Mortal Fates: An Ah My Goddess!/The Dreaming crossover

Epilogue: Dream Within A Dream





"That which is dreamed
 Can never be lost, can never be un-dreamed."

	-Master Li, 
	 "The Sandman: The Wake"


                           -*-


It was a spectacular view of the ocean, with the sun setting
into the horizon and the waves gently rolling in. 

"This place looks familiar," said Keiichi. 

"It should be," replied Belldandy.  "Remember the first time
you took me to the beach?" 

"Oh!  Oh yeah, that's right."  Keiichi grimaced as he
remembered that day.  "Actually, a lot of things went wrong
that day, didn't it?" 

"Yes, but I know you were trying," replied Belldandy
happily. 

"Well, it's nice now." 

"Yes, it is." 

Belldandy leaned on Keiichi's side, happy and content. 

"Too bad this is just a dream," sighed Belldandy. 

Keiichi frowned.  "It is?" 

"Yes, it is, but it's the only way I can be with you at the
moment." 

Bits of memory nagged at him.  Belldandy.  The hospital. 
The doctors.  Him, at her bedside. 

Oh no. 

"Belldandy... are you..." 

She smiled and shook her head.  "No, I'm not." 

"Then what do you mean, this is the only way you can be with
me?" 

"Things... have been a little turbulent in Heaven recently. 
All essential personnel are to remain stationed in heaven
until it is certain the situation has been stabilized."  She
cast her eyes away from him, looking a bit guilty.
"There's... something I have done recently that... has made
my peers wonder about my ability to fulfill my duties. 
Until I calm their fears, I must remain here." 

Keiichi looked saddened, but understanding.  "I... see." 

The two watched the setting sun, cuddling next to each
other, just savoring the moment. 

"Belldandy?" 

"Hm?" 

"The sun seems to be going sideways." 

A pumpkin-headed man dashed past them quickly, giving the
sun a solid thwap with his baseball bat.  The sun began to
sink.  Keiichi stared in disbelief. 

"Aheh, sorry'bout dat." 

As the man ran off into the distance, Belldandy waved. 

"Um, who was that?" asked Keiichi. 

"Him?  Mervyn.  He helps build dreams." 

"Oh, I see." 

"He's rather nice, once you get to know him." 

The sun slowly set, giving way to night.  The stars shone
brightly in the endless sky, and the couple looked up to
admire them. 

Belldandy gave Keiichi a quick kiss on the cheek.  "I'll
miss you.  I miss you already.  Hopefully, I'll return to
you soon." 

Keiichi smiled.  "I'm happy here with you now, if only in my
dreams." 


                           -*-


Meanwhile, in a certain London pub... 

"Hey Mara." 

The demoness didn't bother to look up, acknowledging Urd's
arrival with a grunt.  Her attention was, at the moment,
focused on a mug of some infernal beverage. 

Urd raised an eyebrow, noting Mara's current mode, which was
a bit of an irritated sulk. 

"Well, aren't we moody today." 

"Just one of those 'blah' days," grumbled Mara. 

Urd shrugged and took a seat at the bar next to her.  "If I
didn't know better, I'd have thought you actually helped out
in the whole Belldandy/Verthandi mess." 

"Good thing I didn't, hm?" replied Mara.  "My track record
with the boss downstairs isn't exactly stellar at the
moment.  If I did, I'd really be in deep trouble, hm?" 

"Yeah, deep trouble." 

Urd ordered her drink while Mara absently stared at hers and
swirled it around a bit. 

"I mean, it's not like I have any sentimental attachments
with any of you," said Mara.

Urd shook her head.  "No, of course not." 

"I mean, I did try to get Belldandy over to our side," said
Mara. 

"Mm-hm." 

"Dunno how you found out about her wandering 'round the
Dreaming, but it wasn't from me." 

"Anonymous tip," said Urd. 

"And it wasn't like I was trying to talk 'Verthandi' into
going back to Bell.  I was... just trying to give her a bit
of despair." 

"Right.  Despair." 

"Did my duties as a demoness, right? 

"Yep." 

"That's right.  I'm just about as evil as you are good,
Urd."

"Got that ri-... hey."  Urd looked questioningly at Mara,
who continued to just sulk. 

Mara downed the last of her drink in one shot, then leaned
forward, resting her chin on her hand. 

"Of course," said the demoness, "if I did have a hand in
helping out, I'd say you guys would owe me, hm?" 

"Yeah, I guess we would." 

Mara nodded.  "Good to know." 


                           -*-


Lucien pushed his chair back, stretching, only to be
startled by the Corinithian leaning up against the bookshelf
to his left, staring at the spot recently vacated. 

A spot formerly occupied by the book currently open on the
table. 

The Corinthian only watched Lucien silently, his dark
glasses hiding those ineffable teeth-eyes.  Above him,
Matthew perched, greeting Lucien with a caw. 

"So what're you reading, Lucien?" 

Lucien tilted his head, looking at them owlishly from behind
those horn-rimmed glasses, then turned back to the book. 

"It was a tale of a goddess who loved... and the mortal who
loved her back.  And now it has been written." 

Lucien slowly closed the book, watching the tome shimmer out
of sight. 

Matthew looked puzzled.  "What happened?" 

Surprisingly, it was the Corinthian who answered, his arms
folded across his chest.  In a dark voice, he whispered, "We
were mere supporting players in their tale for a time." 

Lucien nodded. 

"And this chapter of their tale is done." 


             -= end of Mortal Fates =-


                      SCENE
    ( Keiichi and Verthandi are sitting at the beach
    in the Dreaming.  She is resting comfortably
    by his side and looking happy, while a crescent
    moon looms in the sky. )

                     BELLDANDY
                     (singing)

          Stars shining bright above you
     Night breezes seem to whisper I love you
        Birds singing in the sycamore tree
            Dream a little dream of me

            Say nighty-night and kiss me
   Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me
        While I'm alone and blue as can be
             Dream a little dream of me

               ----------*----------

                       PLOTS
                     David Tai
                       Rod M.

               ----------*----------

                     KEIICHI
    Nice song.  I didn't know you had such a nice
                  singing voice.

                    BELLDANDY
     (smiling) Why don't you sing a few lines?

                     KEIICHI
       (frowning)  Me?  I don't sing too well.

                    BELLDANDY
  It's a dream.  Just imagine yourself singing good.

                     KEIICHI
             (blinks)  Oh.... okay.

                    (singing)

         Stars fading but I linger on, dear
              Still craving your kiss
       I'm longing to linger til dawn, dear
                 Just saying this

         Sweet dreams til sunbeams find you
    Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
         But in your dreams whatever they be
             Dream a little dream of me

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                   EDITING STAFF
                     David Tai 
                      Rod M.
                  Christian Bremer
                 T.J. Griesenbrock
                   Chan Wei-Lik
                  Terry Johnson
                   Luba Kmetyk
                      queenB
                  Jeffrey Hosmer
                   Paul Corrigan
                      Foxtrot
                   The Keep Rats
               (you know who you are)
             The FFML Lads and Ladies

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                    BELLDANDY
                 Nice, isn't it?

                     KEIICHI
            Wow... that was... strange.
            Didn't know I could do that.

                    BELLDANDY
       See?  All you have to do is believe.

                     KEIICHI
         Oh, never thought of it that way.

                    BELLDANDY
                    Shall we?

                     KEIICHI
                   I'd love to.

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                SPECIAL THANKS TO:
  The Anime Web Turnpike: http://www.anipike.com
   CFAN: The Comic Fan-Fiction Authors Network:
     http://members.aol.com/kielle/cfan.htm
   The Mamas & The Papas, who originally sang
             "Dream A Little Dream"

                  And of course:
 To Neil Gaiman and assorted writers, for The Dreaming
   and to Kosuke Fujishima for Ah My Goddess!

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                KEIICHI & BELLDANDY
                    (singing)

         Stars fading but I linger on, dear
              Still craving your kiss
       I'm longing to linger til dawn, dear
                 Just saying this

         Sweet dreams til sunbeams find you
    Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
         But in your dreams whatever they be
             Dream a little dream of me

                    - THE END -