A/N: Mmk I felt like showing what happened a few years later because I just thought it was fitting…and I wanted to show you guys how things wound up for them…Yeah, I know what you're thinking. "How cliché!" Hahaha…no shut up. I don't care. I wanted to do it. If you have a problem, you have EVERY right to click the little button and say so. I will politely listen and politely respond. But just know that I've learned from past mistakes now and have higher standards. I just had already botched it up, so I didn't care. No way to fix it. Bleh. So here ya go. This is for being good little readers like you are. Even if I have been a bitch and even if I have written a badfic. Whatever.

Disclaimer: I do not own GX. GIVE ME GX SO I CAN MAKE A FIFTH SEASON AND REPLACE 5DS PLZ. DX Actually, I would not mind 5Ds IF the GX characters were there too, ya know, sorta like a crossover? Man, there would be so many possibilities with that. TOO BAD THE WRITERS JUST RUSHED GX LIKE I RUSHED THIS FIC!! D: Ok rant over.


Epilogue:

Jaden stood on the stone doorstep of the small, Italianate style home. Palm trees blew softly in the breeze on either side of the house, the sun shone brightly down, baking the red tile roof. Humming softly to himself, he rang the doorbell again, and patiently awaited a response. After a moment, the door cracked open, revealing a tall, ebony haired man. His face lit up when he saw the former Slifer, then he leaned over and hugged him. Jaden hugged him back, before holding him at arms' length.

"It's good to see you're doing well, Chazz," the brunet said, smiling pleasantly.

"And how are you?" Chazz asked, inviting him inside and shutting the door. "I haven't seen you in so long…"

"I'm doing just fine," He replied, taking a seat on the beige sofa laying his bag down on the floor. "I'm really tired though. Say, where's Alexis?"

"She'll be down in a little bit," Chazz replied, "She was taking a nap. You know how tough her teaching job can be on her. Every time summer comes around, she just crashes."

Jaden nodded understandingly. "The fact that she teaches at Duel Academy must not be the easiest thing for you guys…having to be separated for all those months with you in the Pro Circuit and all."

He waved it off. "It's all right. It took a long time to get where we are today, but it's worth it. Even if I do have to wait about six months to live with her again. I'm not exactly lonely…"

Jaden laughed a little. "Well, that's because you still have the rest of your friends, right?" He brushed his shaggy hair out his eyes.

"Yeah, I guess so," Chazz sighed.

"There's always Aster and Jesse to keep you company in the Pro Circuit," Jaden reminded him.

"True," Chazz replied, "but…it's not the same without you…"

Jaden laughed again, shaking his head. "See? I told you we were best friends." He poked Chazz in the ribs playfully.

Frowning, Chazz pushed his hand away. "Oh, shut up, Jaden."

"So, how are things going between you and Alexis?" Jaden asked, smirking a little.

"They're fine," Chazz muttered, his face turning red, "But that's not really of you business anyway, slacker." He punched the brunet lightly in the arm. Over the years, this name had become more or less a term of endearment. It was a habit he had not broken.

"I've changed since high school, you know," Jaden pointed out, putting his feet up on the coffee table.

Chazz wrinkled his nose in disdain. "Not quite enough." He shoved at Jaden's legs, pushing his feet off the coffee table. "That's expensive, you know."

"Which is exactly why I did it," Jaden teased.

"How's your girlfriend?" Chazz asked, smirking widely.

Jaden's cheeks flushed with red. "How many times do I have to tell you that Yubel is not my girlfriend? I've already told you the story a bazillion times. I don't have a girlfriend. I'm not interested."

"Right…" Chazz punched him in the shoulder again. "You're so weird…I always knew you'd date a Duel Monster."

At that moment, Alexis appeared at the top of the stairs. Seeing Jaden, she hurried down them to greet him. He looked up at her, then flashed a grin. He jumped to his feet to engulf her in a tight embrace. She hugged him back just as tightly.

"It feels like it's been forever!" She told him, patting him on the back before releasing him.

"Seriously," Jaden agreed. "Oh, I have something for you." He reached into his bag and pulled out a small bouquet of flowers. Grinning sheepishly, he rubbed the back of his hair. "Sorry if it's a little crushed. But I felt like I couldn't come see you empty handed."

"Thank you!" She exclaimed, before rushing into the kitchen to put them in a vase.

"You are quite the charmer, you know that?" Chazz said grimly, giving Jaden the evil eye. Of course, he was simply playing around with the brunet, and Jaden knew this.

Alexis stuck her head back in the other room. "So, would you like to stay for dinner, Jay?"

"Well, I wouldn't want to burden you," He told her politely, "But if you really want me and if I won't be any trouble, then I'd love to. Besides, I have some things to talk to you guys about…"

Chazz and Alexis exchanged a glance. The serious edge to his tone signified that something major was about to happen. Either that or he was making a big deal out of nothing. Who knew with Jaden. Then again, he was more mature…

With a murmured assurance that Jaden was no trouble, Alexis disappeared back into the kitchen to begin preparing dinner while Chazz and Jaden talked. She listened as they spoke of their careers in dueling, and what they'd been up to. Jaden mentioned that since he had been working to keep the world safe from power hungry duelists, he hadn't been able to hold a permanent position in the Pro Circuit. Instead, he'd had to take a few small jobs wherever he traveled, which he did a lot of. Chazz, on the other hand, talked about how he had been fairing in the Pro League. Currently, he was the top rated duelist, though he didn't feel as though that were enough. Alexis rolled her eyes at this, thinking that Chazz had the most vaulting ambition of anyone she'd ever met.

When they finally did sit down to eat, Jaden still hesitated to reveal why he'd come to visit them. Since Chazz and Alexis were waiting for him to say something, they kept their mouths shut. The silence was almost overbearing. Jaden took a few silent bites of food before breaking the ice. "Thanks for the meal. I could use it these days. It's very good."

Alexis smiled. "Glad you like it…You don't always eat out, do you?"

He shook his head as he took another bite of shrimp. "No, of course not. I can cook…sort of. You do what you have to do." Shrugging, he sighed and rested his chin in the palm of his hand, looking wistful, "Although, it is nice to be able to eat with old friends. Usually, I just eat with Winged Kuriboh and Pharaoh…"

"What about your girlfriend and your dark side?" Chazz teased, smirking.

Frowning, Alexis reached over and swatted his arm. "Chazz! That's a sore subject. Don't bring that up…" She hissed.

"No, it's all right," Jaden said, running a hand through his hair and smiling, "Though she's NOT my girlfriend. Yes, them too, I suppose. I talk to Yubel often, true, but I hardly talk to…him…I mean, he kind of is me so…yeah…"

"Yeah, you've explained it before," Chazz said, waving it off, "And it still scrambles my brains. Let's not think of it so deeply…"

"Anyway," Jaden sighed, "It's just not the same. I miss you guys…and…Syrus…"

Chazz and Alexis exchanged a nervous glance. Syrus was a sore subject as well. After all, the poor guy's health had failed on him after being so badly poisoned. He'd been all right for the most part, just ill often, until after they'd graduated. That was when he'd contracted pneumonia and died from complications. Jaden had been devastated. Not only had he still been recovering from all that had happened to him in Dark World, but then…to lose one of his best friends…It was almost too much.

"I miss Jesse too," He said wistfully, poking at the piece of shrimp on his plate, "I mean--we do e-mail a lot, every day actually--it's just not the same…I miss all of you guys…So over the past year, I've been trying to catch up with everyone. But it's not easy with my responsibilities and all."

Alexis nodded understandingly and patted his hand. "But you're making it."

"Anyway, enough about me," Jaden said, trying to lighten the mood, "Tell me what you guys have been doing, exactly."

"Well," Alexis sighed, "I've been teaching Dueling Philosophy at Duel Academy…It's tough at times, but very rewarding. The lesson plans just keep me up late at night, and I don't have too much time between that and keeping my dueling skills up. Chazz and I barely see each other during the school year. I mean, he does come to see me whenever he can, but we usually can only talk over a quick dinner. But, then too, he's really busy with his career and helping his father with the Princeton Corporation. He's too busy with interviews and advertising and the such when he's not dueling to really have any time to see me. That's why I'm so glad when summer comes and I get a break and he has one too. It's very difficult on us."

"But you're happy, right?" Jaden asked, shoveling some rice in his mouth.

"Of course," Chazz said, frowning, "We're doing what we want to do, what we love to do. And we don't mind if we don't get to sleep in the same bed every night. Our life is fulfilling. And our relationship isn't suffering."

"It's not everything, either," Alexis muttered, "We learned that a LONG time ago."

Jaden laughed at the look Chazz shot Alexis. "Well, that's good…" He sighed again, and looked out the window, almost longingly.

"What's the matter?" Chazz demanded to know, scowling. This was his way of showing concern.

"It's just that…We couldn't get rid of the Underground or the Shadow Riders completely…They're still out there. I have to battle them on a regular basis. But you know, the Underground has changed quite a bit, thankfully. They mostly stay out of everyone's way these days, except it's illegal and all. They're still hurting people. It's tough to fight an enemy when you don't know where they are or the next move they'll make. Ah, well. As long as they don't cause trouble, then it's all good." He smiled wanly as he stood, "That's what I wanted to tell you guys--to be aware and keep an eye out. If you see anything, let me know, Ok?"

"Of course we will. In fact, we'll help you wipe the floor with them if you need it," Chazz offered, smirking widely at the thought.

"Hey, what are friends for? Of course we will!" Alexis agreed, smiling brightly.

"Well, it was nice seeing you guys," Jaden sighed, "But I have to be going. I'll see you again, one day. If the wind should take me in your direction again." He held a finger in the air as though checking the air current, then laughed and flashed his signature hand sign. "Later! And thanks again."

"Anytime," Alexis told him, hugging him, "And you're welcome."

Jaden grabbed Chazz's hand and shook it. "See you around, bro."

"Ok, take care, slacker. And don't get into any trouble. Especially not with your GIRLFRIEND." He laughed snidely at this.

Jaden flashed a cheeky grin. "Ok, I won't." As he started to leave, he looked over his shoulder and smirked. "Ok, maybe she is kind of like a girlfriend…but maybe not at the same time. Who knows? I sure don't." He shrugged, his dark eyes sparkling with mischief.

"I knew it!" Chazz looked triumphant. Before he could gloat about it any more, though, Jaden had closed the door.

"Well, that was interesting," Alexis laughed, "The way that people change…"

"You can say that again," Chazz grumbled, stiffening a bit. He watched Alexis push her food around her plate from narrowed eyes.

Sighing, Alexis got up and put her plate on the counter. Then, she crossed her arms and looked at Chazz. "You know…I could use a little affection once in a while…"

"But I always--"

She stepped over to him and placed a finger on his lips, smirking. "Oh, come on, you know what I mean. It's Ok…It's legal." She teased, tugging at a spike that was flopping in his face.

Immediately, his face turned red. "Well, um…" He looked both ways. Then, he scooped her up in his arms, and carried her up the stairs to their room, "I think I'll take you up on your offer then…"

He dumped her on the bed, then shut the door, locking it even though no one else lived in the house. Then, he drew the blinds and looked at her. "Are you sure we can do this? I mean…right after dinner…"

She nodded. "We've done it before. It won't make me sick."

Shrugging, he peeled his jacket off and let it drop to the floor. Then, he hurriedly stripped himself of his shirt and his pants. She snickered a little at how clumsy and rushed he was becoming. Scowling at her amusement, he kept undressing himself. He climbed up on the bed and frowned a little, tugging at her clothes. She stuck her tongue out at him, teasingly. Taking this as an invitation, he did the honor for her. She hit his shoulder playfully as he pulled her dress over her head, leaving her in her underwear. Placing his arms around her and leaning over until she fell on her back, staring up at him, he reached around until he found the clasp. With a skillful flick of his finger and a smirk, her bra was loosened. A little tug was all that was required before it hit the floor. Despite the fact that they'd been married for several years and done the deed countless times, she was still embarrassed at how quickly and casually he could do this. He watched in satisfaction as her face reddened at his gentle touch. She reached up and placed her hands on his chest, pushing him away.

"Don't get too comfy with me," She warned him, half-jokingly.

He leaned down and kissed her neck in response. Sighing, she let her fingers drift and entangle themselves in his rich, ebony spikes. As she stroked his hair, she thought about how he'd never change, no matter what she threatened him with. Just as well. She liked him the way he was, despite all the things she might say at times. They'd had their fair share of arguments and troubles. But in the end, there was no way she'd trade him for the world. He was good to her, and respected her…for the most part. Even at times like this, he let her take control. He would not do anything she didn't want him to do if it concerned sex.

He rested his cheek on her shoulder and laid his hand on one of her breasts, gently tracing the nipple with his finger. She shivered at the touch. Even after all this time, he could still make her feel weak. She didn't like that a feeling had such a huge effect on her. Of course, she would never let it be apparent in public, but still. She stiffened from beneath him, but didn't object. Leaning over, he gave it a tiny kiss, and then one of his infamous licks. This earned him a little swat on the back. He knew she hated that. Smiling in faux innocence, he propped himself up on his elbow and fondled her cheek in one of his hands, staring into her eyes. He leaned in closer, until she could feel his warm breath on her face. Then, he tilted his head and captured her lips in a gentle kiss, massaging her lips with his while holding her chin between a finger and a thumb and rubbing her breast with the other hand. They kissed feverishly for a few moments before breaking apart for air.

Not wanting to hold back any longer, Chazz reached down, his fingertips tracing the outline of her muscles as it ran down to her hips. Then, he hooked his fingers on the rim of her underwear and tugged it downwards. Her blush deepened as she felt herself being exposed to the cool air. Chazz leaned in and kissed her mouth again as he tugged his boxers down. Slipping her arms around his neck, she held onto him tightly as he placed his hands on her legs, slowly spreading them. All the while, he stared her in the eyes, making sure that it was all right. He seemed to constantly worry that they shouldn't do it. Alexis rubbed his back and nodded, giving him permission. That was enough for him. Taking a gulp of air to prepare himself, he plunged into her. She let out a little sigh when he did. Every time she felt him enter her like that, it took her breath away. She felt closer to him when they did this, instead of farther away.

He began to move inside her rhythmically as he stroked her face and gave her tiny kisses. She clung to him, pressing him against her rapidly beating heart and digging her nails into his skin, leaving small red imprints. Even though she hated to admit it, it was rather worth it, everything that they had gone through and still went through. She was happy to be with him, even though she didn't like to give into his affections too often. At least she could give in without fear in private. She knew Chazz wasn't a kiss and tell type of guy. Well, perhaps he had bragged a few times to some of the guys at Duel Academy when they'd started dating. But that was only because they were trying to make a move on her. Still, she could take care of the pests herself. And she did not appreciate him interfering like that. Thinking of this again irked her. She pinched him rather hard, her expression a cross between a smirk and a grimace.

"You'd better never tell anyone about our private life again or how I act around you, you hear me?" She warned.

"I…won't…" He panted, his arms tightening around her as his movements grew faster and clumsier.

"On threat of death," She told him, smirking.

He just nodded, too out of breath to respond verbally. It amused her to see what sort of effect she had on him. Of course, he had the same effect on her, and often. She just tried not to show it as much. Unfortunately, when he was making her feel that good, it was a bit near impossible. She inhaled sharply as he hit just the right spot over and over again. Her nails dug deeper into his back, raking down them, leaving behind red streaks. He winced a little at this, but didn't tell her to stop. Breathing heavily, she leaned up and brushed her lips to his, then again, harder. He placed his hand behind her head, pressing their mouths closer. After a moment, he touched his tongue to her lips, asking permission for entrance. She granted it, and let him search her mouth with his tongue. The taste was not entirely pleasant, especially since they'd just eaten, but she didn't care. The sensation was nice, and that was what mattered. She allowed her own tongue to drift into his mouth, searching the interior. Then, she touched her fingers to his chest, tracing his muscles with them. He shivered at this and broke the kiss to gulp air hungrily.

Stroking his hair away from his dampened forehead, she smiled and lay back against the pillow, her golden hair spilling over the edges of the white pillow. "You can be such an idiot," She teased softly, "But you're my idiot. And I love you."

His face flushed more than it already was. Leaning over, he brushed his lips to hers, gingerly licking at them and nibbling. Then, he propped himself on his elbows and stared into her eyes, his breath coming in short, hot puffs on her face. "You can be a pain," He told her shakily, "But I love you, too. And I'm happy with you."

They shared another kiss, their arms slipping around each other. His movements gradually became gentler instead of frantic. He would do her that much of a favor, at least for the time being. Besides, he didn't want to end it too soon. She was grateful for this and showed it through the few kisses she bestowed upon his neck. Then, pressing her forehead against his chest, she sighed contentedly. They had come a long way since high school. Perhaps they had done the wrong thing by jumping into the relationship. But it was all worth it then. Perhaps fate had used it to push them together. And she couldn't have been happier. Her life was going just the way she wanted it. She and Chazz weren't so close it was suffocating, but rather got just enough of each other. And she hoped that it would stay that way. She'd found that love could enhance her life, instead of hinder it like she'd thought it would. Perhaps she would be more open to trying new things in the future. After all, one never knew when the worst experience of his life could turn out to be the best gift later on. She may have lost a lot in the process, but she wouldn't turn the clock back for anything. Her life, though filled with enough trouble, was fulfilling, and satisfying. Nothing could ever make her change her mind about it. Nothing could ever make her change her mind about Chazz. After all, he was hers until the very end. And nothing was going to separate them until the day they died.


A/N: Meh, too fluffyish. Whatever. I kind of liked it, and the lemon was random, but I felt like ending it on a warm note. So, there ya have it. Bittersweet ending. Sorry if I spoiled anything for dub watchers only. But…like…there's so many spoilers on the internet these days. How could you NOT know? Ya know? Ah well. Anyway, hope you liked it enough. :sigh: Maybe one day…I dunno. Thanks for reading and staying with me, whether you thought it was shit or not! XD (Cuz I know I sure thought it was. Love-hate relationship y'all.)