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It's been three years since the 'incident' with my father. After attending a crapload of physical therapy sessions, I was able to walk for the first time in months and I also managed to amaze everyone, including myself, by earning back my place on the soccer team and leading them to the championships shortly after. Yumi has been nothing but sweet to me and our relationship couldn't be better. Time has been good to her and she's grown up quite a bit. With her tutoring, I've made it through school. She graduated last year and is taking a year off so all of us can go to college together.
The rest of our gang is still close as well. Odd's the lead guitarist in a band, and he's planning on getting a degree in teaching music. Odd, a teacher; can you imagine? Sam wants to a photographer for a popular newspaper. Aelita and Jeremie, the Einstein couple, are opening a computer store together, and I can definitely say Lyoko helped with that. Yumi wants to be an author, and she's writing a story based on our adventures to Lyoko, and I'm going to college on a very generous soccer scholarship, while also taking classes on being a lawyer for when my soccer career ends. (I suppose the whole thing back then with my father has really gotten me interested in court cases.) But really nothing has changed between any of us: Odd is still a goofball and refuses to take the purple blotch out of his hair, Jeremie is still a genius, and Yumi still wears black. I'm just glad we'll be out of high school soon.
"Ulrich? You ready?" Yumi had snuck back to where my class was lining up in alphabetical order. I nodded and kissed her cheek. She smiled and went to sit back down her parents to watch the ceremony as they slowly began to call names. From where I was standing, I saw Odd get his diploma, turn his tassel, and give the audience his trademark goofball grin. I rolled my eyes but couldn't help laughing. Finally, after a long time, it was my turn. I walked out on the stage. The principal smiled at me and handed me my diploma and I turned my tassel. Looking out to the audience, I saw Mrs. Ishiyama take a picture and her husband grinned proudly at me, as if I was his own son. Yumi was crying happily and clapping for me.
We had a huge graduation party at the school. Practically the whole class attended. In all of the commotion, Yumi came up behind me and wrapped her arms around my waste.
"Hi, how are you?" she asked in a some-what seductive voice.
"Hey Baby, I'm so glad we're done with high school."
"Oh me too. Now we get to move onto college."
"Come here," I said dragging her by the hand out into the courtyard. I sat her silently down on a bench. A warm breeze played with her perfectly styled hair and the bottom of her long skirt. I couldn't help but grin as I bent down on one knee and pulled a small, black box out of my pocket. Her eye widened in surprise as she realized what was going on.
"Yumi Ishiyama, you have always been here for me and I love you more than the world itself. Will you marry me?" I asked, meeting her dark, beautiful eyes. Tears from her heart flowed down her cheeks.
"Of course I will!" She squealed and jumped up to hug me. Our lips were caught in a kiss filled with nothing but pure passion. The world melted away until a familiar 'woot!' was heard from our left. I turned to see the gang grinning like maniacs at us.
They left after, still smiling, and went back to the party.
"Yumi, come with me. There's something I have to do." She nodded in a manner of confusion but nevertheless followed me off the school ground.
Ulrich knelt before a gravestone. I joined him on the ground.
On the gray stone said this:
'Emily Stern (a/n: go with me, I dunno her name)
Mother and Wife
May she rest in peace'
"Hi mom," Ulrich said softly. "I graduated today. I finally got my grades off and I'm going to be a lawyer. I hope you're proud." A single tear came to his eye. "Oh, I have someone I want you to meet." He put his arm around my waste and I held his hand, knowing how much this meant to him.
"This is Yumi. I proposed to her today. We'll be married. Don't worry, she's a good person."
"I love your son very much, Mrs. Stern. I know he'll take very good care of me."
"I love you mom. I'll be back to visit soon." He laid a single rose on her grave and pulled me up as we left without a word out of the graveyard.
When we were walking back onto the school grounds, I unexplainably smiled and turned to Ulrich and said, "You know you're going to have to put up with me forever, right?"
He grinned. "Oh, I think I'll survive." He kissed my cheek and took my hand in his and we walked off into the horizon, starting the beginning of a very blissful life.THE END
A/N: What did you think? Please review.
I have an idea for a sequel, which my friend requested me to make. What'd ya think? Sequel or no? Tell me what you think.
Tears I can't believe I finished it! Thank you to all reviewers you're loved!