Monday, August 30, 2010

My Ending to The Landlady

It's been a while since I've posted anything I've written up here.

And so, in conjunction with the eve of our National Day (there is no relevance, I know), here's my ending for The Landlady by Roald Dahl.

I really suggest you read the original story before reading the continuation. :)

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Billy wondered at that. How odd. There he was in a most wonderful place and yet, no one else had lived there?

"Why is that?" Billy asked. "Why is it that there have been no other guests?"

The old lady took a while to answer. She sipped at her tea slowly. She took so long to respond that Billy thought she must have not heard his question. He repeated it a little louder this time.

"Oh, no. I heard you, dear" said the old woman, smiling at him. "I was trying to think of an answer."

"Oh," said Billy, feeling rather embarrassed and awkward. He took another glance at the stuffed dog. How very fascinating, he thought again. It must have taken her a while to preserve it to such perfection. As he was contemplating getting up to stroke it, the old lady cleared her voice.

"Well," the lady said simply. "No one else have been good-looking enough."

Although he couldn't ignore the swell of pride that filled him, he felt very puzzled at her answer.

"Why would they have to be good-looking?" he asked, his confusion apparent in his voice.

"I was thinking and thinking and thinking, you see," said the lady, a small smile on her face. "And I finally realized that it would be alright to reveal my little secret." She paused. "Mr. Mulholland and Mr... Mr.."

"Temple," supplied Billy helpfully, stifling a yawn.

"Ah yes, Mr. Temple. They both were ever so curious, wondering the same thing. But, I never felt that I could share the secret with them. I was so worried that they'd react unpleasantly. You won't be unpleasant to me, would you?"

"No, no, of course not," said the young boy hastily, eager to discover the old woman's secret.

With that, the old woman smiled. "Come, I'll show you," she said, offering her hand out to Billy.

He took it and without a word, she lead him up the stairs. Higher and higher until they arrived at the fourth floor. By then, Billy felt exceedingly drowsy. It must be the long trip here, he thought.

At the top of the flight of stairs was a door. Very excitedly, the old woman told Billy to cover his eyes. "Oh, you sure are in for a treat! No one else has ever seen this place."

With his eyes clamped tight, the old lady guided him through the doorway into a room which smelt heavily of leather.

Billy then opened his eyes. And screamed.

Facing him was a handsome man with slightly yellowed teeth, his expression frozen in a permanent smile, just as it had been for over three years.

But before he could react, Billy found his vision fading as he slowly but surely slumped to the ground. As he took in his last breath, he was sure he could hear the old lady humming a jolly little tune to herself.

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6 comments:

  1. Lol nice! I've read The Landlady before and always wished it had ended properly. :D

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  2. Aha but the fun things about open endings are that one is free to make up their own versions. Aha google The Landlady endings. There are probably loads and loads more way different from mine.

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  3. True! Though I'll always prefer the canon ending, how the author would have finished his own story. :D

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  4. Haha I like the Dahl ending because it gives you just enough information to know what's going to happen - that he's been poisoned and she's going to stuff him - and nothing more. Have you read some of the short stories he wrote for adults? They are completely fantastic, I really really recommend them :)

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  5. yvonne: Ah I don't think I have. Aha, I read Dahl's books from the primary school library, I doubt they have adult short stories. Ooh, any particular ones you recommend? :D

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  6. xAoiSora: Ohh but sometimes authors botch up endings. :O

    Aha I think endings which aren't closed are frustrating though.

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