Epilogue: Two Years Later

Kitee, North Karelia, Finland

Tarja ran her hands through her long dark hair as she stared down over hill at the large lake. Things had been quiet for over two years now. She scanned the mist. Where was he? He didn't normally take this long. He just had to be up to something.

"I'm here," a figure said, coming out of the mist.

Tarja put her arms around his waist. "I know. I just don't like all of the mist. I really bothers me, you can't see if anyone is coming."
"It's been two years. Nothing's going to happen." Aleksander put his hand on her stomach. "You need to stop worrying. It's not good for you."
She smiled. "So, you're the one telling what to do and not to do?"

He just smiled. "You know I would ever do that."
"Floor and Kaiden are here, now," Tarja said.

" Sebastiaan and Raakel surely won't scare them off." Aleksander shook his head. "I can't believe you left them there alone."
She shrugged. "What else was I supposed do?"
Sebastiaan peered out the door, looking down at them. "The food is getting cold."
"Well, we can go eat now that we are all here," Tarja said, giving Aleksander a pointed look.

Sebastiaan just gave them a pointed look as he shut the door.

"I suppose that's our cue," Aleksander muttered.

Tarja nodded. "Yeah, I guess it is." She only hoped that she would be able to actually keep this down. The food looked so good. Granted, it hadn't been too bad so far, but she did find herself holding her breath while she ate and wanting to kill Aleksander for doing this to her. Why couldn't the male suffer a little bit?

Aleksander looked back at her. "You coming?"

"Yeah, I guess." She joined him at the sliding door. "I'm the one eating for two, so I have a reason to eat more. You don't." She brushed past him. There, let him think on that.

"I am a werewolf and burn a lot of calories."
Of course, he would have a comeback!


"Are you admitting that I won?"
"I'm not admitting to anything."

Aleksander grinned at her. "Did you ever think that two years ago we would be standing here?"
The house looked untouched, everyone was finally safe and sound. Tarja peeked in through the window. Everyone was gathered around the table, laughing and smiling. She peered back over the lake, the mist had not appeared in the sky for two years. The witches and wizards had gone into hiding. Mikko and Lydia had even moved on. All was well, the battle was won.

The teardrops had stopped, the storm was over. Everyone was safe and sound. The sun had set down over the darkness and in the morning light everything was beautiful.

"I never lost hope," Tarja whispered, leaning into him.

"I knew you were going to say that."

She stood up tall and kissed his sweet lips. The best adventures were yet to come and she was looking forward to spending each day with the ones she loved, because that truly was the heart of everything.