A/N: ........................................... Last Chapter............................................ (wipes tears) just give me a moment.......................................... (deeps breath) Okay, I'm alright now. But I'm getting chocked up. Let me skip to the review replies (Locate your name or skip to the next A/N)
Aria Pedrosa: Aw, thanks! I'm not really sure what to answer first. I know that most people probably forgot about Sari and Toran, but I just HAD to add them in :) and you wanted Eli in the epilogue, and I just want you to know that I didn't originally have him in it, but when I read your review I added him in. (lol, it was fun to write, I'll give you that much) and I do actually like how it came out (I'm dreading editing it all now though.) Well.... enjoy the last chapter (it wounds me to say that!) (Leprechan! Ha! Still not over that!)
xiaolinwind: Well, here's the epilogue then since apparently in needed one. lol, lol really? There's no mob anymore? hmm, guess they got bored of chasing me. I mean, 30 chapters is along time to run (Ishould know) Thanks for putting in in your favs than! And yes, I do explain what happens to everyone. Hope you enjoy the epilogue (sob... it's the epilogue...)
FalseDivinity: Sweet! I'll see you in your story then and we can continue this argument. Even though it's one sided since we all know I'M right!... and err.... maybe no ALL of the reviews are pity reviews.... the majority are though. I! AM! NOT! BETTER! YOU! ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and thanks! Now, we must continue this when YOU update your story. see you then (even though I'm right and you should just yield to my greater knowledge of knowing when people are better than me! YOU'RE BETTER!)
windXSchick: lol, that would be strangely appropriot. Unfortunately, I didn't really want to mix to two concepts. But thanks for the idea and the review!
uchihakiriko: Aw (hugs) thanks! I feel so loved!
Le Tofu: lol, frolicing in flowers, nice! Glad you liked the chapter (backs away slowly) and plesy no stalky me lol.
raimundoroks: lol, I guess there's no where left to run from the mob. But apparently they went away now since they were happy with the ending (It's A MIRCALE!) But I still want the tazer in case they come back (holds up tazer defensivly) And listen carefully (or read carefully lol) because this is how you put up a chapter. Download the doc the same way you would for a story, go to the 'Stories' section on your account. Then you'll see a list of your stories. click the one you want to add a chapter to. Yup'll see an area that says 'Content/Chapters' and if you click that you'll be taken to a page where you'll be able to download your work. You can even name your chapters there. Hope that helped and hope you enjoy the epilogue.
Kyoko-Sayuri: Thanks! I also freaked out when I typed up that his legs were hurt. I was like 'OMG! how could I do that!' So, yeah. That was random! I'm glad you like my story and (blushes due to complement) thanks again!
Lanny9000990009: lol, sorry, it's kinda happy. I actually did write a revised version where it's not happy if you'd like me to email you that instead. I hope you enjoyed the story anyway.
Luiz4200: Raikim! Yeah, don't worry I will!
Allendra:Thanks! And really? Wow, serious coikidinkyness lol.
tennisgurl13: (gapes) You. Just. Made. My. Day! How many reviews did you just give me? Seven at least! (squeels happily) and don't worry, I understand completly (being new to the whole 'High School' concept, I can releat to lots of homework) And... wow, I don't even know which review to answer first. I guess I'll answer them all at once: THANKYOU! THANKYOU! THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yup, that otta do it. lol, no seriously, thank you so much, I love your kind words! (fanfic award? I was nominated for something? Really?)
stormblueeyes: Aw (hugs) thanks!
Dominosowner: Lol, I understand. And thanks (and just so you know, you were my insperation for what happened in this chapter. Just thought you'd like to know that -grins happily-)
wicca in training: nope, this is the epilogue... (sob) now it's over... thanks for review by the way! Hope you enjoyed the story.
Anna Maria: Thanks! And Sari was seventeen (i think... I'll have to check... yup.) And enjoy the epilogue!
FirexShadow: I'm sorry, no sequel. (mostly because high school is draining my time and destroying my social life at the moment... don't ask) But I'm glad you enjoyed the story and enjoy the epilogue!
chase young fan: Thanks!
A/N: (sobs).................... just..... enjoy.....the........ chapter.........
Disclaimer: (sniffles) nope, not today at lesat.
10 Years Later
I woke up, stretching my arms high above my head. Another day, another sunrise, another chance to live. I crawled out of bed, wrapping a robe tightly around my body to fend off the cold. The other person in the bed tossed in her sleep. I smiled as I looked down at my wife, Kimiko, before tiptoeing out of the room quietly as not to wake her.
Everything was so different now. I was twenty four years old with a two year old son and another child on the way. My legs and back have almost fully healed. I would have never dreamed my life could have become so… amazing. I know it's impossible for anyone to have a perfect life, but mine gets pretty close.
I entered the bathroom, picking up the clothes that lay ready for me. It was weird at first, having people serve me instead of vice versa, but I grew used to it after a while. After all, it wasn't like there were slaves here; every servant that worked in the palace got paid in full. King Aiden was wise. He had seen what slavery was doing to his kingdom, especially to kids like me. I was now working with him to abolish it completely.
I looked into the mirror, running my fingers through my long brown hair. Is it ironic that mirror were what changed my life? Well, they do say that eyes are windows into the soul, and the only way to look into your own soul would be to gaze into a mirror. Whenever I look at myself, I don't see that haunted face, or that monster lurking under the surface. I just see me…
The true me.
And I'm happy. All these changes have been for the better. I've never been happier in my entire life.
"Rai, get out of there! I need to take a shower!" Someone yelled, pounding against the door. I chuckled to myself.
"In a minute Kim." I yelled back. I slipped into my clothes, tied my long hair into a low ponytail at the nape of my neck, and opened the door.
"'Bout time." Kimiko said, pushing me aside. I laughed, kissing her on the cheek.
"And good morning to you too." I said.
"You only get a good morning from me when you don't hog the bathroom." She said, standing on her tippy toes to kiss me on the lips. "Go get me a breakfast and we'll see about you're good morning then."
I mock bowed, "Anything for you, my queen. Your wish is my command." She punched my gently on the arm before closing the door of the bathroom.
I went back into the bedroom, letting out a yawn. "Raimundo, you in there?" Someone asked, knocking on the door that led to our house. Well, I guess it's not really a house since it's connected to the palace, more like an apartment, but it was given to me and her as a gift and we always just called it home.
"Yeah, come on it Clay." The door squeaked open and in stepped Clay. To say Clay had changed over the years would be an understatement. He had grown at least two feet and now his blond hair was cut short, though some of it always managed to fall over one of his bright lively blue eyes.
"Morning Rai. How's Kimiko doin'?" He asked.
"As good as expected. Thank god she hasn't had any mood swings recently. I'm supposed to be getting her some breakfast. Want to come?" Clay patted his stomach.
"You know me; I'm always up for food." He said.
"So where's Jermaine?" I asked, "And Omi?" Strange, usually the four of us would meet up in the mornings to discuss our plans for the day. Clay shrugged.
"I think Omi's got a meeting with some monk, and Jermaine is talking to the king about our plans to start in the western region. He wanted you to be there this morning-"
"Oh man! I completely forgot!" I said, slapping my forehead, "I should get over there right now. Do you mind…"
"Getting Kimiko her food? Nah, it's alright. You go ahead Rai and I'll catch up with you and J'maine later." He said. I gave him a thankful glance.
"I owe you." I told him before dashing down the hallway towards the throne room. I passed servants who waved to me and greeted good mornings and I happily waved back, but I didn't pause since I needed to make it to the throne room.
I was glad that the servants here weren't scared like I used to be. It's kind of funny. When I was a slave, if I even dared to talk out of turn I would be beaten. If Master caught me whispering to another slave then we would both be beaten. The Tohomiko's were an exception, a huge exception, and in most households I would never be able to get away with what I did there. Even Chase was an exception since he had so many slaves it was probably hard to keep track of them all.
But for most slaves, they're too afraid to show themselves. Too afraid of everything. They were drained of individuality and self belief. As a slave, I was dead.
And yet, I told myself I would change that, that I would give them hope and a chance for better lives.
And now I am helping them all.
To destroy slavery, to save all those people, would be a miracle. But that's why the king trusted me, Jermaine, and Clay to figure out how to abolish slavery. After all, who understands slaves better then people who used to be a slave themselves? Of course, Omi was also helping us, but Omi had a good heart and he did understand our goal.
Two kids ran past me, laughing happily and almost knocking me over. "Hey, watch it you guys!" I said playfully. Eli and Tanya grinned. Eli was sixteen, though his seventeenth birthday was coming soon, and Tanya was fifteen. The two were obviously in a rush to be somewhere because they only stopped for a few seconds to say hello before attempting to run off. I grabbed Eli by the shirt. "Where you going so fast?" I asked. Eli blushed.
"Nowhere, just… you know. A place." I raised an eyebrow.
"A place?" I glanced from him to Tanya, who was also blushing. Oh… I get it. "Well, you two have fun in that 'place'." I said with a smirk. They both blushed an even brighter red, but ran down the hall together. I saw them slow down and hold hands as they turned the corner.
Ah, young love. I chuckled to myself as I continued down the hallway.
I knocked on the door to the throne room before pushing it open. Jermaine was already there, talking to the king and showing him some of our plans.
I bowed gracefully, "Your majesty."
"Ah Raimundo, just in time. Jermaine was showing me how you plan on making your first move. You four have obviously thought through all your plans very carefully."
"But of course your majesty. We have put all our effort into this." The king gave me a stern look.
"Do not expect me to be swayed just because you are my heir Raimundo." I laughed.
"Wasn't counting on it your highness. We really have worked hard on these plans. We've gone over every possible outcome and I'm sure that it'll go off without a hitch."
"We'll, I've looked them over and they are truly brilliant. You young men have obviously put much effort into this." He paused for a moment before saying, "Very well, you have my consent to begin." Jermaine and I grinned widely to one another. "Now off with you." He said dismissing us. We exited the throne room, seething with happiness.
"Thanks for coming man. For a second I thought he was going to say 'no', and then you walk in and totally change his perspective." He grinned wider, "must be awesome being prince."
"Shut up 'Maine." I said. He laughed.
"What every you say my prince." I punched him in the arm. He pretended to wince. "Oh, harsh." Now it was my turn to laugh.
"Come on, let's go find Omi and Clay and tell them we have the go ahead." He nodded and we headed down the hall together.
So, funny story. Me and Jermaine, well, we're actually friends. Very close friends. I guess hanging around the guy for ten years can do that. Sometime over the years we stopped being acquaintances and started being friends. But the closest to me were Omi, Clay, and of course, Kimiko.
Also, J'maine hadn't been lying when he said I was prince now. Funny story behind that too. So, the king and his wife never had a child and now that his council has been pushing him to chose an heir, well, he chose me.
Crazy? I know. I did say my life changed a lot.
I used to think I would be a slave forever. Those times that I lost almost all hope of being freed. I thought I wouldn't survive.
Though I guess everything worked out in the end. I survived, I'm alive! More than alive in fact. I'm happy.
I mean, most of the time, we don't get our happy endings. Happy endings are rare occurrences in our world. Most people are content with an okay ending. But a happy one? No, those are unheard of.
And then, every one out of a million, there's a person like me. Whose life is hell on earth. I'm sure that somewhere out there there's a young boy who's suffering. I'm sure that there's a young girl who cries herself to sleep every night. A child who thinks their life is worthless and their existence isn't worth continuing.
I'm sure there are children out there who are just like I was.
Maybe they can find their own happy endings.
For now… well, I know I've managed to find mine own.
You see, we can never know the future. We're only human. And sometimes, it seems like nothing is going our way, and it seems like our lives will never improve. We can't always see the good in a bad situation.
But we hope.
And that's become a beacon in the darkness.
It was my beacon. Through all the hard times, through all the pain, I always hoped. And now I have everything I could want. Someone in my life once told me 'everyone in the world makes mistakes. It's those who learn from them and aim to do better that make the line between good and bad. As long as you try and hope, you can't go wrong.' I didn't actually believe her then, but I understand now.
We live, we make mistakes, and we learn. I've made a lot of mistakes in my life. But I've learned. And I try to do better now. I've made my life from something that was worthless into something worthwhile. Something useful. I think I've finally have it all figured out.
And I've never lose hope.
And those are the things that really matter.
A/N: IT'S OVER!
......................... i just need another moment alone................ (sniffles) alright, I'm okay now. Sorry it's short, but it's only an epilogue so I didn't want it so long.
I just can't believe it's over...............................
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And, on a happy note, I AM CURRENTLY WRITING A NEW STORY! YEY! It will be posted soon and I hope that people may enjoy it as much as they enjoyed this one.
I hope you all enjoyed this story and that it wasn't a total waste of your time or anything. I had fun writing it and reading your review.
Well, bye everyone. Hopefully I see you all in my next story!