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Many years have passed since Ted planted the last Truffula seed. His childhood crush Audrey is now his wife, and they have two children.
Ted was lovingly watering a Truffula tree in his backyard with a joyful expression on his face. This was because today was a very important and happy occasion.
After planting the last Truffula seed, Ted and the people of Thneedville had counted all the Truffula tree stumps. They proceeded to re-plant every tree that had been chopped down. Ten years later, they had succeeded and all the Truffula trees had started to germinate. Today was that day, the day all the trees would be able to grow fruit.
Through a glass door Ted sees his kids getting out of their bedrooms, still in their pyjamas and Audrey making breakfast in the kitchen.
"Kids, Audrey come here; I have to tell you something!" Ted screamed with excitement while waving his arm and gesturing for them to come.
The kids ran with excitement towards the garden, practically dragged their mother by the hand. They were just too fast for her to keep up with.
"OK, we're here." Audrey gasped. Ted crouched down to be at eye level with his kids and asks.
"You know those Truffula trees I told you about?"
"Yeah?" The children reply staring intently at their father with wide grins and eyes, anticipating something exciting.
"Well today is the day that they all grow up and are capable of making fruit. If we're lucky we might even get some swomee swans to make nests in our trees. Then we'll get to hear their beautiful singing that I told you about."
"Yaaay." They squealed in delight.
"I have to go for a while, but how about both of you water our tree for a bit and play in the garden and I'll come back soon OK?" Ted asked.
"OK." They said in unison.
Ted leaves the garden and begins to walk towards Once-ler's house.
Today's citizens of Thneedville, (better known as Truffuville nowadays) have changed their old ways. They don't ride fuel requiring vehicles as often and use other modes of transport such as bikes and scooters. Most of their energy comes from renewable sources that are used more than once. They litter less, recycle and most importantly respect their environment and animals.
The loss of the animals and the tainting of the valley had inflicted a big blow on Once-ler. One he thought would never recover. However Ted helped Once-ler in that dark time. This motivated him to pay for his actions and do some good.
He decided to use all the money that he had earned from his Thneeds to contribute to the town's efforts to make it a better place. With his funds the plastic houses were rebuilt with normal materials, and lawns were regrown. People were educated and Thneedville became a town that people could be proud of.
Ted rang the new mallet-free doorbell.
"Come in, its opened." answered the Lorax, who was too small to reach the door knob
Nowadays Once-ler was very old and struggled to walk, so the Lorax helped him out. Once-ler always left the door unlocked because he knew that Ted was his only visitor. Ted walked into the house greeted the Lorax and entered Once-ler's bedroom. Once-ler was lying on his ill-fitted bed. Upon seeing Ted, Once-ler's face lights up with a frail smile.
"Ted, it's so good to see you." He cried.
"Likewise." Ted responds.
"I don't know if you remember but today is very important. Ten years have passed. All the Truffula trees will be fully grown soon. Your past misdeed has been payed. You can let go of all the guilt. You are forgiven. It's very important that you know this. You've helped us so much lately, you deserve to not be burdened by your guilt, we've forgiven you, but you should forgive yourself" Ted said kindly.
"Thank you for caring about me Ted."
"You're welcome. So would you like want to go outside and see the Truffula trees?"
"Yes I would like that."
Ted helped Once-ler get out of bed and supported his arm, while the Lorax gave him his cane. They left the house and looked out the valley.
"It's once more, the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I can finally be at peace with myself." Once-ler choked up, with tears rolling down his face.
"We are both very happy for you." The Lorax said on behalf of himself and Ted.
They all admired the valley for a while and went home.
The next day Once-ler had passed away. No longer plagued by guilt, he was able to move on and rest in peace. He was buried near his shack. In his will, his remaining wealth was given to the people of Truffuville to continue their ongoing effort to make Truffuville the best town it could be. O'Hare's statue was removed and a statue of Once-ler watering a truffula tree was erected in his honour. And at last the Once-ler received the love and appreciation he had always wanted.
*EDIT* I love you guys. Thanks for the comments and faves :heart:
I give my apologies for any potential/real tears. I hope that some of them were tears of joy though :aww:

*Spoilers for The Lorax *:iconfaveandcomment1plz::iconfaveandcomment2plz::iconreadplz::iconcommentplz:

After seeing the Lorax, I knew I could come up with an even more sugar coated sweet ending and develop the characters even more.

I hope you like it.

The Lorax film almost made me cry twice. This fan fic made me want to cry five times. I hope that my writing is good enough to evoke those emotions from my readers.

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HyperSonicXdA Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing. One question though, would it be the young or old Once-ler on the statue? I imagine a statue that shows all three Once-lers from the movie, the young and old one watering the tree, while Greed-ler watches regretfully.
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :thanks:
Oh! That's a very good question and a good idea, but the statue would be of old Once-ler.
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HyperSonicXdA Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thoght so.
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NimaruHinodashi Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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NimaruHinodashi Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no prob.
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SioDymph Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww. I loved it! So sad though. :'( :')
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you loved it, yes it is but a happy kind of sad I think.
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fragglepony Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012   General Artist
Sad, but nice. I liked it.
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your comment and for faving it.
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fragglepony Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012   General Artist
you're welcome
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once-lergirl Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
at the end made me,cry!!![link]
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WikkiNikki Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omfg this story is heartwarming and amazing! :) this made my afternoon :)
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY I made someone's afternoon :excited:
That warms MY heart.
Thank you for your kind words :thanks:
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WikkiNikki Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome :) now if something made my night xD and yea i warmed someones heart
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Oncie Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's an amazing story, but i'm like...I can't hold back my tears :'(
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :thanks:
Awww sorry about the tears. I had trouble holding them back too. They were blurring my vision and I almost couldn't finish the story.
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Valentinorena2010 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this is the first fanfic with Ted in it that I've read.. nice :D
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Kitten41 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Noooooo! Not Onice! *holds back tears* *gets act together* this was a reallyyyy good sorry tho :D
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. I had to hold back tears too, otherwise I couldn't finish the story.
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Kitten41 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Yea really good story :3 I really loved it %uD83D%uDE0D
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YukaiRyujin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Awwww :3 I love it.
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it :aww:
Thanks for faving it :hug:
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numbuh35 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Nice story. I always wanted The Once-Ler to move into town. Though I doubt he would ever do that. At least he finally became what I believe he wanted to be known as, a hero :)
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave :thanks:
Me too, I wanted him to live with/near Ted but I knew he would never do that.
Have you read the Hero fan fiction [link] ? Once-ler is considered a hero there.
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numbuh35 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Yes I have read Hero and loved it :)
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SickHolmesLuver Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is the most wonderfully sad story- Okay -I have ever read. :iconcryingplz:
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you added the Okay in the comment. It reminds me of the quote in the film :iconsqueeeplz:
Thank you so much, I'm glad you think so. Good choice of crying icon too.
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SickHolmesLuver Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
x3 it's one of my favorite quotes of, like, ever.
You've very welcome! It's super well written and I seriously teared up. OuO
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Singing-Wolf-12 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's so...*sniff*...BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsqueeeplz: OMG you made a comment that is reminiscent of a quote from the movie. THANK YOU! :thanks:
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Singing-Wolf-12 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!!! :)
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Singing-Wolf-12 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, yeah! I did!!! Didn't even realize it! lol
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PolarAngie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student General Artist
fffff This made me even happier yet even sadder with how this came out. </3 <3 idk but I liked this story c:
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I had no idea my story had that effect, sorry. I interpreted it as it being a happy ending. Would you mind giving me your opinion as to why it made you sadder? Thanks if you do.

If it makes you feel any better I'm going to be writing another story, set before he dies that is very sweet without the bitter :)
I'm very glad you liked it.
Thanks for faving it :thanks:
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PolarAngie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student General Artist
It made me sad for the fact that the Once-ler only let go of his guilt when he felt the time was right for him to die.

But it made me happy because the Once-ler got the love he deserved C:

Oh that sounds great! I hope to read it soon~
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. The way you worded it made a really deep and good analysis of the story.

You will be able to read it soon because writing it, is my third highest priority at the moment.
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PolarAngie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Fffff Aw shucks. No problem C:

I can't wait to read it!
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Alleycat252009 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Awwww...
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Asha-Tsukino Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work :heart:
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and thank you very much for faving my Lorax fan fiction :thanks:
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :nod::love:
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Asha-Tsukino Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are very welcome :hug:
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Aerrows-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Writer
:iconiloveyouplz: I love this! This is a great way to end the movie! It made me tear up a little too
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and thank you very much for faving my Lorax fan fiction :thanks:
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Aerrows-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Writer
You are so welcome! :D
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it :hug:
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9YellowDragon9 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Nice job! A worthy epilogue for the story. =)
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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the compliment :thanks:, you flatter me :blushes:
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9YellowDragon9 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
You're welcome! ^_^
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