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Happy Ever After doesn’t end at the Epilogue. The Epilogue is really only the beginning. For us, it’s meant sharing every high, every low, and loving each other even more when we come out the other side still standing. He’s everything I’ve always wanted. My best friend. My lover. My husband…
And I’m his Angel.
Our life hasn’t always been perfect, but to me as long as I get to wake up to Angel in my arms every morning and get to tuck our girls into bed at the end of each day I’ll be the happiest man in the world. Nothing can come between us, nothing can tear us apart.
Only…I have one regret. One that is still a black void in my head.
Every year it’s the same.
The self-loathing for the man I was back then.
The anger that I’d taken something from the woman who has given herself to me so freely and being unable to remember a single second of it. This year it’s worse for me. It’s slowly driving me crazy.
Maybe it’s time to hit rewind and give us both a do over for that night.
Maybe what I really need is a memory to replace that empty blackness that is trying to swallow me whole.
The park was deserted except for the occasional jogger since it was Sunday morning. By that afternoon the playground would be crawling with families out playing with their kids. The driver opened my door and I got out. I offered her my hand and she took it, a happy smile on her face as she glanced over at the swings.
Entwining our fingers, we walked across the playground and sat in the swings just like we did all those years ago. The air was chilly and we’d dressed for that, but I doubted I would have felt it even if I’d been in nothing more than a pair of basketball shorts. My eyes were locked on Angel as she rocked back and forth in the swing, our hands still linked. She threw her head back, her long dark hair falling past her waist as she laughed up at the cloudless sky.
“That night, I knew I loved you,” she said with another happy laugh. “I’d only known you a week, but time didn’t matter.” She straightened and turned her head, giving me that mysteriously beautiful smile I ached to perfect on paper. “I knew in that moment I would love you to the end of time. I never dreamed that you’d love me back.”
I lifted our joined hands and kissed her fingers. “Always, Angel. Always. That night was perfect.”
She pulled her hair over her shoulder with her free hand before leaning her head against the cold chains of the swing. A sly grin caressed her lips. “We had our first fight the next day.”
I snorted. “You can still be a stubborn little bitch at times.”
Her grin turned wicked. “Would you want it any other way, babe?”
Leaning forward, I brushed a soft kiss over her cheek. “No. Life would be too boring. I love you just the way you are.”
We sat there for a long while, just laughing and enjoying the alone time. This visit down memory lane was reminding me just how much fun we’d had together in the beginning. It was still like that. No matter how crazy life got, we still made time for moments like this.
It was only when parents started showing up with their kids that we left. I wrapped my arm around Angel’s waist as we walked back to the waiting limo. Back in the vehicle, she cuddled close, her head once again going to my chest. Our next stop was more of a drive, but neither one of us noticed the distance or the time that went by as we savored every second of just holding on to each other.
About the Author
Terri Anne Browning is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Rocker...Series. She started writing her own novellas at the age of sixteen, forcing her sister to be her one woman fan club. Now she has a few more readers and a lot more passion for writing. Being dyslexic, she never thought a career in writing would be possible, yet she has been on best selling lists multiple times since 2013. Reese: A Safe Haven Novella was her first Indie published book. The Rocker Who Holds Me changed the tables and kicked off The Rocker... series featuring the sinfully delicious members of Demon's Wings. The Rocker... Series has since expanded to OtherWorld with Axton Cage and his band members. Other books by Terri Anne include the Angel's Halo MC Series as well as The Lucy & Harris Novella Series. Terri Anne lives in Virginia with her husband, their three demons---err, children--and a loveable Olde English Bulldog named Link.