epilogue

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"Psst, Indie!" River whispered, pulling the tent door back just enough for his crystal blue eyes to show. "Ind," he said quietly, trying to avoid getting anyone else attention. Indie twisted in her seat just enough to see him and smiled softly when he raised his hand and gestured for her to come with him.

She looked in the other direction at Gwen who was digging through her bag to find something to support the half-halo of flowers that would be decorating her bun. When she saw that it had now taken all of hers and Tina's attention she quickly gathered the ends of her dress and stood, running out to join him. A pair of sandals at her hands. She followed River further into the clearing in the woods, trying to avoid anything that could hurt her feet.

"What's up?" She asked as she set her shoes down and slipped into them, letting the dress fall from her hand. She hadn't noticed her friend looking at her in complete awe until she lifted her head to see him staring at her. "What? Does it look bad?" She asked as she raised her hand to her bare chest, exposed by the deep v in the soft fabric of her dress. She held her breathe as she looked down and adjusted it so the skirt pooled behind her, it breaking apart from the rest of the dress in the front. It hung shorter, creating layers away from the bottom floor length layer.

"No, you look beautiful," he argued and then shook his head, correcting him. "Gorgeous."

"Really?" She asked with a big smile.

"I wouldn't lie to you," he smiled and then reached out for one of the loose curls hanging from her bun. "What's going on here?" He laughed.

"This," she sang, holding her hands up as she turned around giving him a full view. "Was a wonderful accident. Gwen was trying to get all my hair in the bun but they kept falling out and they just turned out right. Anyways," she hummed and took hold of his arms. "What'd you want to talk about?"

"Did you ever expect us to be here?" River asked, his eyes falling forward as they walked slowly down the path. He held his free hand over Indie's that were settled on the inside of his elbow.

'Where? You on your way to becoming a successful musician or me getting married at twenty-two?" She asked, smiling in his direction. "I'm proud of all you've accomplished in eight months."

"I'm proud of the person you've become, Ind," he smiled. "I couldn't have done any of this without you."

"Sure, you could have," she argued.

"No, I couldn't," he shook his head. "I thought about it. When I told you I wanted to go to California, I was excited, of course but I was also terrified. You are the person that keeps me floating. The second you told me you wanted to come with me, it was like this building of anxiety lifted from my shoulders. I wasn't scared because I had you there, supporting me and I just want to thank you for that."

The corners of Indie's lips curled up as she stopped, resting her hand on his cheek as she leaned in and pressed her lips to his cheek. "Thank you for never giving up on me."

He nodded, "You're always going to be my number one, Ind."

"And you'll always be mine," she told him.

"I don't think so," he shook his head. "I think Harry took that place over a long time ago."

"River, are you insane?" Her eyes widened at him. "Nothing could ever take your place. Even when Harry becomes my husband. You're my best friend, you don't get bumped down and Harry knows that."

"Really?" He asked.

Indie nodded, "Not even getting married is going to change the fact that you're my soulmate."

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