Chapter 9 - Epilogue

Author's Notes at the end.

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Baby you're all that I want
When you're lyin' here in my arms
I'm findin' it hard to believe
We're in heaven
And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart
It isn't too hard to see
We're in heaven

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London, England
O' Connell House
March 3, 1935

She dug her feet into the sand to keep her toes warm. The wind was brisk and she took a deep breath to smell the ocean. The sun shined down on her and she let that light and warmth flow over her. She felt a pair of arms slip through her arms to encircle her waist. She took a deep breath again and let his smell wash over her. "I love you." she whispered. "I love you too," he whispered back. "Stay with me?" "Forever...that's the whole point."

As the dream faded out Evelyn didn't focus on anything but the arms around her. It was exactly one year today when her husband, her love was ripped from her. And although they could stay and wonder why they weren't going to. For today was a celebration of life and love. She felt him kiss the back of her ear which to this day made her giggle. "I knew you were awake." His voice full of joy and love. "I was trying to see how much longer I could stay asleep. What time is it?"

"Not enough time for me to do what I would like." he quipped. She turned and looked at him. "Richard O' Connell...." she couldn't finish though and leaned up to kiss him. "Are you ready for today?" he asked. "I think I am. This is a great new start and with everything that has happened perhaps a time for some closure." Rick nodded and leaned down to kiss her once again. Evelyn wrapped her arms around his neck and would have flipped him on to his back but there was a knock at the door. "Mum, Dad, may I come in." "Of course." Rick said getting off of his wife.

Alex walked in with a bundle in his arms. "I wondered why I hadn't heard anything." Evelyn murmured. "I thought I would let you and Dad sleep. Besides she just needed her diaper changed." he explained and setting his baby sister into his mother's arms. "Thank-you Alex. I don't know what I do with out you." Alex beamed and Evelyn gave him a kiss on the cheek. "Not a problem Mum." He sat down on the bed facing his mother and father as they all gathered around the newest addition, Grace O' Connell.

"Are you ready to go Alex?" Rick asked. Alex looked up at his dad who was still in his pajamas. Rick looked down and started laughing, "Okay I'll get dressed, you take Grace, and then your mother and I will go downstairs and start breakfast." Rick commanded. It was a gentle command, but it was still a command. However no one in the room paid much heed and went to do their duties.

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"Please come in." A blonde hair woman said. She stepped back from the solid oak door and allowed the family to step in. "Madam will be down in a few minutes. You may wait in the parlor." the woman informed them. They went into the parlor and set down. Rick sat down with his wife on the settee and Alex took Grace and sat down in the big green leather chair.

A few minutes later Erika Spender walked into the room. "Good afternoon." she greeted. Everyone stood up, but Alex and greeted her. Erika walked over to Grace, "Oh Evelyn, she is getting to be so beautiful." Evelyn smiled, "Thank-you Erika." "It is good to see you." Rick said. "So what can I do for you?" Erika asked. Evelyn looked to Rick and they looked at her, "We just came to tell you that we are leaving. We are moving to America, Connecticut to be exact. We just wanted to tell you."

Grace had been born exactly nine months to the day that Evelyn and Rick had made up. She was a symbol almost of what they had almost lost. And while Evelyn was pregnant they decided to drop everything against Erika. After all she did what she did for love. And although there had still been resentment; the past few months that they had been visiting Erika had been a way to heal that. Evelyn had always felt sorry for Imohtep when he saw Ank-su-namun betray him and she saw Erika in the same situation. What she had done was wrong, but it was for love and had Evelyn been where Erika was she would have done the same thing.

"I understand. With talks of war, this is no place for one so young and innocent." Erika answered. "Please come and visit any time." "Thank-you Evelyn. Thank-you all so much. For letting me into your lives. I know it has been difficult, but I don't think I would've gotten through the past year without you. And then when you got me Russell's estates, I don't think thank-you is adequate, but it is all I have." Erika almost started to cry and Evelyn rushed over and held her in her arms. "Oh Erika, no thanks is needed. We both lost at what Russell did. If I had been you I would have done the same thing. You have been a wonderful addition into our family and friends. If you ever wish to please come to America and join us."

"Thank-you." she said and kissed Evelyn's cheek. She kissed everyone's cheek, but Alex who in return gave her a hug. "I'll miss you all." she said from the door and watched the O' Connell family go.

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As they left their own home for a ship headed for America Evelyn turned and looked at Rick. "I love you." she said. "And I love you." he returned and leaned down and kissed her. And from the taxi cab two voices who would later be identified as Jonathan and Alex could be heard moaning a "Puh-lease."

The End.

I'm finished!!! I'm finished!!! Yeah!!!

And the dream at the beginning is from Buffy the Vampire Slayer 3rd Season Premiere!

Thank-you all to those who have stayed with me. Your reviews have kept me going and I know that this epilogue has been a long time coming I just want to say thanks to the following: Buffelyn, MBooker, Shelby, Seletha, Whitney, Kat G (who is now Naca), marrokinhas, Fordgirl, Alicia , Princess Of The Darkness, Linser-42, Mahaja, Sassy, Leopard of the Moon, and anyone else I forgot! You guys were wonderful! Thank-you so very much!

I hope you all enjoyed this.

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Thanks again, Dylan.