~ Epilogue ~




Harry was sitting with Draco's head in his lap, as they lay together on a large, red blanket under the willow tree at Adamo Lake. The water was gently lapping against the nearby pier and their newly built house was silhouetted against the darkening sky in the distance. Harry was brushing Draco's hair with his fingers, untangling the damp locks after a relaxing day of swimming and sun bathing. Draco had his eyes closed and a content look on his face.

Harry smiled and could resist no longer as he leaned down to kiss Draco gently on his closed lips. Draco opened his eyes with a smile and tugged Harry down to the blanket beside him. They wrapped their arms around each other and Draco leaned in to softly touch his lips to Harry's. Draco placed a few more tender kisses over Harry's jaw and throat before pulling away. He reached over and pulled a tiny, purple box from his discarded cloak pocket, before sitting up.

"Harry."

Harry opened his eyes and looked up at him.

"I want to give you something."

Draco opened the lid of the velvet box and two silver rings sparkled up at Harry in the setting sun. Harry sat up and touched the rings in wonder with his finger.

"I just wanted to give you something that would symbolize how much you mean to me," Draco said softly. "I want you to know that this is for life."

Draco removed one of the rings and slipped it onto Harry's finger. Harry looked down at the inscription scrawled into the shining metal - 'no day but today.'

Harry smiled and gently placed the other ring on Draco's waiting hand, noting with pleasure that the inscription was identical.

No words were spoken as they entwined their fingers in the fading sunlight, the rings clinking against each other softly as they kissed with all the love in their hearts.

                                                                                                ~ There's only us, there's only this
         forget regret or life is yours to miss

            There's only us, only tonight
            we must let go to know what's right

        I can't control my destiny, I trust my soul -
       my only goal is just to be

        There's only now, there's only here
          give in to love or live in fear

        No other path, no other way
        no day but today ~