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A/N: Seeing how I upset a lot of people with my version of a prank ending to the story.. and that a lot of people quote "lost respect for me" unquote.. here is the TRUE final chapter. forgive me for being an arse
Surprisingly enough, Miley was completely in control of herself when she began to lower for the Diamond Dogs act, and as she sang, her world spun, but it was all with the natural accordance of the swing spinning around the stage, she dipped along the swing, lowering herself into the audience and managing to grasp a red rose from one of the extras who'd held it up for her, it was fake, of course, but added to the scenery as she sung along with the rest of the cast.
"But Square-cut or pear-shaped
these rocks dont lose their shape!
Diamonds are a girls best friend!"
The first act came and went, Miley did surprisingly well, even when Jake nearly flawed during the dance of Elephant Love Medley, but they made it through, unhindered, despite the shudder that went down her spine when she had to kiss him, she washed her mouth out as soon as she was backstage and as the second act came, the incident occured.
"Why does my heart cry?"Jake sang as he and Oliver danced along the stage with several other female dancers who were silent, doing the Tango.
"ROXANNE!"Oliver answered in a loud song voice.
"Feelings I can't fight!
You're free to leave me
But just dont deceive me!
..And please believe me when
I LOVE YOU!"
A wrong turn, and the sickening crack of Jake's ankle could be heard as he collapsed on the stage. The crowd went silent as the other dancers tried to make it look as an act while Oliver danced, continuing to sing the song, solo and two dancers helped escort Jake off stage as he tried to not scream in agony.
"What happened?!"Ms. Ryland asked, alarmed as she fought her way though the crowd of backstage ongoers who were helping Jake sit and placing ice on his ankle and gently pulling off his shoe. Miley stared, dumbfounded at the star who was in pain and had tears streaming down his face, this could not be good.
"I think- my ankle- it hurts!"Jake grit his teeth in alarm and hissed as a freshman accidentally twisted his ankle while trying to loosen the shoe.
"This cant be happening, you're the star of this show performance, Mr. Ryan, we have no further standby's!"Ms. Ryland looked at Miley and then at the other boys who were giving her looks that clearly read "dont-look-at-me."
"I'm here,"Miley froze at the sound of that voice. Everyone there turned to see none other than Lyle standing there, in a pair of jeans, sketchers and a long sleeve black shirt, his black hair ruffled, and his face serious, Miley felt her heart stop as she saw him, knowing immediately who Lyle was beneath the disguise, but not saying anything.
"Mr. T!"Ms. Ryland snapped. "As much as I'd love to be sarcastic to welcome you back with open arms, I'm afraid this show MUST go on and we still have several numbers left, are you in any way familiar with this play? Or shall I just close this night now and save us the embarrassment?"Ms. Ryland asked him. Miley noticed Lyle/Lily's eyes flicker to Miley and nodded.
"I know this play inside and out , I know I'm not the one you want to put out there, since I havent been to rehearsals a lot, but I promise I wont fail you,"Lyle/Lily spoke more to Miley than to anyone else. Ms. Ryland sighed.
"Alright, then, well, ladies, gentlemen, lets get this back on track, Mr. Jones, escort Mr. Ryan elsewhere to help his ankle heal, call the nurses office, extension two-oh-four, and have her come look at it, Mr. T, please go change into your costume for the final act, and then get escorted out to the back of the auditorium and be prepared to be GREAT,"Ms. Ryland snapped. "Stewart, are you able to deal with this change?"
Miley nodded mutely.
"Lets get this show on the road, then! Chop! Chop!"Ms. Ryland bustled about whilst on stage, a small performance was being put on by Mr. Corelli and Jake's stand in as the Duke, for "Like A Virgin,"Miley went and got dressed for the final act, she sighed, she had so many questions for Lyle/Lily, but it would have to wait.
"I have paid my whore!"Lyle shouted, as Christian, to the audience as he threw down several fake dollars at Miley's crouched form on the stage floor, Miley had fake tears streaming down her face, courtesy of sniffing a lot of onions from Sarah, backstage, right before she went on, she was still trying to clear her airways enough to sing as Lyle began walking off stage and into the audience, between the rows. She began her line, loud and clear,
"Never knew, I could feel like this
Like I've never seen the sky before
Want to vanish inside your kiss
Everyday I'm loving you more
and more."She sighed, sniffling, trying to clear her voice, she coughed. Seeing Lyle in the crowd, stopped, Lily/Lyle hadn't turned back and Miley realized that this song was more than just words from Satine to Christian, but to them, as Miley and Lily.
"Listen to my heart,
Cant you hear it sing?
Come back to me and forgive
EVERYTHING!"she practically hollared over the audience, who were silent as mice, watching this love story come to life. Miley's voice softened as Lyle/Lily's green eyes turned and met her tear-filled ones.
Come back to me, Lily, I love you...
"Seasons may change
Winter to Spring
But I love you
Until the End. Of. Time." Her voice died as she whisper-sang the last verse, not to Christian, but to Lily. Who responded, without music, with her own words, her rich voice filling the entire theatre hall.
"Come what may!
Come what may!
Come what may!
Come what may!
I will love you!" Miley smiled, tearfully as Lily/Lyle walked forth as Christian, smiling, tears filling her green eyes.
"I will love you,"Miley sang.
"Until my dying day!"Lily's voice erupted with music from the piano and orchestra as the rest of the cast joined them in the finale of the play/act.
Miley watched as the scene unfold, as Lily/Lyle hopped back onstage and pulled Miley into her arms, and they sang together, until "the Duke" went ballistic and tried to kill "Christian," and Miley found herself having a fake fit of seizure, she remembered the fake blood pallet and pretended to cough, meanwhile, using her hand to slip the pallet into her mouth, bite and release a trickle of fake blood, as she pretended to collapse into "Christian"'s arms.
"Tell our story, Christian, tell it to the world, for me, for us,"Miley spoke gently to Lily, as she closed her eyes and pretended to die while the rest of the cast sang the final verse to "Come What May," Christian cried out for his lost love, and the curtains were closed. Miley smiled as she awoke in Lily's arms, but noticed the small look of pain on her face, and frowned. Lily helped her up and Miley noticed that Lily didn't immediately drop her hand once she was up.
"You did wonderful out there, tonight, Miles,"Lily's voice was clearly evident as she did not hide it from Miley, and Miley smiled, but tried to speak when cut off by Oliver and Joanie.
"Miles! That was awesome! You guys did great!"Oliver cheered as Ms. Ryland called all the actors on stage for a final bow. Miley looked at Lily/Lyle and Lily's crooked smile looked back at her as they were led to the stage by Oliver and Joanie and the others to perform a final bow as the standing ovation came forth.
"Ladies and Gentlemen! Our Moulin Rouge Cast Members!"Ms. Ryland's voice boomed on the mic over the loud roar of applause. "Our composer, Ms. Tonya Nelson, and the proud winning recipetent of the Julliard Academy Scholarship!"Miley's eyes widened as did many others, including Tonya's as this was announced, Tonya's jaw hit the floor as many cheered for her, and Miley couldn't help but feel terribly glad for the girl, who'd worked behind the scenes diligently without asking for anything.
"And now, our graduating senior class, I'd like to present, Mr. Rico Sanchez,"Rico stood forth, still the shortest of the bunch,"Baylor University, Texas, Basketball!" Several cheers erupted. Miley was slightly confused on how a shortstop like Rico had ever gotten a basketball scholarship, even though he'd grown several feet over the past four years.
"Ms. Sarah Freidman, Oxford University, Biochemistry and Pre-Law,"Sarah blushed and did a small curtsy as the applause continued.
"Mr. Oliver Oken, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Forensic Medicine,"Oliver held up both hands with thumbs up and smiled as the cheers roared.
"Ms. Joanie Palumbo, Princeton University, New Jersey, Veterinary Medicine,"Oliver held Joanie's hand as she smiled, blushing bright red and kissed her cheek comfortingly as she waved and the crowd boomed.
"Mr. Lyle T.. uhm-"Ms. Ryland paused as Lily stood forward and in a daring moment, removed the wig from his head and revealed the long blonde locks of Lily Truscott, the entire audience was shocked, Ms. Ryland, speechless and Miley, somewhat stunned that she'd reveal herself.
"Ms. Lillian Truscott, University of California, Berkeley, Fine Arts and Photojournalism,"Lily stated, the crowd was silent for a moment before the cheering began again and the tension was cut before Lily smiled gently at Miley and Miley allowed her to take her hand and squeeze gently.
"And of couse, Ms. Miley Stewart, the lead role tonight, who has yet to make a decision-"Ms. Ryland stated. Miley looked at Ms. Ryland, who looked back with a knowing grin and then at Lily, who was confused, just as Oliver and Joanie and even her father in the audience. She released Lily's hand for a moment to step forward.
"Until tonight, I'd been sure of my life plan for so long, that it made me forget how to really live my own life, thats why as of next September, I, Miley Stewart, will be attending the University of California, Berkeley, studying Literature, Theatre and the Fine Arts,"Miley turned to Lily as she said this, Lily couldn't help but look back at her, completely stunned at this realization, after having read everything in her journal, she knew how this decision had to have been a long time in the making for Miley to give up her mothers dream, and Miley smiled as she took Lily's hand and the crowd roared and Ms. Ryland smiled at all of her students.
"It gives me great pleasure to you all, to announce the graduating of this years Seaview High Seniors, class of 2008!"Principal Krupps called out above the roar of applause as deep sapphire and stark white caps flew into the air of the open field.
"Yo, Miles! Lils! Pictures!"Oliver stated, holding up his moms camera, his blew cap askew and his arm around Joanie who was practically fused to Oliver's side, holding their diplomas. Miley smiled and dragged Lily over to Oliver and they all gathered for a group photo taken by Mrs. Oken, Mr. Palumbo, then another from Robbie Ray and then Heather.
A snapshot of Oliver standing behind Joanie, his arms wrapped around her waist and his chin resting on the crown of her head, his cap askew.
Another shot of the two of them, Joanie kissing Oliver's cheek.
A snapshot of Lily and Oliver with their arms around each other, cheeks pressed together solid, grinning like fools into the camera.
A photo of Miley and Lily kissing both of Oliver's cheeks at once.
A photo of Joanie and Oliver kissing passionately as Oliver dipped Joanie and Joanie had to hold onto her white cap.
Miley and Lily together, big smiles on their faces, holding their diplomas, arms around each other.
Miley kissing Lily's cheek while Lily made a stupid face.
The four of them holding their diplomas, arms wrapped around one another.
Joanie, Miley and Lily holding up Oliver, lounging in their arms.
Miley and Lily kissing, their arms wrapped around one another, tightly, you couldn't fit a piece of paper between them, Miley's hands in Lily's hair and Lily's hand holding up one of Miley's legs and clutching her waist.
"Alright ladies, enough,"Oliver joked. Lily and Miley broke apart gasping for air as their parents all departed and soon Oliver and Joanie promised to stop by Miley's later for the huge party Robbie and Heather were throwing, Jackson was already at the house getting things ready and Robbie agreed to let the girls meet him at the car. Left alone to walk together, Miley and Lily were hand-in-hand when Lily paused. Miley looked back.
"What's up?"Miley asked, gently. Lily smiled, looking back at the stage sitting in the field of their old High School.
"I-"Lily started, but then looked over to Miley's eyes and smiled even brighter, her eyes lighting up.
"I'm just so happy, we've graduated, you're here with me, and we're going to be together, come September we'll have our own place, be studying, its like everything that I thought was wrong before, has fallen back into place, and you with the summer gig for the newspaper,"Lily smiled, jokingly. Miley blushed
"You had to go and edit my damn diary and hand it over to the Head Publisher of the Sun Times!"Miley growled, Lily smiled kissing her cheek.
"Hey, I'm proud of you, you're writing is fantastic, I think people are looking forward to your little fiction work in their morning papers this summer!"Lily grinned.
"Diary of a Courtesan, how intriguing,"Miley smirked.
"You started it, and I'm proud of you, who knows where we'd be without that diary..."Lily pointed out.
"Yeah, come to think about it, we're practically set for the rest of our lives,"Miley smiled, stepping forward to nuzzle Lily's neck.
"Rest of our lives, I like the sound of that,"Lily smiled.
"Me too, Lils, me too,"Miley looked up and Lily's nose brushed hers as she leaned in and pressed their lips together in a kiss, sealing their fates together, always.
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