A/N I'd like to thank H6p8gv and LittleFairyMaiden for reviewing the last chapter...I would also like to thank them for all their help with this epilogue...its always sad to see a story end but it has been fun and challenging to write this one..I hope that you enjoy!
Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters or songs you recognize..
Three and a half months later…
I stood in front of my mirror fixing the few tendrils that fell across my forehead. A pair of warm arms wrapped around my smaller stomach. I smiled as Link's face appeared in the mirror, his chin resting on my shoulder.
"You look beautiful Trace," he said softly. I was wearing a red satin dress that came to my knees. I turned so that I could get a better look at him. "You look quite handsome yourself," I told him. He was wearing a black tuxedo. His hair was slicked back as usual.
I heard the door open and slam shut. "Guess that means Mandy and your mom are here."
He shook his head. "Does my sister know how to do anything quietly?"
I heard a soft whimper from the nursery. "No."
Link moved his hands from my waist and followed me into the nursery. When I looked down at my daughter, Angela was laying on her back, her eyes staring up at me. I picked her up, cradling her in my arms. "Did Aunt Mandy scare you honey?" She whimpered again. I hummed as I gently rocked her. Link just watched us with a contented smile upon his face. "You're amazing," he murmured.
"Link, Tracy," Michelle called.
"We're in the nursery mom," Link called back, loudly enough so she'd hear but not to frighten Angela. Michelle soon appeared with Mandy by her side. "You look lovely," his mom told us, "but you should be careful that Angie doesn't spit up on your dress dear," she added.
"She's fine," I told her.
"Wow Tracy, that dress is so pretty," Mandy stated.
I smiled at her. "Thank you."
"Why don't you come downstairs so I can get pictures of you," Michelle suggested before going downstairs herself with Mandy a few feet behind her. Link frowned and I chuckled. "What's wrong?" I asked him.
"My mom's going to want a million pictures of us. Your mom will too, when she arrives."
I walked over to him and placed a tender kiss on his lips. "It'll be fine."
"Easy for you to say now doll."
"The sooner we let our moms take pictures the sooner they will be done," I reminded him. I then motioned with my head for him to follow me downstairs, Angela still nestled in my arms.
"Smile," Michelle said as she snapped a picture of us as we walked down the last few steps. I heard Link sigh behind me. Moments later my parents appeared at the door and Mandy let them in.
"You two look wonderful," Ma cooed.
For the next half hour or so we stood in various positions while our parents took numerous pictures. Sometimes Link or I would hold Angela and others we were just standing together. He smiled in relief when it was over. I giggled softly at him. "It wasn't that bad was it?"
He smiled as he shook his head. "I had you by my side." I snaked my hand around his neck and pulled him close to kiss him. When we parted I looked over to find my mom and Michelle grinning at us. "You two better get going, we'll take care of Angela," my mom said. Link nodded.
I walked over to my mom, who was holding Angela, and kissed my daughter on her forehead. Link did the same. "We'll be back later sweetie," I told her. She smiled up at me.
"Come Trace," Link said quietly. I hesitated a bit. Despite Angela being three months old it was still hard to leave her for any period of time. Link noticed my hesitancy and squeezed my hand. I took a few deep breaths and smiled at him. He winked before holding the door open for me.
The senior prom was being held in the same hotel where Link and I had been married. I couldn't help but smile as the memories of the ceremony flashed through my mind.
"What you thinking about?" Link asked, though his eyes gave away that he was thinking along the same lines as I was.
"I was thinking about our wedding." I couldn't believe that it had only been seven months since the day I had become Mrs. Link Larkin.
"Me too," he admitted.
We just stood there in our memories for a few minutes before someone coughed. I looked up to see Amber and Penny standing a few feet away. Penny was wearing a light green cotton dress that fell just past her knee while Amber wore a pink dress. Both had modest bodices that showed off their collarbones and some skin underneath it.
"What you guys doing?" Penny asked.
"Yeah, you looked like you were off in space or something," Amber added.
"We were just remembering our wedding."
Amber and Penny both smiled. "We are having the prom in the same room as your reception," Amber stated.
Seaweed walked up wearing a navy blue tux and kissed Penny. "So what are you all standing around here for? Aren't we here to dance?"
I snickered. Only Seaweed could deliver a line like that and get us all to laugh.
"We will dance Seaweed," Penny told him.
Link held the door open as we all walked into prom. I was instantly greeted with a big dance floor framed by several round tables. A band was set up on the far side of the room closest to the dance floor. Several couples including a few council members were already dancing to "Love Me Tender" by Elvis. They all looked so happy with the girls smiling sweetly at their beaus.
On the other side there was a white arch where photos were being taken. I heard Link sigh again. "More pictures," he muttered.
I grinned good naturedly at him. "Its only a couple more, where's the harm in that?"
"I'm already seeing white circles what's a couple of more?" Link said dryly.
I smiled up at him and tugged his arm. "Come on, it'll only take a couple minutes."
He came with me as we made our way to the arch. After the photographer, a man with sandy brown hair and friendly eyes, took our picture and names we strode out to the dance floor. Soft music was playing and Link took me into his arms as we moved our bodies in sync with each other. I shivered as Link's hand ran up my arm, coming to rest on my cheek. I gazed up at him and saw Link staring at my lips. I obliged him by tilting my head so that he could press his lips to mine. I kissed him back and when we parted the song had ended. So I led Link to one of the tables, where Penny and Seaweed were seated. Tammy and IQ were also there. Tammy wore a violet dress with a skirt that puffed out, ending at her knees. IQ had on a tux like Link's but with a white jacket.
"How are you enjoying the night?" Tammy asked.
"Very much," I said, trying to sound as cheerful as I could. It was nice being here with all of my friends but being a new mother I wanted to be home with Angela. I must have not sounded too convincing for Tammy gave me a small grin like she knew what I was thinking.
"How is Angela Trace?" IQ asked.
I smiled as a picture of her entered my mind. "She's doing well."
"Yeah she's having fun with our moms now," Link added.
I looked at my watch noticing it was after eight. "She's sleeping more likely."
"Have you seen Amber? She disappeared shortly after we arrived," Penny said.
I looked around, noticing that I too hadn't seen Amber. My eyes darted around the room, not finding her. Seaweed spoke bringing my attention to him. "She left a couple minutes ago and Corny left before that."
"Well, I bet Corny will get to see what you missed out on," Paulie stated as he sat down next to Link. He was in a tux similar to Link's.
Darla smacked the back of his head. "Paulie you can be such a jerk sometimes."
Link drew me close and kissed me. "I'm not missing out on anything."
"Just be glad that it was Darla that heard you and not Amber man," Seaweed told him.
"Amber would do far worse than I did," Darla agreed fluffing her canary yellow dress.
I nodded along with her and glanced to my left upon feeling a slight breeze. Amber entered the room, her hair looking slightly disheveled. She smiled upon seeing us and went to grab a drink. A new song started playing and Link asked me to dance again. I happily complied, taking his hand in mine. The rest of the night was uneventful. Link and I spent a lot of time on the dance floor. When it was time for the king and queen to be announced, I jumped at hearing Corny's voice. I didn't realize he had returned.
"What's the matter Trace?" Link looked slightly amused at my distress and I had the urge to punch his shoulder.
"Corny's voice just startled me." He chuckled as he hugged me close and kissed my temple. "They're announcing the prom court and then it will be time for king and queen," he said quietly.
"Well you have that in the bag," I told him.
"You do too," he whispered back. We both turned our attention to Corny. He was standing with a microphone in his hands, looking sharp in a nice black tuxedo. "Well folks the princes and princesses have been announced…" Amber, Tammy, IQ, and Fender were standing behind Corny with sashes across their upper bodies. "Now its time for me to introduce your king and queen," Corny continued. "It is my pleasure to announce that this year's king and queen are Link and Tracy Larkin!"
I heard applause all around me as I walked besides Link to Corny. When we reached him he presented us each with a sash, and a crown. Link's crown was silver with longed pointed ends. Mine was the same color but was more like a tiara. As queen I also received a scepter. The scepter was a golden silver color and had fake emeralds and rubies around the top of it. I leaned over and whispered "told you so" to my husband. He winked.
"Now it is time for the king and queen to share a dance," Corny said. Link took my hand and led me back onto the dance floor. Amber freed my hand of my scepter before I got too far from her. I smiled back at her when I reached the middle of the dance floor with Link by my side. The Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" began playing around us as I placed my right hand in his left and put my left on his shoulder. His right snaked around my waist. We twisted and twirled to the song as our friends and classmates looked on.
The next day Angela was lying on in her playpen while I cleaned around the living room. I heard Adam come into the room but I didn't see him until I turned around. He was sitting in front of the playpen looking straight at Angela. I moved closer to them and looked in on her. My scepter lay on Angela's right arm. Adam must have found it and brought it down thinking that it was a stick he could play with and he wanted Angela to have it.
"Adam, Angie's too young to play with you and my scepter is not a stick," I told him, a hint of amusement lacing my voice. He just sat there despite what I had said. Glancing back at Angie, I noticed that she was staring at the scepter, her face filled with confusion. My camera sat on the table closest to us and I picked it up and snapped a picture of her before the expression left her face, placing the camera back on the table where it had been a moment ago. I then grabbed the scepter and took it upstairs, placing it in the top of my closet so Adam couldn't grab it again.
As I went back downstairs I began to think of everything that had happened in the past year. Things like spending the weekend at the Larkin's lake house with my now husband, finding out that I was pregnant, marrying Link and being at the hospital holding Angela for the first time. I was glad that I was now with the man I loved more than anything in the world; not only did I have a loving husband, but a beautiful daughter as well and I couldn't help but think of the joy that both had brought to my life. I felt totally and completely complete and happy.