Kelly looked at the two items laying on her bed. On the left was small velvet black box, holding a delicate ring with a small diamond. On the right side of her bed, was a plane ticket that would allow her to see the world. It would be the most difficult decision of her life. Would she choose Brandon, who held her heart, or Dylan, who would always have her soul. She loved them both more than anyone could ever know, both equally but if different ways. If she chose one over the other, it would ruin the friendship between them all. The obvious choice would be to choose neither of them, but could she really deny herself a chance at real love.
"What are you going to do Kelly?" Donna asked, breaking Kelly's trance.
"I guess I am going to choose the one I can't live without" Kelly answered. The choice would be hard, it would ruin friendships, but in the end, she couldn't betray her heart.
The next day she met them both at the park. In one hand the ring, and in the other the the plane ticket. Glancing back and forth between the two, she finally spoke.
"I love you both, and I probably will till the day I die, but I want you to understand I made the only decision that I could. I hope you understand," She took a deep breath before finishing her thought, "I can't except this ring Brandon. I love you, I really do, but if I don't go on this trip with Dylan, I will never know what could have been. Even if I didn't go with him, I don't think we would survive the regret that I would feel for not taking this chance. I hope you can forgive me".
Brandon looked at her, to stunned to speak. His heart felt like it was shattering into a million little pieces," I guess I wouldn't be the first Walsh to tell you that I never want to see either of you again." Angrily, he walked off. He knew that once the anger was gone, he would feel the full extent of the damage done by Kelly. Worse than that though, he still loved her and probably always would. How would he deal with that?
"I love Kelly, you are making the right choice" Dylan said as he pulled her into his arms. He knew he would have to comfort her from the loss of Brandon. Even though it hurt him, he would have to understand that she would always love Brandon Walsh. At least he knew for sure though that they were soul-mates, and no matter what, they would be together, wherever they were.
"I love you Dylan, and when I was deciding last night, I realized that if I let you go, I could never forgive myself. I love Brandon, but I'm in love with you. You are the one I can't live without."With that she leaned in and kissed him. I passionate kiss full of a combination of strong emotions.
"Kel," Dylan said as she pulled away from her, looking deep into her eyes as he brushed her long hair off her neck, "I don't ever want to lose you, not again".
It had been three months since Dylan and Kelly flew to Europe on their romantic getaway. Now with the end of summer approaching quickly, it was time to face reality.
"Ready for the annual beach apartment barbecue?" Kelly asked. It was the first time either of them would have step foot in Kelly's apartment in three months.
"Good food, great friends," Dylan started, "it shouldn't be to bad."
"Yeah but Brandon might be there," Kelly stated, "are we ready to face that yet?"
"Hey you know you were my girlfriend first, he shouldn't be mad at us anymore, he was only returning to me what he never asked to borrow" Dylan stated, already slighted annoyed that they were back into the real world which was full of drama.
"Let's just go in, k?" She said, grabbing his hand and pulling him through the door.
"Dylan, Kelly!" Donna screamed in excitement as she hurried to give both of them a hug. Steve, Ray, David, Valerie, and Claire slowly followed.
"How was everyone's summer?" Kelly asked. She glanced around the room but didn't spot Brandon there.
"Well we didn't all get to go to Europe like you Kel, and leave everyone else to pick up the pieces from the mess you left behind," Val said, "but it wasn't to bad.
"Give it a rest Val," Kelly replied angrily. Some people never change.
"Well my summer was great, me and Ray spent many lazy days at the beach and many fun nights at the Peach Pit After Dark," Donna looked over at Ray happily, "Ray is playing there a lot these days." This made Donna happy, because Ray wouldn't have to be on tour as much.
"Yeah it has been pretty great" Ray said.
"What about you, David, Claire?" Kelly asked, "how was your summer?"
"Nothing to write home about, thats for sure,"David told her, "but we much rather hear about your summer, you two both kind of disappeared."
"Was there a lot of hot babes there?" Steve questioned. Of course girls where the only thing on his mind.
"You have no idea" Dylan joked, giving Steve exaggerated high five before receiving a punch in the arm from Kelly.
"Anyways, after the picnic, we flew directly out, I can't even describe the trip, it was incredible. We actually have some news, kind of a story for you" Kelly smiled as the words came out of her mouth.
"Let me guess, you and Dylan almost broke up in Paris but rekindled your love while riding on the London Eye." Donna joked. The remembered the last time Dylan and Kelly went to Europe, it had been nothing but constant battles between them. Who knew the would even be together now, from the John Sears incident, to Brandon, to Dylan's overdose, to Kelly's new evolution, it seemed as they were destined to be apart instead of destined to be soul-mates.
"Actually, more like he proposed while we were having a picnic in front of the Eiffel tower." Kelly said, reading their shocked faces as she looked around the room. Then she lifted her left hand and showed off her new diamond ring. Yes it was soon, but choosing Dylan meant making a commitment.
"Dylan you made a commitment, like a real commitment," Val asked, slightly jealous and even more shocked.
"Well," he answered, pulling Kelly to his side, " I wasn't about to make the same mistakes twice". Yes he wasn't known for being most faithful, but he truly believed that through all the bad things he had been through, Kelly had been the only true happiness in his life. This being true, how could he not commit to her. They were soul-mates, she was his and he was hers, and he couldn't wait to make it official.
"It isn't like we are getting married tomorrow, I mean in a few days I will be 21, thats hardly the age I want to tie the knot at. But someday, well will get married." Kelly told them. Her thoughts then drifted to Brandon and she wondered how he was doing. The last time she had seen him she had returned the engagement ring her had bought for her.