Baby Girl

Chapter 10

Two weeks ago Catherine ascended and so far there were still no threats for her from either Joseph Garwin nor from Chase Collins. Her bone marrow transplant is set to be on the week of her prom. Which means the prom plans she had with Reid had to be canceled. Catherine just sat on the table trying to figure out what else she need for her to will her powers.

"Knock, knock?" Caleb said as he stood on at the door frame. Catherine looks up and smiled. "Not giving up huh?" He smiled.

"Never." She answered.

"Look, this may not be the right time but can I ask you something?" Caleb asked. He is no more the over protective brother he once was and he respected her privacy more now than he ever had.

"Sure." She looks up at him as he sat opposite her.

"Pouge told me about a round box, in your closet?" He said unsure of the facts.

"My dance shoes." She giggled. "What about it?" She asked.

"Shoes?" he asked not really understanding.

"I had a lot of time on my hand while mom and you didn't come. So I decided to occupy myself with dancing lessons. Ballet, tap and ballroom." She smiled.

"Why?" He asked again.

"Because I hope someday, I'd dance the best first dance with my husband." She smiled. "It's kind of stupid I know. But that's how I imagined it would be. Until, this." She said and her smile turned into a little curve.

"You'll be…" Caleb started when Catherine just smiled again.

"Tonight is a full moon right?" She asked and he just nodded. "I hope this works then." She smiled. "Just don't make tonight so hard on Reid okay?" She said.

"Kitty. This deal is unfair." Reid said.

"But life is unfair." She said. Under the full moon, blanketed by the starry skies, Catherine laid her head on Reid's chest. "I've been stalling long enough. I just need to know you can let me go." She said looking deep into his eyes. feeling his chest rise and fall beneath her head.

"I will never. You are much more than just my girlfriend. We've been together since we were babies. I don't think I will be able to let you go." He reasoned.

"You'd rather see me living in agony and pain all my life?" She asked.

"One more week." He bargained.

"That was what you said a month ago." She chuckled.

"Please." He pleaded. She shook her head.

"I just need you to take care of my hard headed brothers. Can you do that for me?" She asked sweetly. "I'm sorry I have to leave you so early. But I have to do this. I love you, Reid. I really do. I know I don't show it enough. But I do." She said just before she kissed him. A single tear fell on his cheek.

"Kitty." He called as she was getting up and away from him. "I love you too." He said. It was the first time he ever said that. "Stay, do it here. I don't care how much it hurts. Stay with me. Be with me. Please." He said. Slowly she sinks back into his arms.

His arm coiled around her waist protectively and she buried her head in his chest again. The warmth of his chest felt so good. His gray sweater is stained with Catherine's tears.

"From blood to blood,From ashes to ashes,For the stars as my witness,Shall thy fulfill my wishes." Catherine whispered in her sobs. Neither of them felt any changes. "What did I do wrong?" She said. The ashes of the blood inscripted papyrus were scattered with the wind.

"Nothing. Maybe it's giving me a second chance." Reid said.

"No. There is no pain. My wishes. But I can feel my time is near." Catherine said. Reid shook his head. "Take me home, please." Catherine pleaded. She was weaker than she thought she would be. Reid carried her to Tyler's car that he borrowed.

Reid's soft hands reached for her cheeks as they sat side by side in the car. "Listen to me. You're not leaving me like this. Please." He said softly. Almost pleading for her to stay alive.

"I'm not leaving you now, Reid." She said as she reached for his hands and entwined her fingers with his. "Not yet." She smiled. "I'm just me now. No more magic, no more powers."

"You promised us a graduation. You promised me a dance, remember?" He said. Catherine just smiled.

"What make you think I can dance?" She asked. "I mean, you know what I mean."

"'Cause, you're my Catherine. Even if I have to carry you, I know you'll dance with me." He replied.

"Yes. Okay. You're all free to use your powers now. No more pre-mature aging." She teased. He pulled a shocked face as she said that. "I'm serious." She said.

"Why'd you do that? I mean you can out live all of us if you wanted to. Why throw it away?" He asked, trying to understand what was going through her mind.

"Have you ever wondered if, my dad was still alive, would we be like this?" She asked him. He answered with a silent nod. "Well, I can't wonder. Evelyn would still want me dead, so will your dad. I don't know why. I will never know. And I don't ever need to know.

"Having you, and my brothers are like heaven sent. I mean, no one would do to me like you guys treat me. Neither friends nor brothers would do what you all did. I thank you for that.

"You always asked me why am I eager to die. I'm not. I'm scared really. But at the same time I'm glad. I'm glad that no one has to die for me anymore. Daddy, he sacrificed his life for me, his youth. I can't do that to any of you. Especially you. I know what you can do and believe me you are much more powerful than you can imagine." She said. Clear liquid threaten to spill from her lids but with much self control, she was strong enough to prevent it.

"But you will, give the transplant a shot right?" He asked suddenly, knowing what she was getting to. She just shook her head. "Darling, you promised." He spoke softly.

It was one of the nights that Reid is allowed to be alone with Catherine in her room. Caleb was not happy with it, but it's her choice now, really. She had given up on life 2 days ago. Reid had never left her side. Afraid of what might happen. Terrified of what is to come.

"You ought to go home some time, my dear." Catherine said, as Reid help her to sit up. Reid just shook his head silently. "How about school, graduation?" She asked.

"It doesn't matter anymore." He said sourly.

"Don't say that." She said. "Chase Collins is history. That matters. You saved me. You. Not Caleb, not Pouge, not Tyler. You." She uttered.

They were inside the car the night she gave up her powers to them. Chase Collins appeared out of the blue in front of them, causing Reid to swerve. Catherine hit her head on the dash board in front of her, and Reid felt at fault. Felling like a child, he stepped out of the car and battled Chase on his own. Reid had never felt so much rage before. All he wanted was Chase to leave him and his family alone. All he could see is Chase being turned into dust. With much effort, he did make him into dust.

"Not without hurting you." He said.

"You scratch a broken piece of china, my dear." Catherine said.

"You're not broken." He replied quietly.

"Get up." She said suddenly. Struggling herself to get out of bed.

"What are you doing?" He asked.

"Fulfilling a promise." She said.

"You don't have to." He protested.

"Yes, I do." She smiled.

Unsteadily she got to her feet and held his arm in hers. He hummed their song softly. Only for them. Swaying slowly, she pressed her forehead on his chest. His heart accelerated a little. While her's was slowing down.

"I love you, love." She whispered in the silence. A drop of water fell on her shoulder. Reid never cried. Ever. He is much of a macho-ist. Catherine look up to see his face.

Like he knows what she was feeling and he knows that this was their last dance together, heck, this is their last night together. He pulled her closer like he would never let her go. His swaying movement stopped and replaced by a shudder that shook Catherine too.

"Don't cry, love." She said reaching to dry his tears like he once did.

They retreated on the rocking chair he had been sleeping on for the last two nights, and he placed her on his lap. Curling his arms around her waist and she placed her head on his chest. "I love you." He whispered in her ears.

A gust of wind blows through the opened window as she closed her eyes for the last time. Reid buried his face in her hair. "Be in peace, love." He said softly.

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