A/N: Gilligan fans, don't despair. Our little buddy will find love as well soon. Also, the second shipwreck at the end of the movie won't be in this story. I also left out the Soviet spies who were after Gilligan's good luck disc because I thought that would make the story too complicated.
Audrey was twelve when the storm came. She could hear the wind howling and felt very frightened as Gilligan tied her and the others to the poles inside the hut. Hours later, she and the others awoke to find themselves floating on the wide open sea. It was the first time in her entire life she'd been off the island.
At first everyone panicked when they realized that Gilligan wasn't in the hut with them, and they were all very relieved to find him hanging onto an uprooted palm tree attached to the hut by a rope.
After a couple of days afloat, Gilligan was cooking fish when the smoke from his fire alerted coast guard helicopters.
At last the makeshift craft landed at a dock in Hawaii, and hundreds of people rushed to greet the castaways as they came ashore. From Hawaii they were flown to California, where they were once again greeted warmly by a large crowd. Then they hugged each other, said farewell, and prepared to go their separate ways.
As he prepared to say good-bye to Mary Ann, Professor Roy Hinkley knew that this was his last chance. If he didn't tell her how he felt about her now, she'd return to her farm in Kansas and marry someone else.
"Mary Ann?" he began.
"What is it, Professor?"she asked.
"There's something I've been wanting to tell you for a long time," the Professor said. "While we were on the island, we were primarily concerned with survival and rescue, but now things are different."
"Mary Ann, ever since I first met you, I've known that there was something special about you. As I've gotten to know you, my feelings for you have deepened over the years. What I'm trying to tell you is that I'm in love with you."
Mary Ann gasped with surprise, and then a smile lit up her entire face. "Oh, Professor, I'm so happy!"
"Please call me Roy." He grinned.
"I love you too, Roy," said Mary Ann. They embraced and kissed for the first time.
"Will you return to Ohio with me?" asked Roy. "I plan to return to my position at the university there."
"I'd like to visit my family in Kansas first. I haven't seen them in fifteen years."
"Of course," said Roy. "How about if we get married here in L.A. and I accompany you to Kansas? I could delay my return to the university for a little while. After all, I've been away for so long that a couple of weeks more won't make any difference."
"But who can we find to marry us on such short notice?" asked Mary Ann.
"Why, a justice of the peace, of course," Roy told her.
Audrey was completely overwhelmed by the sight of the throng that came to meet the castaways when they arrived in Hawaii. She'd seen pictures of crowds in books, of course, but actually experiencing it was an entirely different thing. Instinctively she tried to hide behind her mother as the group walked up the ramp.
"The group includes Audrey Elizabeth Grant, the twelve-year-old daughter of actress Ginger Grant," announced a reporter. "Audrey was born on the island and until now has spent her entire life there." He shoved the microphone into Audrey's face. "Tell us, Audrey, what's it like to actually see civilization for the very first time?"
"I don't know yet. It's too soon to tell," Audrey replied. The reporter thought her answer was simply hilarious.
"Do you plan to follow in your famous mother's footsteps and become an actress as well?" asked another reporter, shoving another microphone into Audrey's face.
"I don't know. I like science as well," she told him.
The flight from Hawaii to California fascinated Audrey. She asked the Professor dozens of questions about the airplane and how it was able to fly so high while carrying so many people at one time. Patiently he explained as best he could.
Upon reaching the airport in Los Angeles, there was the crowd scene to cope with, of course. Ginger thought that her daughter coped admirably well until it was time for the former castaways to part ways.
"Does this mean we're never going to see them again, ever?" Audrey asked her mother.
"Of course we'll see them again," Ginger told her. "We'll visit each other from time to time. We just won't see each other every day like we did on the island."
Saying good-bye to Mary Ann was hardest. "Can't you stay here in California with me and Mom?" Audrey asked her.
"No, sweetheart," Mary Ann told her. "I have to go back to Kansas because it's my home, where my family lives. I'll write to you, though, and call you on the telephone. I'll send you pictures, too, of the farm and all the animals. Won't that be nice?"
Audrey clung to Mary Ann and buried her face in her friend's bosom. "I don't want you to go," she mumbled.
"I'm sorry, sweetheart, but I have to." Mary Ann rubbed the girl's back comfortingly. "I promise you, we'll see each other again someday. I'll come visit you, or perhaps you can come visit me."
Audrey clung to Mary Ann and wept inconsolably.