the best friends you’ll never have

Inspired by this series.

KRISTY is a very successful entrepreneur. I see her being a serial entrepreneur, always with the next great big idea. Social media, innovative new ideas for charity start ups, whatever, she’s into it. Watson probably gave her some seed money for her first venture, but she made it back ten fold and now gets her funding like anyone else. I have never had a clear read on Kristy’s sexuality as an adult, but whoever she marries would probably end up being a stay-at-home parent, and Kristy has four kids and tries to make it to as many of their softball games as she can.

CLAUDIA is a high school art teacher. New York was too expensive, and the practical Kishis wouldn’t support her art career financially. So she came back to Stoneybrook, and teaches art while taking care of her superbly dressed son with Alan Gray.

STACEY is like Lauren Santo Domingo, only insanely good at math. Worked for LVMH before starting her own fashion-related company. Has one kid, a husband in finance, a nanny, a housekeeper, an apartment in New York, and a house in the Hamptons.

MARY ANNE is a high school guidance counselor. She lives in a small seaside town in Maine, not far from Reese, with her husband, who is a chef at a restaurant frequented by wealthy tourists. Basically, she’s Susan Branch without the cookbooks.

DAWN lives in California and works for an environmental non-profit. Her husband was a lawyer, but they fought a lot, and now she’s divorced with two kids.

MALLORY lives in New York City and is a writer. I secretly think Mallory=Ann, even if Ann says Mary Anne was based on her. So just picture Ann’s life, and give her red hair.

JESSI went to Dance New York soon after the series ended. After a stint dancing professionally, she now teaches dance and is married to a fellow dancer with a daughter named Mary Rose.

ABBY decided she wanted to be on SNL. She didn’t make it, but turned her hilarious LA experiences into a successful blog, which landed her a position on the staff of a ladyblog. She is too independent for a partner of either sex, and prefers shorter affairs. She is thinking of adopting at a later date.

SHANNON used her facility with languages and general all-around brains to get a job with the State Department. She is still looking for Mr. Right, but her experiences with her family growing up have deep down soured her on the idea of marriage and family in general.

LOGAN stayed in Stoneybrook and married Dorianne Wallingford after she got pregnant at 19. He manages a sporting goods store. They have two boys and a girl. Dorianne writes an aspirational lifestyle/mommy blog, and she makes more money than Logan does with her sponsorships and whatnot.

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Jess said, July 14th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Yes, yes, yes. This is perfect, much more realistic and suited to the girls.

I will admit to liking The Billfold’s Jessi article today, though. That was pretty good.

HelenB said, July 15th, 2014 at 3:28 am

Love this – so much more like how I see the girls turning out. Especially love that you included Abby and the associate members – Abby in particular often seems to get ignored or belittled by bloggers when they’re writing these things. I like that Mary Anne moves to Maine – I’ve always thought that she was one of the most likely to stay in Stoneybrooke but Maine would totally appeal to her!

Ashley said, July 15th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Oh god, yes to all of this!!! I’ve never seen more perfect futures for the girls (and boy)! I almost want to read more of this future, if you ever want to write fic! ;)

HelenB said, July 16th, 2014 at 8:25 am

And having just caught up, I also liked Jessi’s article! I didn’t think Dawn’s was particularly good – I mean, I didn’t read it and think “this is completely unbelievable” but neither was it definitely Dawn – it could have been describing anyone at all if you left out the detail of her mother and step-dad.

greer said, July 16th, 2014 at 11:05 am

@Jess: thanks! I liked Jessi’s too.

@HelenB: I actually don’t see MA ending up Stoneybrook. FF reveals a different side of Mary Anne, plus she loves travelling so much. I definitely agree about Dawn’s being very generic. I couldn’t even remember what happens in it and had to go back and read it.

@Ashley: Thanks! I am working on a fic now for CampNaNoWriMo, but it’s a HS fic, not an adult one. Maybe I will do that at a later date.

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