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We watched as they lowered the dark wood coffin into the ground. I glanced at Matthew out of the corner of my eye.

It wasn't surprising that he wasn't crying. I wouldn't cry either for a man who tried to kill me.

"Matthew? Are you okay?" I whispered, genuine worry laced in my voice. He nodded, but I could tell he was barely hanging on.

The tears were building up in his eyes, but refused to fall. Finally, he shook his head and buried it in my shoulder.

We remained that way until the funeral ended and everyone who knew Alfred was paying their respects, one by one.

"Matthew… come on, let's go for a walk." I helped him up, holding him as we walked, him limping slightly.

I remembered that after we first kissed, he collapsed. He sprained his ankle, but refused to use crutches.

I led him to a grave labeled 'Kamilla Beilschmidt'. I could feel his eyes staring at me. "Mein mother."

He nodded in understanding. "I need a second alone." I told him, kneeling down on the wet grass. I could feel him limp away to lean against a nearby willow tree.

"Hi mommy. I know it's been a while since I came to visit… but I met someone. You would've liked him. He draws, he cooks, he sings… I-I love him mommy. And I just wanted you to know that I found someone I want to spend the rest of my life with."

I stood; leaving my mother's grave to walk to Matthew. I grabbed his hand and led him to another pair of graves labeled 'Elizabeta E.' and 'Roderich E.'.

"A couple of my friends." I explained to Matthew. He seemed to read the atmosphere, and left me alone again.

"Eliza, at one point I thought I loved you. But I guess I was wrong. If it wasn't for your guys' sacrifice, I never would have met Matthew. I probably would have spent my whole life fighting for you. But I met someone who no one could ever replace."

I stood and walked toward Matthew. "Sorry. I just needed to get some things off my chest."

"I understand."

"Matthew… there's something I need to ask you…" I told him, my hand in my pants pocket, fiddling with the small box resting there.

"Matthew, you're an amazing person. Your drawing is beautiful, your cooking is phenomenal, and your singing is like that of a bird." I got down on one knee. "So I'm here now to ask you: Matthew Williams, will you marry me?"

I pulled out the box which contained a silver ring laced with small rubies. Matthew's hands covered his mouth, his eyes filled with tears of happiness. He nodded furiously before leaning down and kissing me softly.

"Is that the last box?" I heard my love ask behind me.

"Yeah it should be." I answered, closing the truck. He was standing on the curb in front of our new house. I hugged him from behind, his hands holding my arms.

"Are you sure about this?" He whispered.

"We deserve a chance to be happy. After everything we went through…" I spun him around, kissing him softly.

I let him know that this was our happiness, and no one elses.

I cried while writing this, I literally full out cried. I actually gave the same speech Gilbert told his mom to my mom's grave about Sky. (but I didn't ask her to marry me, instead I told her I loved her)

I'm now working on another PruCan fic and another DeSo fic (if anyone here watches Soul Eater, it's Soul x DTK)

Well that's a wrap, hope you enjoyed this story as much as I did.

It had a lot of ups and downs, but in the end: we all pulled through.

I hope to see you all in my next fic.

-Rubytears101, over and out.