Sep 10 2015

Peculiar Relationship Epilogue

In Candy Candy Final Story (CCFS), we know that Candy was still very much in love with her husband in her mid-thirties. When he came home to her in the evening, she jumped from her chair, running into his outstretched arms. Even though Mizuki didn’t write anything about Candy being a mother, I strongly believe Candy loved children, so I decided to write a bit about this. Hope you like the epilogue. If you spot any typo or mistake, please kindly inform me. Thanks in advance!

-Ms Puddle

Epilogue (PG-13)

The nanny had just put the baby boy down for the night, placing him in a baby crib handmade by his father, so the mother could have some rest. The boy was registered as “William David Ardlay” at the christening service today, which had been an ovation. More than a hundred guests, including reporters and photographers, had attended the service in the chapel, curious to see the offspring of the golden couple.

On the day of their official engagement announcement, people could see the color-changing engagement ring, allegedly purchased in Brazil, on the bride-to-be’s ring finger. The extremely rare gemstone, alexandrite [1], adorned with two smaller diamonds on both sides, would change colors under different ambient lights. No wonder people claimed that alexandrite was one of the most-coveted gemstones in the world. Moreover, the natural beauty of the bride-to-be had effortlessly captivated the audience, and her millionaire fiancé, with his striking looks and charismatic personality, had also won many people’s hearts. Their love story had intrigued a renowned novelist, and with their permission, a semi-biographical fiction, “Recovering from amnesia”, had been released prior to their wedding. The heartwarming novel had soon become the talk of the town, comparing their peculiar relationship to the protagonist and her benefactor in a very popular epistolary novel, “Daddy-Long-Legs”, published in 1912 by Jean Webster.

Madam Elroy couldn’t have been more proud at the christening service today, showing off the new heir to the relatives and friends. She had rarely made her appearance in public ever since her nephew’s grand wedding, having passed most of her responsibilities to the young family matriarch. With the support from her husband, Mrs. Candice W. Ardlay was now widely known as a philanthropist, particularly for her generous gifts and services to various orphanages in Illinois and for her many contributions and involvements in the local hospitals in training medical students.

Archie and Annie, who had recently married, had accepted to be the godparents of David. They had assisted in the logistics of the christening service as well. Though they had been engaged for a long time, they hadn’t got married until after Archie had graduated. On their way to the chapel today, Annie had whispered to Candy that she was with child, but Archie had opted to wait for a couple of months before making the announcement.

Needless to say, it had been a long day for baby David, but the six-week-old baby had been surprisingly cooperative. During the family badge presentation, indicating that he would be the official heir to the Ardlay’s line, he had looked so adorable in Madam Elroy’s arms. When his father had unpinned the badge from his jacket so that he could pin it to the boy’s tiny kilt, the mother had had joyful tears brimming in her eyes, remembering her conversation concerning their baby about a day after his birth.

(flashback begins…)

“Candy, Aunt Elroy is strongly against the idea to name our baby Anthony. It reminds her of the accident, and she wasn’t able to sleep last night, worrying about-”

Candy interrupted Albert by putting a finger to his mouth, “I understand, Albert. Besides, she told me it’s confusing if the father and son have the same initials.”

“Good point,” he acknowledged, knowing that his aunt didn’t mean to foist her opinion upon them. Then his wife added, “Aunt Elroy has given us a list of names, and what do you think of the name, ‘David’? Your aunt likes it very much because two Scottish kings were called David, meaning ‘beloved’.” [2]

After carefully going through the name list, they selected ‘David’ mainly because of its meaning, not because some kings had used it before. Then, Candy retrieved her treasured badge from the family heirloom, the damascene jewelry box. “Also, please don’t make a new badge for our baby. I’d like to give him mine. It’s rightfully his, don’t you think?”

“Are you sure, Candy? It was my gift to you.”

She planted a soft kiss on his lips. “I know, Little Bert. But I have you already, and David is the first fruit of our love, so I’d want him to continue to pass the badge along to the next generation.”

(flashback ends)

After the service, Mrs. Watts couldn’t help admiring the baby, claiming, “Look! The boy is an exact replica of his handsome father!” In fact, not long after Candy had been confirmed pregnant with her first child, Mrs. Watts had highly recommended the nanny to her. Just as she had guaranteed, the nanny had been a great help so far, and Candy was truly thankful.

Patty had moved to Miami, Florida about a month after Easter last year [3], so she had sent a big present with a letter. When Darren had come to Candy and Albert’s wedding near the end of March a year ago, he had proposed to Patty before leaving Chicago, but she had turned him down with the reason that she hadn’t known him well enough. It hadn’t been easy for them to maintain a long distance relationship, so he had besought Patty to consider moving to Miami, for she had relatives there. It had taken Patty weeks before making up her mind to relocate and find a new teaching job, leaving the city where Stear had grown up. After going steady with Darren for another year, Darren had proposed to Patty again when taking her home after dining out. This time, she had happily and readily agreed to tie the knot with him. In her letter to congratulate Candy for being a new mother, Patty had related to Candy her good news. Even though the wedding date hadn’t been finalized, it was likely to be early next year, so Candy had promised Patty that she would surely bring her baby along to witness their happiness.

About the date of Candy and Albert’s wedding, something interesting was worth mentioning. When Annie had first noted the date specified on the wedding invitation, she had asked Candy in private, “Why does the date seem to ring a bell, my friend?” The bride-to-be could only say, “It was the day you left the Pony’s Home with your adoptive parents, Annie.” Annie didn’t know it was also the day Albert had run away from Lakewood, stumbling across a crybaby on a hill miles away and absentmindedly leaving his silver badge behind. This encounter had remained a well-kept secret between Candy and her Prince on the Hill. It wasn’t mentioned at all in their fiction. The readers thought the orphan girl had first met the most important man in her life by the waterfall.

Meanwhile, after leaving baby David in his bedroom with the nanny, rather than going to the master bedroom to rest, Candy felt like visiting her dear husband. Due to some urgent business issue, Albert had to take his leave with George right after the service today. Hence, he was supposedly in his study at the moment, working hard with his loyal assistant.

However, when nobody answered her knocking on the door to the study, she let herself in. To her dismay, not a soul was inside though the light was on. As always, her old diary, about her life back at St. Paul’s Academy in London, was kept in a conspicuous place. She could see it in one of the bookshelves with glass doors. Though she knew all along where her diary was stored, and the shelf was never locked, she hadn’t touched her diary since she had entrusted it to Albert after his marriage proposal to her on the hill. Upon her request, he had taken it back to Chicago that afternoon.

Candy then turned off the light and headed towards the master bedroom, only to find that it was also unoccupied. Feeling somewhat puzzled, she mused, what’s going on? Where’s Albert?

Suddenly, a pair of large hands covered her eyes. As a gasp escaped her lips, a familiar male voice whispered into her ear from behind, “I’ve got a surprise for you, Candy, but don’t open your eyes yet. Promise?”

While she laughed, nodding in agreement, the hands left her face. She kept her eyes shut, feeling satisfied and grateful. Her dear Prince on the Hill hadn’t changed much in this regard. He still enjoyed giving her surprises every now and then. During their two-week honeymoon, he had given her treats nearly every day, sometimes flowers and sometimes feeding her chocolates or chocolate-covered fruits in bed before or after making love to her. Every treat had been tagged with a note explaining why Little Bert couldn’t stop loving his darling wife.

All in all, Albert had been an amazing husband by consistently making Candy happy, treating her with utmost affection and devotion. He would always write her postcards and send her telegrams every few days during business trips. Talking about that, he was leaving for London in two days, and because of that, he wouldn’t return until July, about a fortnight after his birthday. Presently, she swallowed a sigh, her spirits dampened by the thought of being apart from her dear husband for this long. Then she heard his voice, “Now, you can open your eyes, sweetheart.”

Grinning, Albert held an emerald green, silk nightgown with shoulder straps in his hands. The waistless, loose-shaped design reminded Candy that she had grown much bigger after giving birth. Although her husband had consoled her at least a handful of times, reassuring that he loved her body regardless of its size, she still wished to slim down, hopefully not too far from her original size. At this moment, he noted her not so enthusiastic reaction, and he lowered the nightgown, asking in a concerned tone, “Candy, what’s wrong? You don’t like it?”

As she heaved a sigh, he took her hand and brought her to sit down by the edge of their king size four-poster bed. When he laid the new sleepwear on the bed, she began telling him that she still couldn’t forget her very first custom-made gown, the one with the exact same color she had worn for the grand opening of the luxurious resort in Miami. Thanks to Stacy the maid, the wine stains had completely disappeared, and Darren had helped to bring the restored gown back to them before their wedding, so Candy had thought of wearing it to accompany Albert to a social function. Regrettably, she had forgotten about it, and by the time she had happened to see it in the closet, she had been carrying a child inside her.

He intuited her feelings. Candy was going through a tough phase lately due to the mounting stress of motherly responsibilities and duties. The nightly feedings had particularly taken a toll on her, so she needed more rest than usual. Since Albert himself had been preoccupied with work or business functions, unable to come home for dinner every day, he often came back to find his wife already fast asleep. Owing to the complications near the end of her pregnancy, the bleeding after delivery and her constant exhaustion, they hadn’t been intimate for months now.

As a result, she might have been worried she was no longer sexually attractive to her husband. Oblivious to her, he had terribly missed her and her companionship, and that was why he had spent some time looking for a two-piece sleepwear set for her. Yet, this light-weight nightdress had caught his attention few days ago, so he had bought it and waited until tonight.

For the time being, he looked her in the eyes, wrapping his arms around her, and gave her a soft kiss on the lips. Whenever possible, he would kiss her before bed, so she assumed he was going to bid her goodnight after this. When he broke away, she flashed him a faint smile, inwardly feeling bad for ruining the mood. He had bought her a present after all. As she was about to express her appreciation for his thoughtfulness, he leaned in again and pressed his lips on hers, giving her yet another tender kiss. Hence, she responded by circling her arms around his neck, but rather than kissing her, he caressed her lips with his, alternating between the top lip and the bottom one for several seconds. She liked his loving gesture, so she smiled against his lips, and yet he broke off unexpectedly, his fingertips stroking her ear, her hair, and her cheek along the jawline. By then, the blood had risen to her neck and face, and she looked very lovely to him, so he asked in a low voice, “Candy, are you tired?”

She shook her head, her smile widening. Despite the long eventful day, she wanted to spend more time with her husband, not feeling weary yet. Then he invited, “Want to dance with me?”

“You can’t be serious!” she remarked with a chuckle, still smiling nonetheless.

“Of course I’m serious,” he retorted, feigning to be offended, but within seconds his features broke into an alluring smile.

She saw through him and chuckled again, and yet he focused his amorous gaze on her, his finger pointing at the new nightgown. “Allow me to help you change, my love. I want you to wear nothing but this.”

She was flabbergasted, but only briefly. Her heart pounded at the fervor in his eyes, so she let him hoist her up to her feet. Unsure if he would find her current figure repulsive, she was enthused and anxious at the same time. When he stood behind her to slowly disrobe her, pausing occasionally to give her a massage on the shoulders, neck and arms, she urged herself to take it easy and let her instincts guide her. Before long, she felt a pleasurable electric current course through her veins, her pulse racing and her body quivering with yearning. It had been a long while since he had last wanted her.

When she let him continue unlacing her corset, she could hear his breathing getting more rapid and uneven. Finally, she had nothing but the very last layer on, and he loosened her knot bun such that her tresses fell in a wave, over her shoulders. For him, she had resisted the trend to bob her hair, fully aware how much he loved to thread his fingers through her turbulent blond curls. As he was doing exactly that, she whirled around to face him. He then scrutinized her, his blue eyes darkened with burning flames. She was flattered to be able to turn him on, and her hands, of their own volition, started to unbutton his shirt, impatiently sliding it over his shoulders but leaving his undershirt on, which could barely conceal his perfectly sculpted torso. He hadn’t yet changed, still dressed in a Highland kilt matching the one on baby David today, so when her fingers fumbled with the buckle of his belt, she heard his guttural voice, “Forget about the nightdress…” The moment his kilt fell, his groan of pleasure brought an echo from the depths of her soul, and when he snaked his arms around her next, their lips were instantly drawn together like two magnets. The more intense the kissing became, the more her body heated up, craving his touch. Likewise, his body ached with the fierce need to taste her skin, so he pulled her camisole over her head and let it drop to the pile on the floor, revealing her startlingly enticing bosom, which were much fuller now due to breastfeeding their firstborn.

As his eyes swept over her exposed body, she suddenly remembered her postpartum shape. Feeling self-conscious, her face was flushed pink, but he praised emphatically, “You’re still beautiful, Candy.”

Speechless and tremendously moved by his compliment, she got a lump in her throat. Swirling in those light blue pools were the flame of his desires for her, and her chest rose and fell in anticipation. Without delay, he scooped her up from under the arms and the crook of her knees, bringing her to bed with him as he had done countless times in the past, like she was never too heavy for him. They ended up dancing in bed, completely unclothed; having hungered for intimacy, their hands and lips were busy entertaining each other, leaving no space unexplored. He had missed being skin-to-skin with her and hearing her moans and groans, so he relished every part of her, including her shining eyes, her blond tresses, her juicy lips, her slender neck, her delicate collarbones, her opulent breasts and so on. Determined to gratify her, he lavished plenty of caresses and kisses upon her porcelain skin and feminine curves. She felt so loved and cherished, and she believed her husband beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was beautiful to him even now. When she let out an unadulterated scream some time later, he released inside her, and he was indescribably sated. Nothing could make him feel more heavenly than making love to his wife.

He collapsed on top of her afterwards with his full weight against her body, panting with ecstasy; they cuddled and kissed each other tenderly, basking in the afterglow. A while later, he lay on his back and flipped her over so that her face would be next to his heartbeat, her golden hair fanning over his bare chest. Then, while stroking her naked back, he related to her the London trip would be postponed because he and George would have to stay even longer than planned. When she grumbled against it, he brought her over him such that she lay on top of him, facing down. When she giggled, he craned his neck to capture her lips with his, but moments later she broke the kiss, asking, “How long are you going to stay?”

His hand rose to her neck, his thumb tracing her jaw. “At least three months.”

“Three months?” she echoed aloud, frowning in shock and pushing herself up, but he promptly drew her back down towards him and explained, “Hold it, my dear. I also plan to bring you and David along. We won’t depart until late November, and by then our baby boy should be strong enough to travel. The nanny can come with us, if that gives you peace of mind.”

He paused, letting his words sink in. Then he whispered, his thumb stroking her bottom lip now, “I love you.”

“I love you too,” she replied with a sweet smile before leaning down to kiss him.

So in November, they embarked on a business venture. The four of them first stopped by the Pony’s Home. Miss Pony and Sister Lane hadn’t seen baby David since his christening in early June, and he had grown so big now, having resplendent blue eyes just like his father. Candy couldn’t wait to bring her baby to the wooden swing up on the hill. The nanny stood back to admire Master William’s handiwork and exclaimed, “Oh my goodness, Madam Candice! Did you faint?”

Because it was cold and windy up there, Albert bundled up baby David in thick clothes and a furry hat, settling him on his lap and holding him tight from behind. When the three were ready, the nanny pushed them from behind. At the sound of the baby’s laughter, everyone smiled, and Candy felt so blessed to have her own family at last. With her eyes closed, she snuggled her head against Albert’s shoulder, thinking, Prince on the Hill… His love for me has never wavered… with him, I can be myself. I don’t have to play the role that is expected of me. One day, I might even tell little David about how his father and I met each other… on this very spot.

The following day, at dawn’s first light, they took a carriage to go to the train station. They would join George and two other trustworthy partners at New York and cross the ocean, heading towards London. They explored the opportunities of expanding their business in Europe, and London would very likely be their base. Around Christmas, when Albert and Candy were enjoying their free time strolling David around, they came across a house with a neat garden near the Avon River. It was for sale, and they loved it so much that they bought it and hired a housekeeper. They would rent it out for now until they decided to move across the ocean in the future. Candy uttered with an air of determination, “Albert, wherever you go, I’ll follow you.”

Leaving London in the middle of February, the family of three arrived at Miami more than a week later to attend Patty’s wedding with Darren on the coming Sunday. Patty found it incredible that Candy hadn’t changed much in her shape, still svelte as ever. Patty was clueless that it had taken Candy all these months to trim down.

It was nice to see Stacy again. As per Candy’s recommendation to Patty, Stacy had found a permanent job by being Patty’s personal maid from now on. They wished Annie could be here, but Annie had just delivered a baby girl. Yet, she insisted Archie to go on her behalf. Archie had mixed feelings, remembering Stear, but he kept his mouth shut about that. Deep down he was genuinely happy for Patty to find a special someone in life.

On Sunday, Patty was a gorgeous-looking bride without her glasses, and she told Candy and Albert during the wedding reception, “Darren said I just need to put my hand around his elbow and never leave his side.” When Darren winked in response, Albert laughed, a hearty laugh, knowing how they had met each other in the university.

Neil and his parents, Raymond and Sarah Leagan, were among the guests too, but according to them, Eliza stayed home due to feeling unwell. As a matter of fact, she had cut all ties with the McPherson’s family ever since she had discovered Patty had moved to Miami. Candy realized that she was no longer affected by Eliza or Neil. Plenty of tears had been shed during those days, when Candy used to live under the same roof with them. Yet, all those tears had turned into glitteringly beautiful memories to her now. After all, their abuse had essentially led Candy to Albert the vagabond.

Neil could finally talk to Candy and Albert at ease; he introduced his girlfriend to them with pride. She was a very charming lady with short, straight red hair, dressed in the latest fashion. As they were chatting amiably with one another, Neil invited the couple to dine at the award-winning restaurant in their most luxurious resort. “If you like, I can arrange you both to stay for a night in the president suite, my treat, unlimited champagne included.” He was apparently in a great mood. His main reason was that he couldn’t make it to their wedding nearly two years ago. They could consider this as his belated wedding gift or anniversary gift to them.

Since that particular resort carried so much meaning to them both, Albert gleefully accepted Neil’s generous present, leaving David to the nanny for the night before going back to Chicago. Candy was glad that she had brought her exquisite gown in emerald green to London, the one Albert had it custom made by a fashion designer specifically for the grand opening party of this resort in Miami. Tonight, she donned herself in this very gown, and Albert was dressed up too. The couple had a wonderful time, enjoying their time together, dancing for almost an hour. After dinner, they went for a leisure walk in the vast courtyard, passing by the wishing fountain and taking a rest near the tropical garden. Neither of them could forget that unexpected embrace they had shared here, and since that loving hug, their relationship had changed for the better. It was only after their engagement had been officially announced that Candy could confess to Albert the secrets behind her outburst that night. If Albert hadn’t abruptly walked away from me then, and if I hadn’t listened to my heart fast enough then… Overwhelmed with emotions, she pushed the thoughts away; tears clouded her vision as she took in the sight of her affectionate husband, and she said a quick prayer, thanking God for bringing him to her.

Before long, they returned to the president suite and spent a romantic night, savoring champagne in the hot tub, followed by continuous love making. It was like their second honeymoon, when they couldn’t have enough of each other. Finally, in the small hours the next morning, they gave in to their exhaustion and lay in each other’s arms, their naked bodies coated with sweat. They felt fatigued but exhilarated from a night of obsessive passion.

Later in Chicago, when they hustled and bustled to organize little David’s first birthday party in April, Candy confirmed her suspicion. She was indeed pregnant with her second. While Madam Elroy could hardly contain her thrill, Candy secretly confided in Albert that although she loved and adored babies, she dreaded going through another pregnancy. Her first pregnancy experience hadn’t been smooth after all. Her husband understood her worries and thanked her wholeheartedly for carrying babies for him. He questioned, planting soft kisses on her lips and holding her tighter in his arms, “What can I do for you, Candy? You know I love you no matter what.”

“Can you promise me, for one year, not to go on any business trip longer than a week? I love waking up next to you in the mornings.”

He was immensely touched to hear her simple request. As she had told him time and time again, his mere presence was enough to give her a marvelous sense of security. Thus, he promised, “I will try my best, my sweet Candy.”

He had kept his promise to her, and when she gave birth to another beautiful child, they named her Priscilla Rosemary Ardlay. According to Aunt Elroy, the baby girl had breathtaking ocean blue eyes just like Priscilla, Albert’s late mother.

Cradling the baby girl in her arms, Candy practically had a smile glued on her face, her heart filled with joy and thanksgiving. When David climbed to their bed, Albert sat down beside Candy and said to her with a glint of moisture in his eyes, “I’m truly the happiest man on earth, Candy. I feel so complete with you and our two children. I don’t know what else I can do to express my love and gratitude to you, my dear wife.”

Gazing deep into her eyes, he sighed before affectionately pressing his lips to hers. “I really can’t stop loving you, Mrs. Candice White Ardlay. You hold me spellbound,” he mumbled against her lips. Without a word, she simply kissed him back, pouring her love from the bottom of her heart and soul to her devoted husband.

Because You Loved Me

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I’ll be forever thankful baby
You’re the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You’re the one who saw me through through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I’m grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don’t know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You’ve been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me [4]

THE END

Peculiar Relationship

Footnote:

[1] Alexandrite, named for Tsar Alexander II of Russia, is an exceedingly rare gemstone, found in 1830 in Russia’s Ural Mountains. It is a fascinating gemstone because it changes color depending on the nature of the ambient lighting. For example, some alexandrite gemstones are green in daylight but turn red when indoors under incandescent lights. Other alexandrite stones change from a beautiful teal to an alluring magenta. Hence, the alexandrite stones have remained the world’s most coveted stones, and they can also be found in Brazil, East Africa and Sri Lanka.

[2] Two Scottish kings were named David, David I, reigning 1124–53, and David II, 1329–71.

[3] Easter in 1920 was April 4.

[4] “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion, published in 1996.

Note: Thank you all for reading! My heartfelt appreciation goes to the following people for their valuable feedback and encouraging reviews to my previous chapter: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Reeka, Mariacristina Marchetti, Candy Bert, Paola Ruscio, Memchew, Antlay, Ruth, Vera García, Luna, Evelyn, Tiny12

I hope you have enjoyed my short story, and this epilogue is meant to give you glimpses of Candy’s life as a wife and a mother. For the entire story, I have tried my best to stay faithful to Candy Candy Final Story (CCFS), but of course, I did use my imagination here and there. ❤ ❤

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    • Brenda on October 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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    Dear Ms. Puddle,
    Thanks for your response! The stories are very nice indeed! I hope you´ll continue do it next year!
    I will like to share with you this beautiful amv:
    Candy y Albert en: “Forever begins Today” – ALSS – GF2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csGxf33j8Vw

    I hope you like it. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thank you Brenda for your support and encouragement! Thanks for the link, and a friend recommended this video to me some time ago, and it’s indeed amazing!

      Hugs and kisses! ❤❤

      • Martha Cervantes on May 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm
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      I’ll say in a simple way, I felt a lump in the throat.
      Ms Puddle, I love your story!

      1. ¡Muchas gracias por leer, mi querida amiga! ❤💖 Estoy feliz!! 😁😍

    • Brenda on October 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm
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    Ms. Puddle,
    Hi! Thanks so much for your new post and picture about Albert. It matches Candy’s green ball gown very well, which looks beautiful too!
    I have read the whole story twice and I Iove it! Well, I have a request for you. How about for the coming
    year you ‘ll write the story about THE GREAT DAY The happiest day ever! when Candy and Albert got married.
    I was thinking, you may tell us somemore details about When? How? Where? Music, people and so on…
    My dear, as you’ve got so many friends and followers anybody will give you some tips.
    Maybe these will do:
    1.Something blue. 2.Something borrowed, earrings.3. Something old, a necklace. I got these things when I married.
    .How about the others? Do you have any other traditions in your country? I hope you like this idea!
    Thanks for all your posts again.
    Love.
    ps.Please don’t forget your beautiful drawings!

    1. Hello Brenda, your comment is very encouraging, that you have read this story twice already! 😍 Thank you, and I’m glad you love my latest drawings too. I’ll keep drawing various scenes in this story, so please stay tuned, Brenda. 😘

      I’ve written many details about their wedding day and night in my fanfic, Love Never Fails, a long while ago. Thus, as of now I don’t think I want to repeat myself. 😁 I’ll keep your tips in mind, and perhaps one day I’ll modify that particular chapter in Love Never Fails. 💗 I will see. Thanks again! 💕

  1. Oh I’m a bad follower! sigh…I’m sorry, I’ve missed this post, and what a wonderful epilogue it is.Well, this may sound as an excuse but I’ve been sick 🙁 which is normal considering I’m the kind of person who gets sick frecuently. Anyway, I’m here to congratulate you for this incredible epilogue, it’s great and I love it. I hope in the future, you will continue sharing with us another amazing story just like this one.

    Congratulations Mspuddle
    Have a good night 🙂

    1. Hello kittenandley! I’m sorry to hear that you’re sick again. I wish you a speedy recovery, and not only that, stay healthy. 💞💗

      Don’t worry about missing my posts. 😅 I’m glad you finally finished reading this short story 😍, and thank you very much for your encouraging words! For now, I’ll draw various scenes in this story. I’ve drawn Candy by herself, so I’ll draw Albert next. Please stay tuned. 😘

      Have a good rest, kittenandley! ❤❤

    • Anonymous on September 27, 2015 at 1:04 am
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    Hi Ms Puddle

    I like your stories very much. I re-read re-read of all of them from you, even overnights.
    Even I love your stories, however, In this chapter I just cannot figure out when do Albert had time to hang the swing on the tree? 🙂

    Best Regards.

    1. Hi there, thank you so much for your compliments. I’m so glad you like my stories this much. It’s very encouraging! 💗💕

      I think you meant the swing in chapter 10? Yes, I actually expected someone to ask me, but so far no one except you. 😅 First, it’s a hill, so people can walk up from different paths. Since Albert intended to give Candy a surprise, he parked far away and started from there, about the time Sister Lane informed Candy of a visitor from Chicago. The wooden swing, which he had crafted the day before near the waterfall in Lakewood, was hung to the tree branch with ropes, so all he needed was to tie the knots. Does this make sense to you?

      Have a good day! Thanks again for reading! ❤❤

    • Quevivacandy on September 24, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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    Bravo, my dear MsPuddle! What a way to end a marvelous story!

    I read the whole epilogue with a smile glued on my face but bursted in laugh at the end. I will let you know in private. 😛

    Yes, even CCFS doesn’t say a word about Candy having children, like you, I’m pretty sure she was already a mom.

    I really loved the intimacy scenes, well done my friend, I could feel everything and fill with my imagination the empty spaces, lol… ahhhh ‘El amor’

    Also, I want to thank you for have written about Patty and Darren, they deserved to be happy as well. And about Neal, like you, I have a hint he changed in a way but not Eliza. I’m glad you let us know a little bit about it.

    Thank you againg for have given us a great great story, based on CCFS. I really enjoy it from the beginning to the end.

    1. Hola QuevivaCandy!! Now I know why you laughed at the end… I simply couldn’t believe it… What a coincidence! 😆 😝

      I wish Mizuki had written about children. I’m pretty sure by then Candy was a mother, and her children might even be in boarding school already. Who knows? Candy was in her mid-thirties or late thirties, right?

      Glad you loved the intimate scenes. I intentionally wrote without details. Yes, whoever read them can imagine anything they like. 😍😜

      I’m not 100% sure about Neil, but I believe without bad influence from his sister, he would be slightly better. 😉 I just wanted Albert and Candy to return to that luxurious resort where the story begins. 😅😜

      Thanks for taking the time to read my short story. Once again, I should really thank you. Remember I was inspired after reading one of your chapters? 💕😘

    • Reeka on September 24, 2015 at 6:58 pm
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    Hello! Finally I’m here … 🙂 I’ve told you I intentionally didn’t read this PR epilogue because I wanted to read it in a quite moment and lose my self in CC world. I did, actually. But then again, I’ve forgot to leave a comment 🙁 .

    Ooooh Ms Puddle, why is it so short? Hehehehe I was hoping to spend at least half day to read this chapter … hehehehe. Just kidding. I know you’re very busy, so thank you for completing this story. Honestly speaking, the story is actually much longer than what I had expected it to be.

    William David Ardley. That’s something new for a pick of the Ardley’s heir name :). Great choice! I really like the christening scene when the badge was passed from Albert to David. Ooooh this is exactly what I’ve always imagined what would happen to the badge. The badge was a significant item in CC story, we kept seeing it from time to time. And then we don’t see/hear about it again in CCFS’s present time. It’s not there in the damascene jewellery box. Where was it? — you answered it, my friend! It’s no longer belong to Candy nor Albert. If Candy married someone else, the badge must still be in her treasure box because it was clear Albert had given it to her.

    And it’s a great idea to have their wedding on the date that had changed their life 16 years ago ( is it 16, isn’t it? ), the day Annie was adopted. Too bad you made it sacred and let it be a secret only Albert & Candy knew. Their fiction must have more sales if this momentous scene was shared to the public 🙂 🙂 .

    And about Albert who never failed to keep making Candy happy and being a devoted husband. Isn’t it one of many reasons we think Albert was the most perfect husband to Candy? He was indeed capable to make her happy, with non material and material things. He had showed it even when he was only her poor & homeless friend. With little money he had, in manga he often cooked delicious meals to Candy ( there’s a scene long before his memory recovered). So I guess we can be sure he would keep doing that for the rest of their lives.

    I’m glad for the happy ending for Patty and Darren. Patty deserved it, really. She’s a very sweet person, kind hearted, and loyal, despite being born with silver spoon. This killing Stear issue always makes me angry to Mizuki. An unnecessary tragedy I may say.

    Well, good job, Ms Puddle! Again, a fine piece of writing from you. I’ve just realised, for years you manage to keep your version of Albert very close to his original characteristics which are gentle, warm, and patient. Some writers tend to make him a little bit more playful, more emotional ( very possessive to Candy), more dominant. I like possessive and dominant Albert, but nothing beats his original character Mizuki created. He’s really an epitome of chivalrous gentlemen, a fine character many men in early 20th century had possessed. **where are they now??**

    Once again, thank you for this beautiful story.

    1. Hello Reeka! It’s nice to hear from you again! 😍

      I had to exert ‘self-discipline’ to keep this epilogue short. 😝 I didn’t want to repeat what I had done for LNF… 😉 😛

      I named the boy David just to have a change. Most FF writers called him Anthony, including myself, so this time I intentionally found another name. I know in Japan one FF writer named the new heir William Frederick. 😉 Thus, I’m not the only one who wants a change. 😛

      I thought of a christening service mainly because I had been influenced by the adorable offsprings of Prince William and Kate on the magazines. 👪

      Besides, I always imagined the badge would be passed from the father to the son in front of many witnesses. In fact, I’m going to talk about the badge in a new post. Just like you, I think in CCFS Candy had passed the badge to the rightful heir of the Ardlay’s. 😉 💞

      Reeka, about keeping their first encounter a secret, I got the idea from the old CC novel, in which Candy wrote to Albert that POTH was too precious to share with others. Except for Anthony and Albert, Candy hadn’t told any other about POTH. It had remained a treasured memory to her. Who knows? Perhaps one day she might share it with her children, a hint in my story too. 😜😍

      My dear friend, you spoke my mind!! Albert, no matter what stage he was in, always managed to put a smile on Candy’s face. No wonder he gave her such a marvelous feeling of security! Sigh…

      About Darren and Patty, I’m glad you like my choice. I like Patty after Candy, and a sweet girl like her deserved a better ending. That’s why I didn’t plan to give her a random guy. I want a decent man for her too. 😅😜😘

      Thank you so much for your compliments. I admire the Albert Mizuki has created, no more no less. He had his weakness, a real human, but he was the man for Candy. They complemented each other perfectly don’t you think? ❤❤❤

  2. An affectionate greeting Ms. Puddle
    Me sorprendió por completo encontrarme con el epílogo, se que todo lo bueno también tiene que tener un final, para mí su historia me conmovió, me movió muchos sentimientos internos.
    Es grato captar que en su historia tanto la tía Elroy como Neil, comprendieron y aceptaron que el amor de Candy y Albert es un amor que trasciende dificultades, tiempo y distancia.
    Usted nos ha proporcionado una visión más completa y realista de lo que es el verdadero amor y que este se complementa y tiene su plenitud en formar una familia, anhelo que tanto Candy y Albert deseaban y pudieron cumplir en su historia.
    Gracias por haber publicado este capitulo en esta fecha, es una fecha muy importante para mí, porque me recuerda a una persona muy importante en mi vida.
    Gracias por tan apasionante historia, gracias por su amistad , gracias por ser tan bella persona, su amiga Vera.

    PD: Una disculpa por haber comentado hasta el día de hoy , pero he pasado por ciertas dificultades, pero leer este capítulo me ha devuelto el ánimo.

    1. Hola Vera mi amiga! 💗

      You’re not the only one who was surprised that the story has ended. One even said she wanted to cry. 😳 Anyway, that’s a big compliment to me. 😀 As you said, every story has to finish, and I think it’s a good time to stop. Thank you so much for your understanding, my dear! 😍💓

      About Aunt Elroy, she had no choice but to accept the love between her nephew and the orphan. 😉 She had no authority over him first of all. Besides, Albert was a free adult himself. He wasn’t obliged to anyone. Don’t you agree? 😉 About Neil, he had moved on with his life, and he had let go of the fantasy. 😛

      Yes, I intended to give you glimpses of our favorite couple’s future, being parents with young kids. 👪 They sure would have difficulties in life, but they could face any problem that come their way together. 💏 They were deeply in love with each other after all. 😀

      I’m so happy that this story has touched you, and even the publishing date of this chapter reminds you of someone special. 😘😍 Your kind words have been very encouraging. 😚 Thanks again, my friend. You have a beautiful soul yourself. 😍 I hope you will/have overcome the difficulties in life. 😃

      Take care!! Hugs!! ❤❤❤

    • Evelyn on September 17, 2015 at 8:56 pm
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    Dear Ms Puddle! Thank you so much for a beautiful story in Peculiar Relationship! What a perfect ending for Albert and Candy to wed and have a family with two beautiful children! The love expressed in this chapter between them seems so natural and effortless! Seems like Candy went through normal emotional women issues as we all do after having babies 🙂 and Albert is such a wonderful and understanding husband to Candy! ❤️

    Loved their intimate scenes ❤️ Oh my! I’m blushing 😅 but awesome!!

    I’m so relieved that Aunt Elroy came to accept Candy, finally! After all thanks to Candy, the Ardrey’s have a new heir!!! I can only imagine how beautiful those children are!! Thank you for giving them one of each, boy and girl!! So wonderful! 👼

    The ending is so touching when Albert tells his wife how fulfilled he is by her side and with his two children! That he doesn’t know how to express his love and gratitude toward his dear wife!!! ❤️❤️ That’s exactly what Candy told Albert in her final letter to Albert in CCFS and how wonderful that he is returning the sentiment back to her in the end of your story!! Yes, my dear friend, you have stayed as true as to the original CCFS book as possible! Bravo! Candy and Albert are truly a magnificent couple and a beautiful story!!! Thank you! 😘❤️
    Sorry for my late post. I’ve been working quite a bit lately but have read this chapter a few time now 😉 loved it!,

    1. Hola Evelyn my dear friend! ❤ Thank you so much for all your encouraging words! Your comment has warmed my heart. 😍💕

      Yes, Candy, despite how petite she was, would grow big after giving birth. It’s just natural, and I want to show that Albert loved her person regardless of her size. 😘💏 The intimate scenes were intentionally written without details to keep this epilogue PG-13… Glad you like it my friend! 😚😳

      Aunt Elroy had no choice but to accept her nephew’s future spouse. After all, without Candy, Albert probably wouldn’t have survived back then. Besides, as you said, Candy was a great mother, giving the family the new heir. About a boy and a girl, it seems ideal for my short epilogue. 😀

      You got it dear Evelyn! I deliberately wrote that Albert wanted to express his deep “love and gratitude” to his wife. This goes both ways, doesn’t it? Candy signed her love letter to him with love and gratitude too. It’s not a phrase that’s reserved only for children to parents. 😉😜

      Thanks again for your support, dear Evelyn. I’m very happy you love my short story. 💋 In fact, I have a surprise for you and a few others. Please stay tuned. 😳😘

  3. Hello Ms Puddle

    C’est déjà fini, je ne me lasse pas de lire vos histoires, je sais vous aviez prévenu que celle-ci serait courte, en fait on est jamais rassasié des histoires de Candy et d’Albert. 😂
    Il se passe beaucoup de choses dans l’épilogue, le mariage d’Annie et d’Archie, Patty et Darren et bien sûr Candy et Albert.
    La Tante Elroy a enfin accepté leur mariage et semble très heureuse avec leurs deux enfants.
    Le déplacement en Angleterre aussi un clin d’oeil à CCFS. 😉
    Albert comme toujours est patient et rassurant avec Candy, lui montrant que peu importe son physique, il l’aime telle qu’elle est, n’est ce pas la plus belle preuve d’amour.
    La scène sur la balançoire est très touchante ainsi que la transmission du bagde à leur fils.
    Merci encore pour nous avoir regalé Ms Puddle ❤❤❤
    Les pariles de la chanson s’accordent effectivement à merveille, excellent choix.

    1. Bonjour, Antlay!! ❤

      Indeed, more people should write for Albert and Candy. Perhaps one day you can write too? 😉😁

      Yes, many things happened in the epilogue. It’s meant to give glimpses of their lives and tie the loose ends in the story. I’m so glad you enjoyed this short story, Antlay! 😘

      I didn’t write how Aunt Elroy came to accept their relationship, but I strongly believe Albert didn’t need her approval to proceed, just like Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet! 😅 Albert was supposed to be the family patriarch, and who could oppose him, really? 😉

      But I’m sure their true love would melt anyone’s heart, including Aunt Elroy’s. 😉

      Thanks for your kind words, my friend, and so glad you liked the song I picked and found the swing scene and badge presentation touching. About Albert, I’m certain he loved Candy as she was, no matter how her appearance changed. Sigh…

      Merci beaucoup, mon amie! ❤❤

      1. Ecrire, non,non,non ! Même si je déborde d’imagination, je ne maîtrise pas assez la langue française et pour les scènes coquines je suis bien trop timide pour les écrire. 😶
        Vous-même, Candy Bert et Quevivacandy vous faites cela si bien, alors je vais continuer à lire vos merveilleuses histoires.
        Bon journée mon amie. 😀

        1. Nah, Antlay, don’t be too modest! 😜😉😝 You don’t have to write those scenes 😆

          Neither the manga nor CCFS has any of those scenes, but the couple are our favorite mainly because of their deep love for each other. 😍😘

          1. Je suis entièrement d’accord avec vous Ms Puddle, les scènes coquines qui ne sont pas faciles à écrire ne sont pas une obligation, j’ai déjà lu de superbes histoires très bien écrites et très émouvantes (pas forcément sur CC) sans cela. Et puis pour te rassurer Antlay, ton niveau de français est très bon et bien au-delà de la moyenne, ne sois pas modeste! 😉 Si l’on m’avait dit il y a un an que j’aurais écrit une histoire comportant déjà 26 chapitres je ne l’aurais jamais cru. Parfois il suffit juste d’essayer et de se prendre au jeu, c’est ce que j’ai fait! Au début je n’avais même pas osé vous en parler et puis je me suis lancée un défi et quand j’ai lu les premiers commentaires, ce fût une belle surprise et cela m’a beaucoup encouragée et j’ai poursuivi, sans cela je crois que j’aurais arrêté. Surtout si tu as beaucoup d’imagination, ce serait dommage de ne pas nous la faire partager! 😀

              • Ms Puddle on September 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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              Yes indeed! I second Candy Bert! 🙂 ❤

              We are here to inspire one another, and I’m so glad Candy Bert is now a blessing to francophone CC fans!!

              Antlay, you don’t have to create a site. All you need is an account in fan fiction . net 😍❤😘

          2. Bonjour Ms Puddle et Candy Bert
            Je vous remercie toutes les deux pour vos aimables paroles, mais vous êtes tellement talentueuses avec vos plumes que je vous laisse le soin d’écrire pour notre plus grand plaisir à tous.
            Je préfère continuer à vous soutenir en restant aux côtés de vos fervents et fidèles lectrices et lecteurs ☺
            Félicitations Candy Bert pour avoir relevé ton défi, tu peux en être fière !
            Have a nice day my friends.

        2. Merci pour le compliment Antlay! 😉 😀

  4. Hello Ms Puddle!

    Thank you for this beautiful last chapter! ❤ I only have one regret… it is the end of your great story! :’( I really enjoyed it.

    A book about their story what a brilliant idea, my friend! It makes sense after all, the Ardlays were famous and it was a so beautiful and touching story!

    Alexandrite, I see you made search! Really beautiful stone of exception for an exceptional woman!
    Aunt Elroy with David in her arms, it is touching and also Candy who understood her for not give her son the name of Anthony.

    The return of Albert, the way he reassured Candy about her shape after pregnancy, a great man and an amazing husband, really! And their second honeymoon wow and then… a new baby! 😉 Thank you Neil! 😆 After all he wasn’t as bad he grew up!

    Patty and Darren, I’m glad to see them happy, they deserve this after their loss and their pain.

    A good choice for the song, lyrics fit so well to them.

    Thank you for having made us dream! ❤❤❤ BRAVO! I will re-read it for sure when I have more time.

    You have a great weekend my friend!

    1. Bonjour Candy Bert!! Merci beaucoup! ❤❤

      From the beginning I didn’t plan to write a long story, but many thanks for your encouraging words! You’re so kind, mon amie! 💕

      I believe one way to stop the rumors once and for all is to officially announce their engagement, and to publish a novel would quench some people’s curiosity. 😉😜

      About alexandrite, I just happened to find it. 😄 It’s fascinating, isn’t it? Also, knowing that it can be found in Brazil caught my attention. It shows how much Albert loved Candy. Not only he was willing to pay a high price for the ring, but it indicates he couldn’t help himself while he was in São Paulo. 😝

      Aunt Elroy was content to act like a grandma, that’s my point. Thanks, my friend! 💕 The mansion was no longer quiet to her, and she wasn’t a lonely elderly anymore.

      In CCFS, Neil was depicted as a shrewd business man, but it doesn’t necessarily imply he remained mean to Candy. Hence, I gave him a chance in my story to make up his past mistakes. 😉

      I spent all that time to describe Darren with a purpose. I want people to know to whom I give my Patty to. 🙂 So glad you like my pair. 😄 The song, the lyrics are perfect, right?

      You have a great weekend too, my dear!! ❤💕

    • Memchew on September 11, 2015 at 11:10 am
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    Awwww…. And they will have 10 more kids! Hehehe! Thank you, Ms Puddle. Truly understood what Candy went thru after the first baby! Loved Albert-
    So, as usual, I will wait for the next one. Don’t stress! Let inspiration guide you!
    By the way, love your artwork too! Very talented, Ms Puddle!

    1. Hahaha, ten more kids? 😆 Thanks, Memchew, for your kind words and compliments. I’m sure you’re very talented yourself! Do you sing or act? I remember you have mentioned musicals. 🙂 ❤❤

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