Disclaimer: I don't own Night at the Museum or any of the characters and historical figures used in it. Viola is the only character that is mine.
"Viola, we have to go. We only have about an hour until the sun rises," Dad told me, placing a comforting hand on my shoulder.
"All right, I'll be there in a minute." I sighed and looked for Al, trying to convince myself that he would at least come back to say goodbye.
I found myself thinking back to the conversation between Jed and I, the one about how maybe it was destiny for me to meet Al Capone and completely fall in love with him. I found myself rethinking that decision, maybe Jed was wrong. Maybe, it was just fated for me to have my heart broken again.
Maybe we weren't destined to be together after all.
I turned around, sadly accepting the fact that he wasn't coming and headed for the plane. Dad was waiting for me and tried to offer me a comforting smile. He helped me into the plane, and closed the door. I glance out of the window for a brief moment; remembering the new friends and a piece of my heart that I would be leaving behind.
"Hey," Dad placed a hand on my shoulder and pointed toward the back of the plane, "I think there's an open spot back there if you want to sit back there."
"All right, thanks Dad." I hugged him quickly, trying to push the upsetting thoughts to the back of my mind.
Dad hugged me back and patted my shoulder, "Hey, don't be sad Vi."
"I'm not," I lied through the skin of my teeth. Dad shook his head, disbelieving my statement.
I made my way to the back of the plane, looking for that empty spot Dad had told me about.
"Excuse me miss," I heard a familiar voice call out, "I believe this spot is open if ya wanna sit here."
I turned and found myself looking into the monochrome eyes I was missing.
"Al!" I exclaimed in total shock, "What? How did you..."
He smiled and stood, taking my hands into his, "I couldn't let a girl like ya get away from me, you only meet someone like you once in a lifetime. I talked to ya dad, and I told 'em how I felt about ya. I asked him if I could go back with yas, but he said only if ya wanted me to."
I glanced over at my Dad, who had been in on this all along. He gave me smile and a quick nod before joining Amelia in the cock-pit. I returned my attention to Al, with a small, joyous smile.
"So what do ya say toots? Can I come back to New York with ya?"
"Oh course," I said hugging him quickly, "I wouldn't have it any other way."
I must have fallen asleep on the flight home, because I woke up to Al shaking my shoulder lightly.
"Hey, we're here."
I gave a small yawn, and got up. "We're going to have to hurry."
"What do ya mean?"
I gave him a small smile, "You'll see."
"Remember, stay with your buddy," Dad announced to everyone exiting the plane, "Here, head on downstairs, guys."
I nodded to Dad, "All right, I'll make sure they get there safely."
Al and I ran up to the museum, making sure everyone got in safely. "All right, there will be a couple of people you'll have to meet," I told him.
"Well, here is one of them right now," I replied as Teddy approached me.
"Viola, you're back! Thank you and Lawrence for bringing them back," Teddy exclaimed as he gave me a quick hug.
"You're welcome Teddy," I replied. "Teddy, there's someone I want you to meet," I gestured to Al, "This is Al Capone, the world famous mobster. Al, this is Theodore Roosevelt; twenty-sixth president of the United States, Rough Rider, founder of the national parks and a whole bunch of other stuff."
"Nice to meet you lad," Teddy replied with his always cheery disposition, "How did you come to meet Viola?"
"It's a real long story," Al admitted as he shook Teddy's hand.
I nodded and then said as Sacajawea approached us, "You guys keep taking, I'll be back in a second."
"Of course," Teddy replied.
I turned and began searching for a certain young pharaoh, who was certainly much nicer than his elder brother. However, whenever I look for him, it always seems that he finds me first.
"Viola, you're back," Ahkmenrah called out.
"Hey Ahkmenrah," I smiled as I gave him a quick hug.
"I think he's outside talking to Amelia, but I need to ask you something really quick."
"Sure, what do you need to know," Ahkmenrah asked curiously.
"Does the tablet have any power to turn an exhibit into a human, by any chance?"
Ahkmenrah paused and thought for a few moments before replying, "Yes, it does."
"Really, how does it work," I asked in joy.
"It's rather simple, really. You and the exhibit just need to let each other know how you feel about each other, and they will become human," Ahkmenrah explained, hinting that he had a pretty good idea of what had happened while we were away. "Who is the lucky man, Viola?"
"The man talking to Teddy," I pointed out, seeing Al was giving me an almost annoyed look as he politely listened to one of Teddy's stories.
Ahkmenrah gave me another hug in encouragement, "Go for it Viola."
"Thank you Ahkmenrah," I called behind me as I ran over to Al, sparing him from another tale from Teddy.
"What was that about," Al asked curiously as I approached him.
"It's nothing," I assured him.
"Who was that guy in the get-up that ya were talkin' to?"
"That's Ahkmenrah," I explained with a smile, "He's my best friend."
"He'd better be," Al said quietly with a hint of envy leaking into his voice.
I smiled reassuringly at him, then leaned up to kiss him, "I love you Al."
He smiled, "I love you too Viola," returning the kiss as the first few rays of sunlight peeked through the windows of the museum.
That was the most beautiful sun rise I had ever seen in my life. As the sunlight began to fill the room through the windows of the museum, the tablet began to work magic like none of us had ever seen before. The first thing to change about Al was his signature pinstripe suit, as the white pinstripes grew brighter and the black fabric seemed to darken in color. His gray skin tone was soon replaced by a tan color, proving his Italian heritage. His hair that once appeared black was now replaced by dark brown strands. Finally, his beautiful monochrome eyes that I had fallen in love with turned a dark, chocolate brown as I gazed into them, smiling uncontrollably.
"Wow, look at that sunrise," I heard Dad remark as he walked away from the information desk with a smile, as he headed for one of the Museum halls.
Al looked up, sheepishly breaking away from the magical moment we were sharing and unaware of any change that had occurred. "What sunrise?"
"The sun just came up," I indicated with a smile as I gestured to the windows, seeing the light shine brightly through them.
Al's look reflected his confusion as he furrowed his eyebrows together, "But that means..." He trailed off as his eyes widened in shock. He patted his chest, realizing he was still 'alive' as the sun had risen. Al looked down at his hands quickly, realizing that they were no longer gray, but the tan color they once were when he was still among the living. He looked up at me in disbelief, "Did you...?"
I smiled happily at him, "Yes, that's what I was talking to Ahkmenrah about earlier."
A look of joy and relief flooded onto his face, "C'mere you!" He picked my up and twirled me around as he hugged me tightly. This caused us both to laugh happily for a minute or so, before Al almost lost his balance and was forced to set me down.
Al looked into my eyes happily, "Why did ya make me become human?"
" Because I love you Al," I responded with a small smile, "I want to be able to be with you all the time, not just at night."
Al grinned and kissed me slowly before saying, "Ya know, I'm glad I'm not colored in monochrome anymore."
I looked up at Al, "Whys that?"
Al gave genuine, small smile, "Because now I get to live life in color, and I get to be with you."
Author's Note- 5/4/11
MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! :3
So, this is the end of this story with Al and Viola. I hope you guys liked it! I have ideas for a possible sequel, but I've still got to work through the kinks of it all. Thank you for all the favorites, alerts, and reviews! You guys are the best! :D