Epilogue Pt. 2
When I returned home, the first thing I did was gather decide that I needed to talk to Diana, Adelaide and Matt. I needed to get closure. However, when I shared my decision with Kai and Connor, their immediate response was: “No!”
But I managed to convince them.
So, ignoring the jet lag, I came home and dialed Diana’s number. I got it from Delilah because I deleted it after I moved to New York.
The phone rang, but I was not nervous. No, my conscience was clear. I was not guilty of anything and would refuse to feel so.
It took Diana a while to answer, but when she did, she was with Matt.
“Astrid?” She asked, a little unsure whether it was really me.
“It’s me. Listen, we need to talk. Come to our usual diner in ten. Bring Matt and Adelaide. I won’t take no for an answer.”
I hung up and then turned around to look at Kai, who was lying on my bed. He looked up and motioned me to come forward.
“I have no idea why you’re doing this, but you’re brave and I admire you for it.” He was supportive. I loved that about him. He didn’t try to make me feel bad about myself.
I smiled, wondering how on Earth did I find such a loving, caring guy.
I ran my hand along his bare chest and kissed it. He took my right hand in his and planted a soft, lingering kiss. I pulled away only to run it through his hair and place it around his neck. I kissed him with more passion than ever.
“Thank you for believing in me,” I said to Kai.
He kissed me but right before our kissing could become anything more serious, I pulled away.
“I have to go, I’m sorry.”
“Just drive safely. And when you return, we have some unfinished business.” He kissed my earlobe and I had no idea where I got the strength to pull away, but I did.
At the diner, I found the three of them waiting expectantly for me. Diana looked almost impatient, but Adelaide looked slightly guilty. I had no idea why.
I sat down across from the three of them and smiled.
“Hello,” I said nicely. Diana scowled, Matt looked downright surprised and Adelaide looked relieved.
The waitress came right after me and we all ordered. I ordered only coffee.
“I didn’t know you drank coffee.” Diana radiated with so many negative emotions. I had no idea how I could’ve been so blind before, but now, I was glad things turned out the way they did.
“Yes, Lilith got me addicted,” I responded with a smile. “The coffee you have here is nothing like the one in New York though.”
I didn’t say that to be mean but I just wanted to be honest and truthful. I wasn’t here to play games and I wouldn’t let her provoke me.
“Oh, your new best friend?” She spat out.
“No. The bond Lilith and I have is more than that,” I replied.
I thanked the waitress as she served us our orders.
“So you’re going back to New York when school starts?” Addie asked and I nodded.
“Yes,” I replied. “My job’s there and I feel at home.”
“Yes, we’ve all heard about your job,” Diana replied.
I bit my lip in an attempt to quiet myself but then I decided against it. “Diana, I don’t know why you’re acting like this or what I ever did to you but you’re carrying in yourself so much hatred. You need to learn how to let things go. I have and trust me. I feel much, much better.”
“You’ve spent years crying about Vanessa and spent every minute complaining of how horrible your life is while dating one of the most popular guys in school. That’s what my problem is with you. You’re seen as this poor little girl when in reality you know exactly what you’re doing and how to manipulate people into getting whatever you want.”
I listened to her but I didn’t let her get to me. She had the right to her opinion and she had the right to voice it. But that didn’t mean that I had to believe what she was saying.
“I don’t even know what you want me to say to that. The only thing I can say is that you’ll never be happy comparing yourself to others. It’s a losing battle. And I would know because I fought it a million times before. Diana, I was never happy because I always tried to keep up with you and Adelaide. I was never as popular or as good looking as you two are. And that’s okay. Comparing your life to others and what others have won’t make you any happier. It’ll only point out the things you’re missing or the things you’re losing,” I said.
“Wow, you really are doing better, aren’t you?” Adelaide asked but it wasn’t meant to be mean.
“It helped being away,” I replied. “Listen, if you want to surround yourself with so much negativity, it’s going to kill you. I want to move on from whatever circle we’re dancing in. What happened, happened. Let’s just all let it go and do better in the future.”
Before Diana could say anything, Adelaide talked.
“I’m sorry about it, Astrid. I really am sorry.”
“I appreciate you saying that,” I said, then looked at Diana and Matt who were waiting for the right moment to speak.
“I’m sorry too,” Matt finally said. “What I did to you was unfair and beyond childish. I didn’t think how degrading or hurtful it would be to you. I just thought it was fun and made me look cool. I was Connor’s best friend and now I lost it all to one stupid bet and it’s not worth it. I can’t believe what a moron I was... still am. I just wish...” There was a silence that followed.
“That you could take it all back?” I asked. Matt nodded. “I don’t. In fact, I am glad this happened. Life is funny. A friend of mine once said things happen like they’re supposed to. You’re not meant to like them. But you could either let it swallow you whole or move on and make the best of what you’ve got.” I told them.
“Lilith?” Adelaide asked. I nodded and smiled a sad smile. I missed her. I missed talking to her, seeing her eyebrows or even missed hearing her trying to wrestle into her clothes in the morning. She was very special and very dear to me.
“The thing is, I don’t regret what happened. Any of it. I made the best of what I had and now it’s your turn. Matt, if you want to be my brother’s friend again, it won’t be easy, but you have to try. Things won’t be handed to you on a silver plate. You need to work for them. Adelaide, if you want a successful relationship, you have to be honest with people. And Diana, all that anger inside you. Find a way to let it out and move on. Please.”
Okay, I made progress. I thought I might as well do one last thing for them while I was at it.
“I have to go. But think about what I said,” I told them, then got up and left.
I gave them a life changing advice so... they might as well pay for my coffee.
Beginning of July
My ‘brilliant’ parents and Kai’s ‘brilliant’ parents decided to give us together the sex talk. That was when they found out we already were... intimate.
I can’t say my parents were thrilled about their little girl having sex already, but they trusted Kai as much as I did.
So, they were fine. But the parentals still decided to make it awkward by giving us advice on how to stay protected and stuff. I couldn’t say I was thrilled to hear that.
The main reason why we had to hear about that was because Kai and I were leaving for the summer, just the two of us to visit Luke and other friends in California. Kai was not concerned about me and Luke, as Luke found himself a girlfriend.
In the end, our parents loved us both and we couldn’t be happier. Together, we just were one big happy family.
One thing I couldn’t wait was for my parents to give Delilah and Connor the sex talk.
That was going to be fun.
August, before Senior year in High School
Kai was going to start his senior year in High School soon and I was going back to New York. I’ve had to work ever since Kai and I returned from our vacation on August 1st. I’ve had lots of work, I appeared in many different magazines and I actually gained lots of experience.
I enjoyed doing what I did. In fact, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else in my life.
Just as I was about to go out and check our mailbox for any mail, there was a knock on the door. I opened it and I saw a very, very excited Lilith standing with her suitcases and bags and everything.
“Oh my Josh freaking Hutcherson, Lilith!! What the hell are you doing here?!” I hugged her so tightly. I missed her. I missed her British accent and her weird laugh.
I pulled away and let her inside the house.
“I came here to see you. I talked to your parents and I’m going to stay with you for a couple of days before we head to New York City.” Lilith had said to me.
“What? I can’t believe it. I missed you so much.”
“I missed you too, girlie.” She gave me a tight hug. When we parted, she spoke again, “This year is going to be the best year of our lives because we have each other.”
“Wow, Lilith. I don’t know what to say.”
“It’s me that has something to say to you. Thank you. You have opened my eyes and you helped me in so many ways I did not think were possible.”
“Awww, love you, Lil.” I hugged her again and I may have just shed a tear.
“So, we both have a lot to catch up on, don’t we?”
And with that, we both drifted into the conversation about our summer and our crazy adventures but deep inside, we were just both happy to have each other again.
My heart was filled with happiness and love.
Astrid’s 21st Birthday
Kai just took me out to the most romantic restaurant. We were sitting in our private booth in a private room, which must’ve cost a fortune. Kai looked very handsome in a tux. There was something about him that made me feel like I was finally a woman. He didn’t treat me like a little girl the same way my family did.
Kai’s hair was combed neatly and he looked perfect, but at the same time, he looked kind of nervous. When we were both finished eating, the waiter took away our plates and they brought us some champagne.
“Happy birthday, love. You look beautiful as always.” Kai took my hand in his and kissed it. I blushed slightly as I would never get used to him talk like this.
“In fact,” he continued. “You look so beautiful that I wouldn’t mind waking up beside you every morning. I want your lips to meet mine as it would be the best greeting in the whole wide world. I wish that your hand never lost mine nor your heart to stop feeling my love. I want your eyes to see me when I’m old and wrinkled and if you’ll have me, I’ll make you feel like a princess for the rest of your life.”
He took a box out of his pocket and opened it. Inside, there was a wedding ring.
“Will you, Astrid Ella Bailey, do me the honor of becoming my wife?”
Because I was me, I was stunned to silence, but there were tears in my eyes. It took me a moment to nod my head and start screaming yes, yes, I will.
Then, Kai stood up and took me into his arms. I kissed him with so much passion and joy. I loved this man.
And I just got engaged!
The wedding - written just because you guys felt ‘offended’ that you weren’t invited hahaha
“Are you ready?” Connor had asked me while I was looking at myself in the mirror. The beautiful white gown reached to the ground and I took a deep breath to calm my thoughts.
I was really doing this. I was really, really marrying Kai.
Tomorrow, my life will be different. We’re going to build a home and create a family together. This is it.
“Astrid?” Lilith asked while Delilah fixed my hair.
“I’m ready.” I said, unable to stop smiling.
“Okay then. Let’s go because Kai’s waiting for you. I have to go.” My brother said and walked out the door, to join my soon to be husband. My dad waited for me so that he could walk me down the aisle.
“I’m so proud of you, pumpkin. Of everything you’ve achieved and of the person you are today.”
“Oh, come on, Dad. Don’t make me cry now.” I tried to keep the tears at bay while my dad chuckled.
“I’m giving you up to the man I trust because I know that he’ll make you happy. But just because I’m giving you up, it doesn’t mean you’ll stop being my little girl. You’ll always be my little girl.”
A tear ran down my cheek as Lilith scowled at my dad.
“Don’t make her cry, dad. She’ll ruin her makeup.” She said. She called my parents mum and dad because we really were a family.
“Okay, okay.” Dad said and hugged me. Then, it was finally time for us to go.
Two years after their wedding...
I got a little nauseous when I woke up. Kai wasn’t there with me but I knew he was making breakfast. Our apartment smelled delicious but that didn’t help me as it only made me want to barf.
Instantly when I stood up, I had to puke. I could barely make my way to the bathroom as I emptied the contents of my stomach. When Kai heard what was happening, he came rushing to me.
“Hey, hey baby. Are you okay?” He said, rubbing my back in a soothing pattern after I was done. I nodded.
“I just felt a little sick, that’s all.” I took some toilet paper and wiped my mouth. I sighed and rested my head on his shoulder.
“Are you sure you’re... okay? You never get sick.”
“What do you mean?” I raised my head to meet my husband’s gaze.
“When was the last time you had your period?” He asked bluntly.
“Wait... you think that I’m...”
“Pregnant? It’s possible. Our condom kind of broke and we weren’t really being careful these last few months anyway.”
He was right. Now that I thought about it, I skipped my period this month. I should’ve gotten it three weeks ago. How did I not notice this?
“I think we need to buy a pregnancy test.” I told Kai.
Half an hour later and we were both sitting in the living room, waiting thirty more seconds to see the results. We were both nervous and we didn’t know what to expect or what to hope for.
But I guess it didn’t matter as long as I had my husband with me.
Finally, thirty seconds had passed and I knew this not only because I was anxiously counting in my head but also because Kai bumped my shoulder slightly as to say I should go into the bathroom and see what the results were.
I did go, hesitantly at first, afraid to see what the test was going to show.
I took it in my hands, but didn’t look. When I turned my head down I kept my eyes closed.
Kai was getting impatient with me.
“Well?” He yelled through the door.
I took a deep breath and exhaled. Then, I looked.
I turned around, with the test in hand, feeling a little bit relieved.
“What does it say?” Kai asked me. He was now standing in front of me.
“I’m pregnant.” I grinned at my handsome husband.
Kai laughed with happiness. I joined him.
“We’re going to have a baby.” He had said and kissed me. I let him shower me with kisses.
We were happy. Maybe it was because we were going to have a family, maybe it was because we loved each other more than anything in the world. Whatever it was, I knew I loved Kai.
This baby was a blessing.
Kai’s POV - around nine months later
I knocked on the door as I opened it. The mother of my child was lying on the hospital bed, feeding my baby. They both looked perfect.
My son looked so peaceful. He had his mother’s eyes.
“Hey,” Astrid whispered. I leaned down to kiss her. My left hand was still behind my back, as I held a surprise for my baby boy.
“I have something for little Kaiden.” I loved the name. Not only did it start with mine, but it was also from the book Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. Astrid and I thought it would be a perfect name for our son.
Yes, we might be a little weird but we loved our son very much.
“What is it?” She asked with that voice so soft as a whisper. She put on a few pounds but oh she looked so lovely.
“Look,” I handed her the stuffed car.
“A car?” She almost laughed but she didn’t get it.
“That’s how we officially met. In a car accident. I want our son to look at this car and immediately remember the story of how his parents met, fell in love, got married and lived happily ever after.”
I kissed my little boy and turned to Astrid who motioned me to come forward. She kissed me and whispered against my lips.
“I love you.”
“I love you too.” I had said to her that day.
And the day after that, the day after that, the day after... I kept telling her that for the rest of our lives because I never, not even for one moment stopped loving her.
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