Epilogue

Aaron parked in front of her house and went around the car to open her door. "I promised your parents I'd have you home by nine. I hope you're not too tired?"

"Nope," Rebecca replied cheerfully as she stepped out with his help.

"Good." He pulled her close and kissed her until they were both out of breath. Running his fingers through her new hair, he hugged her tight. "I'm so glad that Teri gave me that Dare, Beck. She said that she regretted coming up with it in the first place, but do you realize that we wouldn't even know each other like this if it hadn't been for her 'mistake'?"

Rebecca sighed contentedly. "I think going through all that heartache was worth it."

"Me too," he agreed, rubbing her back gently. "Honestly, I don't regret a single thing I did… except for not telling you. Everything would have been so much easier if I would have just told you about the Dare once we'd gotten to be good friends."

He felt her shrug in his arms. "All that matters is now, right?"

"Precisely," Aaron grinned, kissing her one more time. God had made everything happen the way He'd wanted it to, and he was thankful for that. There would be a lot of pain to deal with in the next few years, and Aaron knew that. But he still couldn't bring himself to regret becoming a part of Rebecca's life, even though things were like a crazy rollercoaster with her.

What Aaron also knew was that even in the high times and the low times, God would always stick with both of them, because He was the one who put them there. So while things were good, Aaron decided to enjoy it.

In the same way, he knew he had to savor and relish the time he had with Rebecca on earth, and no matter how short that time was, he knew he had an eternity with her in heaven.