Sunset Despite the peril and uncertainty surrounding the animals of Third Earth? Felline found herself basking in the beauty of the sunset how the magical copper orb of fire painted the stunning heavens shades of lilac, fuchsia, and orange.It never ceased to amaze her. The sun embodied hope, even when it set still radiated its enchantment. The young leopardess was so captivated by the natural phenomenon she didn't realize someone had joined her."Beautiful, isn't it?" spoke a kind voice that caused the young cat to jump. Quickly turning, she saw it was Lion-o, King of the ThunderCats. However, he was still far from the vision of a monarch than his father was. Even after all their breakneck undertakings, they'd been on to reclaim the Power Stones and thwart Mumm-Ra? His face still held the image of his youth and wonder.Hence he hadn't been physically hardened by their treacherous quest. She smiled before scooting closer and replying, "Yes, it is quite captivating. Before moving to Thundara, my sister and I used to watch the sunset together.This time of day? Everything in the world is at peace, that we can appreciate life's simple pleasures. To be able to count our blessings. Then when daybreak ascends, we witness this miracle again.""We haven't had many moments of peace since the fall of our empire, have we?" he asked forlornly.He didn't notice she laid her hand over his to comfort him. "No, we have not. Still, we should try to take joy in these fleeting moments. As the sun descends, I find only my good memories awash my mind," gazing wistfully at the sun. She said before speaking quietly, "Of a simpler time before the pain that wrought my family apart. Before all heartache and loss we've endured. I find myself simultaneously joyful and melancholy."Lion-o then squeezed her hand before answering. "I find myself too in these fleeting moments of peace, Felline. I think back on my youth and when my father was still alive. I don't see the world torn apart any more than my heart in my dreams.""Lion-o, we both know misery and anguish are a part of life. They build us up to be stronger. If we never knew sorrow, we'd never understand joy. It doesn't make it hurt any less. But what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.""Do you believe we're still strong enough to save this world? And all who call it home?""Let's not wonder about the future, Lion-o. Instead, let's appreciate this moment of peace. Let's not think about the what-ifs or past regrets. Instead, let's live in this moment." The two young cats gazed at each other before leaning into a kiss. Yes, the sunset was a magical time without a doubt.
A New DayKaksha sat at a sewing machine in the private workroom at Lady Luck. She was in the process of finalizing the final three outfits for her mini showcase collection for Clover. She'd taken a lot of inspiration from some of her favorite Deviantart artists who did outfit designs. Namely AlbinosDoll and Brillantezza.She'd done her own spin on a few hoodies and jeans designs AlbinosDoll did. Her showstopper piece was based on one of the gowns Brillantezza had done. She'd make sure to notify Clover where she acquired her ideas from. Plus, send the artists a copy to demonstrate she acknowledged them.Estella poked her head into the room to check on the sixteen-year-old. "Kaksha?" The Indian teen looked up, "Yes, Estella?" The redhead grinned before answering. "It's lunchtime. The rest of the girls wanted to know if you'd fancy joining us for lunch. We're going to that new multinational cuisine restaurant that opened a month ago.""Well, I could use a break. Let me quickly put my things away before I join you." "I'll help speed up the process by helping you," with Estella's help, the private workroom was cleaned up and locked, so no one swiped Kaksha's designs.Kaksha loved the food the restaurant offered. Yet she still felt uncomfortable eating lunch with people ten to fifteen years older. Luckily all the designers were exceptionally amiable and treated her kindly.They chitchatted a little regarding work before it turned towards everyone's love lives. Kaksha felt grateful that her new co-workers were accepting she was pan-sexual. Given her old-fashion parents, who were stark traditionalists? They hadn't been pleased when their daughter divulged she was pan-sexual. Or her dreams to be a fashion designerHer parents didn't embrace the modern-day world. They lived firmly in the past and thus refused to live in the present day. Most Indian parents would've admired the idea of a fashion designer for a daughter.However, they didn't embrace what individuals wore in today's world. On the contrary, they regarded it as indecent. Consequently, her parents didn't approve of or support her dream. Those had been two reasons she'd filed for emancipation. Better to be emancipated then disowned. However, they had presumably disowned her anyway.It did fill her with sorrow. Her parents couldn't accept who she was. But, hopefully, she'd be able to build a more satisfactory life for herself now. She already had some excellent companions, so that's a plus.After lunch, they returned to the workroom. Kaksha went back to finalizing her showstopper piece. She dubbed it the phoenix gown because the coloring and details remind her of one. She remained so intent on finishing she again didn't notice someone had walked in. Not till they declared, "Hello, Kaksha! How are you doing?"Kaksha jumped but thankfully hadn't ruined the dress. Once she had her breathing under control, she looked up to see Aleena. "Hello, Aleena. Nice to see you. What brings you here?""Well, my other friends are occupied. Bonnie got clarinet practice, and Ananda is assisting at the homeless shelter. Plus, my figure skating lessons got canceled. So I came down here to keep you company. That's an outstanding gown, by the way. I adore this captivating shade of red. Is that the fabric's original color, or did you dye something to get this shade of red?""I did some dying to get this particular shade of red, yes. However, as you can see, it was worth the effort. So tell me, what's your opinion on the garments on the rack?"The preteen strolled over before meticulous inspecting each piece. "Hmm, well, I've to say you've done an excellent job assembling a collection for various body types. It's noteworthy that its a variety of apparel for different body types and budgets. However, that's what makes it so unique.These awesome hoodies and jeans would look outstanding on multiple people that I can genuinely see anyone wearing. Also, I'd admire this asymmetrical gold top with the short burgundy skirt.""Thanks, Aleena. I did my most suitable to conceive my own prints. I also utilized specialized equipment to construct a few of the accessories.""Well, I'd say you've done an exceptional job. So, how are you doing? Is Juliana alright? According to my friend Ananda? She heard from her parents, who hold high positions at the medical institution where Juliana will be starting shortly.""Yes, she'll be on the job at the hospital next week. She's a prodigy when it comes to the medical field. So, therefore, I hope she enjoys working in the healthcare facility.""Well, Ananda's mother is an ER physician, and her father is Chief of Surgery. So she's in good hands," Aleena assured her new friend. "That's nice to know. Any more news about moving up to high school?""Not yet. The only thing I know for certain is Bonnie's older brother Brody been assigned to mentor and assist me with the adjustment.""Hmm, what's her brother like?" Kaksha asked curiously, not having met him yet."Brody is quite attractive and focused on his academics. Bonnie states he's an incredible big brother and helps around the house quite a bit. He works part-time with his father Trent at the family car dealership. He's an excellent mechanic. When he's not studying or tutoring? He loves to revitalize old automobiles with his father.""Hmm, sounds like he's quite a likable young man.""Yes, he is. He's friendly, patient, and level-headed. I also already know one of the teachers at Bev High.""Oh?""Yes, Bonnie's mother Molly teaches foreign languages. She's a polyglot since she can speak multiple languages.""Well, you'll be in good hands when you transfer.""It also sounds like your roommate is in good hands as well. What about yourself? Do you feel apprehensive about displaying your mini collection to Mom next week?""I'd be lying if I didn't say I've got big butterflies in my stomach from all this.""Well, I've faith in you, Kaksha. So far, you've been a fantastic friend. Plus, you and Juliana have been outstanding big sisters figures for my friends and me.""Well, I'm thrilled to hear that. I don't have any siblings of my own. I also didn't have many friends before I became emancipated," she confessed sadly. Aleena didn't like that look. So she replied gently. "You know you can tell me more when you feel comfortable. I need to work on my patience anyway.""Thanks, Aleena, I genuinely do mean that. Can your mother give me a lift back to my apartment? I already know I've missed the bus.""Sure, we can do that. Do you have any errands you need to be done before we take you home? I'm familiar that its challenging to do specific errands without a car.""Well, I do need to get some supplies and groceries. We're low on a few things, and Juliana doesn't have time to go get them.""Okay, I'll go inform Mom we'll be helping you with a few errands. I'll be back in half an hour, okay?" Aleena smiled as she bounced out of the room. True to her world, Aleena returned a half-hour later. Kaksha asked if she could assist in finishing a few details on some of the outfits. Aleena wasn't a fashion Mongol daughter for nothing.She'd been sewing since she was three. So assisting her new friend finish up her mini collection was easy. Around five-thirty, Clover came to collect both of them. Clover kept her promise of helping Kaksha to do her errands. She also informed her if she or Juliana required assistance in the future? She'd be more then delighted to help them out.Kaksha thanked her new boss as they went the extra mile to help her bring the items into the apartment. Then, they stayed a bit longer before going home. Clover, Aleena, and Estella had a mini runway show for Kaksha's collection the following week. They're quite satisfied with what they witnessed.Clover couldn't wait to have each piece ready for sale. Estella declared she'd take Kaksha on as her apprentice. Aleena couldn't be more joyful for her friend/big sister! They went out for dinner to celebrate, and everything was perfect.
Healing ScarsOnly the flickering glow from the hearth lit up the entire sprawling mansion. A handsome young couple lay curled up nearby, with a young child asleep between them. The wife was a breathtaking beauty, with porcelain skin and flowing bluish-white hair. Her husband's features, while handsome still, remained sharply cold. It seemed that his icy exterior had a ways to go before they thawed thoroughly.Between them was their gorgeous young daughter. Yet, she remained the spitting image of her mother. The sleeping young child clutched a handcrafted toy of her father's favorite Duel Monster tightly. The child had faint scars still visible on her arms. It reminded them of the harrowing ordeals they were put through not too long ago.Kisara gently stroked her daughter Uta's braided hair before facing Seto's husband. He appeared to be still lost in a world of his own. "Seto? Are you alright?" she whispered to her husband. They're whispering because Uta hadn't been sleeping well recently. So they're doing all they could not wake her when she did nod off.Her husband's dark blue eyes eventually broke their stern gaze from the blaze before turning to face his reborn true love. Those cobalt orbs were overshadowed by pain and anger. Yet he kept his voice soft again not to rouse their child. "I've been thinking, Kisara," he started only for her to interject seriously, "I do hope its not regarding some ridiculous title or soulless establishment."Yes, that has continuously been an issue. The couple quarreled over how Kaiba remained overly obsessed with a ludicrous card game or his soulless business enterprise. He didn't stop to consider the consequences of his supercilious comments and actions. Which ultimately paved the way for karma to pay him back painfully.For they'd nearly lost their daughter, who tried to commit suicide due to being endlessly tortured by those her sire hurt. Some individuals need an extreme wake-up call to their actions. Thus nearly losing his daughter due to his actions? It ultimately got the world's biggest jackass to pull his fat head out of his fat ass.When you find out your eleven-year-old daughter nearly offed herself due to you? It gives you a harsh blow of reality, and you start realizing where the hell your priorities need to be! Once Uta was released from the hospital, the family attended therapy together. They're gradually making headway, except no one changes overnight. For genuine healing to even begin, you had to acknowledge the problem.Seto Kaibutt (Joey gave him that nickname) had been forced to confront his most destructive demons. So it was a step in the right direction. But, unfortunately, it could take decades to restore the bonds with the damage he'd sowed.Now he felt guilty every time he looked at his daughter's eyes. How foolish he'd been! He remained doubtfully he could ever change to be both the husband and father he needed to be. "I don't want to lose you or Uta, Kisara. I pray its not too late to make up for my mistakes. Still, its only been half a year since we almost lost her. I cannot bear to lose either of you.""Seto, you'd been hardened by life circumstances. That's true, but you've to choose to move past the hurt and become a more satisfactory person. You've made slow but steady progress.""But is it too late?" he couldn't help but ask aloud. His wife took his hands into hers before smiling angelically at him. "Uta is alive, and we are still together, and it's together we shall overcome all our hardships. So please concentrate on the light that is your family, then you shall not return to the darkness," as she cradled his face in her hand."I hope you're right, my darling. I hope you are right," as they kissed and cradled their beloved daughter closer to them. Only time can bring change but remember you have to acknowledge the issues. Then afterward, work towards amending it. Life is a continuous struggle of ups and downs. But we cannot lose hope and try to fight to be the best person we can be.
Vlad and Mag's Anniversary Magdalene Masters stood in front of her full-size pewter mirror. For the last hour, she'd been trying on assorted outfits while her daughters conveyed their opinions on them. Her anniversary remained only a few days away. Every anniversary either Mag or Vlad would surprise the other. This year was Vlad's turn to surprise Mag with whatever he'd arranged for their anniversary. They gave each other slight hints of what they'd planned. So they wouldn't be over or underdressed for the occasion. Vlad had disclosed to his wife that she should wear something nice but casual. Wherever they were going didn't require any formal attire, simply something nice but comfortable. Mag turned from the mirror, holding up an outfit."Okay, girls, do you think this one will do?" she held up a soft gray shirt with a bit of lacing to it. The pants were ebony and lightweight, with comfy shoes to go with them."I like it, Mom. It's nice looking and seems comfortable," Jazz replied honestly. The red-haired teenager truthfully wasn't one to fuss regarding apparel herself. Nevertheless, she wanted to help her mother out. Not that she felt her mother required much help with her clothing. Magdalene Masters was one of those individuals who looked fabulous in anything."I believe if you wore a matching headband and studs, it'd be perfect, Mom. But, then, you can wear either a simple necklace or a bracelet to dress it up more. Not sure if I'd do both, though," Danielle replied, eyeing her mother's jewelry box sitting on the nearby vanity."Hmm, I believe you're both correct. As for accessories? I'll wear my imitation diamond studs and my gold cross necklace," as she hung up the outfit. Then she turned back towards her daughter before asking, "So where is your brother right now? Please tell me he didn't shut himself in the observation tower again. I understand he's passionate about outer space. However, I'd like him to be a bit more grounded," as the girls laughed at their mother's word choice."I believe he and Dad went into town to acquire something for your anniversary. I'm not entirely certain, but I believe that's where they're at," answered Jazz."Alright. Now you two should get to the music conservatory. Danny may be cutting music practice, but you two are not," their mother informed them. So, nodding, the girls went to rehearse their flute and violin. Even though they preferred having Danny play the piano when they practiced. However, seeing how he was out, they only had their instruments.An hour and a half later, Vlad and Danny returned. Magdalene straightaway sent Danny to the music chamber to do his hour's worth of practice before dinner. He went without objection. Mag then turned to her husband, who promptly kissed her. As they caressed each other, she eventually whispered."Vlad, darling, did you truthfully require our son to help you with your errand? The children have music practice every other day from four to five. So now we'll have to push dinner back so Danny can get his practice in.""Darling, I highly doubt missing one day of practice is going to impact Daniel's proficiency to play the piano." Mag scowled, so he promptly added, "Yes, I needed a bit of assistance. After all, our daughters were assisting you in selecting your attire. In addition, I required our son's aid with picking out which champagne to celebrate with. After all, you know how busy the regional liquor store can be at this time of day."Again, Mag frowned. "Honey, please remember we don't want to set a bad example for the children. I don't mind having an alcoholic beverage for specific social occasions. However, I don't desire our children to consider it acceptable to drink around the clock.""I thoroughly understand, Mag. But, unfortunately, I required a bit of extra assistance to uncover a bottle of high-grade champagne.""Okay, as long as you understand my wishes. Our beloved daughters helped me pick the perfect attire for the day after tomorrow. So we're good to go.""That's fantastic, Mag. Before you ask? I have already arranged for a professional gymnastics team to perform for Danielle's birthday. Trust me. She'll enjoy it.""I'm sure she will. Considering she'll get to meet her heroes for her 12th birthday. Speaking of which, I better help her pick out her outfit for her party. Unlike Jazz, who could care less regarding her wardrobe? Our youngest is keener on being fashionable.""Understood. I'll go put this away where the children can't get to it," indicating the bottle of champagne he picked up. Then, with a final kiss, each went their own way.Two days later, Mag was at a concert staring her favorite Christian musical group, "Casting Crowns." They were performing all her favorite songs, and she sincerely enjoyed herself. After the show, they went home to snuggle around the open fireplace while savoring their exceptional champagne.Sincerely a marvelous anniversary.
Jazz's birthdayJazz Masters was quite pleased it was now her turn for some birthday fun. After all, her only brother had his amazing party only a week and a half ago. Her birthday was February 16th.Jazz had always been a fantastic swimmer. She happened to be captain of her school swim team. However, ghostly swimming is a tad different then human swimming.Either way? Jazz's passions were writing, swimming, and studying psychology. She hoped one day to take over for Sigmund Freud, aka The Therapist at the Ghost Zone's mental health clinic.Given her love of swimming? Plus the fact the castle had both an indoor and outdoor pool? She could have a pool party inside the castle. Her parents had been working on putting on quite the water show.Jazz was simply glad none of the kids had gone on crash diets. She'd seen too many programs where a pool party made kids go on crash diets because they'd be in swimsuits. Instead, she discovered her mother busy setting up the lily pad buffet. "Hello, sweetheart," her mother greeted her. "How are you doing today?""I'm quite happy I'm finally turning sixteen. I find the frog theme quite nice. Where did you get the idea to turn the kiddy pools into a buffet?""It simply came to me. We're lucky that pretend lily pads are secure to hold the food and drinks without spilling into the water. I hope it pleases you, my darling.""It sounds perfect to me, Mom. I can't wait to play different water games in the pool. It's nice to blend both ghost water with normal water, so all the guests are comfortable.""Well, let's hope no one cheats using their powers. We've made it clear that this is a no powers party. It's the only way everything is fair for all the guests.""I agree, Mom. Also, thank you for buying me a new swimsuit for the party. My old one was starting to fray a bit.""Not a problem, sweetheart. Can you check on your father? I know he's struggling with setting up the water display, and I want to make sure he hasn't accidentally broke it in frustration.""Will do, Mom!" as her eldest child headed to find her father. It didn't take long to locate him and the workers he'd hired to help him with his daughter's water show. "Hey, Dad, is everything okay? Mom's worried you might have accidentally broken something due to how frustrating everything is," his firstborn mentioned as she walked in."Hello, Jasmine. Your mother can be such a worrywart. However, everything is fine, and I've used some of the coping skills you taught me to deal with my frustration.""Are you sure, Dad? Given when you lose your temper, things tend to blow up literately. Given you've got a hot core and power over electricity," his daughter reminded him.Jazz had power over water, which is why she felt so at home when in it. Her mother had the rare ability to manipulate light, her brother could make ice, and her little sister possesses the rare ability to transform her energy into a realistic illusion."I'm fine, darling. You don't have anything to worry about. All I want is for my daughter to enjoy her sweet sixteen. I'm more then sure you'll enjoy it.""Well, I'm assuming you and Mom have been shopping around for a car for me. Given I've got my driver's license. Plus, you've money to burn on any car you see fit to give me.""Well, you're right about that. However, we shall keep it a surprise what type of car you're receiving. Is that fair?""Fair enough, Dad. I'm going to write in my journal for now. I've some thoughts I want to get down before the party tomorrow.""Sounds good, sweetheart."The next day Jazz's party was a smashing success. So many people enjoy a pool party, and their ghostly friends are no different. Even though they did, of course, have some human friends over.Jazz indeed was surprised by the car her parents gave her. A pink Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class! Everyone had slightly envious looks at the brand-new car. Yes, her siblings knew they'd each get a car of their own for their sixteenth birthday. Nevertheless, it didn't change the fact most people would be quite envious of anyone getting a brand-new vehicle.Especially if it was a luxury car that cost more then a pretty penny, luckily, in the end, there weren't any bad feelings going around. Consequently, Jazz couldn't wait to drive it for the first time! Yep, her sweet sixteen was perfect!
I could not ask for moreLying here with you Listening to the rain Smiling just to see the smile upon your face These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive These are the moments I'll remember all my life I've found all I've waited for And I could not ask for moreThe seaside never looked so beautiful as it did now. The sea was a perfect mirror reflecting the endless blue skies above. Two pretty young girls played in the surf as their grandparents watched on. Izayoi and Toga smiled happily as their youngest granddaughters, Moroha and Kiki, were laughing without a care in the world. They're so innocent and carefree.If only children could remain this innocent forever. Moroha was the older one who was eight and her younger sister Kiki was six. Moroha greatly resembled her mother, Kagome.Kikyo, or Kiki as everyone called her, greatly resembled her grandmother Izayoi. Either way, the sisters had an unbreakable bond, and nothing would ever tear them apart.Looking in your eyes Seeing all I need Everything you are is everything in me These are the moments I know heaven must exist These are the moments I know all I need is this I've found all I've waited for, yeah And I could not ask for more"They're so beautiful, so precious, aren't they, Toga?" as his wife leaned into him. His golden eyes were filled with joy. "Yes, my beloved, they sure are. I'm so happy they'll grow up in a world where they won't be outcasts. Even though they looked more human, due to only being a quarter-demon.""Toga, you worked a miracle for our entire family when you sent Inuyasha and me to the future. Thanks to you? Our whole family is safe and has had happy lives. I surely couldn't ask for more. Living to see my granddaughter's births? I'm quite content. For I fear I wouldn't have lived long enough if we stayed in the past.""Yes, everything worked out for the better. I wish Sesshomaru had allowed us to take his twins to the seaside. However, he'd other plans for his daughters.""Hmm, well, due to your ingenious mind? Your firstborn now understand the value of the needs of the heart and soul. Not simply seeking out meaningless things such as power.""Yes, I'm extremely ecstatic he ultimately learned what I failed to teach him in the past. I'm also thankful Inuyasha allowed us to take his daughters on a week-long holiday.""It's essential for our family to bond. Plus, he and his wife needed a break from being parents. Even if it's only a week," replied the enchanting princess.I could not ask for more than this time together I could not ask for more than this time with you And every prayer has been answered Every dream I've had come true Yeah, right here in this moment Is right where I'm meant to be Here with you here with me Yeah"Grandma! Grandpa! Look what we found!" cried out Moroha as she and Kiki raced over to them. They both were holding treasures of the sea in their small arms. Brilliantly colored glass smoothed by the sea, various seashells, some interesting driftwood. They had even uncovered a fossil!"Your treasures are so beautiful," Izayoi proclaimed as she sifted through the fossil."You really think so, Grandma? I'm the one who found the fossil! Isn't it neat?" chimed Kiki, so happy with her discovery."You did quite well-finding treasure, my precious treasures," their grandfather assured them.These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive These are the moments I'll remember all my life I've found all I've waited for And I could not ask for moreBoth girls preened from the compliment. They didn't get to spend time alone with their grandparents frequently. It wasn't easy for the grandfather especially knowing he'd to be extra careful as a full-fledged demon.Yes, he'd learned to alter his human appearance to appear completely human. However, it wasn't that easy at times, particularly when he became frustrated or aggravated to keep the enchantment intact. No wonder after their father graduated, their grandparents had purchased this isolated seaside home to enjoy their golden years in peace.Given its isolated location? Their grandfather could drop the tweaked spell. Thus retaining his normal human-like appearance. Or even better, transform into his proper form of a demon dog.He usually became his demon self whenever they played, or he wanted to give them a ride. So he'd promised they could go for a ride during sunset this evening. The young quarter-demons were thrilled at the prospect. They're grateful their grandfather didn't mind being ridden on. Sure enough, that evening, as the sun started to set, Toga transformed into his proper form.Bending down so the girls could climb on, he smiled. Then they were bounding across the water before leaping into the air to enjoy the sunset truly. One thing was for sure. This unique but wonderful family honestly couldn't ask for more.I could not ask for more than this time together I could not ask for more than this time with you And every prayer has been answered Every dream I've had come true Yeah, right here in this moment Is right where I'm meant to be Oh, here with you here with me No, I could not ask for more Than this love you gave me Cause it's all I've waited for And I could not ask for more No, yeah No, I could not ask for more
Good Idea Bad Idea 109Its time for Good Idea Bad Idea.Good IdeaBuy a book. In a library.Pedro: (buys a book) its a nice one. (reads it) oooh it has funny chapters.Bad IdeaSteal a book. In a comic store. Sonja: (steals the comic) haha. Its mine now.A group of squirrels confront her.Sonja: what the?They attack her.Nelson: haha.The End.
EpilogueWelcome to the end of Shadow Falls. I'll be sure to write a follow-up to this story someday. But when that will be, I don't know. But I hope everyone who read this story this year has enjoyed it as much as I've enjoyed writing it! Have a nice day!The double wedding of Ryan Warren and Cory Larson to their beautiful brides was the most magical event since Selene and Miles's wedding. Everyone who had helped assemble Miles and Selene's wedding somehow helped with the double wedding. All the teens and college students were members of the wedding party. They'd even donated their time and energy to make this a memorable day. They didn't have a solid theme, so it was a mixed theme for all four of their dream weddings. The wedding party themselves had decided what to wear and what colors. So, while it may have been a mishmash, it was still one unique wedding no one would ever forget. Candy and Judy gave outstanding speeches to welcome their new female family members. They also set aside a seat at Ryan's request so his sister could be there in spirit. They even placed a slice of the fantastic cake next to Felicity's picture to include her in the celebration. Candy took a moment to get some fresh air and give herself time alone with her thoughts. As she looked at the beautiful sunset, she began to speak aloud. “Mom, I still miss you every day. However, I've felt your loving presence throughout this day. I'm more than happy on my birthday. A few weeks ago, everyone pitched in to restore what we lost when you died.I'm more then satisfied that your killer is now rotting behind bars: all the same, Mom. I will forever miss you. The pain is getting easier to manage. My friendships have grown stronger. I've found someone who loves me for just being myself. I've even grown slowly stronger as a person. I'll never forget your love. With all my heart, you'll forever be with me in spirit. I hope one day I can live up to the amazing woman you were. Still, I'm glad Uncle Ryan got his happily ever after. I hope you are happy for him too. I'll keep you updated about what's going on in my life. For I know you can hear me wherever you are.But know this truth, Mom. I will never stop loving and thinking of you. Let's speak again soon. I've to get back to the party now. See you later,” as Candy turned to return to the party, she swore she heard her mother's sweet voice say softly. “I'll always love you too, Candy, for you are my heartbeat and life. My love will never die as long as your heartbeat keeps you alive. See you later.”“Mom?” Candy looked around but saw no one else on the balcony. She still smiled as she went inside. Unknown to her and everyone else at the party, Felicity was there in spirit form, just out of sight. As the ghost of Felicity Warren smiled at the party, she whispered, “May love fill your days and be the reason your heart beats. I wish everyone a long and happy life. Till we see each other again, may my love live on in all of you!” with that the ghost vanished back to her place in the heavens above. The end....