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/Whois - Chapter 22 - Epilogue

Updated on August 4, 2008
 

I suppose, except for a few loose ends to wrap up, we've pretty much arrived at the end of this story.

I never saw Jerry again, except for once...at a family funeral. His younger brother passed away suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage. Jack had been a nice guy too. Jerry's parents were a bit hurt that after the divorce I no longer came to visit...but I didn't think it proper since he was now married to Missy and they were her family, not mine. His siblings nearly squished me to pieces at the funeral...and to be honest, I missed them just as much. But other than that...well it just goes to show you how very little we had in common since we've never bumped into each other accidentally once.

I've lost track of Kimbrr, although I believe she moved back to Toronto. The relationship between her and that guy in Australia didn't work out.

Kali and I are still close friends. We try to get together at least once a year. She still calls me Sno.

As for Otter...well, when enough time had gone by, I tracked him down at his place of work because I still wanted to know what he and Jerry had talked about on that one particular evening that I spied them together. My stomach was in knots, listening to the distant sound of the phone ringing halfway around the world...wondering if he would pick it up...wondering how he would react...

"Hello?"

"Hello Otter."

There was a silence and I could hear his breathing quicken...

"Sno?"

"Yeah...hi. How are you?"

"Oh...good. You?"

"I'm okay. Really...I am."

"And Jerry?"

"Gone. We divorced several months ago."

I winced as I heard a string of rather colorful epithets in my ear.

"He promised me Sno...he promised me."

"What did he promise you Otter?"

"He said he loved you so much...but that...he promised me that if I went away he would make sure you'd be happy. He said he just wanted you to be happy."

"Mmm..."

"Sno?"

"Yeah Otter?"

"Are you happy?"

I laughed...softly...

"Oddly enough Otter...I am. I really am. You?"

"Yeah...I think so. The kids are growing so fast Sno...so fast. I'm pretty sure my daughter is going to be a black belt...she's a killer!"

I had to smile at that...trying to imagine a five year old assassin.

"Sno?"

"Mmm?"

"It was so hard at first, y'know...I wanted to call you...I wanted to call you so badly. But I promised Jerry I wouldn't...that I'd give the two of you time to sort it out."

"It's okay Otter...you couldn't possibly have known."

His laugh was harsh...a sound I'd never heard before...a combination of disappointment and disillusionment.

"Sno...it wasn't REAL..okay...it couldn't have been real."

I didn't know how to respond to that...it hurt too much to hear those words come from his mouth.

"It wasn't real...Sno...was it?"

I swiped the tears from my eyes and took a deep breath. Damn, but I loved him so much. I loved him so much there was really only one thing I could do. I let go.

"No Otter, you are right...it wasn't real."

There was no mistaking the exhalation of relief on the other end of the line.

I haven't spoken to Otter since that day...although I think of him often.

There were men that came after Otter...in both IRC and in real life. Some knew about Otter and tried desperately to fill his shoes by being pseudo-Otters. It didn't work...and I only thought less of them for even trying.

I have this theory...it's a crazy one, but it makes me smile.

Once upon a time, God created a being and when He was done...He looked down upon it and smiled...briefly...very briefly. In horror, He threw His hands up...realizing that He could never unleash such a menace, no matter how amusing, upon His earth and so He sundered it...sending one half to one side of the planet and the other to a place as far away as He could get it from the other. One landed in Australia...the other in the United States. They were never supposed to find each other...not in this lifetime.

As luck would have it, man invented the internet with the help of Al Gore and through pure chance...or the Butterfly Effect, nobody really knows for sure...they stumbled upon each other in a chat room, both lured there by their naturally inquisitive nature and overactive imaginations. The northern half, being the brighter half, recognized the southern half immediately. While physically, it was impossible to become whole again...they found by joining their minds they could very nearly capture the complete essence of the being they once were. This accounts for a lot of the havoc they wrought during this together-but-not-quite-together time.

Fortunately, for the continuity of the planet and the safety of its inhabitants...they only destroyed a small portion of the world before realizing that God, in His infinite wisdom had been right after all.

The End

As for spryte...well...she spent a bit more time terrorizing the IRC world, especially those of the male gender...before moving on. There were some issues of trust and anger to work out...and she worked them out with a vengeance on anyone that happened to piss her off. Internet chat can be great therapy if you go in there with the right attitude.

After a while though...she moved on to other things and new adventures. I don't think she's stopping anytime soon...

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    • spryte profile imageAUTHOR

      spryte 

      6 years ago from Arizona, USA

      ScreenScreams:

      Well...that is very high praise indeed that you signed up just to comment. Thank you!

      I am actually at work on a novel which I should be posting in e-format some time this year. I would tell you the title...but it still eludes me.

      As for what you've just read, I will be re-writing this a bit and expanding on the theme, turning it into more of a fictional format with some interesting twists, turns and wishful thinking. The title will remain the same and hopefully, I'll have that one out in 2013.

      Thanks so much for commenting...you are what every writer needs. Confirmation that somebody reads what they write and enjoys it.

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      ScreenScreams 

      6 years ago

      Wow, I stumbled onto this story by accident and I couldn't stop reading! It's around 5 o'clock in the morning. That's high praise, because I have adult ADD and a very short attention span. You should be a professional writer. I signed up for HubPages just now so I could comment on this. Thanks for a very enjoyable read!

    • spryte profile imageAUTHOR

      spryte 

      7 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Kali - you are my sister and always will be. Love you!

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      kali 

      7 years ago

      What a rush that was, going back in time!!!! We had the best time!!! And we will remain friends forever!! Luv ya

      sweetie (((((Hugs)))) :)

    • spryte profile imageAUTHOR

      spryte 

      7 years ago from Arizona, USA

      No...Otter put his tin can phone down in a supermarket...why he did this cannot be explained (which is pretty much the excuse for everything he does). Fortunately, it only took him about 15 years...and a lot of yelling hello into cans of Lesieur baby peas....before he found it again.

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      alternate ending pt 2 

      7 years ago

      ...and otter turned into a ferret, which served him right :/

    • spryte profile imageAUTHOR

      spryte 

      7 years ago from Arizona, USA

      ...and she lived happily ever after. :) LOL!

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      Jason McAnelly 

      7 years ago from Portland, OR USA

      I don't like the ending. :( You should change it. ;) (hopeless romantic)

    • spryte profile imageAUTHOR

      spryte 

      7 years ago from Arizona, USA

      smed:

      Thank you for leaving this comment...it always makes me smile when I hear of others involved through a chance meeting online. I wish the two of you all the best in a world of infinite possibilities. :)

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      smed 

      7 years ago

      I am currently in an online relationship, and this is the best relationship I've ever had. it was really cute, too, because he had to work up te courage to send me a PM, and once he did, it made me laugh so hard. we now talk every day ad I find myself loving him more and more. Thank God I'm not married. ;)

      I found myself sucked into your story, and you've opened up a world of possibilities for me. as far as I'm concerned, what I have now can move in any direction the two of us please, and we can do whatever we want. thank you for sharing your simply beautiful story.

    • spryte profile imageAUTHOR

      spryte 

      8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Glitz -

      I'm so very glad you enjoyed the entire tale...and I know what you mean about the "what else could have happened" part. Occasionally I indulge my imagination and play that game...but without Otter's input it falls flat..if that makes any sense. We really did have a symbiotic relationship...where our imaginations fed off the other's.

      Life is crazy though...and you never know what is just around the corner. I think if I live to be an old lady...I would like to be a rather eccentric one...and continue my adventures. :)

      Thanks again for reading and leaving such a lovely comment!

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      Glitz 

      8 years ago

      I have to say--I just read this whole thing in just under 2 hours. I giggled. I guffawed. I gasped. I cried. I cried harder. What an amazing and painful experience! It seems like it ends in a good place...but...

      It's so tempting to wonder "what else could have happened?"

      Amazing writing. I just met a guy about 2 weeks ago online...unlike your conversations, ours started right off with the "other stuff"--but has gone on to become so much more. After some inquisitive Googling, I stumbled across this... I consider myself very fortunate. One of the best reads I've found on the net, ever. I'm hoping that things are going well for you and that you continue to be happy!

    • spryte profile imageAUTHOR

      spryte 

      9 years ago from Arizona, USA

      *hugs* Not away...not AWOL...we are facebook friends aren't we?

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      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Now worried, are you away?

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile image

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Still looking out for you Spryte :(

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile image

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Missing you mate, where are you thesedays? All the old gang are rarely seen. I hope you will read my latest article about my nightmare radio interview when you get time, I reckon you will find it funny if I know your sense of humour as well as I think I do ;)

      Come back soon, truly miss the banter with you and the gang :(

    • spryte profile imageAUTHOR

      spryte 

      9 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Touched:

      Thank you so very much for your comment. It made me smile to think that although you stumbled upon my tale accidentally, you took the entire journey and not just the ten cent tour.

      Cheers back atcha!

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      Touched 

      9 years ago

      I read through the whole story and found it extremely touching, being an IRC user and an Australian, I was quickly drawn into your journey and by the time I had reached this very page I actually forgot how I stumbled across it.

      I've chatted on IRC for a long time now, many years on and off and I never really would have imagined that something as exquisite as this could bloom out of such a simple cross of paths. Sure I've been in, and seen some online relationships before but none which were as intriguing or have had such an affect which would change ones life like this one. Most of the time it was a matter of getting to know someone and then letting time distance them apart as real life intervened now and then.

      In a way I envy you for being involved in such a rare experience, but at the same time I sympathize for the rather sad turn of events.

      Nevertheless I am rather grateful for having been able to have a share of your interesting journey, as I myself would probably never have been able to fathom the existence of such as life story. So thank you for sharing something rather private and as I'm sure it was not easy for you to replay those memories.

      I hope the next slice of life is full of tasty adventures and happiness for you, once again Cheers! :)

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      Zu 

      10 years ago

      God just forgot about human's imagination when he placed the two of you half the planet apart, and then gave you access to Internet. Never mind. Without his/her/its such imperfectness, this life would have been just a monotone...

    • spryte profile imageAUTHOR

      spryte 

      10 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Hi Jeff: Not sure it will ever reach that form, but I've just had the first good night's sleep since starting it. :)

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      Chef Jeff 

      10 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      So when will we see it in book form? Good luck and thanks for the story!

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