A/N: Wow. I don't believe it. Chapter 16. Man, I think I'm gonna cry! :sniff: Oh! For all of you curious as to why there are 2 chapter 15's- the one with Storm's Confession; that's because the first time I tried posting it, something went wrong and it wouldn't let anyone view the story, so I redid it. But soon after, the one that screwed up worked again! Oy vay! :sigh: But oh well. I don't know how to wipe one out without killing the whole story, so please disregard one of them. Thanks, friends! ^_^

Anywho, man oh man. I still can't believe it. It seems like only yesterday I posted chapter one and got my very first review for it! But I won't start sobbing just yet, as I have two- and possibly three- *IceAngelDarkMoon- I like your idea for a story about Rini. I might just do that! ^_^ Thanks for the inspiration!* more great slash stories involving characters from Winter Light, and then some! You all can't get rid of me that easily. ^_~ And not to mention- since Storm's won by a landslide; that one will be next! Yay! ^_^

Anyway, I really don't want to thank everyone individually, rather than all of you together! Even if you just read the story and didn't review- I still give thanks because I know that people enjoyed it. I know this out staged Beautiful by a lot, and I think that's awesome- seeing as that Beautiful was for my ex and something I want to forget. That's why you all see it removed. I'm sorry, guys. But you know how break-ups can be. :sigh: Anywho, with all my tears and talking aside, I would like the honor of presenting: Winter Light: The Epilogue!

*Autumn*

I still couldn't believe it. Three years of marriage, and Mali and I were still going strong. In fact, stronger than ever. :sigh: My beautiful angel. I still thought and called him that; even after all this time. Sometimes I found myself pinching myself to make sure it wasn't all a dream, and I would wake up lonely; by myself once again.

I asked my love once, that if he could go back and do it all over again; even the hurt and everything that we went through; would he go for it? And his answer: In a heartbeat. He's so sweet. The years haven't affected him a bit. He still looked and acted the same. He still had his tough, Buttercup-like exterior, but inside? He was still softhearted.

Myself? Well, I had changed just a little bit. Twenty-six years old and working as a florist now. I know you're going to ask me: what? What happened to interior decorating? Well, I just lost interest in that field; plus, that part of my life was a painful one, and something I'd like to forget, so, I went into what I really love: floriculture.

I had recently opened up my own business, and if I do say so myself, it was going great. Mali helps me out sometimes, and drops by for visits.

Malachite however, stayed true to his heart. He just recently published his second book, and is working right now on he and my autobiography. He said that he wants to teach others that loving differently is okay, and that your soulmate can very well be of the same gender.

I'm really proud of him. Of course, I always was. He's doing well too, because I know that they can't keep his stories on the shelves long enough! We both think that's awesome. He was so perfect for that job. Plus, he loved meeting the fans and signing autographs. It suited him.

As for Princess, she had been arrested that night. I guess when Marissa called the cops, she told them her address and they were there waiting for her. Mali and I both laughed when we heard about that. I mean, I know it probably sounds really mean, but in a way, she deserved it.

Though, I did feel bad for her when she started crying and apologized that day. Maybe she does have some good in her after all. Who knows? At any rate, I hope that she can find herself a love like Mali and I share. Then maybe she would be able to calm down some.

Earlier this year, Malachite and I had been looking at a pretty cabin right out in the countryside, but decided to stay in our place by the sea- since it had always held a special place in our hearts. Plus, it was where we had first fallen in love. So, why leave such a beautiful place that we have now?

We've also been discussing adoption. I sincerely love kids, and have always wanted one of my own. Especially with my love. Mali says that he wants one, because he was an only child, and always felt lonely; so, we're talking about expanding our family.

I bet you're wondering what will happen with us now. Well, I really don't know what the future has in store for us. But all I know that whatever does get thrown our way- I'll be hanging onto my angel and never letting go.

For you see, I learned a lot from everything that we went through. I learned that eventhough you may feel like no one cares about you; that you're wrong. And, that there is truly someone out there that really does care for you. They may not show up until later in life, or they could be right in front of you. But no matter what life throws at you, that special someone is there, and always will be there. You just have to look hard enough for them.

Or, like with me- when all the stakes are down; and you are about to give up; that sacred love always comes and changes your life. I know this. And I walked down the aisle with this special someone three years ago. My light, my strength, my angel- my Mali.

~:sniff sniff: Oh, I wish I had someone like Autumn to love me! WAAAA!!! :a lady walks up and hands me a tissue and a can of Pepsi: Oh, thank-you, kindly. :ahem: Anyway, man oh man. I can't believe it's finished. I'm in awe. I mean, you know how it is; a writer never wants their story to end. Apart of you wishes for it to live on. But I know this one will in the hearts of everyone that's reviewed and just read this.

Hopefully, through Winter Light, I have taught you all and inspired you not to give up after all, and been able to shine a little light into your lives. And through this story as well, I have been able to meet many sweet people, and made lifelong friends. I thank-you all. Not just for reading my story- but for letting me be apart of your lives; and apart of your hearts.

I want to extend a special thank-you to my dear friend, barrabbas for always helping me out with ideas, (yep, you can all thank Source Boy for that rose and starfish idea, ^_^) and for just being one of the greatest friends I know.

To my other friend CLS, for all the words of encouragement; and for zapping me in the first place. If you hadn't, I never would have gained a friend for life.

And lastly but certainly not least, my friend, Marissa, for always putting a smile on my face, and for being my loyal Stalker. (I still want my lolly! ^_~) I hope that continues in the next stories! ^_^

Please be sure to stay around for Princess, Storm, and Rini's stories- from characters in Winter Light! Storm's will be up tonight, and Princess's most likely tomorrow. Well, the first chapters anyway. ^_^ And even after that? Well, lots and lots of slash stories coming up! So, stick around friends, it will be a fun time! Love you all! ^_^

~Trista Starr

***For my very own Tenshi, and one of my greatest friends! Love you lots!

"Just hurry back to the land of the living; things have changed since you've been gone; the world is turning in the land of the living; take a deep breath, life goes on-"

~Pam Tillis