Shadow

Louisa Fletcher is not your average 21 year old university student. She has secrets, a complicated past that has made her build a strong outer shell, not letting anyone close enough to properly get to know the depths of her. Tyler Mitchell however, has had a troubled childhood and is struggling to find his way in his life. But, he has a secret, one so big it could cause serious turmoil if it were to ever come out. He's determined to keep it hidden, but will the untold truths between these two mysterious souls drive them apart, or will they manage to let one another see who they really are? Find out by reading Shadow.

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31. Epilogue

Louisa

 

I walked out to our backyard, a tray of fruit in my hands. I placed it down on a table that was covered with a princess table cloth. 

''Can you believe that she's four already?''my mom asked from next to me, and I shook my head with a laugh.

''Not at all. Time goes so fast.''

My mom smiled and helped me carry the rest of the food outside. I felt a pair of arms snake around my waist and a smile lit up my face instantly. 

''You look beautiful,''Tyler said, kissing my neck. Even after all these years, he still managed to make my body tingle with his breath, kisses and the words coming out of his mouth.

''As do you,''I turned around and looked at my breathtaking husband - he was wearing short khaki pants and a dark green shirt that complimented his skin perfectly. The stubble on his jaw made his brown hair stand out, and my God, was he a gorgeous sight. 

''Mommy! Mommy!''

I heard the calls of our now four year old daughter, Mia, as she ran up to me. I picked her up and her face lit up. 

''When can we have cake?''she asked enthusiastically, the excitement so evident in her being. 

''Soon, princess. You still need to open your presents first,''I smiled and kissed her cheek. 

She nodded eagerly as I set her down and Tyler began tickling her and making her have a fit of giggles. The sight made me smile, Tyler loved her baby girl more than anything and you could see it clearly. 

I walked to Tyler's mom, who was keeping an eye on our 2 year old Noah. I smiled as I neared them, seeing Noah's arms stretch out towards me. 

''How's my little baby doing?''I took him into my arms and faced Tyler's mom. She'd been doing a lot better, had got the treatment and medication she needed and was recovering. It took time, of course, but she'd come a long way. 

''Oh, he's wonderful. Hasn't had a single cry,''she smiled, and I handed Noah back to her, along with his favourite toy. He was happy to sit on her lap, finding the toy I'd given him very exciting. 

Mia ran towards us,  her pink princess dress making it a little hard for her to do so. Tyler followed, a grin on his face. 

''Presents!!''she screeched and I nodded with a smile, gathering the people together and letting Mia open her presents one by one. 

Tyler had his arm around my shoulders and kissed my cheek, and seeing our daughter giggle and smile with every present she opened, made an inevitable grin appear on both of our faces.

 

-

 

Later that evening, I felt exhaustion take over my body as I sat down on our sofa, closing my eyes and letting out a breath. Tyler slumped down next to me, and cuddled me close to him.

''He fell asleep in a second, must have been so tired,''he chuckled.

''Mia was too excited from the party,''I laughed, pouring us both a glass of wine. 

I handed the glass to Tyler and he gave me a kiss on the lips, making me smirk like we were 19 again. As my husband held me tight against him, my mind drifted off to all the memories we'd had, and the hard times we'd had to go through. 

A shudder ran through my body as I thought of the police officer who had broken into my childhood home ten years ago, I was so relieved he was locked up now, after being charged with many other crimes. It made me sick to think someone who is there help people like himself, ended up being the criminal.

I shook the bad memory off and remembered my wedding day, a day I'd never forget.

''You look absolutely stunning, honey,''my mother said through teary eyes, and I gave her a tight squeeze before thanking her.

It was here. The day I'd been waiting for since my childhood, I'd been making plans for this day since I was twirling around in princess dresses in my very pink room. 

I could hardly believe I'd got this lucky, to be marrying the love of my life. I knew Tyler was the one. He always had been, even if I hadn't admitted it to myself sometimes. Standing here, in front of the mirror, a long white princess-like gown decorating my body, I couldn't be more confident in walking down that aisle. 

He was the one. I felt the love I had for Tyler in every inch of my body, in the butterflies that swarmed in my stomach, showing how damn eager and excited I was to be called his wife. 

My hair was in a beautiful updo, with daisies leaving a gorgeous contrast to my blonde highlighted hair. Strands of hair falled around my face, and I couldn't be more ready to marry the love of my life. 

''It's time to go,''Faith said from behind me, and I turned around. She squeezed my hands and I could see a tear escape her eye. 

''You look amazing,''she breathed out, her grip on my hands tightening. I pulled her into a hug and said she looked wonderful herself, in a soft burgundy colour bridesmaid dress.

I walked out of the room, gripping the bouquet of flowers in my hands, getting nervous that I'd mess up my vows or trip on something. 

My dad linked his arm with mine, and a proud smile appeared on his face. 

''Let's do this, kiddo,''he said, flashing his white teeth. I nodded eagerly and the doors opened, which set the stunning huge garden into view, with white chairs on both sides, people standing up and staring at us. 

The sun was shining and the scenario was just breathtaking.

The most beautiful thing, though..was Tyler standing at the end of the aisle, a huge smile on his face, and if I could see correctly, a tear running down his cheek. I locked eyes with him and I couldn't stop the grin appearing on my lips. He was my home. 

My dad and I began walking, the romantic music playing and people I walked by staring at me with smiles on their faces. When we reached Tyler, my dad gave me a big hug and wiped a tear from his eye as he went to sit down next to all the other family members. 

Tyler's hands slipped into mine and I stared up into his eyes, a bit annoyed that he'd always been so much taller than me. But it was kind of cute and we looked good together.

The priest began his sermon and I was lost in Tyler's eyes, the way they were sparkling in the sunlight. 

''Do you have your own vows or shall you recite mine?''he asked, and a nervous pit of butterflies swarmed in my stomach again. I didn't want to mess up.

''I have my own,''I replied, and Tyler said the same. 

The priest signalled for me to go first, and I took a deep breath, wishing I'd written them down so I definitely wouldn't forget anything. 

''I didn't really know a thing about love before I met you. I'd only read novels about a girl finding her prince charming, and I thought that was what was love was. But I was wrong - love isn't perfect, love isn't always a fairytale and it certainly isn't always easy. Love is forgiveness and working through the hardest of times just for one another. Love is caring for someone so much that you'd easily die for them in a heartbeat if it ever came to it. Love is that..bubbly, warm feeling you get whenever they walk through the door. I didn't know a lot about love, but you showed me every inch of it. You showed me what it meant to truly love someone, and what love really was. You had my back when I was suffering, you supported me through all the nights at two am, when I was sick and made sure I was okay before letting me fall asleep in your arms, even though you had work the next day. I learned that was what love really is - it's not always beautiful, it's not always easy, but it's definitely worth all of the hard times because that's what love is. Getting through bad times and still loving each other with everything you have. You showed me the best kind of love, the to die for love, and I'll always be so thankful to you. Thank you for never giving up on me and showing me what it meant to call someone else your home. I love you more than I could ever tell you.''

I let out a breath and saw that tears were running down Tyler's cheeks, a huge smile on his lips. God, I wanted to kiss him already. He mouthed 'i love you' to me, and I mouthed it back. 

''Tyler,''the priest motioned for Tyler to say his vows. He cleared his throat, squeezing my hands.

''I don't know if I can beat that,''he chuckled, earning laughs from the guests.

''Louisa, the truth is - no words could ever describe what I feel for you. The overwhelming need to protect you, love you, had been with me since the moment I laid eyes on you. I've never met anyone as kind, caring towards everyone as you. You showed me what it meant to be totally selfless and I only love you more for it. You made me see the good in the world, amongst all the bad that could be going on. You showed me the true definition of love, you were able to forgive me for my mistakes and I'm always going to be grateful for you. I could say a million things about what I feel for you, but truthfully, I know nothing could actually measure up to the amount of love I feel for you, or the way you make me feel. You and I are meant for each other and I've never been uncertain of it, even through the difficulties we've had to go through, we were set to be together from the start and I'm sure of it. I love you, Louisa. I love you more than I could ever explain, and I can't wait to start this journey together with you.''

I was sure I'd smudged my makeup everywhere cause my eyes were basically waterfalls now, Tyler's words making my heart melt completely. I didn't know it was possible to love anyone this much.

The priest continued on with the ceremony, and asked if anyone wanted to intervene in our marriage and when nobody replied, we slid on the beautiful silver rings on each other's fingers. The priest announced us as husband and wife, and when he gave Tyler permission to kiss me, oh my, did he kiss me. 

He grabbed my waist and pulled me to him, sliding his tongue into my mouth as I held his cheeks. The guests woo'd and after Tyler let go of me, he congratulated us, as did our closest family members.

I linked my hand through Tyler's as we began walking down the aisle, and had daisies thrown over me and Tyler, people's cheers erupting around us. 

Nothing could beat this moment. Nothing in the whole world could ever compare.

 

I smiled at the memory. 

''What are you smiling about?''Tyler asked, chuckling.

''We did good, didn't we?''I asked, lifting my feet into his lap. 

A smile appeared on his face, and he gave my hand a squeeze.

''We did. So good,''he said before kissing me, making the same old feeling swarm in my stomach, the same feeling I'd felt when Tyler first ever kissed me, and I still did now, all those years later.

 

It's over! As sorry as I am to have to end this story, it's come to an end and I just want to give all of you readers a huge hug and say thank you so much for taking your time to read this story, I really hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. This story is very special to me and always will be! Thank you all so so much, I'm so grateful!!

 

xoxo

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