Zell needed to move somewhere far from Balamb Garden. He needed some time alone so he could forget about Aya.

Suddenly, he turned around. He thought he heard Aya calling out his name. But when he looked all around him, she was nowhere to be found. "It must just be the wind playing tricks on me." He thought to himself. "It's too late for us."

Looking at the ring he was holding in hand for the last time, Zell took a step back and threw the ring as far as he could into the ocean. "I guess this is it." He said as he started to walk back.

With his head staring at the ground, Zell started to walk back home when all of a sudden, he found himself looking at someone's bare feet.

Raising his head up to look at the person standing right in front of him, Zell was surprised to see that it was Aya.

Still in her wedding gown, with her veil pulled back, and her white shoes in one hand, Aya softly called out his name.

Zell couldn't believe what he was seeing. "Am I just imagining her?" he thought to himself. Closing his eyes for a minute, Zell wondered if she'd still be there when he opened his eyes.

Zell slowly opened his eyes and found Aya still standing right before him. Not saying a word, Zell pulled Aya tightly into his arms. "Aya, are you really here?" he said as he lightly rested his chin on the top of her head. "Is this really you?"

"Yes, Zell." She said as she wrapped her arms around his waist and tears streamed down her face. "It's really me."

They didn't say anything for a long time. They simply held each other close and enjoyed this quiet moment alone.

A while later, Zell took a step back and looked into her teary eyes. "Aya, am I too late to love you?" he asked as he raised her left hand and looked for wedding ring. Realizing that she was not wearing one, Zell looked into her eyes again and listened to what she had to say.

"No, Zell." She said as fresh tears streamed down her face. "You're right on time." She tried to smile.

Zell immediately leaned down and kissed her. He couldn't believe that he was going to be with Aya after all.

"I couldn't go through with the wedding, Zell. As I walked down that aisle, all I could think about was how much I love you. Zell, I'm sorry about earlier for not..."

"It's okay, Aya. It's okay." He said as he gently cupped her face and wiped her tears away with his thumbs. "I'm just glad that you're finally here with me."

"I love you so much, Zell." Aya said as she looked into his blue-green eyes.

"I love you, too, Aya." Zell said as they shared a long and very passionate kiss just as the sun was setting in the background.

THE NEXT DAY

"Open up! I know you're in there!" Zell said as he pounded on the door.

A few seconds later, the door opened. "What the hell do you want, Dincht?!"

Zell punched Rex back inside the room and slammed him against the wall.

"You son of a bitch! I know everything now!" Zell said angrily as he grabbed the collar of Rex's SeeD uniform. "How dare you keep Aya and I apart knowing that we both love each other? You're a sick bastard, you know that?!!"

Just then, Rex punched Zell across the face and pushed him away. "What the hell did you want me to do? Just sit back and watch you take Aya away from me? I love her too, Zell. You're not the only one who's in love with her." he said as he tried to take another swing at Zell.

Zell blocked the punch with his right hand and used the other to punch Rex across the face. Rex fell hard on his back.

"Man, I'd love to beat the living crap out of you right now, but you're not worth getting myself kicked out of Balamb over." Zell said as he clenched his fists. "I don't want to end up like you!"

"What do you mean by that, Dincht?!" Rex said as he sat up and wiped the blood from the cut on his lip.

"Headmaster Cid and the other officials know about what you tried to do to me at Alcauld Plains."

"Let me explain. I was..."

"Cut the crap, Barton!" Zell cut in to say. "Aya told me about it too. She said that she read an email that one of your accomplices sent you talking about what you had planned for me. You're not going to get away with this, Barton. I'm going to make sure of it." Zell said as he began to walk towards the door.

"You sure have gotten tough, Dincht! I guess all those missions and times you spent in the training center actually paid off. Your punches have gotten better since our little punching match at the Summer Ball." Rex said as he stood up.

Zell stopped walking and turned around to face Rex. "I didn't need all that training, Rex. I could have easily beaten your ass if I wanted to. You're lucky Quistis and Aya were there to stop the fight. If they weren't around, your ass would have been mine."

"OOOOOhhhhh! Such tough words, Dincht." Rex said back. "Well, I don't see them here right now, so why don't we continue what we started then, huh?"

"Save your energy, Barton. You'll need it when you pack your things. I didn't come here to beat your ass...even though I would definitely enjoy doing it. I'm here to send you a message: the headmaster wants to have a word with you. So long, Barton." Zell said as he started to leave.

"I guess it was for the best that Aya and I didn't get married after all." Rex said angrily. "That bitch wouldn't stay faithful to me anyway. She'd probably be too busy..."

Before Rex had the chance to finish what he was going to say, Zell punched him so hard across the face that Rex landed a few feet away.

"Don't you EVER talk about Aya like that again!" Zell said as he pulled Rex up and pushed him against the wall. "Aya does not deserve that kind of crap from you! She didn't do anything wrong. You kept her away from me! Don't ever do that again, Barton. Stay away from us." Zell said as he walked out the room and slammed the door.

Rex was kicked out of Balamb the very next day. He was stripped of his rank and was asked never to show up at Balamb Garden again. His friends that were involved in the Alcauld Plains incident were kicked out of Balamb too. No one knows for sure where Rex and his friends ended up since that day.

3 MONTHS LATER

"Zell, where are you taking me?" Aya asked Zell as she sat on the front passenger seat of the car.

"It's a surprise." Zell said as he continued to drive.

"Can I at least take the blindfold off?"

"No, no you can't." Zell answered. "It will ruin the surprise."

Suddenly, the car stopped and Zell turned to face Aya.

"I'm going to have to leave you for a minute, okay?" Zell said as he kissed her.

"Where are you going, Zell?"

"To set up the surprise. Don't worry I won't take long. I'll be back in a couple of minutes."

A couple of seconds later, Aya heard the driver side door open then close. As she sat in the car by herself, all she could think about was what was Zell's surprise for her. "What is he doing?" she thought to herself as she heard the trunk of the car open and hear stuff get taken out of it.

"Zell?"

"Just give me a couple more minutes, Aya." She heard Zell say.

For the past 3 months, everything had been nothing but perfect between them. Aya and Zell were so happy to finally be together. They spent every single moment in each other's company and always had a great time.

Aya was glad that she listened to her heart that day when she was about to marry Rex. If she didn't, she probably would never experience this happiness that she's feeling with Zell.

Suddenly, her door opened and Zell slowly got her out of the car. "Get up slowly, Aya." He said. "You don't want to bump your head."

As Aya got off the car, she felt sand on her sandals as Zell turned her to face a certain direction and removed the blindfold.

Looking straight ahead at Zell's surprise, tears started to fill her eyes. "Oh Zell, this is so sweet of you." She said as she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him.

Zell's surprise was a night picnic at Rinaul Coast. When Aya opened her eyes, she saw a campfire, a huge red blanket spread out on the sand, and a picnic basket on top of it.

"I'm glad you like it." Zell said. "I was having a hard time figuring out a romantic thing to do for you."

"You didn't have to do this for me, Zell." She smiled. "Being with you is enough for me."

"I know but I want tonight to be extra special." He said as he hugged her. "Shall we get started, 'm lady?"

"Why certainly, kind sir?" she smiled.


MEANWHILE AT BALAMB GARDEN

"Where are those two?" Squall asked Selphie and Irvine.

"I'm sure they'll be here soon, Squall. Zell said that he might be a little late because he has a surprise planned for Aya this evening."

"Oh great."

"Why Squall? Is something wrong?" Irvine asked.

"Let's just say that I have a surprise for Rinoa, too."


BACK AT RINAUL COAST

"Shouldn't we be heading back, Zell?" Aya asked as she leaned her back on Zell's chest.

"Why? Don't you like it here?" Zell asked.

"I love it here, Zell, but didn't Squall say that he has an announcement to make tonight, and wants us to be there when he makes it during the fireworks show?" Aya said as she turned around to face him.

Zell just looked at her and smiled. Zell still couldn't believe up to that day that Aya was really there with him. Wearing a long white dress, with her hair hanging loose over her shoulders, and wearing light makeup, Zell couldn't help but be captivated by how beautiful she looked that evening.

"Zell, are you listening to me?" she asked as she waved her hand in front of his face.

"Yeah, I'm listening," He smiled. "But you see, Aya, my surprise is not quite done yet."

Looking at his wristwatch and realizing that it was almost nine 'o clock, Zell got up and walked over to their parked car, which was parked on the sand just a few feet away. "I'll be back in a minute." He said just as he kissed her.

Zell turned on the radio and turned the volume up.

"Helloooooo everybody! This is DJ Mark ready to play tonight's love dedications. Well, let's get started, shall we? This first dedication goes out to Aya of Balamb Garden. Your boyfriend, Zell, wants you to know that he loves you very much and that these past 3 months that you two have been together have been nothing but wonderful. He wishes that everything will always be that way between the two of you. Awww, isn't that sweet? Good luck, you two. Well, starting tonight's love songs, here's "This I Promise You."

When the visions around you,
Bring tears to your eyes
And all that surround you,
Are secrets and lies
I'll be your strength,
I'll give you hope,
Keeping your faith when it's gone
The one you should call,
Was standing here all along..

"May I have this dance, Aya?" Zell said as he extended his hand out to her.

"With pleasure, Zell." She smiled as she placed her hand over his and she pulled her up to her feet.

And I will take
You in my arms
And hold you right where you belong
Till the day my life is through
This I promise you
This I promise you

"Zell, thank you for this wonderful evening. It's so perfect." She said as she wrapped her arms around his neck.

"It's perfect because you're here with me." Zell said as he tightened his arms around her.

I've loved you forever,
In lifetimes before
And I promise you never...
Will you hurt anymore
I give you my word
I give you my heart (give you my heart)
This is a battle we've won
And with this vow,
Forever has now begun...

Zell looked up at the sky. It was a clear night, so the sky was filled with stars and the bright glow of the moon.

"Oh look, a wishing star!" Aya said as one passed them by.

"Make a wish." Zell told her.

"Okay." She smiled. "I wish..." she said as she looked into Zell's eyes, "I wish that we'll always be together."

"I wish that, too." He smiled at her.

Just close your eyes (close your eyes)
Each loving day (each loving day)
I know this feeling won't go away (no..)
Till the day my life is through
This I promise you..
This I promise you..

Zell thought the time was perfect so he took a step back and removed the ring from his pocket. Grabbing Aya's left hand, Zell got down on one knee and looked deeply into her eyes.

"Aya, I don't know where I'll be years from now, but I do know that I want you to be there with me. I couldn't think of anyone else that I want to be with. My heart belongs to only you. If you can promise me forever, I promise that I will spend each moment making you happy. Aya, will you marry me?"

Over and over I fall (over and over I fall)
When I hear you call
Without you in my life baby
I just wouldn't be living at all...

Tears filled Aya's eyes. She couldn't believe that Zell was asking her to marry him. Aya was so happy that she was having a hard time getting the word out of her mouth.

Zell watched as Aya began to cry. Fear filled him. "Why isn't she answering?" he thought. "Aya," Zell asked again. "will you marry me?"

And I will take (I will take you in my arms)
You in my arms
And hold you right where you belong (right where you belong)
Till the day my life is through
This I promise you baby

"Of course, my answer is "yes" Zell. Yes, Yes, Yes!" she said happily as Zell placed the engagement ring on her finger and pulled her into his arms.

"You scared me there for a minute." He said. "I thought you were going to say "no."

Aya looked at him. "I could never say "no" to you, Zell. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, too. You mean everything to me. I also couldn't think of anyone else other than you that I want to spend the rest of my life with. I only want to be with you." She said as they kissed.

Just close your eyes
Each loving day (each loving day)
I know this feeling won't go away (no..)
Every word I say is true
This I promise you

"Is that a promise forever?" Zell asked.

"Yes, Zell. It's a promise forever." She said as they kissed again and the fireworks show started over Balamb Garden.

Every word I say is true
This I promise you
Ooh, I promise you...










END OF BOOK ONE ^_^

LOOK OUT FOR BOOK TWO : I THOUGHT YOU PROMISED ME FOREVER O_o
Oh no!! There's more drama for this couple!! 0_0