As Orson Welles once said, "If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story."
There are no happy endings. There are no happy endings mainly because there are no endings at all. You see, a story never ends—the author simply stops writing it.
This particular story took place many, many years ago. So many years ago, in fact, that it is quite impossible for any of the people in it to be around today.
So, who knows what happened to Amuine and the rest of the pirates? Who knows what became of the Navy, and Edward, and Lord and Lady Newcastle?
This story does not end in 'happily ever after'. It has not been condemned quite yet. Although it is over, it can still grow in one way: the reader's imagination. In the reader's mind, this story may progress into the Revolution. It may even go farther. We don't know what happened—but that just creates even more opportunities to extend what could have been. As long as readers keep reading, and each one adds their own touch to keep what they read alive, it will never truly be over. The words will be alive as long as just one person remembers them. The characters will remain immortal, speaking through the ink.
And who knows? Maybe they really did live happily ever after.
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