Ah, what a long epilogue. I just realized that I actually accidentally slipped some clues about the 'suprise' in the previous chapter. But anyway, I hope you enjoy the last chapter.

Happy Halloween!

Love Story


July got stingy with the wind, and even the birds and bugs kept their song from themselves. Rachel was tired of sleeping and pretending there was no war, that everyone was going to be okay, because deep down inside, that heavy, empty feeling refused to go away. She got dressed and slipped out of bed, trudging towards the window. When she opened her windows, the sticky smell of it rolled in on a breeze. The velvet curtains fluttered, blowing out and rippling at the edges, whispering against her bedside table. She breathed throgh her nose, exhaling slow as she felt her eyes drift close.

She was sick of waiting. It scared her. She don't do fear. Therefore, Rachel ran to the meadows inpulsively. She knew that the troops would pass by the meadows on the way back to Azarath. Arella watched Rachel from her room. She shook her head and sighed.

Coming to the meadows was a mistake. Disappointment ran across Rachel's face, breaking her mouth and eyes into downward curves. No one was there. A clearing of tall grass washed around her. Old trees rustled as soft as angel wings. She felt haunted. Memories of her and Richard lingered there. They washed over her, momentarily subduing her with tears. She could hear the laughter shared between the two of them. She could feel the whispers of words on her cheeks as they spoke when she snuck out of the castle to meet him. She could feel his aura around her.


Richard! She stoned there. She was glad, but she was afraid.

"Rachel!" that familiar voiced called out. She turned around. He was real. He's there, right in front of her, wearing a white, deep v-neck shirt and a black pants. A brown leather belt fastened the white cloth near his tones skin. He looked so innocent, just like the past. The sight of Richard plucked the corners of her lips into a radiant smile. Richard laughed, a broad vacant smile lighting upon his tired features.

Rachel ran towards him and pulled him into a tight hug. He smiled and leaned in closer so that his lips were brushing against her ears. "Told you I'll be back."

She hit him hard in the chest, "What was that!" She got even flustered when she saw that smirk on his face, "Stop it before I slap your smirk right off your face."

"Would you?" he wrapped his arms around the princess. "Or are you going to kiss it off?"

Rachel raised her head for a kiss, "Shouldn't you have something to say to me?"

Richard pressed his lips to hers. "Love you."

She smiled against his lips. She fingered his ebony hair, feeling the soft hair against her finger pads. She missed him so much.

Richard broke the kiss. "Here... Wait..." he reached into his pockets, groping for a box.

"I love you. Bruce have already talked through it with your mother." He knelt down, opening a small wooden box, "Will you marry me?" Say yes, please say yes.

Rachel blinked. She peered at the inside of the wooden box. There's a ring. It was not like any other ring she had seen. She had seen rings adorned with colorful jewels, and even made of gold and silver. The ring, however, was made of wood. It was carved so perfectly that it seemed as smooth as velvet. Fresh green arrow grass twined around the wooden ring. The inside of the ring had the words 'I love you' carved in it. Though the box was simple, it had a piece of cloth lined in it. Cotton was cushioned under the ring.

Rachel bit her bottom lip. "I... I gave up my position as a prince," Richard explained, sweat dropped. Richard continued, "I... I should have asked you. I... I'm sorry. You know what, this is stupid. It's okay if you want to reject—"

Rachel leaned down and pressed his lips with hers. "I'm poor and doesn't own any land," Richard frowned, although he loved her very much, he definitely would not want Rachel to suffer with him. "I do not care. All I want is you," Rachel answered simply. He smiled against her lips. Richard broke apart and pouted playfully, "I still want to hear it."

Rachel smiled, "I do. I want to be your wife."

Richard stood up and offered his hand. Rachel gracefully accepted and he pulled her up. "So, my darling wife, I shall help you with this ring," he wriggled the box in front of her. Rachel laughed. Richard protested and pinched the bridge of her nose, "Hey! I spent hours making it! Do not insult my craftsmanship!"

Rachel stopped laughing and became very quiet on the return journey. Richard furrowed his brows and squeezed her hand, "Is there anything bothering you?" "No," she assured him. "I'm just wondering what our future will be like." Richard kissed her cheek, "Don't think too much. Stop worrying for nothing. From now on, as long as I live, I will erase all of your troubles and make you happy."

She looked at him, "I don't want to lose you again."

He smiled, "I will not leave you alone anymore."

"Here, c'mon, let's go pick out a white dress for you."


Where am I? I'm not dead?

"Malchior Wilson or the false king of Azarath, imposer and outlaw, the law decrees that you shall be hanged by the neck at dawn of the coming day, and thereafter be left hanging here as a warning to all men."

"It's not fair!" Malchior roared, suddenly coming into his senses. No one bothered to listen to Malchior's rants and raves. Prince Wally moved on to Gizmo and Malchior's accomplices, pronouncing the edict of each criminal.

Night fell, Malchior ws slowly losing control of his sanity. He was still locked in the scaffold. His legs were chained to the metal pole behind were no guards watching him, but an area was cordoned off. No man in the right mind would cross over and approach him.

A figure shifted in the silent night. "Malchior," the man called out harshly. The criminal looked up. "U... Uncle," he croaked, his lips too dry to speak. "H...Help me..." "Just visiting you one last time before your death," Slade smirked. "Any last wish?" Malchior seethed, "I... will kill... y... you..." Slade slapped him and snickered.

The next day, the decree was carried out. His execution was carried out in public. All men and women from as far as Strata came to watch the final show of Malchior. Women cringed at the sight of the limp body, men cheered and applauded. Behind a stone pillar, a figure stared at Malchior. He stayed in Azarath for a week, making sure Malchior was really dead. Then he left the kingdom for good.

Bruce regained his throne on Gotham. For the first time in History, Queen Arella was the ruler of Azarath. She had become a more humble and graceful lady. Victor Stone became a noble knight of the United Empire, consisting of mainly the kingdoms of Gotham and Azarath and Keystone. Prince Wally became the first-in-command of the entire army of Keystone. Roy Harper and Aqualad became royal guards. Mal Duncun was promoted to a higher rank. New constituition was brought up and some old decree were edited so as to maintain peace and harmony between one kingdom and another.

Rachel and Richard began to laugh more. Victor begam to smile more. Out of everyone's sight, Prine Wally and Kori began talk and blush more often.

Just the other day, Victor stopped Richard. "So you have decided not to tell me one important thing that's gonna happen?"

Richard raised a brow. His older brother smirked, "I make wedding cakes."


Time passed so fast. A month later, Bruce, Rudolph, Arella and several friends of Richard and Rachel sat in the church, witnessing their marriage. [1]

"Wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?" said the Minister.

Richard answered solemnly, "I will."

"Will thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honor, and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?"

Rachel met Richard's eyes, "I will."

The Minister received Rachel at Duncun's hands, Richard took her right hand with his. "I, Richard Wayne, take thee Rachel Roth to my wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth," Richard spoke, saying after the Minister as followth.

They loose their hands, now with Rachel taking his right hand with hers. She said after the Minister, "I, Rachel Roth, take thee Richard Wayne to my wedded Husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth."

Richard slid his ring onto Rachel's fourth finger. The Minister continued, "I have declared that they have pledged their troth by giving and receiving a Ring, and by joinind hands; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife."

"You may now kiss the bride," the Minister added.

The couple beamed in happiness. They leaned in and sealed their oath with a kiss.


Six years later...

"Mother! Mother!" a little girl shouted.

"Yes, darling?" Rachel answered from the kitchen.

"Father said that Little Mermaid met Prince Eric when he's on the big ship while having a feast. Tell Father he's wrong," the girl crossed her arms, turning her head away from her father.

"Oh, then how did they met?" Rachel settled down beside her, feigning confusedness.

"They met when Little Mermaid rescued him from the storm which almost killed him!" she insisted. Rachel looked at her husband, who was lying on the couch with an arm propped up for his head to lean on. Richard flicked out his hand and mouthed, "What?" Their daughter continued, "Little Mermaid only saw Prince Eric during that feast on the ship." [2]

"Oh, is that so?" Rachel pretended to be curious.

The little girl nod her head. Richard pouted, "But I was half-correct." Rachel leaned forward and punched him softly on his arm.

"Will you please forgive me of my silly-ness?" Richard made a pitiful look. "Please please please..."

The bubbly girl giggled. "Right after you tell me how did you and Mother met."

Rachel looked into the pair of ocean blue eyes and smiled sweetly. His gaze never left hers, and said, as though to her:

"We were both young when I first saw you."

[1] Okay... I am not really sure of the wedding vows, I found them on Yahoo. It's kinda religious, but hey, during that time, there's a spread of religions all around the world right? *Nervously laughs*

[2] The Little Mermaid story is kind of inapropriate, sorry for that. I need a connector for my ending speech. And... I have a vague idea of what's happening in Little Mermaid. I only read it once, and that was ages ago. I hope what I wrote here is correct?

Finally. I've finished the story. It's so damn difficult to follow the original song by Taylor Swift. I mean... I completely lost track of the idea and went overboard. After a series of altering and editing of the last few chapters, taadaa! I manage to present you with this chapter, that actually end off quite similarly to Taylor Swift's song. I felt so happy right now. I actually felt like crying because I've completed it and I really really really really appreciate all of you for reading and supporting me throughout the entire story. Really, even a simple review made my day. Thank you thank you thank you thank you...

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