F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

After watching the FRIENDS series for the nth time, I thought of what would’ve happened to them by now. So I came up with this sort of fan fiction of what became of my beloved friends on television.

Ross and Rachel – a year after Monica and Chandler moved out from their apartment, Ross proposed to Rachel (again) and three months later they got married in an intimate and simple wedding with Phoebe as the Maid of Honor – a decision Monica came up with because she won’t be able to take charge of the wedding as much as she wants to because of her mommy duties to her twins which Phoebe took excitedly. A year after their wedding, Rachel gave birth to their second child – a boy which they named Ross Jr. As Ross Jr grew up, it’s obvious that he took after Ross in all ways – from dinosaurs to playing musical instruments to creating his own comic book superhero. Emma, on the other hand, is Rachel’s mini me – Rachel’s little fashionista yet strong-willed and so smitten by her Uncle Joey. Emma wanted to become a television star just like her Uncle Joey.
Ross and Rachel both agreed for Rachel to stop working for her to take care of their kids. Eventually, Rachel got bored and decided to put up her own online shopping business which kept her busy apart from attending to her family.
They both ended up living next to Monica and Chandler.

Chandler and Monica – just after six months, Chandler got promoted as a Senior officer in the advertising company he’s working for and found it to be his real calling. Monica, took a leave of absence for a year to took care of their twins with the help of a nanny. After three years, Monica put up her own bakery and pastry shop which is just a ten minute drive from where their house which is also situated just in front of the twins’ preparatory school. Monica’s Bakery is popular in the community though Monica herself is not that popular among the parents of her twins’ classmates due to her being so competitive which she takes as a compliment.
Every weekend, she hosts a dinner for her friends (Ross and Rachel next door, Phoebe and Mike and Joey) and of course, it has become a tradition that Thanksgiving is always at “Monica’s” every year. Their twins grew up to be nothing like Monica nor Chandler (obviously) but more like Phoebe and Mike – quirky, weird yet surprisingly smart kids.

Phoebe and Mike – after two years, Phoebe gave birth to their twins – Jack and Russel (named after the dog that Phoebe ran over when she first visited her father’s house – she thought it was a Jack Russel breed). Mike is still playing at local pubs but he doesn’t have to really work after he got his inheritance from his parents along with the New York loft. He sold the loft after Jack and Russel’s first birthday and purchased a house in front of the Geller-Bing’s as a gift to Phoebe. He thought that Phoebe never liked the loft and felt out of place living in it.
Phoebe, became a full-time “soccer” mom which was her dream. She also volunteers at the children’s hospital as a singer and would often drop in Monica’s Bakery to do her gig there. Monica’s Bakery became their new hang out place.

Joey – After a string of girlfriends, Joey finally settled down with a childhood friend he reunited while doing his new TV series. They live in the city but would go over Monica’s and Chandler’s every weekend for the weekly dinner though Joey is a regular face at Monica’s Bakery every time he has no work. Him, Chandler, Ross and Mike would still get together for a Knicks game once in a while and would sometimes assemble Ikea furniture or attempt to build a tree house or a swing which Monica would always redo.
Joey kept his room in Monica and Chandler’s house and would often stay there when his wife is out of the country for her work as a professional make up artist. During his free time, he would often pick up Emma from school and would talk to her about his career choices over a tub of ice cream or boxes of pizza or both.

Secondary characters:

Janice – she would sometimes run by Monica and Chandler at the local supermarket. Though her and her husband didn’t end up buying the house next to Monica and Chandler, they got a house instead in a neighboring village. Every time they meet, she would always suggest and insist for a “family” reunion, a barbecue weekend or a fishing trip which the Geller-Bing would politely decline from giving reasons like doing a school project or attending a weekly bible study or busy with uploading Youtube videos.

Gunther – still works at the Central Perk hoping and anticipating Rachel’s visit every now and then for a cup of coffee.

Carol and Susan and Ben – They moved to California after Susan was offered a job there. Ben visits Ross every summer.

***

I’ve watched Friends several times already and I would still laugh and cry and laugh more. They have become such an inspiration, as cheesy as it sounds, to me. Their ten year friendship that tackled relatable experiences – from relationships to career (or lack thereof) to childish tantrums and adult decisions to having fun and laughing it off with the persons you’re comfortable and happy with to misunderstandings to making up and valuing what’s important to just be with friends.

If there should ever be a reunion, I would be one of the millions who will surely be exalted. If there would be a reboot (with different cast), I would be offended. Hahah!

I didn’t see the original run as I was just a kid back then who would opt to watch cartoons and US TV series is unheard of from where I was from. The trend back tend was local soap operas and Tagalized telenovelas, I only started liking Friends when I chanced upon a channel showing reruns and after that one episode I was hooked.

I am actually seriously thinking of getting a tattoo with the Friends logo… LOL.

So no one told you life was gonna be this way
*clap, clap,clap, clap*

🙂

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