HAPPY BARRICADE DAY LOVELIES! Here is one of your (hopefully many) present(s) for Barricade Day(s)! The final ( :'( i know) chapter of When the Barricades Arise. It's been SOO much fun to write and I hope to hear your thoughts on this last chapter or the story in general!

Warning: Nothing! Just a lot of fluff and happiness to cheer everyone up on this rather sad day

Disclaimer: Nope...

Side Note: Everyone's graduating except for Jehan and Feuilly, they're the babies (aside from Gav)

The sun shone brightly and there was hardly a cloud on the sky when the group gathered together to celebrate the year anniversary of the barricades. Most of them were clad in robes, caps and tassels still on the right hand side, while the others were there to help with the celebration.

They were gathered in one of the larger halls of the university, all in folding chairs and facing Lemarque, the current standing president, as he reached the podium to address the graduates.

"Graduates, students, friends, family, esteemed guests, welcome. Welcome to our proud and ancient university and congratulations to the graduating class. A class that has see quite a bit of trouble in their four years, trouble due to the students occupying the front row." The crowd bubbled with laughter, the students in question, Enjolras in particular, blushed slightly.

"Now, I understand alumni here are confused as to the date of our graduation this year, nearly a week later than tradition, but it was our honoree Inspector George Javert who suggested we meet today on the anniversary of a very exciting and, to an old hear like mine, terrifying event."

Javert was sitting to the right of Lemarque, wearing robes of his own, a masters cap on his crew cut and his usual stern face soft in an almost smile.

"For those of you unfamiliar with this event, the society known as Les Amis D'Abassie were outraged by the embezzlement of scholarship money and, being the passionate speakers they are, chose to make a stand.

"Now, normal college students would simply stage a picket ralley, wear bands on their arms. No, this group decided to make a stand that no one could ignore. They built a barricade directly in the heart of the more social side of campus. A feat that has left most of our classrooms still at a loss of desks."

Another bubble of laughter went through the crowd as Courfeyac and Bahorel high-fived.

"Now, I won't go into the more horrific details of the forty-eight hour ordeal, for living through it once was quite enough for me. However, I want to reach the point of this speech, the reason we postponed our ceremony a week in order to celebrate this anniversary.

"This event, though dangerous and reckless in many aspects, demonstrated the kind of passion, dedication, and drive this university strives to establish or grow in every student that passes through our halls. For these students, for all those who rose later, there was no motivation of a good grade or reputation points. These students rose to fight against injustice of those who education was threatened.

"It is because of these students that tuition may become a thing of memory in a few short years. It's because of this incredible effort of a small band of friends that this university will still continue to run and create more human beings like them.

"Had it not been for the efforts of our honoree graduates today, Inspector Javert and Jean Valjean, these students might not be receiving their diplomas today. It is because of the stirring words of not only their leader, Gabriel Enjolras, but also the gut wrenching words of Nicholas Grantaire the next morning that brought even more students into the fight, giving them something more to believe in. They joined in the fight to be free and more came to take their place with these students."

Grantaire hid his face when Éponine and Bousset slapped his shoulders and Enjolras was fighting tears.

"I am immensely proud of these students, of all the students who stood for what they believed in and I am overwhelmingly joyful to be handing out their diplomas today.

"But before I can hand out the diplomas, I ask that we all rise and join us in singing our newly modified school song, written by one of our fine poets Jean Prouvaire, who will be graduating next year."

Jehan was openly sobbing at this. Feuilly patted his back as he too wiped away a few tears. Of the group, they would be the last two to graduate.

The band struck up and the students joined in the words that Jehan had penned all those months ago.

"Do you hear the people sing? Singing the Songs of Angry men. It is the music of a people who will NOT be slaves again. When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drum. There is a life about to start when tomorrow comes!

"Will you join in our crusade, who will be strong and stand with me? Beyond the Barricade is there a world you long to see? Then join in the fight that will give you the right to be free!

"Do you hear the people singing the song of Angry Men? It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again! When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes!

Tomorrow Comes!"

When the music finally died down, the diplomas passed out and the tassels turned, Lemarque smiled out to the crowd.

"Congratulations graduates and I wish you luck with your life about to start when tomorrow comes."

Sooo... Watcha think? I would love Love LOVE to hear your comments/thoughts. it means so much to me!

Again, I'll hopefully have more for you as Barricade Day(s) continue.

Happy Barricade Day lovelies! Until Next time :)