This is the absolute final chapter of "You're More Than Amazing." I just felt it was time to end it.
I want to thank everyone for the support you've shown throughout this fic. Thanks so, so much.
On with the conclusion...
(Sixteen Years Later)
"Mom, can I borrow your car tonight?" Joshua Oliver, whom was now almost seventeen, asked on Friday morning.
"Say no, Mom. He drives like a maniac. Spare all earthlings," thirteen-year-old Rachel Oliver said.
"Rach is right," eleven-year-old Emma Oliver said.
"Why don't you two put a sock in it?" Josh said in annoyance.
"Why don't you-" Rachel began.
"Kids, don't. It's too early to give me a headache," Katherine Oliver said. "Just eat your breakfast."
"Morning, everybody," Thomas Oliver said as he walked into the kitchen. He hadn't gone by "Tommy" in years- even though his friends and wife still used the nickname at times. He didn't mind at all because it was one of the parts of his past that he wanted to keep alive.
"Good morning, honey," Katherine said to her husband of fifteen years.
"Morning, Dad," the kids chorused as their father took his seat at the table.
"So, the car, Mom... can I?" Josh asked in a hopeful tone.
"Sure, sweetie," Katherine replied.
"Thanks," Josh said with a grin.
"What do you have planned for tonight, son?" Thomas asked.
"I'm gonna take Lisa Wallace to the movies tonight," the teen boy said, then, cleared his throat. "You know, Mom and Dad, we can solve, like, soooo many problems if you guys bought me a car. Think about it. I could help you guys out with errands and Rach and Emma with all their lame stuff."
"You're lame," Emma said, glaring at her brother.
"And a moron," Rachel said.
"Well, if anybody would know anything about lame morons-" Josh was saying.
"Less insulting, more eating," Thomas said firmly.
"Your father's right. You all have to head to school soon," Katherine said.
"Sorry," the kids chorused.
Thomas looked at his wife and each of their kids and his heart warmed. He often wondered if it were a crime to be as happy as he'd been all these years. 'This was exactly the way my life was supposed to turn out. Exactly,' he thought. When he looked at his wife again, he wasn't surprised to see her smiling at him. He smiled back easily.
"Dad, can I talk to you?" Josh asked the next afternoon as entered the family den.
Thomas sighed. "Josh, if this is about getting a car, your mother and I have already told you that-"
"No, it's not about that. Honest," Josh said.
"Have a seat, then," Thomas said.
Josh walked over to a chair and plopped down in it. He took a deep breath. "It's about Nina," he said seriously. "I've been thinking a lot about her lately." His father's eyebrows shot up. "I didn't wanna mention it to Mom because I didn't want her to feel bad."
Thomas smiled. "That's really considerate of you, Josh, but, your mom won't mind you thinking about Nina. It's perfectly natural- seeing as how she's your birth mother." He and Katherine had talked to Josh about Nina several years ago.
"I've been thinking of what her life might be like and what's it been like. Wondering if she's married and if I have any more siblings out there... wondering if she actually stuck around for them," Josh said with more than a hint of bitterness.
A surge of sympathy went through Thomas.
Josh shook his head. "I'm always gonna be angry with her, but, I'm also always gonna wish that I'd known her. Is that stupid or crazy?"
"Of course not. She carried you for nine months and- to tell the truth- I'd be worried if you didn't wish that, son," his father told him.
"I'm glad you don't think this means anything, Dad. Because Katherine Oliver is my mother and I wouldn't have it any other way," Josh said, meaning it.
"I know you wouldn't, Joshua," Thomas said.
Just then, Katherine stepped into the doorway and Josh instantly rose to his feet. She smiled as her son began approaching her. "I just stopped in to say that the girls and I are about to head to the store and-" she was saying, but, stopped abruptly when Josh hugged her tightly. She blinked, but, returned the hug with no hesitation at all. "Not that I mind, but, what was that for?" she asked after it'd ended.
Josh smiled. Seeing her made him feel totally grateful all over again. "Just... I love you, Mom. I really do."
"I love you, too, sweetheart," she said with a soft smile.
"I know you do," he said. "Well, I'm gonna go into the backyard and play a little basketball." His mother stepped aside so he could exit the room. He began heading off, then, stopped and looked over his shoulder. "Thanks, Mom. For everything."
"We've come a long way, haven't we?" Thomas said to his wife that night.
"I'll say," Katherine said. The couple was in bed, snuggled up together. Rachel and Emma were spending the night with friends and Josh was out with a girl. "And the best part is that we'll keep going."
"You better believe it," he said as he gave her a gentle, loving squeeze. "Kat, I love this life. I love it and I love belonging to this family. I can't even tell you how much."
"I feel the exact same way. I have to tell you something. A long time ago, I had started to believe that this kind of happiness only existed in dreams," she said.
"I know what you mean, honey. If it wasn't for you bringing something back to life inside of me... I don't know where I'd be and I don't even wanna think about it," he said seriously. "That's why I wanna thank you- again. You're so... you've been... I've just never seen anything like you."
She smiled. "The feeling is mutual. I love you so much."
"I love you, too. With everything I have," he said. She looked up at him and they shared a kiss- both silently thanking each another once again.
Well, I hope everyone enjoyed reading this story as much I enjoyed writing it. Sorry this chapter wasn't longer. Diva out.