So, I wrote this in class because I was bored and, well, who does school work anyway? I mean... uh... just kidding! Stay in school! Er... anyway...

Disclaimer: I don't own Les Mis or any of the characters.

Outburst

Cosette. My blood runs cold at the thought of her name. Cosette.

Why her? Why does it have to be that drasted Cosette that he falls in love with!? Marius and Cosette... it sounds so wrong! I loved him first, I have been his friend for years! And now that blissful blonde gets him. It's so unfair! And all it took was a glance... one bloody glance and now he thinks he's in love with her! I've been in love with him for years... but he is blind, so very blind. How has he not noticed? His friends have noticed, his friends openly tease us... but does he notice? Of course not! Bah! Men... Will he ever notice? I think I should die if he never does... But he loves his Cosette, he no longer needs me in his life. He has her... what does he even know about her? He hasn't even talked to her! Yet... yet he loves her... And what does that say about me? Why has he never looked at me that way, with his eyes full of love? I've made my feelings for him quite obvious. Though, I guess, not obvious enough, for he is still oblivious.

"'Ponine?" Marius says, breaking my train of thought. I look at him. "That girl... I think you called her 'Cosette', well... I've been thinking, you know how I feel about her, how I love her so..." I force the tears to stay out of my eyes. Doesn't he know that he's killing me, that with every word he says I die inside? "You know your way around Paris, better than anyone I've ever known. 'Ponine, will you find her for me? Will you find Cosette?" he asks. I freeze. Did he just... surely he didn't just ask... He wants me to find her. He wants me to find his love for him. Does he not know that me doing so would be an act of self-harm? Does he not know the pain he is inflicting upon me? This time, I can't fight it anymore. The tears fall from my dark blue eyes. "'Ponine?" he asks, worried now that he sees the tears glistening in my eyes.

"Damn it, Pontmercy." I mutter, turning away from him and wiping away my tears. But it's of no use, my eyes continue to glisten with tears.

"'Ponine, what's wrong?" he asks, placing a hand on my shoulder and turning me to face him. I look him dead in the eyes and neither of us are prepared for the next thing that comes out of my mouth.

"I love you, damn it! That's what's wrong!" I exclaim, causing him to gasp in surprise. "But you! You hardly spare me a second glance... you've seen Cosette once and you love her... I guess that means no one could ever love me. You knew after a single glance that you love her, well no one could glance at me and know, without a doubt, that they love me. I'm a street rat. That's all I'll ever be, I know... And then, then you go on and on about your love for her, meanwhile I'm dying inside. Now you want me to find her? Do you know how much that hurts?" I ask, not really expecting an answer.

"'Ponine, I–"

"I love you! I have for years and... well, now you know." I can see he's about to say something. I shake my head. "I don't need you to tell me that you don't love me. I know. My God do I know! I bet you're disgusted, but your just too polite to recoil in disgust. Just let me leave with some dignity, I don't need you to tell me..." I look down, "I suppose you never want to see me again..." And then Marius kisses me. His lips are soft, just like I'd always imagined they would be. His strong arms wrap around my waist and he holds me to the kiss. I wrap my arms around his neck and kiss him with a blind passion. It seems like hours before we separate. I look into his bright green eyes and I smile, my first real smile in a long time. He smiles back and kisses my forehead lightly.

"Hey 'Ponine?"

"Yeah?"

"I love you too."

And there ya have it! In the next chapter you'll find the alternate ending to this.