CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR
(chapter title - I Have A Dream)

After the celebration was over, everyone went down to the dock to say goodbye to Maureen and Ben. Mimi felt tears in her eyes as she hugged her mother and Ben, finally happy that her family was complete.

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I'll cross the stream - I have a dream

Roger put an arm around Mimi's shoulders as he guided her back to the hotel. While Maureen and Ben were gone, Mimi and Roger offered to run the hotel until they came back. Tom, Charlie, Dumott, Adam, Joanne, Angel and Joanna hugged Mimi and Roger before getting in boats to go to the mainland.

"Adam, before you go, I remember you said that you had something to talk to me about." Dumott reminded him. Adam was confused at first, but then remembered what Dumott was talking about.

"I have HIV." Adam confessed, his eyes filled with tears. Dumott hugged him, wiping the tears out of his partner's eyes.

I have a dream, a fantasy
To help me through reality
And my destination makes it worth the while
Pushing through the darkness still another mile
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I'll cross the stream - I have a dream
I'll cross the stream - I have a dream

A year later, Mimi and Roger were married and expecting their first baby. Maureen and Ben welcomed Madison Nichole into the world on Mimi's birthday.

Nine months later, Mimi and Roger welcomed a son, Anthony Marcus. He was healthy, perfect and a joy for the couple.

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I'll cross the stream - I have a dream
I'll cross the stream - I have a dream

As for the others - Dumott and Adam; Tom and Joanne; Charlie and Angel; Mark and Joanna - they're all married and have children of their own, except for Dumott and Adam - they have two dogs - Lucy and Kipper, who they love very much.

Over the years, Mimi and Maureen received news from their friends - Tom and Joanne had divorced and were now married to Angel and Charlie. Mark and Joanna found out that Joanna couldn't have kids, so they adopted a little girl named Marta. A year after they adopted Marta, they tried to have a baby, but didn't succeed.

Among the letters and emails of happiness, Mimi received a rather sad email from Adam's brother saying that both Adam and Dumott passed away within a week of each other from HIV. When Mimi told Roger, the two of them held each other and cried for the loss of their friends.

After Dumott and Adam's funerals, Mimi, Roger, Anthony, Maureen, Ben and Madison returned to Greece, where they spent their remaining days.