Charlotte beamed as Gabriel kissed her, and then brought in a third dance partner, Abby, to finish off the night with them. After more drinking, dancing, and laugher; the night was finally over. The whole reason they arrived in Paris in the first place was finally over. When Charlotte was first planning this trip, she tried to make this trip as quick and painless as she could. Now, she didn’t want to leave. This had all felt like a dream and she really wasn't ready to wake up.
As the wedding winded down, Amirah did want to say goodbye to her friends. She had pulled Charlotte aside, taking her hands in her own. [b “Charlotte, thank you so much for coming. I’m so happy this worked out for you and Gabriel. To be honest, I was a little surprised your card said you were attending. Not that I didn’t want you here but after school we lost touch a bit and I know-”] Amirah started, and Charlotte cut her off. [i “Please Amirah. I am so happy for you. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you glow like you are now. Thank you for inviting me. Let’s keep in touch, maybe I’ll be in California more now. We’ll meet up.”] Charlotte smiled, pulling her friend into a hug. She couldn’t thank Amirah enough for what she did, for bringing the two most stubborn people together again. But, a hug would do just fine for now. She knew she’d hear from Amirah soon, after her beautiful honeymoon she had told her all about. The group sent her and her husband off, the two looking more in love with each minute passing.
As the staff started to clean up the reception, Charlotte and Gabriel found each other once more. Charlotte noticed the sleeping girl in Gabriel’s arms, she made sure her voice would soften so she wouldn’t be woken up. [i “I’m going to change first, and then I’ll make my way over, okay?”] Charlotte whispered. She also wanted Gabriel to get Abby settled, knowing that he would most likely have to wake her to change her out of her dress before bed.
Charlotte carefully made her way into her room, taking off her dress and hanging it up for the last time. She hung it in its dress bag, folding it up to easily fit into her suitcase. She had packed almost everything already, as she didn’t want to scramble at the last minute for everything. She knew she’d be headed to the airport early to see Gabriel and Abby off, so might as well hang around before her flight. She could get a head start on her work email she had been neglecting while on her little vacation. She pulled on a pair of black and white plaid pajama pants and a black tank top. She brushed out the curls that she had put into her hair, pulling the voluminous mess into a ponytail. She went to the bathroom and removed her makeup, brushing her teeth and grabbing all of her bathroom things and packing them back into her suitcase. She made sure she had some comfy clothes to wear to the airport, and zipped her suitcase up tight.
Charlotte quietly made her way to Gabriel’s room, seeing Carter waiting by the door. [b “One more night together, huh?”] he whispered to Charlotte. [i “Yeah, you too?”] she asked, seeing as Carter was already in a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt. [b “Yeah, she’s changing.”] he pointed toward Francesca’s door. [b “Hey, you too stay together this time, okay? He hasn’t been this happy in a long time.”] Carter said, seeing the door to Francesca’s room crack a bit. [b “Good night.”] he smiled before entering Francesca’s room. She just smiled and shook her head, [i “Good night Carter.”] she replied, before heading into Gabriel’s room. She planned on staying with him, as she had last time. She wasn’t gonna let him go without a fight, not again.
Charlotte saw Gabriel with his back towards her, as she went up behind him, wrapping her arms around his waist. [i “How's the princess? Is she still asleep?”] she asked, her eyes closed as she rested her head against his back, taking in his scent.