Lay down...

Jess lay on the bank of the river, staring at the frayed rope above his head.

Your sweet and weary head

This was where she had died.

Night is falling; you have come to journey's end

Leslie had tried to go to Terabithia by herself, then the rope broke, and she fell, dying instantly when her head struck a large rock.

Sleep now, and dream of the ones who came before…

Jess let himself fall into a dream-like state.

They are calling, from across a distant shore

"Jess!" he could hear Leslie's voice calling him.

Why do you weep?

He sat up, looking around to see if she was really there.

What are these tears upon your face?

The salt of his tears stung his cheeks as he realized it was only his imagination.

Soon you will see

Or was it?

All of your fears will pass away… safe in my arms.

Maybe she was calling him from another place.

You're only sleeping

Jess lay back down, letting the warm sunshine overtake his every sense.

What can you see?

"Jess!" he definitely heard her now. Jess stood up, and saw a figure waving to him from a grassy knoll up ahead.

On the horizon!

"Leslie!" he called back, running up and embracing his friend.

Why do the white gulls call?

"Anything is possible Jess" Leslie said, taking his hand and showing him the view from their knoll.

Across the sea

Their hill had turned into a cliff above the sea, where the sun was just setting.

A pale moon rises

Jess wanted to share this with her, for always.

The ships have come to carry you home.

"Look Jess, there are ships in the bay!"

And all will turn to silver glass.

The water was like molten silver reflecting the full moon that was rising in the bay. Technically, the moon shouldn't rise where the sun just set, but as Leslie said, anything was possible.

A light on the water…All souls pass.

Down in the harbor, silvery forms in long Elven robes could be seen boarding the ships.

Hope fades

"Come on Jess!" Leslie yelled, racing down the bank.

Into the world of night

The pair ran to the bridge, and were about to board one of the ships, but were stopped by a spirit.

Through shadows falling

"You cannot pass, boy. You are not a spirit ready to depart"

Out of memory and time

"W-what?" Jess stammered.

Don't say we have come now to the end

"The girl may come, but you cannot"

White shores are calling

Leslie looked out to the sea where the sun was rising. Time passed so quickly here.

You and I will meet again

"Its okay Jess, I'll wait for you on the other side"

And you'll be here in my arms

"N-no" Jess said. "I don't want to lose you again"

Just sleeping…

Back in the real world, Maybelle stumbled across her brother's sleeping form and shook him gently.

What can you see?

Back in the spirit world, Jess was starting to fade.

On the horizon!

"Leslie!" he said, reaching for his best friend as tears streamed down his face.

Why do the white gulls call?

"I'll wait for you Jess, just stay strong for me"

Across the sea…

"I love you" he whispered, then quickly pressed his lips against Leslie's.

A pale moon rises

"I love you too" she whispered back as Jess disappeared altogether.

The ships have come to carry you home.

"Come my dear" the spirit said, putting his hand on her shoulder.

And all will turn


To silver glass

Jess woke up staring into Maybelle's face.

A light on the water

"You were with Leslie, weren't you jess?"

Grey ships pass

Jess stood up and took May belle's hand, thinking of Leslie. How fitting that she should be a captain of her own Elven ship on her way to the spirit world.

Into the west.

"Yeah, I was"

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