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(part 18)

The humans were having too much fun to notice the mysterious footprints appearing around them and the extra snowballs whizzing through the air.  I had just blocked one of Jack's snowballs by shielding myself with my wing, but when I moved it again, a wild shot from Jim hit me right in the stomach.  Jack started laughing so hard that he didn't even see my next attack coming until it splattered across his face.  I dodged immediately, using Liz as a human shield until she darted sideways to hide herself behind the truck.  Jim gave chase and I assumed Jack would come with him, so I ran around the vehicle as well.  Suddenly a mound of snow fell straight down onto my head and I looked up in surprise to see Jack floating above me, pointing and laughing.

“No flying!” I yelled and leapt up to grab his leg and yank him back down.

I must have yanked a little too hard, because he gave a short cry just before being slammed face first into the powdery snow on the ground.  For a split second I felt sorry, but then I quickly moved to fling more snow on top of him as I laughed victoriously.  As they chased each other on another lap around the truck, Jim and Liz passed right through my body, blinding me for an instant; and Jack used that opportunity to hook his staff around my ankle and pull me off balance.  I landed flat on my back with my wings sprawled out and my body planted deep into the snow.  Before I could even try to roll myself out of the divot, Jack pounced on me and pinned my arms out to the side.

“Look,” he laughed, “Now you're a snow angel!”

With his hands busy holding my own down, I knew he couldn't drop snow on me; but I still had one other option to deliver the last strike.  With the edge of my wing, I flung a clump of snow towards Jack and it smashed against his cheek, clinging there for a moment before dropping right onto my own face.  As I shook my head vigorously to get the snow off, we both started laughing.  The sound of it mingled with the playful laughter from the humans a few feet away as they spun around each other, trying to shove snow down the back of the other's jacket.  Suddenly Liz let out a yelp, and Jack and I both turned our heads to see what was happening.  The woman had slipped on some ice and was about to fall, but Jim bent and caught her half way down, holding her dipped backwards in both arms the way he used to do when they took salsa lessons before their wedding.  They froze in this position, panting and staring at each other in surprise.  Slowly, he lifted her back up to her feet and brought one of his hands up to cradle the back of her head.  My eyes wide in anticipation, I watched him battle his cautiousness with courage and lean in to give his wife a soft peck on the lips.  As soon as he started to pull away again, Liz threw her arms around his shoulders and drew him into a passionate kiss.  My mouth fell open and I blinked a few times to make sure what I was seeing was real.

“Hon,” Jim gasped as soon as they parted for air, “Before I go, I wanted to give you these.”  He fumbled his fingers into his jacket pocket and pulled out the clover earrings, setting them carefully into Liz's palm.

Her face lit up as she got a closer look at the gift, “They're so beautiful, dear!  I really love them...thank you!”  She captured him in another long kiss, then grabbed the collar of his jacket with her empty hand, “The roads are probably going to be really icy today, love.  Why don't you just stay home?”

“That...” his surprised face changed into a large grin, “That sounds really nice.”

The couple linked hands and started walking back towards the house, leaving me still lying in the snow with Jack Frost sitting on top of me.  I turned my head towards the winter spirit again and he stared back down at me, looking entirely smug from his victory.

“I don't believe it,” I whispered in awe.

“Yeah, that was the whole problem,” he chuckled, “But you believe it now, right?”

I nodded slowly, “I don't know how, but it actually worked.”

“Well, I knew it would work,” he grinned, “Love and fun make a good combination, don't you think?”

Still distracted by the miracle that had just taken place, I furrowed my brow and studied Jack's face, “How did you know?  How did you know love could still exist?”

“Because!” he burst, as though he thought it was completely obvious, “Because...”

His expression hovered somewhere between determination and desperation, and his focus darted from my eyes to my mouth.  It was a look I had seen on a million different faces in my mind, but I almost didn't recognize it without the feeling which usually accompanied it.  Then I felt it – the fluttering heart, the shortened breath, the tunnel vision – only it wasn't echoing from a vision, it was purely mine.  I was so distracted by the sensation that I nearly forgot what came next, until I felt Jack's icy hands leave my arms to lightly cup the sides of my face.  He closed his eyes, so I closed mine too; and a moment later his lips were against mine, chilling them and pulling them into a very gentle kiss.

For a couple moments there was nothing in the world but us, my senses only registering the pure excitement in my own chest and the cool pressure of his lips.  Then a floodgate seemed to open and I was bombarded by a deluge of feelings and voices and images and tones that overwhelmed my senses.  Over it all was the deafening alarm that only resonated through me on the very rare occasion that destiny was about to unite two true soul mates fated to be together for an epic love story.  The alarm came with its usual vision; but instead of a place, time, and a couple faces, I simply saw the view from my own eyes.  I hadn't even realized they were open, staring up in a daze at Jack's alarmed face.  Blinking rapidly, I was gradually able to regain control of myself and shift my extra senses into the background, like I used to have to do back when my powers were strong.

“Cupid?” Jack gripped my face harder once I finally focused on him again.

“Jack?” I sat up, immediately feeling the new energy in my body and the thickness return to my wings.

Everything in my senses pointed to the younger spirit, and my automatic instinct was to put an arrow through whomever my senses directed me toward.  Out of pure reflex, I jumped back to hover at a good distance from my target and reached for my bow; but as soon as my hand touched the wood, I stopped and looked back down at Jack in confusion.

He stood up slowly and narrowed his eyes in a sly smirk, “What are you going to do, shoot me?  It's a little late for that, angel.  I told you, it doesn't always take an arrow.”

Sure enough, I could read everything he was feeling and it made me blush, “Thank you, Jack.  You did it.  You brought my powers back.”

“I didn't do anything,” he protested, “I've felt like this for days, and you couldn't sense it – it was your feelings that brought your powers back.”

Normally the feelings I experienced weren't my own; but Jack was right, these were too pure and affected me too physically – they were definitely mine, surging through my own heart in a dizzying flutter of anticipation, nerves, and contentment.  I was embarrassed that he could read me so well, even though it was only fair; his own attractions were as clear as a picture to my resurrected powers.

“Stop gawking,” he flew up to hover in front of me, “Just admit you like me too.”

I couldn't help but smile with relief.  Now it all made sense.  Now I knew why the sound of his laughter made me happy; why eye contact with him made my breath catch in my chest; why being close to him felt so comfortable; why a single kiss from him could make me believe in love again.

“I like you too,” I admitted quietly, lifting my hand to brush it through his soft hair, “I guess love and fun really do go well together.”

“I told you so,” he smirked, catching my hand and using it to pull me in for another, more confident kiss.

This time I got to feel the whole thing and it made my skin tingle in satisfaction.  I kissed back with just as much enthusiasm and I could feel him smiling so widely that he couldn't even purse his lips anymore.  I tilted my mouth away and rested my forehead against his cool one, closing my eyes and basking in the feelings we were giving off.  For a few more seconds we huddled contently against each other in our weightless pose, then he squeezed my hand which he was still holding.

“You know what else I told you?” he murmured and I opened my eyes to find that mischievous look had returned to his face, “That we would have a rematch as soon as your powers were back.  And now your powers are back and we have to tell the others that the mission was a success...preferably as soon as possible.”

“Race you to the North Pole?” I suggested, untangling my hand from his and backing up a few feet.

“Last one there has to tell the kangaroo about the new snowfall,” Jack raised the stakes, then sprang into motion just before shouting, “Go!”

I chuckled and shook my head as I watched him steal his head start, knowing full well that I would already be waiting for him at the North Pole by the time he finally arrived.  To think I might have missed out on this by blinding myself to everything except the routine of my work.  Having my powers stripped away had given me the chance to find what I had been missing and rebuild my center, only now it was more than love – it was the bright combination of love and joy.

(Epilogue)

When I returned to my castle, I had a warm reunion with my cherubs and apologized to them for the frightening ordeal of losing our powers.  I happily promised to handle at least a few cases a day on my own, while the cherubs would continue to carry out the rest based on my orders.  That night, the moon and I had a long talk and I came to realize that everything had happened for a reason.  If my powers had been at full strength, I never would have fallen for Jack in a natural way; and if the moon had told me this, it would have spoiled the surprise.  It was comforting to know that even when he wasn't directly guiding me, my old friend was still watching out for me.

On Valentine's Day, I was exceptionally busy; but I set aside some time to meet Jack at Jamie's school, where I made sure that the specially-designed Valentine card had the intended effect on young Zoey.  At home, Jamie and Sophie's lives have become everything Jack had hoped they would be.  Now the family has grown closer and shares more time – and more fun – together, and nobody ever mentioned a therapist again.  I still check on Jim and Liz Bennett's book often, and although some of the leafs had nearly disintegrated away at the edges, the newer pages are all thick and clean and written in bold ink.  Jack peeks at it occasionally as well whenever he visits, but usually we just curl up with volumes of the Frost family's love stories and take turns reading them to each other.  Our favorite thing in the whole library, though, is a thin little tome – only a couple chapters so far – with a stamp of a familiar heart-covered snowflake just below the names on the title page:  Jack Frost and Cupid.
Well, this is the end! I hope we all have a happy ending like this. Thank you to everyone who has read the whole thing; I hope you enjoyed it. I wouldn't have done it at all without everyone's wonderful comments and support.

Part 1: [link]
Part 2: [link]
Part 3: [link]
Part 4: [link]
Part 5: [link]
Part 6: [link]
Part 7: [link]
Part 8: [link]
Part 9: [link]
Part 10: [link]
Part 11: [link]
Part 12: [link]
Part 13: [link]
Part 14: [link]
Part 15: [link]
Part 16: [link]
Part 17: [link]
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Please also check out the amazing fanarts inspired by this story:

:iconryuuseirosuto:'s Sandy asking Wishing Star for her help: [link]
:iconalexfanatic10:'s Cupid and Jack: [link]

...and here's my own illustration to accompany the story: [link]
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ccatpuccino Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
oh mah gahd I read all the chapters in one day and you are an amazing writer and I loved this story
the ending is so epic and since I believe I am Cupid cuz i help my friends with their love problems I enjoyed this a lot!!Love
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Wow!  That's quite a reading marathon!  I'm honored that my story managed to keep your interest all the way through and that you enjoyed it enough to comment.  Sounds like you're a real-life Cupid, so keep up the good work! <3
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ccatpuccino Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Thank you I really loved your writing :)
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rats-xp Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this story, it was awesome!!! :D
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Can't believe you finished the whole thing so fast!  I'm glad you liked it!  Thanks for letting me know, too.  Comments are the things that let me know whether or not it's worth writing and posting anything, so it means a lot that you took the time to leave one.
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rats-xp Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i always leave comments on stories :)
especially the ones i really like :D
anyway, i have a couple ROTG fanfics on fanfiction if you wanna take a look (the link is in my profile bio on here)
and as for finishing it so fast, i have a tendency to finish stories quickly when i've become obsessed/drawn into them ;P
and that is a good indicator to me that you are a great author, if i can become so absorbed into your story that i will sit and read it for hours until i have either finished it or caught up to the most recent posting, then that is when i know i've found a great story (which i haven't found that many out of the near 400-450 fanfics i am currently reading/keeping up with)
anyway, i fave ROTG fanfics on fanfiction are "1-of-5, or It Takes Time" and "Kill The Lights"
anyway, i really liked your story and i hope you keep up the great work that is your art still :hug:
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Thank you for the suggestions!  I will add your stuff to my reading list.  My favorite thing is losing myself in a story and reading for hours.  It's my dream come true to have my own story be like that to someone else!
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rats-xp Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes, i totally loved your story, and couldn't stop reading it :D
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Darkprincess98 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh... My... God!!!
Your story was freakin' amazing! I loved it[link]! The ending was absolutely PERFECT[link]! This has officially inspired me to write my own story! Oh, but don't worry, I wont copy!
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thank you for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed the whole thing (especially the ending!). It's such an honor to hear that you are inspired to write something now. I'm sure you have your own wonderful ideas! Let me know when you finish, so I can read your story too!
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Darkprincess98 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Its finished. Really short but finished.
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Darkprincess98 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would you like the link to it?
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FierySense Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
AYEEEEEEEEEEEE!

My favorite part int his chapter is the:
~ Our favorite thing in the whole library, though, is a thin little tome – only a couple chapters so far – with a stamp of a familiar heart-covered snowflake just below the names on the title page: Jack Frost and Cupid.

Really has the feels right now.!
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Ah!! The ending is the hardest thing to write, so it makes me really happy to hear that it was your favorite part.
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FierySense Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Yeah! It's nice to have the love thing at the last for a change.
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
I agree! Sometimes it feels like characters fall in love too fast and too easy. I wanted it to be the last thing that happened after the journey in the story.
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FierySense Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Yup! All the love. At least you gave the viewers a kind of ending where they can still add stories like what happen after or how long did the chapters of Jack x OC lasted. It makes me think of possibilities.
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xxAlaskanChickxx Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Artist
best........Story............EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Thank you!! It makes me so happy to know that people actually like to read it.
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catt-gal-2006 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student
OMG It just ended so brilliantly!!! I almost cried out of sheer joy and all the school-girl, heartfelt emotion Cupid was feeling~ One of the best written fictions I've read in a really long while :) You really had everything thought out. The concept, the plot, the characters staying in character xD I loved it!
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I'm really happy to hear you enjoyed those things, especially the ending. (^_^)
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catt-gal-2006 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student
No probs! :D
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YahoolYafool Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is the most amazing thing i have read in a while, your writing style is admirable and you seem to have a real way with words! your an amazing writer and I cant wait to hear more from you :D
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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YahoolYafool Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem :D it was really good :D
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ja-c25 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconadorableplz: so amazing!! I loved the story! :happybounce:
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I'm glad you did! And thanks so much for letting me know!
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ja-c25 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ you're welcome!
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starstorm72 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that is a good story! The ending I thought was really sweet and I like how everything was tied up yet it was left open for everyone to imagin the later ^^ this was truly an enjoyable read thank you so much for writing this!
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Thank you for reading and commenting! The ending was so difficult to write, so I'm glad you thought it worked.
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starstorm72 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Sherlocki Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
iM CRYING GOSH. you did not disappoint. now i want to draw fanart for this *furiously sketches away*
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I'm so glad the ending turned out all right! Thank you for letting me know that you liked it, and that it actually moved you - that's the hugest compliment!! And I will absolutely die if someone does fanart for this story, so please tell me if you actually post any. I will link to it in the story.
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Saiyakublood Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
This hit me in the feels[link]
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Have to admit, I was kinda going for the feels. Bwahahaha! :iconevilsmileplz:

But truly, thanks for reading and commenting. It's what made me keep going.
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kawaii-hamham Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was an incredible story!! Thank you so much for posting it on DA.
I really liked the whole story and the ending was so great I couldn't take off the smile on my face!
I hope you will find the time to write more stories :D
(I would really like to draw your Cupid someday ^//^ Well not now because of some exams but someday for sure)
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Thank you so much for reading! I'm so proud to hear that it actually made you smile, and that you liked the ending - it was the hardest part to write. I'm seriously considering posting another story soon, since the feedback from this one has been so nice. If you draw Cupid or anything from my story, I will absolutely freak out!! So please tell me if you do - I'll link to it from the story! I'll be posting my own illustrations of her soon, so check back for those if you want. And good luck with your exams!
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risethemoon7 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
And I really hope you will start a new fanfiction soon...I need to read something wonderful again!!!
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Ahhh! Thanks for your wonderful compliments! I have a bunch of other fanfics already written and I'm thinking about posting another one in chapters like this. I just need to figure out what the popular fandoms are right now.
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risethemoon7 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
This is definitely the best Jack Frost story I have read! Very well-written too)
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
This comment made me so happy!!! :iconglompplz:
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Leafshadow30 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was adorable, I love it. And I hated it at the same time... I didn't want it to end! Gah! >w< It's definately unique. Thanks for having the courage to post it.
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
It's so hard for me to end things! But I'm glad you liked it anyway! And unique was one of my goals, so it makes me very happy to hear you call it that. I might have the guts to post more writing now.
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lahula Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
that was so cute! omgomgomg!
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Glad you liked it!
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SakuraSnowBlizzard Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I stuck with you to the end and I have to thank you for the wonderful story. It made me sad, hopeful and happy all at the same time. which, in my book, makes you a wonderful author for being able to do that to your readers. I am so sad this story is over because this story was a part of what made me get on the site everyday. It was a wonderful ending and I will be reading anything new you have planned. Great job.
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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
It's the best compliment for a writer to know that their story emotionally moved the reader at least a little, so thank you very much for telling me that! I'm glad the ending turned out all right, since I rewrote it over and over until it felt good enough. Thanks for being one of my faithful readers, and I'll try to figure out which story to post next. Fanfics seems to be a safe bet, and I've got a ton of those! (^_^)
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SakuraSnowBlizzard Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait for more. See you next time ^0^/
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BenjiLion09 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
awww it has to be over??? I really enjoyed reading this story :3 sure did make me smile all the way through! Good job my dear, such a wonderful story to read (even during the cold days like this)

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LikeSoTotally Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
It's so weird to come home now and not be writing in this story! I'm glad you liked reading it.
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