Chapter 26

Epilogue

Tobias P.O.V

Growing up in Marcus' house back in Abnegation, the place I lived was Marcus' house. I never really thought about it as my home. It felt more like a prison, it got so much worse when Evelyn faked her death. I no longer had a mother to protect me, a mother to share the good and the bad... After Evelyn left, the image of having a family, and a home became a distant fantasy. Who would want me? I was a broken boy, not capable of being loved and sure didn't know how to give it.

That all changed when I saw Tris.

************ this was written in the book Chapter 52 and 53 Allegiant*****

When her body first hit the net, all I registered was a gray blur. I pulled her across it and her hand was small, but plain and in all ways unremarkable-except that she has jumped first. The stiff had jumped first.

Even I didn't jump first.

Her eyes were so stern, so insistent.

Beautiful.

But that wasn't the first time I ever saw her. I saw her in the hallways at school, and at my mother's false funeral and walking the sidewalks in the Abnegation sector. I saw her, but I didn't see her; no one saw her the way she truly was until she jumped.

I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last, we came close time and time again to that fire almost burning out. Each time it felt like a test of our faith, we fought every step of the way not just for each other but for what we believed in.

We came so close to losing it all that it made all the precious moments we spent together that much more sweeter.

After moving back to the city, we decided that we had spent enough time apart, and didn't want to waste another second apart. We moved in to a fairly large apartment with the intentions of filling our home with laughter and joy not just of the two of us but one day the sound of our children.

Our first Christmas we spent together was unforgettable. I surprised Tris with a Christmas tree and decorations two days before Christmas. Growing up in Abnegation it was considered selfish to celebrate Christmas. So I wanted to celebrate it right... We spent that night decorating the tree and the apartment laughing and kissing. We held a huge Christmas Eve party, everyone important to us came.

"Can I have every ones attention please?" I say clicking a knife to my wine glass. "Both Tris and I wanted to thank everyone for coming out tonight, we love and cherish all of you so much. We are grateful to have all of you in our lives, to celebrate our lives with. So to add to yet another celebration being shared." I took a deep breath and turned to Tris to her surprise I pulled out a small black satin box out of my pocket and got down on one knee. "Beatrice Prior." I smile and hold back a chuckle saying her full name. "You are bravest, kindest, smartest, most honest, most selfless, most beautiful, and sexiest woman I have ever known. Before you I felt empty, like a part of me was missing, I was never complete. I thought I wasn't meant for love, never meant to have a family. But when you jumped into that net, you not only jumped into Dauntless but you fell into my heart. You made me compete, you made me into a better man. I promise to love you forever and always. Oh, and always put the seat down." I laugh, and reach to wipe a single tear that escaped her eye. "Will you make me the happiest man and be my wife?" As I say the last words I open he box and look into her eyes. Without any hesitation she says "Yes" We celebrated that night until the late hour.

The next morning Tris was so excited it was Christmas, she woke me up early in anticipation to give me m present. She had it ready for me to open it in bed.

"Open it, open it!" I laughed at her excitement and tore the decorated paper away from the box, in it was a shirt with words on it. "World's best dad."

My mouth dropped open, when I looked at her she had tears in her eyes. "I'm pregnant!"

Yea that was a great first Christmas and the beginning to a very Happy New Year!

For New Years we all got a special surprise at the building when Uriah walked in the front door, asking for Dauntless cake.

We were married in the spring, Christina arranged the ceremony to be held in the park. The flowers, and, butterflies, provided beautiful natural decorations. We were married surrounded by all the people that we loved in this world. Cara and Caleb came out from the Bureau, Caleb was honored to give Tris away. Zeke was my best man. Of course he needed a few slaps in the back of the head almost every five minutes with his remarks. But no matter what was going on...Tris took my breath away when she appeared at the end of the aisle... that magical day. We vowed ourselves to each other leaving the past in the pas and walking hand in hand to the future. Vowing never to leave the other.

Tris P.O.V

When Abigail finally made her arrival in our lives, she couldn't have made us any happier. Words couldn't describe watching Tobias kissing and loving my baby belly.. It only got better once she arrived. He was wonderful. When she was fussy and wouldn't sleep he would cradle her in his big arms and walk her through the building. He would talk to her, whisper sweet things to her, and tell her stories. Sure in the beginning he had some fears that he would become like Marcus, but when he looked into her eyes I saw that feeling leave him instantly.

After Abigail, we waited a few years to have Anna, and then Andy. Our house was complete, full of happiness and love. Sure, Tobias and I had our ups and downs but love never lacked in our home. Five years later we had another surprise... I gave birth to both Alexander, and Alexis. Our family was definitely complete then. We couldn't have been happier.

Today was one of the hardest days. We vowed to never leave each other, to cherish each other in sickness and in health until death do us part. With the support of my friends, our children, and our grandchildren we placed Tobias to rest. Its been sixty three years since I jumped into the net. The one choice to slice my hand and let the blood spill on the coals, changed my life. So much loss, so many tears, new life, and so much happiness. Teaching us to cherish every moment life gives us for you may never get another moment to cherish.

But I will never say Good Bye... for I know I will see him soon!

"To be Brave, you must live

To live, is being Brave!"

I wanted to thank all my readers that have enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed writing it! :) There are more projects to come. I hope you all continue to read and enjoy those as well

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