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12 July 2003 @ 10:46 pm
Happy Ever After  
Happy Ever After
12 July 2003

“The shoe fit and the prince realised Cinderella was the princess from the ball. Despite her step-sister's protests the Prince and Cinderella were married and lived happily ever after.” Paul shut the book and glanced down to the sleeping child in his arms. Julian had stayed awake for most of the tale but had dozed off before the end. It was probably for the best anyway. They’d read the tale together many times before and Julian would always inevitably ask, “What does ‘happily ever after’ mean?” And Paul could never answer him.
He set the book on the nightstand and lifted Julian up in his arms, carrying the boy to the bed in the hotel room. John and Cynthia were still out, most likely not together, and he had once again felt obligated to watch Julian. It wasn’t obligation, really. It was just the right thing to do.
He tucked the boy in, kissed his brow lightly, and slipped out into the adjoining room he was sharing with George. “Lad asleep?” George asked quietly as Paul shut the door. Paul nodded wearily.
“He needs a real father,” he sighed curling into bed beside him. “We’ll have a happy ever after, won’t we?”
George pulled Paul into his arms, kissed the top of his head, and smoothed his hair down. “Everything happens the way it does for a reason. Have faith.”
Paul closed his eyes; he was not reassured and thought he knew how Julian felt after the fairytale had ended.
 
 
Current Mood: wistful
Current Music: She Said, She Said - Beatles
 
 
 
I can see the world tonight: paul & camerapiggies on July 12th, 2003 06:07 pm (UTC)
That was brilliant. Loved it. Kind of made me a little sad, though.

But not all fabbles are supposed to be happy and dandy with pink bunny rabbits anyway. So it's still brilliant.
George H.: George/Johngeorgeh on July 13th, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes. Thank you, you got it. Not everything ends happily ever after. Thank you.
cynic in mind: saynomore!anyroad on July 12th, 2003 06:55 pm (UTC)
I love this; it is definitely one of my favourite fabbles. I also agree with what has already been said, and I am glad that someone has written something that doesn't (or may not) end happily.
George H.: Lovely.georgeh on July 13th, 2003 01:22 pm (UTC)
You flatter me, thank you. I'm glad you liked it and understood it. There's is not a happy tale, I don't think.
psychedelicmess on July 12th, 2003 07:39 pm (UTC)
Hey George,

This was so endearing! It's nice to see the fatherly side of Paul...actually, of any of the Beatles! lol.George and Paul seem so sweet together, longing for a love to make them happily ever after. *sigh* great fabble!

~~Kristel
George H.: George/Johngeorgeh on July 13th, 2003 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Paul is a dear, especially around children. Glad you liked it. :)
Abbeyrd: within without youabbeyrd62561 on July 12th, 2003 08:18 pm (UTC)
Oh Sam *sighs* that was sweet. Paul always loved Julian and took care of him alot over the years. Even after John died , Paul still watches out for Julian. I loved Paul asking George about happily ever after and George saying there is a reason for everything. I truely believe in that one. Nice story
George H.georgeh on July 13th, 2003 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, Paul was a dear to Julian. It's a good story, you can take what you want from it, I guess.

Glad you like it, thank you. :)
You People And Your Quaint Little Categoriesjoanne_c on July 16th, 2003 11:05 pm (UTC)
So bittersweet, and like others have said, the not ending happily is plausible and realistic.

Beautiful work.

Now to find time to read your long story!
George H.georgeh on July 19th, 2003 02:17 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad you feel that way too and got it. You're very flattering.

I hope you enjoy my longer stories as well. :)