Author's Note: Hey all you crazy kids out there. Here it is, the epilogue, the final piece of the puzzle. I'm submitting this from my brother's hospital room, and this chapter is dedicated to him, in hopes that he will get his happy ending.
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It was a long time before Nessie and I managed to untangle ourselves from each other. After all, we did have thirteen years worth of kissing to make up for, and we weren't wasting any time. I did insist we stop when I felt Nessie shivering though.
The rain had soaked through her clothing, and my body heat could only do so much, even with her pressed right up against me. I was very comfortable with our current pose, but I also didn't want her catching a cold. I had to look out for the human in her.
We walked back toward her family's bungalow through the rain hand in hand. Her hair had at some time fallen out of it's messy knot and now hung down her back in wet, heavy ringlets. I couldn't seem to wipe the idiot grin off of my face. I just kept looking over at her and thinking 'I love her. And she loves me. And we'll be together forever'. Maybe for another guy, that thought would have been petrifying, but I was thrilled. I was going to be with my best friend till the end of time. And she was sweet and spunky and beautiful and difficult and challenging. She would definitely keep me on my toes, and I would try my best to keep up.
For a while we walked in amiable silence, glancing over at each other shyly, lost in our own thoughts. I was just thinking again how lucky I was that I was the one who got to have her, when a thought occurred to me.
"Ness, what ever happened to Nahuel? You said he proposed." The last thing I wanted was to go back and there to be another fight. Nessie smiled mischievously.
"Nahuel and I decided to just be friends."
"You told him you didn't love him?" I asked, shocked. That would mean she had decided to be with me before I had even gone to her.
"Not exactly." She replied, looking at her shoes. "See, he kind of moved on."
"To what?" I asked, perplexed. Nessie looked at me levelly, a grin on her face as if she had been bursting to tell me this from the beginning. Girls. They loved their gossip.
"You're never going to believe this. Leah finally imprinted."
"Yep. It seems you werewolves can only imprint when you're human. As soon as she woke up and phased back into a human, Kachiri made Nahuel go apologize to her for what he did. And when they locked eyes, it was like love at first sight. It was the weirdest thing. Neither of them knew what had happened. To be honest, I think they're both still a little uncomfortable with it, but they can't seem to look away from one another. The only time Nahuel leaves her side is to fetch her stuff. This morning he came in and brought her flowers. And Leah said 'thank you'. It's like the twilight zone downstairs."
I wasn't sure if this was Nessie's idea of a joke and she was pulling my leg or if she was serious. We came up to the bungalow at that moment and I assessed her, trying to see if she was telling the truth or not. She could obviously tell I wasn't sure what to believe and gestured with her arm toward the house.
"Go see for yourself."
I opened the door and walked in with trepidation, feeling guilty about tracking all this mud and water in the immaculate white interior. Nessie and I didn't really have any other choice though. The downstairs was empty. I started walking up the stairs, Nessie on my heals. When we got to the landing I took her hand in mine and smiled at her. She nodded toward the door to Alice's bedroom and I knocked on it. I heard Leah call out from the other side.
"Come in!" She called. I slowly opened the door. "You're finally back, I was starting to miss- Oh, Jacob, it's you…"
I walked in with Nessie and she raised her eyebrows.
"Who else would it be?" I asked innocently, feigning ignorance. Maybe Nessie was telling the truth. Leah's cheeks turned pink and she bowed her head.
"Jake, maybe you should-" She stopped, as the door began to open again. Her mouth made a little 'o' and her eyes widened. Nahuel walked in with a tray. On it was a bowl of steaming soup, a glass of orange juice, and a single red rose in a vase. His eyes were on the floor as he made his way in, careful not to spill anything.
"I wasn't sure what kind of juice you'd like, honey. Is orange okay?" He looked up and froze when he saw me. He stood there balancing the tray in surprise, not sure what to say to me. I was surprised to see that his expression and posture held no hostility. He just seemed a little embarrassed. Leah stood from the bed and he looked ready to try and stop her from getting up, but she silenced him with a sharp look. Same old Leah, I thought. She took the tray from his hands in silence and set it on the side table, then put her hand in his and looked at me steadily.
"Jake, I'm not really sure what to say." she began. "You were wrong about Nahuel though. He's not awful and pushy and a total jerk like you made him seem. He's just sweet and romantic and protective… and I think I love him." Her cheeks were even redder now, but her eyes were bright and she looked up in adoration at Nahuel. He, in turn, smiled back at her, as if she was the most amazing thing he had ever seen.
I personally didn't understand it. They were in love? After two days? C'mon, my mind argued. You should understand how powerful imprinting is. You fell in love with a baby vampire. Still, that didn't mean I had to like it. I was still nursing some pretty hostile emotions towards Nahuel.
I took a step forward and pointed my finger at him threateningly. "If you ever so much as hurt a hair on her head again, so help me, I will-"
"That won't be necessary." Leah cut me off, pushing my hand down. Something on her hand glimmered and Nessie blanched.
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Thirteen months later…
I sat uncomfortably in my little chair, tugging at my tie. The woman next to me grabbed my hand to stop me and twined her fingers with mine.
"Be still. It's almost starting!"
The music began to play, and there, from under the huge canopy of exotic flowers, emerged Leah, looking absolutely beautiful. She slowly walked down the aisle, with was nothing more than a thick dusting of pink and yellow rose petals. At the end waited Nahuel, looking even more handsome than usual. His eyes were trained solely on her, a look of contentment in his eyes.
They read their vows and promised to never kill the other, and Nahuel kissed his bride. The small crowd, consisting of our families, clapped and cheered politely, except for Quil, Embry, and Seth, who hooted and hollered, making raucous comments about how it was about time she found someone and quit moping.
I'd never seen her so happy before. Her and Nahuel's happiness seemed to radiate through the whole jungle, enveloping us all.
That night, I curled up next to Nessie in bed, running my fingers through her hair, savoring the moment.
"Nessie, I love you." I said. She turned over onto her side and smiled at me.
"I love you too, Jake." She promised. A funny look came to her face and she scrunched up her nose, peering at me. "Hey, how come you never proposed to me?" she asked, mock-offended. She slapped me on the arm lightly. "We've known each other way longer than Leah and Nahuel."
I laughed. "Nessie, we've got forever…" I gently reminded her. She pouted.
"I know that…" She admitted, but the little unhappy frown remained on her face. In that moment, I decided this was the right time. I slid off the bed in one fluid motion and kneeled before her reclining figure in front of the bed, on bended knee. I reached into my pocket for the ring I had been carrying all day.
When she saw what I was doing she instantly sat up, throwing her legs over the side of the bed. She brought her hand to her mouth in surprise. I retrieved the little black velvet box I had been searching for and opened it, looking up at her. The ring wasn't anything fancy. It had been passed on for ages in my family though, ever since the origins of our tribe, originally belonging to the third wife- the woman in our legends who so selflessly sacrificed herself to save her people. It had also belonged to my mother. I somehow felt that by giving this ring to Nessie, there might be more peace between my world and hers.
She looked at the ancient ring and then back at me in shock. "Jacob…" she whispered.
"Nessie, will you marry me?" I asked. Her brown eyes teared up and she threw her arms around my neck, knocking us both down. She started giggling, and I couldn't help but laugh too. I did feel a little silly. She smiled at me tearily and nodded.
"Yes. Yes, of course!" She said, kissing me firmly on the mouth. I deftly slipped the ring on her finger and smiled against her lips. This was a great start to eternity.
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