reading it. We haven't seen each other in a very long time. I don't know if we'll ever be as close as we ever were, but being friends is a start.

I know that Derek and Casey's wedding is in a couple weeks and we'll see each other then, but last night I was at our sibling's apartment and Casey asked me to invite you for dinner on Friday. Apparently she feels bad about not seeing you in a long time, and even Derek was wondering when 'Lizard' would be dropping by.

I'd like to see you too.

Anyway. If you feel that it's too soon, then we can change postpone the dinner until some other time. I know how much effort it must have taken to write me in the first place. Lord knows I didn't have the courage.

This brings me to another topic. Dad and Nora know. About us, I mean. It seems that Marti told them a long time ago, and they knew all along. When I talked to Dad about it, he admitted that it was almost exactly like another Derek and Casey. I have to admit I felt a little insulted. Just you and me, overshadowed by the elder siblings yet again.

I think that's everything I had to say. I apologize that it's not as long as your lecture was, but I think I covered most of what needed to be covered.

If you do come to the dinner party at Derek and Casey's place, I have something to give you. Remember your old soccer ball necklace? You left it at my dorm way back when. I'll bring it with me and return it. I'm sorry I kept it so long.

I guess I'll see you around. I'm so glad that you made contact, Liz. I'll see you soon.



I glanced at the white and black necklace that was sitting next to my computer. Maybe we could start again. Become friends, I mean.

Who knows? In time, maybe we can become something more.

I smiled and I hit send.

A/N: :hides from extreme sappiness: It sounds worse in writing then it did in my head. :sigh: Oh well, drop me a review if you like.

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