Author's Note: This is the big epilogue. Last time, it all ended. Madison and Eriol reunited and parted ways once more, promising one day to be together once more. Then everyone went home. For the epilogue, we cover the aftermath for the characters, culminating with Sakura, Li, and Madison. And beware readers: some of the results may NOT be what you expect!
What happened to: Eriol?
Eriol was still recovering over the events of the last few days. Every time he looked down at his new brooch, he thought of his long-time love, Madison. He was so happy to see her again. He thought she had forgotten about him. But it wasn't true. Madison always thought of Eriol and she loved him. She loved him. She really loved him.
And Eriol felt the same way about her. He missed her so much. He couldn't wait to see her again. But that wouldn't be for a while. It wasn't easy to just pick up and leave life in London. It would take time. He would gradually have to ease his way out of it. But someday…his life in London would all be in the past…and he would start a new life in Japan…right alongside Madison.
Eriol walked over to his phone. He was ready to pick it up, but put it down. This definitely wouldn't be easy. This is what made Madison's sudden arrival so awkward. Yes, Eriol loved her. He loved her more than anything. So he had to do what he had to do.
He had to call Diana…his…girlfriend. It was time for his relationship with her to end. He only hoped she wouldn't be hurt. But he couldn't let that relationship continue.
He loved only one girl and that was Madison.
What happened to: The Italians?
Vito punched the alley wall again. The pain in his head was still there and the bandages ached. He had that little Chinese punk on his knees and something hit him from behind. When Vito came to, he found glass shards. Someone had knocked him out.
"So…where do we go from here?" Mario asked. "We ain't got no money. We ain't got nowhere to go. Any suggestions, Ox?"
Ox serenely took a bite out of his croissant. "I hear Vienna's nice this time of year. How's about we go home?"
Mario grinned and cackled. "Hey, that's not a bad idea! I know I haven't seen Maria in ages. Let's go, Vito!"
Vito punched the wall again. "We ain't going anywhere! I still owe that little twerp! And we're gonna find him!"
Mario shook his head. "Vito…paisano…face it, man…it's over. We're going home."
Mario and Ox started walking off, much to Vito's chagrin. He tried to follow them out of the alley.
"Hey, you guys! Paisanos! Hey, I thought we were a team! Hey, don't leave! Mario! Ox! Come back!"
What happened to: Felix?
Felix sadly looked out the window. The rains were pouring down. He knew he had a lot of work to do, but his heart wasn't into crafting at that moment. One day had passed since Madison Taylor left. At first, Felix just thought her to be a poor girl down on her luck. A poor girl who came to England on a big search and was coming up empty. Felix felt sorry for her.
But the more time that passed since Madison left…the more he began to feel sad. What was it about this girl that hit him so deep? Was it the always-recognizable flow of long black hair? Was it the way her eyes shimmered in the light? Was it her sweet innocence? Was it that, despite nearly hitting rock bottom, she never lost hope? Was it her kind and caring heart?
Those questions hit Felix nearly every second of every day. The night that Madison left, she told Felix that she found Eriol. Felix felt happy. With his help, Madison found her lost love. But somewhere deep inside…Felix felt disappointed. He was almost hoping that Madison would ultimately come up empty and she would come back. But it wasn't to be. Madison found Eriol and that left Felix with an empty feeling inside…
…For Felix…had fallen in love with Madison Taylor.
What happened to: Madison?
Madison lay back on her bed. She wasn't getting out of her room for a while. Upon setting foot in the door, Madison was immediately grounded. She wasn't told how long she would be grounded, but her mom said something about being grounded from now until pigs fly.
My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I…
Got out of bed at all
The morning rain clouds up my window…
And I can't see at all
And even if I could it'll all be gray,
But your picture on my wall
It reminds me, that it's not so bad,
It's not so bad…
Madison looked up at Eriol's picture on her wall. When she looked back at all that had happened in England, she knew it was all worth it. She finally found her Eriol. He told her he loved her. And he promised to come back to her. Was getting in trouble worth it? Oh yeah!
Madison sat up when she heard Li call her from behind the door. "What is it, Li?"
"Your mom said you could have a few visitors. Can we come in?"
"I'm here, too, Madison. Can I come in?"
It was Sakura. Madison sweatdropped. She knew she would have to face this sooner or later. She would have to face Sakura and Li, but how would she explain leaving without warning to England?
Sakura and Li came in. They weren't angry like Madison thought they'd be. In fact, they were almost smiling.
Madison tried to play the whole thing off. "So…how are you guys doing?"
"What were you thinking, leaving Japan without telling us?" Li asked.
Madison scowled. "I just wanted to prove a point. Didn't I tell you I'd go to England if I had to?"
"I remember Li telling me something like that," Sakura said. "But what were you doing there, Madison? What made you go to England and get yourself grounded?"
Madison sighed. "It's a really long story. But I can't wait to tell you guys everything. I…"
"Actually, could it wait, Madison?" Sakura interrupted. "I kind of came here to show you something."
"What's that, Sakura?"
"It was a tape I made. I was hoping you'd be around, but since you weren't, I got around to doing a film…"
Li cleared his throat…and grinned. "Sakura…?"
"Oh, what am I thinking?" Sakura laughed. "You WERE there!"
Madison was confused. "I-I was?"
"Oh yeah," Sakura nodded. "I'm sure you'll remember everything on this tape."
Sakura popped the tape into Madison's VCR and sat beside her best friend. Li sat on Madison's opposite side. They were up to something, but she couldn't tell what it was…until the movie started…
"Li, do I finally have this thing on?"
"It's on, Sakura. Now turn the camera around."
The camera was in a huge public place. Madison recognized the place…as the airport. Then Madison saw…herself. Sakura was filming her…in the airport. This sight made her a little nervous. But it wasn't until a few seconds later that Madison gasped and sweatdropped. It was Madison IN ENGLAND!
"AAH! Sakura, how did you…?!"
"…Get that on tape?" Sakura grinned.
Li was grinning too. "Come on, Madison. You know us better than that, don't you? Did you think I wouldn't find the receipt for the plane ticket?"
Madison was extremely flustered. "B-B-B-B-But…y-you guys FOLLOWED ME!"
"Yes we did," Sakura said slyly. "We got every moment on tape. From the moment you walked out of the airport, to the moment you found Eriol."
"I-I-I-I-I don't believe you guys," Madison stuttered. "That's…that's…that's…"
"The exact same thing you would've done for me," Sakura finished for her.
Madison thought about that and smiled. "You know…you're right. I can't believe I rubbed off on you that much, Sakura. Is there anything else you're not telling me?"
Sakura grinned and reached into her jacket. She ducked her head to put something in. When Sakura raised her head, Madison saw a girl in a blond wig…and blue eyes...no...contact lenses. She felt so stupid for not seeing it before.
"That WAS you!!" Madison gasped. "I don't believe you, Sakura!"
"You don't know how hard it was to keep this charade, luv," a familiar British voice said.
"Face it, Madison," Li sighed. "We thought of everything. And we gotcha!"
Madison sweatdropped again. All those years of videotaping Sakura and Li behind their backs had suddenly come back to haunt her. Karma was a terrible thing.
Then Madison gave up and giggled. "Thank you for doing what I'd do, guys. I really appreciate it. I'll treasure this little video."
Sakura and Li exchanged a high-five. They did their job.
"Of course…" Madison added with a smirk. "Now you guys are gonna have watch your backs. Because when you two think you're alone and you least expect it, I'll be right there with my camera rolling!"
"Somehow, I doubt that," Li smirked. "I thought you were grounded."
Madison fell off the bed anime-style. "Well…as soon as my punishment's passed. But I'll be there!"
Madison got back on the bed and kept watching the video. Then they started again. Sakura and Li kissed again. Madison wished her camera was charged up, because she wanted to capture this on film. But it wasn't to be, so she'd let them enjoy their kiss for now while Madison watched the rest of her adventure in England.
Besides…the way Sakura and Li kissed each other reminded Madison…of herself…and Eriol.
Author's Note: Total difference from what I've done before. Of course, that's not the only thing I'll be doing different. As I type this, I am watching the Cardcaptors episode 'The Third Element'. Man, did that have an impact on me! And that song they played at the end was so addicting! And it's inspired me to try something new. Come back to see it! It's coming soon!In the meantime, if you have any comments on my series, then mail me at AmericanCaptor@hotmail.com and don't forget to review below.