Hey, guys. Better get ready for a whole lot of flash forwards.
A year later.
I woke up in my nice warm bed. I couldn't believe it had been a year since all of that crap went down. It didn't seem real. Since Earth wasn't ever taken over, I assumed that the experiment worked. I slowly pulled myself out of bed and threw on my house shoes. These hardwood floors were brutally cold, even in the late summer time. I walked out of my bedroom and down to the first floor of the house that Jack and Alex had bought together after the publishing of their book had been so successful.
"Good morning, sleepy head." Alex smiled at me as I walked into the kitchen, looking for something to eat.
"Morning, Alex. Where's Jack?"
"He's in the dining room, along with everyone else. Can you help me and take this food in there?"
I grabbed a huge plate of pancakes and sausage and took them into the dining room where I saw my family gathered around our huge table.
"Morning, guys!" I sat the food down and sat down between Seth and Mrs. Turner, who now insisted that I call her mom. I didn't object to that. After I presented the experiment and was forced to run, Seth, Sara, Aunt Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Turner, Stella, Steven, Jon, and Travis had all come with me on the spaceship to Earth. Stella, Steven, Jon and Travis had only stayed for a little while, but they came back to visit often. The others stayed permanently. Mr. and Mrs. Turner had become like a father and mother to me and I loved it. Jack and Alex loved them as much as I did. Jack and I often talk about how crazy it is that in one year, we went from living a lonely life of a cab driver and his ward in a dingy motel room with not enough money to live off of, to living in a huge house with our great big family.
Jack and Alex had gotten married not long after we got back. It was a beautiful September wedding, and everybody could tell how happy the both of them were. Now it's July, and Alex's stomach is protruding very far. We're expecting baby Cooper any day now. Seth, Sara and I had all gone back to school. But were home schooled instead. With them being very smart, and me technically already being a senior, we were able to graduate with no problems. Sara is working at a veterinarian clinic not far from the house, and is seeing a man she works with. Seth and I are still together, as happy as ever. We fight still, over the little things, but it's never anything serious. We just like to pick at each other. And honestly, I love making up with him.
We sat and enjoyed our breakfast together when Alex finally joined us. Mr. and Mrs. Turner had to go into work at the University of Las Vegas, where they work as different branches of Science professors. Apparently, their classes were very popular and full, even in the summer time.
Seth and I both had gotten jobs at a doctors office, not far from the house. I'm a receptionist and he's an assistant. They're sending him to dental school in the Fall to become a dentist. Aunt Turner owned her own day care down by the strip and was doing magnificently. As you can tell, we were all doing great. Life was amazing and we hadn't had any problems out of Burke or Kubla Khan in ages.
Even Junkyard had gotten himself a girlfriend, who he was obviously in puppy love with.
Life was good.
Six months later
It was date night for Seth and I. We had gone into town and went to a cute little cafe for dinner, and then had walked to the ice cream shoppe not far down the road.
"How's your ice cream?" He asked, laughing as I rolled my eyes back in ecstasy.
"Ah-MAY-zing! How's yours?"
"It's great. Hey, Syd? Can I ask you something?"
"You just did." I laughed.
He rolled his eyes. "Two things?"
"You know, we've only known each other for a year and a half. But I feel as if no matter how long I know you, I will never truly know everything about you. You are beautiful and funny. Smart and sarcastic. Stubborn and loving. But ever changing. And I love everything about you. I plan on spending the rest of my life with you, and giving everything that I am and ever will be to you. If you will have me, of course. I love you, from here until the end of the universe."
I gasped, definitely not expecting that. I wasn't even sure what to say, but he took care of it for me. He stood up from the table top we were sitting on and stood in front of me, reaching into his pocket and pulling out a beautiful silver ring.
"Please, Sydley. Will you do me the honor of tying yourself to me for eternity? Will you marry me?"
Oh, my goodness! He proposed! I definitely wasn't expecting this! But I took no time in jumping into his arms, laughing and smiling, and planting a huge kiss on his mouth. "Of course, I will marry you, Seth. I love you, but no matter what I use to describe my love to you, it will be no where as beautiful as the words that just came out of your mouth. I would love nothing more than to tie myself to you for all of eternity."
He smiled and kissed me back, slipping the ring onto my finger. "Just hearing you say the word yes was beautiful enough."
The few people that had been surrounding us at the other tables were all showing various forms of congratulations. Some actually spoke it, others clapped, and others stuck with, "Awwwhh!"'s. I couldn't believe that I was engaged to the love of my life. To my Xanadu.
One year later.
It was December. It was cold. And it was my wedding day. Mr. Turner had made a call to Kubla Khan. All of my crimes had been forgiven! So our entire family, including Baby Cooper and Sara's boyfriend Max, were at the Turners house on their planet. The wedding would take place in the field behind their house, were a beautiful covered bridge had been built years and years ago. There weren't many chairs, for we weren't expecting many people to show up. After all, I was an Earthling on a different planet and the Turners had spent their last few years on this planet as outlaws.
I was already in my wedding gown, a beautiful white flowing gown with extravagant lace and beading all over, and short lacy sleeves (link is posted at bottom of story). My make up, done by Stella, was a neutral brown, bringing out my eyes. Light blush covered my cheeks, a touch of mascara and a quick slide of chap-stick (lipstick was never my forte and besides, who wants a lipstick smeared bride and groom?), and I was done. Sara had done my hair, mostly straight but with a bit of wave, and my bangs twirled and pulled back to the side. Just, simple. There was a white lily in my hair, as was in Stella and Sara's. Their bridesmaid dresses were a simple turquoise color, looking like a toga of sorts with a simple white braided belt around their waists. They had their hair pulled back similar to mine, with natural make up on as well. They were beautiful, and so was I.
Jack and Alex walked into Sara's bedroom where we were getting ready.
"Oh, you're all so beautiful!" Alex squealed, running to hug and kiss all of us on the cheek. "Simply beautiful."
"Beautiful." Jack echoed, sounding tearful.
"NO tears!" I warned, laughing.
"Are you sure you're ready for this?" Jack asked. We'd had this conversation twenty times in the past three days.
"Jack, I love him. He loves me. I know, we're young. But why wait? I'm just ready to officially be his."
"I just don't see the harm in waiting. I know it's going to happen eventually, I know you two kids love each other, but... I'm not ready to lose my little girl."
I laughed, and gave him a hug. "You're not losing me, Jackie. I'm like the flu. I'll always be around."
He wiped away a single tear. "Yeah, yeah. Let's just get the show on the road!"
We walked down stairs and out of the house, into the field behind their house and over to the covered bridge where everyone was already seated. The others all stood in line under the arch way. Stella and Sara on one side, Steven, Jon, Travis and Seth on the other. They all looked spectacular, but all I could pay attention to was my pale skinned, blond haired and blue eyed alien boy standing at the end of the aisle, waiting to declare his love to me to the world. Well, maybe not the world, but the audience. He was smiling hugely as I walked down the aisle. A light snow had started falling, not cold, but beautiful all the same. The Trumpet Bunnies were in a line, playing the traditional Kubla Khan wedding march. But I didn't hear it. Just like I didn't see Mr. and Mrs. Turner, Auntie Cassidy, President Sheen and her Council, or the Security Clearance guy sitting in the seats. All I saw was my Xanadu.
It seemed like it took Jack and I forever to make it down the short aisle. But we finally did. Jack placed my hand into Seth's eager hand, kissed me on the cheek and whispered, "You take care of her, you hear?" to Seth. He only smiled, "Of course. Forever." and Jack sat down in the crowd.
The Ordinator of Matrimony stood between us, and spoke the most beautiful words. But her beautiful words were nothing. The only beauty that mattered was the one across the alter from me, holding my hands and staring into my eyes. We spoke our oaths. Junkyard brought the rings down the aisle and we placed those on our hands. We had our kiss. We were married.
I was grateful for the little make up, because by the end of the Ceremony, I was in tears. And I wasn't alone. I could hear Stella and Sara, the women in the crowd, sniffling. Even Seth had tears in his eyes. Tears of joy that we finally belonged to each other and that we finally had our definite future. One definite thing in our unpredictable life.
/pin/277464027012160541/ - Dress.
/pin/277464027012184604/ - Engagement ring.
/pin/272045633711233987/ - Ceremony.
I hope those links work. At any rate, this is it. The final chapter. I hope it wasn't a disappointment to you all. I honestly appreciate each and every single one of your reviews. You're all simply amazing, and I've loved this journey we've all taken. Until my next story.