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I looked out onto the grounds of Hogwarts from my bedroom window, trying to remember everything that had happened over the past five years. I still found it hard to believe that it had been so long since I had been a student at Hogwarts. It still felt like it had all happened yesterday.
Things had definitely changed over the past five years. Edward and I had gotten married the Christmas after graduation and had both begun to work at Hogwarts. Edward had studied healing under Esme's instruction, and I had taken over as Potions Master. I had been offered countless positions when I had graduated, but none held any appeal to me. I wanted to stay at Hogwarts. I enjoyed teaching.
Edward and I had been lucky. Not everyone had the luxury of working so close to their spouse. Alice and Jasper had been married for two years but usually found themselves working on opposites sides of the world. Alice worked in the Foreign Relations Branch of the Ministry while Jasper was slowly climbing the ranks within the Auror Division. I was thankful that every night I was able to crawl into bed with my husband and best friend.
Emmett and Rosalie had gotten married the day after our graduation, welcoming a baby boy nine months later. The two of them lived the glamorous lives of celebrities. Emmett was one of the best Quidditch Players of all time and often graced the covers of newspapers and gossip magazines. And Rosalie was the envy of every woman. She traveled everywhere with her husband and child, balancing everything perfectly. They both thrived on the attention and couldn't be happier with their family.
The biggest challenge of the past five years had definitely been the trials. The three trials had taken over a year to even begin and months of testimony for them to conclude. I wasn't sure what to think of the outcome. I was thankful that James Sr., James, and Felix had all been sent to Azkaban. But their sentences paled in comparison to the suffering they had brought our family.
I wasn't worried about them escaping or retaliating. Jasper had assured me that once James was freed in a few months, he wouldn't be allowed near my family. It was rumored that the Ministry would exile him to somewhere in mainland Europe. I wasn't as worried about James Sr. or Felix- neither of them were every going to be freed any time soon.
"Mama!" I heard my daughter, Allison, yell as she and Edward walked into the bedroom. Edward and Ally were the center of my universe.
"Hi sweetheart," I greeted as she threw her arms out toward me, and I picked her up. "Did you have a good walk with Daddy?"
"We had a wonderful walk," Edward responded for her before kissing me.
"Have you heard from your father?" I asked, biting my lip nervously. Edward's father was still the Minister of Magic and had been working nonstop to get vampire marriage legalized in time for Carlisle and Esme to legally marry this afternoon.
"It passed," he answered with a smile. "I just got an owl from him. He's heading here to let them know in person. He even wants to perform the ceremony himself."
"But I thought it was a long shot," I said, unable to stop smiling. Esme and Carlisle had been waiting years to make their commitment to each other legal. They had been determined to hold at least a symbolic wedding even if the law had not passed. It was quite obvious that they were made for each other.
"It was, but apparently everyone changed their mind. Well, as long as the law contained one clause." My happiness was suddenly paused as I waited for the 'but.' I knew it had to be too good to be true.
"What kind of clause?" I didn't understand why it was such a big deal to allow them to marry or why the decision had been prolonged as long as it had.
"The vampire is forbidden from changing his or her spouse. The spouse must remain human," Edward explained somberly.
"You can't have it all," I sighed as Ally snuggled into the side of my neck.
Esme had been after Carlisle to change her for years. She had wanted to ensure that they would forever be together, but Carlisle had constantly refused. He would only change her once they were married. Yet now it seemed impossible.
"One thing at a time," Edward added as he wrapped his arms around me, squeezing Ally in between us.
"I just want them to have the happiness we have," I replied.
"They are happy," he assured me. "And they will be happier after we tell them what we decided."
I rested my head against Edward's chest as I held on to my daughter, knowing he was right. Esme and Carlisle were going to be thrilled once we gave them their wedding present. They were going to be our son's godparents once he was born in three months.
A/N: I can't believe this story has really come to an end. It has been quite the ride, and I want to thank each of you for taking this journey with me.
As promised here is a sneak preview to my new story, The Oceans of Tomorrow.
I had always imagined my wedding day to be the best day of my life. I had always pictured myself saying "I do" in a small, Italian, church overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. My fiancé and I would exchange vows and start our journey together in front of our family and friends. It would be magically perfect, like a fairytale.
But my wedding day was nothing like that. I had planned the perfect wedding. Everything had been flawless except for the groom. When the time came to say "I do," I found it impossible; I couldn't marry him. I loved Jacob, but I wasn't "in love" with him.
I had rushed out of the church, unable to face him or my family. I couldn't believe that I had allowed myself to get caught up in everything. I didn't understand why I had said yes. Jacob wasn't the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He was just comfortable.
The first chapter will post next Sunday. Make sure to add me author alert. I can't wait to share my new story with you.