Well... this is it. I can't believe we have finally reached the end. I loved this little story and don't know if I want to pursue a sequel yet. This will be the last time I am responding to all my lovely reviewers on this page. To those of you who review after this chapter, I will shoot you all a PM. I'm so sad to be leaving our little cast of characters. It was truly an adventure to write.
TheWoman: Thanks for being one of my most loyal reviewers! I appreciate it a lot. I loved writing those things into the story... I felt it needed to be there and I am so glad I included it.
Mia: I love them together! What made any of y'all think I was gong to kill off Annie? I only killed off Glimmer and Clove and Prim and... well I can see why y'all were worried.
Fireflies: Another loyal reviewer! Thanks so much! That part made me smile too.
Meagan: I'm glad you enjoyed it! Your stories are really good too! I don't know if you'll tear up... I kinda did..
Alexandra: Another very loyal reviewer! Thanks a lot :) and yes, this is the part...
Epilogue- December 9th, 2021 8:27AM
I can't help but feel somewhat sad as I load the last box into the Tundra. I know I'll be back in Alaska eventually. Everyone Annie and I know and love are here. Still, it's depressing knowing I'm never coming back here after a long day of work. I still can't help but feel excited though. Annie and I are moving to a beach in Florida. I have been saving up since I got out of the hospital over a year ago. Grandma Mags also left me a huge inheritance in her will. Over five million dollars were given to me. I was saving it for a special occasion like this.
Annie is crying as she hugs the Hawthornes, trying to awkwardly hug Johanna around her swollen belly, and hugging the newlywed Mellarks. "Y'all have to come down for Christmas to see the new house. We will probably have bought one by then." Annie doesn't know I bought us a two story house on the beach with a waterfall river rock fountain instead of a fireplace and stairs with an aquarium. Everyone else knows I bought the house, but have been keeping it a secret. The house with the location and renovations and furnishings were about one million dollars. I happily paid it. Only I know about the fortune my grandmother gave me.
When we have all said our goodbyes, Gale gets into the truck and drives Annie and me to the airport. He helps us check our boxes in. "It has been a blast, Gale."
Gale shrugs. "Why are you saying goodbye? You know as well as I do you two, Johanna and I, and Katniss and Peeta are going to Skype every night." He pauses and laughs. "You are also going to come up when Eloise is born."
Annie looks confused. "I thought y'all were having a boy? I thought y'all were going to name him Toby?"
Gale laughs. "We decided to not find out the gender. We're going to let me name her if it is a girl and let Johanna name him if it is a boy." Annie hugs Gale goodbye and he heads out.
Once we are good to go, we learn our flight has been delayed. I sigh. It means I have to wait that much longer to propose to Annie. I have one arm wrapped around Annie and the other in my pocket, messing with the little velvet box in my pocket. Somehow, I know she is going to say yes.
The End! I will miss this story but I'm writing another story and was waiting until I finished the prologue for it before I updated to epilogue. It is another modern day story featuring our cast of characters. I would love for you all to check it out. I hate the fact that this is where I will probably say goodbye to some of you and I will miss all of you who don't come back for my next story, but for those who do, I'm excited! Well, overall, I am pleased with this story and love how it turned out.
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Goodbye for now...