Notes: Thanks to Dallas for finding the lyrics of the song for me.

Once the claps died down, and Abbey gained composure of herself, someone came over to her and whispered something in her ear. "You thought you were pretty smart, didn't you Roni? Well I still have one surprise up my sleeve." Abbey smiled at the now, young adult that she had her arm around.

"What are you talking about?"

"It seems you didn't figure out all of my surprises that I had planned for this evening. Ladies and Gentlemen, if you please, I give you the Goo Goo Dolls." Abbey smiled at her daughter as the group filled into the ballroom.

"What's going on?" Roni asked. She couldn't believe that the Goo Goo Dolls were at her birthday party.

"We know of your love of all things music related, so we bribed Josh into telling us the name of one of your favorite bands. It took some doing, but this is your present from us."

"We did this?" Jed whispered to his wife.

"Yes, we did. That was the call I got earlier." She whispered back.

"Can we get the birthday girl up here?" John Rzeznik, the main singer asked.

After getting pushed forward by her sister, among others, Roni finally gave in, and went up on the stage in the back. "I guess that'd be me."

"Hello Roni. Is there any particular song you'd like to hear first?"

"Uh…sure. What about…Broadway?"

"You've got it." John said as the music began to play.

Broadway is dark tonight A little bit weaker than you used to be Broadway is dark tonight See the young man sittin' in the old man's bar Waitin' for his turn to die

The cowboy kills the rock star And Friday night's gone too far The dim light hides the years On all the faded girls

Forgotten but not gone You drink it off your mind You talk about the world Like it's someplace that you've been

You see you'd love to run home, but you know you ain't got one Cause you're livin' in a world that you're best forgotten, around here

Broadway is dark tonight A little bit weaker than you used to be Broadway is dark tonight See the young man sittin' in the old man's bar Waitin' for his turn to die

You choke down all your anger Forget your only son You pray to statues when you sober up for fun

You're anger don't impress me The world slapped in your face It always rains like hell on the loser's day parade

You see you'd love to run home, but you know ain't got one Cause you're livin' in a world that you're best forgotten When you're thinkin' you're a joke and nobody's gonna listen To the one small point I know they've been missing around here

Broadway is dark tonight A little bit weaker than you used to be Broadway is dark tonight See the young man sittin' in the old man's bar Waitin' for his turn to die

You see you'd love to run home, but you know ain't got one Cause you're livin' in a world that you're best forgotten And if you're thinkin' you're a joke do you think that they'll listen To the one small point I know they've been missing around here Round here

Broadway is dark tonight A little bit weaker than you used to be Broadway is dark tonight See the young man sittin' in the old man's bar Waitin' for his turn to die

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After a most wonderful evening of fun, the party was finally over. The last of the guests, the last being Brad, had finally left. The Jed, Abbey, and Roni found their way back to the residence, where they sat in the living room, looking through the photo album. They sifted through the pictures, laughing and smiling at some of them. When they saw all the pictures, the first being the day Roni was born, and the last being the day Roni graduated high school, they put the book aside, and had a discussion.

"You planned this all by yourself?" Abbey asked.

"I had some help from Sam, but yeah."

"So all that stuff about coming late and leaving early…?" Abbey gave Roni a stern look.

"It was all a game. And I gotta tell you, it was pretty fun watching you try to deal with it all." Roni laughed.

"Where'd you find all these pictures? And the handprints?" Jed asked as he threw his arm around Roni.

"Some of the pictures were sent to me when Keith and Mary packed my life up and sent it here back in June. Others came from a collection I managed to get my hands on. I just wish I had more in there. And the handprints, I don't know where it came from. I just found it. I didn't even know I still had it, let alone that it was still in one piece."

"I'm glad you did this, Roni." Jed kissed her on her forehead. "It means so much. More than you may ever know." A tear began to run down his cheek as he gathered his wife in one arm and his youngest daughter in the other.

THE END

 

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