The Once-ler and I stood before the window in his Lerkim. Gazing into his pale blue eyes, I mustered up all my strength and took a deep breath in. "Sir, I've got something to show you
His head tilted to the side slightly. "And what would that be?"
I took one of his gloved hands into both of my own. I'd never attempted this on anyone, just a few dead flowers.. But it was worth a shot. Anything was worth a shot at this point.
Anything to make him happy again
"Flower, gleam and glow.
Let your power shine.
Make the clock reverse.
Bring back what once was mine."
I looked up at his confused expression, noticing the small changes that were taking place. The old, wrinkled skin on his face was smoothed out, his mustache growing less bushy. It was working!
"Heal what has been hurt."
The strands of his hair that hung out of his hat were getting darker and darker shades of gray.
"Change the fates' design."
We were suddenly surrounded by what could only be described as a million tiny shards of glass, all broken into perfect prisms. They shined their rainbows onto his face as his eyes closed.
"Save what has been lost."
His mustache was completely gone by this point, and his hair was a mess of dark grey.
"Bring back what once was mine."
The glass prisms danced around us faster and faster, shining their light on him until it seemed as if he himself were being painted a bright rainbow.
"What once was mine."
I finished softly, letting his hand go.
His eyes opened slowly and he looked around. "Melody-" he stopped abruptly when he noticed the change in his voice. It wasn't the old, gravely one he had had just a few moments ago. It was his own voice, most definitely, but younger.
He walked to the mirror and looked at himself in the mirror.
He WAS younger.
Turning quickly, the young-again Once-ler looked to me. "How did you do it
? and you!" He exclaimed, taking notice of my younger look as well.
He laughed in joy for a moment, then it slowed as he remembered why he was locked up in his Lerkim in the first place.
but what good is being youthful again when all I have is a dead forest?"
With a small, sad smile, I motioned to the window. "Take a look."
He walked to the window, and nearly fell back at the sight he saw. Truffula trees everywhere! Swomee Sawns flew high overhead, barbaloots frisked about in the shade, and Humming Fish swam in the clear, clean water.
Everything was back to normal.
But something was still missing.
Once-ler nervously looked to me.
And I knew what he was asking silently. He was asking for her.
As if on cue, there was a knock at the door.
"Once-ler! Once-ler are you home?"
His eyes lit up, and he rushed to the door, pulling it open and taking the girl who stood there into his arms. "Rena!" he cried happily.
erm.." She hugged him back after a few moments.
And that was all I could handle watching.
They say if you love something, set it free. They also say that if you truly love someone, you'll put their happiness before your own. I knew he wouldn't, but somewhere deep inside of me, I wished that he would realize how much I loved him.
But he never did.