And now Ella is super-pissed, because "that's not a proper ending." She instructs Walter that all good stories start with "once upon a time" and end with "happily ever after." Hee! My daughter's only three, but she gets, like Rush Limbaugh-angry if I try telling her a story that doesn't start with "once upon a time." Anyway, Ella informs Walter that she'll tell him how the story ends, and then we watch again as Walter begs Peter not to leave. And Ella explains that Peter looked deep inside Walter's eyes and saw there was still goodness inside him: "So Peter took his special heart, and with all his might, he split it in two. And the heart was so magical that it still worked." And lo, it is so, and Peter and Olivia cut a rug in the lab while Walter conducts. "And together, they made goodness, and lived happily ever after." Hee. "They made goodness."
The story ends just as Olivia comes back into the lab, and Ella excitedly tells her that they had so much fun. Walter looks expectantly at Olivia, who shakes her head and quietly tells Walter that she didn't have any luck. Meanwhile, Ella is burbling about how the ending to Walter's story wasn't very good, so she fixed it for him. "Yes, my dear, you were right. Yours was a proper ending. Yours was a much better ending indeed," he says sadly, doing his best to smile. Astrid looks kind of bummed too.
And then Astrid drives Walter home, and it's not hard to spot The Observer as he watches from down the street. He gets out his little communication device and dials using all his fingers. "The boy has not returned, and I do not believe Dr. Bishop remembers my warning," he says, and then listens. "Yes, I am concerned. Too." It's that odd cadence!
Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. Once he had a love and it was a gas. Soon turned out had a heart of glass. Follow him on Twitter or email him at danieljdaniel[at]gmail.com.