A Terry & Candy Songfic
Conceived by Lisa Arnett

DISCLAIMER: I don't own "Candy Candy;" the copyrights belong to Kyoko Mizuki (author), Yumiko Igarashi (illustrator), and Toei Animation (Production Company).

This songfic is in honor of the C&T story…

"If Tears Could Bring You Back"

It’s around midnight and Terry Grandchester stares outward into the velvet twilight. In his hands he holds a delicate piece of fabric that distinctly reminds him of a fair and freckled-face tomboy who unwittingly stole his heart. Wrapped within the folds of the fabric lies a harmonica once given to him as a substitute for a cigarette; he chuckles as he recollects how easily the giver of the gift had won his love. Softly he whispers her name, "Candy..." A heavy blanket of regret encases his heart and mind as he remembers painfully watching her depart from his life…

How will I start
tomorrow without you here
whose heart will guide me
when all the answers disappear?

Is it too late?
Are you too far gone to stay?
This one's forever
should never have to go away…

Miles away a solitary figure sits high above the branches of a tree on top of Pony’s Hill while gazing at the heavens above. As if in prayer she whispers the name of her distant love, "Terry…" As her mind travels back in time, she remembers the bittersweet moments that led to their separation. Tears roll down her cheeks as she silently hopes that somehow, someday, someway, she & Terry can once again reunite to freely express their affection for each other…

So much time lost; so many near-misses. A cruel twist of fate had denied them the chance to convey, to express, to fully reveal the internal passion hidden within their hearts. The simple confession of their love had therefore been left unspoken. When together, they had been complete; now apart, they live half-lives – physically present, but emotionally stagnant. Life just isn’t the same…

What will I do
you know I'm only half without you
How will I make it through?

If only tears could bring you back to me
If only love could find a way
What I would do, what I would give
If you returned to me someday
Somehow, someway
If my tears could bring you back to me

 

Terry recollects the night they first met. Chance brought them together on a ship sailing across the Atlantic Ocean during a foggy New Year’s Eve. He had not anticipated that he would meet a woman who could read him like an open page of a book. Quietly he thinks, "She knew me better than I knew myself. (Sighs) Why? Why!? Why had I been foolish enough to let her slip away from me? How I wish she were with me right now…"

I'd cry you an ocean
if you'd sail on home again
Wings of emotion
will carry you, I know they can

Candy ponders over Terry’s emotional well-being. Quietly she thinks, "I pray for his happiness; and yet, I can’t help but feel the emptiness inside due to his absence from my life. Why? Why were the fates unkind? Oh Terry, if only things were different then we could live together, build a family, share our lives, and then I could freely display the passionate emotions I’ve kept hidden from the very beginning. How I long for and secretly wish that we could somehow find our way back to one another someday…

Just light will guide you
and your heart will chart the course
soon you'll be drifting
into the arms of your true north

As Terry fights off his tears, he says with conviction, "I love you, Candy; I’ll always love you... No matter the distance that separates us, or how much time passes by, my heart will forever belong to you. Can you sense this profound emotion I carry within me? Can you intuitively detect how strongly my heart beats for only you? I was wrong to let you go; rational objectivity led me to a life of duty and obligation. Alas, a life without you, without love, is not a life at all. I exist only because I pray that one day you & I will be together once again…

Look in my eyes
and you will see a million tears have gone by
and still they're not dry

If only tears could bring you back to me
If only love could find a way
What I would do, what I would give
If you returned to me someday
Somehow, someway
If my tears could bring you back to me

I’d hold you close
and shout the words I only whispered before
for one more chance, for one last dance
there’s not a thing that I would not ignore

Both Candy & Terry imagine a tender reunion with their arms locked tightly around each other. Breath on breath, lips on lips, skin on skin as time stands still. A joyous and uplifting feeling of hope fills their heavy hearts as they pray for a new beginning; they pray for each other’s love.

If only tears could bring you back to me
If only love could find a way
What I would do, what I would give
If you returned to me someday
Somehow, someway
If my tears could bring you back to me

Midnight Sons