A/N: Okay, so I know that the award for biggest slacker and procrastinator goes to me and I'm really sorry! But here it is, the final chapter of Unrelinquished Love. Thank's for sticking by me and reviewing. Please review after this one and let me know your favorite moments from the story.
The title is from the song Love Story by Taylor Swift.
Chapter Twenty-Five: It's a Love Story, Baby Just Say Yes
Jude stared down at the ring on her hand as it caught the suns light. Its beauty was stunning in the shadows, but when the sun hit it, the way it sparkled was breathtaking. She smiled as Tommy's hand slid into hers. She kissed him softly on the lips before resting her head on his shoulder. The limo slowed to a stop as they approached the commotion that awaited them. Jude could already see the flashes of the cameras and knew she only had a few more moments of peace in a world that was just hers. She had loved living in a place that was just her and Tommy but it was time to clue the public in.
"Ready for your first picture of the night?" She asked.
Tommy nodded and smiled. Jude pulled out her digital camera and extended her arm so that it was pointing toward her. Just as she pushed down on the button, Tommy turned his head and kissed her cheek. Jude blushed and smiled wider as the flash filled the limo. She smacked his arm playfully. He laughed and kissed her cheek again.
"Just practicing, you know the press is going to have a field day with us."
Jude couldn't help but laugh. They were moments away from announcing their marriage to the entire world. They had managed the impossible. They had had their wedding in complete peace and secrecy. Only their closest friends were there and had kept their marriage private in the month that followed. But tonight was the World Instant Star finale and they couldn't miss it, so tonight became the night that they would officially announce themselves as the Quincys, now and forever.
Jude laid her head back down on her husbands shoulder, enjoying the peace. A few moments later the limo pulled up and Jude glanced out the window at the chaos.
"Are you sure about this? I mean we could just keep driving and the press would never have to know."
"Jude, do you really want to miss Taylor's big night?"
Jude shook her head. "No. I've just loved having it be just us. I don't want them to ruin it."
Tommy lifted Jude's chin so that he could look into her eyes. "Jude, nothing is going to ruin this. I know you're scared, but I'm not leaving your side until you ask me to. So unless you're having second thoughts about us, you're just gonna have to be stuck with me."
Jude laughed quietly. "Then I guess I'm stuck with you."
Tommy nodded as he leaned in and captured her lips. "I love you."
"I love you too." She whispered.
"Ready?" Tommy asked as he tiled his head to the red carpet waiting outside her window.
She nodded and took his hand. "Ready."
The driver stepped out and opened Jude's door, exposing her to the waiting cameras.
Tommy took her hand and followed her out of the limo and into the waiting crowd.
Shouts could be heard from every person with a camera.
"How long have you two been together?"
"Tommy, what happed to Sasha?"
"Jude, are quitting music to move back home?"
Jude smiled for a few pictures before she stepped up to the E! cameras, ready for the only interview should would give.
Their reporter leaned the microphone to Jude's mouth.
"So, are two officially a couple now?" She asked.
Jude laughed. "I guess you could say that."
"Any wedding bells in the future?"
Tommy stepped closer to his wife's side. "More like in the past."
The reporter stood confused for a moments and Jude couldn't help but laugh.
Tommy released his hold on Jude's left hand, revealing her ring. "We're married!" Jude shouted as she held up her hand to show the crowd.
Instantly all cameras were on them and questions were being thrown their way a mile a minute, but Jude just smiled and took her husbands hand before walking the rest of the way to the theater, leaving the crowd standing in shock.
Once inside they quickly found their seats next to Sadie and Kwest. Jude hugged her sister as Tommy and Kwest made small talk.
As Sadie recounted her encounter with a particularly unpleasant woman at the mall earlier that day, Jude couldn't help but think of what was in stow for her sister. Sadie didn't have a clue, but Tommy had let it slip that Kwest was planning to propose later that night.
Jude smiled at Sadie, holding back giggles.
"What?" Sadie asked.
Jude shook her head. "Nothing, I'm just happy."
Sadie laughed and continued on with the story she had been telling until the lights dimmed and the night began.
The next two hours were unbearably long for the four friends who sat in the front row watching their new friend compete for the title of World Instant Star, but they couldn't compete with the two minutes they were facing right now.
The host had Taylor and her competition on stage and the judges were giving their last bits of criticism and praise before the winner was announced. By the time the host reached for the envelope, Jude had stopped breathing all together. As he began to read the winners name, Jude squeezed Tommy's hand so tight she was sure that she was cutting off the circulation.
As always the host drew out the process of naming the winner, which, as always, gave Jude the urge to punch him, but she held back, if only because her hand with intertwined with Tommy's and she would have to climb over Darius to get there; but if he didn't hurry up, not even Darius could hold her back.
Lucky for him, he was done stalling. He took one final breath before speaking to the silent audience.
"And your new World Instant Star is….Taylor Freedman!"
Tommy and Kwest both flinched as Jude and Sadie screamed while they jumped up and down.
Taylor's knees began to buckle and she had to bend over to gather strength. She was clearly overwhelmed. When she straightened up she had tears in her eyes and a huge smile on her face. She hugged her fellow contestants and stood next to the host. He put his arm around her and shared the microphone with her.
"Taylor, you've had quite the past few months haven't you?"
Taylor laughed and nodded. "That's an understatement."
The host laughed along with the audience. "So after everything that has happened, how does it feel to win?"
Taylor opened her mouth but was at a loss for words. She shrugged and laughed. "Amazing? I'm not even sure if that sums it up. It's the best thing in the world and I'm so happy! But I couldn't have done it without everyone who voted and of coarse my new family." Taylor smiled toward Jude's row and all of the cameras turned to them. "Thank you doesn't even begin to cut it."
The host handed Taylor her own microphone and backed off stage as the music to Taylor's final song of the night began to play.
To those looking in, this may seem like an ending, but Jude knew better. She finally had everything she ever wanted, and her new life was just beginning.
A/N: What did you think? Review!
P.S. I'm considering throwing in some deleted scenes-moments that I wanted to put in, but couldn't ever fit. What do you guys think? Would you want those?