Author's Note: Well, here's the last chapter. I really like where I've taken it. I still leave some little things unanswered, but I think you can fill in the gaps yourselves! Thanks so much for everyone's support on this story, it was a really strange direction for me, and I really feel like I grew as a writer while I was doing it. Which I rarely say about Fanfiction, actually the only story I really felt helped me as much as this one was Little Rileys, but that's for an entirely different reason. Anyway, thanks so much! Love you all, and I hope you have amazing summers!

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Chapter 12: Finding Happy

May 2008

Julie woke up with the sheet wrapped around her and nestled into Fulton's arm. God it felt good.

"Hey," He smiled waking up and kissing her.

"Hey," She said softly.

"How you feeling?" He asked.

"Good," She giggled, "Safe." She kissed him. "You know, I've only been with three men, and only two of them ever felt right."

"That's because you're not a fool around girl," He smiled and pulled her close and started kissing her she giggled. "Which I love."

"Fult," She mumbled. They weren't quite there yet, but they were very close. There was a knock on the door. "Ignore it," She whispered.

"OK," He laughed. "You're beautiful." The knocking became more insistent. "Mm, I have to get that, it's probably Charlie, when he comes home drunk Linda makes him do errands the next day and he usually drags me with him."

"Fine," She sighed, "But get rid of him."

"Alright," He laughed and stood up. He walked out to the living room and opened the door. "Amy." He said quietly.

"Hi," She said, "I was thinking and I wanted to apologize. I overreacted."

"Um, OK," He nodded.

"I thought we could talk about it," She shuffled her feet.

"Well, I," He started to talk.

"Fult, do you have the good coffee?" Julie wandered out in one of his tee shirts. He sighed. Amy bit her bottom lip and nodded.

"Of course," She said, "I'm an idiot." She turned around.

"Amy, wait!" He followed after her. "We broke up."

"We had a fight," She looked at him, "And you slept with her. And even if we were broken up it was for how long before you two had sex?"

"Amy I," He started,

"No," She shook her head, "No, I'm not going to do this." She sighed, "You two have to see how fucked up this whole thing is right?" He looked at her. "Her fiancé, your best friend, died less than a year ago."

"I'm aware," He sighed. "But Amy,"

"Don't tell me it's over Fulton," She shook her head, "I believed that last night, but this morning, with her practically naked in your kitchen," She sighed, "I'm an optimist, not an idiot."


August 2007

"She still just wanders," Fulton sighed. "She goes to class, work, bed. She won't talk, she barely eats."

"I'll talk to her," Margaret sighed and walked upstairs. "Julie?"

"Mom?" She sat up in bed. "What are you doing here?"

"Fulton called me," She said and sat down, "He's worried about you."

"I'm fine," Julie said, "I'm just tired."

"Julie," Margaret said, "You need to grieve, but, this is ridiculous."

"It's been a month Mother," She sighed, "Since the love of my life died. When Luke went to college you did this for a week."

"You have to eat something," She said.

"I'm not hungry," Julie shook her head. "I'm never hungry. I'm fine."

"Julie," She said softly, "We're all upset. Just come downstairs, I haven't seen you since the funeral."

"OK," Julie walked downstairs, less because she really wanted too and more because having her mother on her back all day would just drive her crazy.


June 1994

Julie walked into the locker room of the huge Minnesota ice rink. She was scared out of her mind as she got changed. She'd arrived a half hour earlier than she was required to, as she always did because she hated changing in front of guys. She peeled her tee shirt off and reached for her sports bra when the door opened.

"Oof!" A guy walked in and covered his eyes, "I'm sorry, I didn't think anyone would be here." She froze. This had happened before but the guys hadn't looked like this one. He was tall, and dark, and pretty hot. She pulled her shirt back on.

"I'm dressed now," She sighed, he took his hand off his eyes and smirked at her. She could see through him already. "Who are you?"

"Dean Portman," He reached his hand out. She nodded and took it firmly. He was put off by how strong her shake was.

"Julie Gaffney," She smiled. He nodded. She was cute. "Where're you from?"

"Chicago," He shrugged and sat down, "You?"

"Maine," She said softly. She already missed it. "Can you um, leave so I can change?"

"Yeah," He laughed, "Sure." He walked out the door. She sighed and started changing, she'd have to watch out for that one.

"What do you think of Gaffney?" Portman asked Fulton tossing a ball in the air, a few weeks later in their LA dorm.

"She's cool," Fulton nodded, "A little intense."

"She's really cute," Portman smiled. "I can't stop thinking about her."

"Since when are you thinking about her that way at all?" Fulton looked at him.

"Since she punched that Iceland kid in the nuts," Portman laughed, "That was so freaking hot."

"It was pretty cool," Fulton nodded. "So go for it. What've you got to lose?"

"Gaffney," He pulled her aside as all of the out of town Ducks went to split off to their various gates after a week of victory celebration in Minnesota, "Can I talk to you?"

"Sure," She nodded, "But I need to get a magazine and my flight is leaving in like ten minutes so,"

"Yeah," He looked at her, "I guess I'll see you in the fall, I just wanted to say I had fun this summer."

"Yeah so did I," She nodded, "And I appreciate that you didn't walk in on me changing again." He laughed and looked at the ground. "Keep in touch OK?"

"Yeah," He nodded. "Same to you." She hugged him.

"Boarding call for flight 621 to Logan Airport Boston," A voice called out.

"I have to go," She said. "See you soon." She waved and trotted towards the gate. He sighed. He blew it.


June 2008

"There's my girl," Fulton smiled as Julie walked in. She smiled and sat down next to him on the couch, "How goes it being a lawyer?"

"Amazing," She giggled, he kissed her. "OK, so it was my first day, and I mostly did paper work, but I'm a lawyer, or as soon as I pass the bar I will be."

"You look happy," He smiled. She nodded.

"I am," She kissed him again, "Really happy."

"Would I have anything to do with this happiness?" He asked teasing her.

"You have everything to do with it," She smiled, "I love you Fult."

"I love you too," He smiled. "So um, when do we tell Arlene?" She swallowed.

"Let's hold off on that for a little bit," She giggled as he kissed her and moved her horizontal underneath him. "You know I think he's happy for us. Wherever he is."

"I think so too," He smiled. "Do you think he knew?"

"I don't think he could have," She laughed, "I don't think anyone could have."

"I should go," He stood up, "I've got to go back to my place."

"You know we did this backwards," Julie smiled, "Most people date, then fall in love, then sleep together, then move in."

"Yeah," He smiled, "It was backwards." He kissed her. "I'll call you tonight."

"Sounds good," She laughed. She was happy. She glanced up at the mantle, she could be happy.

The End


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