Ending for "Story Without an End"
This was a competition
John Hansen wrote a story and asked others to write an ending for it. I have answered his request.
Jonah began this story where Rick had phoned Susan and talked her ear off not leaving her a chance to get a word in. He told her that he had not gotten in touch with her for a few years because he had been receiving help from someone at AA. He told her that he had kicked the drinking habit and now he wanted to get back with her the way that it was before, with the only difference being that he was not drinking.
She would have given it a try if it had not been for the fact that the entire time he had spoken, he did not mention their daughter Courtney. Courtney had inquired often about the father whom she had never seen and wondered why that was and if she would ever see him.
Therefore, Susan did not know about getting back together with him. She was confused whether she should stay away from him, or introduce Courtney to her real, true father. In addition, should she, Susan, re-marry and try to teach Courtney how to forget about him and understand about her stepfather.
Susan figured that she would sleep on what Rick had said, and at breakfast she would tell Courtney that the two of them would be meeting him for lunch. She only wondered when she should tell Courtney that Rick was her father. She also hoped that it would go smoothly and that Rick would be glad to meet Courtney.
After Susan had told Courtney about Rick and lunch...and the part about Rick being her father, Courtney could not wait to meet him. The time went by fast, for Courtney but not for Susan. They went to the restaurant early and took their seats at the table. Courtney kept asking, "Is that him? Is that him?" She was very anxious to meet him. All Susan could say was, "When he gets here, he will come to this table."
When Rick did come (he was 10 minutes late) he began talking non-stop just as he did when he was on the phone with Susan the previous night. The only thing which seemed to cut him off was when Courtney stood beside him and said, "Hi Daddy!" He just became silent and looked at her blankly - he was not prepared for that.
Susan looked at him and the void stare on his face. "Have you nothing to say to our daughter?" she inquired. One at a time came out the words, "I-had-forgotten-her."
"Yes", stated Susan, "It happened after you left. She came into the world without a father. Well?"
"Well - what?", he asked. Now he turned back to face Susan.
"What are your thoughts and feelings now? Do you still want to get back together like you did last night?"
"Yes. I have been through AA and I will be more than happy to be a father, besides getting back together with you." He took Courtney onto his lap and said, "Hello Courtney. I am sorry that I was not there all of those past years but I will make up what I can," he said.
Susan felt relief flow inside of her. She had hoped that Rick would not turn Courtney away but she had not expected this. It turned out that Rick and Susan discussed moving in with each other. They opted whether to live in Rick's house, Susan's house, or an entirely new house. They ended up living in Susan's house since it was the closest to Courtney's school, among other reasons. The three of them spent happy lives together creating a family, a home, and a life.
Susan had been seeing another gentleman named Phillip previous to Rick's phone call. So before her and Rick got back together, after their lunch, Susan met with Phillip for dinner and broke it off with him, gently. She told him about how Courtney's true father was getting one final chance but this time Susan said he actually sounded honest. She could see it in his eyes and feel it when he spoke to Courtney. Phillip thought, "She cannot see into his heart though, maybe there is still a chance for us..."
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