"And that is the story of your Uncle Jack and Aunt Cole, for which the two of you were named," Will concluded and laid back on the grass, lazily.
"I'm going to be a pirate one day," the four-year-old Jack declared as he swung a stick in the air.
"I will be a better pirate than you," the four-year-and-one-month-old Cole decided. She swung her own stick near Jack , and their sticks connected and broke.
"Do be careful, darlings," Elizabeth suggested as she looked up from her book and saw the two children find more sticks.
"Are you telling them that story again?" the governess Adrian asked as she approached with a tray full of drinks.
"I hope you left out the dirty parts," Governer Jonathan added as he handed Will a plate of food. Adrian elbowed him, but couldn't help the smile that spread across her face.
"Mum, whatever happened to Jack and Cole?" Jack asked Adrian
"Well, no one really knows," Adrian answered. "Some say they went off to find treasure and they'll never return, others say they'll be back one day when they'll collected enough booty, and still others think maybe they've settled down on some nice island to raise a family."
"They'd never do anything that boring," Cole decided stubbornly as she and Jack took a break from their fight. She placed her hands on her hips and looked to Will. "If they sailed away, why wouldn't they take their ship, Papa?"
Will glanced to the sea where the Black Pearl rocked gently on the waves. "The Black Pearl was a wedding present for Jonathan and Adrian. I'm sure that Jack and Cole would easily find a new ship."
"Or commandeer one," Jonathan added quietly. Adrian elbowed him again. Jonathan looked at her and shrugged innocently.
"Once a pirate, always a pirate," Jonathan whispered in Cole's ear.
"I wouldn't have it any other way," she whispered back.THE END
To all Pirates of the Caribbean: The White Cole faithful readers,
I would like to thank you for your interest, dedication, and patience. I was extremely reluctant to end this tale, and I'm not sure I'm completely satisfied with the way it turned out. That's neither here nor there, however. It's finished, and I hope you all enjoyed it. I apologize for all of the delays, but I'd like you to know that it was not my intention to "tease" my faithful readers. All of the chapters were posted on as soon as I finished writing them. I usually would neglect to even read over them myself before posting, which is why there are so many typos/spelling mistakes. Anyway, I would like to thank you once again for sticking by me (some of you for several years) – when I started this story, I had no idea it would become such a project. Now that it's done, I'll be moving on to a new one. I'm not sure I will write about Jack again (I love him, in case you couldn't tell) because in my mind he's living happily ever after with Cole right now, and where's the story in that? If you're an X-Men or Underworld fan – I'm thinking of starting a fanfic for one or both of those movies. As a huge fan of Johnny Depp, I can almost guarantee I'll be writing about another one of his characters. We shall see. Till then, read on and please remember to review (whether you're offering praise or constructive criticism) – there are so many great stories out there.