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A/N: So I've finally posted the epilogue. It just seemed that every time I started to think of a proper ending, it didn't come out right. I find that I hate writing epilogues the most…but hopefully this one will be okay.
Thank you to everyone who has reviewed throughout the duration (the very long duration . . . mostly in between chapters) of this story. It's amazing how much a single review can add incentive to write more. They were all very much appreciated.
One Year Later. . .
Phoebe eyed Cole from across the room. She smiled slightly as she watched him laugh, his face lighting up, like it often did nowadays. He was so carefree. So was she, she realised. Her life had changed so much.
"Phoebe, you're not even listening to me." Paige chastised playfully.
Phoebe was brought back to the present abruptly. She gave her younger sister a wry smile. "Sorry. . ." She said gently.
"Give her a break, Paige." Piper said, linking her arm with Paige's. "It's not every day you get married to the man of your dreams."
"It's not like they haven't done it before--" Paige began.
Piper slapped her playfully. "They haven't done it like this, Paige." She said. "Isn't that right, Phoebe?"
"Absolutely." Phoebe agreed, her eyes once again falling on Cole. Her grin grew wider.
"Oh no." Piper muttered, following Phoebe's gaze. Leo's animated gorilla-like gestures were throwing Cole and Daryl into hysterics. "What is he doing?"
Paige let out a laugh. "I don't know. . .but I think you better put a stop to it if you want your husband to salvage any reputation."
"You don't have to tell me twice." Piper muttered, as she headed off towards Leo.
"Great party, Phoebs." Paige commenting, turning back to face Phoebe.
"It is, isn't it?" Phoebe said.
"Not a bad groom either." Paige added. Phoebe frowned slightly.
"What do you mean?" She asked, confused.
"Well. . ." Paige began. "I know Piper and I gave you our blessing and all, but I never got the chance to apologise for the way that I've treated Cole in the past."
"Paige, you're not the only one who treated him badly." Phoebe said, shaking her head. "And besides, that's all in the past."
"It sure is." Paige said with a smile. She turned to glance at Cole, who was hurriedly making his way over to Phoebe to escape Piper's rant. "He's a good guy."
"Who's a good guy?" Cole questioned, slipping his hand around Phoebe's waist. Phoebe leaned into him automatically, her hand covering his. Paige smiled inwardly at their uncanny ability to meld together.
"You are." Paige said, choosing to answer honestly.
Cole raised an eyebrow. "Really?" He asked suspiciously.
"Yes, Cole." Paige said, sighing for dramatic effect. She smiled. "Congratulations." She added, holding out her hand.
Cole eyed it for a moment, before accepting it. "Thank you, Paige." He replied sincerely.
". . .and how many times have I told you not to--" Piper broke off suddenly as she and Leo joined the group. She smiled. "We'll talk about this later." She hissed at Leo. Leo shrugged, giving Phoebe an innocent look. "So what were we talking about?"
"Nothing." Paige said hurriedly, then in a bid to change the subject, "But I was wondering whether we can give Phoebe her wedding present yet."
"What wedding present?" Phoebe questioned.
"Paige. . ." Piper said, "Can we at least wait for the guests to leave?"
"They'll manage." Paige said hurriedly. "Come on, Piper. We've been planning this for ages. . ."
"Yeah, Piper." Phoebe urged. "Come on."
Piper gave them both a frown. "Oh alright." She conceded. "It's in the attic."
"What is?" Phoebe questioned.
"You'll see." Paige said, a satisfied smile on her face. "Follow us."
Phoebe glanced at Cole, who shrugged. "I wouldn't have a clue." He said softly, as she took his hand and led him after her sisters and Leo.
"Wait here." Paige said, enjoying herself as she shut the attic door behind Leo, Piper and herself.
Minutes passed before Phoebe knocked on the attic door. "Can we come in yet?" She called.
"Not yet!" Piper called back. Phoebe heard some shuffling, then some muffled voices, before the door swung open, revealing Paige.
"Okay." She said, excited. "Come in."
Phoebe stepped into the room, her eyes immediately falling on the circle of candles on the floor. A split second later, the figure within the circle registered in her mind. She brought both hands to cover her mouth. "Prue?" She whispered.
"It's me, honey." Prue said, her form transparent. She gazed warily at the candles, before stepping through the invisible circle. Immediately, her figure became solid. She smiled satisfactorily. "Nice spell." She commented, gazing at Paige.
"Thanks." Paige replied, her cheeks turning a tinge of pink.
"Prue?" Phoebe questioned again. "How. . .I thought. . ." She took a step toward Prue.
"I pulled some strings." Prue replied simply. "I wanted to see my sister on her wedding day." She smiled. "I don't have much time, Phoebe. . .so why don't you come over here and give your eldest sister a hug?"
Phoebe hesitated only for a second, before stepping into Prue's open arms. She held on tight, afraid to let go. "I've missed you." She whispered.
"Me too." Prue replied. "All of you." She added, gazing up at the others. She released Phoebe, and used her thumb to wipe away the tear that slid down her cheek. "Congratulations, Phoebs."
"Thanks." Phoebe replied. "I wish you could have been at the wedding."
"I was." Prue said with a smirk. "So were mum and grams. . .even Andy." She said with a wry grin.
"Andy, huh?" Piper said suggestively. "Things a little kinky up in the stratosphere?"
"Easy." Prue warned playfully. "We can talk about me another day." She squeezed Phoebe's hand. "Today's Phoebe's day."
"Not just mine. . ." Phoebe said. She turned and gazed at Cole, giving him a half smile.
Prue followed her gaze. Cole eyed her wearily. "Don't worry Cole, it's about time we made peace."
"Really?" He replied, much like he had to Paige only moments ago.
"I always knew you were one of the good guys." Prue said, causing Piper to snort in disbelief. Prue smiled. "Okay, maybe not." She met Cole's gaze. "But you proved me wrong, Cole."
"I appreciate that, Prue." Cole replied, smiling slightly.
"Well. . .I appreciate that you've made Phoebe this happy." She turned her head to gaze at Phoebe. "It's all I ever wanted for her."
"Me too." Cole replied.
Prue glanced at him. "Well, that's one thing we have in common."
"It's a start." Phoebe interrupted, her smile widening.
"It sure is." Prue said. She held out a hand.
Cole eyed it, before shaking his head. He took a step forward and pulled Prue into a bear hug, surprising everyone in the room. Prue patted his back awkwardly before he pulled away.
"Hey. . ." Paige complained, "I never got a hug."
"That's because I can hug you whenever I want." Cole said, winking at Paige, causing her to grimace openly.
"I have to go." Prue said, growing serious.
"Already?" Phoebe said.
"Unfortunately." Prue said, nodding. "But you can call me whenever you need me, this isn't a one time thing."
"Well. . .good." Phoebe said, "Because we have a lot to catch up on."
"Yeah we do." Prue said, hugging Phoebe again. She released her and turned to Piper and Leo, embracing them both at the same time. "I want to get to know my nephews." She said smiling as she pulled back. "And my sister." She said, facing Paige. She pulled her into a tight embrace.
"We'll see you soon, then?" Phoebe said, stepping back into Cole, his arms immediately encircling her.
"Absolutely." Prue said, stepping away from Paige and into the circle of candles. She smiled at them. "Take care of your wife, Cole." She said, smirking as her figure faded. "Blessed be." She whispered, before disappearing entirely.
The attic remained silent for a full thirty seconds before Phoebe spoke.
"That was the best present, ever!" She exclaimed, rushing over and hugging Piper, Leo and Paige at the same time.
"Well, you know. . ." Piper started, as they pulled apart, "We wanted to see her too. . .we just used your wedding as an excuse." She joked.
"Hmm." Phoebe said. "Well, I don't blame you." She smiled. "Thank you." She said to them, her smile faltering somewhat. "I needed that more than I knew."
"Me too." Piper said, giving her a half smile. She hugged Phoebe again. "Happy wedding day, Phoebs."
"All this hugging is making me hungry." Paige said abruptly, smiling slightly. "We better get downstairs before the guests finish all the food."
"I agree." Piper said, pulling back from Phoebe. She took Leo's hand and followed Paige towards the door. "You guys coming?"
"In a little while." Phoebe replied, heading to Cole's side.
"Okay, but you better come down." Piper warned. "No. . .procrastinating." She smirked.
"Yes Piper." Phoebe droned playfully. She waited till they left the room before turning to face Cole. "That was. . ." She paused.
"Unexpected?" Cole offered.
"Unexpected." She said with a nod. She smiled. "And nice. . .wasn't it?"
"It was nice." Cole agreed, returning her smile. "Not the worst present I've received. . .Prue's acceptance."
Phoebe's smile grew wider. "It makes a nice change." She said, slipping her arms around his waist.
"Hmm." Cole agreed. He wiped a strand of hair away from her face, caressing her gently. "So. . .Mrs Turner. . ." She raised an eyebrow at his words. "I know we agreed you weren't going to change your last name." Cole commented, "But seeing as it's our wedding night. . ."
"It does have a nice ring to it." Phoebe noted serenely.
"What do you say to skipping the rest of our reception?" Cole offered suggestively.
Phoebe smirked. "Piper would kill us." She said. "And besides, we have the rest of our lives to . . . celebrate."
"I like the sound of that." Cole said with a grin. He leaned in closer. "I can't believe we've finally made it."
Phoebe grew serious. "It's been a long time coming." She commented, holding him tighter. "But it was inevitable."
"Inevitable?" Cole questioned.
"Inevitable." Phoebe reiterated. "We're meant to be together Cole. You can't deny true love." She added playfully.
He let his smile fade slightly as he closed the distance between them, kissing her gently on the lips. He caressed her neck lightly with one hand, the other holding her close as he deepened the kiss. She pulled back abruptly.
"Maybe Piper can make do for a little while." She said, relenting.
He smirked. "She's more than capable. . ." He agreed softly.
Phoebe let herself melt into his embrace. No one else could ever have made her feel this way. . .so loved. And as he shimmered them down to their bedroom, she smiled. She was truly blessed. She was lucky enough to marry the one person in the world that she was meant to. Her soul mate. And no one could ever take that away from them. Not when they had beaten all the odds to find each other again. Eternity together was inevitable. Not only inevitable, she noted with an inward smirk, but easily achievable.
Well, I finally finished the story that has been lying stagnant for months. I hope it was satisfactory. If you're wondering about Prue's sudden inclusion in the epilogue. . .I just bought Season 3 on DVD, it was released in Australia a week ago, and I guess it just felt right. It was amazing to watch those episodes again. . .especially when it's the first time I've seen them since they aired. It was nice watching Phoebe fight for Cole. . .a luxury we never had in Season 5. Sigh.
Anyway, thanks again to all who read and enjoyed. Review and let me know what you thought of the ending.
No doubt I'll be writing again soon.