He sat alone on the bench next a large bay window, the moonlight flowing through and running across his weary face. His crown hung limp in his fingers, a piece of worthless gold that did he no good this late night. He closed his eyes and thought of how it happened.
Was it really just an hour ago? Adora, SeaHawk, Teela, and himself were all standing in the garden, looking up at the stars, smiling. Adam had just said something that he considered to be very insightful . . . when Teela gripped his hand, grunted, and said:
"My water broke."
Teela, pregnant and full of life, had entered into labor. Standing at the top of garden, suddenly going into labor. Rushing her to the medical wing . . .
The memory was drowned out by the noise of footsteps against the floor. He looked up and saw the doctor walk towards him. The king made no movement except to look up with wondering eyes.
"Sire," the doctor addressed.
The doctor took deep breath. "She's stable and ready to go. You're going to have a baby tonight."
Everything around Adam went completely silent. Joy entered his entire body at those words. His eyes shut, his face relaxed, his fists came unballed, and the crown clattered to the ground. Everything changed, and suddenly - Adam stood next to a bed, his beautiful wife laying on it.
"Hey," she said, holding his hand.
"We're having a girl tonight," she said to him.
"That's what I hear," he responded, kissing her cheek.
"I love you."
"I love you too."
And so, Teela went into labor. It was intense, though easier than it had been with Addison or the twins. In the end, Adam lost it. Tears flowed down and he wept openly in joy as the baby was delivered. The screaming, crying, red-faced little baby girl with big chubby cheeks and thin dark hair was cleaned up, wrapped up, and laid down onto Teela's lap.
"Adam . . . look . . ." Teela said, her face exhausted, her eyes wet with tears of joy.
"Our little girl," he said, laying his hand upon the baby's head. "My little baby."
Teela turned to Adam and kissed him deeply, seeming to touch into his soul. The newborn paused in its crying, was very confused by this sight, and then started crying again.
Adam threw the doors open and walked happily out. The sun was just starting to rise over the city of Eternos. He turned and saw Duncan, Randor, Marlena, Teelana, Adora, and SeaHawk all sitting and waiting.
"Girl. Seven pounds, nine ounces. Ten fingers, ten toes and the most beautiful blue eyes I've ever seen."
Everyone laughed, smiled, gave congratulations.
"When can we see her?" asked Marlena.
"Um, right now, but let's do this by twos, okay? I don't want to overwhelm either of them."
Randor and Marlena went first and followed Adam in. Teela looked up from her bed, cradling her newborn little daughter.
"Hi sweetie," Marlena said, wrapping her arms around Teela, kissing her sweaty forehead.
"Hi," Teela replied. "This is your new granddaughter."
Randor smiled and kissed Teela on the cheek. "Another one for the collection. She's beautiful. Just like her mother."
Teela blushed. "You want to hold her?"
"Of course!" Marlena said, lifting her up. The baby cried a little. "Oh, oh, it's okay. It's only grandma. Yeah. Hi. It's grandma. I'm going to spoil you rotten."
Marlena handed her off to Randor. "Hello there, little one. Awww, you are beautiful. I have a great feeling you're going to be something really special when you grow up."
After another minute or two, the baby was handed back off to Teela. Randor and Marlena left the room, trading places with Duncan and Teelana.
"Look at that," Duncan said over Teelana's shoulder as she held her granddaughter.
"Beautiful. Simply beautiful," Teelana said. She turned to Teela. "I'm so happy for you, my dear. And very proud."
Teela nodded, a little red bang slipping front of her face. "Thanks Mom."
"We both are, honey," Duncan said and kissed his daughter, then hugged Adam hard. "Of the both of you."
Teelana handed the baby girl back to her daughter, then followed Adam and Duncan out the room. Outside, Adora, Marcus, and SeaHawk were waiting to see the baby. Adam waved on over to the door. Marcus, Adora and SeaHawk entered. Adam walked over to his father and mother, who were joined by Teelana and Duncan.
"I'm very proud of you, son," Randor said, embracing his boy. "So proud of you."
Adam hugged back. "Thank you, father."
Adam was kissed by his mother, then Teelana, then hugged again by Duncan.
"Where are the kids?"
"Sleeping in the lounge," Marlena said. "We thought it would be best if you work them up, dear."
"Thanks." Adam took another look at the four of them. "I'll see you all later?"
Adam headed back into the room. Randor sighed and put his arm around Marlena's shoulders. Duncan put his arm around Teelana's waist.
"What next?" asked Duncan.
Marlena grinned. "Coffee first. Then we'll tackle whatever comes next."
Marcus got pretty bored with the baby, which was unfortunately a sign to start to leave. Adora kissed her brother and sister-in-law, then handed the baby back to Teela.
"Congratulations," SeaHawk said smiling and shaking Adam's hand. "She's a beautiful baby."
"Truly," Adora agreed.
"I'll see ya later," SeaHawk then said, heading on out with Marcus. Adora took in a deep breath, smiled, and started out herself.
"We're going to go back to the house, I think," she told them. "But I'm sure I'll see you soon." Then, with one last loving look back, and a hand on her pregnant belly, Adora stepped out the door and headed home.
Adam and Teela were left alone for a few minutes, just to stare at this little thing they had made.
"Names?" asked Teela.
"Got any names?"
Adam nodded. "One or two."
"What's the first one?"
Teela nodded and stared at the baby's face. "Emily."
"The second one -"
"I don't need to hear it," she said. "Emily is perfect."
Adam smiled and kissed his wife. "We should go tell the children."
"Yeah. Can we sneak her out of here?"
"Teela . . . after all we've been through, I think we can manage sneaking our little baby girl out of a room and into another room."
Teela smiled and slid sorely out of bed, holding tight to baby Emily. "Are you making fun of me?"
"Don't. I just gave birth."
"What are you going to do to me?"
She jerked her head to the direction of the courtyard. "Fifty laps. Now, mister."
Adam shook his head. "You my wife or my trainer?"
"They aren't the same?"
Teela shrugged. "Well, I guess I'm your wife."
He paused and pulled her close, leaning over Emily, and kissed her, one hand on her cheek. They broke when Emily started squirming.
"I love you," they both said at the same time.
"I love you too," they said at the same time again.
Again, they laughed.
Adam wrapped his arm around her, the light of the dawning sun pouring down upon them through the large bay window. They stepped forward, together, in love and bound by destiny and by their hearts.
They had much to tell their children.
First and foremost, if you haven't read the Prelude to "Preludes and Beginnings – Book One: Hate," I suggest you do. Go on. I can wait. When you finish it, you'll see why I'm asking you to do it. Okay? Back? Good. See, aren't I clever. The Prelude to that parallels the Epilogue to this. I wasn't sure if everyone got that.
I first would like to thank my various co-writers. With the exception Brimstone, they all contributed to The Shroud of the Horde and A Prelude to Hope. Brimstone himself co-wrote Roots with me back in the day. All of them deserve praise and you'll find links to their various stories in the back of the book. I recommend you check out their other works.
Secondly, special thanks goes out to Catslyn, PrincessAdora, and Fusion Blaster for beta-reading for me. They've all helped with numerous Writer's Block and helped me massage certain points of the overall story into the right direction. I'd also like to add Classic Cowboy to that list, as he's helped me develop ideas over the years.
Next up, I need to give a round of thanks to the "Dudes of Fanfiction" and "Chicks of Fanfiction" back over at As I don't know their real names, they would be: Volvic, Catslyn, Parasite Eve, Lady Niko, Edieen, Masamuna, Classic Cowboy, Divia, cjclifford, Fusion Blaster, Deltara, Lord of Destruction, Slackbot, and Ashely. We ruled back in the old days and I thank you for your contribution to the "group creativity" we had goin' back then. I'd also like to thank "newbies" Thor, Mirage, Dave-Man, Druken Fist, and Jagwarknight, for some great and inspiring stories.
Another special thanks goes to the "New Legacy" gang, who all kept me energized and pumped up for more He-Man.
Giving out kudos here to Val Staples, Adam Tyner, and everyone at the Org. Being there posting, talking with other He-Fans and She-Ravers, and exploring the greatness of MOTU was an experience I've enjoyed since I've gotten back into the fandom. Kudos also goes to Wacky Martin's Episode Review Site; Busta Toon's He-Man and She-Ra Blog; and Alex's Ultimate She-Ra Guide. Along with these all made for the ultimate resource when writing my fanfics. Thanks!
Of course, thanks goes out to all those who wrote e-mails, PMs, IMs, reviews, or comments telling me that yes, indeed, someone was reading my work. It was truly what kept me going.
Obviously, thanks goes out to everyone who worked on Masters of the Universe and its related properties. Everyone at Filmation, Jetlag, Cannon Films, DC, Star Comics, The Four Horsemen, MVCreation, MYP, BCI, and – yes – even you boys and girls at Mattel.
Last and certainly not least, I'd like to extend my great thanks to the ever-so-lovely Tricia Clem, who was the truest inspiration for all this mess. Really. If she hadn't dragged me into Biker Mice from Mars and showed me that fanfiction can be quite epic, I wouldn't have gone into all this. So thanks, baby, and I hope you can forgive me for all those broken dates when my muse was going or the annoying rants and raves about He-Man. I love you.
Writing Masters of the Universe fanfiction was never something I thought I would spend five years doing, but lo and behold, I have. I have no regrets. This has been a fun ride. I thank everyone who was a part of it.
My life went through a lot changes while I wrote this. My fiancée moved to Akron, Ohio from her home in North Canton. Then she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina . . . then back home – where I proposed to her. My parents divorced and began new relationships. I made new, deep friendships. I lost a friend who went after his dream. But all in all, I think I really grew into adulthood while writing this. It's kinda funny that way. Tomorrow, I turn 25 and next week, I return to school full time for the first time in two years. Life moves on and on, doesn't it?
Anways, now that we've passed the conclusion, remember: the end is always a new beginning.
Take care and good journey!