I sit up straight gasping for breath. A lamp comes on.
"Ally, are you alright?" a familiar voice asks me. I fall out of the bed when I see the owner lying next to me. I stand back up slowly and sit on the bed.
"Austin?" I ask. "What are you doing here?"
"I live here," he says questioningly. I'm in an unfamiliar house with an unfamiliar bed. The bed is much softer than my own. I point to myself.
"D-do I live here?" I ask. He nods.
"So we live... together?" I ask. I realize how stupid I must sound to him asking all of these questions but I'm just trying to get a grip on reality. He takes my hand and holds it in front of my face. There's a rock on it. This is the biggest diamond I've ever seen.
"So... we're married?" I ask.
"Yes, Ally-Cat," he says. He kisses me softly on the lips. I missed my own wedding?
"So none of that was real?" I ask no one in particular.
"None of what was real?" he asks me.
"The ghosts. Me moving to Texas. All of it! I still live in Miami!" I exclaim happily while smiling. He gives me a sad smile.
"It was real," he whispers. I walk across the room to look in the mirror. There are scars all over my body.
"I don't understand," I tell him shaking my head.
"All of that happened years ago," he says.
"Where's my songbook?!" I ask. He pulls it out from under the pillow I was sleeping on. I walk over and snatch it from him.
"Don't touch my book," I mutter. I flip through the yellowed pages.
"Give Your Heart A Break... Not A Love Song... Blame It On The Rain..." I whisper flipping through it. "They're all here." Except they're all completed now.
"This is crazy!" I exclaim. I try to think of an explanation.
"I don't see what's so crazy about it," Austin tells me.
"I know! It's a dream inside a dream!" I exclaim. I lie down beside him. He stands up to yell at me.
"So you're hoping that us being together is a dream?! You're hoping that we never met?! You're hoping that we never had a-?!" He's cut off by a small girl (around four or five years old) walking into the room.
"What's going on?" she asks us sleepily rubbing her eyes.
"Everything's alright, Penny. Mommy and Daddy just got in a little fight. Go on back to bed," Austin says in a frustrated but quiet voice.
Penny? I wanted to name my daughter Penny. After my mother. She turns around and stumbles out of the room.
"Austin, how old are we?" I ask, tears beginning to fall from my eyes from him yelling at me. He sits back down on the bed.
"Twenty-seven," he tells me. "I'm sorry for yelling at you, baby." He pulls me into his lap and I rest my head against his chest. He rests his chin on the top of my head.
"S-so this isn't a dream, huh?" I ask. I feel him shake his head.
"No," he says quietly.
"And Penny's ours?" I ask.
"Yep," he tells me simply.
"Is she adopted or...?" I ask.
"No, you gave birth to her. And almost amputated my hand in the process," he says with a chuckle. "So, um, what happened... w-with the ghosts?" I ask. "After we got rid of Carolyn. That's when my dream stopped."
"Well-" Then I remember.
"Wait! I remember now!" I exclaim. He lets out a laugh.
I lean my face against his hand and look up at Austin. Suddenly, I feel someone tugging on my arm. I look down and see Edward Junior but he's not even looking at me. He's looking at the opposite wall.
"Ally, what's that white light?" he asks me.
"Just go into it," I tell him realizing what it is. He slowly walks towards it and looks inside.
"Daddy!" he exclaims then he turns back to me. "Ally, Ally, my daddy is in there!" I smile at him. "Daddy!" he exclaims again running into the light.
"I still don't know what happened though," I tell him shaking my head. "Like, how did Carolyn die too? Did we ever figure that out?"
"Yeah, um, apparently, the butler knew about about her plan and he distributed the poison amongst them evenly since he couldn't warn him about it for some reason," he tells me.
"Did you just say... distributed... and amongst?" I ask. "Those are some pretty big words." He opens his mouth in mock shock. I laugh.
"I can't believe you think so low of me!" he exclaims laughing. I climb off of his lap and back on to the bed.
"Wait a minute, why couldn't the butler tell Edward about the poison?" I ask Austin turning serious.
"He had been helping Carolyn. They tried to kill Edward together a bunch of times but it never worked. The butler got bored of helping her so he just decided to kill her too in case it really did work. He got taken into custody whatever that means," he tells me. I shake my head.
"It basically means to arrest him," I tell him laughing. He smiles. Suddenly, everything comes rushing back to me. I'm married to Austin Moon; Ally Moon. We have a daughter and a son: Penny and Mike (named after our parents). Penny is four years old. Mike is three years old. Austin finally made it last year. And he has a concert tomorrow in New York. He has to leave in the morning.
"Come here, Rock Star," I say climbing back on top of him and kissing him. Penny walks back in and interrupts us.
"I can't sleep," she mumbles sleepily. I get off of Austin and let her crawl in between us.
"Man," Austin mutters rolling over. "I thought I was gonna get lucky tonight." But I hear him chuckle. He turns off the lamp leaving us in complete darkness. Penny cuddles up to me and I feel Austin wrap his arms around us both. Austin begins to sing.
"Hush, little Penny. Don't say a word. Daddy's gonna buy you a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird don't sing, Daddy's gonna buy you a diamond ring," he sings. I remember this song. He sang this to me while I was in the hospital. When Carolyn shoved me out of the window.
I remember everything bit by bit as Austin sings to Penny. Everything that happened after we got rid of Carolyn. Our wedding day. Our honeymoon. The day we bought our house. Penny's birth. Mike's birth (Mike is in the next room sleeping soundly in his bed). And Austin finally getting discovered and signing his first contract. I'm his songwriter. Many celebrities have asked me to be their songwriter but I turned them all down because I write for Austin and Austin only. But there's one thing that I just can't seem to remember. Soon, I hear Penny snoring quietly.
"Austin?" I ask quietly.
"Yes, Ally?" he asks sleepily.
"What happened with Dez and Trish?" I ask him.
"Dez and Trish? They're dating now and Dez is thinking about getting engaged but he's scared about what Trish might think about it," he tells me with a yawn.
"Oh," I say. "Goodnight." I lean across Penny and give Austin a quick kiss.
"Goodnight, Ally," he tells me and he's asleep within seconds. I wiggle out of his arms and slip into the next room to see Mike. But I don't only see Mike. I see another boy a few years older than him. He's lying right beside him and he kind of looks like he's protecting Mike or something. I tiptoe back into Austin and I's room.
"Austin," I whisper. He moans in his sleep.
"Austin!" I whisper a bit more loudly. He awakens with a start.
"Come here." I gesture for him to follow me. He stands up and follows me to Mike's room.
"What's going on?" he asks me.
"Who is that?" I ask him.
"I-I don't know. I've never seen him before," Austin says. I walk over to the bed and kneel down beside it. I reach down to touch the unfamiliar boy but my hand goes right through him. I knew it: He's a ghost. He wakes up.
"Who are you?" I ask.
"I'm Smith. I was friends with Edward Junior while he was in the hospital. I had cancer or something like that. We both died around the same time. He lost a lot of blood," he explains sitting up. "Then, like, twelve years, he just disappeared. But he talked about you a lot." Twelve years ago, Edward Junior crossed over.
"And now I have a new best friend. Mike," he tells us. "I've been staying here for a while. You don't mind, do you?"
"Of course not, Smith but... what's your back story?" I ask him sitting down on the bed. Austin sits down beside me and holds my hand waiting for Smith to start his story.
So, this chapter was short. I didn't have much time to write. I had my first day of school today. :/ Anyway, this... is the last chapter. I'll just have to endure it being an odd number. I'm adding a new choice to the poll. It'll be called Smith's Story which is obviously a sequel to this one basically. Like, it'll be Austin and Ally helping Smith this time. Does that make any sense? And if it does, is it even a good idea? I don't know. i just thought of it. You have two days to vote on the poll since I won't have much time to write. Anyway, review my loyal minions and Micchir333 and LittleKitten816!