Author's Note: This is the last chapter…I hope you'll like it…Umm…one note, here…the last paragraph of this chapter is not a thought of David. It's the last actions he does, okay? Let's read!
*Chapter 3: Where Dreams are Born: The End of a Long Journey*
Teddy and I submerged, and I looked for the Blue Fairy. It didn't take too long, because I found the park, Gepetto's shop…and there she was… I reached her…I saw her beautiful smile, and I knew my journey had ended…
Suddenly, something got us locked. But we were all right. The Blue Fairy was fine, so everybody was okay. And I started praying…
"Blue Fairy? Please...please, please make me into a real live boy. Please...Blue Fairy? Please...please...make me real. Blue Fairy? Please, please make me real. Please make me a real boy. Please, Blue Fairy, make me into a real boy. Please..."
I kept praying for a long time, I didn't know how long. Everything around me was freezing, but I didn't care. The lights faded, but I could see Blue Fairy…I was still praying, hoping that she would make my wish come true…and I would be back with you…
After a long time, I felt like I was freezing, I could move no more. But I kept looking at her… she will listen to me, she has to! And I kept praying… all day long…
Something reeled inside me, and I started moving. And I fully woke up. How long had I been there? I guess I've been in that amphibicopter for a long day… the ice melted and I saw the Blue Fairy was still in front of me. I reached her, but when I touched her, she broke! Why? I looked around and I found a group of strange people around me. They were very thin, and they had no face… one of them put a hand in front of my face, and I closed my eyes…
When I opened my eyes, I was in the kitchen of a house. It looked like mine, but it was slightly different…
"Teddy, we're home!! Mommy?! Mommy?! We're home! Where are you?!"
Wait a minute… if this WAS my house, (and I think it was, because it looked like my house) then I would find you. So I started calling you, running through the entire house, but you were nowhere… and I heard a soft voice calling my name…
I ran to a bedroom, where you used to sleep… and guess who I found?? Blue Fairy was there!
"You have been searching for me, haven't you David?"
"For...my whole life"
"And what after all this time have you come to ask me?"
I told her what I wanted, hoping that my wish would finally come true. But I was wrong…she told me that she couldn't do it. Why? If she could make Pinocchio a real boy, why can't she do the same with me?!
She told me that this was my home, and when I asked for you, she answered that you were no longer living. And I felt sad, you know? I felt so sad because I lost you…until she told me that she could bring back other people from the past…but if they could bring back another people, why couldn't they bring YOU back?! I don't want to be with anybody but you!
"We can only bring back people whose bodies we dig up from the ice. We need some physical sample of the person, like a bone, or a fingernail"
I felt disappointed. And Teddy gave me a lock of your hair, from that night when I tried to get some of your hair and Henry shook me…Teddy had kept the hair, and I gave it to the Blue Fairy…maybe now she could bring you back…
-------------------------------------------"Hey, Joe, what do you know?"
I was in Martin's bedroom (well, the room that he used to sleep in), playing with the helicopter toy he once asked me to break. And I remembered Joe…what might have happened to him? After he was caught, I didn't think of him until now…
Suddenly, I heard the door opening…maybe it was you? Had you come back?! I ran to the door, hoping to find you, but there was one of those strange people I saw when I woke up at the amphibicopter… he took my hand, and sat next to me…
"David, I often felt a sort of envy of human beings and that thing they call 'spirit'. Human beings had created a million explanations of the meaning of life in art, in poetry, in mathematical formulas. Certainly, human beings must be the key to the meaning of existence, but human beings no longer existed.
So, we began a project that would make it possible to recreate the living body of a person long dead from the DNA in a fragment of bone or mummified skin. We also wondered, would it be possible to retrieve a memory trace in resonance with a recreated body. And do you know what we found? We found... the very fabric of space-time itself appeared to store information about every event which had ever occurred in the past"
What did he mean with that? I didn't understand very much, but he was explaining me how they could bring you back, right? But he told me their experiment had failed, and that the resurrected people only lived for a day…
"If we bring your mother back now, it will only be for one day, and then you'll never be able to see her again"
"Maybe…maybe she will be special, maybe she will stay"
"I thought this might be hard for you to understand, David. You were created to be so young"
"Maybe the one day will be like that one day inside the amphibicopter, maybe it will last forever"
Yes. I didn't remember how long had I been in that amphibicopter, but I knew it was a long, long time. Maybe that day would last forever… I wouldn't care if it were just one day, I just wanted to be with you once again, to be in your arms and hear you saying that you love me, as much as I love you… because I love you so much, Mommy…
"David, you are the enduring memory of the human race, the most lasting proof of their genius. We only want for your happiness… David, you've had so little of that"
Yeah, my life hadn't been very happy: Henry and Martin wanted to take me away from you… but as long as you were with me, I didn't care…
"If you want for my happiness, then you know what you have to do"
Of course they knew what to do. If they wanted me to be happy, they should have known that I'd only be happy if I were with you…
"Listen…can you hear that? The new morning has come. Go to her, David…she's just waking up this instant"
Had they become true my wish? I didn't have time to ask. I ran to your room, and I walked to your bed. And yes… there you were…you had come back!
You were still asleep. I looked at you, and you slowly opened your eyes, and saw me. I was so happy because I found you, Mommy…
"I found you"
"I must've dozed off. How long have I-"
"Would you like some coffee? Just the way you like it?"
I remembered you liked the coffee I used to make for you every morning, so I thought you would like one. And I went to the kitchen to prepare it. When I came back to you room, you drank the coffee and looked at me.
"You never forget how, do you?"
"No. I never forget"
I would never forget that, Mommy. It might be just a coffee, but it was a very important thing for you, and so it was for me.
"I must be a little confused. What day is it?"
That's a good question, because I didn't know that either. I had no idea, but I came up with an answer…
You seemed confused, but I think you accepted my answer…
The day was passing by, and let me tell you that it's the happiest day of my life. We didn't have any problems to worry about, there was no Henry or Martin who could ruin this wonderful day…nothing was there, except the two of us…just you and me…together again.
I painted some pictures for you, so you could know what I had been through since you left me. And we played with Teddy the whole day…
"Aaaahhhhhh!" (hide & seek with Teddy)
You know I've never had a birthday party like the one Martin had. And we baked a cake, and lit some candles… it seemed like a real birthday. My first birthday. And I was very happy.
"Now make a wish"
"It came true already"
Yes, it had come true. Because my only wish was being with you. It doesn't matter if I'm not real for everybody. If I'm real for you, that's okay with me.
But, as all good things do, I know this too has to end. The day is slowly dying, and I drew the shades, there was no need to ask me to.
We climbed the stairs holding each other's hand. And I tucked you in the bed, like you used to do with me when I lived with you, before we separated…
"I really ought to be tucking you in…strange…hmmm… how fascinating…I can hardly keep my eyes open. I don't know what's come over me"
I knew that you were going to fall asleep…but I didn't want to accept it…
"Such a beautiful day"
Yes, I think so too…it's been the most beautiful day I've lived. Because I'm with you…and you're with me.
"I love you, David…I do love you…I have always loved you"
That was the most wonderful moment of my life! You told me you loved me…that's all I wanted. That's all I needed. I needed to know you were happy with me, and you told me so…I can't ask for anything else…my wish has finally come true…
I hugged you, and you slowly closed your eyes, falling asleep. But you look so peacefully that it seems like you were going to wake up at this very moment, although I knew that you would never wake up again…why do you have to die? You're too special for me. I want to be with you, Mommy. Because you're the only one who accepted me for who I am, being a mecha, a robot, you loved me. And I thank you for that. Thank you so much, Mommy. Nobody has loved me like you did…
I lied down by your side, and I held your hand. I know you're asleep, so I decided to sleep too. I'm going to close my eyes, and I hope I'll be with you. I'll join you, Mommy. Because I love you very much. And my love will never end.
With these thoughts in his mind, David pulled himself closer to his beloved Mommy and held her hand. He closed his eyes, and, for the very first time, he went to the place where dreams are born…the place where he would be forever with his Mommy…his only love…his everlasting love…
"My Mommy doesn't hate me! Because I'm special…and…unique!" -- David Swinton. Artificial Intelligence.
"He's more human than humans" -- Blade Runner (I have no idea who says this quote, but I put it here, because it fits perfectly to David!)
"He's got a heart like the rest of us" – Monica Swinton. Teddy's Big Adventure.
Author's Note: Well…this fic is over! After a long effort, I did it! You know, it's been a bit hard writing this story, but I enjoyed it. And I hope you'll like what I've done. Please, please, please…leave a review!! **gets down on her knees and makes puppy eyes**
A big Teddybear hug from Danielle.