A/N: This is the last chapter of My Prince Charming. I'm both happy (because I've been working, and struggling with this for quite some time now) and sad (because it was kind of short and I've grown to love the characters) I wanted to thank all of you for taking the time to read this and for being so understanding when I took that break somewhere around chapter 8. I love you all!
The weeks went by as spring turned to an almost summer. Today is the biggest day of my life thus far. I'm graduating high school!
I've basically always dreamed of this day, not because I wanted to graduate, but because I've always felt that today would give me that final freedom I've been looking for. That moment where although you've been 18 for a couple months now, you're finally an adult. So far, instead of thinking of my future, I can't help thinking about the past few months.
We tried for weeks to get my father to do anything about her, begged him to realize who and what she was. He finally understood once he saw her with another man, I guess it took that moment for him to recognize that she was only here for the money we now have. He served her the restraining order and proper divorce papers the next day. To me it feels like that made his mind suddenly clearer, like it had been in a fog since she left the first time. He now does the parenting, but Sky and River are still resistant to it, having only had me for such a long amount of time.
Lacy's father was given 4-6 years in jail. She's been attached to the hip with my brother and I feel fairly safe to say that I may be getting a sister in-law soon enough.
Lake's absolutely head over heals in love with Lacy. He looks like a love sick school boy whenever she's around (actually, when she's gone too). He's going to Colorado State University on a football scholarship.
Sky had an amazing kindergarten year, and he "can't wait go to kindigarden next year". (We haven't told him about first grade yet, figured we'd keep him happy for the summer then explain the problem in his logic).
River has a girlfriend. Yeah, I know. Stephanie is a cutie though, they actually held hands the other day. As soon as I made my presence known they immediately drew apart and turned a dark shade of pink.
Blake also got a scholarship for football, to the Minnesota Gophers. I almost cried I was so happy for him.
Me? Oh, I'm doing fine. I'll also be going to the University of Minnesota, but other than little scholarships here and there, I'm relying on my father's income to pay my tuition. Blake and I are renting an apartment right off of campus (two bedrooms... my rule). The only problem I have is not seeing Sky and River. They really are my children, and I don't want them to feel abandoned when I leave. That's why I've already started talking to them about it.
Now here I am, standing in a long line of soon to be graduates, and my heart is beating about a million miles an hour I'm so happy. I glance at Blake who's behind me by about fifty people. Lake turns me forward as our names are about to be called.
"Willow McHenry" I smile and walk on stage, shaking my principals hand. In the back of the auditorium, I hear two little cheerers, rooting for me. I look back at them and wink. The wink was supposed to let them know how much they mean to me, instead it filled me with an overwhelming sense of self-confidence.
Now I'm sure... everything will be just fine.
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