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The Girl I Once Loved: Epilogue

Noah

A month has passed since we set sail from Thatcher’s Bay, and every day has been better than the last. The worries and doubts that once haunted us have faded like distant memories, replaced by a sense of freedom and joy that I never thought possible. Skylar, once afraid of the water, now moves through it with an ease that astounds me. She’s found her place on this boat, in this life, and it’s a wonder to behold.

I watch her now as she stands at the bow, her hair tousled by the salty breeze. The sun hangs low on the horizon, casting a warm, golden light over everything. She closes her eyes and stretches her arms out to the sides, embracing the world around her. The sea glistens beneath her, mirroring the beauty of the sky. I can’t help but smile at the sight of her, so at peace and alive.

Sky then turns to me, her eyes filled with a radiant happiness that warms my heart. She takes a few steps toward me, her bare feet making soft impressions on the wooden deck. Without a word, she wraps her arms around my waist and rests her head against my chest.

I hold her close, my chin resting on the top of her head, and I breathe in the scent of her hair. ‘You look so happy,’ I whisper.

She tilts her head back to look up at me, her eyes sparkling with affection. ‘I am,’ she replies simply, her voice soft and filled with contentment.

As I gaze into her eyes, I can’t help but think of the day we sealed our love with a promise to each other—a promise we made on a beach in the Bahamas.

The sun was setting over the tranquil beach, casting a soft, golden radiance over the pristine sand. Skylar stood there, her bare feet sinking into the soft grains as the waves lapped at the shore. Her simple white dress billowed around her, and her hair was loose, tousled by the gentle breeze.

I approached her, my heart pounding with anticipation. This was the moment we had been waiting for—the moment we would declare our love for each other in the most beautiful of settings.

Skylar turned to face me, her eyes bright with emotion. She reached out her hand, and I took it in mine, our fingers interlocking like the pieces of a puzzle. We stood there for a moment, silently taking in the beauty of the scene around us—the sea, the sky, and the promise of our future together.

Then, with a sense of determination and love, we exchanged our vows.

‘Noah, from the moment we reconnected, my life has been filled with love, laughter, and an abundance of happiness. You’ve shown me what it means to be truly alive, to embrace the unknown, and to cherish every moment. I promise to be your partner in all things, and to support you with unwavering love and devotion. I promise to follow you anywhere. To always be by your side.’

Tears glistened in my eyes as I responded, my voice steady with conviction. ‘Skylar, you are the love of my life, my anchor in this vast world. You’ve brought light into the darkest corners of my heart, and I promise to protect and cherish that light for all our days. I vow to be your rock, your confidant, and your greatest supporter. I promise to give you the greatest love story that’s ever been told.’ She sobbed, and I squeezed her hands tight. ‘Skylar, you’ve given me the greatest gift—your love and your trust. I promise to protect you, to hold you close, and to always remind you of how strong and brave you are. You’re the brightest star in my sky, and I’ll never let you forget that.’

Simple words, spoken from the heart, filled with promises of love, support, and a lifetime of shared adventures. As the sun dipped below the horizon, we sealed our commitment with a passionate kiss, a kiss that tasted like the salt of the ocean and the promise of forever.

Skylar belonged to me, and I belonged to her.

Forever.

Back in the present, Skylar and I stand together on the deck of our boat, the memory of our wedding still fresh in our minds. We’ll have to make it legal and in the presence of our loved ones whenever we return to Thatcher’s Bay, but it doesn’t matter. Our love is real, and it’s stronger than ever.

I lean down and kiss her, a soft and tender caress that speaks of all the love and joy we’ve found together on this journey. As our lips meet, I know that we’re exactly where we’re meant to be—in each other’s arms, sailing toward a future filled with adventure, love, and endless possibilities.

Life on the open sea has given us a sense of peace and happiness that we never could have imagined. Together, we’ve discovered the beauty of the world, the power of love, and the joy of living life to the fullest. And as we sail into the sunset, hand in hand, I can’t help but feel like the luckiest man in the world.

Our love story is just beginning. Our journey together is filled with endless adventures, challenges, and moments of pure joy. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Skylar’s eyes shine with happiness, and she leans in to kiss me again. Our lips meet, and the world fades away as we savor the taste of each other’s love. It’s a kiss filled with promises and a deep understanding of the journey we’re embarking on.

As we break the kiss, Skylar rests her head against my chest, and I wrap my arms around her, holding her close. We stand there in silence, watching the sun dip below the horizon, painting the sky with shades of orange and pink.

‘I love you, Noah,’ she whispers, her voice barely audible above the gentle sound of the waves.

‘I love you too, Sky,’ I reply, pressing a kiss to the top of her head. ‘For all our forevers.”

With our love as our compass and the endless sea as our backdrop, we sail forward into the unknown, ready to embrace every moment of this beautiful journey together.


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