Assumpta turned in the passenger seat and allowed herself one last look at the valley she'd grown up in. Then she turned back round and gazed at the road in front of them.

She stole a look at Peter and smiled. She'd been so torn for 3 years about leaving Ballykissangel and most of that indecision had been cause by him. Now here they were, leaving together.

A thought suddenly struck her. "Peter, do we have a plan?"

He grinned at her and said, "Would it be too cheesy to say 'live happily ever after'?"

She rolled her eyes and groaned, "Mother of god what've I got myself into?"

He chuckled.

"I meant the more immediate future. Where are we going?"

He looked taken aback. "I thought you knew that?"

"Me? No. I just thought we should leave sooner rather than later."

He raised his eyebrows at her then fixed his eyes back on the road and shrugged. "Well this direction's as good as any."

She bit her lip and grinned at his carefree attitude. After a few moments she said, "Peter?"


"It's not always going to be sunshine and roses is it?"

He smiled, "Given our track record I'd say that was unlikely."

"Hmm," she grinned. "Ah well let's defy convention and live happily ever after anyway."

He stared straight ahead not saying anything, then abruptly pulled the car over to the side of the road.

"What's wrong?" she muttered, glancing round.

He caught her hands and gazed at her intently. "Absolutely nothing."

Then he kissed her.

The End

Author's note - Thank you so much for reading, I hope you liked it. This story has been floating about in my head since The Reckoning and Amongst Friends were first broadcast so it's almost a relief to finally share it! I've also got a sequel in mind which I may start writing soon. It already has a title, Sunshine and Roses, and I'd like to thank Rosie-oh for giving me that line in a review. I hope you don't mind me stealing it!

Thanks to everyone who's left a review, I really, really appreciate it :-)