“Thanks Stan,” said LuLu, taking another bite of pizza. “This is SO good.”
“It really is,” agreed Will, picking up his third slice.
“It’s nice to be home,” said Stan, putting fresh drinks on their table. “Even if I can’t breath properly and my nose is all black and blue.”
“You look like a hero,” said LuLu.
“Really?” asked Stan, standing up straighter.
“Absolutely. You saved Rosy’s life, even though you were wounded.”
“Thanks,” he said, shyly.
“I think the three of us should just move in together,” said LuLu, turning toward Will.
“You mean Vincent, not Stan, right?”
“Cute,” sighed LuLu. “Vincent isn’t completely well and we need to keep an eye on him.”
“Oh, so THAT’S the reason you want both of us to live with you, because he doesn’t feel well?”
“I don’t want to live in Fairy. It’s gorgeous but I’m from here. I don’t want to be a princess either. I just want to be me. I would love to visit and stay for a bit but it will never be home. I don’t know if you, or Vincent, will be able to stay here. It has to be difficult to be away from the place…”
“It’s not,” said Will. “I want to be wherever you are. That’s where I’ll be happy. It isn’t about the place, it’s about the person you love. I can see why it would be difficult for you. You didn’t even know Fairy existed but I’ve been in your world a lot. I know how it works, I can be part of it.”
“But you still can’t lie, right?” asked LuLu, grinning and stealing a mushroom off his pizza.
“No, I can’t lie but I’m very good at avoiding the truth,” he laughed. “We can make trips to Fairy that way, you can get to know the place little by little. Your mother is a Queen, after all.”
“I love my Pie Shoppe. I love the people who come in everyday. I love making pies and pairing them with the right people. I kind of love you too.”
“Well, seriously, how could I not love you?”
“I’ve loved you since the first moment I saw you. We were meant to be together.”
“Maybe, but I would rather believe that we just found each other and….”
“Fell madly in love?”
“Something like that,” she said. “But I care about Vincent too.”
“He knows that but he also knows that you and I are perfect for each other.”
“Did he actually say that?”
“Rosy and Buttercup are staying here, at least most of the time. I think the dragon might stay as well. Buttercup thinks our cats, need to be taught better manners. Alice adores her, they even nap together. The other two cats hide whenever they see her coming.
“Edith sent an invitation to us. She wants us to attend the huge party they’re having at the Book Lovers Emporium.”
“Their parties are legendary. Wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
“I’m looking forward to meeting White Dog and all the other animals. We can see where Chicago lives and Mr. Poe will be there.”
“LuLu, my love, EVERYONE will be there, including bands, living and dead. It will go on for days.”
“I wonder if my mom will be disappointed when I tell her that I’m staying here, at least for the most part.”
“If she didn’t want you to be here, she would have taken you to Fairy.”
“Reba is going to help teach the street kids and work in the Shoppe, when Marion needs her. I don’t think she and CC want to live in Fairy either.”
“They don’t. CC told me, when I went to visit him.”
“Shaville is coming to visit next week,” said LuLu, happily. “I think we’re going to be good friends. Dr. Lana is quitting her practice and concentrate on working with fairies and other beings. CC made her see how important her work is. Marion said Mr. Dominic built a wonderful aviary for Raven and Sweetheart, so they will only be in the shop now and then. I’m so happy for them.”
Will stood up so quickly, his pizza fell out of his hand. “Did see that?”
“See what?” asked LuLu, turning toward the window.
“Reba is being chased by three guys with swords.”
Stories never really end, you know. Will, LuLu and all the other characters will go about their business, even thought this chapter in their lives is finished. There will be more trouble in Fairy and the Pie Shoppe will continue to flourish. The party at the Emporium will be spectacular and their lives will go on.
I hope you enjoyed reading, LuLu’s Pie Shoppe. I had a lot of fun writing it. Thank you all, so very much for all of your lovely comments.