EPILOGUE: A FEW WORDS OF WISDOM
[And we know the rest (a beautiful ceremony), but let me leave you off with one last addition:]
…Chip looked at her. "Why thank you, Foxy," he said, "that's very kind of you. Yes, I must confess that it is a bit hard on me right now, but I'll get used to it. Don't worry about me."
Foxglove smiled with relief. "Well, all the same," she said, "I just want you to know that Dale is your friend, same as always. And there's no reason why he can't sleep over with you occasionally when I'm out feeding. And remember, Chip, we're right down the hall, so please don't ever be afraid to come and knock if you need anything. Okay?"
Foxy's concern for her husband's friend was so touching that Chip could not help but smile. "Thanks, Foxy," he said, "I'll remember that."
She smiled and began to close the door and take her leave, when she paused and looked in again. "Chip? Do you want me to talk to Gadget for you?" she asked.
Chip sat up in bed at that. "Foxy," he said, "you are a genuinely good and kind person, did you know that?"
At that, she looked down and blushed.
"Still," he continued, "much as I appreciate the offer, I'd prefer not to take you up on it right now. But I might want to some day if you don't change your mind."
"Any time, Chip," she said, "just say the word. Oh, and by the way, if you're thinking about giving up, don't. Your case isn't hopeless. Not by a long shot. Believe me. And…and…Dale is still your very best friend. He always will be. He hasn't deserted you. And he never will. You're his 'big brother', and now that we're married, well, you are now my big brother too, or, 'big brother-in-law', at least. And, I've always wanted one of those, besides a husband, you know."
Chip exclaimed, "Why, thank you! You really brightened my day—er—night, Foxy—or should I say—'Little Sis'?"
"You bet, 'Big Bro'!" she giggled. Then she added, "Chip, you don't know how lucky you are to be Dale's best friend. He is more than any of us ever realised. And with him, I now have a best friend, a husband, an incredible lover," she blushed, "a last name, a big brother, and I have parents again." She sighed reflexively. "It's so hard for me to imagine that all of this…this completeness…almost didn't happen, not just during my kidnapping, but…afterwards, too…I always felt I was missing something, even when I was dating Dale, but now, with all that I got from him, I have never felt more complete in my life, especially when Dale and I…well…you know…" she blushed again, and so did Chip. "He's the bestest Best Friend you could ever have. We're married, but we are all still together…a family."
"And only you could have made it the way it is now. You've made us see wonderful things in Dale, and in each other. Dale is very lucky. I hope I get lucky soon, too."
"Oh, you will. I know you will. Well…good night!"
"Good night, Foxy. And the same to Dale."
"I'll tell him," she said, and shut the door. Chip heard the eagerness in her retreating footsteps as she made her way back to her husband, to be complete once again. Dale was indeed fortunate to have such a good person as his life partner, he thought, and he himself was equally fortunate to have her as a member of his family.
To say that Chip felt better now would be a vast understatement. He dared to hope that maybe Foxglove was right; maybe his own happiness was just around the corner. Buoyed by these thoughts, he relaxed, closed his eyes, and was soon at last in a deep and peaceful sleep. So much so that he was unaware a few minutes later when his door again opened just a little, and another pair of eyes looked in on him, and another pair of lips smiled.
THE END / DAS ENDE / DIE EINDE / EINDE / EL FIN / O FIN / LE FIN / IL FINE / SFÂRŞIT / KONIEC / КОНЕЦ / BEIGAS / LOPPU / τέλος / סוף / TAMAT / LIAU LIAU / DANEH O' / WAN-LE / OWARIMASU / SLUTT / SLUT / UXUL / TLAMILIZTLI
Chip and Dale were created by Jack Hannah, I think.
Gadget Hackwrench, Monterey Jack, Zipper, and Fat Cat and his gang were created by Tad Stones and Kevin Hopps, I think.
Foxglove was created by Bruce Talkington, I think.
Tammy, Bink, and their mother were created by Tad Stones and Dev Ross, I think.
Midge was created by Sindy McKay and Larry Swerdlove, I think.
Camembert Kate was created by Bruce Reid Schaeffer, Ken Koonce, and David Wiemers, I think.
Cheddarhead Charlie was created by Mark Edens, I think.
Dale's line when he broke down inside that boot was written by Julia J. Roberts.
All characters are © Disney and I don't think I have their permission, except for:
Otis and Phinehas, who are © Roy Neal Grissom and I used them with his permission.
Pierre and Dalee Oakmont and Chap and Nikoma Maplewood are © The J.A.M.
The name "Maplewood" was coined by Michael "Questy" Demcio.
The name "Oakmont" was coined by Michael "Questy" Demcio with collaboration from Jeff Pierce and Meghan Elizabeth Brunner.
Original casting by Olivia Miner.
Additional casting by The J.A.M. and Roy Neal Grissom.
Chip Maplewood is Tress MacNeille
Dale Oakmont is Corey Burton
Gadget Hackwrench is also Tress MacNeille
Monterey Jack is Jim Cummings
Zipper is also Corey Burton
Foxglove Oakmont is Deborah Walley
Fat Cat is also Jim Cummings
Mepps is Peter Cullen
Wart is also Jim Cummings
Mole is also Corey Burton
Snout is also Corey Burton
Pierre Oakmont is Frank Welker
Dalee Oakmont is B.J. Ward
Chap Maplewood is also Peter Cullen
Nikoma Maplewood is Noelle North
Cheddarhead Charlie is also Jim Cummings
Camembert Kate is Fran Ryan
Tammy is also Noelle North
Midge is also Tress MacNeille
Phinehas Maplewood is also Peter Cullen
Otis is also Corey Burton
Godzilla is © Tojo.
The Toyota jingle is © Toyota Motor Corporation.
The name "Skywalker" is © Lucasfilm, Ltd.
No copyright infringement is intended or implied. I did all this for the fun of it.
All of the characters, places, and events portrayed in this fanfic are fictitious. Any resemblance to any real persons, places, or events is unintentional and purely coincidental. Trust me on this one, guys. Even if you feel that I took some events from Real Life, trust me, I wrote them down LONG before they actually happened.
Dedicated to our beloved "Enduring Man-Child" Roy Neal Grissom, without whom this story would have never existed.
Deborah, this is also for you.
I wonder if someone out there is right now planning a tangent of my tangent…
Just in case you're wondering, the various ways of saying "The End" are written in English, German, Afrikaans, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian, Polish, Russian, Latvian, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Malay, Hokkien, Seneca, Chinese, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish, Mayan, and Nahuatl (Aztec), respectively.
Until next time, remember:
J.A.M. (a.k.a. Numbuh i: "Just because I'm imaginary doesn't mean I don't exist")