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Oh Brother - Season 1 - Episode 48
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“You look beautiful, did I tell you that?” Christian said as I got out of his car.
I rolled my eyes, but smiled. “Yes. You’ve been telling me that for the past thirty minutes.


He grinned sheepishly and my heart softened. Seeing him in his black jeans and black buttoned shirt had me wondering how he was so gorgeous. With his blue eyes sparkling and his grin that made him seem younger, he was perfection to me.


Patting my dress down, I stepped towards him and kissed him. My lips pressed against his gently, and he kissed me back. The both of us smiled as we then moved apart when we heard fireworks. The festival seemed to be calling us.


“What was that for?” Christian asked, grabbing my hand as we began to walk to the entrance.

“I love you,” I answered simply. “And I’m happy.”
“I like seeing you like this.” His grip on my hand tightened. “Happiness looks beautiful on you.”


I blushed as we reached the entrance. Giving the guy at the booth our tickets, we went inside. Excitement filled me as I glanced at the bag Christian was holding in his other hand. In just a few hours, we would be letting go of the lantern he got me. I couldn’t wait.

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Christian and I were sitting on a large rock away from the glowing Festival of Lights. We weren’t talking. Instead we were admiring the fireworks that splattered the night sky with colour. I was counting down the minutes until we could let go of the lantern that was in Christian’s hands. My heart was pounding with excitement.



“Did you ever think that you’d find love this young?” Christian suddenly asked.
“No,” I replied honestly. “But I’m more than glad I did.”

He grinned at me. “Same. If people knew how much we’ve been through, they’d think we should be joining your mom. But, our relationship has been the best thing that’s happened to me.”


I smiled, but the line about my mom bothered me. After Christian and I left, she began to go to a therapist. It was confirmed that she wasn’t mentally stable after all of the losses she faced, and even though I hated her, I felt sorrow at the news. Maybe she had made me miserable, but she had been miserable herself. With me reminding her of her old life, she just wanted someone – Christian, to make her happy. But even knowing that, it still wasn’t hard to hate her.


“Sorry, I shouldn’t have said that about your mom,” Christian said, seeing that I hadn’t said anything. “But honestly, I’m happy. I’m glad we never gave up.”
“Me too,” I said honestly. “You’re all I need.”


I laughed lightly and he frowned. Nothing was funny, but I was surprised to see how cheesy I had become. Love had a funny way of softening you up.


“Five more minutes,” Christian said, glancing at his watch.


He handed me the lantern and I held it to my chest. It was already glowing, and memories were brought back to me. My dad and I had done this too. At midnight, we had thrown a lantern into the air. He taught me to let go while doing it, and that was when I realized I needed to do that now.

My mom, Stephen, and everything that happened the past year was always at the back of my mind. I was happy. Happier than I had ever been since my dad passed away. But, that didn’t mean I wasn’t bothered by the past. By everything I had been through.


Letting go like my dad taught me to seemed perfect now.

“Christian,” I said, eyes sparkling as he looked right at me with eyes that told me he loved me. “Remember how I told you my dad taught me how to let go by throwing a lantern into the air?”

“Of course.” His eyes softened. “How could I forget?”

“Well, we should do now that.” I got up and held the lantern with one hand towards him. “Together, we should let go of the past.”

Christian got up as well. “That sounds great.”
I blushed as he stood beside me. He must think I was crazy, I thought as he grabbed onto the lantern with one of his hands. But as he suddenly looked at me, his determined eyes told me that he also wanted to do this. He wanted to let go.

“One minute left,” he commented as we just stared at each other.
“One minute left,” I repeated quietly.
I stared at the sky that was now blank. In just one minute, we along with a hundred people would be letting go of our lanterns. We would be letting go of everything as well, and my heart fluttered. This had been a day I’d been waiting for.


“Ready?” Christian suddenly asked.
I nodded. I was more than ready.
“Let go!” he then exclaimed.
The both of us let go of the lantern simultaneously, and a grin flew to my face. The lantern steadily flew up to the sky, and slowly I felt relieved. I felt like I could finally forget about my old life as the lantern floated up.


Christian grabbed my hand and I laughed as more lanterns joined the night sky. The sky glowed brightly as it was now filled with many lanterns. My heart was pounding as I admired the beautiful sight.

“Your dad is a smart man,” Christian commented, also grinning. “I feel like I let go.”

“Same,” I said honestly. “I feel like life is finally good.”
Christian’s eyes softened as he pulled me to him. He wrapped his strong arms around me and I hugged him back. With him, I felt secure. With the lanterns in the sky, I felt relieved. This was how life should be. It should be spent knowing that everything is good. And that was exactly how I felt. With Christian by my side for many years to come, life was finally good.



THE END…



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