EPILOGUE

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Almost Two Years Later

“Marry me?”

“Are you for real?” I squealed.

“Lizzie, baby, I’m on one knee in front of a bunch of our friends and family, promising you forever, because you are and always were the one for me.”

“Really?” I asked with a watery smile.

“Oh my God, just say yes already, you dumbass! Chris and I have had our fair share of differences over the past couple years, but not even I want to watch the poor man grovel!” Nate said exasperatedly. Our onlookers laughed quietly, most trying their best to cover their laughter with a not so clever clearing of the throat or a cough. I glanced at a few of them and as my eyes settled on my parents, Kate and Mike, Crystal and Gabe, Sam and Trinity, Brad and his vaguely familiar date, and even Nate and his baby momma, I realized how lucky I really was.

My eyes finally settled on the love of my life; the man who had, on our first date, taken me to the beach in the middle of the night for a picnic. The man who loved me so much he had been willing to give me up if it meant that I was happy. The man who had arranged my mail to look like the Eiffel Tower when I came back from tour and then made sure that our meal the following night was Paris themed. The man who took me there for our two year anniversary as a couple. The man who made sure that everyone that mattered to me got tickets there as well so he could propose to me. The man I couldn’t live without.

“Yes,” I said with a smile that had to be a mile wide. It amazed me that it even fit on my face. He slipped the amazing engagement ring with a marquis cut diamond onto my once bare ring finger. One would think that the metal would be cold against my skin, but instead it was instantly warm against my finger. Chris lifted me into his arms and spun me around a few times a cheesy grin pasted on his face.

“I do believe you’ve made me the happiest man on the face of the planet just now,” he replied as he lowered his lips to mine. It was a sweet and chaste kiss that somehow managed to make my heart throb and my stomach to flip. It never ceased to amaze me that after two years he still had the ability to give me butterflies.

“So when will you have me?” he asked inquiring about when I wanted the wedding to happen.

In all honesty, I didn’t care, because so long as I had him, I felt complete. With that thought in mind I replied, “Whenever.”

An impossibly huge grin, even bigger than when I said ‘yes’, made its way onto his face. “Do you really mean that?”

“Of course,” I replied without hesitation, “I’d marry you this instant if I could.”

“Perfect!” he exclaimed, “You heard the lady! Let’s head to the church!”

I laughed out loud as he dragged me to a limo that was waiting nearby, thinking he was joking. “Chris! You can’t be serious sweetie! I don’t even have a dress! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to look back at my wedding photos and see myself in a turtle neck, jeans and boots,” adding with another laugh, “even if they are some nice boots.”

“I’ve got this,” Crystal announced to Chris as she yelled to our smiling bystanders. “Ladies! You know the drill! Let’s get this freak show going! Nate! Gather your minions! Babe, you’re so amazing you already know what to do as well! I’ll see you down the aisle.” She gave him a quick kiss on the cheek and I watched as my crowd dissolved into organized groups and everyone went their separate way.

“Oh my God! You guys are serious! What about my dress? The bridesmaids? The flower girl? The-”

“Woah, woah, woah! Well we all assumed that I would be your maid of honor and we also figured that Trinity, Dama and Cynthia could be bridesmaids. Naturally Gabe is Chris’s best man and Sam and Powell are groomsmen. We kind of didn’t have anyone to be a flower girl so Sam volunteered his little sister, Clarissa, even though she’s not really a little girl. I think she’s fourteen. At any rate, Pitt, being the crazy guy he is, decided that he wanted to be the ring bearer. So since everyone was kind of prechosen, Chris and I with everyone else’s help, planned out your wedding; we’ve even got the dresses and tuxes fitted. Chris had a dress tailored just for you; he is sparing no expense. Everything else is unimportant at the moment so you’ll just have to see how things go.”

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