WHY DO MY STORIES ALWAYS HAVE A HAPPY ENDING?
My stories always have a happy ending. Why is that? Actually, they not only have a happy ending, but they always end, “and they lived happily ever after.” That is, there is no doubt that nothing will happen that will keep the two people in the romance from staying together the rest of their lives … and in love—no matter what!
Most people have more than one romance in their lifetime. And the initial romance may be beautiful and wonderful. But it comes to an end, for all sorts of reasons.
Maybe they fall deeply in love and marry just before the man goes off to war. He is killed and never returns. Or he returns with PTSD and a hopeless drunk and so they get divorced.
Or maybe they fall madly in love, marry, have children, but then he meets someone else and begins to cheat on her. She discovers what’s going on, throws him out, and it’s all over.
Or maybe they fall crazily in love, move in with each other, plan their marriage, but she’s an alcoholic and for whatever reason goes back to her bottle. He tries to help her, but discovers he can’t, and so he moves out.
Or maybe they fall beautifully in love, are absolutely meant for each other, get married, and a horrible accident takes him or her.
Or maybe theirs is a romance made in heaven. They grew up together, went to school together, were high school sweethearts, and from the day they were born in houses next to each other, everybody knew they were meant for each other. They marry and start a family. But then he begins to change. His ambition to climb the ladder of success becomes the focus of his life. Eventually, he takes a job in another and bigger city where there are greater opportunities. And he only comes home on weekends. Soon he meets another, younger woman in the other city, divorces his wife, leaves his kids, and moves on up the ladder to greater and greater corporate success.
And so on. There is an infinity of ways in which a first romance can come to an end. But I won’t let any of my stories end that way. In my tales, the person left behind and alone will always find a new beginning and a new romance. And in the end, that new romance will result in my pronouncing, “and they lived happily ever after.” That is, this time, in this romance, the reader knows that—no matter what—this romance between the two lovers will continue on … indefinitely … forever … no matter what. … Why? Because there are too many sad stories that end sadly. I want a truly happy ending to all of my stories … just because.
In the end, my lovers will always “live happily ever after.”