Sandy, Kirsten, Julie, Jimmy, Neil- somewhere in their 60's, Fab Four – 46, Kaitlyn – 42, Amy – 24, Grace – 22, Noah – 18, Charlie – 20, Maddy – 22, Candace and McKenna – 15

Okay, I'm terrible at math so I think the ages and timing are correct. But if you notice a few errors with the numbers, ignore it. I did my best.

Tear! This is the end! I hope you all enjoyed reading this story as much as I did writing it.

Without further ado, here is the final chapter to Living In The Moment….


"You look beautiful Coop." Summer pulled back from fixing a few loose pieces of her friend's hair and smiled. "Chino won't know what hit him."

Marissa glanced down at her long white dress and grinned. "You think so?"

"I'm your best friend! Would I lie to you?"

Marissa laughed. "Nope,"

"Right answer. Okay, it's almost time. Are you ready? Because there's no turning back now."

"Sum, I think we passed that a long time ago."

Summer nodded. "I guess you're right."

"Mom? Aunt Summer?" The door opened and Grace's head popped in. "Are you two finished? Because there's kind of a ceremony that's supposed to start soon."

Both girls turned to each other a final time to check over last-minute details.

"We're ready." Summer replied. "Go get in place, you're first. We're right behind you."

The opening chords to Journey's 'After All These Years' began to play as Grace made her way out the French doors to Seth and Summer's backyard. The pale pink dress she wore was similar, but not identical, to the ones worn by her sister and aunt as they followed after her carrying small bouquets of calla lilies. They each took their place before the small crowd, a tall arch behind them, while Ryan, Seth, and Noah stood on the opposite side.

Marissa began her decent last, wearing a simple, sleeveless white dress trailing at her feet. Her hair was in a low chignon and in her hands she carried a mix of white roses and irises. Her eyes remained straight forward, locked on the object of her affection. She soon reached the arch and passed her flowers to Summer, taking the hands of her love while the music died down and the reverend began to speak.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to witness a renewal of love and commitment between Ryan and Marissa." He looked at the couple. "When you first joined hands and hearts twenty five years ago, you did not know where life would take you. You promised to love, honor and cherish one another through all things. Life has surely brought you both wonderful blessings and difficult tribulations. Therefore, you have fulfilled your promise. So today, you stand here before all your friends and family to reaffirm the vows you took twenty five years ago. Marissa?" The reverend stepped back a bit as Summer passed her friend a note card.

Marissa took a deep breath and began to read the vows she had wrote a few weeks earlier. "Ryan, twenty five years ago I pledged my heart and soul to you, but it seems like only yesterday that we started this adventure. I promised to love and honor you, to comfort and keep you safe, and to always believe in you. I pledged to be by your side in sickness and in health, in times of wealth and poverty, for better or worse, for the rest of our lives. We have had all of those things, and you have stayed by my side as we created a family, a home, and a life together." She sniffed a bit, trying to continue and ignore the tears. "Today, at the beginning of our twenty sixth year as husband and wife, in the presence of God and our family and friends, I renew my vows to you. I promise to remain your lover, your partner, your best friend, and your other half. It doesn't matter whatever else life brings us, because as long as we're together I have no insecurities or doubts."

The reverend smiled. "That was very nice. Ryan?"

Ryan looked down at his own note card, his voice shaking a little due to the fear of public speaking. "Marissa, we've been through a lot together. Since the day we met at the end of that driveway nothing between us has ever been easy. But if there's one thing that has never been complicated it's the love I have for you. And even through all of the rough spots and complications, I can honestly say I have loved you every step of the way. I'm not promising it's going to be easy, because real things of value and worth take effort, but I can promise that it will be worth it. Today, I reconfirm everything I said twenty five years ago. I promise to love and cherish you every day that we live because you are and have always been my whoever I want you to be. I have been blessed for the last twenty five years and am thrilled that I get to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you."

A faded wedding photograph
You and me in our first dance
Our eyes are closed
We're lost in one sweet embrace
Since those days the world has changed
But our love remains the same
God knows we've had our share of saving grace

"As a symbol of their love's growth and unity, Ryan and Marissa have chosen to engrave the inside of their wedding bands." The reverend announced. "Marissa, take Ryan's hand and repeat after me. I, Marissa, take you Ryan,"

"I Marissa, take you Ryan,"

"To be my husband once again."

Marissa grinned and sniffed a bit, her voice now choked. "To be my husband once again."

"With this ring, I thee wed."

She slid the ring onto his finger. "With this ring, I thee wed."

"Ryan, take Marissa's hand and repeat after me. I, Ryan, take you Marissa,"

"I Ryan, take you Marissa,"

"To be my wife once again."

He stared into her eyes. "To be my wife once again."

"With this ring, I thee wed."

"With this ring, I thee wed." He took the ring Seth passed him and slipped it back onto Marissa's finger. They had decided that both rings would have the same thing engraved in them. Each now read, 'Forever Yours".

The reverend smiled and looked out at the small group of people gathered before him. "Ladies and gentlemen, for the second time, I am pleased to present Mr. and Mrs. Ryan and Marissa Atwood."

Ryan grinned. "Again?"

The reverend laughed. "Yes sir, again indeed."

The music turned back up as Ryan pulled his bride into a passionate kiss. Summer handed back Marissa's bouquet as they headed back down the aisle and took Seth's arm to follow them out. Noah, Grace, and Amy were last, each girl taking an arm from their brother as he escorted them both back to the house.

And I'm proud of all the blessings
You have given me
The mountains we have climbed to get this far
You've learned to take the laughter with the tears
After all these years

Later that evening a party was in full swing. Decorated in the traditional 25th anniversary color of silver, Seth and Summer's house literally shined. It was only family and close friends in attendance, but these days that still amounted to quite a few people.

"Excuse me? Can we have everybody's attention please?" Amy tapped the microphone as she stepped onto the small stage, her brother and sister behind her. "We just wanted to say a few words about our parents and this milestone that they've reached. Um," she tucked a piece of hair behind her ear nervously. "Ever since I was little my mom and dad have given me what I wanted. They have done everything in their power to make sure that the three of us were happy. I can remember asking my mom what made her happy when I was maybe ten years old. She just smiled at me and said that she had never been happier than she was then. When I asked why she said it was because she had met my dad and they got to create a life together and all she had ever wanted was someone to share her life with. They make each other happy. And to know that even after twenty five years they're just as in love as when they were teenagers…. Well, that makes me happy. Thank you guys for showing me what love really is." She raised her flute of apple juice and stepped back.

Amy was now twenty four years old and married to her husband of nearly two years, Jonathon Ellison. They had met during freshman year of college and fell in love. Fast forward a bit and Jonathon was now a middle school social studies teacher and Amy worked at a publishing company. A decent sized bump was also visible under her dress, allowing everyone to see that Samantha Grace Ellison was soon to expand the family even more.

At twenty two Grace was studying at UCLA to become a freelance photographer and living with her longtime boyfriend Mike. Her attitude was the same as when she was a child and, much to Marissa's disliking, she had turned out quite similar to Kaitlyn.

"Alright, I'm not a fan of public speaking so this will be quick." Grace announced as she walked up to the mic. "For as long as I can remember my parents have been gross." The audience laughed and Grace shrugged. "What? It's true. They've always been all touchy-feely with each other and it really grossed me out. I mean, they're your parents. You don't want to walk in on them making out when you're thirteen. Anyway, I realize now that it's kind of awesome that they still get all nervous and flustered with each other. It's nice to know they still really care. Gives me something to look up to." she raised her champagne flute and stepped back, allowing Noah to go forward.

Noah was now eighteen years old and fresh out of high school. He planned to following his Uncle's footsteps with a new job at Atomic Comics, where he would be working alongside Seth and Zach on the newest movie and learning the ins and outs of the business world.

"What's up? Uh, I'm really bad at this kind of thing so bear with me." He held his hands up in defense. "Mom and dad, what can I say? Grace kind of nailed it with the gross factor but Aims had a point that it does give you reassurance at the end of the day. I don't know, you guys just seem to be really cool around each other, you know? You're not worried about looking stupid or anything; you're just relaxed and stuff. And I think that it's really important that you don't have to worry about being yourself. When you love someone it's about liking the person for who they really are and being able to let your guard down, so it's really sick that you guys are able to do that. A lot of people can be married for a hundred years and never have that so it's pretty cool that you guys can. Uh," he raised his apple juice. "Here's to our mom and dad. Twenty five years of awesomeness and many more to come. Cheers."

The rest of the room burst into applause as the three kids headed back to their seats. Everyone had changed so much!

You make it feel brand new
After the fires that we walked through
Against the odds we never lost our faith

In our house we've made our home
Where our children all have grown
Precious moments time cannot erase

Madison had surprised everyone when she had gotten pregnant at twenty, eloping with her high school sweetheart soon after, and returning to finish college and achieve her dream to become a wedding planner all while having a baby. Two year old Elizabeth Lillian Young now sat happily in her father's arms and Maddy had yet to find any holes in her plan.

Charlie had decided to take after his Uncle Ryan and was interning at the Newport Group while earning his degree at the California Business Institute. At twenty he didn't seem bothered by his lack of companionship, claiming that he dated too much in high school and wanted to focus on his career for awhile.

Candace and McKenna were turning sixteen in a few short months, causing everyone to become a bit nervous at the thought of the twins having licenses. They would become juniors next fall and a year later would graduate high school, leaving the Cohen nest empty once and for all!

Kaitlyn was still living with Brad and Eric and (when they had them) their boyfriends of the week. Still single, Kaitlyn was now forty two years old and exactly the same as when she was twenty. She said she loved the gays; that they seemed to worship her and appreciate her bitchy attitude. No one bothered to question her, if Kaitlyn was happy in her own world then the rest of them got on that much more peacefully.

Make a living up and down the gypsy highways
Seasons that we've had to share apart
Somehow in my heart I always keep you near me
After all these years

Seth took the stage next and showed a digital slideshow of pictures from the past, starting with when Ryan first came to Newport, when they dated, a few of the Fantastic Four and ending with a recent picture of Ryan and Marissa.

"Now, I'd like everyone to head over to the arch so we can get a group picture." He announced into the microphone. A few groans were let out (Lizzie, the twins, Grace, and Kaitlyn) but everyone seemed to cooperate well enough. The photographer stood around positioning people, setting up his camera, and re-positioning people after they had run off.

Not long after the entire group was standing in position while the photographer stood behind the camera. Ryan and Marissa looked around and took notice at just how much the group had grown in the past decade.

At the very front were Candace, McKenna, Charlie, and Noah. Amy and Jonathon, Gracie and Mike, Maddy and her husband took up the second row. Kirsten and Sandy sat on one side of the rows while Julie, Jimmy, and Neil sat on the other, all of them in their seventies now.

At the back of the group stood the aged but still the fantastic Fab Four. They all looked a bit tired, a bit worn and weathered, but happy. A look of joy and pride shined brightly on each of their faces as they looked around at the family they had created together.

After all these years
You stood by me
The days and nights that I was gone
After all these years
You sacrificed, believed in me
And you stood strong
Cause with our love there's nothing left to fear
After all these years

Over the past nearly thirty years a lot had changed. Seth, Summer, Ryan, and Marissa had gone from being frivolous teenagers with what felt like the weight of the world on their shoulders to becoming husbands, wives, parents, and even grandparents. Their lives were completely different and they now had nearly two generations to continue their legacy.

Seth was still working at Atomic Comics, often saying that it had never been work to him, he was just doing what he loved. Ryan was overseeing projects at the Newport Group and designing houses in his spare time and Marissa and Summer were currently writing a book together about their lives. It was far from Atomic County, a real story written in first person with the facts and real details, and they weren't holding anything back. Like their lives, it got dark and scary at some points but that was the way life worked; they wanted to let the world know that things can work out and that sometimes you really do meet the person you're going to spend the rest of your life with in high school.

Seth, Summer and Marissa had known each other since they were little. But they had never really met until Ryan showed up and changed everything. Nobody had ever expected that one quiet kid from a broken home in Chino would alter the rest of their lives. It was because of Ryan that Seth and Summer were together and that Marissa had left a life of drinking and partying behind and grown up. Everything in everybody's lives had changed and grown so drastically into the miracle and wonderment that it was today.

Over the years everything had been altered. People had loved, lost, found, and grown to love again. And all because one boy from Chino changed it all.

After all these years
You stood by me
The days and nights that I was gone
After all these years
You've sacrificed, believed in me
And you stood strong
Cause with our love there's nothing left to fear
After all these years