Chapter 13: Love Confessions and Freedom

Natalie's POV

I moaned as I felt someone touching my head. Then I reached my hand out and I felt them take it and I opened my eyes to see Quasimodo kneeling beside me. I smiled as I saw him next to me and he smiled in response.

He said, "Oh Natalie, I'm so happy that you're alright."

I said, "I am now that you're here."

He smiled and hugged me tightly. I hugged him back in response.

Once we stopped, I looked underneath my blanket to see bandages on my abdomen. I looked at Quasi and asked,

"Was it really that bad?"

He nodded and said,

"Natalie, I'm so sorry. I-If I hadn't left you none of this would've happened."

I said, "It wasn't your fault, it wasn't anybody's fault."

Then he asked, "Is it still hurting you?"

I said, "No, it feels sore, but I'm fine." He nodded in response.

Then he said, "Natalie, t-there's something that I should've told you a long time ago."

I asked, "W-What is it?"

He looked at me in the eyes and said,

"I love you."

My eyes literally popped open in shock and I asked,

"W-What?"

He said,

"I-I, when you told me you loved me, and when you passed out, I knew immediately that I loved you."

I asked him, "Y-You really mean it?"

He answered, "Yes, it just took longer for me to realize that, I'm sorry."

I said bringing my hand to his cheek,

"No, don't be sorry. Up until we met, I never knew that the guy that I would fall for would've been the guy that saved my life, and stole my heart."

He smiled in response. Then he asked,

"But I still don't understand, why would you do as something a-as crazy as this to protect me?"

I simply answered, "I guess people do crazy things, when they're in love."

We both smiled and looked into each other's eyes. I felt Quasi bring his hand to the side of my head and I wrapped my arm over his neck as we leaned closer to each other and we kissed. My heart literally melted and I felt my other arm resting on his chest as we kissed. I felt my whole world change, like this is what I was feeling, I was feeling love. When we stopped, I couldn't stop smiling as we passionately looked into each other's eyes.

Then we heard the door creak open and we saw Esmeralda and Phoebus walk in. She hugged me while Phoebus patted me on the shoulder. She asked me,

"How are you feeling?"

I answered, "It feels sore, but I'm fine."

She said,

"You're very lucky, for a wound as bad as that, you were pretty strong throughout all of it."

I asked, "Really?"

She answered,

"Yes, when all hope seemed lost, you're heart never stopped beating, neither did your pulse."

Phoebus said with a smile,

"That says a lot about you Natalie, that you're a fighter. I like it." I smiled in response.

Then Quasi placed his hands on Esmeralda and Phoebus' shoulders and said,

"There's something that I want to do for you two, and I wanted Natalie to see it."

As I wondered about what he was going to do, they asked,

"What is it?"

He said as he joined their hands,

"I was wrong before. After I found my love, I realized that you two belong together. For your own happiness."

Then he stepped away from them and joined me as we watched them smile at each other and happily kiss. Me and Quasi smiled happily at them as we snuggled close together.

Once they stopped, Phoebus said,

"We should probably go tell the crowd that all is well."

Esmeralda nodded and said, "Yeah."

As they were about to leave, they looked back at us and Esmeralda asked,

"Are you two coming?"

Quasi asked, "Wait, us?"

Esmeralda answered, "Yes, everybody needs to see their heroes of Paris."

Quasi looked unsure as he said,

"N-No I can't, don't you guys remember what happened the last time I went out there, they still don't see me as a human being."

I said,

"Quasi, you must go out there, I don't think they see you as a monster anymore, and if they still do, we'll be there to back you up."

He smiled and said,

"Thanks Natalie, I'll finally be able to go out there this time, I hope."

Esmeralda said with a reassuring smile, "You will."

He nodded in response and he helped me up off of the bed and we left the room and headed down the stairs.

As we continued walking down the stairs, we ran into the archdeacon. He asked me,

"Are you alright, my child?"

I answered, "Yes sir."

He then said, "You're very lucky to have friends like these people to have helped you."

I smiled and said as I looked at my friends and my love,

"I sure am, all of them."

They smiled back in response. Then I saw bandages on the archdeacon's ankle and I asked in horror,

"He did this to you, didn't he?"

He answered,

"Yes, but you shouldn't worry about me, the doctor ran into me down the stairs and he helped me, so I'm alright."

I said, "Well, at least it's all over now."

Quasi said, "Yes, it's all over now." I nodded in response and we all continued down the stairs.

When we got down there, the archdeacon, Esmeralda, and Phoebus walked out first and everyone in the crowd cheered for them. Then Esmeralda walked back inside and held out her hand for Quasi. He looked unsure, but I said reassuringly,

"It will be alright Quasi, I'll be out there with you."

He said, "A-Alright."

And he took my hand and Esmeralda's and as soon as that ray of sunshine hit our eyes, we walked out slowly and I waved nervously to the crowd.

Then we saw a little girl emerge from the crowd and she walked up to me and Quasi. She looked at him with curiosity and Quasi gasped as she began to move her hand along the sides of his face. Then he gave in and she hugged him as he touched her small hand. I felt tears of joy coming to my eyes as I watched them, but I held them back.

Then the girl looked at me and took my hand and Quasi's and brought us into the crowd. Then the crowd surrounded us and cheered as Clopin shouted,

"Three cheers, for Quasimodo and La Natalia!"

I asked with a raised brow, "Again? La Natalia?"

But then I brushed that off and I watched Quasimodo get lifted up on two guys' shoulders and I joined in the celebration as they carried him off.

I heard Clopin singing;

So here is a riddle to guess if you can
Sing the bells of Notre Dame

What makes a monster and what makes a man?

I then heard some sort of chorus singing;

Sing the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells...

We all cheered and Quasi looked back at me, Esmeralda, Phoebus, Djali, and the gargoyles. Then as I cheered for him, he took me by surprise by taking my hand and two other men lifted me up on their shoulders as Clopin sang;

Whatever their pitch you
Can feel them bewitch you
The rich and the ritual knells

We then heard Clopin and the chorus finally sing;

Of the bells of Notre Dame!

And me and Quasi both cheered as they carried us off into Paris.

Throughout the day, they all showed us around Paris. They took us to bakeries, jewelry shops, flower shops, the town square, everything. And once the sun started to set, they brought us back to Notre Dame, said goodbye, and left. Then Esmeralda said walking up to us,

"Thank you Quasimodo and Natalie, thank you for giving me my true love and two good friends."

We both smiled and I said,

"Ah well, that's what friends are for." And Quasi nodded in response. She smiled and hugged us both. Then she turned to Phoebus and they left.

Then I turned to Quasi as he smiled at me. Then he took me by surprise by spinning me around and lifting me up off of my feet. I shouted,

"Hey!" and laughed in response.

We both continued laughing as Quasi ran up to the bell tower while carrying me. And once we got to the bell tower, Quasi fell backwards and we rolled over and I was lying on my back and Quasi was hovering over me. I then asked him with a light laugh,

"How is it, every time we're alone together, we're always on the ground?"

He answered,

"Well, since I first met you on the ground, I guess it's now our own special place."

I said sarcastically with a smirk,

"Good remark, bell ringer."

He then teased with a grin,

"Good response, Natalia."

And he started tickling the side of my stomach and I shouted through my laughter,

"Ah! No! Please! Cut that out!"

He then asked with a chuckle,

"Why? it's adorable hearing you laugh."

I said finally managing to grab his hand,

"And you're so adorable when you're trying to be a wise guy." We both laughed in response and smiled at each other.

Then the gargoyles hopped over to us and Hugo said as Quasi got up and helped me up off of the ground,

"Ah, there's the two lovebirds that saved Paris!"

We both smiled as Victor said,

"Oh, Quasimodo, this is so grand, you found the love of your life, you've been accepted into the world,-"

Laverne cut him off and she said, "Oh, Quasi we're so happy for you."

As they kept chattering away, I smiled and walked closer to the balcony to look at the evening sky as the stars were out.

Then I heard Quasi ask, "A-Are you okay?"

I turned to him and said,

"Hm, oh yeah, I'm fine, just looking at the stars. I, I never thought I would be here."

He asked, "What do you mean?"

I said,

"I mean that, I never thought I would be here, in Paris. Or, that I would've met the love of my life. I-I, t-the only reason why I didn't tell you sooner was because I was afraid."

He asked me with concern, "Afraid of what?"

I answered looking down in shame,

"I was afraid that you would laugh in my face and reject me. All the other guys that met have. And after what had happened with my ex boyfriend, I was just so afraid."

He looked at me with sorrow eyes as he said,

"Oh, I would never do that. Natalie you're the most amazing girl that I've ever met, and those guys that treated you like that, forget them! They don't deserve you. And your ex boyfriend or whoever he was, he didn't truly understand or support you. Natalie, what I'm trying to say is that you're a beautiful girl, don't ever let things like that get you down, you mean a lot to me."

I smiled and said,

"Thank you, Quasimodo. Oh, I never knew how beautiful Paris could be, especially at night, oh, I feel like I'm home."

I then began to sing as I looked at the city of Paris and the stars;

All those days watching from the windows
All those years outside looking in

All that time never even knowing
Just how blind I've been

Now I'm here blinking in the starlight
Now I'm here, suddenly I see
Standing here, it's all so clear
I'm where I'm meant to be

I continued to sing as I looked at and felt the warmth of the night sky;

And at last I see the light
And it's like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light

And it's like the sky is new
And it's warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted

Then I looked at Quasimodo as I sang;

All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you

I said,

"Oh, I never knew that I could feel like this about anything before in my life. I-I... Thank you for giving me this moment Quasimodo."

He smiled and said as he reached down a rose vine and plucked a red rose off,

"Hey, you helped me open my eyes, you helped me see how wonderful the world could and the people in it, and you made me feel what it's like, to be in love."

And he placed the rose in my hair and I smiled at him.

He smiled in response and said, "Come on."

And he scooped me up with his arm and swung down on a gargoyle and onto the side of the cathedral.

As he begin climbing, he sang;

All those days chasing down a daydream
All those years living in a blur
All that time never truly seeing
Things the way they were

He sang as he looked at me;

Now she's here shining in the starlight
Now she's here, suddenly I know
If she's here it's crystal clear
I'm where I'm meant to go

And we both sang as we continued climbing;

And at last I see the light

Quasi sang;

And it's like the fog has lifted

We both sang again;

And at last I see the light

I sang;

And it's like the sky is new

Once we reached one of the windows, we sang as we jumped to one of the ropes and swung as the bells rang;

And it's warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted

And are ropes then intertwined and we gazed up into each other's eyes. Quasi wrapped his arm around me as we slid down to the ground. Then walked over to the balcony and sat on the railing as we sang;

All at once, everything is different
Now that I see you

Then we saw the gargoyles looking happily at us and we finally sang as we gazed into each other's eyes and pulled closer to each other for a tender kiss;

Now that I see you...

I felt my heart melting again as we passionately kissed. And once we stop, we snuggled into each other as the sky was now filled with even more stars.

Then Quasi said, "Lets go get some rest, after all, we've had a big day today."

I nodded and said, "Okay."

And with that, we walked over to the bed, got under the covers and we fell asleep.