Chapter 40: Painful Memories
“Thanks, guys, for coming today. It means a lot and I know you guys have somewhat of a complex past with Danny. But I really appreciate you guys coming, it’s been hard on Danny’s family lately. Ever since the police gave up on the investigation of his whereabouts, the family has been very heartbroken....” Eric explained to us with hurt in his voice as he grabbed Alexa’s hand.
“No problem, I may have had my issues with the guy. But the least I could do is pay my respects to him.” Ren responded as he continued to look at Danny’s grave. I couldn’t bring myself to say anything other than to stay silent. I mean like what can I say? I didn’t know Danny at all, other than what he told me in the past and what he almost did. So I rather stay silent and not say anything at all...
The cold wind soon began to pick up, and I looked up at a tree that was full of orange leaves, they were slowly falling off, one by one with the heavy breeze. I watched as the leaves began to twirl with the wind and saw how each leaf was dancing so freely into the sky as it was being carried away by the air. My eyes kept following a certain leaf in the sky until it hit the ground, however it landed next to someone’s boot. Looking up to see who the person was, I noticed that he was facing the other direction so I couldn’t get a clear image of the persons face. However, with how far apart we were from each other, I could tell that he was very tall. The whole outfit that he wore was black and I could faintly see a tattoo around the back of his neck. I never saw a person like him around here and with this being a small town you would think I would be able to recognize everyone. But then again maybe he’s visiting family or friends here...I wonder what grave he’s looking at?
“Hey Luna, are you ready to get going?” Ren said to me as he placed his hand on my shoulder. As I averted my eyes away from the guy in black, I looked up to see Ren giving me a calming smile.
“Oh, yeah...yeah. I’m ready to leave.” I responded to him, he then reached for my hand gesturing me to follow. As I held onto his hand, we began walking back to our car. Though with every step I was taking, I couldn’t get that image of that guy out of my head for some strange reason. So I turned my head back out of curiosity to only see the cemetery empty. The man was no longer there! Where did he go, can someone really walk that fast in just a blink of an eye?!
“Um, can you go on ahead. I actually wanna stay here for a little while longer.” I voiced out to Ren as I turned my head back towards him, I then lightly tugged my hand away from his.
“Really? Are you sure?” He asked me with a concerned look.
“I’ll be fine, it’s not like a zombie is gonna come out and eat me. I’ll meet you back in the car, okay.” I said to him jokingly as I kissed his cheek. He then responded with a nod and headed back with the others.
I then started to walk to where the guy was once standing before. I then came to a halt when I saw a bright blue flower laying on a gravestone in front of me. It was such a beautiful color that I didn’t know these flowers even existed in this world!? Ever since I started to work at the flower shop with Ren, I’ve come to learn all different types of flowers. However I never saw one like this before, I couldn’t help myself from picking it up and admiring the beauty of it.
It was so stunning, yet it had no scent. I was so distracted by the flower that I almost forgot why I came here, as I carefully placed the flower back down on the stone plaque I notice that a few leaves were covering some of the writing. So I naturally began to move them to the side, however, my heart came to a stop almost when I read the words on the gravestone.
“What....is this....” I said to myself with a tremble in my voice. My hands soon began to shake uncontrollably as I placed my fingers on the letters in front of me. It was Elijah’s grave.....
Why is it here?! I never saw his gravestone here before! Miss Red would have told me or my mother about this! I then subconsciously began to scoot the leaves farther away from the grave until I could fully see the display and the writing that was on it.
′I will always love you, more than anything in this world.′
Those words that I once heard kept replaying in the back of my mind. I kept hearing him say it from his voice over and over again. I then quickly stood up and frantically began looking around for the man that was standing here. He has to know Elijah! He has to know what happened to him! It’s not a coincidence that I saw him here....wait....was that possibly Elijah himself?!
“No, there’s no way...he looked nothing like him....” I whispered to myself in absolute fright. I then began to think that it’s already been six year’s and people could change drastically in that amount of time. So what if that was him?! I was starting to feel light-headed, as I looked back down on Elijah’s grave. My heart was starting to beat heavy once again, and I couldn’t tell if it was because I was completely shocked by what I was seeing or because of my possible pregnancy? So I naturally placed my hand on my belly and tried to control my breathing.
“Luna?!” Hearing Ren’s voice, I panicked for a second as I quickly went back to cover the plaque so he wouldn’t see who’s it was. As I finished doing that I immediately went back towards Ren.
“Hey, are you sure your alright? You look pale.” He said to me as I approached him.
“I’m...I’m fine,” I said shortly to him as I continued to walk away from him. He then grabbed my hand and made me stop at my tracks.
“Look at me, and tell me you’re really okay.” Ren voiced out strictly to me out of concern. I then took a deep breath and turned to face him.
“I promise you, I’m okay. I’m just a little tired I guess.”
“Your hands are shaking,” Ren responded as he tightly gripped both of my hands.
“As I said, I’m just tired,” I explained back to him as I inched myself closer to his body. I then gave him a tight embrace as I snuggled up closer to him. I didn’t want Ren to worry about anything, I also didn’t want him to know about Elijah’s gravestone being here. I soon felt a light kiss being placed on my forehead as he held on to me for a bit longer. We then headed back to where the others were waiting.
We all soon then decided to go to a nearby cafe to catch up on things. I came to find out that Eric got a new job and how Alexa found out about her pregnancy about a week ago. It’s insane how much time has changed between all of us, Alexa is about to be a mom soon. Ren is about to gain the flower shop from his parents, and we’re about to become parents probably! I still can’t believe how much time has passed, it feels like only yesterday that I was just fourteen entering high school. Time really does goes by quickly...
We were all so consumed by each other’s conversation’s that we didn’t notice the sun was going down. An in the middle of Ren’s and Eric’s discussion, I got this sudden chill that came over me once again. But this time it felt very different, I felt a bit frighten and cold almost. So I started to look around my surroundings since It felt like someone was watching me...
“Are you looking for someone?” Alexa asked me as she placed her hand on my shoulder.
“Huh? No...no, I just got goosebumps all of a sudden.” I said to her as I tried to brush it off as if it wasn’t a big deal.
We finally ended the day and said our goodbyes to one another. I failed to realize how late it was getting until I looked up at the midnight sky that was coming above us. As I got in Ren’s car, I wondered to myself if he was still under the same sky as I am...
“Ready to call it a night?” Ren asked me as we finally reached home.
“Yeah, it’s been a long day,” I responded to him as we both stepped out of the vehicle.
“Oh! You still have to tell me what Eric told you earlier this morning!” I shouted at him as I suddenly remembered about this morning’s conversation between the both of them.
“Oh yeah! well, when we were both waiting for you two. Eric brought up about asking Alexa to marry him, but he’s still unsure about it since he thinks he’s not ready for that just yet.” Ren explained to me as he opened the door to our house.
“Are you serious! That’s so exciting! How can he not think he’s ready for marriage when he’s about to be a dad soon!” I responded with excitement in my voice as I entered the house.
“Yeah, that’s what I told him to, but that’s up for him to decide I guess. But make sure you don’t mention this to Alexa alright. Eric asked me not to tell a soul, especially you. So make sure you don’t say a word.” He said to me in a serious tone as he took off his jacket.
“Alright! Alright! You have my word.” I responded with a giggle.
“You know what, maybe I should ask your parents for there blessings to let me marry you. Especially your dad, he’s been a bit strict on me ever since you started living with me.” He said with laughter in his voice as he began to walk towards me, he then wrapped his hands around my waist pulling me closer to him.
“You might need to soon,” I responded with a smirk. I would love to marry Ren one day and to have my father walk me down the aisle. I’m truly happy and blessed that my dad is still alive and healthy, that cancer scare really brought my family closer. It taught me to never take my family or my loved ones for granted ever again.
“Why is that?” Ren asked me as he gently pulled me more closer towards his broad chest. I was unsure at this point if I should tell Ren about my possible pregnancy. But something inside of me was telling me to wait until I was for certain, though I was one hundred percent sure that I was with child. However, I still have to make an appointment just to make sure the baby was okay. I’m so nervous and yet excited at the same time, Ren and I are going to be parents! I can’t wait to start a family with him. So, for now, I’ll keep it a secret until the time is right, I just hope that Ren will be happy when I tell him the news.