After three years of suffering in silence I found it shocking how much eighteen months with one person could change me so much. Tyler had brought out my voice, something that I had shut away with all the memories of my past, and he had taught me how to love again. I had closed myself off to so many things but with Tyler by my side I was opening up again.

I remember hating him the first time I caught him looking at me at school, but if he hadn't kept trying to talk to me I wouldn't be where I am today. He had never given up on me no matter how stubborn or stupid I was being at the time. Without him I would still be wallowing in my own misery.

Having him in my life brought me the strength to face my fears and stop running from my past. His defiance of the school's authority had broken my first rule and somehow led to the breaking of all of my other rules. The same thing that had brought us together had almost torn me apart. Had Tyler not been by my side to save me I don't know what would've happened.

As much as I hate to admit it, my counselor probably made the best decision for me when she sent me back to school. I met Tyler there and I finally made progress in getting my life sorted out, even if it took eighteen months. He was the only person who had gotten through to me in three years and I loved him for caring enough to wait. You couldn't find a person with more patience than Tyler had shown while I'd been going through my recovery.

Tyler and I had somehow managed to make it to graduation together as a couple. Apparently when he had asked Claire for her permission to marry me he had agreed that we wouldn't get married before we graduated. I had been a little surprised when he first proposed but not when I heard that he had followed tradition and asked for approval first. It was just another one of the many reasons that I loved Tyler and that I wanted to be with him.

Our friends couldn't have been more excited when we announced our engagement and sent out the wedding invitations. Kristie and Amy had insisted on going shopping for dresses immediately and we spent weeks looking for the right ones. I'm just glad my parents had set aside so much money before they died in case anything like this happened. I had no source of income at the time and I didn't want to depend completely on Tyler.


Before I met Jade most people probably would have said I was a little bit of a bad boy. It wasn't that I was the type of person to do bad things but more that I hung out with some of the wrong people. When Jade walked into my life though, she made me want to be a better person and fix everything that was wrong in her life.

My reasons for first talking to her may not be completely justifiable. When they first told all of us students to leave Jade alone I found myself needing to speak to her. Part of it was the need to go against authority but another part was that I didn't think they were being fair to her. Sure, I could tell that she hadn't had the best life but I didn't think she looked like a lunatic that no one should talk to.

I had no idea that it was her that had told the school not to let anyone say anything to her. After the first attempt I figured out that she wasn't all that social but I didn't give up. There was something about her that drew me to her. It was like I could feel the pain emanating from her soul and I wanted to fix all the hurt that she was feeling.

Jade would probably say I saved her, but the truth is that she saved me just as much as I did her. I had no drive or ambition to do anything with my life but now I want to be able to provide Jade with everything she could ever want or need. She showed me that there is so much more to life than just hanging out with friends that don't even care about you.

When I was young my parents divorced and my mom left town, leaving me with my father. He was a business man and I never really learned that much about family or love from him. Through Jade's eyes and through her story I was able to see what family really means and how valuable it is. She taught me what love is, when you care about someone more than you care about yourself and you'd give anything to make them happy.

We were going to live together in her house in Ambivalence after the wedding in the summer. It was ironic that the town was named Ambivalence, which means uncertainty when making a choice between two opposite or conflicting things. I don't think either of us had any uncertainty regarding what we wanted for our future. The one thing that I knew for sure, the only thing that mattered, was that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Jade.

Jade and Tyler

We were young and entering into a world unknown to us, but we were doing it together. At the time that was the only thing that mattered.

A/N: I've decided to post the rest of this story.

That way it might actually look like I've finished something as of late : )

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