Author's Note: Yes, I redid the ending of this chapter. I figured that I would never get around to doing the sequel and this story deserved a proper ending. Thank you so much to all my reviewers and I hope that this ending will satisfy all of you. I love all of you and you all have made my 4 years on amazing and I hope that I continue to meet your expectations.
Disclaimer: First chapter.
Note: Okay, just imagine the Vacant House has more rooms than just that one. This chapter might be short. 1 year later.
Chapter 10: Epilogue- Always and Forever (Edited ending)
The sun angrily poured into the small house, glaring down at the small sleeping figure in the bed. She grumbled and dove deeper under the covers, hating Traverse's newfound sun. Yuffie was beginning to wish for the 24/7-night sky. Her hand peaked out and went to the other side, surprising her when she felt it was empty. Squall usually didn't leave until after she was awake.
This shot her right up and she looked around the room. Hiyuma heard the ruffling and peaked an eye open, stretching and yawning afterwards. "Sorry, Yume," Yuffie muttered before getting out of bed. The memories of the night before were still fresh in her mind, making her smile and glance down at the small ring on her finger. It was a slim silver band, nothing much, but the symbol of Griever was engraved into it. Just like Squall's.
She grinned and jumped up and down. Hiyuma just looked at her as if she had grown two more heads then went back to sleep. Furry even popped out from his mouse hole to see what the commotion was about, only to be almost squashed by the jumping ninja. "I'm getting married! Woo hoo!!!!" she yelled. Squall had proposed perfectly, well as much as perfectly went. But now her dreams were going to come true. 'WOO HOO!!'
Yuffie twisted the band over and over again, running over what had happened the night before.
"Squall? Come on! Just tell me where we're going!" she complained, trying to move the blindfold on her eyes down with her shoulders. He shook his russet head, wrapping his arms around her and walking so she wouldn't succeed in getting the blindfold off.
"I told you. It's a surprise," he whispered in her ear. She shivered lightly, a small smile gracing her lips.
"Well, you better hurry before I rip this thing off and kick your ass!" Yuffie said mockingly while leaning back against him. She could sense him smiling, just shaking her head at her boyfriend.
"We're almost there."
She heard a door open and her walking down a ramp, and then Squall left her. She looked around, not really being able to see, and then called out, "Hey! Where'd you go?"
His footsteps stopped somewhere in front of her and he said, "Take the blindfold off."
'What is he planning?' she thought confusingly. Her hands went behind her head and she undid the knot, careful as to not pull on her black hair. Yuffie gasped when she pulled it off. They were in the newly built Fourth District, or also known as The Garden District. All of it was a huge massive park, flowers everywhere and trees lining the main circle area. But now candle lanterns were strung up and it illuminated it like the sun couldn't.
She held back a gasp, tears coming into her eyes. Squall just smiled, coming up to her and taking her hands. "You like it?" he asked, worry in his eyes. Was he worried she wouldn't? Yuffie smiled and kissed him.
The worry disappeared, only to be replaced by anxiousness. "Good…I have something to ask of you," he said while holding onto her hands.
He reached into the back pocket of his leather pants and got down on one knee. Yuffie's eyes widened and her throat constricted. "Oh my…" was all she managed to get out.
"Yuffie, I love you very much. I always have, even if I didn't know so myself. You are out-going, joyful, and sometimes immature, but that's what I like about you. It's you and I wouldn't want you to change.
"You helped me get through the darkness and my own stubbornness. You even showed me its okay to care. Yuffie Kisaragi, I love you so much that I wouldn't know what I would do if you weren't in my life. So," he opened the velvet box, revealing the small Griever ring, "Will you marry me?"
Tears streamed down her cheeks and she nodded vigorously. His smile widened and he took the ring from the box, placing it on her wedding finger. She laughed and threw her arms around his neck. They both kissed, the candles flickering and dancing for the couple.
"Are you still playing with that?"
Yuffie looked up and smiled. "Maybe." Squall smirked and walked over to her, ignoring the two pairs of eyes watching from the floor.
"Can we please get rid of that stupid rat? It's not a pet you know," he said into her hair, his arms wrapped around her waist. She shook her head.
"Not unless you want a snake instead." At this he tensed up.
"A rat is good."
She nodded, grinning at his nervous voice. He always did hate snakes. "We're gonna have to go tell Aerith and Cloud the happy news today," Yuffie said, looking up at him. He groaned, remembering the last time they had to tell him something.
"I know. Just don't mention kids. Cloud is still freaking out," he said while pulling her towards the door.
The two laughed and walked through the Third District, going through the Second District towards the Hotel. More people had started to come to Traverse, finally noticing the barriers were no longer there and neither were the Heartless. Sora had visited once during the year, coming with Kairi and Riku. But that was the only time he came. It had been a very awkward visit though, with Sora and Kairi smooching the whole freaking time.
Squall pushed open the doors, holding them open for Yuffie then following. They were careful enough to be quiet as they went passed the Blue Room, not wanting Jiasu to come out and start confessing his "undying love" for Yuffie. It was bad enough he was still there. They knocked on the Red Room door, smiling at each other. "Come in," Aerith's voice came muffled from behind the door.
The flower girl looked up at them when they opened the door, smiling pleasantly at the small table with Cloud next to her. It didn't take long for her eyes to catch the band on Yuffie's left hand. Her mouth instantly dropped.
The couple froze, not knowing if the next words were going to be of anger or joy. Squall already regretted not bringing the Gunblade just in case.
He didn't need it though as Aerith jumped up and let a joyful cry, grabbing Yuffie and hugging her tightly. Cloud looked puzzle and slightly alarmed at her outcry, apparently not seeing the ring yet and remaining clueless.
"Oh my god, I can't believe it! When did this happen? Why was I not informed?!" her words quickly changed from joy to irritation as she turned a slight glare at the warrior. Squall rolled his eyes and just shook his head.
"Didn't want you to let the cat out of the bag early. Your mouth tends to slip."
She glared but went back to hugging and shaking Yuffie's small figure. Finally, Cloud stood up, tired of being confused.
"WAIT! Hold on, what's going on?! Why is everyone so happy?!" he yelled, brow furrowed and scratching the back of his head. Aerith turned to him and sighed before grabbing Yuffie's hand and holding it up. The ring glistened in the light and after a few seconds, Cloud got the message and grinned.
Going over to Squall, he patted his shoulder and gave him the "I'm-a-man-so-I'm-not-going-to-fully-hug-you" hug, "Congrats, man. I'm happy you finally got the nerve and proposed. I was beginning to think you were too much of a chicken."
The warrior nodded his head before pausing and glaring at the blond, "Thanks. Really."
Cloud held up his hands and just shrugged.
"Well, we've got to get going. We've got things to do today," Yuffie said, hoping to escape from Aerith's tight grasp. The flower girl nodded vigorously and ushered them out the door.
"Of course, of course! You've got things to plan! Don't let us keep you!" Aerith responded, smiling the whole time. Yuffie didn't want to burst her bubble and tell her their busy plans were just getting some food, seeing as how Furry had gotten into the fridge again. Maybe Squall would rethink the snake idea…
After saying their goodbyes, the engaged couple headed down to the First District to get lunch.
"So," Yuffie started, "would you have ever thought a year ago during that blackout that things would be like this?"
Squall looked thoughtful then smiled down at her, the same smile she loved ever since she had first seen it, "No."
Yuffie looked disappointed but her fiancé quickly added, "I wouldn't have even been able to dream it. This is better than I ever could have hoped for. I got the most wonderful, beautiful woman in all the words."
Her spirits picked up and she giggled as she said, "Now you're exaggerating."
"No, I'm not. I love you, Yuffie. You're all that I have ever wanted."
She paused, making him stop, and wrapped her arms around him, "I love you too. You're everything that I have ever wanted."
The two kissed and continued to walk down to the Café. The only thought running through Yuffie's head was simply, 'All because of a blackout and a mistake…'
The end. I hope you enjoyed this story.
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