Note: Wow. The last chapter. Just wow. Alright, about the sequel…I have had the idea to write it in someone else's POV, but then…idk…I could've written it in Lacy's view, but it had been my plan all along for her to die, so not really I guess. Well, message me ideas, or review 'em to me on this story. Okay, let's see. The very last chapter of Once in a Lifetime. tears

"Would anyone else like to say a few words about our beloved Lacy?" Lacy's aunt and godmother Rita questioned the audience as she stood on the podium

Gabriella sighed. She had to do this, for Lacy. She stood up and squeezed Troy's hand, then let go.

Slowly but surely she made her way to the stand. The large audience was hushed. Gabriella then finished the procession and looked out at all the people.

"I met Lacy by accident. I guess we were destined to meet." Gabriella began weakly. She viewed the hundreds of people who had in some way been involved in Lacy's life.

"She became more than a friend. Lacy was my sister."

Gabriella took a deep breath. She could do it.

"We both were fighting the same battle. Originally, I was in the war by myself, and it looked like I was starting to lose ground. But then Lacy came into my life and everything changed."

A few tears broke loose and began to trickle down her cheek.

"And now, without Lacy, it's like everything is just…not the same anymore. It's just not right for someone so young to have gone through so much pain. The only thing I can do now is to fulfill her dying wishes. So, goodbye Lacy. And I hope you don't feel anymore pain."

Gabriella left the stand in tears. Troy began to clap. She looked out, and more people started to stand, clapping as well. Soon, the whole room was standing up, applauding her. Gabi couldn't help but smile. So many people had loved Lacy.

After the funeral, Gabriella and Troy decided to drive to the hospital to see Ryan, who was still in a coma.

"Hey, Ry." Gabriella spoke.

"Gabs, you know he can't hear you…" Troy began.

"I think he can." Gabi turned to face Troy, then took Ryan's hand.

"You missed her funeral, Ryan. So many people loved her. You're not the only one. But Ryan, we need you to get better. Because you have to. Lacy wouldn't want you to die. She would want you to live your life and return to her someday when you're old and ready."

Gabriella smiled through her tears.

"Want to go outside, for some fresh air?' Troy suggested. Gabriella nodded. He took her hand and led her outside.

"Gabriella, I must say that I'm really proud of you." Troy wiped her cheeks off where tears were running. "You were really brave."

Gabi just blushed. This is why she loved Troy. He made her feel so good about herself.

"Thanks."

"You know, Gabi, I believe that things happen for a reason."

"So you're saying that her not being here is the right thing?"

"It's the way of life."Troy sighed.

There was a silence for a few moments when Gabriella spoke again.

"Troy, why do people have to die?" She looked up and searched his eyes.

He thought about it for a few seconds, then responded with his answer. "To make life worth living. Gabriella, if we were immortal, we would have all the time in the world. Our time together would be of no value. But because one day one of us will be living and the other won't, our time will have been worth something. Because I know that I met you for a reason."

He pulled her closer to him and she felt the warmth of his body spread to hers. He kissed her gently, then gazed lovingly at her.

"Gabi, I am never going to be able to tell you that everything will be alright forever. But I'm going to tell you right now that everything is alright and it will be alright in days to come. And I'll be okay and I know you'll be okay. Because as long as we have each other, that's all that matters."

Troy was right. Life was only worth living because of death. And she knew that she would get to live a great life because of the people in it, specifically Troy. She knew that things would slowly but surely go back to normal. And as long as they had each other, it would be okay.

THE END