Epilogue: Hope

Ashley was standing at the window in her art room, watching as Sai and Gemma were running around with Meissa and Keid. She let out a happy sigh, looking back at her easel that she hadn't touched in so long she wasn't even sure she was able to draw anything again. Though, once she started, she found that she wasn't able to stop. Soon, she had her first charcoal drawing in three years sitting on her easel. She smiled as she continued with the tiny details when there was a knock on her door. "Enter!" she called out.

She looked over her shoulder and smiled as a pregnant Ly entered the room. "Ly, why are you on your feet?" she scolded gently as she stood up. Ly and her boyfriend had married a month after Andros and Ashley's coronation and Ashley was over the moon when her friend had informed her of her pregnancy six months ago.

"I am fine, my Queen," Ly assured her, resting her hand over her stomach.

Ashley smiled as she walked over, resting her hand over her friend's belly. "The King calls for you," Ly added.

"He couldn't come for me himself?" Ashley quipped.

"He would, but he's just having a little...trouble," Ly replied with an amused smile.

Ashley couldn't help but smile as she left her art room to find her husband. Ly looked back at the picture and let out a sigh. The picture was of Andros and their children. "What a beautiful family," she said softly before exiting the room.

Walking down the hall, Ashley found the room she was looking for and opened it to a nursery and the sound of not one, but two crying babies. "As soon as I put one down the other cries," Andros told his wife, making her laugh.

"I wish you would've told me than trying to stop their crying all by yourself," Ashley answered as she walked over to the twin still laying in her crib crying her little heart out.

Andros just sighed. "I thought I could let you rest," he insisted. Ashley held the baby to her chest and she immediately stopped crying.

"Sometimes they just want each parent in the room," she pointed out.

"Well, Hecuba spit up on me, twice, and Relena I think is getting a rash," Andros replied.

Ashley checked her baby. "Well I'll get the cream from the healer today," she assured him.

"I thought one baby was a challenge," he commented.

Ashley sat in her rocking chair and held Relena to her chest. The babies had settled down and were laying contently in their parents' arms. "I think they just don't like it when the other is crying sometimes," she answered, stroking her daughter's tiny hand.

The girls were only five weeks old, balancing their royal duties and their family was difficult at first but they were slowly finding a routine that they could work with and still find time for each other. "My father is coming to visit next weekend," Ashley informed him.

"Good, then he can help with the girls," Andros answered.

Ashley rolled her eyes. "My father's not a nanny," she playfully scolded him.

"Well until my parents come back from their extended vacation I could use the extra help so I can have some time alone with my wife," Andros replied.

"Hey, I just had twins," she insisted.

"Doesn't mean I can't have fun in other ways," he replied with a wink.

Ashley flushed, but then looked at her sleeping daughter. "He'd love to be around his grandchildren though," she commented.

"Absolutely," he answered, "Now that we banned the evil witch he seems more relaxed."

Ashley nodded happily and closed her eyes with a sigh. Walking over, Andros pressed a kiss to her forehead. "I love you," he murmured.

"I love you too," she answered.

One week later, Ashley was watching Fernando with her children with a smile. "Dad, are you sure you have everything handled?" she asked.

"I'll be fine, with Helia here I can handle the kids," Fernando assured his daughter.

Walking over, he pressed a kiss to her cheek. "Go have fun," he insisted. Ashley smiled as she crouched down in front of her children.

"Alright, all of you be good for your grandfather understood?" she told them.

"Yes, mommy," Sai and Gemma replied.

Ashley kissed them both on the cheeks before kissing the babies. "You'll only be gone for a few hours, nothing will happen before then," Fernando insisted.

"I know," Ashley replied before Andros tugged on her hand.

Andros smiled at her as they left the manor. Ashley let out a shriek as they reached the tree line and Andros pulled her up onto his back. "I hate it when you do this," she insisted. Andros just smirked.

"Trust me?" he asked.

Her arms moved around his torso. "Always," she replied. He slid down the hill and they were laughing hysterically.

They reached their lagoon and Ashley smiled as she stripped out of her clothes before diving into the water. Resurfacing, she pushed her hair from her face when Andros swam up behind her, wrapping his arms around her waist. "You're so beautiful," he whispered into her ear, making her smile. She turned around and oved her arms around his neck.

"I love you," she said softly, "More than anything."

"I love you," he answered.

She leaned forward and kissed him deeply. Andros kissed her back, holding her close. Whatever the gods or the galaxy would challenge them with, they had both fully decided they were going to face it head on together. What started off as a nightmare to Ashley ended up being the best thing that ever happened in her life and something she would always be grateful for. Andros would forever dote on his wife and his children and every once in a while, their people would hear Andros tell her she was beautiful and her cheeks would flush brightly before they would leave the room together. They weren't sure why that word would make them leave, but they did know it wasn't often that they would come back for the rest of the night.

Andros couldn't help but smile as Ashley pulled back from their kiss and she smiled back at him. "What?" she asked.

"What is it that your Terran fairytales end with?" he asked.

Ashley rested her forehead against his. "They lived happily ever after," she replied. Andros moved his arms around her waist.

"I think that says it all," he commented.

"Absolutely," she agreed.

Pulling back, she kissed him this time and he happily kissed her back, knowing that is exactly how they were going to live.

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Release Date: April 22nd