A/N: And here we are folks :( The very last chapter of The Journal. This is a very huge and sad step for me, being it's the first multi-chapter fic I've ever seen to completion, not to mention my biggest and most popular story so far.
This is a short chapter, being that it's just an epilogue of sorts. I hope you enjoy it.
I thank you all for your kind words and your amazing support of both this story, and the novel I'm writing. It truly leaves me speechless. I thank you all for following along as I write my book and thank you for following Chad and Sonny's journey in this story.
Tomorrow I will start on a new multi-chapter story, so please keep me on your alert if you want more! :)
I can't guarantee it will be up tomorrow, as I have a lot of research to do. Much like I had to do my research about abuse victims before doing this story, I will have to tread just as carefully with the next story I'm going to do. No spoilers for you here, but I will more than likely pick it up from where The Journal leaves off. I will get that started ASAP and hope I can carry all my fans over from this story to that one :)
Thank you again. Enjoy the final chapter!!
Chad sat motionless on the cold brick, smiling softly to himself as he watched Sonny.
She was skipping and dancing around the mostly deserted drawbridge in front of the Disneyland castle, a cheap, plastic tiara on her head, waving a light up flower in her hand. The moonlight and twinkling lights from the castle spectacularly lit up her soft features.
He saw so much in Sonny that he could never explain... The innocence she held, the way she was made so happy by the littlest things, that pure, utterly unrivaled beauty...
There was no doubt in Chad's mind that Sonny was simply an angel from heaven that the earth was borrowing for a little while. There was no other explanation for such selflessness, such kindness, such undebatable perfection.
The world around her sang. Colors were more vibrant. The gloomiest of days were made bright. It simply wasn't human.
Chad was shaken from his thoughts when Sonny dashed his way, plopping herself in his lap.
"So Superstar," she giggled, poking his nose, "How was your first ever trip to Disneyland?"
Chad smirked, wrapping his arms securely around her waist. "I could have done without being forced to eat at Pizza Port three times, but I suppose it's a small price to pay to spend a nice day with you."
Sonny smiled innocently. "Can't resist their pasta, sorry," she explained with a shrug of her shoulders.
Chad laughed. "Great. And now it's gonna start showing here," he said, poking her in the stomach, causing Sonny to giggle. "And here, and here, and here," he continued, punctuating each word with a playful poke until he was full on tickling her. Sonny threw her head back, laughing uncontrollably and pleading for him to stop. When she finally seemed out of breath, he relented, pulling her closer to him and planting a gentle kiss on her forehead.
"I love you so much," he whispered to her with all the meaning in the world, running a thumb gently back and forth across her cheek.
Sonny blushed, shyly placing a kiss of her own on his cheek before resting her head on his chest. She giggled softly when he rested his chin on the top of her head.
"What?" He asked, rubbing circles on her back.
"Just that... Seeing you so happy again... I've missed it so much. I'd give anything in the world to keep you happy like this..."
Chad smirked, fixing the collar of his leather jacket. "I am pretty damn amazing, aren't I?"
Sonny remembered a day when this would positively infuriate her. Now, it made her smile. Chad was getting back to normal, the emotional scars his parents left on him slowly healing...
She'd fallen in love so easily with this Chad... He was conceited, dramatic, and absolutely full of it. But she wouldn't take him any other way.
Sonny swung her legs back and forth happily, staring down at her black converse, fingering the sparkling pedals on her light up flower.
"So," she finally spoke up after a brief pause. "What will your next journal entry be about?"
Chad sighed contently, running his hand through her hair. "About a beautiful girl who threw me for the loop of my life. And how she'll always be mine as long as we live..." He smiled as he leaned down, nuzzling his nose against hers. "So long as she never reads my journal again."
Sonny giggled again, wrapping her arms around his neck and resting her forehead against his. Bliss didn't begin to describe it. She still got goosebumps whenever his skin made contact with hers. A pleasant shiver travelled up her spine as he placed his hand on her cheek, kissing her deeply.
Sonny suddenly pulled away, causing their lips to part with a loud smacking sound.
"Oh! This is my favorite part of the castle medly!" she exclaimed, referring to the song that was now playing from the hidden speakers.
She remained on Chad's lap, swaying gently and humming to the music. "My heart has wings, and I can fly..."
Chad smiled, lifting Sonny into his arms and standing up. "I'll touch every star in the sky," he continued. Sonny blushed, realizing she'd never really heard his singing voice before. It was, simply put, one of most heart-stopping things she'd ever heard in her life.
"Chad, why do you know this song?" she questioned, smiling up at him as he placed her down on her feet.
Chad shrugged. "Just because I've never been to Disneyland before, doesn't mean I wasn't a kid once."
Sonny sighed happily as Chad took her hand in his, and placed his other hand carefully on her waist.
The pair danced slowly together, the bright carousel behind them emphasizing their silhouettes as they glided across the drawbridge. The music rang clearer and truer to Sonny than it ever had in her life.