Chapter 13-Precious Murmers
Song: The Best Years Of Our Lives-Evan Taubenfeld
“I’ll bet you twenty dollars you do can’t do it, Emily?” I challenged her to swing on the rope and jump into the lake. She placed her hands on her hips and glared at me.
“Day, I’m going to double that, plus, you have to take me out for ice cream.” I thought about that for a moment. Emily really wasn’t going to do it. She’d always been afraid of it so I hold my palm out and spit on it, then I hold it out for her.
“You’ve got a deal but if you chicken out I get a kiss,” She gazed down at my the spit in my hand. At first, there is a disgusted look on her face and a smile crept on my face since I knew she’d back out. I’m taken off balance when she put her hand to her mouth and proceeds to do the same thing.
“Deal!” She slapped her palm onto mine and peered up at me, stealing my breath. Her cornflower eyes are bright with excitement and a prepossessing smile illuminated her stunning face. I loved to see Emily happy and it had been really difficult to get her out of her funk. No one really knew what caused it though, and that what was eating at me.
“Well, get a move on then, I want my kiss.” She flipped me off and ran towards the rope, stripping off her T-shirt and shorts on the way. When I saw what she’d been hiding underneath her clothes, I’m forced to hold my jaw up. She was wearing a two-piece swimsuit, which is something I had never seen on her. Emily had always been so insecure with her body and wouldn’t even wear a tank top, so I feared that she wore this suit because of me. I won’t lie and say it wasn’t sexy but I couldn’t tell her without raising worry. Her top was a red tank with ruffled fringe. It covers up most of her stomach and the bottoms were black with white polka dots.
I wasn’t able to take my eyes off her; Emily was truly a magnificent sight to see. She reached the rope, turned her head to the side, and blew me a kiss. I’m captivated at that moment until I felt an average smack to the back of my head and Dan guffawing behind me.
“What the hell man?” I hopped up and wrapped my arm around his neck, doing my best to pull him down, but that never works. At seventeen Dan was built like a freaking tank and nothing brought him down.
“Stop eyeballing my sister! You look like you want to rip her clothes off and do really naughty things to her.” I’m completely baffled that he would suggest such a thing.
“Dude, I was not eyeballing her! I was appreciating her beauty and I’m admiring that she’s starting to overcome her insecurities. A month ago, she would have never come out here with us or dared to go near the water. She’s defeating her fears and I’m grateful.” Dan shifted his head and lovingly, yet, protectively watched as his sister jumped onto the rope.
“Oh, shit, she’s actually going to do it!” He said between a laugh and a shout. Emily heard him and smiled.
“Looks, like you better get ready to pay up, Day.” Emily giggled as she pushed herself off the rock. Standing frozen in my spot, I observed her so elegantly slide over the water, waiting for the right moment to jump in. She continued laughing until she let herself freefall. Then, all I heard was a joyful girl scream.
Her head bobbed up and I found myself running over and taking a hold of the rope. I angle my body and positioned the rope so I could land right behind her. Once my plan was all calculated, I too, push off the rock and let my feet drag across the water. I was just about to jump when I feel something grab my foot; I glanced down and saw Emily yanking me in with her. I chuckled and let go of the rope, dropping into the freezing cold lake.
When I finally broke for air, Emily was there with her wet hair trapped behind her ears, water glistening off her skin and the sunlight adding to her rays of light. She swam towards me and coiled her legs around my waist. I wasn’t sure how to feel about the bold action with her brother standing on the beach watching. Also uncertain about the fact that her behavior had morphed. She would have never done anything like that before. Reaching my hand up, I wiped a drop of water off her cheek and rested my forehead against hers.
“Emily, what’s going on with you?”
“What do you mean, Damien? Do you not like this?”
“I do and that’s the problem. This isn’t like you, Em, and it’s starting to worry me?”
“I’m fine, Day; I just needed to be close to you today.” There was something in the way she spoke that sent a shiver of nervousness down my back. I just couldn’t place what it was.
“Em, sweetheart, you know you can talk to me about anything. If something or someone is bothering you please just tell me and I will take care of it. Is it Derrick again?” Just saying his name left a bitter taste in my mouth.
“No, it’s not him, it’s not anyone really. I just have been feeling down lately and I can’t explain why. Mom wants me to start therapy because she thinks it might be unresolved issues with my past.”
“That makes sense. Just don’t hide from me okay?”
“I could never hide from you, Damien because no matter where I went, I would still always come back to you.” I paid no mind that Dan was watching or that we were in the middle of the freezing lake and she was shivering in my arms. I didn’t mind the way she was looking at me was driving my body into a heated frenzy. My mind and body wanted to do excatly what Dan accused me of. All I cared about was her and how she made my heart flutter when she speaks to me like I’m her everything. I want to be her world and her mine.
“I love you.” Her breath whispers on my lips.
“I love you too,” I answer with a kiss.
“Reed, let go, man. He’s gone!” I stare at my best friends body and realize there is nothing else I can do for him but I don’t want to let myself believe it. I drop to the ground and start chest compressions on him.
“Don’t die on me Bro, she would never forgive me and I wouldn’t blame her. Please come back.” My tears are mixed with his blood and I’ve pushed myself into exhaustion but I don’t give up. I won’t accept my brother’s death. I promised to bring him home and that’s just what I’m going to do.
“Daniel, wake up,” I shout over and over again. Suddenly his eyes pop open but they aren’t his eyes, they are a cornflower blue, then his face shifts into the one I was trying so hard to forget.
“Damien, it’s time to wake up now.”
“I can’t, not without Dan.” I cry
“Daniel is at peace now and it’s time for you to wake up and come home.” I do as she says and slowly open my eyes. What I’m met with is not what I was expecting.