This is the continuation to my fic Life Through The Years this will follow the next few years in the lives of the group from Friends and will cover the years 2022-2029. Now obviously I have no idea what life will be like then(medically, scientifically etc ) so I am dealing with the personal lives of the characters and not focusing on outside advances as I dont have any clue what those would be. Also this portion of the fic will focusus a lot on the extended families of the group and not just the main 6. As always I am making no money from this, I dont own the characters of the show(except for the extended family members who I created) Eventually this fic will cover up to the year 2057 so there are more parts to come J
Its now about a year since the start of the last fic Its 2022. To give you background info on the ages of everyone, Monica and Rachel are now 51, Ross, Chandler and Joey are 52 and Phoebe is 53. The triplets are now 24(they will play a part in this section)-except for Frank Jr who was killed in a car accident in 2015(age 17, caused by speeding) and I didnt mention it in the last part, but Frank Jr and Alice were killed in a car accident in 2021 so the only ones left are Girl Chandler and Leslie. Ben is 28yrs old, Mallory is 18, Courtney is 15 and Scott is 10. Steve is 19, Laura is 17 and Tyler is 17. Ben is now married to a girl named Kate and 3 months earlier she gave birth to a baby girl named Molly. So Ross is now a grandfather and Rachel is a step grandmother. Ben, Kate and Molly live in Conneticut(but very close to the city, right on the border basically) Leslie and G Chandler became very close to Phoebe after their parents death so they hang out with the group and their families quite a bit. Leslie lives in NYC and works as a graphic artist, G Chandler lives in Poughkeepsie and works as a CPA and is engaged to a man named Ryan. I think thats all you need to know. Oh and if you wondered Ross and Rachels kids have been back and forth between AZ and NYC but the two of them are not back together. Rachel and Scott recently moved back to NY permanently and got their own apt.
May 2022 Rosss house
Its the day before Mallorys High school graduation. Shes sitting in the family room on the phone talking to a friend. Courtney is sitting in a chair studying for her finals and Ross is pacing around the room.
COURTNEY: Dad, would you calm down, youre gonna wear a hole in the carpet
ROSS: Courtney, you worry about your math, not what Im doing. Mallory July Geller, would you get off that phone so I can call your mother
MALLORY: well if youd let me have my own phone line
COURTNEY: why would he put in your own phone line, duh huh, youre going to college, if anyone should get a phone line it would be me
ROSS: girls! Enough. Mallory tell whoever that is you will call them back later
MALLORY: fine, geesh(hangs up and hands the phone to Ross) Here.
ROSS: thank you(begins to dial) Hey Scott is your mom there, yeah, good, ok you did, oh wow a home run, ok yeah I love you too. Hi Rach
(this will cut back and forth between the two of them.)
RACHEL: Hi Ross, so you heard about Scotts home run huh?
RACHEL: so whats up
ROSS: well I just wanted to be sure you had all the details for tomorrow night. The ceremony is at 7pm but we should prob be there by 5:30 to get seats. Now do you want us to pick you guys up or do you want to just meet?
RACHEL: well if its not too much trouble could you pick us up, just to make sure we are all together, Id hate to get there and not be able to find you guys.
ROSS: yeah, no I understand, that makes good sense and its no problem at all. So well see you say around 5pm.
RACHEL: sounds good, now Im off to the task of getting Scotty into a suit
ROSS: have fun, and Ill see you tomorrow night
RACHEL see you then(they hang up)
MALLORY: now, can I use the phone
ROSS: yes, now you can use the phone.
(Mallory picks up the phone dials and begins to talk again)
COURTNEY: Can I just say how utterly unfair it is that you guys get out a whole week before the rest of us and dont have to do any finals
MALLORY: its cause were Seniors, were special.
COURTNEY: All I know is I cant wait til Im a Senior. Geometry should be outlawed it is unfair to expect any normal 15 year old to study on a day like today, I mean geesh it was 84 out today and I was stuck in school. Whatd you do today Mal?
MALLORY: (Shes off the phone now) oh not much, went shopping with Lilly and Mahgda and then we met up with Austin, Tyler and some of the other guys and went up to Cony Island and to the Beach.
(they continue talking )
The next evening. Ross, Rachel, Courtney, Scott, Monica, Chandler, Steve, Laura, Ben, Kate, Leslie, G Chandler, Phoebe, Joey and Tyler are all at the High school sitting in bleachers next to the football field. There talking amongst themselves and waiting for the processional to begin.
SCOTT: mom, that kids not wearing a suit, you said I had to wear a suit, I did not have too.
RACHEL: No, correction Scott I said YOU had to wear a suit, I am your mother and you listen to me.
SCOTT: but why??
RACHEL: why do you listen to me?
SCOTT: no, why do I have to wear a suit
RACHEL: because its considered to be good manners, its a way of showing respect in a ceremony like this you want to look your best and part of having good manners is dressing for the occasion.
SCOTT: yeah, ok. So when does this thing start
ROSS: it should be any time now, see if you look over there you can see everyobody line up.
SCOTT: why do they have those funny hats?
ROSS: well you know how your mom told you about dressing for the occasion, well its a tradition that every graduate has to wear a dorky looking hat and look stupid for a few hours.
SCOTT: will I have to?
ROSS: yep, you sure will
SCOTT: oh joy
TYLER: yeah and well all come and laugh at you when that day comes
SCOTT: so when will it be dad
ROSS: when youre a Senior, not for about 8 years
SCOTT: oh thats an eternity from now.
(music starts playing)
COURTNEY: ok everybody sit down and shut up, its starting
STEVEN: actually, youre supposed to stand up when they walk by
COURTNEY and LAURA: shut up
LAURA: we are not children Mother.
MONICA: hmm, could have fooled me
RACHEL: shhh, shh its starting
(they all rise as Mallory and her classmates walk by)
about an hour later(the speeches were given, hats were thrown etc )
MALLORY: hey guys!!!!!
STEVEN: whoo hoo, its my cousin, the graduate
MALLORY: yeah!!! Is be edeucated
COURTNEY: whoah, yous be a genius
ROSS: girls, you do know the proper term is Educated not edeucated and the word is pronounced you are not Yous
COURTNEY: ( rolling her eyes) daaaad, we are just joking
ROSS: Good grammar is not a joking matter
(Monica and Rachel look at each other and crack up laughing)
JOEY: so come on, lets go eat, Im starving
CHANDLER: ooh let me guess, you want, sandwiches?
JOEY: (in his Joey way) yeah, howd you guess?
CHANDLER: dude, Ive been friends with you for almost 20yrs now, its not hard to figure you out.
JOEY: ok, so enough talk lets go get some sandwiches!!
LAURA: no, I want Japanese
TYLER: eww gross, lets get pizza
SCOTT: yeah!!! And ice cream
COURTNEY: no I had pizza the other day, lets get Mexican
SCOTT: no pizza
RACHEL: why dont we let Mal decide, it is her day after all
MALLORY: thank you mom. Ok everbody we are going to Selderelis, they have pizza, sandwiches and well not total Mexican but they do have tacos and burritos.
ROSS: sounds good everyone in agreement
EVERYONE: yeah/yes/yep/sounds good
(about an hour later, they are all at the restaurant)
STEVEN: so Mally, any good grad parties this weekend
MALLORY: well theres this great party at Ellas and Mahdga is having a beach bonfire and then theres Craigs and Austins and
STEVEN: Im sorry I asked
RACHEL: oh Ross, Scott and I will be over tomorrow around 4 to help clean the house for Mals party.
RACHEL: oh yeah did I forget to mention that to you Mr. Scott Ryan Geller? Hmm must have slipped my mind
SCOTT: her party isnt til Sunday, why do we have to start cleaning tomorrow
RACHEL: because Im the mother and I said so, thats why
PHOEBE: you know I always swore I would never say those words to my own child
TYLER: Mom, you say that to me all the time
PHOEBE: yeah I know, I said Id promised, not that I kept the promise
MONICA: yeah, its like an inborn mom thing, you just automactically say these certain phrases.
KATE: so I have that too look foreward too
MONICA: oh yeah, when you least expect it.
BEN: so Channa, how are the wedding plans going?
G CHANDLER: Pretty good, we have the hall, the church, and all the flowers ordered, I have my dress, the bridesmaids are almost done with the fittings now we are starting in on the invitations and then the seating chart.
ROSS: oh the seating chart, the funnest part of every wedding
CHANDLER: you oughta know, youve been married enough
ROSS: as I was saying, its always such a hassle to decide whos going to sit next to who
MONICA: the worst is when someone comes without a date, you dont want them to feel awkward or to be stuck by a bunch of people with dates, but you want them to be by their own age group and to have people to talk too
G CHANDLER: Ok now you guys are making me nervous
CHANDLER: you must also be absolutely sure that your husband is one who is likely to take a wife
MONICA: and doesnt talk about pig sex all day
(they crack up laughing)
ROSS: um.. anyway. I think its time for Mallory to open her gifts now. (takes out a small wrapped box) I know your party is in two days but youll be getting gifts and cards from your friends then, I thought all of us could give you our gifts now.
ROSS: (hands her the box) this is very special, it belonged to your grandma Althea.
MALLORY: (opens the box and inside is a beautiful pearl necklace) Oh my god dad, thank you, thank you sooo much I love it(jumps up and hugs him)
RACHEL: Ok this is from Scott and me
MALLORY: Oh, oh m y god mom a real cashmere sweater, its soo pretty and Scott did you pick this pin out?
SCOTT: yes I did. Its a cameo
MALLORY: I know it is, its beautiful and everytime I wear it Ill think of my adorable baby brother(kisses him)
SCOTT: ok, ok enough mushy stuff
COURTNEY: Ok big sis, this is from me
MALLORY: oh yeah!!!! Courtie you know me too well(holds up a purple leopard purse)
MONICA: Ok this is from us(hands Mallory a huge box)
CHANDLER: good lord, what did we get her and how much did it cost
MALLORY: (opening the box) oooh Aunt Monica its so pretty, where did you find it? (holds up a quilt)
MONICA: this belonged to your great, great grandma Rose, she made it by hand and it was one of the only items she brought over when she came here from Germany. *AN: I have no idea what country there ancestors are from so Im just making one up*
(the dinner comes/everyone eats and Mallory opens the rest of her gifts)
Its now December of 2022, everyone is over at M/Cs for Christmas-the presents have all been opened and its later in the evening. Everyone is pretty much sitting around talking.
TYLER: Hey Scott, can I use your legos
SCOTT: yeah, but I got dibs on the space station
JOEY: ooh Legos I wanna play
MONICA: so Pheebs, hows it feel having two children
PHOEBE: great, Joey is like a big kid, but its great especially when it comes to well, his stamina
RACHEL: Phoebe Buffay, I so did not need to hear that
PHOEBE: Oh please Rachel Karen Green, like youve never been the least bit curious
RACHEL: ok, that is neither here nor there
SCOTT: what are you guys talking about
MALLORY: You dont want to know
ROSS: wait, you mean you know
COURTNEY: Dad, I know what theyre talking about, I mean really, get with the times
LESLIE: heck I knew what it was when I was 7
G CHANDLER: yeah but look at our mom and dad
CHANDLER: Oh no kiddng, you know they started doing it in the waiting room the day you guys were born
LESLIE: Really?? Thats funny, but so like Mom and Dad.
SCOTT: I ask again, what are you talking about?
LAURA: youll know when youre older
SCOTT: I hate when people say that
RACHEL: yes, but its true
SCOTT: yeah, yeah, yeah
TYLER: so are we building here or what?
(they continue building and talking)
KATE: So Channa, one week to go, are you getting excited?
G CHANDLER: Yeah, and nervous and petrified and
ROSS: hey as long as you say the right name, you guys should be set
RYAN: oh dont worry, I have heard the London story enough times to know better than that by now.
RACHEL: I cant belive you guys are getting married on New Years Eve, that is soo romantic.
COURTNEY: I cant wait to wear my new dress, it has removable straps
ROSS: which you are leaving on
SCOTT: Why do you all get so excited over dressing up, I for one am not looking foreward to wearing a suit
TYLER: youre not the only one bud
STEVE: Hey Tyler, Feel like going for a drive
SCOTT: hey I wanna go too
STEVE: not this time ok, Scotty, this is more of a older guy talk.
JOEY: dude, its ok, Im here
CHANDLER: Yes everybody its Joey, the perpetual 10 year old
(Steven and Tyler leave to go for a car ride)
TYLER: so, whats up and dont say nothing cause I know you, and I know something is bugging you.
STEVE: Youre right. Well the thing is, well first off I am telling you this cause we have been friends, what our entire lives right
STEVE: and even though you are two years younger I consider you one of my best friends
TYLER: yeah hug, hug, kiss, kiss get on with it
STEVEN: Ok the thing is, all right this is hard, this is going to change everything and I dont know how to say it
TYLER: for the love of god, just spit it out
STEVEN: Ok, Im just going to say it.
TYLER: please do
STEVEN: ok, Im, Im gay
STEVEN: I like men ok
TYLER: Yeah I know what it means, but what about all those girls, what about Candice?
STEVEN: Well Ive had these feeling since I was prob Scotts age but I just hid them, I just went out with girls and tried to be into girls to be normal, to be how Im supposed to be. I mean you know how crazy my dad is about grandpa and the whole cross dressing thing and how that affected him.
TYLER: yeah, so you were just using Candice
STEVEN: no, not using her, I care about Candice, she is sweet and kind but I dont love her in that way.
TYLER: does she know
STEVEN: Yeah I told her the other day
TYLER: how did she take it
STEVEN: she actually took it really well, said shed suspected for awhile. So, how are you taking it.
TYLER: you know all that stuff you said about us being best friends and being like brothers?
TYLER: well it still goes. This is 2022 I could care less who you like, all that matters is that you are happy.
STEVEN: thanks man(they hug)
TYLER: so do your folks know?
STEVEN: not yet, Im going to tell them tomorrow
TYLER: well good luck with that
Its now the next day about 3pm at Monica and Chandlers
STEVEN: Mom, Dad, Laura can you guys come in here, I need to talk to you
LAURA: this had better be good, Im supposed to be going out with Kyle at 8
STEVEN: thats 5 hours from now
LAURA: yeah, but I dont know what Im wearing yet or how to do my hair or what shoes or
STEVEN: ok, ok Im sorry I asked.
CHANDLER: so whats the big announcement Steve?
STEVEN: well first off I want you all to know that I love you very much and mom, dad when I tell you this please dont think this has anything to do with you
MONICA: Ok.. but what are you talking about?
STEVEN: All right, Im gay
LAURA: excuse me
STEVEN: gay as in homosexual, as in liking guys as in..
LAURA: yeah, I know what gay is, what I dont get is, how can you, you Mr football stud, Mr. Number one high school basketball player, Varsity all 4yrs be gay
STEVEN: because I am
CHANDLER: I knew having a cross dressing dad was going to bite me in the ass someday
STEVEN: dad, this has nothing to do with you or grandpa. Grandpa could have been a stick whittling storyteller for all the difference it makes. I am who I am because of me no one else but me. I only hope you guys arent too disappointed in me.
MONCA: Oh Stevie, we could never be disappointed, youre our son and we love you, right Chandler
CHANDLER: right. I mean the stuff with my dad, well it used to really bug me but after your mom and I got married and I started a better relationship with him that all changed. I dont care who you choose to date, you are my son and I will always love you.
LAURA: So does anyone else know?
STEVEN: No, well just Tyler
LAURA: Tyler, Tyler knows
STEVEN: yeah, I told him yesterday. So are you ok with this Laur?
LAURA: Oh yeah Im great, I only go to high school with a bunch of stuck up, judgemental people, I only have to see them everyday and the way news travels in this area, it should be all around school by 2pm tomorrow that my brother is a
Fag. AN: *I have nothing at all against homosexuals, I have friend who are straight, gay and bi I am just using that word as a storyline device for Lauras character, she is very big on image and has her own ideas on what is acceptable in life*
MONICA: young lady, I cant tell you how to think but I can damn sure tell you how to act, he is your brother and when ou are in this house you will treat him with respect and if I hear any unacceptable talk outside of the house youll be grounded so fat your head will spin. Do you understand?
LAURA: yes mom
*everyone else is told about Steven and nobody has a problem with it, they treat him the same as always with the exception of Laura who is polite but distant towards him. Its now Jan 1st and the day after G Chandler and Ryans wedding*
ROSS: so that was a great wedding, huh Rach
RACHEL: Oh yeah, when they started dancing at their first dance, oh I just wanted to cry
ROSS: remember our first dance
RACHEL: how could I forget
ROSS: yeah it was great wasnt it
RACHEL: yep sure was
(the two of them stare at each other for a moment)
RACHEL: ok, this is pathetic. We were married, we both know we were married, I think we are allowed to talk abou it.
ROSS: Yeah, heck we could talk about both wedding if we wanted.
RACHEL: (laughs) I dont think me puking my guts up and the free pizza at Pizza Hut is the worlds best wedding story
ROSS: yeah, thats true
RACHEL: Do you ever wonder, no, never mind its silly
RACHEL: what would have happened if wed never split up
ROSS: which time
RACHEL: the last time, if Chelsea hadnt died, or if she had but I hadnt met George
ROSS: yeah, yeah sometimes I do
RACHEL: guess it doesnt really matter though huh
ROSS: I Just wish
RACHEL: what Ross, what do you wish
ROSS: I sometimes wish that we had never broken up, if I could take back all the things I said, I would in heartbeat. My god Rachel I know how much you loved that little girl, how could I have accused you of her death.
RACHEL: but it was as much my fault, I am the one who got involved with the drugs and just ditched you guys
ROSS: Thats in the past Rachel, god look at yourself now, youre a successful designer, you are a great mom and youve become an even better person than I ever dreamed you could and thats saying a lot because I always had faith in you Rch
RACHEL: Thanks Ross. (they gaze deeply at each other for a minute) Can you even imagine that next month would have been Chelseas 21st birthday.
ROSS: I know, can you believe Im a grandfather
RACHEL: of the worlds cutest baby
ROSS: Miss Molly sure is cute isnt she
RACHEL: its those good genes
ROSS: why thank you miss Green
RACHEL: Man I miss this, this just being able to talk and hang out and laugh together, for the longest time I didnt think it could ever happen again
ROSS: Yeah its nice huh
RACHEL: oh yeah(they gaze even deeper in each others eyes and Ross puts his hand on Rachels shoulder)
ROSS: can I tell you a secret>
ROSS: I never stopped loving you, I never gave up on the hope that someday we would be together
RACHEL: are you, are you saying you want to get together again
ROSS: I dont know, I mean yes but then no, but not no I guess more like I dont know.
RACHEL: Funny as it is, I know what you mean. I have to confess something too. I have never loved anyone the way I loved you, I think about you constantly and I wonder what could have been, but then I think why mess it up. Our lives are good now, the kids are happy and we are happy. But then I think, how can I live without you.
ROSS: yeah(begins trailing his hand up Rachels cheek and she wraps her arms around his waist)
RACHEL: Ross, kiss me, please I need to be near you if only for this one moment
ROSS: But Rach, I (Rachel wordlessly puts her lips on his and begins kissing him softly at first but then deeper and deeper)
Monica and Rachel are out shopping, they stopped at a sidewalk to café to eat and rest.
RACHEL: Ok Monica, out with it
MONICA: out with what?
RACHEL whatever is bugging you, we have been friends for what 47 years now, I can tell when something is wrong
MONICA: is it that obvious?
RACHEL: yep, now out with it.
MONICA: its Laura
RACHEL: what about Laura, is she hurt, is she sick, is something wrong with my Laury Loo(thats Rachels pet name for Laura)
MONICA: no shes not hurt or sick, shes just oh she is irritating the crap out of me
RACHEL: what, why?
MONICA: well ever since Steve came out she has been horrible. She was always a high strung child but lately she has became impossible. She hangs out with all the popular kids and they are such a bad influence on her all she cares about is her looks and going to parties, last week her principal called. Shes been cutting classes left and right, shes close to flunking out and she doesnt seem to care.
RACHEL: Oh my god< Mon I had no idea. Do you think shed listen if I talked to her?
MONICA: its worth a shot, after all Im her Mother youre her cool auntie Rachel
RACHEL: all right, send her over tonight and Ill give it a try
MONICA: thanks Rach
Later that night:
LAURA: Hey Aunt Rachel
RACHEL: Hey Laury Loo
LAURA: Aunt Rachel Im not 5 anymore you know
RACHEL: yes I do know, youre 18 years old and so grown up, which is why I want to talk to you
LAURA: I k now my mom talked to you and Im sorry I cant agree with or support what Steven is doing
RACHEL: Nobody can tell you how to think or what to feel Rachel, you are entitled to your opinon. That is not what this is about.
LAURA: then what is it about?
RACHEL: its about family, Steven is your brother no matter what, you want to be there for your family, you never know hen they will be gone
LAURA: mom, what happened to your parents and sisters was horrible but, that is nothing at all like this
RACHEL: but it is. After my mom and dad divorced well being around them was awkward and when they reconciled It was the greatest thing but also scary I mean they had divorced once, whos to say it would not happen again.
LAURA: but they stayed together didnt they
RACHEL: yes they did, but I still had shut them out for so long and made a life without them, so when they invited Ross nd Me on that camping trip we said no
LAURA: but if youd gone, you would have drowned just like they did and like Aunt Jill and Aunt Morgan
RACHEL: yes, but I think about it a lot, about what might have been(half to herself, I seem to do that a lot in life) and now I have a niece who I never see because I shut Jill out of my life and her husband didnt want some aunt shed never met being sprung on her.
LAURA: what was her name again, Aly?
RACHEL: Alyson, yeah shes be, gosh she was older than Chelsea shes be around 22 now I think. But Laura my point is, youre family is the most special bond you have, and you never know when you could lose it forever, or when you might need your family. You dont have to agree with what your brother does, but at least let him be your brother, and try to get those grades up. No one is asking for straight As just passing so you can graduate in May.
LAURA: All right Aunt Rachel, Ill try, and thanks, for well for sharing with me
RACHEL: dont mention it
Its now Sept of 2023: Laura got her grades up not really high but enough to graduate. She is going to a Jr. College since her grades were so bad. Tyler is going to NYU. Since starting College Laura has gotten even wilder and is skipping classs, drinking etc.. but nobody knows about it yet as its only been a few week of school and grades wont be out til Dec. She barely talks to Steven at all and he has started seeing a guy named Houston oh and Ross and Rachel are now dating.
Rachels apt: She is dusting when the phone rings.
RACHEL: Hello. Hey! Hi Pheebs, what, whats wrong. Ok, calm down, calm down and, what?? Oh my god, oh my god no, yeah, yeah no, Monicas not home she works today, she changed her Thur hours she has the lunch shift today. No, no Pheebs dont worry about it, Ill tell her,yeah and well be over as soon as we can. (hangs up the phone and grabs her coat and runs out of the apartment-she is in the same building as Ross but on a diff floor)
ROSS: Hey Rach
RACHEL: Ross, I need you to drive me to Monicas work right now
ROSS: Rach, I kinda have a class to teach in a half hour
RACHEL: Ross, this is an emergency. I just got off the phone with Phoebe there was a fire at Leslies apartment
ROSS: Oh my god, was there much damage
RACHEL: It was bad Ross it was really bad.
ROSS: how bad?
RACHEL: Ross, Leslies dead
ROSS: oh my god. Poor Leslie, poor Channie, poor Phoebe.
RACHEL: I know, shes really upset, Ever since Frank and Alice died, they have been like her own girls, she loves them so much and to have this happen on top of whats already happened to her. So I want to get Monica and go over and be with her
ROSS: of course, let me just call and arrange for a sub and well go
RACHEL: Oh god, how are we going to tell Courtney and Mallory, they idolized the twins
ROSS: first lets get Monica and then worry about telling everyone else
(they pull up at Monicas work, shes in the kitchen busy making pasta)
RACHEL(runs into the kitchen) Monica, I have to talk to you right now
MONICA: Hey Rach, Im sorry but its gonna have to wait, Im kinda in the middle of something
RACHEL: Monica, Leslies dead.
MONICA: what!!(drops the pan of noodles)
RACHEL: yeah, Phoebe just called, there was a fire at Leslies apartment last night and she was inside,. She didnt make it out.
MONICA: Oh my god, poor Phoebe.
RACHEL: I know, she thinks of those girls as her own, esp since their parents died
MONICA: why does someone as nice as Phoebe have to be hurt so much, I mean isnt it enough that her mom commited suicide and her step dad died in jail and she never knew her real dad, then her brother and sister in law die, her nephew whho was also a child she gave birth to is killed and now Leslie.
RACHEL: I know, Joey is with her and Ross and I picked up Chandler on the way here, were gonna go over and be with her.
MONICA: All right, let me wash my hands and we can go
They arrive at Phoebe and Joeys
MONICA: hey sweetie, how are you
PHOEBE: (looks at Monica and bursts into tears as Monica and Rachel hug her) I miss her already. I know she wasnt really my daughter but when Frank and Alice died, well, I was the one she turned to you know. She reminded me so much of myself, her and Channie both, I mean there parents died, there brother died, they knew what it was to lose people you love. I stil remember the day they were all born, that I had carried those three miracles inside my belly for 9 months and now shes gone
RACHEL: no shes not
PHOEBE: Um yeah she is Rachel, shes dead
RACHEL: Phoebe Tribbiani-Buffay, is this the same person who always spoke of hearing her grandmas spirit.
PHOEBE: Oh of course her spirit is still here, but Leslie herself as a person is gone
RACHEL: yes, but her memories arent youll always have those. Im speaking as someone who lost a child, over time the pain fades, you move on and you start to do the ordinary things again, but you never forget. Theres not a day that goes by tht I dont wonder what Chels would be doing now, what she would be like.
PHOEBE: I just dont want to forget her.
MONICA: oh sweetie you wont
PHOEBE: thanks you guys
(they continue hugging and talking)
Its now a couple days later and Leslies funeral has just ended. Eveyone is at Phoebe and Joeys theyve just gotten back from the cemetery and the adults are all talking and the teens and Scott are out in the backyard, the girls(Mallory, Courtney and Laura) are sitting on the porch talking and Steve, Tyler and Scott are playing catch.
COURTNEY: well that was, that was surreal. Ive never been to a funeral before, least not for someone I knew personally
MALLORY: I thought it was sad, poor Leslie. She was so beautiful
LAURA: Yeah, hey anyone of you got a lighter or some matches
LAURA: So I can have a cigarette, duh
COURTNEY: Oh my god, do you have a death wish?? You know how Phoebe feels about smoking, or putting anything thats not natural into your body
LAURA: like I care, shes not the boss of me
MALLORY: yeah, but this is her house, itd be rude to smoke
LAURA: oh my god, listen to you. You are such a little miss goody goody.
COURTNEY: Laura-shut up
LAURA: bite me(pushes Courtney)
MALLORY: Dont push her. Dammit Laura I dont know what your problem is but you have became such a bitch, so your brother is gay, get over it. Nobody has a problem with it but you, youre pathetic.
LAURA: well if I were you, Id be worried he might corrupt my little brother, do you really want him standing that close to scott(Steve is helping Scott with a batting stance while they play baseball)
MALLORY: No, that doesnt concern me. But if I were you Id be worried about my big mouth getting me in trouble and flunking out of college.
LAURA: why dont you worry about your life, and Ill worry about mine(she walks off)
Its now November 2023-Thanksgiving Day, everyone is at Chandler and Monicas including Molly who is now 21 months old.
ROSS: this is nice
JOEY: Turkey, hell yeah
ROSS: No Joe, I mean all of us being here together
JOEY: were here together every Thanksgiving all that changes is theres more of us every year.
ROSS: yeah, but its still nice
JOEY: Was I arguing with you
ROSS: No, Im just saying
CHANDLER: ok, ok, ok we got ya Cheech
MONICA: so anyways, is the food ok, everyone get enough, anyone still hungry
RACHEL: Mon, you have enough food to feed an entire third world country, I think we have enough
LAURA: yeah mom quit nagging
MONICA: Im a mother, its what we do
LAURA: no kidding
CHANDLER: so Laura, how are your classes going?
CHANDLER: Ok, thats all you can say is ok
LAURA: yeah, there ok, there not fun, nothing exciting just ok, theyre just classes.
KATE: what classes are you taking?
LAURA: oh English, math, science you know the usual
MONICA: how are your grades looking?
LAURA: pretty good
MONICA: well time will tell, the semester ends next month
LAURA: yeah, hey Channie you said you had some news, what is it
TYLER: yeah, whats this big news you keep hinting at
G CHANDLER: well(smiles and holds Ryans hand) Ryan and I, are going to have a baby
EVERYONE: oh my god/congrats/yay/how long etc..
G CHANDLER: Im one month along.
MONICA: a baby, yay, another baby
KATE: yeah, Molly will have a playmate
RACHEL: yep a whole new generation is being born.
MONICA: I know our kids are all almost grown up, time has gone by so fast
RACHEL: (starting to tear up) I know my baby is almost 12
SCOTT: Im not a baby
RACHEL: oh but youre my baby
SCOTT: oh somebody please stop the mushy talk
LAURA: so Houston, hows it feel to suck another mans
STEVE: Why you little snot, I oughta(stands up and advances towards Laura)
CHANDLER: Steven, sit down, youre mother and I will deal with this
MONICA: Laura-go to your room
LAURA: mother, I am 18yrs old and in college you cannot send me to my room
MONICA: think again missy. You live under this roof, you do as we say, now get your ass in that room.
LAURA: fine(starts to stomp off)
CHANDLER: Laura, come back here a minute
LAURA: (snottily to Monica) see, dad wont make me go to my room
CHANDLER: yeah I will, you are going to march your ass to that room after you apolize to your brother, to our guest and to this table for being so rude.
MONICA: I am so sorry about her behaviour, she has been impossible these past few months
HOUSTON: its ok, Its happened before, some people just dont have open minds
CHANDLER: but thats not the point. The point is we did not raise her that way, we raised her to be open minded and to be kind to others
STEVEN: its not your fault dad
MALLORY: Yeah Aunt Monica, you did nothing wrong, Lauras just well Lauras different now. Shes rude and nasty and shes been drinking more and shes flunk
MONICA: what, what did you say, is she flunking out of school
RACHEL: Mallory, if you know something you need to tell us
MALLORY: yeah she is, she got her midterms a few weeks ago and shes flunking 4 classes and barely pulling a D in English
MONICA: why on earth didnt you say something
MALLORY: Im sorry Aunt Monica she swore she was going to tell you guys and get her grades up, I wanted to trust her and believe her so I just hoped shed said something
CHANDLER: oh she most certainly did not.
MONICA: Honey, what do you say we have a parental talk with our darling, daughter tonight
CHANDLER: oh most definitely
TYLER: see this is why I love eating here, something always happens
G CHANNA: (to Ryan) sorry you joined this crazy family dear?
RYAN: oh not one bit(they kiss)
STEVE: Scott my man someday youll enjoy kissing girls
COURTNEY: hey, Steve I was wondering, what is the difference between kissing a guy and kissing a girl
STEVE: well, guys kiss more rough I guess, its more passionate, most girls can kiss that way but theyre more gentle, more hesitant at first
COURTNEY: Ok, cool.
MONICA: My son, the man expert
MALLORY: yeah we should come to you with our dating questions
STEVE: gee, I might have to start charging a fee
SCOTT: Aunt Monica?
MONICA: yes, Scotty
SCOTT: Is Laura going to be grounded?
MONICA: yes she is
SCOTT: she told me that she doesnt have to listen to you anymore, that she can do whatever she wants and no one can tell her not too.
MONICA: oh she did, did she
MONICA: oh she is wrong, she is so very, very wrong.
(Everyone continues talking and eventually goes home. Monica and Chandler have their friendly talk with Laura and shes put on restriction, she protests but is told that if she is going to act like a baby, shell be treated like one. The semester ends and she has a GPA of 1.2 percent (which is very, very, very bad) so she is allowed to return for 2nd semester but is put on academic probation, if her grades arent back up to at least a 2.0 by May shell be kicked out of school.)
Feb 2024(Valentines Day)
Ross and Rachel are out eating at a nice, fancy, restaurant. Rachel is in a stunning black dress(nothing really showy but nothing really frumpy either-something classy and elegant) and Ross is in a nice suit
ROSS: so how do you like the wine, Rachel?
RACHEL: oh its excellent. A great choice.
ROSS: yep, 2009, a great year
RACHEL: yeah. So Ross, have I told you lately how much I love you
ROSS: oh not for a few minutes
RACHEL: well ill just have to remedy that now wont I sir, (begins moving her foot up his leg)
ROSS: why Miss Green
RACHEL: You like that Mr. Geller
ROSS: the word coming to mind is yuh huh
RACHEL: God Ive missed this
ROSS: I know, these past months have been like heaven, I thought so much of what it would be like to get back with you and now, now
RACHEL: now what?
ROSS: Now its even better than I ever could have imagined
RACHEL: Ross I
ROSS: shh, no talking(leans over and kisses her) I have something I want to ask you(removes a small black box from his pocket)
RACHEL: Oh, oh, oh my god
ROSS: Rachel Karen Green, I know I have said this before, but I love you more than I have ever loved anyone in my entire life. We have been through so much and we still always end up together I know in my heart we are meant to me and you would make me the happiest man in the world if you would be my wife. Rachel, will you marry me
RACHEL: Oh, oh, oh my god, oh my god Ross, Yes, Yes, Yes. I know we have done this before but I know we can make this work, I know we are meant to be and I want nothing more than to spend the rest of my life with you.(they begin kissing each other)
AN: I know I didnt really concentrate much on their dating, but Hey, I have to cut out stuff to make this story as short as possible, its already going to be super long, and I figured hey theyve been apart for over ten years, so its not like Im really rushing things*
The next day: Rachel, Monica and Phoebe are eating lunch at Monicas restaurant
RACHEL: so guys, I have some news
MONICA: really? What?
RACHEL: well last night Ross and I went out for dinner and
PHOEBE: oh my god he proposed again
RACHEL: how the.. how did you know?
MONICA: you mean he really proposed? Its about damn time
PHOEBE: I knew because first off Im psychic and also because Joey told me
MONICA: wait a minute Joey knew before me
PHOEBE: yeah, Ross told the guys
PHOEBE: yep, Ross made them swear not to tell, in case he chickened out, but I talked it out of Joey
MONICA: so you two married again, huh. Wow!!
RACHEL: yeah I know it seems weird, but I mean, its Ross, its Rosssss I know we are meant to be together
MONICA: I dont think its werid at all, look at how many times you two have found your way back to each other and you both have changed so much
PHOEBE: yeah, so when is the wedding going to be?
MONICA: yeah, do you have colors picked out yet???
RACHEL: well, its going to be next Feb, on Valentines day, that date has always been special to us. Were not going to have a big wedding, no bridesmaids or attendants or any of that stuff, I mean we did that once, just a small wedding with close friends and family and then a nice dinner out
MONICA: that sounds nice-I mean yeah, why spend money on Rosss what is this now his 5th wedding.
PHOEBE: well to be fair 3 of those were to the same women so
RACHEL: you two can joke all you want, I dont care. I love him
MONICA: we know you do sweetie, and we couldnt be happier for you.
Its now May of 2024
Monica and Chandlers
Monica is in Lauras room talking-or to be more specific yelling at her.
MONICA: God Damn you Laura, we told you to get your grades up, to go to class and to do your work and you bring home a report card even worse than last semester
LAURA: Shut the hell up mother, its my life, not yours
MONICA: yeah, well you are ruining your life. You have been kicked out of College, kicked out, do you even comprehend what this means
LAURA: do I even care.
MONICA: you should care, you cant do crap without a college degree, you think anyone will hire you.
LAURA: thats what you know, I know a job where I can make thousands of dollars a month
MONICA: doing what
MONICA: what, what the . Dont even think such a thing that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. I swear you get stupider everyday
LAURA: for your information, Mother, Ive already done it.
LAURA: yeah, Ive been working at The strip bar on 34th Avenue
MONICA: oh my, oh my, oh my god
LAURA: oh come off it mother, its my body
MONICA: that you are letting strange men ogle and you dont let them touch you, do you
LAURA: Mother, do you even know how much I can get for a private lap dance
MONICA: I, I dont even know what to say to you right now
(Rachel enters with Molly-whos shes watching for Ben and Kate. Molly is now 3yrs old)
RACHEL: Hey Mon! We just dropped by to say hello
LAURA: Hi Aunt Rachel, I was just leaving
RACHEL: Mon, Mon, hey whats wrong(sees mom sobbing)
MONICA: Oh Rachel, its its (cries harder and falls into Rachels arms)
RACHEL: shh, its ok, its ok Mon
MOLLY: Gwamma, why Auntie Monca sad
RACHEL: I dont know sweetie, hey why dont you go over their and play with your dolly all right
RACHEL: Ok now Monica, tell me what is wrong
MONICA: its Laura
MONICA: oh this is worse, its not just her grades this time, although she has flunked out of college
RACHEL: What??? She flunked out
MONICA: yeah, but thats not the worst of it, shes shes
MONICA: shes started working as a stripper to make money. She is letting guys look at her naked, my baby girl is letting strange, nasty, old, perverted men touch her body and ogle her and
RACHEL: oh my god, oh my god that, that is huge. Mon, I know you might not want to hear this but she needs help, she is out of control and she needs to talk to someone.
MONICA: no, no youre right. I thought we could handle it but this, this is bad, her dad is going to want to kill her for this.
RACHEL: Its going to be ok you know, well all be here for you guys.
MONICA: yeah I know and thanks
A few days later. Chandler has found out about Lauras job and was furious. Words were exchanged and they finally told her that she ws going to go to a Psychiatrist. She refused but since she is smaller than both Chandler and Monica(Laura is very tiny) they basically dragged her to the car and forced her to go
Psychiatrists office(the Psychiatrist will be named Dr Allen)
DR ALLEN: So Laura. You are here to discuss your behavior do you know why your parents wanted you to come here?
LAURA: because there freaks
DR ALLEN: do you really believe that
LAURA: duh I just said it didnt I
DR ALLEN: Do you think it could possibly be because they care for you?
LAURA: Do you think you could possibly be more of an @#%$
DR ALLEN: You know Laura, we cant begin to possibly make progress if you wont work with me
LAURA: who said I gave a damn about making progress, I could care less about being here, I was forced here. It was not my choice to come.
DR ALLEN: All right then. You are 18 correct?
LAURA: Im 19
DR ALLEN: well regardless you are of age, you are an adult and as such you cannot be forced into this treatment. I belive that you need help, you are hostile and there is something bothering you, but no one can help you if you dont want help. So unless you come here of your own free will, these sessions are over
LAURA: thank god(leaves the office)
Ross, Rachel and Scott are playing soccer in their backyard
LAURA: Hey Aunt Rach, Uncle Ross can I talk to you guys for a minute
ROSS: Sure Laura, whats up
RACHEL: Hey so have you thought of doing the summer school program for college(its a program that anyone can take, regardless of grades or academic standing-if Laura took it and did good, shed get back into school)
LAURA: ok, I have one mother I dont need another. I dont care about school,thats what I came to talk to you guys about. Im moving to Miami
ROSS: what the.. why?
LAURA: because Miami is a hotbed for exotic dancers, they have all kinds of bars and clubs and my friend Lisa and I are gonna go , she knows some people and we got connections
RACHEL: Wait a minute, now besides the obvious question of how stupid are you? I thought you stopped stripping, didnt you promise your mom you would
LAURA: yeah I did and I did stop, if only to keep her from nagging, but I still want to do it. So Im gonna go to Miami, I leave tomorrow
RACHEL: Tomorrow, does your mom knows, does your dad know, what about Steve and..
LAURA: They all know, well except for Steve I havent talked to him, none of them like the idea but I really dont give a damn.
ROSS: Laura, I know Im not your father, but I say this as an expert of one who has made many mistakes. Before you do anything, stop and think, think about the consequences of your actions
LAURA: I have thought and this is what I want to do, I want to dance and strip and I dont give a damn what anyone thinks. Ive gotta go finish packing now, but Ill contact you guys once I figure out where Im staying. (turns to walk off back to her car as she goes she yells goodbye to Scott)
SCOTT: wheres Laura goin, I didnt get to talk to her
ROSS: she just stopped to say hello is all, she has to go do some stuff
SCOTT: what kind of stuff, she always talks to me- Laura, Hey Laura wait up(she drives off)
RACHEL: Scott, sweetie Laura is going to be going away
RACHEL: shes moving down to Florida to live with a friend down there
SCOTT: is she going to get her act together
ROSS: one can only wish
RACHEL: where on earth did you hear that expression from
SCOTT: From Uncle Chandler, he said hed like to kick some sense into her so shed get her act together.
ROSS: Scott, this is very difficult to explain but basically Laura has made some bad choices and done some bad things
SCOTT: I know she does drugs and she drinks, she gets drunk all the time, thats what my friend Alexs older brother says, he says shes a slut
ROSS: that is neither here nor there Scott, she is your cousin and regardless of what others say or what you hear, you will not talk of her in that way again
SCOTT: yes dad
ROSS: ok, now what do you say we play some more soccer
Its now Feb of 2025 and the day of Ross and Rachels remarriage, They are just being married in a courthouse and Rachel is wearing a beautiful White Pantsuit and Ross is in a nice suit, then everyone is going out for a nice dinner, including Molly who is 4yrs old and Deidra(Girl Chandler and Ryans daughter) who was born in July of 2024 and is now 7 months old. The vows have been exchanged and now everyone is out at the dinner celebration oh and Steve and Houston moved in with each other in December.
JOEY: I so cannot believe you two are married
PHOEBE: its happened before
JOEY: yeah but I mean ok the first time, drunk in Vegas, not really a wedding. The 2nd time, great wedding but fate screwed up lives, now this one, well its gonna be the magic one
ROSS: thanks Joey, that was, well that was profound
CHANDLER: oddly profound coming from you
JOEY: so did I tell you guys I got a part in a movie
RACHEL: oh my god which one???
JOEY: The Clock Strikes at 11
ROSS: whos in it?
CHANDLER: and what kind of title is that
JOEY: well its not a movie movie
BEN: ok, did you not just say it was a movie, did we not all hear him
HOUSTON: I heard him
STEVEN: I heard him too
JOEY: well its a movie but its not
COURTNEY: Ok it is either a movie or it isnt I mean otherwise its just, its, its
MALLORY: not a movie
JOEY: It is a movie but its a made for tv movie, its gonna be one of those Sunday night abc movies
MONICA: oh I love those.
CHANDLER: yeah and you run through the worlds supply of Kleenex watching them
MONICA: can I help it if Im sentimental
TYLER: sentimental is an undestatement Aunt Monica(yeah Iknow they are not related but the kids call all of them aunt/uncle since they are all so close)
CHANDLER: well Joey, I wish you the best of luck and I know I speak for everyone here when I say, we cant wait to see it
MALLORY: whoo hooo
CHANDLER: but as I was saying, we need to move on to the reason I am standing up like this, and that is my toast to tonights happy couple. Ross and Rachel I have known you both for so many years now, I have seen you two fight, yell, scream, cry, kiss, hug, love each other and every other emotion in between and all I have to say is its about damn time you got together and for the love of god, would you make it last this time.
MONICA: I would also like to say congratuations, I have never seen a couple so meant for each other, well besides Chandler and me, but anyways through every obstacle and cirmumstance you two have found your way back to each other and I wish you health, happiness and love as you continue on in life.
July 2025 its Scotts 13th b-day and everyone is at Ross and Rachels house for his party. The adults are there as an excuse to ge together and hang out and of course Monica took over the cooking. Scott and his friends from school are down in the Rec room in the basement. Courtney graduated from HS in May and is going to Suny Buffalo to major in Business and Mallory has started Grad school at NYU.
TYLER: ok Scott my man, it is time to liven this party up. Have any of you children ever heard of 7 minues in Heaven
SCOTT: no whats that
MILES: yeah whats that(any names that arent of the characters already introduced are Scottss Friends at his party)
TYLER: well its a really fun game, now how many girls do we have here(counts) 8 and 9 guys, well ok one guy will have to go twice.
SCOTT: so what do you do, what do you do
MELISSA: isnt tha the game where you go in a closet with whoevers number you call and then have to kiss them for 7 minutes
TYLER: yeah thats it
SCOTT: oh yeah, lets do that
TYLER: ok Scott you go first since its your birthday, pick any number at all
TYLER: ok, whos number 6
LINDY: I am
SCOTT: (giggles) hey
LINDY: (giggling) hi
TYLER: ok into the closet you too
LINDY: so do we really kiss for 7 minutes
SCOTT: I dont think we have to we just make them think we did
LINDY: Scott, have you ever kissed a girl before
SCOTT: well my cousins
LINDY: No I mean a real girl, one your not related too
SCOTT: No, have you, I mean kissed a boy
LINDY: No, so do you wanna
SCOTT: wanna what?
SCOTT: ok(they kiss) wow!!!
LINDY: Yeah, wow!!
TYLER: ok times up, so how was it?
SCOTT: it was, it was, oh wow!!
TYLER: yeah, and its only gonna get better. Ok whos next
MONICA: ok the cakes done all it needs is the 13 candles and one to grow on and we can take it down to the kids
MALLORY: are you sure you want to do that Aunt Monica
MONICA: well what else would we do with the cake I mean cakes to eat after all and it is Scotts birthday so..
MALLORY: Aunt Monica, I know youre getting up there, but do you not remember being 13 at all, do you not remember what goes on at these parties.
MALLORY: Ok guys, think about it, this is Scott he is 13, he is having his first guy girl party, this is the boy who took 2hrs trying on clothes and putting on cologne this morning. The same boy who up until a few months ago though girls had cooties.
RACHEL: you mean you think there
MONICA: oh of course they are
RACHEL: but what ones
PHOEBE: prob spin the bottle or 7th minutes in Heaven
RACHEL: so should we just call them up here to eat
MALLORY: yeah, or risk scaring the boy for life, I bet you anything he comes upstairs with a dopey grin on his face
RACHEL: Scott, everyone cake time
(the kids all run upstairs and Scott has a total lovestruck look on his face and he keeps looking at Lindy and smiling)
MALLORY: see, I told you
Its now June of 2028 everyone is out for a celebration for Phoebe and Joeys 20th anniversary. Molly is now 7yrs old, Deidra is almost 4 and G Chandler had another daughter in Sept of 2027 named Amber who is 9 months old and Mallory has begun seriously dating a man named Mike.
CHANDLER: I cannot begin to say how proud I am of my friend Joey, once the ladies man of New York, for settling down and makng a marriage last for 20yrs with one of my dearest friends
ROSS: here, here
CHANDLER: There are 6 of us here who have been friends since 1994, that is 34yrs and I think we all need to go around the table and share a Joey and/or Phoebe memory
MONICA: all right Ill start. I remember the day I broke up with my first love Richard, it was back in 1996 and I was incredibly devastated. I was afraid and frightened and didnt think Id ever find true love again, I panicked and thought id never find a husband to have children with, so I wanted to go to a sperm bank and Joey talked me out of it. He said he imagined me with someone who loved me a great deal and who was my soulmate and that in our house he imagined there being a sign that said we dont swim in your toilet so dont you pee in our pool Ive never forgotten that day or what a good friend he was
ROSS: Ok, I remember the day Joey told me he was going to propose to Phoebe.I had never seen such love or excitement in his eyes, and the way he talked about Phoebe, I knew right then that joeys stand as New Yorks ladies man were over for good
RACHEL: Ok I remember how great Joey was when I was pregnant with Chelsea, here I was a single mother, afraid and alone and he was there for me all of those months, and never judged me or put me down.
CHANDLER: and finally me, I remember the day Joey brought home my sweet little Dicky and our darling Yasmine, such memrories, taking a bath with our birdies, watching Baywatch, man that was good tv, the barcaloungers, Stevie
COURNTEY(whispers to Mallory and Steven) do you guys know what the hell hes talking about
MALLORY: not a clue
STEVEN: just humor the guy, smile and nod
ROSS: I propose that we raise our glasses and toast the happy couple.
EVERYONE: To Phoebe and Joey!!
END OF PART TWO Part three will be coming soon!!