His mother left the room, for the sight was heart wrenching.
His father desperately dialing the same number again and again with his trembling hands.
He gasped, “whe…where’s she?”
“We’re trying to reach her, but there’s no answer”, replied a friend.
She turned the page over, and put the cigarette out. Strange enough, the headache was gone. She took her glasses off, closed her eyes, and put the book down. No vision. No strange objects. She saw nothing. Opened her eyes again. It was different today. She caressed her chest. The palpitations worried her. She sipped from the water bottle she always carried, and breathed deep.
“Pills, oh no. I forgot the pills again.”
She took the pill box out of her bag, and popped 3.
*cell phone vibrating*
“How come it’s on silent?” She asked herself because she never kept her cell phone on silent.
39 missed calls from 3 different numbers.
All three related.
She choked on her pills. Quickly gulped them down with water; meanwhile, calling back on one of the numbers. She felt her lungs shrinking. She kept caressing her chest.
“Hello!”, said a shaky voice.
The voice was familiar. Very familiar.
“Beta, it’s time.”
She tried not to lose senses. Picked her stuff, and rushed downstairs.
“Ma’am are you alright?”, asked the waiter.
“I’ll pay later.” She said with a heavy voice, and left.
She drove as fast as she could. 15 minutes, and she was there. In front of him.
He tried opening his eyes. The vision was blurred, but he recognized her scent. He tried smiling, but the pain didn’t let him.
She sat next to him holding his hand. “Still warm. Still the same”, she said. Tears dropped down his weak cheek.
Everyone around was quiet. Both of them were quiet. Letting the pain sink in.
“PROMISE ME… PROMISE ME THAT YOU’LL MAKE SURE THAT THE LAST FACE I SEE BEFORE I DIE IS YOURS.”
His words from 9 years ago were echoing in her head.
“I kept my promise”, she wanted to say…
She shed a tear. Wanting to say so much, but she couldn’t; he couldn’t.
He tightened the grip on her hand, and sighed. Looking directly into her eyes.
She bent down, and kissed his forehead.
His eyes closed. He sighed again… and then never again…