Friday, June 28, 2019

Daring Destiny ~ The Conclusion

“We love you,” said her mother.
“Trust your heart,” said her father.
They looked at each other, then smiled at her before each gave her a small tap on her shoulders.
Rainy felt herself falling from the sky. She screamed at the pain entered her body once more as Heaven faded from her grasp. Panic flooded through her body as she awaited the impact to Earth. Could she truly survive it? Or was she going to Hell?
“Trust your heart.” She heard her father say again.
Her heart was telling her to look out for Clover and Hoyte. To be the best friend she could be to Ned. To embrace her new, unconventional family she would have with them all. She turned her body to see where she was and was surprised to see she wasn’t falling at all. Instead her spirit was hovering over her body. The paramedics worked on her frantically as Clover cried her name and Hoyte stood over her body in disbelief.
She stepped back into her body as the paramedics shocked her with a defibrillator, the pain of the electricity and the gunshot wound screamed through her body, but Rainy opened her eyes.
“She’s back,” yelled a paramedic, “we need to get her to the hospital now!”

Chapter 17

Six weeks later

Rainy reached over and grabs the little bell on the nightstand. She gives it a ring and tries not to smile as Clover rushes into the bedroom and hurries by the bed.
“What do you need?” says Clover eager to help.
“Well, there’s a problem with my water. You see this is ice cold.”
“But you wanted a cup of ice water,” said Clover trying to hid the annoyance from her voice.
“Yes, but I didn’t want the water ice cold, just cold, but not luke warm.”
Clover narrowed her eyes. “How long do I have to remain your slave again?”
Rainy could no longer hide her smile and grabbed her sister into a hug. “The water is fine, I just wanted to see my little sister.”
“Your little sister is trying to do her homework,” said Clover.
Hoyte walked into the bedroom, his own smile wide. “Why are you still using the bell? The doctor said you should be getting things for yourself now.”
“And lose this lifestyle of luxury I’ve grown accustomed to?” Rainy teased.
Hoyte rolled his eyes. “Clover, Ned is here to help you with your homework.”
Clover shook her head in a disapproving manner at her sister. “I’ve never been so happy to do math homework. See what you’ve done, Rainy? You made me look forward to math. I hope you’re happy.”
They both laughed, before Clover pecked Rainy on the cheek and left the room to greet Ned.
“How are you feeling?” asked Hoyte after Clover was fully out of the room.
“Still a bit sore,” she admitted.
“The doctor said it would take a long while for all the bruising to heal completely, but you will make a full recovery.”
“That’s a shame,” said Rainy with a playful pout. “I was really getting used to this bell.”
He sat on the bed beside her and gave her a sexy smirk. “I bet I could come up with a list of things I wouldn’t mind being summoned to do.”
She rolled her eyes at him.
“Speaking of doing,” he said, his smile fading, “are you going back to work at Super Foods? You know I’ll take care of you.”
“I don’t want you to take care of me, Hoyte,” said Rainy, “my vision was clear, we are supposed to take care of each other. You, me, Ned, and Clover … this is our family. We all have a part to play and I don’t think my part is only to be pampered by you.”
He leaned in and kissed her gently. “Are you sure?”
“It does sound like a nice life, but yes I’m sure,” said Rainy. “I don’t think I’m going back to Super Foods though. I feel I’m meant to do more.”
“Would you consider coming back to the salon? You know there’s always a place for you there.”
Rainy reached over and grabbed her oracle cards off the nightstand. “Let’s see what the cards say.”
She crisscrossed her legs as she shuffled and then put three cards in front of her. She flipped the first one displaying a raven perched atop a large black dog. Death clearly marked on the bottom.
“I think we all know what that card means,” said Hoyte, “thankfully that is in the past.”
Rainy flipped the middle card.
“As for the present we have the card of fortune,” said Hoyte.
“But not just fortune,” said Rainy, “you see the treasure chest, but the hand in the background means that we should help others with our fortune. We should be giving with gifts.”
“Your gift?” Hoyte asked with a tilt of his head.
She shrugged and smiled as she flipped the third card depicting the future. Four silhouetted figures walked hand in hand into the heart-shaped sun with a label of “Family” at the bottom. The figure on the right was handing out bread, while the figure on the left was hold what looked to be a shining star. The two figures in the middle bore flower crowns of daisies and roses.
“So according to this spread, I should share my gift generously with others who are less fortunate. So I’ll come back to the salon, but I won’t charge people those crazy prices anymore and neither will you.”
“I’ve already told Merlin to cut all the prices in half,” said Hoyte with a wide smile. “Your brush with death made me see myself in a different life. It was as if my own life had passed before my eyes and I didn’t like what I saw. I want to change as much as I can of humanity for the better.”
“I like the sound of that,” said Rainy, she looked at the final card. “Now to the future, the family that sticks together will be happy.” She pointed to the daisy chain and then to the roses, “even though we will have to deal with a few thorns like everyone else. As long as we are generous with our resources and our souls we will all live happily ever after.”
“Is that so?” said Hoyte with a large smile right before he kissed her.
She kissed him back and leaned forward so she could wrap her arms around his neck. She broke briefly from the kiss and smiled. “It’s in the cards, and the cards don’t lie.”

The End

Look for The Witch of Apple Hill coming on October 1st!

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