A/N: Oh my gosh. I know I haven't uploaded in a while, and I apologize, but guess what? This is the LAST CHAPTER. That's it. The end. No more. Kitty in Brooklyn is over! BUT I have a sequel in the works as we speak, and it will be very intense, I'll have you know! Romance, violence, more drama, more relatives, a Delancey reprise (a majot one), and Manhattan girls! It'll be great! But first, read away, and thanks for being so loyal to this fic! (And don't forget to review!)
"But lest you are my enemy, I must enquire."
"O no, my dear, let all that be;
That matter, so there is but fire
In you, in me?"
-William Butler Yeats, "The Mask"
Kitty took a deep breath as she watched Viper slowly vanish into the distance. Racetrack and Spot watched her as if they expected her to do something.
"…Well?" She asked them after a while. "I don't know which way the lodging house is, you know that, right?"
"Oh!" Said Spot, snapping out of it. "Come on, this way. We should be able to sort out this whole matter with no problems, 'cuz all their other boys are probably out sellin'. They like to stay out later than the rest of the boroughs."
Race and Kitty nodded and followed Spot deeper into the Bronx. Race was right, it was like going through the looking glass. It felt and looked so much like Manhattan, and yet you knew that secretly, in the heart of it all, it wasn't what it seemed.
"Whelp, here we are," Spot said, gesturing widely to a building. A sign above it said 'Newsies Lodging House.' Because of it's formality, Kitty assumed it was all boys like Manhattan and wondered where the girls' house was.
"This one is more organized than ours, but it's co-ed, like 'Hattan." Spot said to Kitty as if he had read her mind. "Come on, no use waitin' around out here unless you wanna hang around 'til Viper and the rest of the gang come back."
Although the confrontation with Viper had gone smoothly, the three did not want to experience another and they scurried inside the building. As Spot had predicted, it was empty, at least from the looks of it. The rest of the newsies were no doubt selling. However, light voices could be heard from upstairs on the right. Quietly, Spot motioned for Race and Kitty to follow and they crept up the stairs, careful not to make any noise. Once at the top, the three gently pressed their ears to the door too see if they could make out a voice. All they heard was a giggle. A girly, 13 or 14 year old giggle.
"That's Chirp!" Kitty mouthed to the boys. They nodded their understanding and went back to listening.
"I'm sorry I made it sound horrible," said a boy, obviously Flicker.. "Otherwise, you would've thought I was ridiculous and you never would've come with me."
"I would've, too!" Said Chirp, and giggled again. "How long did you wait for?"
"Well, I had to see the posters first, but they weren't up for too long. No one really cares way out here in the Bronx, but I had to wait for them to be taken down, or someone would've recognized ya, no doubt. I wouldn't want them to steal me reward from me, would I?" Said Flicker. Chirp giggled again.
Confused, Spot, Kitty, and Race stepped away from the door. They looked at each other with puzzled glances and shrugged. Finally, unable to take it anymore, Spot flung the door open.
"What is going on?!" He demanded.
"Kitty!" Chirp squealed and jumped at her sister. "Oh, Kitty, I'm sorry I scared you, but I was scared too, but now we can explain, and it's all really better now, Kitty, honest, and I'm not hurt or anything, so you don't gotta worry, and-""Whoa, whoa, whoa, there," said Kitty. "We need an explanation, cuz we hauled ourselves all the way out here, risked our lives by havin' to put up with Viper, and are sick with worry cuz we thought you were stuck in another nasty fix, and you're telling' us we've got nothing' to worry about. Please, do explain."
"Well," Flicker said, standing up. "It's kinda all my fault. Viper had nuthin' to do with nuthin'. I had to put his name on the note to cover it up a little and make it look like an actual kidnappin'. Which, I guess it kinda was, but we weren't turnin' her in or nuthin. It was all for my benefit, cuz I'm selfish."
"Oh, but I'm glad you are!" Chirp said, and giggled yet again.
"I dunno 'bout you, but I am still confused," Said Race, holding his head.
"Well," Chirp said. "It all started when Flicker saw the wanted posters, and he saw my face, not the reward. He fell in love with me, apparently, right then and there!"
Kitty and Spot's jaws dropped open, but they continued to listen.
"So, I asked Viper's permission to go down to Brooklyn to see her. My plan was only to visit her really. We knew she was in Brooklyn only from birds, cuz the posters said she was from 'Hattan." Flicker continued explaining. Kitty wondered how the birds knew this, since Chirp never once left the Brooklyn lodging house. "But then I got there, and she was better than I had expected. I got carried away and made up the ransom thing off the top of my head."
"Oh, good," said Kitty. "So you're not in trouble. You only scared us half to death, but everything's okay! Well, hurry up, or the sun will be down before we get back home."
"But Kitty, I'm staying here," Chirp said as Kitty reached for the door. "I know it sounds crazy, but I was attracted to Flicker even when I thought he was kidnapping me. Then he explained the true and I fell for him even more."
"Look, Kitty-Cat, Chirp's getting' to be a big girl. I think if this is what she wants to do, we should see how it goes. I know you're thinking' 'bout Viper, but she'll be under his protection, not against him, and she's got Flicker," Spot said.
"Yeah, I suppose so…but the Bronx is just so…stone cold," Kitty replied, shuddering.
"If it helps matters any, I have something' else to say," said Flicker. "Between us, I'm gunna become the leader soon. Very soon in fact. Viper's steppin' down. May not seem like it, Spot, but he never recovered from the accident with your brother. He'd take it back if he could, he just doesn't say much. Since then, he doesn't do or say much of anythin'. He wants to step down and make the most of the rest of his life. My point is, I can assure you no harm will come to Chirp ever again."
Kitty sighed. "Fine. You can stay, but you have to visit once a week, and if you don't, we're coming to see you ourselves!"
Chirp beamed and ran to give her sister a hug. "I'm sorry for all the trouble I've caused you guys lately, Kitty. I love you so much, though."
"What're sisters for?" Said Kitty, hugging back. "Mkay, we'd better get goin' now. We'll see you next week, Chirp."
Race, Spot, and Kitty left the lodging house and walked back to Brooklyn together. The three wanted nothing more than to relax with a deck of cards, and not have to worry about anything for a long time. It was as if a weight was lifted off their shoulders as they left the Bronx. As for Kitty, she was happy that she hadn't abandoned her whole past completely. In fact, it had come right back up to her and gave her a hug.
At the end of the day, as Kitty stretched out on her bed, her old personal game came back to her, and it occurred to her that her 'Mistakes Made Around Spot' still remained at '0'.
Spot:...that's it? What happened to my romantic action!?
Me: Sorry, that comes in the sequel. Wait, did I say that?
Spot: Well I must say that for your first full fic, that was quite lovely.
Me: Why thank you.
Spot: I look forward to more. And all of y'all reading this- REVIEW!