Our honeymoon took us to Granite Falls where we spent our days enjoying all of what the great outdoors had to offer. We were taking a walk near the lake one evening when Kolt noticed how quiet I was being. I was the happiest I’d ever been in my life but still my thoughts wandered. “What’s on your mind, darling?” He brushed his shoulder against mine. “It’s nothing.” I smiled at him. “You know you can talk to me about anything, right?” He prodded. “Okay. If there was anything you could change about your life, what would it be?” I asked him. He gave me a skeptical look. “Don’t I need to be lying down on a couch for talks like these?” I chuckled and shook my head. “Just answer.” He grunted and watched Quinn play in the sand for a few minutes before finally speaking. “I’d save all of those innocent girls Brad murdered. And your mother. And Mary.” I nodded and cautiously stuck my toes in the lake. “That’s what I thought you’d say. But if that were the case, we wouldn’t be together.” He cocked his head to the side. “But we are. We can’t let the “what ifs” and “what should’ve beens” define us, darling. We have to live in the “here and now.” I’d like to think that wherever Mary is, she’s happy for us. But I don’t know. There is so much we just don’t know…so much that we will never know. But one thing I do know is…I found my happy ending.” He grinned. “It’s here.” He bent down and hugged Quinn tightly. “And here.” He stood to kiss me tenderly on the lips. “I think my life is pretty damn perfect. I have the love of an amazing woman and the most beautiful daughter. I’m getting along great with my boy and he has a baby on the way. What more could I ever want?” I sighed contently and gazed into his warm brown eyes. “Kolt, you always know the right thing to say.”
So maybe I had it all wrong…maybe fairytales do exist afterall. And maybe there are heroes out there to protect us from all of the monsters that inhabit our world. And just maybe those heroes don’t always ride off into the sunset alone…
We make our own path.