From: J. Trevizo - firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: New story – After All That We've Been Through
Rating: PG-13 for language and suggested sexual activities.
Spoilers: This jumps from the Turbo movie to Passing of the Torch. I'm
taking GREAT liberties with the series, putting the end of Shift Into Turbo
intermixed with Passing of the Torch, and skipping lots of episodes. Plus,
I want it made clear that I did not see any of the episodes following AJJ's
departure from the show, which puts my history in a serious AU situation.
Author's Note: This is the sequel to "Paved With Good Intentions".
Disclaimer: I don't own these characters, Saban Entertainment does, or
supposedly Disney now does. Which seems to me a bit strange, as Disney was
all about non-violent kids entertainment, and every parents group on the
planet bashed PR for being too violent. Go figure. But they aren't your
morning show "fluff" here.
Relationship: T/Kim ship.
Summary: Even if you've journeyed down the wrong paths, sometimes you get
the chance to fix your mistakes, and get what you need in your life to make
you a better person.
Dedication: Again - To Cheryl, Shawn, and Irina for their inspiring work.
Also, to my new fans, especially Jess for the kind words on FF.net
regarding this series. Lastly though, to my indulgent husband, who while
won't read any of these fics, will always be the Tommy to my Kim.
Hello fellow PR fans. I never intended to write more than the first story,
but somehow it's taken on a life of its own. So, I present part 3. This
starts off months after Paved finishes – right around graduation. I've
played with the lexicon a lot, but will fill in the details of the last few
months with my version. I hope you enjoy. Now, on with the show...
After All That We've Been Through
By J. Trevizo
This is it, I thought as I shifted in my seat. Graduation and the start of
By now things in Angel Grove have settled into a familiar, although not
always pleasant pattern. Of course being a ranger never has been easy. The
last couple of months however have been a true exercise in how 'unfun'
ranger life can be.
My being kidnapped and brainwashed *again*, this time by Prince Gasket, was
probably the second least favorite event that happened in the last few
months. The whole being evil thing has worn thin by this point in my
'career'. As usual, Kim was there to save my ass. I guess having a guardian
angel isn't so hard to live with, when I get to have her as that angel.
So, for a little while it was the Zeo team and the Gold Ranger kicking ass
and taking names, Kim and I, together again with the rest of the team, just
like it should have been. Occasionally though, I'd notice Kim looking at
Kat in her pink Zeo uniform.
I asked her one night in what passed now for 'our' bed, whether or not she
would ever be okay with not being given back the pink ranger mantle when
she returned. She has simply smiled at me with that loving, happy way of
hers and nodded her head yes.
I ended up teasing her under the covers, my fingers playing over her naked
flesh, dipping into delicate, sensitive areas, making us both breathe
faster as I questioned her more on her answer.
"Are you sure about that? I mean, while you look hot in black, you always
seemed comfortable in pink," I questioned.
"I just need to be there for you and the team. What color I wear really
isn't the issue."
That was the last of talking about the subject, or any subject to be
honest, that night. I was surprised at Kim's answer, but I understand
exactly what she meant. I've been green, white and red, but all along I was
fundamentally me under whatever color uniform I wore. Being a part of the
team, making a difference was what mattered, not which color my uniform
was. Although, I still hate wearing red.
Oh, and I cut my hair. Not spikes like I wanted to, but the ponytail is
gone and I have it just above my shoulders, and its' gotten wavy since I
cut it. Kim was less than thrilled, but its' been a lot easier getting it
under my helmet.
So things were rolling along smoothly; Kim and I were together in every way
we could be. We were passing biology and geometry, on our way to getting
our diplomas while we were saving the world and making after high school
plans. I should have known that it was too good to last.
Then my least favorite event in the last few months occurred... I almost lost
The Gold Ranger powers had turned on her, and she got sick when she used
them. I did my best to be there for her. I sat by her bedside during the
worst of it, wiping her off with a cold rag to cool her fever and holding
her close in my embrace when the shakes hit. There was a point there that I
was ready to cut of my right arm to make the pain go away for more than a
Finally I had to make the decision I had been fighting against. With
Zordon's help, I decided we had to convince Kim to give up her struggle to
keep the power. It was the first and only time I felt like I'd betrayed
her, and I hated every second of it. But as we sit here, now, waiting for
our diplomas, I know that if I hadn't, the seat next to me today would be
Of course, that couldn't be all. No, a ranger's life doesn't usually have
more than a short period of time where things are calm and simple. Kim was
dealing with the loss of her Gold Ranger powers when Jason arrived in town.
With the rest of the team busy with a new crisis, Kim decided to take him
up on an offer to go scuba diving. She was hoping the diversion would help
her start dealing with life without powers again. The next thing we knew
the new big bad, Divatox showed up and kidnapped them. I was just about out
of my mind. My best friend and my lover held captive by a Rita wanna-be.
Oh, and let's not forget that Rocky got injured practicing for the charity
martial arts tournament, leaving us one ranger short.
So we ended up needing something more than our Zeo powers, and Zordon came
through just like he always did, with the Turbo powers. And a new ranger. I
confess, I wouldn't have picked Justin, but he's done his best to pull his
weight. And he helped me save Kim.
When we got to the island, Muranthias, where Divatox was going to sacrifice
Jase and Kim to her new 'hubby' Maligore, we didn't get to them in time. As
Kim was lowered into that pit, I thought my life was over.
When she and Jase reappeared, my heart started again. Then she turned and
broke her chains, and I knew that this was bad. Really bad.
As I stared at Kimberly, I saw something I never thought I would see in
those beautiful eyes, now turned flame red rather than doe brown - hatred.
And it was focused at me. She said some spiteful things, and referred to
Kat's initial crush on me and suggested that I had been unfaithful to her
when she was in Florida.
I knew it wasn't really her saying those things, but some part of me
wondered if in fact that she thought somewhere deep down I really was
guilty of those things. It hurt as much as getting that letter did, more in
fact to think she might actually have believed what she was saying could
have been even partially true.
In the hopes of throwing off whatever had possessed her, I removed my
helmet and tried talking to her, but was shattered to find that her seeing
my face, hearing my panicked voice wasn't enough to do it. As the recipient
of being put under evil spells, I know that even love doesn't always break
the spell. Actually, it rarely does. We're not living in a fairy tale. Even
if Kim changed from calling me her knight in white armor to red.
Luckily Lerigot broke the spell and once free of it, Kim and I helped
rescue Jason. Once they were safe, the team and I took care of running off
Divatox, and Jason even helped save the day with the charity event, filling
in for Rocky.
So, we thought great, we've saved Kim and Jase, kept the planet from being
taken over and won a big check for the Angel Grove Youth Center, now things
could go back to normal.
Then another bomb drops on us.
I know that the opportunity that Lerigot brought, being able to go home,
was too much to resist. Having to choose staying with us or going home was
a horrible choice, and I can't fault him for choosing to leave us. So
before he left, he handed us over to Dimitira.
Since then, she and Alpha 6 have been doing their best to help us keep
Divatox at bay. And Kim and I have been even closer than before. We talked
everything that we'd left unsaid out, and found ourselves deeper in love
Suddenly I notice something out of the corner of my eye, and I glance over
and find that the woman I've loved for nearly four years is staring
intently at me. The cap and gown do nothing for her, but I focus on the
fawn colored eyes I adore and look past the fabric trash bags that she and
I are stuck wearing. I guess wearing spandex sort of gets you spoiled for a
more form fitting look.
"What's going through that head of yours Beautiful?" I whisper carefully as
the band plays some sort of montage of movie soundtracks to introduce the
next part of the speeches.
"I was just thinking of what would have happened if you hadn't come to
Florida for an explanation."
I bite my lip as I feel the dark emotions roll over me. This subject still
comes up every once in a while, and I think Kim still feels a bit guilty
about how much her letter hurt me when I got it, even though we've worked
to resolve the whole thing when I got her back all those months ago, and
some more after the Muranthias incident. No matter how many times I've told
her I understand what she must have been going through at the time, how
much pressure Coach Schmidt had her under, she still takes the whole thing
too much to heart.
I wince inwardly at the bad pun with her name, then a nervous happiness
starts to fill me to the point of overflowing.
Without thinking, I let my right hand float towards the spot beneath the
graduation gown where the hip pocket of my jeans is. As my hand rests
there, out of sight of Kimberly, I feel the slight yet heavy weight of the
diamond ring I bought two weeks ago.
Mom and Dad, Kim's family, the team and even Jase, Trini and Zack know
what's up. Everyone has done as I asked and kept my secret... that tonight,
surrounded by everyone as we celebrate our graduation, I'm asking Kim to
"Tommy," Kim's forceful whisper pulls me from my thoughts, and I look up to
notice that Principal is at the podium and wrapping up his remarks about
good citizenship and our future and is getting ready to give out the
With a grin, I reach over with my left hand and catch Kim's right with it.
She squeezes it a little, and behind me I feel a finger poke into my back.
Swinging my head around I find Rocky and Adam giving me a knowing smirk.
"Come on leader-man, you need to stay alert here. We're almost up," Rocky
announces with his regular humor.
"Daydream later," comes Adam's soft baritone from my left, and I can't help
but reach my hand back to catch his tightly.
"Let's do this," I say as I hear 'Pomp and Circumstance' start up, and we
stand and face our future.
After the ceremony concluded, I don't think more than fifteen minutes had
passed before our communicators went off. After making our excuses to our
families, I glanced around, and Kim and the team followed me to the shade
of the science building, assuming that we'd be mostly away from prying eyes
as we answered the summons.
"What's up Dimetria?"
"PLEASE TELEPORT TO THE COMMAND CENTER, ALL OF YOU."
We look around with concerned looks. Did something happen? There hadn't
been any indication of an attack or anything. Stricken, we all nod, and
after Kat takes Rocky's hand and I pull Kim to me, we all teleport together
up to the command center.
It still is strange to be here. After the old command center blew up, it
was tough to get readjusted to this new place. It doesn't have the same
memories as the original center did. I remember the first time I stood
there, before I ripped the wiring out of the console, disrupting Zordon's
warp and then trashed the place. Then there was my acceptance into the
rangers after Jason had broken Rita's spell, and I joined the original
team. Yet probably the most vivid memory is when I had been chosen to
become the White Ranger, and I stood before the team, taking off my helmet
and watched Kim faint dead away. It was one of the moments that solidified
Right along with that day, standing along Angel Grove Lake when she told me
that she missed me.
Dimitira finally appeared in her warp, and then suddenly we heard a voice
that we'd thought gone forever.
"Zordon?" I asked tentatively, unsure my ears weren't playing tricks on me.
"YES RANGERS. I ARRANGED WITH DIMITRIA TO RETURN FOR THIS MOMENTUS
"What's that?" questioned Adam, looking from Tanya to me to Kat for some
kind of understanding of what was going on.
"YOU HAVE SERVED EARTH AND THE LEGACY OF POWER RANGERS ADMIRABLY. HOWEVER,
YOUR PATHS NOW WILL BEGIN TO DIVERGE AS YOU STEP INTO THE NEW PHASE OF YOUR
LIVES. THEREFORE, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT YOU SHOULD BE RELIEVED OF YOUR
DUTIES AS RANGERS," announced Zordon.
There were a lot of shocked gasps and yells around me, but I really didn't
hear them. My head nearly whip lashed as I turned to Kim. The last thing I
was concerned with in regards to our future – my being a ranger while she
sat on the sidelines was being erased. Once I passed on my mantle to
another, she and I could be free to live our lives however we saw fit. We
could have kids and not fear that they'd be a target of reprisals, since we
would no longer be rangers.
Still, there was part of me that was afraid of not being a ranger. After
all these years, could I be just a normal person again? Would Kim love me
any less for giving up my powers just to accept the safety that it would
hopefully offer us? Would I still be me if I wasn't a ranger?
"Tommy, are you okay?" Kim whispered at my side, pulling herself closer to
me as I refocused on her concerned look.
"I was just thinking," I began, and started to censor my thoughts, then
changed my mind, "will this make a difference? Will I still be the man you
love if I'm not a ranger?"
The next thing I knew I was being graced with Kim's most brilliant smile.
"When I stood at Angel Grove Lake all those years ago, I didn't care if you
had powers or not. I've always loved you, not the ranger, but 'you'. The
hero has always been inside of you, not inside a morpher."
I bent my head and leaned into her, finally at peace with the idea of being
without some kind of power. Letting others fight the good fight while I
lived out my dreams with Kim. Finally I pulled away and turned to look at
the rest of the team. Adam had been a ranger longest, after me. I wanted to
see what he was feeling, as well as the others.
What I found was a bunch of shocked, but happy rangers.
I knew that we all had things we wanted to do, dreams that we couldn't
follow because of our ranger duties. Now, we wouldn't have to make the kind
of decision that Jason, Trini, Zack, Kim and Aisha had made – to stay with
the team or follow our hearts.
"Everybody okay with this?" I finally asked, looking to each of the team
one by one.
"We've done our part, I think I'm ready to let someone else take my place,"
announced Adam, coming to place his hand on my shoulder, supporting his
statement with that simple gesture.
"I want to do so much now, and with this chance, I'll be able to do those
things without feeling I betrayed the team by leaving," stated Tanya,
glancing apologetically at Kim as she said them, making sure Kim knew she
wasn't directing those statements at her.
Kim reached over and took Tanya's hand and smiled. Tanya squeezed it hard
and smiled back in understanding. Then Kat moved to them as well, and
looked Kim in the eyes.
"I was given the chance to be a ranger by Kim. I'll always be thankful for
her for entrusting those powers to me. But I'm ready to move on too," Kat
Kim pulled from my grasp and she and Kat hug. I know that after Kim got
back from Muranthias, she and Kat had a long talk, and I guess they put
everything in the past. Finally they pull apart and Kim comes back to my
welcoming embrace. Suddenly, as I look at Rocky, I realize we're one ranger
"What about Justin?" I ask, curiously.
"Justin has not served with the team for very long, and still can be an
asset to the new rangers," answered Dimitira, finally speaking up since her
summons brought us here.
"BASED ON RECENT EVENTS, DIMITRIA AND I HAVE SEARCHED FOR SUITABLE
CANDIDATES FOR YOUR POWERS. WE HAVE LOCATED FOUR SUCH INDIVIDUALS, AND NOW
ASK FOR YOUR CONFIRMATION IN HANDING THE POWER TO THEM," explained Zordon.
"IF YOU APPROVE, THEN IT WILL BE YOUR CHOICE WHOM TO BESTOW YOUR POWERS
ON," Dimitria added.
We all looked at each other and nodded our approval of the idea. Then,
above us we were slightly blinded by blue and white light. Finally the
light subsided, and we all strained to see four figures standing on the
alcove above the command center floor. As our sight adjusted, another round
of shocked gasps, yells and other exclamations broke from our lips.
There, above us stand Kat and my rescuers just a few days ago – T.J.,
Cassie, Carlos and Ashley. They'd put themselves into harms way to help us,
and now they were getting a reward that even they couldn't have
"DO YOU ACCEPT THE NEW RANGER CANDIDATES?"
Nods of heads greet my gaze as I check with everyone in a heartbeat.
"They do Zordon. They're fine choices for rangers," I reply for us all.
"THEN YOU NOW NEED TO CHOSE YOUR SUCESSORS," announced Dimitria, pushing us
closer to the final act of closure. "TOMMY, AS LEADER, YOU MUST MAKE YOUR
I glance at Kimberly and find her fighting off tears but smiling. I know
the feeling Beautiful, I think and then turn back to make one of the most
difficult decisions of my life.
"I select T.J. to replace me as the Red Ranger," I announce, staring at the
young black man as I remember his natural leading abilities that he
displayed in my rescue.
"I choose Carlos as the new Green Ranger," Adam says next, giving the male
Latino teenager a thumbs-up sign.
"Cassie should be the next Pink Ranger," Katherine offers, looking to Kim
in silent confirmation of the former pink ranger's approval of the dark
hair Asian girl.
"And Ashley will be the Yellow Ranger," Tanya confirmed, closing the deal
in her selection of the ash-blonde young woman.
'NOW THAT THE SELECTIONS HAVE BEEN MADE, THE POWER WILL NOW BE
TRANSFERRED," spoke Zordon.
Suddenly Tanya, Kat, Adam and I found we were glowing in the shade of our
ranger colors, then we weren't, and the colors enveloped our counterparts,
morphing them into uniform. For a moment, I concentrated on that place
inside where when I had the power I always felt it, almost hoping to find
something. But instead I felt a similar absence; such as I had when I'd
lost the Green Ranger powers all those years ago.
Except that this time, it didn't feel the same. That part of me that had
held the power felt different, but it wasn't as if there was a gaping hole.
I'd voluntarily decided to give up the power, not had it wrenched away
violently. The difference seemed to allow me to deal with it better than I
Before I could form my next thought, I felt two petite arms surround me. I
turned to find Kimberly staring at me with a hopeful expression.
"Are you okay?" she asked me, and I realized she probably was thinking of
my state of mind after I'd lost the Green Ranger powers. How I'd gone off
in solitude and nearly cut off contact with everyone, including her.
I wasn't repeating that mistake again. With her, I was able to deal with
anything. It was when I was without her that I doubted and fell. And if I
was planning on having us spend the rest of our lives together after today,
I needed to share with her, rather than run from her.
"Yeah, it's not like before," I tried to explain fearing words would be
"You just feel like something's off, right?"
I nodded, and reminded myself that after giving up the Pink Ranger powers,
then the Gold Ranger mantle, my love knew just as much as I did about
losing the power and how it felt. How many days had she attempted to put on
a brave front to everyone once Zordon and I convinced her that keeping the
Gold Ranger powers would kill her? I know that my being there, sharing with
her the understanding of the same kind of experience had been more helpful
than either of us had realized it would be.
"But we've been there before," I remarked simply. "Besides, as long as I
have you, I know I can survive anything."
She smiled at that, and I pulled her closer to me. Then I sensed the others
around me, and it ended up being a big group hug of rangers leaving their
warrior days behind. Surreptitiously I glanced up to see the new rangers
gone, and I realized that it was time to get back to the celebrations.
"THANK YOU AGAIN RANGERS, FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE," Zordon quietly
said, and then we found ourselves back outside Angel Grove high.
It wasn't more than a few minutes later that we resigned ourselves to
celebrate our graduation along with our time as rangers, and waded back
into the swarm of friends, family and loved ones.
The decision to have a party at the Juice Bar had been a given, but Ernie
had made sure that the place was ours way before we'd thought to ask him.
When Kim and I arrived with our parents, the place was nearly full of the
rest of the team, their friends and family, and other guests. Streamers and
balloons were hung all over the place, along with a huge "Congratulations"
banner that looked hand made. I suspected that Ernie was a bit over-
invested in our graduation party when Kim pointed out the colors – pink,
red, green, blue and yellow.
Again, I had to wonder if he knew something more about his regular teen
customers than we realized.
Once we walked in, we were immediately greeted with yells and applause. It
almost felt like the day when the original rangers had been honored by the
city. And while I hadn't been in uniform with them, I remember feeling the
same pride in being appreciated, as they had to have.
Thinking about that day brought me back to thinking about passing our
powers just an hour or so ago. Even with the slightly dull feeling of being
without our powers, I thought that all of us were still in good spirits
with the feeling of hope for the future. I looked at Kim happily talking
with Kat and Tanya, and reminded myself that we were here to celebrate.
Hopefully more things than just our graduation.
Now that we had handed off our powers and could do what we wanted; Tanya
was talking about to some of her friends about going to L.A. and trying to
get a recording contract, Rocky and Adam been discussing college and/or a
business, maybe a dojo, but now seem really serious about doing it. When
Kat had arrived with her parents, she announced that she'd received a
letter offering her a space with Julliard in New York. We were all staring
to make those plans for life after high school and life after being a
And I was getting ready to hit Kim with the question of questions.
Except I was waiting for just the right moment.
Which might be right about now, I thought abruptly. Coming through the
door, I see Jason, Zack and Trini walk into the party. They'd promised
they'd do their best to get here before the ceremony, but when I didn't see
them earlier, I assumed that they got held up.
Jase and Zack head straight for me. You would think that after nearly two
years being separated by a continent and an ocean, only seeing each other
occasionally with a phone call regularly, I'd have found a closer best
friend. But Jason and I have too much between us. After everything, Jason
has always stood by me, and I plan on having him do that again when Kim and
I get married.
If we get married.
As I stand here, looking at Kim talking with Trini and Kat, I swear that
facing Rita, Zedd, Mondo and Divatox single-handedly wouldn't scare me as
much as the prospect of her turning me down.
"You're not getting nervous, are you?" Jason asks me with a grin as he
clasps my shoulder in greeting.
"What if she says no?" I murmur, starting to feel a pack of Tengas fly
around my stomach.
"This is exactly like the time when you wanted to ask her to the spring
dance, my friend," comments Zack humorously, "she's gonna say yes. You just
have to ask her."
I shake my head in resigned understanding.
"Are you sure that I can't convince you to ask for me?" I question Jason.
In my calls to him, he's always been supportive of my decision, and offered
to be there for me through the whole thing. The fact he considers Kim like
a sister made it easier. Still though, I'd be much happier if I could get
him to ask for me.
"Please tell me you're kidding!" Zack yells, a bit too loud as a few people
turn to glance at us. I quickly smile and wave them all off.
"Sorry bro, but this is something you've got to do on your own."
Sighing, I glance around to see if everyone's here. As I make a mental
count, I realize that I have nothing and no one left to wait on. It's now
or never, I tell myself, and start to head over to Kimberly when I feel a
hand come down on my shoulder and my name being called out.
"Uncle John!" I exclaim, being surprised by the appearance of my dad's
famous car racing brother. I wasn't expecting him, and I wonder if he's
here because of the graduation or the marriage proposal.
"Tommy, you've grown up so much," he notes proudly, seemingly pleased.
"We'll, it's been a while. I didn't know mom and dad had invited you. Hell,
I didn't know what state you were in this month, to be honest."
"Being on the racing circuit can be like that. But we were lucky that
there's an event at Stone Canyon next week, so we signed up so we could be
in town. Plus," he says with a knowing grin, "I have an offer for you, now
that you've graduated and all."
"What?" I say inanely, sounding really dumber than I'd like.
"Racing cars my boy. I had one of my drivers decide to retire, so the team
has a vacancy. I know that you've always been a natural with cars, and the
last time we came through, you seemed to take to it faster than most."
"But what about college? And Kim?" I question. This is really too much for
my poor head to take. First graduation, then passing our powers, planning
to propose to Kim and now an offer to drive racecars for my uncle. The day
has been eventful to say the least.
"She can come with," he replies with a wink. "We can always use another
hand in the pit or with the crew. Besides, young lovers shouldn't split up.
Bad for a relationship."
Thinking of Florida, I want to tell him just how true that is, but don't. I
need to have Kim help me make this decision, and before I can do that, I
need to ask her about getting married first.
"I have to talk it over with Kim first uncle John," I state firmly, hoping
he'll appreciate my honesty.
"Sure thing. You just go and ask her that other question first, then we can
all talk about your racing career."
Without another word or a moment to prepare, he gives me a shove in Kim's
direction, and suddenly I feel everyone's attention turn towards me. Maybe
it would have been better to do this in private. Or not let everyone in on
Then Kim turns and looks at me, and those thoughts just go out the window.
Unfortunately, so does the nicely rehearsed speech I had planned.
"Kimberly," I start as she smiles and tilts her head to the side, trying to
figure out the expression of fear on my face, "marry me."
There's silence in the room now, except for the quiet buzz of nervous and
excited whispers. Kim's still staring at me, and I realize that I forgot to
pull out her ring when I asked her, so I fumble in my pocket and pull out
the black velvet box. The moment Kim sees it, her face goes white. She
didn't realize I was serious. Now she does.
I pull back the lid and reach in to pry loose the ring. I thought about it
for a long time, but finally decided on the palest pink diamond, quarter
karat heart shaped stone they had that I could afford, set into the gold
band. Holding it out, I see Kim's eyes filling with tears, break loose and
start streaming down her face.
"I love you Beautiful, and I can't imagine ever being without you again.
Will you marry me?"
I hear a yes as she launches herself into my arms and I pull her tightly
into my embrace. Around us I barely register the roar of approval from the
team, our friends and family.
Slowly, we pull back and I kiss her deeply before taking her left hand in
mine and sliding the ring on her finger. With her other hand, she wipes at
her tear tracks and reaches over to run a thumb under my eyes, erasing the
evidence of my own emotional reaction to her accepting my proposal.
"I love you Thomas Oliver," she says in a whisper that only I can hear, and
I smile what probably has to be the biggest grin of my life and take her
hands in mine.
"I love you to Kim. And after all that we've been through, I'm never
letting you go again."
Kim moves forward and kisses me again at my statement, and when she finally
gives me some air by breaking the heady kiss, we realize that we're
surrounded. Looking around, we start making the rounds with everyone,
accepting their congratulations, hugs and well wishes.
And as the evening wore on, I realized that no matter what I had to go
though, I wouldn't trade a moment of it, because I was getting exactly what
I needed to be happy for the rest of my live.