The last chapter of Life has Choices. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do not own Hamtaro
Is it better to sacrifice nothing and live a safe life? Or is it better to sacrifice and risk all to live life at the fullest?
This is a choice where everyone stops at once in their lives. They just don't know it, but a few people actually stop and think about the consequences and those who stop are the ones who regret the most… whatever choice you make…
Go one without think too far about the future. Isn't it better to see what you're doing then to predict what you are not sure about in the future?...
Sandy slowly walked toward her home and opened the door. To her surprise she found a beautiful bouquet of tulips and daisies lying at her feet. Sandy picked it up and found a card. It read: Congratulations on the gymnastics competition. Signed by Maxwell.
Sandy smiled a little and carried her flowers to the kitchen where she laid them down on the kitchen counter next to her azaleas.
Sandy quickly turned around to her phone and picked it up. "Hello?"
"Sandy? It's your mother. I just wanted to see how you're doing?"
"I'm doing fine." Sandy said quietly.
"I'm still so proud about your win. Have you decided on what to do now? Are you still going to work as a model?"
"I actually have no idea. But I'm still thinking about it."
"Oh, okay. Just pick whatever's best for you. I just want you to be happy."
"Okay, thanks mom." Then Sandy hung up and then looked up at the ceiling. "What should I do?" Sandy sat down on her small sofa and thought to herself, thinking about the past.
"Mama! Mama! Guess what?" A small 7 year-old yelled.
"What is it Sandy?" Her mother asked.
"I'm going to be a famous gymnast when I grow up! I'm going be to in competitions and make you proud!" Little Sandy cried out.
"I'm already proud of you, I'll be happy whatever choice you make."
Sandy carried herself to her bed and lied down to sleep.
Sandy's mother was sitting on the couch as she held a slip of paper.
"Mom! I can't find Stan anywhere! He's not in his room." An 18-year old Sandy cried out. Then she entered the living room. "Mom? What are you reading?"
Sandy's mother ran up to her daughter and starting hugging her. "Sandy, I'm sorry…"
"It says here that you were accepted to the college you wanted to go to, but… we don't have the money right now to support you…" Her mother sobbed.
Sandy hugged her mother and she closed her eyes. "Its okay mom, I knew I couldn't even when I signed up, I need to pay our debt."
The sun's rays shown through Sandy's window and Sandy woke up as she rubbed the sand out of her eyes. "Mmm…"
Sandy dressed and walked over to Crystal Palace. Sandy looked down at her feet where snow was melting.
"Oh; hi Sandy." A male voice called out.
Sandy looked up and found a tall brown-haired boy in front of her. "Maxwell!" Sandy ran up to him and hugged him. "Hey!"
"Sandy, I have something I need to tell you." Maxwell said with a stern look.
"Okay, tell me then." Sandy said as she stared into his eyes.
Maxwell smiled. "Not now. Meet me at the park at six tonight. Can you make it?"
"Yeah, I'll see you then."
"Okay, bye Sandy!" Maxwell said as he walked off.
Sandy slightly waved and walked into the building. "Good morning." She said to some of the workers.
"Ah! Sandy, it's nice to see you here." Jon said as she walked into his office. "Is there something you need to tell me?"
I'm sorry Maxwell, I didn't want to do this, but this is my childhood dream and I want to fulfill it.
"Jon, I'm sorry, I've decided to quit modeling." Sandy replied.
Maxwell was sitting quietly in the small park on a bench. He dug through his pocket and took out a small velvet box. Maxwell opened it, and inside was a beautiful cut diamond ring on the box. Maxwell took a small breath, "Maybe I'm rushing… What if she says she doesn't want to be with me?"
Sandy quickly looked at her clock in her room, it was 5:45. "I should get ready; Maxwell wanted me to meet him."
Meet me at the park at six tonight. Can you make it?
"Maybe he needs to give me something." Sandy said to herself as she put on her gray jacket. Then she zipped herself up. "Well, I won't know until I see him." Sandy walked out her house and locked the door and headed her way to the park.
"This is the perfect opportunity for me to tell Maxwell I decided to become a gymnast. I'm sure he'll be happy that I'll be able to fulfill my dream." Sandy thought as she grinned.
Sandy reached the park and looked around until she found a familiar face. "Maxwell!!"
Maxwell turned around to the voice and put the box into his pocket. "It's Sandy…" He breathed.
"Maxwell!" Sandy ran over to the brown-haired young man. "Hey!" Sandy grinned widely as she sat next to him.
"Hi Sandy" Maxwell smiled. "You actually came."
Sandy gave Maxwell a confused look. "Of course I came, you asked me too."
Maxwell smiled. "Of course, but…" Maxwell looked Sandy. "It feels so good when you wait for someone and that person actually comes."
Sandy blushed lightly. "Did you wait a long time?"
"Yeah, I came a little early, but when I saw you it was worth it." Maxwell said. He slowly reached for his pocket. "And the reason why I called you here is because…"
"Maxwell, I need to tell you something." Sandy said as she looked at her feet then she stood up in front of Maxwell.
"What is it?" Maxwell asked.
"Well, I don't know how to say it but, I'm sorry." Sandy said as she stared at the gray sky.
"What do you mean Sandy? You didn't do anything wrong." Maxwell said as he looked into Sandy's jeweled eyes.
"I left you before and I'm going to have to leave you again."
"What do you mean?" Maxwell asked.
Tears started to roll down Sandy's eyes. "I'm going to leave overseas to train to become a gymnast."
White snow started to fall from the skies. It started to cover the whole ground into a white blanket.
"I DO want to be with you forever, but… this is something I wanted to do since I was a little girl. I wish you'll understand." Sandy sobbed.
Maxwell dropped the velvet box into the white snow and soon was covered by the falling snow. "Of course I understand." Maxwell said as he forced himself a smile. "You've made the best choice that you had..." Maxwell said, trying to hide his real feelings. "Look, it's snowing again."
Maxwell looked up and snow started to pile on top of his head and Sandy's. "I guess it was the winter's left over snow."
"No…" Sandy started to say. "No, you don't get it. You still think I'm leaving for my job just like your mother, right?" Sandy continued. "You're upset, aren't you? I'm not leaving for just a job… it's my dream!"
Maxwell walked over to Sandy and gently hugged her. "I'm sorry; I know you're not like my mother. I just… I was going to…" Maxwell started to say.
"Maxwell, I'm sorry… It's okay if you're mad at me, I'm being selfish." Sandy said as she dug her face in Maxwell's shirt.
"No." Maxwell said as he looked at Sandy. "I can never be mad at you."
"What?" Sandy said surprised.
Maxwell moved closed and whispered into Sandy's ear. She could feel the hot breath trickling down the side of her face. "I can't be mad at you because… I love you."
Sandy sobbed once more and more tears flowed down her face. "I love you too."
Then Sandy looked Maxwell's face once more and then Maxwell leaned in to kiss Sandy and finally their lips touched. They parted and then Sandy started to walk away.
My new life starts today, and I won't let anything or anyone get in my way.
"I can't believe you're leaving us!" Pashmina yelled. "Are you sure you want to go?"
"Yeah, I'm going to come back." Sandy replied.
"Sandy, we're going to miss you." Sandy's mother said as she hugged her daughter.
"I am too, same to you Stan." Sandy said as she hugged her twin brother.
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"I should get going." Sandy said as she picked up her sack.
"Bye Sandy!" Bijou yelled.
"Bye!" Sandy added.
Sandy stood in line to get into the plane. She decided to take one last look at her family and her friends.
Thank you guys for always being there when I needed you most, each one of you are precious to me.
Sandy smiled and headed toward the plane. She looked passed her shoulder one last time and saw a familiar brown-haired young man staring anxiously at her.
"Maxwell…" She smiled at him for the last time in a long time.
4 years later
"Sandy! Can you get some groceries at the market for me?" Sandy's mother yelled at her daughter.
"Sure mom." Sandy said as she started to head out the door.
After four years of training, I came back home again only a few weeks ago. I'll be going to the gym about twice a week to get coaching advice. Even after several years, my old hometown as changed rapidly.
Sandy entered the market and bought everything her mother asked her to.
Bijou and Pashmina are still working at Crystal Palace for Jon. Twinkle's 'hatred' towards me had softened after she married her fiancé and are waiting for a baby to add into their family.
As she left the store, Sandy past the small bookstore she used to work at. She met eyes with Mr. Brown and gave a small wave and then started to walk away.
Josh came back from college couple of months ago and started to go out with Jewel for several weeks. He started to forget about his crush on Bijou and started to pay more attention on Jewel. Later, only a week ago, he asked her to marry him. Of course she said yes.
Sandy looked at the tall building of Crystal Palace, seeing the building; she could tell that business was doing pretty well with the models.
The only person I haven't seen is Maxwell.
Sandy lastly past the small flower store she visited with Maxwell, where he bought her azaleas.
She quickly walked down the street and entered her home. Sandy set down groceries and sighed. She stared at her hand, which still had on the thin silver ring Maxwell had given her a few years back.
She went upstairs to her room and lied down in bed. While she was lying in bed, she remembered the time Maxwell had taken cared of her when she was unconscious. "Everything just reminds me of him. I… I can't forget of him…"
Sandy finally got her lazy self out of bed after thinking and headed out the door again. She was walking around blindly and ended up at the small park. The last place Maxwell and she saw each other.
She sat down on the same bench Maxwell was sitting at a few years ago. The wind blew suddenly and cherry blossom petals fell on Sandy's lap.
"It's spring…" Sandy breathed.
"Yes it is." A familiar male voice said.
Sandy couldn't believe her ears. Was it the same voice she was begging to hear? Wide-eyed, Sandy looked up; right in front of her was the chocolate-brown haired young man she wanted to see.
"Maxwell…" Sandy whispered.
Maxwell smiled and even chuckled a bit. "Hey Sandy"
Sandy couldn't hold it any longer; she jumped up from the bench and hugged Maxwell tightly. "Maxwell!! I can't believe it's you!"
Maxwell hugged her back. "It's great to see you again, Sandy." Maxwell led Sandy to the bench next to the cherry-blossom tree.
"Your training took longer than I expected."
"Sorry about that. I didn't know it was going to take four years." Sandy said a little embarrassed as she stared at her feet.
Maxwell smiled and squeezed Sandy's hand slightly. "It's okay. My feelings for you haven't changed still."
Sandy stared into Maxwell's mesmerizing eyes. "What?"
Maxwell knelt down in front of Sandy and started to dig into his pocket. "Sandy…" Maxwell took out a small velvet box and opened it which contained a diamond ring. "Will you marry me?"
Sandy's confused expression turned into the merriest. She leaped into his arms and hugged Maxwell. "Yes. Of course I will!"
Sandy took off the old silver ring and Maxwell replaced it with the new beautifully cut diamond ring.
Maxwell and my cold winter finally ended and our spring together finally started to bloom for the first time…
'Life has Choices' has finally officially ended. I'd like to thank all my readers and reviewers for supporting me on my first story. I hope you'll be waiting for my next story soon; 'History Repeats Itself'