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Sandy and Danny enjoy their renewed relationship until July, when they’re leaving a BBQ at the home of Danny’s aunt. They walk in silence down the dark driveway toward Greased Lightning until Danny freezes. Sandy continues to walk, but stops after realizing Danny has paused. She turns to him, and they both give each other a knowing, solemn gaze.

“What are we doing?” Danny asks.

Sandy gives a faint, but relieved smirk.

“I have no idea,” she says.

She walks up to Danny, pecks him on the cheek, and starts down the road, not even standing long enough for Danny to offer a ride home out of obligation. They never see each other again.

Sandy goes to a small all-girls college in Northern California and marries a lawyer, settling in Sonoma County. They have four children, and Sandy never returns to one Rydell High reunion. Sometimes when she’s home alone, she takes out her greaser outfit, complete with black leather pants and stiletto heels from a crate in the back of her closet. She sees if it still fits, and gives herself promiscuous glances in her full length mirror, always letting out quick giggles.

Not unexpectedly, Danny realizes he’s gay and runs away from home. He eventually finds work as a bartender in San Francisco, and lands himself a small apartment over-looking the bay. It is in this apartment complex where he meets his long term partner, who is a painter. Eventually, Danny opens his own bar, expanding to three more locations. They live a happy life together for 17 years until Danny has a heart attack and dies on vacation in Vancouver.

Rizzo ends up being pregnant. Kenickie refuses to acknowledge paternity, even after she pleads with him on his wet front lawn at night while his parents sleep. Kenickie winds up moving to Queens to live with his uncle, leaving Rizzo alone to face the town and its current of gossip about the identity of her baby’s father. She thinks about getting rid of it, letting herself fall on concrete, purposely running into walls at home—but she can’t bring herself to fully commit. She gives birth to a baby girl, and immediately puts her up for adoption. She winds up moving to Seattle, where she serves, and eventually takes over as manager of a popular coffee shop, publishing two books of poetry that are big sells in the neighborhood she works in. She never marries.

Frenchy ends up going to beauty school. After working in a salon for a month, she realizes that this dream is better left a dream. She winds up marrying Doody, who begins working as a mechanic, and they have three children together. One day in October, when the sky is late and amber, Frenchy suggests Doody bring the children to the park because he has off from work. She drives to the entrance of the beach, where she and her high school friends spent so much time. She longs for Rydell High, and being a silly girl with silly beauty school dreams and dances and bonfires and sleepovers after football games. Smiling, she opens her car door and heads down to the beach, takes off her lavender wig, and steps into the sea.

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