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Ending for "Story Without an End"

Updated on June 12, 2015
Endless story on index cards.
Endless story on index cards. | Source

This was a competition

John Hansen wrote a story and asked others to write an ending for it. I have answered his request.






Stepping Stones, home of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill W. and his wife, in Katonah, NY, USA.
Stepping Stones, home of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill W. and his wife, in Katonah, NY, USA. | Source

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.

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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.

Next day...

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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I believe you chose the correct conclusion for this story. I am a firm believer in second chances, and Rick seemed like he would try to make up the time he was away from them both. Well done my friend.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Thank you Ruby. It took me some time, for one thing I have been working on other Hubs, but I had to decide which way I was going.

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well done Kevin. It was a happy ending, but what about Susan's fiancé? I really appreciate you taking the time to do this. Thanks.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Thanks John. I guess I forgot about the fiancé. I will edit it and see about putting that in.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      I opened the link but what was that for? I knew about the fiancé, I just forgot about him.

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for adding the paragraph where Susan broke it off with Phillip, Kevin. I put the link here so that anyone reading this who wasn't one of my followers could find the original story. You didn't include a link in your hub.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      You are welcome John. I actually did put the link in the summary when I wrote it but I did not stop and think that it would not be seen, sorry, so I will also add it below.

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Kevin.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      You are welcome. I apologize again John. I automatically thought that I put it in when I entered it in the summary.

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Kevin, this is awesome, and I voted that way. I am so glad that so many friends are joinins our friend John (Jodah) to continue his story.

      Blessings to you my friend.

      Shyron

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Why thank you Shyron. After reading yours I edited mine a little bit to leave it open to readers who were not competing

      Kevin.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I like your new ending Kevin, it does leave a possibility for someone else to continue on if they wish.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Thank you John.

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I hope the story never ends.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Meaning Susan never gets back with anyone?

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Kevin, just letting you know that I have added another chapter following Ruby's (on my original hub). Your contribution is still relevant and can be added to, but you took it a little further into the future with Susan setting up a life with Rick and breaking off with Phillip, though he is still hopeful of getting her back. So after a few more chapters it may start to follow on from yours...see where it goes.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Okay John. I just published a Hub so I will try and check it out tonight.

      Kevin

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      very well written I have to read the original but again well done :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kevin, well done! I've been reading this story out of sync so far, but I'm catching up, I might even have a go if time allows. Nice job all round.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      I thank you again but I had written it one way then altered one little bit at the end when others started coming up with alternatives. Now the original goes every which way.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Thank you Jo. Good luck putting it in sync. I came up with this first, then it started going every which way. Now who knows.

      Kevin

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kevin,

      I like your addition to the storyline and how you ended it. I am catching up with everyone, as I did not see Jodah's original hub, so I had to go back and read. I saw it via Shyron's hub ...is how I found his. I love these writing exercises.

      Blessings for a wonderful long weekend

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Well thank you Faith. The story is not ended yet, Jodah's Hub shows the variation links. Plus he gave me a new idea and I might be writing a different ending. Right now - who knows how it will end?

      You have great weekend too.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It certainly sounds like the way that a real life situation could turn out. Well done.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you very much Deb, that makes me feel good. I tried to make it as real as I could.

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I don't know why everyone is having problems finding my original hub. I'm not getting any comments there.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I, as well as everyone else connected with your story placed your link in ours. There was also a delay in the email this weekend. You may be getting a sudden surge of comments that were left a few days ago.

      Kevin

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      Brandie 2 years ago

      Ineitllgence and simplicity - easy to understand how you think.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you Brandie.

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