A/N: Guys, this is the last chapter! Thank you all so much for everything! I don't even know where to begin or end, and I could probably write on and on about it, but I'm just going to simply say THANK YOU. To ever single reviewer especially, and every single reader. It hasn't even been a year since I published One Time is All it Takes! There are no words I can say that express how much I LOVE YOU ALL! I am truly honored you took the time to read my story. Wait. Not my story. Our story. You all gave me wonderful ideas, and I used them, especailly in Things People Say. This story (Life Goes On), I wanted to do myself, so sorry about that, but still. Anyways, once again, THANK YOU!
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"You look gorgeous, honey," my dad tells me.
"Thanks Daddy," I hug him tightly. "Ready to give me away?"
"No, but I hope you know you'll always be my little girl."
"I know, Daddy," I smile. "Okay, we better get going."
'Breathe, Madelyn, breathe,' I remind myself.
The doors open, and I see Ian standing up at the altar.
"Yes, Maddie?" my father looks up from the bills. "What do you need?"
"Do you think it would be okay if I went on a date with Ian?"
"Ian? Ian McNelsen?" he chuckles. "I don't see why not."
"What's so funny?" I demand.
"It's just that I told your mother this was going to happen someday."
It seemed as though everyone knew but us, because when I told people, they always muttered something along the lines of "finally".
"Who gives Madelyn Harper Greyback to Ian Matthew McNelsen?"
"I do," my dad says, squeezing my hand.
I hug him, and then stand at the alter with my soon-to-be-husband.
"I don't think we're doing this right!" I giggle as we spin in circles.
"Come on, Madd, I think we're fine!" he jokes. We've been unsuccessfully trying to maneuver a canoe for 45 minutes.
"Ian, stop," I say, laughing. "We're stuck out here, and you're just making it worse."
"Well, then why don't we eat?"
He pulls out the moonlight picnic he packed, and hands me a bowl of salad.
Once we're finished, he says, "Madd, I have something for you."
"Okay," I say happily. He reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out a ring box.
"Ian?" I say tentatively.
"Madelyn, will you marry me?" he flips open the box, and there lies a diamond ring.
I pause for a second, shocked. "Yes!" I squeal.
"Do you, Ian McNelsen, take Madelyn to be your lawfully wedded wife?"
"I do." His eyes stare deeply into mine.
"And do you, Madelyn Greyback, take Ian to be your lawfully wedded husband?"
"Well, then you may kiss the bride!" Ian gives me a gentle kiss, then suddenly dips me back and deepens it.
That's what I love about this relationship. There's nothing cliché about it, nothing ordinary, a surprise at every turn. It's how my mom and dad described their relationship.
When he finally lets me stand straight, I smile at my little sister Arianna. Out of my siblings, we were the closest. She and Graham are 17 now, and I'm 23. I look over to him, and then to my other little brother, Michael. He was a surprise, with nine years between him and the twins.
"Hey, guys?" my mom calls to us from the living room. "Could you all come in here for a minute?"
"Sure!" we say in unison.
Once we're all settled on the couch, my mom says, "I have a surprise! Well, at least, it was a surprise to your father and I." she pauses. "I'm pregnant."
When Ian and I walk out of the church as Mr. and Mrs. McNelsen, I feel so happy I could burst.
"I'm so proud of you," my mom whispers into my ear as we embrace. "I can't believe my little girl is married!"
"I love you, mom," I say.
"I love you too," she replies.
I have so much respect for my parents. After all they've been through, between having me at 19 (which, by the way, they would have killed me if I got pregnant then) and struggling to be together, the miscarriage, my grandpa dying, and everything else, they have stayed strong.
I guess the saying that my parents always told me during tough times is true. People change, things go wrong, but always remember, Life Goes On.
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You know when you feel really good about something?
That's how I feel. About all of these. People change, things go wrong, but always remember, LIFE GOES ON!