Hey everyone! Can you all believe it, it is the official last chapter of "The Real Beginning of Life" there has definitely been some ups and downs for the group hasn't there? I'm excited to finally finish this story, but I am also kind of sad to finish it. But, everything has to come to an end at some point, and like I said in the previous chapter, there will be a sequel to the Real Beginning of Life, and that story will be chaotic, but will full of love, development, growth, and many more. You will see the group grow more, and adapt more to being an adult, and all the challenges that come along with being an adult. Also, you will see their kids grow up, to the point that some of them are in high school, and stuff like that, so I am very excited to get into the sequel here soon!
But for right now, just enjoy the epilogue, along with the deleted scene from two chapters ago!
(*One Day before Tristan's "Funeral"*)
(A/N This part is a scene I wanted to add but wouldn't fit anywhere so yeah haha)
After everything that has happened over the past couple of days, all I wanted to do was go back home to the states, and forget about everything that has happened, and hopefully let go of all this pain in my heart.
Yumi was released from the hospital yesterday. The doctors decided to keep an eye on her for a couple extra days, instead of immediately releasing her. As of right now, it was early in the morning, and Yumi and Kammi was still asleep. I began packing some of our belongings up since we would be leaving tonight. Once I packed up some of the things in my childhood bedroom, I looked over at Kammi and Yumi, who were still sleeping peacefully on the bed. I slightly smiled to myself, and allowed them to sleep a little longer, after all the doctors did say that Yumi needed a lot of rest. As for Kammi, she's needs a lot of rest anyway, she's only a one year old.
I walked out of my bedroom, and shut the door behind me. I looked over to my right, and down the hall and noticed the bedroom to my parent's room was closed, and always has been closed since they passed away. I took a deep breath, and slowly, and hesitantly walked towards their bedroom. I thought to myself, if I face that fact that my parents are no longer here, things will began to get better. That time can finally help me heal, if I stop denying the fact that they are dead.
When I was right in front my parent's door, and slowly put my hand on the doorknob.
"What are you doing?" I jumped slightly at the soft voice behind me. I took my hand off of the doorknob, and turned to face the voice next to me.
"Hey, what are you doing up so early?" I asked Yumi, who was looking up at me sleepily. I gently wiped some of the sleep out of her eyes, and brushed some strands of hair out of her face.
"I couldn't really sleep anymore." Yumi answered, Yumi looked at my other hand which was on the doorknob, and then back up at me. "Are you okay?"
I removed my hand from the doorknob, and shoved my hands in my grey sweatpants pocket. "Uh, yeah, just…" I began to trip upon my words. "I just want to face the fact that my parents are…passed away, so I can stop denying it, you know?" I said.
Yumi nodded her head. "Okay, yeah I understand. Do you want me to go in there with you?"
"Um, I think it would be best if I..if I do it alone for right now." I looked down at my feet. Yumi stood on the top of her toes and kissed me on the cheek.
"Okay, just call if you need anything. I'll be downstairs fixing some breakfast." Yumi placed her hand upon my cheek, before walking back down the hall. I watched as she walked back into my childhood bedroom. I was assuming that she went to go check on Kammi. I sighed, and turned my attention back towards my parent's bedroom door. I placed my hand back on the doorknob and turned the handle, and pushed the door open.
I noticed that my parent's changed their bedroom since the last time I have been in here. I slowly walked more into their bedroom, and closed the door behind me. I looked around at their bedroom more. Their bedroom was very clean, and quaint. Since both of my parents were neat freaks, I actually wasn't surprised that their bedroom was clean. I walked more into their bedroom, touching almost every object that I passed by until I approached my father's desk in the sitting room.
I ran my fingers across the wooden desk, and eventually sat down at his desk. When I sat down at his desk felt a rush of emotions build up inside of my body. I looked around at my father's desk and noticed that he had many papers around his desk, I am assuming it had to do with lawyer stuff. I looked over at the corner of his desk, and noticed a picture of my father, my mother, and me.
I slightly smiled as I picked up the picture frame, and examined the three of us, but more primarily my parents. I indeed look a lot like my father in every aspect. I had his eyes, his nose, his jawbone, his mouth, everything except for his hair, as weird as that sound. I had my mother's brown hair. I sighed, and gently sat the picture down. I looked around the room again, and I saw a brown wooden box underneath my parent's bed. I got up from the desk chair, and picked up the brown wooden box, and down on the bench at the end of my parent's bed.
I took a deep breath, and opened the brown box. When I opened it, I saw that there were two letter's addressed to me that says "Open when the time comes." I also noticed that there were a lot of pictures inside of the box, along with many mementos. Deciding to open the letters last, I looked through all the pictures of me and my parents when I was younger until now. I looked through some of the mementos that my parents had, before picking up the first letter. By assuming the bubble letter handwriting, I assumed it was a letter written by my mother. I opened the letter, and unfolded the paper and began reading.
My Dearest Son,
By time you are reading this, I know that I am no longer living on this earth, and that I can assure you that I am in a better place, and smiling down upon you. First, I want to explain why I am writing a death letter. I honestly do know what the future holds for me. So, that is why I am writing this letter to you, just in case I do not get to say I love you physically. Ulrich hun, I want you to grow up, and be a success at whatever you do that is in your dreams. The times that I was here, and the time I did spend with you was absolutely wonderful and enjoyable time in my life, and you helped make it that way. You're my son, my only son, my only child, and I love you so much, and you are the best thing that ever happened to me. I can say that, this letter is very hard for me to write, actually I kept tearing up every word that I write cause I know I will not be here when you read this letter. So I hope that you find it, because I promised everyone to not tell you where this box is.
I just wanted to tell you that I am so very proud of the man you are today. You are smart, intelligent, and handsome man. I know that you'll grow, and be able to use your head to think things out and be able to ask many questions if you do not understand anything. But, there is something I need to ask you, and I want you to ask yourself. Growing up you loved soccer, and promised me when your father wouldn't listen that you would try to go professionally. My question is do you still have that dream? Do you want to play soccer for whatever country you are in? If you do, live out that dream hun, do what you always wanted to do since you could walk! The lawyer job will forever be there, and you always use it as a backup job.
But above all else, I know that you'll always be there for your wife Yumi, and the family that you'll make in the future. I pray that I get to meet my grandchildren when you have them, but if I don't, tell them I love them, and that grandma is looking down upon them, and that I am proud of them. Ulrich, I want you to know that the family you will grow is more important to you than anything in this world. I had to comprehend the fact that your wife, and your children and going to be more important than your father and I. It is a simple fact of the heart dear. Yes, you love and care for us, but taking care of your family is what comes first. There will be times that you and your wife gets into a fight, and plenty of them, that's how a marriage goes. But, just remember never go to bed mad at each other., because you'll never know what can happen. Also, know that when your children grow up, especially in their teenage years, you are going to fight with them, and get on them just as your father did to you growing up. In the end, you'll still love them, and they'll still love you.
I love you son, and just because I am no longer here, I want you to keep living your life as you would. Yes, grieve, but eventually you are going to have to move on. But, just know I'll always be in your heart dear.
I love you always, and I'll see you in a better place
I folded up my mother's letter, and held it close to my chest. There were several tears that streamed down my face. I wiped away the tears, and put the letter back into the envelope. I then picked up my father's letter. I hesitantly opened the letter, and began to read my father's semi-sloppy handwriting. At least now, I know where I got my handwriting from.
I never hoped I would come to write a letter like this. But, after the cancer I went through, and now I have developed Alzheimer's, I think it is best that I write this letter to you before I forget everything I ever learned. Since, I do not what will happen in time, I know that since I am writing this letter, I am in a different, and better place. Know that, I will always be with you Ulrich. I have always been with you since day one, since you came out of your mother's womb. You know, they say when a child is born, that baby looks at their father much differently than their mother. It is said that a daughter looks at her father as their first love, and when a son looks at their father, it is as if he is looking at his hero. I never thought about this until your mother gave me a long talk about how strict I was being toward you back in the day. I was touched when you said that you wanted to follow in my footsteps to be a lawyer, but I didn't want to tell you otherwise. Son, I want you to do the things you love, and what you want to do because it is your life. Yours to control. If you love being a lawyer, cool keep being a lawyer. But, I can see the love that comes to your eyes when you watch a soccer game, and how much you yearn to be out on that field. Do it son, do it, do what you love, and represent your country proudly. Hell, even go to the Olympics, if you love it, do it.
Son, I never told you something. I too, used to play soccer just like you did. Your grandfather hated it! Just as I was on you, he was on me ten times worse. I envied you as a father because you rebelled against my wishes, something I have been wanting to do with my father, but I didn't I chose to listen to him, and do something I honestly, didn't want to do. That's why I tell you now, do what you love cause that is what you want for your life. I played soccer all throughout high school, and my father pulled me out of the sport. But, overall, son I left you with all my tools, and possessions everything that belonged to your mother and I are now yours, do whatever you want with it. Son, I just wish you luck and safety in whatever you decide to do for a living.
Ulrich, son, I want you to face life and the problems life will give you with a positive attitude, because think about it if you think about the bright things in life, it makes the all the bad things in life seem not so bad after all. Even if it involves the death of a family member, because one, I was going to die anyway, once we are born we are slowly dying, besides I am much safer where I am now, than being on earth, right? Ulrich you are a handsome, smart boy, and you have a beautiful wife. Focus on that in your life first, that's your family you may start in the future, and they will mean everything to you. I can see it in your eyes when you look at Yumi. She is your most prized person in your life, and I can read it through your eyes that you would go to great lengths to make sure she is out of harms way.
What I'm trying to say is, I wish you nothing but the best and good fortune a person could ever want or need. I am writing this letter at Yumi's house on the couch, and you just announced that you and Yumi are having a baby. Ulrich, please remember that I always love you more than anything in this world. And when you have a son or a daughter you will know what this feeling is, and how hard it'll be to write this same letter one day to your children. But, even though I am not with you, you are always and forever in my mind and in my heart.
I took a deep breath, and wiped away the tears from eyes. Before I put my dad's letter back in the box. I noticed that his high school soccer jersey was in the box, and it had the number 10 in bold letters written on it. I held the jersey close to me, and deeply sighed. After a few seconds, I folded the jersey back up, and put it in the box along with my parent's letters. I closed the box back up, and stood up from the bench. I walked out of the room, and downstairs into the kitchen. When I walked into the kitchen, I noticed that Yumi and Kammi were eating cereal at the table.
I placed my parent's box on the kitchen island, and grabbed a bowl from the cabinet. When I sat down at the table, Yumi looked over in my direction.
"Hey, are you okay?" Yumi turned her full attention towards me.
I nodded my head, and poured me some cereal into the bowl, along with some milk. "Uh, yeah I will be." I looked into Yumi's eyes. Yumi gave me a small smile, and placed her hand on top of mine for a second, before returning to eat her cereal. "Hey Yumes…"
Yumi looked over toward me, and gave me another small smile. "Yeah?"
I intertwined my hands with hers, and looked into Yumi's eyes. "I love you."
"I love you too." Yumi responded.
I gave her a small smile, and looked down for a second. "Before we go to the airport, I want to do something right quick."
Yumi nodded her head "Sure, anything."
I nodded my head and resumed eating my cereal.
(*Half hour later*)
It took a half hour to get where I wanted before we fly back to the states. As of right now, Yumi, Kammi, and I were at the site where the car accident happened. Right now, it looks as if nothing happened. I pulled over to the median, and got out of the car. I opened the back door to the car, and picked up my daughter, along with a dozen blue flowers.
I decided to pick a dozen blue poppies, because the blue flowers represented peace. I was also told that blue flowers calms worries, and open mind, truth, and serenity. I walked up to the spot where my parents had died, and noticed many other flowers present, along with a picture of my parents.
I took a deep breath, and gently placed the flowers down on the ground in front of the tree that my parent's car crashed into.
"Kammi you want to put your flower down and say hello to grandma and grandpa." I said, and I gently placed Kammi down on the ground.
"Okay." Kammi smiled, and softly placed her flower on the ground. She then looked up to the sky. "Ello granmama an granpapa. I wuv you much."
I smiled to myself, and looked over at Yumi who too, placed her flowers down on the ground. She then came over towards me, and intertwined her fingers with mine. "I know things will get better from here…well...because I know they're in a safer place now…right?" I said, and looked over at Yumi, and actually smiled for once.
"Right." Yumi looked up at me, and returned the smile.
(*The Actual Epilogue*)
(*Three weeks later*)
After the past couple of weeks, the group decided to all meet up at Starbucks, since it seemed like forever since they are actually sat down and had a conversation.
The first to arrive was Jeremie and Aelita, followed by Tristan and Selena, then Ulrich and Yumi, and finally Odd and Trinity.
"Will you two ever be on time for anything?" Tristan joked, as he watched his sister and brother in law join the others at the table.
"No." Odd joked, but was serious about his answer. "Being late, is just, natural."
"And besides, we had to stop for food." Trinity shrugged.
"Per usual." Yumi smiled at her two friends.
"So guys, we been through a couple of crazy events the past couple of weeks haven't we?" Jeremie stated.
Ulrich shrugged. "You're telling me, this month has been a complete disaster."
Aelita nodded in agreement "I know right, but who knew that the first two years would be this tragic and hard you know?"
"When is life ever easy?" Selena stated. "First I find out I am adopted, my real parents aren't in contact with me anymore, or even want to speak with me now. I find out I'm pregnant before Tristan and I ever got married. Tristan supposedly dies, and comes back. And probably some other things I can't remember."
"Yeah, I can understand you on that." Yumi stated. "I find out my brother has a baby in high school, my father cheats on my mom, my father gets on me about everything, and then my parents' divorce, my brother decides to date Sissi for a moment, my brother and I get in a massive fight, Ulrich and I get in a massive fight, oh yeah, and then my parents get back together, what else, I then have our daughter, then I find out my mother has breast cancer, and I have hyperthyroidism, and have to take these pills for the rest of my life, and go to an endocrinologist for the rest of my life. To top it off I have a nightmare of my daughter getting raped and killed." Yumi folded her arms across her chest.
"Life is a bitch ain't it?" Odd sighed. "My sister dies, my boss kissed me, Trinity and I almost do not get married, and my old childhood friend is a fast little girl. Aelita, Trinity, and I get in a huge fight, and some other stuff like that."
Ulrich looked down at his lap, and then back at his friends. "I almost don't even want to reflect on the past that has happened to me right now it's too painful in some parts of it." Everyone nodded their head, they knew that Ulrich was still grieving with the loss of his parents.
"I also don't want to reflect on the past." Tristan responded. Again, everyone knew that Tristan's past was just as painful to reflect on.
"Guys, instead of reflecting on the negative things that happened in life, think about the positive." Aelita smiled at all of her friends.
Jeremie nodded his head in agreement. "Yeah, think about it, we all married the love of our lives, we all have beautiful children, and we all have great friends…"
"I know I am a great friend Jeremie, you don't have to tell me twice." Odd grinned.
"Shut up." Jeremie chuckled. "Anyway, despite all the bad times, we have to look at the good…"
Ulrich nodded his head. "Jeremie and Aelita is right, it's just like what my…my father wrote in his letter, he said if you think about the bright things in life, it makes the all the bad things in life seem not so bad after all."
"Yeah, I guess it just goes to show that even though we are going to have obstacles in our life, we can overcome them." Tristan spoke.
"Enough of this life talk." Odd waved off the conversation. "If you all had to five up one of your five senses, which one would it be?" Odd grinned.
"What kind of question is that?" Yumi asked, as she drunk some of her tea.
"A fun one when you think about it." Odd shrugged.
Jeremie thought for a second. "I think I would give up smelling…"
"Really why is that?" Selena smiled, and asked while leaning against Tristan.
"Well because you don't have to smell stuff that stinks I guess, you would just be oblivious to the world and its smells."
"Yeah, but if you get rid of smelling you would never smell Carbon Monoxide." Odd stated.
Ulrich rolled his eyes, and chuckled. "Odd, you dork, Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, and odorless thing, and you can't smell it."
"Oh, well which sense would you give up Ulrich huh?" Odd asked.
Ulrich thought for a second. "Probably taste, that way I won't be so picky with food, and I could eat healthier."
"I would get rid of taste too." Yumi agreed. "Or smelling."
"I would probably give up hearing." Selena answered.
"Why are you tired of hearing Tristan talk?" Trinity laughed, and received a playful shove from Tristan.
"I would give up touch." Aelita answered.
"I think I would give up touch as well." Trinity agreed. "That way I won't feel anything."
Tristan smirked. "That'll suck when you two make love…"
Trinity looked over at her brother in embarrassment. "Shut up, geese, nobody was thinking like that Tristan, with your dirty mind."
"My mind isn't dirty actually, it's just simple facts." Tristan smirked again.
"Hey guys, I have to tell you all something." Selena looked at all her friends. "Including you Tristan." Each of her friends gave her a confused look, but she continued. "Um some of you all may not know, but when I went to school I received a degree in aeronautics, so um what I decided was, I wanted to do what I love, and I love flying planes, so I'm..I'm thinking that will become a full time job..for me." Selena finished, and looked up at Tristan.
Tristan took a deep breath. "And you telling me this…now?"
"I'm sorry, I've been debating about it for a while now, and it just came to me that I just want to do what I love you know?" Selena explained. Ulrich down at his lap hesitantly, debating whether or not to tell his friends and Yumi the change of heart he had for his career. But he came to the conclusion that it's probably best to tell Yumi first, instead of announcing it in public.
Tristan nodded his head. "I understand, you have to follow your heart, right?"
Selena smiled. "Yeah, I mean, I probably won't do it until I get back into school for flying and stuff, so it'll take some time."
"Well guys, I can tell you now that there are going to be a lot of changes that are going to happen." Aelita stated. "Life, is like just beginning for us if you think about it, I mean, we are only 23 years old, two years out of college. We haven't seen anything yet."
"Until that time we will just take everything day by day, and see how everything plays out. We just have to keep holding on" Yumi stated, and looked at all her friends.
Trinity chuckled, and held up her cup of tea. "Cheers to the Real Beginning of life, and cheers to a new beginning at life, and may the odds ever be in our favor." Trinity grinned, and all of the eight friends held their drinks.
Well, I'm so sorry if the ending was kind of..off, and rushed. But it's currently really late and I'm really tired. But, I'm so excited to get into the sequel for this story. There is going to be a lot of changes come to you all, I can tell you the next story will more than likely be more dramatic and just full of craziness.
The next story will be rated M, because of cussing, and sexual references, and other stuff like that that happens in real life. But I hope you all enjoyed the last chapter of the Real Beginning of Life. It's been a crazy three years.
So, the first chapter of the story will hopefully be up by this weekend! Be on the lookout for that.
P.S Also, in between my next chapter story, I may just start doing some oneshots here and there! Make my stories go up and blah.