One these days, Percy’s gonna come crashing down out of his mania and land smack dab in the depression, and nothing anyone says or does will make him believe that he isn’t a broken piece of shit that deserves everything he suffers. One of these days, Vex will overhear some negative gossip or say the wrong thing to the wrong person or just wake up feeling shitty and her self-esteem will take a nose dive, right back to the worthless way she felt in Syngorn. They’re both probably going to suffer from PTSD and night terrors for the rest of their lives. They’ll probably hurt. They’ll probably fight.
But they’re also a couple who’ve done more than would be asked by most wedding vows. Twice. They understand each others’ foibles and supported one another long before they got together. They went into this with a complex understanding of who they are as individuals, what they need from a relationship, what their partner needs from a relationship, and how they need, want, and desire each other.
That’s a Happily Ever After to me, whatever happens between now and then. They deserve that soft epilogue.