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She awoke the next morning to a bright sun. She opened her eyes and looked at her clock. It read 12:13. She noticed that Wonka was gone. She quickly got up and took a bath. Her muscles were sore from the intense moshing the night before. She then got dressed and went to the eatable room. No one was there. She went to the Bucket's house and knocked on the door. No answer. Everyone had left her. Saddened she got closer to the river and watched it churl. She lost her balance and fell, but she felt someone pull her up and into them.
"It's all right, I've got you."
She looked up to see Willy Wonka. He put his arms around her waist. She felt great emotion and she could tell he felt the same way too. But then she pushed him away. He looked back at her, hurt in his eyes.
"I don't want to get hurt again."
"I would never hurt you."
"Oh Willy, I want to believe that so bad but the last time I thought that..."
"What happened?" He said softly.
Soon she spilled what had happened on that day for the first time. By the end she was crying very hard into Wonka's chest as he held her, not sure of what to say.
"I'm so sorry," he whispered.
After a few minutes she was calmed down. He then left her after he told her that he had work to tend to. She went back to her room and played on her laptop for a couple hours. She then heard a knock at the door.
And in came Bucket. "Mr. Wonka wants everyone to meet him outside the eatable room in a few minutes."
Charlie then left and she shut down her computer and made her way through the winding halls. She was the last to join the group.
"Ok, now everyone follow me!" Said Mr. Wonka.
Everyone followed him through winding corridors until they came to the blue room.
"You all don't have to be here for this, but I just felt like you should. This machine is a Time Machine that is powered by bad candy! It freezes time everywhere except here. But the very second anyone leaves here, time starts up again! So now we can have more time before Charlie and Laura go back! Yipee!" He said.
They all stared as he went over to the machine, opened up a door and pulled a lever. He then turned back to them grinning. Laura didn't think it was real so she ran to her room and looked up her window. There were homeless children playing kickball, but one was stuck sliding into third. The ball was stuck in midair above some girl who was about to trip over a rock. This was truely amazing! She felt a hand on her shoulder.
"I'd wished we'd be this way forever. Tell me lover, what will become of the others," said Mr. Wonka who motioned out the window, testing her knowledge.
"They will know nothing, and we need to be careful about what we say? We can't raise suspicion... And I'll tell you lover, I'd wished we'd be this way forever," Replied Laura.
Surprised at what she said she quickly walked out. She spent the rest of the evening wandering the halls while Wonka moped, wondering what he did wrong. Soon he dissappeared and Laura got lost and she didn't care. She came to a hallway where every door wasn't real, well except for one. She opened it and it led to another door. On a plaque on the door it said, "Song is a key to the soul. Sing what your heart feels and I may give you entry. Only the worthy, and those I see fit may gain entry." This was quite odd. Laura had to try this.
"She put that bottle to her head and pulled the trigger. She finally drank away his memory. Life is short but this time it was bigger than the strength she had to get up off her knees. We found her with her face down in the pillow, clinging to his picture for dear life. We laid her next to him beneath the willows, as the angels sang a whiskey lullaby."
Almost as soon as she was done, the door opened. She walked into a colorful room, the walls lined with bottles and had a plaque above them. There was a door at the far end of this room. There were a couple couches in the center. She went to the walls and read the bottles: Perfect Hair, Candy Body Parts, Magical Candy Friend... and one down on the end read: Eternal Life. She stared at it and lifted the bottle out of its spot. She heard the door open and she put the bottle down. Out came a ruffled looking Wonka, who stopped and stared at her.
"How did you get in here?" He questioned.
"I sang to the door, duh," Laura replied.
"Yes, but only people who would do good with certain power, have a great voice and sing a Whiskey Lullaby could get in here."
"Well I sang it, so I guess the other two are true..."
He began to think. She walked away from the bottles and plopped herself on one of the couches. The entire wall in front of her, the one that held the door she came in, was a giant fish tank! It had all sorts of fish in there, and some of them were probably made of candy. Wonka sat down on the other couch. He still didn't know what to do. Laura had been thinking long and hard all day. She had decided that Willy wouldn't hurt her. So she got off her couch and sat down next to Willy. He looked over surprised.
"Not mad at me anymore?" He asked.
"I wasn't mad. I was just scared. Well I was a little mad that you liked me so much," She said.
"Well it's kind of hard not to." Then silence ensued. Thinking, Laura decided to ask.
"What is this room?"
"Well... This is where I put my greatest potions. They actually do what they say. And that room back there is my own private room..."
"Now I'd be rather happy if we could quite talking about this. I never thought another human would get back here."
"Ok. I don't know about you but I'm getting hungry," Laura said. She got up. "Coming?"
"You go on ahead, I'll meet you in a few minutes."
Laura exited the room. She had no clue how she got to where she was. She had opened both doors and outside the other one was the eatable room. She looked behind her and just saw the normal hallway leading to this room. She decided to not even question anything. So she went over to the Buckets. Just as she raised her hand to knock, Mrs. Bucket welcomed her in. There was a great meal in front of them. Everyone ate it and Wonka didn't show up. At the end Charlie asked to speak to Laura in his room.
"Do you like Mr. Wonka?" He asked.
"Well he REALLY likes you, you know that?"
"I'm talking, he's liked you more than anyone. He warmed up to you very quickly and he's just treated you differently. And don't mind me in saying this, but I think you two would be perfect for each other. You two even look good together. And I think Laura Wonka has a nice ring to it."
Laura giggled. "Oh, so you want me to marry Mr. Wonka now? You can keep on dreaming Bucket. Maybe some day..."
There was a silence and Laura saw Wonka come in.
"Is Laura here?"
"Her and Charlie went off somewhere," answered Mrs. Bucket.
Then he left.
"See," Said Charlie. "He must really like you. You should go to him."
"Maybe I will later... Do you think it possible that I really stay here forever? That we stay stuck in time? I mean, the very second I go back to my house for the littlest thing I'll have to stay there for a while. And I will need to go back for some of my things."
"But you will be able to come back. But in your absence I'm sure Wonka'll be sad."
"Yeah, I guess. But I think I should leave soon before me and him get any closer. That's it, I'm leaving now."
And before Charlie could argue she ran off to her room. She threw some things in a bag and went to one of the elevators. She hopped in and flew off. Before she was out of the room she saw Wonka run in.