A/N: Well, that's it folks! The last chapter of my story is here :) It has been an amazing journey and I wanted to thank each and every one of you who took the time to review my story in the last two months. It really has been a tremendous help to read your thoughts! I hope you enjoy this last chapter and I hope you will hang in there with me as I try to share more stories in the future :D

Chapter 23

The next morning Emily woke up in JJ's arms and for a moment she wondered if what had happened the previous night was just a dream. But when she felt the ring on her finger and instinctively touched it with her other hand, she knew that it couldn't have been a dream. JJ had really proposed to her and now she was lying in their bed in their bedroom, with JJ's hair in her face. And she wouldn't have it any other way.

"Looks good on you." JJ smiled as she took Emily's hand and gently touched the finger with the ring.

"You think?" Emily teased.

"Most definitely." JJ grinned and Emily shifted positions so she was now facing the blonde. She placed a gentle kiss on JJ's lips.

"Well, I'll let you in on a little secret…" Emily stole another quick kiss, "I think it looks good on me too. And it feels good to be wearing it, it feels right." Emily added and looked into JJ's eyes to make sure the blonde knew how happy she had just made her.

"Well, I'm glad you think so." JJ sighed and she pulled Emily closer to her. "If you had any idea how nervous I was last night… I was so terrified that you might say no. But for some reason, I don't even know what that reason was, I felt like it was a good time to ask. It just hit me and…"

"Were you really worried I might say no?" Emily suddenly asked, not really knowing why JJ would ever be afraid of that.


"Why? Didn't I tell you enough times that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you?"

"You did, but I just…" JJ's voice trailed off for a moment, as she was trying to figure out the way to tell Emily what it was exactly that she was feeling, "I don't know, I guess a part of me was worried that you still…"

"What?" Emily interjected, seeing how hard it was for JJ to talk about it and knowing what she was trying to say. "That I wasn't over you leaving me for Will?"

"Yeah, I guess." JJ admitted sadly, a little overwhelmed how easily Emily could read her mind, although she knew it shouldn't really surprise her anymore. "I don't know, sometimes I just feel that no matter what I do or how hard I try, it just never going to be enough to make up for what I did."

"Do I make you feel like that?" Emily asked, desperately trying to think of what she might have done to make JJ feel so insecure. Emily had no doubt in her mind that JJ loved her and she was ready for their future together.

"No, Emily, of course not." JJ quickly protested and gently stroked Emily's cheek. "You only make me feel good things, I promise." JJ looked at Emily the way that totally melted the brunette's heart. She had to capture the blonde's lips with her before JJ continued. "I guess I'm the one who still can't get over the fact how much I hurt you when I…"

Emily wouldn't let JJ finish as she crashed her lips against the liaison's. "Please don't do this to yourself." Emily almost begged once they broke the kiss. She couldn't stand the hurt in JJ's eyes, she couldn't stand the thought of the blonde spending the rest of her life carrying this guilt inside her. She wanted JJ to be happy, really happy, because that was what she deserved. That was what they both deserved. "I need you to know how unbelievably blessed I feel to have you in my life. And how happy you make me. And maybe everything that has happened had to happen to bring us to this very moment. So let's not think about the past and concentrate on the future, OK?" Emily looked at JJ for some sign that she was willing to do that. She thought the look in the liaison's eyes told her that she would. "When you put that ring on my finger, it was a new beginning. For both of us. So let's focus on the life that we're going to have, shall we?"

"There is nothing that I want more." JJ smiled as she intertwined her finger's with Emily. "I'm sorry I didn't have a romantic night planned for the proposal."

"JJ…" Emily wanted to tell her that it was OK, that it didn't matter, that it still was everything she would ever hope for in a proposal. And the only thing that mattered was that they were going to be spending the rest of their lives together. But JJ wouldn't let her say anything.

"I got that ring about two weeks ago and ever since then I have been trying to decide how and when I was going to do this. I kept coming up with scenarios and waiting for the perfect moment, but last night something just happened inside me and I felt like I had to ask you and I needed to know if you… I'm sorry it wasn't anything fancy."

"It was perfect." Emily kissed JJ gently on the lips. "It was everything I would ever want. You and the ring – that's all that matters. You wanting to make me your wife, that's all I need. All I could ever need. So if you think your proposal lacked anything, get over yourself, Jareau." Emily ordered and was relieved when she saw a huge smile spread across JJ's face. Emily knew JJ was finally slowly getting rid of all her fears and letting herself be really truly happy about the prospect of sharing her life with Emily.

"OK." JJ agreed, partly because she knew there was no point in arguing with Emily Prentiss, but mostly because as she looked at her lover and felt her hand gently stroking her arm, she knew that they were now in a good place, both ready to make a commitment for the future and forget about all the drama of the past. This really was a new beginning for both of them, without any fears and insecurities, without living in denial, getting confused or running away. "I love you, Emily Prentiss. And I can't wait for you to be my wife." JJ kissed Emily passionately, as if trying to show her how much she was looking forward to their future together.

"Well I can't wait to be your wife, Jennifer Jareau." Emily smiled as she managed to say when JJ broke the kiss for a moment. "You have no idea what you're getting yourself into though." She joked.

"Oh I think I do." JJ grinned as she planted another kiss on Emily's lips. "And I happen to absolutely love what I'm getting myself into."

"Good." Emily sighed as she nestled in JJ's arms again. And as she laid in bed with the woman she loved more than life itself, she thought that maybe indeed everything they had been through was necessary for them to get to where they were. Maybe they had to go through all of this to finally see that there was just no way they could ever be apart. And whatever had happened had only made them realize how strong their love really was. And they had both seen too much to believe that their life was going to be perfect, but they knew that together they could face anything that life decided to throw at them.