Sorry. The surface reason is I've been sick and busy. The underlying reason is, my HEA hasn't completely come together yet.
Oh, I could write a cheesy, easy one. But I don't want to. I want to write one that's worthy of Clementine and Dan. Spicy. Unique. Lovable. Impulsive.
So I'm mulling over these things in my brain. I also tried to do some research about the elements of a good HEA but Mercury is being stubborn and I have been blocked at every turn.
Of all Jennifer Crusie's HEA's I think I like the one from Fakin It best. It has everything. Time spent back in the closet where they met. Those white walls colored. Australia conquered. And a Matilda Goodnight marries Davey Dempsey - forever - in the offing. You just know those two will not live an ordinary life.
Same with Tessa and Finn from Lani Diane Rich's book, The Comeback Kiss. The sister's about to become an adult and who knows what T & F will do after that.
Might as well do the third in the Squalor trio - Krissie. My favorite HEA from her is the end of the book, Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart. It's for certain the rest of Jilly and Reno's lives together will involve lots of bedroom steam.
What about Jane Austen? My favorite HEA from Austen's books is the one in Persuasion. For me it is so touching to see Anne Elliot overcome all objections and Captain Wentworth admit that he still loves her.
Which reminds me of The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (also a terrific movie, BTW) which is filled with HEA's. Jocelyn and Grigg finally bond over Ursula LeGuin novels. Bernadette marries a dashing man she met on a cruise. Sylvia forgives Daniel and they reunite. Their daughter, Allegra, gets over her lover, Corrine's betrayal by starting anew with her doctor. And Prudie triumphs over her grief-inspired temptation to commit adultery and rekindles her passion for her husband, Dean.
I thought about my favorite end of a television show. Has to be the Gilmore Girls. But is it an HEA? You're confident Luke and Lorelai will be together. For Rory, though, I think it's a HFN (happily for now.) She's getting on the press bus to cover the election, yes, but there's no man.
This will probably sound weird to some but one of my favorite endings from a movie is from The Mexican. I love the dysfunctional relationship between Roberts and Pitt that flows through the whole movie. Then, at the end, when they're leaving Mexico in that ridiculous car and she keeps pestering him to tell her the tragically romantic story behind the gun, over and over, it's just sweet.
What about you? Favorite HEA in a novel? A movie? End of a television series? Real life love story?
Spill, y'all. My achy muscles are said to mean 'longing for love' but I think in this case it's longing for love STORIES.