The Land of Stories: Gleefully Ever After

The Fairy Godfather

In which our story comes to an end… for now...


Once Rachel had been revived with lavender water, and everyone had finished Ooohing and Ahhhing over the fact that Froggy had turned out to be the long-lost Prince Finn Charming, Finn turned to Chris and Darren. “The Fairy Godfather thanked me for bringing you guys here, and he said he knows how to send you home. He’ll be here in a minute.”

“Wow,” Darren breathed. “This has been such a magical trip. I don’t know if I’m ready to go back yet. How about you, Chris?”

Chris felt a swirl of emotions that left him dizzy. He gazed at Darren, unable to formulate a reply.

When Chris’s silence stretched on a little too long, Darren began to sing:

Do you hear me?
I'm talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky, oh my, baby I'm trying

Finding his voice, Chris came in with the next verse.

Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard

Taking each other’s hands, Chris and Darren sang the chorus together.

I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again

Ooohh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

Darren pulled Chris into an impromptu dance on the next verse.

They don't know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I'll wait for you I promise you, I will

Chris smiled into Darren’s eyes as they swayed in each other’s arms.

I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Lucky we're in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Chris forgot all about their audience, losing himself in the sound of Darren’s voice.

And so I'm sailing through the sea
To an island where we'll meet
You'll hear the music fill the air
I'll put a flower in your hair

Darren twirled Chris out and then reeled him back in, running the fingers of one hand through Chris’s hair.

Though the breezes through trees
Move so pretty you're all I see
As the world keeps spinning 'round
You hold me right here, right now

As they sang the final chorus, Chris let the joy he was feeling bubble up out of him.

I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
I'm lucky we're in love in every way

Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Ooohh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

The sound of applause snapped Chris and Darren out of their reverie. Tearing their eyes away from each other, they discovered that their audience had grown. The Fairy Godfather stood before them.

Chris blinked twice. “Ryan?”

“You always said I was your Fairy Godfather.”

“But –”

“We’ll have plenty of time to discuss everything,” Ryan said, with a significant look from Chris, to Darren, and back again, “once you’re back where you belong.”

Ryan waved his wand, and a door appeared in the middle of the room.

“So,” he asked, “where would you like this door to lead?”

Chris gave Darren a long look. “My house?”

Darren squeezed his hand, nodding.

“As you wish,” Ryan said, flourishing his wand once more.

Chris placed his hand on the doorknob. With one last, fond look around at the assembled crowd, he and Darren stepped through the doorway together.

And they lived Gleefully ever after.


The End
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