Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Daring Destiny ~ Part 52

Rainy felt relief flood her body knowing Clover had once again gotten away. She continued to struggle with the man, but prayed Clover would find Hoyte. The big guy grabbed her by the neck with his free hand, but she thrusted her knee up into his groin. The gun went off and Rainy felt the searing pain as the bullet ripped through her gut.

Chapter 16

Rainy caught a glimpse of Hoyte running toward her and barreling into the big guy as she fell to the ground. She tried to focus and find Clover in the chaos, but all she could see was a mess of officers running into that area of the warehouse. Everything was so unfocused, Rainy couldn’t be sure she wasn’t seeing doubles.
The pain in her gut soared through her body and causing her world to spin. She closed her eyes, trying to keep the nausea in check.
“We need a medic!”
She knew that was Hoyte’s voice without opening her eyes. She wanted to open them in order to reassure him that she was fine, but she couldn’t. It was as if they were too heavy to open.
“Rainy! No! No! Rainy open your eyes.”
This voice was her sister’s. She could tell her sister was crying, even feel the drops on her neck as Clover hugged her tight.
“Clover,” Rainy whispered, “don’t cry.”
She forced her eyes open and looked into her sister’s worried face. An equally worried looking Hoyte gazed at her from over Clover’s shoulder. Someone put an oxygen mask over Rainy’s nose and mouth, but she pulled it down.
Reaching up she stroked Clover’s hair. There was so much she wanted to say, but the words struggled to be found. “You’re going to be okay, Clover. You have Ned and Hoyte. Stay with them and they will keep you safe. Trust them. I know your life will be full. Let it be full. Please Clover, promise me to let it be full.”
“Stop talking like that,” ordered Hoyte. “You’re going to be fine. The medics are here. Thank God Ned didn’t listen to us and called the police not long after we left.”
He knelt and put the oxygen mask back on her as Clover let out a loud sob as she nodded. He cupped her face in his hands. “I love you Rainy Summerfield. You can’t die on me now, understand? We have so much future ahead of us. I’m not going to let you die. Not now that we’ve finally found our way back to each other. Don’t you dare die.”
She pulled the mask away from her face again and looked into the eyes of the man she never stopped loving. “It has always been you,” she said, “I have always loved you. I will never stop. Be there for Clover. We both know the cards don’t lie.”
Rainy released her last breath and let death take her as she stared into the eyes of her one true love.

Rainy opened her eyes knowing she wasn’t going to see Hoyte or her sister or be in the old warehouse, instead she found the faces of her parents smiling at her.
“Good morning,” said her father cheerfully, as if it were an ordinary day.
Rainy knew nothing would be ordinary any more.  She carefully sat up expecting to feel pain, but instead she felt nothing but peace, happiness, and light. She had no stress, no worries, and no ailments.
“Is this Heaven?” she asked.
“Not quite,” said her mother, “but there’s no need to worry. We are so proud of you sweetheart. You were so strong and courageous. You saved Clover’s life.”
“But I died,” said Rainy. She expected to feel sadness at the thought of leaving her sister, but it wasn’t there. Instead every wonderful moment she had had with her sister flowed through her mind making her feel okay with the situation.
“Yes,” said her father, “but they’re working on that down there as we speak. It’s not your time honey.”
Rainy shook her head. “The cards. They don’t lie. They said I was going to die and now I’m here with you.”
“And you have,” said her mother, “but you have to go back. It’ll be okay, we’ll watch over you.”
“Now you need to watch over Clover and Hoyte,” said her father. “They need you and you need them.”
“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?

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