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ding! done.

And so there we have it.

... What am I going to do now?!?

Title: The Epilogue Celebration
Ficverse: Leverage & The Princess Bride
Series: The Princess Bride Job, 18/18
Rating: Gen / PG-13
Length: 1500 ish / 29,500 ish
Characters: Team Leverage, Westley, Buttercup, the king, the queen, Miracle Max, Fezzik, Inigo
Summary: Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles. And hitter, hacker, grifter, thief, mastermind.
Notes: In the interests of strict scrupulousness, I should point out that in the book, Goldman does actually deconstruct the whole Happily Ever After concept, and what happens next (although of course he's hardly the first to do so). However, if you're attached to the happy ending, I suggest you stop reading the book at the same place the Grandfather does in the movie. As for me, this is my little attempt at having cake+eating. Shalom.
Disclaimers: Yeah. None of it's mine, apart from the idea to mix'n'match, and in abstract that's not mine either. I am now directly lifting some lines from the PB screenplay, as if anybody can't tell.
Spoilers: Most of The Princess Bride, eventually.
Concrit: go for it


Previously, on "The Princess Bride Job":
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen


Chapter Eighteen
Ten days later, the main square of Florin City was filled as never before, to celebrate the country’s 500th anniversary, and the promise of a very special event and announcement.

“Hardison, how’re we looking?” asked Nate, standing with the king and queen by the doors to the balcony.

“~Good to go. I got you a sweet set up, man, I’m telling you.~”

“Glad to hear it. Westley?”

“~We’re ready when you are.~”

“Sophie? Eliot?”

“~We’re all set.~”

Nate nodded, and turned to the king and queen. “Your Majesties? Are you ready?”

The king, looking far more bright-eyed and alert now that Miracle Max was once again settled in the castle and caring for him, bounced on his toes a little. “Yes indeed. Lead on, young man.”

Nate stepped out onto the balcony, and nodded to the chief trumpeter. The crowd quieted at the blast of fanfare, then hailed the king and queen with cheers and applause.

The king let the cheering continue a little, then raised his hands, making it die down. “My people,” he said, voice caught by the mic Hardison had put on him and carried by speakers in every part of the square. “I can’t tell you how my heart swells to see you all here today, that we may celebrate our country’s 500th anniversary together. I am proud to be your king.”

Another deep cheer welled up, and he waited it out before continuing. “I am sure many of you have heard the rumors surrounding my son’s recent actions and marriage. Although it pains me, I want to tell you the truth of the matter. That is, that my son has acted in bad faith toward you, this country, and myself, and I do not trust him to govern Florin after me. For this reason, I have disinherited him, and he will soon be tried and sentenced according to his crimes.”

A hush had fallen over the crowd, although nobody seemed too upset by the news. The rumors about Humperdinck that the team had seeded throughout the city and surrounding villages had prepared the people for this nicely.

“In his stead, I have chosen a new crown prince and princess as my legal heirs, to rule over you when I am gone. This is a young couple in whom I have every confidence, whose love is true and whose hearts are valiant. Would you like to meet them?” he asked, with a twinkle in his eye.

For a moment, the crowd seemed stunned, and then a quick-building hurrah boomed through the square.

“Then I give you: Prince Westley!”

The crowd turned to where the king pointed, to the archway at one end of the square, and there was a collective holding of breath as Westley emerged into the sunlight. The whole crowd, acting as one, instinctively kneeled before him; even though his clothes were dark and of simple make, and he bore no adornment apart from the royal ring and a prince’s crown, he stood before them as an unmistakeable leader of men.

He descended the stairs and moved out among the people, visibly moved, then looked up and gave Nate the ghost of a sheepish smile. He made his way through his kneeling subjects, eventually arriving at the dais under the balcony, where Inigo and Fezzik stood solemnly, waiting for him.

With the attention of the audience back in his direction, the king continued. “Prince Westley and his true love were once commoners, like yourselves. Soon, at the feast, their full story will be recounted to you: a story of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, escapes, miracles, and true love triumphant!”

The citizens of Florin seemed to know a good story when it was promised, and murmured excitedly at this.

The king nodded. “Your prince and princess have pledged never to forget their beginnings while they serve you and this great nation. That is why they have requested to have their wedding today, on this anniversary – right here, in the square, among us all!”

The cheer that this announcement elicited from the common people drew them all back up to their feet, and the king had to gesture repeatedly to get them to quiet down again.

“Clear the aisle, then, for your princess bride – Princess Buttercup!”

If the acclaim was loud before, the roar at this was deafening, as Buttercup emerged from the same arch Westley had. Her gown was resplendent with jewels and precious thread, yet couldn’t come close to the dazzling smile she bestowed on the sea of euphoric subjects. It was some time before the guards could re-establish order, and manage to force a corridor all the way to the front where Westley stood.

Meanwhile the band struck up the wedding march, amplified by Hardison's speakers to help suppress the crowd's excessive exuberance. First Parker, then Sophie, stepped from the archway and proceeded one by one down the aisle, each in their own version of a bridesmaid saunter. They took their places opposite Inigo and Fezzik, and a breathless quiet fell over the square as every eye turned to Buttercup.

Eliot stepped up to her side, offering her his arm with courtly respect and admiration. "Princess. May I fulfill my promise?" he asked formally, unable to keep the grin off his face.

She looked up at him, smiling back the full reward of the trust she had given him and the team. She took his arm with pleasure. “You may,” she said, and at that, Eliot walked her with due stateliness down the aisle, through her people, and safely to Westley’s side.

An unassuming, earnest-faced clergyman stepped up in front of the couple, who stood golden and warm and joyous in their love and in the sunlight. He gazed out over the crowd, silent with anticipation, raised his arms in benediction, and said, “Loyal and dearly beloved subjects, we are gathered here today to witness the marriage of this man, and this woman....”

                                                                      

Eliot stretched out and snagged another beer from the tray of a servant, bustling past. He raised it at the others. “To a job well done,” he said.

Hardison, Parker, and Sophie raised theirs in response and drank to it, then Parker added, “To not dying. Any of us.”

Hardison grinned. “To a kickass show.”

They drank, and Sophie looked over to where the story of Westley and Buttercup was being told to a rapt audience, and then at the couple themselves circulating freely through their people. She smiled with just a little mistiness, and raised her glass. “To true love.”

They drank, and Hardison shot a sly look at Eliot, and the little smile which persisted in hanging around his lips. He chuckled, making the hitter look up sharply.

“What?” asked Eliot, belligerently.

Hardison grinned gleefully. “You’re such a softy, man. Look at you, all mushy about the happy ending.”

Eliot spluttered. “Wha– I’m – hey!... I just ... like it when everything works out, that’s all.”

Sophie echoed Hardison’s amusement fondly. “That’s all?” she repeated lightly.

Eliot’s defensiveness subsided slightly, and he shrugged. “Just ... don’t get to be that kind of hero very often, you know? To have someone trust you to come through for them....” He paused, thinking about it. “It’s a good feeling,” he finished seriously.

Hardison’s eyebrows raised. “Hey, we trust you to come through for us all the time,” he said, a little indignantly.

Parker rolled her eyes. “That’s different. We’re us. Of course we don’t let each other down.”

Nate, who had made his way over to them and caught the tail of the exchange, raised his own glass. “Well said, Parker. On that note: to family.”

The rest of the team exchanged grins and toasted. “To family.”

He pulled up a chair. “Nice job on the accoustics, Hardison. Did you finish Westley’s IDs and backstory?”

Hardison nodded. “No connection to piracy or any other illicit dealings. Any leos looking closer at that tale they’re telling over there, are going to decide the ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ is just inflated storytelling by gullible locals.”

Nate nodded with satisfaction. “Good. Thank you.” He stretched out. “This feels good. We should get away more often.”

“Yeah, it’s been so relaxing,” said Eliot with a snort. “You even sit down in the last week?”

“I’m sitting now,” Nate said. “This was kind of a big deal here, you know. There was a lot to do.”

“And you did nearly all of it,” said Sophie dryly.

“Yeah, well, you guys got some days off –” he started to say, when a page arrived at his elbow.

“Excuse me, Mr Ford, the king is asking for you. Something about the Guilder delegation, I believe?”

“Of course,” Nate said quickly. “Excuse me, guys.”

Hitter, hacker, grifter, and thief gave understanding smiles, raising their glasses once more in ironic salute to their mastermind, hurrying away to join the king, ex-pirate, princess, swordsman, and giant where they stood with Guilder’s ambassador.

Eliot caught Sophie’s eye, and gestured his chin toward Nate. “You notice – we kind of just stole an entire country?”

Sophie shook her head. “I know.” She sighed resignedly. “He’s going to be impossible after this.”

Comments

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deepbluemermaid
May. 13th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
You should see the grin on my face, man. Such a great way to end things, and a joy to read on a miserable rainy day! This story is one of my favourite crossovers of all time :)
themonkeytwin
May. 13th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Wooo! You've put a grin on mine, too. Thanks for coming on the ride and sticking with me the whole way! It definitely helps grease the writing process. :)
ignescent_fic
May. 13th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
I loved this story already, but really, the last two lines are going to make me grin for /ages/. :D The entire thing was beautifully done, and you made an impossible crossover nearly seamless! Definitely being put on my favorites list.
themonkeytwin
May. 13th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Awesome :)

I had the same reaction when I realised that's actually what the team had just achieved. As if Nate needs any more incentive to think they can steal just about anything....

Glad you loved!
cywrain
May. 13th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Eeeeee! Fabulous! I waited until you completed writing it so that I could read it all in one fell swoop.
themonkeytwin
May. 13th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
waited until you completed writing it

Often a good idea! Fanficcers can be fickle....

So glad you liked! I'll have to try reading it all at once, sometime – it was enough of a crazy ride doing it all over a few months. I can't imagine it over a few hours!
lmx_v3point3
May. 13th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Awesome. *applauds*
lmx_v3point3
May. 13th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Also, re your 'what am I going to do now', if you're very short of things to do... tried commentfic? Mwahaha.
themonkeytwin
May. 15th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Anything that catches my attention and challenges me ... but there's a lot of that happening already.... :)
themonkeytwin
May. 15th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! *bows*
neonhummingbird
Jun. 30th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
I literally cannot find the words to tell how very, very much I enjoyed this. You did a wonderful job of incorporating the team into the movie, while losing very little of the movie's humor and charm. The plot twists and retwists were gorgeous, and when Nate appeared as the Impressive Clergyman? I literally started laughing so hard I couldn't function for about 5 minutes. And since I was sitting at work at the time.... :)

(Thank you for not torturing Eliot, by the way -- I always fast-forward through that scene in the movie.) A fabulous job capturing everyone's voices in one of the top 3 insanely brilliant crossovers I've ever read. Brava!!!
themonkeytwin
Jul. 1st, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I was continually surprised at how well the two combined, and eventually put it down to the styles being really very similar – prizing the "fun train" ride a little more than strict plot logic, and slightly (or not so slightly) over-the-top characters. And of course giving the baddies a heaping of poetic justice!

Glad to make you laugh inappropriately hard at work! My work here is done.... :)

And as to Eliot, I think everyone else has torturing him covered. I really couldn't bring myself to do it. As a fangirl, I think I must be broken somehow, because often whump just makes me really sad – and not in a good way!

Top 3? Thank you! I do enjoy a good (or insanely brilliant) crossover – care to rec the other top ones you like? I think I'm in the mood for crossovers at the moment....
scout_lover
Jul. 2nd, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Oh my God, I have no words for how much I love this! I couldn't even bring myself to stop reading long enough to leave comments in previous chapters. Seriously, this was a perfect fusion of Leverage and PB, my fave TV show and certainly one of my favorite movies! (And, yes, I can so see Eliot and Inigo bonding. *g*)

And Nate as the Impressive Clergyman … I almost died. That was brilliant! And so him! (I remember when hubby and I were married – and we were married by a bishop – the two of us kneeling in the church, the bishop giving his homily … and we're whispering, "Mawwage … that bwessed awwangement …")

But Sophie's right. There will be no living with Nate after this. ;-)

Thank you so much for the absolutely brilliant read!!
themonkeytwin
Jul. 2nd, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was one of those things were the stars just aligned perfectly (and very unexpectedly!) – and when that happens, you damn well get off your butt and do your best to keep up.

When I started, I didn't expect the characters to have so much in common and get along so well, but they got comfortable together real fast. Then again, they're all kind of freaks, int "the best at what they do" kind of way, so I guess that helps people bond? I don't know. :)

I love your wedding story! And that there must be an entire generation who can't take that kind of celebrant seriously because of PB. Which I have to admit I also love.... :D
dizilla
Jul. 2nd, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
This was such a fun read! I only know the movie version myself, so thanks for the notes about what was in the book and such. I love how you paralleled the movie yet gave it a great twist due to the Leverage team being there. I think Parker and her lines were my favorite through out. Well done! ^_^
themonkeytwin
Jul. 3rd, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's been quite a long time since I read the book, but it does give a lot of nuance and background the movie didn't have space for, so it definitely helped in writing this. If you ever get a chance, it's a pretty good read.

I can't ever decide which one's my favourite – each one is, while I write them. But I do love Parker's take on the world! She really is crazy like a fox.... :)
jaydeyn_sitari
Jul. 9th, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)

That was an absolutley lovely job. Well done! Weaving our team into the Princess Bride so seemlessly! \o/

:)
Jaydeyn
themonkeytwin
Jul. 9th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I still get a bit astonished at how well it worked together, but my theory is that compatibility of story-telling styles is more important than details like setting and probability. Or this style at least, which is basically: why does it happen? Because it's fun! \o/
tassosss
Nov. 13th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
This was all kinds of fabulousness! Just perfect the whole way through and the last lines are priceless!
themonkeytwin
Nov. 14th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! This was such fun to write, I'm so glad it's so much fun for others too! Those two lines are probably my favourite ending lines of any of my fics so far. :)
laraneia
Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
I actually applauded at this...my coworkers think I'm nuts now, lol.

This was fantastic! I love how you blended the two universes and how everything fit perfectly together! :)

themonkeytwin
Dec. 23rd, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That's awesome :)

Well – wow. Do you want pointers to my other Leverage stuff? The rest is more serious, though. One set is incredibly angsty.
laraneia
Dec. 23rd, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Point away :) I might avoid the really angsty one, but I'll take a look at the others ;)
themonkeytwin
Dec. 24th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Fair enough. :)

Well, it's not cracky, but there's really no reason for anyone to write it, and no one has, so of course I did – just a quiet exploration of the kind of relationship Sterling and Maggie might have. Not shipping them, or at least not intending to, but the notes on the fics say more. First one and second one.

In the same vein of friendship exploration, I've also done two between Eliot and Sophie. One after Tap Out, and one during Two Live Crew.

Both these sets of two are interesting to me, and I've got the next one of each in the works. Very slow works, though. They tend to lie fallow for a while.

The angsty one is actually the first one I wrote (a series of five, actually), and it was Parker dying and how that affects each member of the team. Won't link you, but if you feel like it, you'll find it under the "fic series: will the circle be unbroken" tag up there. Have fun :)
brasslizard
Aug. 4th, 2011 07:40 am (UTC)
Bravo. I greatly enjoyed the entire tale. You did a marvelous job intertwining our team with the classic story. I, for one, would pay good money to see this. *grin* You made excellent use of everyone on the team and got their voices just right. Thank you so much for sharing this!
themonkeytwin
Aug. 5th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! It was such a blast to write, and because the basic stroy was already there, it was so much easier than pretty much anything else I've written. And I'd pay good money to see it too! That would be such a fun movie :):)
dreamfall_nnwm
Apr. 14th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
This was delightful, start too end! Thanks so much for writing it! It's remarkable how well the fusion worked and how beautifully the characters were able to work together while staying their own quintessential selves.
themonkeytwin
Apr. 15th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading and commenting! You really made my day, discovering them in my inbox. It's been a while since I even thought about this story, but I had so much fun writing it, it was constantly surprising me with how well it gelled. I'm just really glad that it works for other people to enjoy it too :)
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