Epilogue

Jessica was severely pissed at Jason for an extensive period of time but Bradin knew that he was just a guy with a very big crush and persuaded Jessica into forgiveness. That's not to say that the three became friends, but civility was won back. Bradin and Will developed a mutual respect for each other, and Bradin, seeing that Will was very different from Jason, soon became fast friends with him.

Thinking back to that gorgeous morning on the beach still caused a smile to play across Bradin's features.

Bradin wanted to stand there on the beach with Jessica forever, but the moment would have to end rather soon. Jessica finally told Bradin how much she cared about him.

"Bray, I'm not scared anymore," she said quietly against his chest. He pulled back and concentrated on her eyes. "When you said you wanted me out of your life I finally realized just hot much that would destroy me… I can't live without you. But Bradin, I just want you to promise me something."

"Anything," he answered.

"If something goes wrong with us again, no matter what happens, promise that we'll always be non-friends. That we'll always be in each other's lives." Jessica pleaded.

"I'll always be here for you, Jess, even if I wanted to I wouldn't be able to leave." Bradin muttered in her ear. "At first I wanted friendship from you but as time went on I realized that I needed more… I can't be non-friends. God, I've been waiting for so long to feel your lips against mine again, I've been dreaming of the day where you finally feel the same way about me as I do for you."

"You're ridiculous," Jessica grinned. "Come on, I've had a thing for you since kindergarten. I used to fantasize about my wedding day and you'd be the groom. I was a pathetic child, really. You were like this light, this figment of hope in my life. I never thought you would even look twice at me, much less want to be with me. There hasn't been a day that's gone by where I haven't thought of just being in your arms. I was just stubborn, clinging to excuses and my pride, hiding the fact that I was just so scared of being hurt by you. I care about you with all of my heart, Bradin. I don't think I'd survive being hurt by you."

"I won't hurt you," Bradin swore. Jessica smiled at him.

"I know. I believe. And I'm ready," Jessica told him. "I'm tired of being scared, I'm tired of waiting and worrying, I just want to be with you."

Bradin's eyes lit up and he leaned forward and lightly brushed his lips upon hers. She didn't pull away and she didn't want to. She ran one hand across his tanned, muscled arm, which he had wrapped firmly and protectively around her waist and she never felt more sure of herself. Bradin softly pulled back and caressed her neck with his other hand and ran a gentle finger across her lips. He smiled and he, too, knew that this time nothing would break apart their new relationship. This wasn't a mistake; fate had finally prevailed. And all the meddling of Jason, all the thickness of Bradin and all the confusion of them both couldn't stop them from being together. Whatever happens, they would get through it together. The sun's light warmed the new couple and chased away the troubles of yesterday, welcoming a fresh start to a turbulent beginning. Coincidence or not, the two had found each other in a new town with new circumstances. All the past mistakes were washed away. Bradin Westerly wasn't the popular Kansas jock and Jessica Wong wasn't the quiet nobody. They were just two people in a new home. Both had overcome the set labels they had held in Kansas and made up for past regrets. Bradin learned to show a side of him that he had kept hidden and Jessica learned that nothing is impossible; dreams do come true.

The End


A/N: Well, that's it folks. Thanks for reading and reviewing this story, everyone, I really appreciate it. After I work on and develop my other stories, I'll start a sequel. Take care, peace out: )

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