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Epilogue

6 Year’s Later

Aspen’s P.O.V.

I stared at my reflection in the mirror as Vanessa tugged and pulled at my hair.

“Are you trying to make me go bald?” I exclaim.

“Hush,” she snapped, pulling slightly harder. I winced and I knew that my scalp was going to be so sore.

“Aunt Vanessa, don’t pull out all her hair!” Candice laughed from the couch in the room.

“I’m not trying to pull out all of her hair,” Vanessa shrugged as she pinned a piece in place.

She was done almost thirty minutes later and I was glad. I didn’t know how much more my scalp could take without bleeding.

“My turn!” Sonia giggled as she threw down a makeup bag in the vanity in front of me. I almost winced again.

After being pampered and done up, Vanessa and Sonia pulled me away from the vanity to the full-length mirror in the room.

We all stared at our reflections before a large smile broke out on my face and tears started to cloud my eyes.

“Hey! No! No crying,” Sonia yelled as she grabbed my face. “You’ll mess up my masterpiece.” We all laughed before someone knocked on the door.

Candice rushed over to the door and peeked her head out before leaning back in. “It’s Gavin,” she stated and opened the door the rest of the way to let him in.

He stopped when he got a few feet into the room before tears started running down his face. He rushed up to me and wrapped his arms around my shoulders. “I’m so glad I got to be here for this,” he whispered in my ear. “You look beautiful.”

He pulled back and rubbed at his eyes with a goofy grin on his face. I laughed and smiled back at him. Our relationship has developed great. I started calling him Dad a few months ago. I still remember the way his face lit up as he hugged me hard enough to almost crush one of my ribs.

“Are you ready?” he asked, holding out his arm. I took a deep breath, my nerves starting to go haywire. My hands were shaking as I gently gripped his arm.

“We’ll see you out there. Knock him dead,” Sonia whispered as she, Vanessa and Candice all left the room.

“Deep breaths. It’s going to be alright,” Dad whispered in my ear as he led me out of the room.

As we neared the double doors I was able to hear the organ playing. I took another deep breath, hoping it would help calm my nerves but it did nothing.

Sonia, Vanessa, and Candice were already out there and now it was my turn. I gripped Gavin’s arms tighter as the door opened.

We walked into the main room of the church and everyone stood and turned to look our way. My way.

As we stared down the aisle, I glanced at Lorelai who was smiling gently. We got along a little better now. Probably because I took the ownership of my mother’s company from her, but she at least acts civil. I still wouldn’t be going over to her house for Christmas or anything like that.

My eyes then traveled to Phoebe and Dave, Landon’s mother and father. They had paid for most of this even with my protests. They treated me like their daughter. Which, I suppose, was fitting, seeing as how things turned out.

I looked over to Candice who was standing up on the dais. She was beaming at me, the deep red dress complementing her hair. She was twelve already and I couldn’t believe it. She has grown up so fast.

I smiled at Sonia and Vanessa. My friendship with them was as strong as ever. The red dresses made Sonia’s eyes pop and Vanessa looked like she was a living flame. They returned my smiles, blowing kisses at me with a cheeky grin.

Bryson looked handsome in his tuxedo and beamed at me when I made eye contact with him. He was still one of my best friends and also helped plan most of this, along with Vanessa, Sonia, and Pheobe of course. They barely let me help with anything.

Then I made eye contact with Landon. His gray eyes showed so much happiness that I almost broke down into tears right there. He smiled broadly at me as Gavin led me closer and closer to the dais. He looked striking in his tux and I couldn’t help the blush that rose to my face.

Once we got to the dais, Gavin kissed my forehead as Landon walked down the short stairs. Gavin placed my hand in Landon’s with a nod in his direction. Landon walked me up the rest of the way up the aisle, stopping one we stood in front of the preacher.

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the holy matrimony of Landon Barnes and Aspen Peterson,” the preacher started.

Landon and I held eye contact throughout the whole ceremony, only breaking it to put the rings on the other’s finger. Right now we were heading back to Dave and Pheobe’s house for the reception.

Landon wouldn’t let go of my hand throughout the whole ride there and he kept running his thumb over the ring on my left hand.

He leaned over and pressed a kiss to the side of my head. I smiled as I leaned into it before turning my head to look up at him. He smiled back down at me with so much love in his eyes that it made my heart swell. He leaned closer to me. He was almost able to press his lips against mine when someone tapped rapidly on the window.

“Damn that... mother...,” he continued to mumble under his breath as he opened the door of the car and glared at the person standing there.

“Save it for the honeymoon. Come on,” Bryson laughed, walking away. I laughed with him before leaning over and pressing a kiss to Landon’s cheek.

He turned at looked at me with these puppy dog eyes and I had to stop myself from laughing again. “Come on.” I gently pushed him out of the back seat of the car.

Once the door shut behind us, Sonia, Vanessa, and Candice walked over to us.

“Come on, Aspen. We’re going to go freshen up and change. Mrs. Barnes said we can use one of the guest bedrooms,” Sonia explained as she dragged me away.

“Why are you kidnapping my wife?” Landon yelled.

“To freshen up and change!” Candice yelled back, sticking her tongue out at him. Bryson laughed as he and Landon walked into the large mansion.

We walked through the hall before making it to the room Pheobe was talking about. Vanessa and Sonia restyled my hair and makeup before we all changed into something far more comfortable.

As I was slipping on a pair of shorter heels I told the girls to go ahead and go back to the party, that I would be there in a minute. They nodded their heads and left, softly shutting the door behind them.

I stood and stared at the beautiful wedding dress that was lying across the bed before sitting down in front of the vanity.

I ran my fingers across the scar that ran along my forehead, memories of what happened flashing behind my eyes as I wrapped my arms around myself and looked away with my eyes closed.

I almost jumped out of my skin when I felt someone’s arms wrap around my waist. “What’s wrong?” Landon whispered in my ear as he gently kissed my shoulder that was exposed with the dress I was currently wearing.

I shake my head. “Nothing.”

“Is it the scar?” he asks, already knowing why I was upset. I smile sadly as I make eye contact with him through the mirror. He straightens up and gently presses a kiss to the scar.

“Your scars each tell a story of how strong you are. Of how you continue to stay strong no matter what life throws at you. You’re beautiful,” he mumbles against my skin.

I laugh gently, overwhelmed by his words. “You’re only saying that because I’m your wife.”

He laughs a deep, rich sound that sends shivers down my spine. “Maybe. But I also know it’s true.” He grabs my hand and presses a kiss to the wedding ring before helping me stand up.

“That what’s true?” I whisper as he steps closer.

“That you’re strong, beautiful. And that you’re my wife,” he laughs gently as he grabs my hips and pulls me to him, his lips finding mine.

I smile against his lips as I wrap my arms around his neck, pulling him closer and running my fingers through his hair.

“Hey!” someone yelled from the doorway. Landon pulled away to look over his shoulder before rolling his eyes.

I glanced over his shoulder and smiled at Bryson.

“How many times do I have to tell you? Save it for the honeymoon!” he exclaims, throwing up his hands and exiting the room.

“I’m going to go lock him in a closet,” Landon mumbles.

I laugh and shake my head. “Don’t you dare,” I joke, softly smacking his chest before walking past him.

He sighs as he follows after me. I laugh before spinning around and gently kissing him again. “They’re probably missing us at the party, come on,” I state as I dance out of his grip as he tries to grab my hips again.

“Come on!” he whines as he follows me out of the room. I laugh as I gently grab his hand, lending him back to the party.

Today is going to be the first day of the rest of my life and I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else other than Landon to spend it with as my husband.

“I love you,” I tell him as I lean against his shoulder.

“I love you, too,” he whispers as he presses his lips to the top of my head.

I couldn’t stop the large smile that broke out across my face.


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