Thanks sooooo much to everyone who has reviewed throughout this fic! You've stuck with me and I love you all for it! This is it, it's actually all over, I'm really going to miss this :( But…I have a new one, so it's not all bad :)
Hope you like the way I finish it all…it's different…
I took for granted, all the times
That I thought would last, somehow
I hear the laughter, I taste the tears
But I can't get near you now
Wherever you go, whatever you do
I will be right here, waiting for you
(Right Here Waiting, Richard Marx)
She watched the first time Jack went shopping without tears filling his eyes, spending his inherited money on outfits he knew she would love to see him in. Shouting out to the sales clerks with such authority she would have been so proud.
She watched as Grace hired her first real assistant, finally allowing this one to sit at her desk. She was completely different, she'd not wanted a new Karen, just a new assistant, but it would only take time before this one would become a friend too.
She watched as Stanley found someone to spend the rest of his life with. It wasn't true love, only one woman held his heart, but she made him happy, and filled some of the void she'd left behind. He knew she would be happy for him too.
She watched as Rosario moved into her own apartment, hiring a small staff of her own. She was a better boss than she'd been, much fairer, and she found herself a good friend in her personal maid, as history repeated itself in a warped pattern.
She watched as Olivia graduated top of her class, her handsome fiancé always at her side. She'd fallen in love and knew that this was the one for her, but if not, if it all fell apart in the future, Olivia wasn't worried, she had taught her how to be strong.
She watched as Will finally got his dream, and started a family. The baby girl her namesake, an unnecessary reminder, she was always a part of their thoughts.
She watched as Mason followed in his Father's footsteps, becoming successful in business, and loosing a few pounds of his weight. After her death he didn't want to risk a heart failure of his own.
She watched as her children grew up, as her friends had children of their own, as grandchildren were born to them all.
She watched as every month they all got together beneath the low hanging willow tree that stretched across the top of the hill. They shared their memories and introduced her to the new additions to her family. The midday sun would shine across her gravestone illuminating the engraving; 'Diligo mos nunquam intereo ut memoria ago in.'
She lived on in them all as a Friend, Wife, Mother, Aunt and Grandmother.
In time they would be together again, but until then; she waited and she watched.
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