Have you ever seen those remarkably happy couples? You know, you see a female and a male walking on the street and you just know they're happy with each other? The way they look at each other, the way they talk, the way they walk? The kind of couple you meet and they brighten up your entire day, just because they're proof there's still some love left in this world?
Yuri and Ellen are one of them.
They stayed together for a long time after getting together. Even better, they're still together. Their parents were troubled by their relationship at first, but they accepted the feelings of their children and even gave them their blessings.
They're currently in their mid-twenties, living in the home of Jacqueline, who moved away, and Ellen's trying to have a baby. It's not really working, though, but I'm sure that one day, they'll be lucky. They've been lucky in the past, so this is just an obstacle easy to overcome.
Yuri's retained his title for a few years now and he still trains regularly with Ellen. She always loses, but she seems determined to win one day.
Kayleigh is now in her early twenties and Matthew in his midst and they're noticing each other once again. Kayleigh's crush, despite having been over him and her having fallen for other guys in the past, seems to be ignited again and it looks like they might just follow the fate of Yuri and Ellen. But then again, that's not that weird – after them conspiring together to bring Yuri and Ellen together, I knew that there was a click with them that just wouldn't go away.
Derek and Samantha reconciled. It wasn't an easy road back to acceptance and trust, but it was a road they walked together, with help of a therapist. With a lot of effort, Samantha regained her trust in Derek. According to them, their love has never been away – it had simply been laying low for a while.
But, they said, what doesn't kill them makes them stronger. And stronger they have become.
Jake's having normal teen troubles. He's a horrible kid, a horrible teenager, and he hates his parents and slams with the doors more than once. He's taken up the habit of climbing in me, though, and I'm hoping that maybe he'll repeat what Kayleigh has done.
Then again, she's stopped doing it. She's still climbing me at full speed, but nowadays, she talks to Matthew instead of to me. They're good friends now, but it looks like they won't stay like that for much longer now. And I don't mind. It was time the little girl Kayleigh grew up anyway.
I guess I'm glad for them. I hope they'll have children who climb in me, and who will be very happy. As happy as they were. I hope they'll have a good future together, all of them, but I'm sure they will. And I hope the children of their children will be happy too and climb in me regularly as well.
But then again, I'm just a lonely tree. I'm just a spectator and it's better that way, I've always been someone destined to be at the background.
But... you know, can I ask a favour of you? You've been reading this story now and I hope you've grown to like me. Or at least, like trees.
If you ever see a big, old, lonely tree in a town that makes the town look all picturesque, would you please care to climb it?
It's probably not something you'll do, but I'd love it if you would. I've been lonely, and I still kind of am. But I love being climbed in and that brightens up my entire day. And I'm sure other trees feel the same way.
It's something you can do even if you can't climb. It's worth trying, right? I'd love it if you would.
Heck, you might even be climbing me. I promise you I'll be very glad then and I'll do my best to aid you.
And who knows, you might even see Yuri and Ellen somewhere there.
If you would, could you say hi to them for me? I can't.
I'm sure they'll enjoy it.
Author's Note: Finally, we're there! It was an immense pleasure to write this story and I'm very proud to have finished it: I hope this story was as much fun to read as it was to write. But now, I'm done! I love the way this epilogue starts in the same way as the prologue does – it nicely completes the circle.
I have a few non-reviewing people that have been very important to creating this story, whom I think deserve to be thanked:
KatonRyu: Without you, this story probably wouldn't have been created, or at least, it wouldn't have worked out this well. In a request from you, I created Yuri and Ellen, and Yuri was sort of modelled after you. When I needed Elder Tree to narrate about two characters, I pretty quickly realized Yuri and Ellen were the only ones without a backstory – so I created it for them and it was all thanks to you. I hope the dedication of this story helped and I hope you'll write many stories in the future!
My Beta: If I didn't have you, this story most certainly wouldn't have worked out as well. I won't name your name for privacy reasons, but do know that I'm very grateful for your Betaing for Rooting for Romance. Without you, this story wouldn't have been nearly as much fun to read and there'd be a lot of inconsistencies. English isn't your mother tongue either, but we got pretty far together, didn't we?^^ Thanks a lot for all your hard work and I hope you'll Beta many stories in the future – you're certainly one of the best Betas I know.
There are also a few reviewing people that I'd like to thank(in no particular order):
ShortcakeMattie: I already had a Beta-reader, but as you may or may not have read, English isn't her mother language either. It is, however, yours, and I'm very grateful you took your time and checked my spelling – I promise I'll watch my apostrophe use better now. As I already have a Beta reader, thank you for being my Gamma reader! I hope you'll review a future story just as much :) And thanks for your help at Another Destiny!
(Oh, by the way, when are you going to update All the King's Men? Reading about Jadon's siblings and parents is great too, but I want to know how things go on with Arthur and Isolde)
DaphneAuguste: This is the first story where I got so many reviews: this is by far not the first work I've posted, but it is the first to draw so many reviewers. However, not many of those reviewers looked at my author's name and thought 'hey, let's find out what other work this guy has published'. Only one of those actually showed the dedication to read all my other work, and that's you and I'm very grateful for it. I promise to review anything you'll post in the future as payback – because you most definitely should and you should especially update The Song of the Bird in the Gilt Cage. Thank you for every single one of your reviews, because all of them have made my day.
BarbieMonster: I loved your feedback, I loved all of your reviews. Some of them made me laugh, others just made me feel grateful, but they were always positive. I loved reading your reactions – especially the one to Kayleigh realising she was in love – and I loved reading your speculations about what the next chapter might bring. It was exactly for that reason I started giving away little clues about the next chapter, and you responded to them just fine. Thank you very much for your reviews, and I can't wait to read the next chapter of Glorious Triumph!
U MadeMyLifeComplete: Thank you for all those chapters of That Strange Boy! I'm very happy to be your Beta and I love seeing your writing style progress. I also love reading your quite impulsive reviews and hearing your reactions – I'm glad you liked my story, even though you didn't review every chapter. Thank you so very much for allowing me to be your Beta, and for your reviews!
Whirlymerle: It's probably going to take a while until you're finally at the epilogue, but I just wanted to say thank you – thank you for your reviews and going over the spelling and grammar mistakes I missed, as well as your comments on the plot and the way you speculated about what was going to happen in the future. However, you're not only a gifted reviewer, but also a gifted writer – whether they are Essays you write, or normal stories. Please update Beautiful Dreams, Twisted Realities, you've put the story to rest for long enough and I want to see how it'll carry on ;)
Noriepie, Kate Jaymez and WoodpeckerWho: The three of you only reviewed a few times, but seeing as you reviewed the chapters late in the story, I'm pretty certain you still follow this. (And if you don't, you'll never find out I've written this, hah!) Thanks for your reviews, even though they were sporadic – it made reading them all the more fun as they were unexpected! Keep up writing yourself too :)
(If you've reviewed, but I've forgotten you, let me know and I'll add you to the list)
And last but not least, you. Thanks to you for taking your time into reading this story and feeling for the characters. I hope you enjoyed the story, even though you haven't reviewed – I know you guys are out there, and despite you guys not reviewing, I know you guys are reading this story anyway and I would like to thank you for it. Without you as a reader, I wouldn't have enjoyed posting this story as much. Thank you.
Finally, I have one last thing to tell you. Normally, whenever I finish a story, I'd wave goodbye to the characters, move on and write a new story, and from time to time, I'd think back to the story I had written. Of course, I'd have promises for a sequel in my head, but I'd never actually follow up on it.
However, there are two characters, Gabriëlla and Marisa, who I think deserved a much bigger role in this story – the original story had them peek around the corner a few times without actually being a part of the story. Thanks to my Beta, I removed those parts, because they were annoying to read and didn't contribute to the plot at all. I had plans for giving them their own plotline, but I gave up on those a while ago – but I've decided to use the idea anyway, but now as a standalone story. I'm currently working on it; watch my website or put me on Alert to see when I'm starting to post it. I think that'll be around the end of October.
Said story will function as a sequel of sorts to Rooting for Romance, but you'll be able to read it independently. It will mostly focus on Marisa, but Gabriëlla will play a role herself too – I'll make it even better, all the characters from this story except for Jacqueline, Josephine, Maril and Karin will appear in it! Hope you're all curious!
I hope to see you guys all over there, and I hope you liked this story! Please, tell me one last time what you thought of it, all reviews are most welcome and returned, as always.
Until the next story - because I will be back!