Epilogue

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Epilogue

The weather was amazing in London today. It was bright and sunny and warm during the day and now, with night falling, it had turned into a warm night with a clear view of the stars. Niall thought it would be the perfect weather for a moonlight picnic, so that’s exactly what we were doing.

He had went and bought a cliché, red-and-white checkered blanket and wicker basket for the event, but he hadn’t let me actually be there to see him set it up. He wanted it to be a surprise and boy was it. I had never expected him to surround the blanket with rose petals and have tea-light candles set up, giving it a romantic feel. It took my breath away.

“Niall, this is amazing,” I said in awe as I took in the sight. “Why did you do all of this?”

He simply smiled and sat down on the blanket, pulling his guitar into his lap. “Come here, Red. I want to play you a song I’ve been working on.”

Without hesitation, I sat in front of him and smiled as he began playing the chords and his voice mixed with the sound.

Am I asleep, am I awake, or somewhere in-between?

I can’t believe that you are here and lying next to me,

Or did I dream that we were perfectly entwined?

Like branches on a tree or twigs caught on a vine,

Like all those days and weeks and months I tried to steal a kiss,

And all those sleepless nights and daydreams where I pictured this,

I’m just the underdog who finally got the girl,

And I am not ashamed to tell it to the world,

Truly, madly, deeply I am,

Foolishly, completely fallen,

And somehow you caved all my walls in,

So baby say you’ll always keep me,

Truly, madly, crazy, deeply in love with you,

In love with you.

Should I put coffee and granola on a tray in bed?

And wake you up with all the words that I still haven’t said,

And tender touches just to show you how I feel,

Or should I act so cool like it was no big deal?

Wish I could freeze this moment in a frame and stay like this,

Or put this day back on replay and keep reliving it,

‘Cause here’s the tragic truth if you don’t feel the same,

My heart would fall apart if someone said your name.

Truly, madly, deeply I am,

Foolishly, completely fallen,

And somehow you caved all my walls in,

So baby say you’ll always keep me,

Truly, madly, crazy, deeply in love with you,

I hope I’m not a casualty,

I hope you won’t get up and leave,

It might not mean that much to you,

But to me it’s everything,

Everything.

Truly, madly, deeply I am,

Foolishly, completely fallen,

And somehow you caved all my walls in,

So baby say you’ll always keep me,

Truly, madly, crazy, deeply in love with you

In love with you,

In love with you,

With you, oh.

My eyes were welled up with tears by the time he finished and looked up at me, his smile sheepish as a red tint colored his cheeks. “Well?” He asked. “What did you think?”

I wiped my eyes. “Niall, that was beautiful and so incredibly sweet. Did you… Was that for me?”

He nodded, his teeth digging into his lip as he wiped his palms on his pants and nodded. He looked so nervous, more nervous than I had ever seen him. He couldn’t sit still nor meet my gaze and it was starting to scare me.

“Ni? What’s wrong?” I wondered, biting my own lip while he continued to stare at the guitar on his lap.

Slowly, he moved his guitar aside and let out a big breath, muttering something to himself.

“Niall?” I asked again, really starting to panic now.

He looked up at me and smiled an almost shy smile. “Remember how we were talking about telling the fans that the engagement was off this week?”

I nodded, a little too worried to actually speak.

“You gave me the ring back and everything.” He pulled the gorgeous piece of jewelry out of his pocket.

“Where is this going…?” I questioned, my anxiety increasing.

He let out another big breath. “What if we don’t call it off? What if we just do it for real this time? I know we’re young, but I’m not saying let’s get married right now. I’m not even saying we’ll ever get married, but I’m hoping we will. Kora, I’ve never felt this way about someone and I don’t want to feel this way about anyone else, only you. You’re amazing and all I could ask for in a girl and I love you with all my heart. An engagement is just a promise to get married someday, right? So basically, what I’m saying is….” He got up on one knee, took a deep breath then stared down at me with those breathtakingly blue eyes. “Will you marry me?”

With my heart hammering in my ears and tears blurring my vision, I smiled bigger than I ever think I have and said, “Yes!”

SURPRISE!!!! I uploaded it early (it's not Christmas where I am yet). So, what did y'all think? Was that a good ending? I nearly cried writing it. I can't believe this one's already over. I'll try to start Dare to Dance soon. I just have to find a cover for it.

Thank you everyone for reading and I hope you have a very merry Christmas (or other holiday) and a happy new year!

xx Shel

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