A/N:  :sighs sadly:  Wow.  This is it, you guys.  The final, final chapter of Promise.  You know, I still remember back when I was going to shut this story down forever- all because of something that happened.  Looking back, I'm glad I decided not to after all.  Why?  Because I love this story. ^_^ All the characters- even that damn Megara- warmed their way into my heart.  Alas, the continuation.  Glory, I'm gonna miss this so much- but I do hope, that like with Winter Light, I have taught you all a little more about the power of love.  ^^ Before I move on, I would like to give thanks to my awesome reviewers:

Skye Fate Blaine:  Ack, my dear Skye!  I am soooo sorry! :smacks self like a billion times:  By the time I read your review for 11, I had already posted the story.  ;_; I'm sorry.  But hey, at least you get the honor of being first in 13, right? ^_^ Anyway, yep- it sure is exciting, and I hope you enjoy the epilogue as I have writing it. ^^ Love to you, and thanks, dear friend! ^_^

FieryDistress:  I know, I'm sad as well to see it end. :sigh:  But thanks! ^^ I'm glad you did enjoy it as all you guys keep me wanting to write more in the future.  ^^ Long time no see, friend.  I'm glad you decided to return as it makes my day to see past reviewers come back into the picture.  Hope you like the last chap! ^_^

GodsFlutterBug07: I need to talk to you about Eternal Love.  I need to find out that idea before you post the 7th chap.  It's all good, don't worry.  I'm just an inquiring mind  ^^.  Thanks for reading Promise and I hope you enjoyed it. ^_^

crazymax6987:  Aww, thanks! ^^ Glad you like the parings, and yep- Megara is gone for good!  :huge cheer from yours truly: ^^ Glad your friend liked your poem and I'll chat with you later!  Thanks again! ^_^

IceAngelDarkMoon:  Well, thanks. ^^ I know Jack being the judge was indeed a last minute idea, and I'm so happy that everyone loved it. ^^ That makes me feel good. ^^ I appreciate all your kind words, and thanks so much for being "Silver's Helper."  Your ideas were brilliant, and saved me a lot of days with dealing with writer's block. ^^ Don't worry, I will write Rini's story- I promise! ^^ Thanks again, so much! ^_^

~And now- with a great honor- and all my tears aside- I wish to present to you all- Promise of a New Day:  The Epilogue. 

*Sam*

This was my dream.  I mean, five years we had been married, and Lily and I were still going strong.  It amazed me.  I had never thought in a million years that I would ever get married and be this happy.  I was in heaven.

I now worked as a writer, and had published my first book not too long ago.  I guess people liked it, because it was the bestseller of the season.  That made me happy.  I never thought anyone besides Lily would want to read my work.

Speaking of Lily, she went in a bit of a different direction.  Sure, she still writes- but not her own books like me now, but for a fashion magazine instead.  She's one of the reporters that goes on site and interviews different creators of unique trends and writes up a report on them to get published in the latest articles of 'Cosmopolitan' magazine. 

She's doing pretty well with that and loves her job.  I'm happy for her.  She's a lot better there than where she used to work.  I'm proud of her as well.  What am I saying?  I always have been.

Senna and Krystal got engaged not long after Lily and my wedding.  I'll never forget that day.  Senna wasn't expecting it at all.  The four of us had gone on a speedboat ride out onto the lake to celebrate Lily and I being married finally. 

Krystal took Senna's hands and flat out asked her to be her wife- when again presenting her with a white gold, diamond ring.  It was so sweet.  They were married by the ocean a year later.

I remember Lily and my wedding.  We were wed right by the lake as Senna and Krystal were asked to be our maids of honor.  Of course, they accepted.  We exchanged vows, as we became wives right as the sun set over the horizon.  And of course, we were Senna and Krystal's maids of honor.  We had to repay the favor after all.

I was still, as Lily would say, a "Buttercup," but I had actually, to my own surprise, calmed down a bit.  I still had that spark about me, but I learned to control it a little.  I guess being around Lily helps- as she is so patient and such with me.

Krystal still owned and ran 'Surfside Boutique,' with Senna as her Assistant Manager.  The two found their own place in PineCrest, which is only about an hour or so away. 

Yep- as you guessed it- Lily and me decided to sell both apartments in Crystal Lake and get our own place in Friendship- right on what they called, Lake Powell.  The ocean was an hour away- in fact, across the street from where Senna and Krystal live.  So in the end, it all worked out.

Recently, we have been discussing children.  We don't want to adopt- but have a child of our own.  Though, right now it isn't possible- but we are waiting for that one time.  And we decided that we would adopt anyway, if by the time we're truly ready- technology hasn't been advanced enough to do that.  We knew what we were doing.

As for Megara- Jack did as he stated and hooked her up with a one-way ticket to death row.  Last I checked- she had been put to death a few months ago finally.  Not by lethal injection- but by one of her cellmates beating her to death. 

Guess Meg tried to fight her and lost.  That'll teach her.  We had a good laugh out of that one.  Not to be jerks or anything- but after what she tried to do to us- it was nice to see her get paid back.

But throughout this journey- I learned so much.  I learned that- nothing can ever beat the power of love.  That if- two people want to truly be together- they can be against all odds. 

It doesn't matter if you're straight, gay, or bi- what matters is this:  life is too short, and if you worry about what people will think- you will miss out on so much.  So take it from a girl that knows what she's saying- once you find that special love- hold on, and never let it go.

You can beat any storm- any challenge, anything- so long as you beat it- together.

~:sighs:  And Promise of a New Day comes to a close.  Man, in a way I'm glad to have this finished, and in another- kind of sad.  But I know that this is a story I take great pride in, and will remember always.  Before ending this completely, I would like to give a big thank-you to all my lovely reviewers.  Without all of you, I couldn't go on writing this- I really couldn't. ^_^ Thanks so much for all of your support. ^^  Even if you didn't leave a review and only read this- I still give thanks.  Why?  Because just knowing that someone stopped and took time to read my stories- then my time with them was well worth it.  Love you all! ^^

~*~*~*~*An Extra Special Thanks to: ~*~*~*~*

My dear, sweet Sienna:  I love you, girl! ^^ You are one of the best friends a chick like me could ask for. Always here for me and no matter what- you stood by me with a smile and a rose. ^_^ You're one of the greatest things to happen to me and I am thankful everyday to know you.  Love you, dear Maiden!  And oh, btw- we'll think of a way to use Rini. ^^ I really like her and would hate to not use her for something. ^_^

My always-loyal Source Boy, Skye:  Dude, what can I say?  You're one of my best mates! ^^ You've been so much help to me- not just with the stories- (though you did back me up and come up with so many ways to bail me out of writer's block,) – but with life too.  There to comfort me when my ex gave me the boot, there to cheer me on when I met the guy I love now, and just cheering me up when all I want to do is cry.  ^_^ You're awesome, you really are.  ^^ Your Blossom is lucky to have you! Love you much, friend! ^_^

My Helper, IceAngelDarkMoon (or "Ici" ^^):  Always there to leave me such sweet reviews.  I love talking to you and your ideas are amazing!  Girl, what can I truly say except for thanks! ^^ You're a good friend to me, or so since we met- and I hope we get to talk more.  You're so intriguing. ^^ Thanks so much for everything! ^_^

Miss. Flutterbug:  The Wondrous Creator of Ideas:  Eventhough it may have sometimes been rough, you always came to me with awesome ideas in the stories that I have written.  I especially like how you always cheered me on- always told me that you loved what I wrote- and therefore inspired me to go on.  You have a wonderful talent in poetry, and I would highly recommend you publishing your work someday.  You'd make it, you really would.  ^^ Thanks a million! ^_^

Ciara- The Irish Emerald:  One of my dear friends, and loyal reviewers.  ^^ You were with me from the time that Sam first moved to Crystal Lake, up until Meg shot Lily, and up again till the two lived happily ever after. ^^ I remember how much you nearly cried when I mentioned this as the last chapter, and I hope you don't cry again, because please know that life can't get much better for Lily and Sam- and maybe someday there will be a sequel- but for now- I don't know.  Just like with Winter Light- this stands in a class by itself.  ^^ Thanks so much for all your support and friendship, and by the way- Happy early Birthday! ^_^

3  3  3  3 I would like to dedicate this story to the one that holds my heart for all eternity- my beloved, sweet Ales.  You will never know how much I love you, and how very special you are to me. ^_^ You're an angel, you really are. ^^ Thank-you for everything.  This story is for you! 3  3  3  3 

…"Eagle's calling, and he's calling your name…tides are turning, rain and winds have changed…why do I feel this way?  The promise of a new day…"

~Paula Abdul  (this is the song that inspired the title of the story!) ^_^

*****And this is your hostess, Silver/Hope/Junsei/Blossom/Trista/ZB/Zephyr Blossom- signing out!  Till next time! ^_^ *****