Epilogue- A Year Later
Author's Note: Hey everyone! Sorry it took so long to publish this last chapter…I wanted this final chapter to be epic. I would just like to thank you all for reading and reviewing this story. I loved how passionate you all were when it came to reviewing. Thanks so much!
Chapter Summary: A year has passed since Victor's attacks and the Bolton family is prepared to celebrate.
That I love you
I have loved you all along
And I miss you
Been far away for far too long
I keep dreaming you'll be with me
and you'll never go
Stop breathing if
I don't see you anymore
- Nickelback 'Far Away'
Troy sighed as he did up his tie and stared at the clear blue sky. He felt himself getting nervous. He really shouldn't have been; everything was going to go the way he wanted it to go. It was going to be the perfect day. Nothing was going to go wrong. Troy took a deep breath and let the Hawaii breezes soothe him as he stood on the balcony of his hotel room. He only had to wait one more hour. Just sixty more minutes on his own. Then he would be able to see Gabriella again. He had to see her. He needed to see her. He missed her too much already. Troy and Gabriella were renewing their vows on the beaches on Hawaii.
The media had found out about their vow renewal plans and they had been giving Troy and Gabriella a hard time about the wedding date and wanting to be there to see their wedding. Troy and Gabriella didn't want the press at their wedding like the first time they got married, so to avoid any conflict, Chad had informed the press that the wedding was taking place on August twentieth in California. But the wedding was really July twenty-fourth and was taking place in Hawaii. Only their loved ones would be attending the vow renewal. They all wanted to see Troy and Gabriella, now that they were safe from Victor.
Victor was on trial in Texas and he was eventually given the death penalty. He died four months after from lethal injection. Tess was sentenced to life in prison with no parole and she did nothing to stop the sentencing. Troy and Gabriella also opened a protection program called the 'Phil Protection Program' in honor of their deceased friend. They knew that even though he lied and betrayed them, in the end he saved them all and sacrificed his life. He deserved to have that credit.
"Daddy, can you help me put my tie on?" Ethan asked as he came out onto the balcony, his voice still sweet and innocent. Troy turned to his little boy and he smiled when he saw him in his black tuxedo.
Ethan had been through a lot ever since Victor's attack. Ethan constantly had nightmares about his abduction and watching Phil die while he was in his arms. He would scream and cry in the middle of the night and it got to a point where Ethan would refuse to sleep. Troy had let him sleep in his bed with Gabriella, but he knew that Ethan needed professional help for the trauma that Victor had inflicted on him. Ethan was in therapy for a year and was being treated for post-traumatic stress. He was better, but he did occasionally have nightmares about Victor and needed his parents' support.
"Come here buddy. You look just like James Bond!" Troy said as he got down on his knees and began to do up Ethan's tie. He had changed a little bit in the past year. Ethan grew taller and his hair was trimmed. But he still looked more like Troy than ever before. That never changed.
"You look like James Bond too, daddy. Mommy will like it." Ethan said with his sweet little smile. Troy smiled at his son as he did up his tie and then scooped him up in his strong broad arms. Troy placed a soft kiss on his son's cheek.
"She'll be happy to see you too. And you'll see Vienna soon too. She'll be so proud of you when she sees you as the ring bearer. We better go see if Uncle Chad and Uncle Ryan are ready." Troy said as he carried Ethan back into their hotel room and he saw Chad and Ryan just tying up their ties and fixing their collars.
Chad and Ryan had been there for the Bolton family since Victor's arrest. They knew that Troy and Gabriella needed their help with Vienna and helping Ethan cope with what happened so they had offered Troy and Gabriella lots of love and care. Chad and Taylor got married six months after the incident and the Bolton family was actively involved with the wedding. Ryan started to date musician Kelsi Neilson. In addition to a great love life, Ryan, Troy and Sharpay's movie that they had been working on got phenomenal reviews and Wayne won yet another award for his directing skills.
"So Troy no offense or anything, but why are we wearing tuxedos in Hawaii? It's so hot here!" Chad complained as he looked down at his white tuxedo. Ryan laughed at Chad and he clapped a hand on his back.
"Chad, it's not that bad. And we can't complain; this is Troy and Gabriella's day…again." Ryan punned with a grin. Ethan chuckled as he cuddled up closer to his father.
"I bet mommy and Vivi will look pretty." Ethan said with a sheepish smile. Troy smiled at his son and he pressed a kiss on Ethan's cheek.
"They will look beautiful. And you and I and your uncle's are going to look handsome. But I think your uncles will need some work though." Troy joked to Ethan as he set him down on the floor. A gentle knock was heard at the door and Ryan ran to answer it. It was Troy's mother. She wore a deep blue tailor styled dress with black designs and she paired her dress with black and white shoes as well as a gold clutch. She smiled at all the men in the room.
"Hello boys. I just came to see how you were all doing." Lucille said as she entered the hotel room and closed the door behind her.
"We're doing just fine, we were just talking." Chad informed her with a nonchalant smile. Lucille smiled at Chad and her smile brightened when she saw Ethan coming towards her.
"And you look just adorable Ethan! You are beginning to look more like your father every time I see you." Lucille cooed to Ethan as she engulfed him into a loving hug. Ethan smiled as he hugged his grandmother.
"Thank you, grandma." Ethan thanked with a shy smile. Lucille placed a kiss on Ethan's cheek before she looked up and saw her son in his tuxedo. She smiled proudly as she walked over and pulled him into a motherly hug. She held him for several moments in a silence as she realized how grownup her own son was. He had a wife, two beautiful children and a striving career. He overcame challenges on his own and here he was, renewing his vow to show the world how much he loved his wife. She really was proud of him.
"You are handsome Troy. I can't even begin to tell you how proud I am of you. I really am Troy." Lucille whispered to her son as she placed a kiss on his cheek. Troy smiled as he hugged his mother back. He may have been twenty-eight years old and married with children, but a part of him knew that he would always be a mama's boy.
"I love you mom." Troy told his mother as he kissed her cheek as well. Lucille smiled as she slowly let go of her son and she turned to the other men in the room and she smiled as radiantly as she normally did.
"Well enough of the small talk…I came to get you all. We have only half an hour until the wedding starts and you men aren't even there yet. The beach is all set up and guests are beginning to arrive." Lucille said in a hurry as she began to usher the men out the door. Troy scooped Ethan into his arms and held him close.
"We're going to see mommy and Vienna soon. And you're going to see grandpa there too." Troy cooed to Ethan as they walked towards the limo that awaited them. Ethan looked at his father and raised his small eyebrows.
"Where is grandpa? Why wasn't he with grandma?" Ethan asked curiously. Troy grinned as he pressed a kiss up against Ethan's temple.
"Oh grandpa had something he had to do for your mother." Troy vaguely informed Ethan. Ethan shrugged his shoulders and cuddled into him as they entered the limo, where Lucille, Ryan and Chad were waiting for them. After shutting the door and making sure that Ethan was strapped in, Troy took a deep breath as he felt the limo driving down towards the beach. His heart began racing quicker than before. He knew it was only a matter of time before he would see his Gabriella, who was also anxiously waiting to see him.
Gabriella stood in her hotel suite and she stared at herself in the mirror for the longest time. She looked different but in a good way. Her wedding dress was beautiful. It was a beautiful white strapless chiffon slimline dress. It came with a chapel train and it complimented her sun-kissed skin beautifully. With a gentle smile, Gabriella slowly put a sapphire necklace around her neck, completing the something blue for her wedding. Gabriella then put a diamond heart tennis bracelet around her wrist that Sharpay had allowed her to borrow. Gabriella slipped into her new white shoes before she put on her late mother's earrings to complete something old. Her hair was in loose curls as she looked at herself once more. She was ready for this wedding.
"Gabriella." Taylor's voice came from the door. Gabriella turned as smiled when she saw Taylor in her beautiful pink dress. Gabriella was there for Taylor at her wedding to Chad and she thought that it was the most beautiful wedding she had ever attended and she was very inspired to have another wedding to Troy because of her. Gabriella smiled softly at her as she walked towards Taylor and gave her a gentle hug. She needed to have a hug from her best friend.
"Taylor…" Gabriella whispered as she hugged Taylor with all her might. Taylor gave Gabriella a tight squeeze before she let go of her and offered her a friendly smile.
"You look absolutely beautiful Gabriella. Troy won't know what hit him once he sees you walk down that aisle." Taylor complimented as she complimented Gabriella's radiance. Gabriella blushed and smiled at Taylor. She looked past her shoulder and she could see Sharpay holding onto Vienna and cooing with her. Gabriella smiled as she walked over to Sharpay and Vienna.
"Let me see my little girl." Gabriella said in a singsong voice as she took Vienna from Sharpay's arms. A month after the abductions, Troy and Gabriella released pictures of Vienna to People magazine. The Bolton family was paid fourteen million for the pictures. They did an interview about their stalker incident, Gabriella's surprise pregnancy and how the abductions have made their family stronger.
"She looks adorable in her little pink dress. I still can't get over how much she looks like you, Gabs. She's so beautiful." Sharpay complimented as she ran a hand through her thick blonde hair. Sharpay had started dating Zeke Baylor, one of the most successful chefs in Hollywood. She felt really at peace with him and was proud to announce that they had become engaged.
"Of course she's going to be beautiful! Just look at her in this little pink dress. Vienna, tell Auntie Sharpay and Auntie Taylor who helped you pick out this dress." Gabriella cooed to Vienna who was still cradled in her arms. Vienna looked into her mother's eyes and she smiled as she tried to get the words out.
"Mama and dada." Vienna said with a smile. Those were her first words. Gabriella, like any other mom, wanted the whole world to hear her first words. Sharpay and Taylor both felt their hearts melt when they heard Vienna speak. They remembered her as a tiny little newborn and now she's starting to talk.
"Gabriella, she's growing up so quickly. She's slipping through our fingers. Before you know it, she's going to be the one getting married." Taylor stated as she ran a hand down Vienna's back. Gabriella smiled as she kissed Vienna's forehead.
"I don't want to think about that yet. For now, I just want her to be a baby." Gabriella said. Seconds later, there was a faint knock at the door. Sharpay answered the door and she smiled when she saw Jack.
"Hi Jack." Sharpay greeted as he walked in the door.
"Hi ladies. I came to see how you ladies were holding up." Jack stated as he walked into the hotel suite. Jack's eyes searched for his daughter-in-law and granddaughter and he froze in awe when he saw them both. He smiled a wide and vivid smile.
"Gabriella…you and Vienna are absolutely beautiful. I don't even know what to say. I'm so proud of you both." Jack said as he placed a kiss on Vienna's sweet baby cheek and then on Gabriella's cheek. Gabriella smiled humbly at Jack.
"Thanks Jack." Gabriella thanked with a soft smile. Jack nodded his head as he took Vienna from Gabriella's arms and he handed her to Taylor.
"Taylor, can you and Sharpay take Vienna to the limo? I have to speak to Gabriella in private." Jack informed Taylor. Taylor and Sharpay nodded their heads as they took hold of the beautiful little girl and they walked out of the hotel suite. When Jack heard the door shut, he turned to Gabriella and he smiled as he took both her hands in his.
"Gabriella…you are the best thing to have ever happened to my son. You gave him a sense of tranquility, two beautiful children and a reason for waking up in the morning. Lucille and I have seen how much you have changed him. He's a better man now. We have seen how far he will go to fight for you and your children and I'm almost certain that he will spend the rest of his life with you. You have been the daughter that Lucille and I never had. That's why it would be an honor if I could walk you down the aisle today." Jack proposed with a shy smile. Gabriella felt herself wanting to cry. Jack had been like her father since her parents died and hearing those words from him really made her feel like her parents never left. Gabriella was quick to wrap her arms around Jack.
"I would be honored if you walked me down the aisle…dad." Gabriella whispered into his ear, trying to keep herself from crying. Jack smiled as he kissed Gabriella's temple.
"Thank you. C'mon, you don't want to be late for your own wedding." Jack joked as he released Gabriella from his grasp and he ushered her out the hotel and towards the limo where Taylor and Sharpay had Vienna strapped in her seat, waiting for her mommy to come. Gabriella offered Jack a soft smile before she got into the limo and smiled at her best friends and her beautiful daughter. As the limo began to drive down towards the beach, Gabriella stared out the window and thought of the words she was going to tell Troy. She needed to express to Troy what an honor it really was to be his wife and the mother of his two children. As she thought of the perfect words, Gabriella smiled contently to herself. She was ready.
Troy let the gentle breeze hit him softly as he stood at the arch with his two best men and his son. He watched as friends and family began to sit down and admire the beautiful beach behind the arch. It was a beautiful sight to see. Everyone knew how much Troy and Gabriella loved the beach; Troy proposed to Gabriella on the beach. And everyone could see that Ethan and Vienna were water babies; they loved being in the water more than anywhere else. It was important to the whole family to have the vow renewal at the beach.
"Daddy, when are mommy and Vivi going to be here?" Ethan whispered to his dad. Troy looked down at his son and he smiled as he ran a hand down his cheek.
"They'll be here soon. I promise." Troy sincerely told Ethan. He knew that Gabriella would never bail on him. It wasn't her at all.
And then the music started to play. Gabriella and Vienna were here. Troy stared down the aisle as he watched Taylor walk down the aisle, holding her bouquet of flowers with a wide and vivid smile. She made eye contact with Chad and she winked at him and he winked back at her. Taylor then looked at Troy and she smiled at him, as if to say 'congratulations' and Troy smiled back to thank her. When Taylor walked to her spot, Sharpay walked down the aisle, holding onto little Vienna who clutched onto her aunt and her own little bouquet of flowers. Sharpay smiled at Zeke who sat beside Lucille and she then smiled at Troy who was smiling back. Vienna saw her daddy and brother and she began to call for them, which garnered 'awes' from everyone. Sharpay and Vienna then got to their position and everyone waited for Gabriella to make her big entrance.
And there she was. Gabriella had her arm looped through Jack's arm as she gracefully walked down the aisle. She smiled beautifully as the sun hit her skin, the breeze ran through her hair and as the sounds of the ocean filled her ears. But it was the man standing at the front that was making her heart quicken its pace. She could see the love in his eyes. She could see that he was longing for her. Troy's smile was contagious as he made eye contact with Gabriella. In those quick moments when they were just looking into each other's eyes, Troy could see all the moments he shared with Gabriella flash before his eyes. And he could see a beautiful future with her. Once she made it up to the archway, Jack kissed her cheek before sitting down and Gabriella laced both her hands with Troy's. Troy stared at her and he smiled vibrantly at his wife.
"You're beautiful." Troy barely whispered to her, due to the amount of awe in his voice. Gabriella smiled back at Troy and she squeezed his hands that were woven with hers.
"So are you." Gabriella whispered back to him. Troy and Gabriella just stared into each other's eyes as the priest began his sermon. Troy wasn't even paying attention to what the priest was saying. The only thing that mattered to him was the woman standing in front of him and the two children he helped her create. Nothing mattered to him anymore. Not his career, not the heat he was feeling from the sun…only her and his two children. The love he felt for them was stronger than anything he had ever felt before. And before Troy knew it, he had to say his vow. Troy stared into Gabriella's chocolate brown eyes and he smiled as the words from his heart escaped his lips.
"The moment I looked into your eyes all those years ago, I knew I was in love with you. There was an indescribable sparkle in your eye that brought this newfound joy into my life. When I'm with you my knees buckle and my heart beats faster than ever before. You saw things in me that I never saw in myself. When I'm with you I want to be a better person because I know that's what you deserve. We have been through a lot together. I know that there were times when we were ready to give up last year when we had our stalker problem, but I refused to let that happen. I've never been so scared of losing something in my life, but then again...nothing in my life has meant as much to me as you and the kids do. I would go to the extreme lengths I did before just to make sure that you and our children are safe. I love you Gabriella Rosa Claire Montez. I always will." Troy lovingly vowed to Gabriella as he slipped on a silver diamond band. Gabriella had tears streaking down her cheeks as she looked into Troy's blue eyes. She smiled as she thought through her words once more.
"Nora Ephron once said, 'True love is when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, and when you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.' That moment when you held me in your arms for the first time was the moment when I wanted to start my life with you. You have seen things in me that no one has ever taken the time to notice and you make me feel beautiful when I know that I really don't look it. You gave me more than I could've ever asked for. I look at Ethan and Vienna and I thank god everyday that you were in my life so I could've had these two beautiful angels. I thank god everyday that you were sent to me. I don't know what I did to deserve you, but I am grateful everyday. Before I met you, I forgot what it was like to look at someone and smile for no reason. I said I love you Troy Edward Eugene Bolton and I swear I still do." Gabriella vowed in return as she slipped the ring onto Troy's finger.
"Troy, do you promise to love and cherish Gabriella, for richer for poorer; in sickness and in health; in good times and bad; as long as you both shall live?" The priest asked. Troy stared into her coffee brown eyes and he smiled lovingly as he squeezed her hands.
"I do." Troy said effectively.
"Gabriella, do you promise to love and cherish Troy, for richer for poorer; in sickness and in health; in good times and bad; as long as you both shall live?" The priest asked Gabriella. Letting tears silently stream her cheeks, Gabriella smiled at her husband and nodded her head.
"I do." Gabriella managed to say without breaking down crying.
"Then by the power invested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride." The priest optimistically announced. Troy and Gabriella smiled as they looked into each others eyes, not daring to blink. Troy's sapphire eyes glittered as he cupped Gabriella's cheeks into his hands and he gently caressed both her cheeks with the pads of his thumbs. Finally, he moved in slowly and he captured her lips with his own. Gabriella smiled against his lips and wrapped her arms around Troy and she deepened the kiss. They remained like this for several breathtaking moments before they released each other's lips. Gabriella smiled at her husband, with tears streaming down her cheeks.
"I love you." Gabriella whispered out as the tears continued to fall from her chocolate eyes. Troy smiled lovingly into her eyes as he stroked her cheeks, wiping the tears away with his thumbs.
"I love you too Mrs. Bolton." Troy whispered back before quickly kissing her lips and then embracing her gently.
When they released each other, Gabriella immediately found Ethan and she wrapped her arms around him and gave him endless kisses on his cheeks, while Troy went over to Vienna and he scooped her up in his arms. He placed several gentle kisses on her cheeks as he walked over to Gabriella and Ethan and he and Vienna joined in on their hug. Troy kissed both Vienna and Ethan as he held them close to him and Gabriella. Slowly, Gabriella and Troy released them from their grasps and Ethan took Vienna from Troy's arms and he kissed his little sister's cheek several times. They were still closer than ever.
Gabriella then found herself in the arms of Sharpay and Taylor who congratulated her several times while giving her friendly kisses on her cheek. Troy found himself shaking hands and hugging Chad and Ryan who were very proud that Troy was still making the right decisions for himself and his family. Troy then hugged his mother who was crying tears of joy as she had witnessed a magical moment between her son and the woman she considered her daughter. She let go of Troy so she could congratulate Gabriella and allow Jack to congratulate his son. Troy hugged his father and thanked him with a smile. He had always aspired to be like his father as a little boy growing up. It always seemed so special to him growing up.
"Thank you." Troy whispered to his father. Jack chuckled as he looked down at his son and he grinned. He was still his little boy. No matter how many times he had to be reminded of Troy's age, Jack would always see Troy as that little five year old boy who thought he could beat his father in a basketball game.
"I love you son." Jack told Troy. Troy smiled and hugged Jack one more time before he ran up behind Gabriella and he scooped her up in his arms and he grinned as he looked into her eyes.
"Are you ready for an adventure?" Troy asked her with a wink. Before Gabriella could even ask, Troy started running towards the shore of the beach and soon Troy ran deep into the water, still holding onto Gabriella. Troy and Gabriella laughed as they got out far and listened to the sounds of their friends and families cheers. When they were deep in the water, Troy dropped Gabriella from his arms and she sank into the water, not even caring if she ruined her hair and makeup. Troy wrapped her up into his drenched arms and he planted a hungry and lusty kiss on her lips. Gabriella allowed Troy's tongue to enter her awaiting mouth and she moaned as his tongue explored her mouth. Several moments later, Troy pulled himself away from Gabriella and he rested his forehead against hers.
"You look just as you did at the first wedding." Troy mumbled as he brushed a kiss across Gabriella's forehead. Gabriella smiled as she swam herself closer into Troy's body.
"We never changed. We stayed the same." Gabriella assured Troy. Troy smiled as he ran a hand through Gabriella's wet hair.
"I really do love you. We've been through a lot this past year and I do believe that the unfortunate experience that we all had to go through just made me realize…I really can't live without you or the kids. You, Ethan and Vienna are the most important people in my life and I will go through that hell again, if it is to keep you guys safe. I love you Gabriella. I always will." Troy lovingly promised Gabriella. Gabriella smiled and allowed warm tears to mix with the water that soaked her cheek.
"I love you too Troy. I know we had a lot of ups and downs last year but the fact that we stayed together just proves how much love we have for one another. You're an amazing father and an incredible husband. I really do love you. And I don't want you to forget it." Gabriella vowed once more to Troy. Troy smiled as he cupped her cheek into his hand and he gently caressed her cheek several times with his thumb.
"I never will." Troy promised as he pulled himself in and he captured Gabriella's lips in a passionate kiss once more. Gabriella smiled against Troy's lips as she returned the kiss and moved into Troy's hand that was still placed on her face. Their lips parted once more, but Troy's hand remained delicately placed on her cheek. Gabriella's eyes wandered to the beach where everyone was entertaining themselves with dancing and conversation. A grin soon erupted on Gabriella's face.
"So…how soon do you want to have another kid?" Gabriella asked with an over exaggerated wink. Troy grinned back at Gabriella as he stroked her cheek with his thumb.
"How soon can we leave?" Troy huskily asked as he captured Gabriella in yet another kiss, that was filled with love and longing.
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