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Here's the last chapter! Thanks so much for sticking with the story, and please leave one final review!
Oh, and I just wanted to say something about the scene in this chapter at the rivercourt. It wasn't entirely my idea. Brooke D. helped me with it awhile ago, so thanks!!
Chapter 17 -
(Three years later)
The house was the same, inside and out, except for a few unimportant changes such as the paint job the ceilings had received and the new counter tops the kitchen had gotten.
All in all, it was the same house. From floor to floor, room to room.
Especially the front door.
The door was still that vibrant color of red.
Brooke smiled before looking up to face the real estate agent.
"We'll take it."
Chapel Hill had been great. It was a great place to attend college and it was a great place to settle down in, too.
But it wasn't home.
It wasn't the place that made them happiest. It wasn't the place where their love started.
That was in Tree Hill.
And no matter the extent of the drama they had faced in that small North Carolina town, it was and would always be home to them.
Chapel Hill was just the place they were staying in until they realized what Tree Hill really meant to them.
And it wasn't until Brooke was opening up some new stores with her business when she realized it. She had been going over locations near home where she could see a Clothes Over Bros' store become a success. And when she read on the paper the two words that she used to refer to as her home, she drove down there to check out possible store locations and it was then she drove down that once familiar block. She was in the upscale side of Tree Hill, and she was almost lost in a trance until she fell upon the door. That same red door.
And the "for sale" sign couldn't go unnoticed.
"I'm gonna miss this place." She felt two arms wrap around her and she eased into the touch. It was Lucas.
She had spent the whole day packing up loose items that needed to be placed in boxes for their move to Tree Hill.
"Me too." She nodded and picked up a picture from the fireplace where she was currently standing, packing things up.
It was from three years ago and it was that day Brooke gave Lucas her heart, and he gave her his. Brooke looked beautiful in the picture, with a gorgeous wedding gown, and Lucas looked handsome in his tux. Rylie was also in the picture, in her flower girl dress, and she was holding her little brother...who she actually ended up loving, as surprised as she was.
Brooke stifled a laugh at the thought of how Rylie had first reacted towards being a big sister. But once she saw her baby brother in the hospital right after he was born, she instantly fell in love and was determined to become the best big sister ever.
"What are you thinking about?" Lucas mumbled into her hair. He was pretty sure he knew why she was so deep in thought. She'd been staring at the same picture for a good few minutes.
"Rylie and Aaron." She smiled as the two names fell off her lips.
She could already tell that this one was going to look like Lucas. With the exception of the two dimples on each of his cheeks that already graced his face, Lucas Scott was written all over him.
It was fair, Lucas had told her. Besides her eyes, Rylie was all Brooke. So this one was going to be all him. It made sense.
"You did great, pretty girl." Lucas whispered into her ear as the two continued to admire their baby.
The door creaked on its hinges causing both parents to look up from their child.
"Hey, hope we're not interrupting." Haley said as she walked into the room, followed by Nathan, Peyton, and Rylie.
"We were wondering when you guys would come...Everyone, meet Aaron."
"Let me see, let me see!" Rylie pushed through the adults and climbed onto the hospital bed, snuggling in between both her parents.
"He's so small...and wrinkly."
"You were just like that, too." Lucas stated and laughed at his young daughter.
"Yes you were." Brooke nodded. "Do you want to hold him?"
Rylie looked excited by the question but then covered up her grin with a straight face. "I don't know..."
"Why not, babe?"
"I don't want to break him."
"Don't be silly."
"Okay. I'll hold him. And I'll be very, very careful." She held her arms out and watched in amazement as Brooke lowered the baby into her arms and instructed her on how to hold the baby.
" Hi, Aaron. I'm Rylie, your big sister." Rylie spoke to the newborn and leaned in for a kiss as Brooke and Lucas looked on, smiles on their faces.
"Mama!" Brooke snapped out of her trance as she heard her young son call for her. Lucas unwrapped her from his embrace as the two turned around.
"Hey, Aar." Brooke smiled and lifted the small three-year-old boy into her arms. "Are you all packed?"
He shook his head up and down. "Rylie helped."
"That was nice of her." Lucas said. "Where is she?"
"I'm all packed." As if on cue, the nine-year-old walked down the staircase carrying a cardboard box. "My suitcases are all upstairs. This has some of Aaron's toys in it." She held up the box for emphasis.
"Alright, good. The moving trucks should be coming in about an hour or so, so we'll start bringing down the stuff in a little bit." Lucas said, taking the box out of his daughter's hands. "I have to go call Nathan and Haley, I'll be back." He placed the box on the floor and walked out of the room.
Rylie sighed and looked around the empty house.
"You okay?" Brooke asked her, balancing Aaron in her arms.
"Yeah...It's just...I'm gonna miss this place."
"We all are." Brooke agreed. "And just so you know, your father and I aren't doing this to torture you."
"I know you're not." Rylie smiled at her mother's attempt at a joke.
"It's just...my job's moving there...and it's where me and dad always thought of as home."
Rylie nodded and then seemed lost in a trance for a moment. "You know, I remember about four years ago, me, you, and daddy took a trip to Tree Hill."
It took a while for Brooke to respond, and Rylie assumed it was because she was trying to remember that moment herself. And when she did, a faint smile appeared on her face. "Me too, Ry."
A lot had changed since that trip.
They had moved the next day.
The car ride was actually enjoyable, unlike the last time the whole family, minus Aaron of course, had traveled there.
Before leaving, they said goodbye to Haley, Nathan, and Peyton, and promised they'd visit often, and made them promise that as well.
Leaving Chapel Hill and returning to Tree Hill was their new beginning. It was a new chapter in their life.
They settled in just fine, and even Rylie, who had been hesitant about the move, was thrilled to find out that the size of her room was practically double the size of the one in their old house in Chapel Hill.
"Aw, come on, Luke, let him win." Brooke called out from the benches.
The family had taken a little trip to the rivercourt, a new place to both Rylie and Aaron. They'd be seeing a lot more of it though, especially since they only lived ten minutes away.
"Yeah, daddy. He's only three." Rylie agreed with her mother.
Lucas and Aaron were playing a one on one game while Brooke and Rylie watched on.
"Yeah. Let me win, daddy!" Aaron giggled as he tried to grab the ball out of his father's hands.
"Let you win?" Lucas dribbled the ball. He advanced towards the hoop and shot. It swished in.
"Yeah!" Aaron clapped his hands excitedly and waited for Lucas to give him the ball. "Please!"
"Well, since you asked so nicely...Come here, buddy." Lucas took hold of his three-year-old and put him on his shoulders so it was made possible for Aaron to actually get the ball through the hoop this time.
He gave his son the ball and walked closer to the hoop.
"Now just toss it in, alright?"
"Then I win?"
"Then you win." Lucas laughed and glanced over at his wife and daughter who watched with happy faces. "On the count of three, one...two...three."
"Yay!" The boy on Lucas's shoulders exclaimed after the ball went .
"Good job, buddy."Lucas put his son down on the floor and hugged him.
"Great job, Aar." Brooke and Rylie came down from the benches and walked towards the two boys.
"High five." Rylie said to her younger brother who was eager to accept the offer.
"I love you, you know that?" Brooke pulled Lucas over to the side.
"Mhm." Lucas mumbled as he leaned in and brushed his lips against hers. "I love you, too."
Life was truly perfect.
"Hey." Lucas slowly closed the door behind him and walked towards the front steps where Brooke was sitting and staring off into the sky.
She jumped a bit from the sudden voice, but then relaxed when she realized who it was. "You scared me."
"Sorry." He replied and took a seat next to her on the steps. "What are you doing out here, Brooke? It's almost midnight."
"I know." She nodded. "I was just thinking."
"Our life. Our kids. How great everything is."
"Yeah. It's pretty amazing how after everything, we ended up in the place where it all started."
"Yeah." She smiled and looked back to the red door behind them. "Yeah." She nodded.
"Well, you know...that only proves that it's true."
She looked at him curiously. "What's true?"
He smiled and pulled her closer in his arms, giving her dark head of hair a kiss.
"People that are meant to be together always find their way in the end."
A/N - Omg, I can't believe it's all over. I loved writing this story and I loved reading what you guys had to say about it.
I'd like to thank each and every person that left a review...you're all the reason why I was able to write this and continue with it...because for those who have read some of my other stories, you would know I don't really stick with my work. This is actually the first story I finished in a looooong time!
I hope to hear from you all in some new stories I'll hopefully get to write!