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Chapter 26 Epilogue 

Inviting Eyes 

The Word Alive

~Two years later~

"I can't believe you got married!"

"I'm sorry I didn't talk to you about it first Andie, but I am an adult. You know how much Greg and I are in love." My mom replied on the other end of the phone.

"You could have at least invited your one and only daughter! What the fuck mom! At least let me know you were getting married." I exclaimed. Doing my best to keep my voice down. I wouldn't want to seem like a lunatic who was talking to herself in the bathroom of a nice restaurant.

"I didn't think it was very important. We didn't have a ceremony or anything. We just went to the court house." She said, trying to make me understand.

"Now you're hundreds of miles away from home. How the hell am I supposed to feel about that? I don't want to be home alone!"

"Andie. You are twenty years old. Besides I thought you were already moved into your new apartment with Johnny B anyways."

"That's beside the point. What if I was still living at home, would you have left me to fend for myself? After everything I went through throughout junior and senior year of high school with Alex, you are going to forget that ever happened and trust Johnny B? What if I was lying to you about our relationship being abusive?"

"I know that Hayley would kill for you and I know for a fact that that man would never raise a hand to you. I trust him and I trust you to tell me the truth. Now please don't be upset with me. You have to go back to your meal and I have to get back in the hotel room."

"Ugh mom! I don't want to even think about that! I love you."

"Love you too. I'll see you when I get back home."

I hung up my phone and slid it back in my bra since I had nowhere else to put it with Hayley making me wear a damn dress. There was no way in hell I was going to be carrying a purse along with me. I took a deep breath and emerged from the bathroom, ignoring the looks people were giving me and made my way to our table.

"What was all that about? I could hear you yelling all the way out here." Johnny B chuckled as he reached for my hand.

"I was talking to my mom. She got married and is now in Florida on a honeymoon with Greg."

"What?! And we didn't even get an invite?" Johnny B said as loudly as he dared.

"They went to the court house." I answered shortly. "I don't want to talk about it right now. What I really want to talk about is why we came to a fancy restaurant when you knew I've been craving Dairy Queen. Fries dipped in a hot fudge sundae. Fucking delicious."

"I thought we could come here as a celebration of us moving in together. Don't you like it?"

"Well I guess. It just isn't me. You know? I never wear dresses. I don't do all of that girly stuff. I feel so uncomfortable in this." I said directing to the short red, halter top style dress that I was wearing...against my will I might add.

"At least you convinced Hayley to let you wear your vans." Johnny B chuckled.

"That is a plus."

"But in all seriousness you do look beautiful tonight. You should wear red more often."

"Oh I know huh." A grin spread across my face as I saw the shocked reaction on his face. "Just kidding. Thank you. You look handsome yourself." I leaned in closer towards him and whispered, "If you like seeing me in red, just wait until you see what I have on underneath this."

"You might want to keep that information to yourself if you don't want to be exposed to the entire restaurant." Johnny B answered, his eyes darkening a shade of blue.

"Ooh dessert is here." I said, ignoring what Johnny B just said and started eating my chocolate fudge cake with a side of vanilla ice creme. "This is so good. You have to try it." I held out a forkful of the cake with some ice creme on top and held it out to Johnny B.

He leaned across the table and took a of the chocolate vanilla goodness. "That is fucking delicious! I should have gotten the same thing."

"Yeah you should have, and no, I am not sharing." I smiled as I took another bite, but when I bit down it felt as if I was going to break a tooth. I pulled whatever it was out of my mouth, complaining, "The chef really should get fired. I almost chipped a tooth on-" I stopped my sentence short when I saw a ring sitting in the palm of my hand. "They must have gotten the plates mixed up with a different table."

Johnny B shook his head no with a smile on his face. "That's for you...if you'll say yes."

"Say yes to what exactly?" I asked, my voice raising an octave and my heart pounding in my chest.

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