Chapter 31: Home
Home (the epilogue)
Four years later
Deep down in his heart, Adam knew they were meant to be together from the first time they met. They made each other laugh, taught each other new skills, put each other at ease and – most importantly - had built over time a strong bond of trust between them. They'd become best friends first, then later lovers. And despite having broken up for a period, they'd eventually realized their deep passion had never subsided. Now as Adam stood on the altar, he couldn't believe they'd finally reached this moment.
"Rocky DeSantos and Aisha Campbell, I now pronounce you husband and wife," said the pastor. "You may kiss the bride."
Ever the clown, Rocky dramatically dipped his new wife back and placed an elated kiss on Aisha's lips. Adam laughed and applauded loudly for the newlyweds and his old friends. He couldn't have felt happier if he had been the one getting married himself.
They'd all come home for Rocky and Aisha's wedding. And considering it had been five years since they'd all been together at Angel Grove High, Adam didn't think this ranger reunion was too soon at all.
Looking around the reception room after the wedding, Adam saw two pairs of red and pink rangers reminiscing as Tommy, Kim, Kat and Jason caught up on old times. Zack and his own new bride, Angela, were wishing Aisha and Rocky. Although, Adam noticed, Aisha appeared a little freaked out when Zack started explaining how hip-hop helped keep the spark alive in his own marriage. Over by the DJ booth, Adam watched Trini and Billy – newly returned from Aquitar – starring longingly into each other's eyes as they talked about upcoming electronic releases. "About time," thought Adam to himself as he saw Billy shyly place his hand on top of Trini's, causing the normally reserved girl to blush.
TJ, Cassie and Carlos were congratulating their old Turbo teammate Justin on his recent own recent high school graduation. Their fellow fighting partner, Ashley, meanwhile was trying to teach her boyfriend the latest dance moves as usual. And as usual, Andros the red Space Ranger of K0-35 was having much difficultly understanding his girlfriend's strange Earth customs.
It was a bittersweet moment for Adam as he looked around the room at his former ranger teammates and still favorite friends. They'd all grown up from their awkward teen years into confident, self-assured adults with accomplishments that now extended beyond the Power Chamber. And while it made Adam nostalgic to think of all the good times and victories they'd shared together in the past, it was celebrating these joyous occasions with his friends, no, his family, that made him look forward to the future. Maybe even his own joyous events in the future, he mused.
A warm pair of arms around his neck awakened Adam from his reverie. "Hey," said Tanya, leaning down and placing a quick, kiss on his lips. "That was a beautiful ceremony, huh?"
"Absolutely," agreed Adam as he pulled his girlfriend into his lap. "Almost as beautiful as you."
"Adam," groaned Tanya at his corny remark, but still smiling as he pressed her forehead against his.
"Cake?" asked a waiter, interrupting the couple's tender moment.
"Vanilla," said Tanya.
"Chocolate," replied Adam at the same exact moment.
"Well this is a problem," said Tanya concernedly.
"Why?" asked Adam confused.
"Well what flavor cake will we have at our wedding now?" wondered Tanya; her eyes widening when she realized what she'd just said. "Oh Adam, I didn't mean it like that. Well, I mean I did, but it's not like I want to get married tomorrow or soon or…"
"Tanya," smiled Adam, shushing his girlfriend with a finger to her lips.
"Yeah?" she asked softly.
"I don't think being married to you would be the worst thing in the world at all," replied Adam as he reached into his jacket pocket for a small, black jewelry box.
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