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Anyone ever wondered how long is 'ever after'? It's really funny when a kid asks you what happens next.

Perfectly natural though - x then y then z then "LivedHappilyEverAfter".  Then what?  Omega has no inherent meaning yet, so the pattern suggests something should happen next.

Of course, most irritatingly, if you say "Nothing happenned next" the immediate response (and I do mean immediate) is "Why?"  --Vitenka

"And Cinderella married the prince, and they had a couple of kids, but then he had an affair and so Cinderella filed for divorce, got custody, and three of the nicer castles, and started seeing a bricklayer.  The prince's new love interest quickly left him after he (and therefore the kingdom) was nearly bankrupted by the ChildSupportAgency?." - Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, although it's a lot closer to the truth. ;-) --Jumlian 

I always thought the CSLewis Narnia-style "Many other things happened, but those are for another story" was more satisfying than a "LivedHappilyEverAfter".  --AC

This leaves you potentially having to invent many other things, which is OK if you're a reasonable storyteller -- Senji

I like Bilbo's proposed ending the the red book... which is something like 'And there (Rivendell) he lived happilly 'till he died'  which makes, more, well, sense.  Since 'ever after' doesn't mean 'for ever' as someone is going to die eventually...
Well, you can die happy, or become a friendly happy ghost, or simply find a way to live forever (and be happy). -ColinLeung

Llewellyn from WebComics/OzyAndMillie has some alternative endings:

[Really complex morals]
[Stories with simpler endings]



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