Chapter 20 "Till We Meet Again"

Harmony Airport...

"Resa, are you sure about this? There's still time to change your mind," Dylan remarked.

They were at the airport and because of the short notice; her father's pilot wasn't ready. He had told her he'd be ready to leave in an hour and Teresa had nodded. Because Mathieu had been sleeping, Teresa had carried him inside the plane and the flight attendant was watching him.

"I'm sure Dylan. Fox made his choice and now I'm making mine," she replied trying to keep the tears at bay. The sight of Chelsea in Fox's arms had completely devastated her and she knew that leaving was her only option. She'd slowly go insane with anger and bitterness if she stayed. The sheen of rain that fell from the night sky perfectly suited her mood and turning away from Dylan she listened to the pitter-patter of the raindrops falling on the glass doors.

From the plane, came the softly muted tone of the radio playing and as she strained her ear to listen, one of her favorite songs came on. The heart breaking voice of Evanescence crooned of lost love and Teresa felt the words of the song perfectly described her own pain.

I'm so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
And if you have to leave
I wish that you would just leave
'Cause your presence still lingers here
And it won't leave me alone

"Fox, why did things have to turn out this way?" her heart cried. "Why couldn't you have loved me half as much as I loved you?" she thought.

But she knew why. Fox hadn't been able to love her because his heart had always belonged to Chelsea.

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

Crane Estate...

Fox ran up the stairs two at a time and slammed the door to Teresa's bedroom wide.

"Resa, Resa," he shouted looking around for his wife. When he saw the room was empty he checked to see if she was in the bathroom but seeing it was empty he walked to the nursery to see if she was with Mathieu.

Walking into the nursery, he saw Pilar crumbled on the carpeted floor, her face in her hands and her slender shoulders shaking with heart wrenching sobs.

"Pilar?" he asked but when she raised her tear stained face to his, he suddenly knew.

"Nooooooooooooooooo. She can't be gone. She couldn't have left without saying goodbye," he shouted.

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me

Harmony Airport

"Teresa, sweetie are you sure you want to do this?" Dylan asked once again as the pilot announced he'd be ready for takeoff in a few minutes.

"I'm sure Dylan. There's nothing left for me here. Tell Mama I'll call her as soon as I get settled. And don't worry about me. I- we'll be fine," she replied with a tremulous smile.

Dylan nodded and pulled her into a tight embrace. Teresa clung to him for a moment before pulling away.

"Take care of yourself and Junior here. And give Mathieu a kiss goodbye for me. Leslie and I will come to visit you in a few weeks," he told her.

You used to captivate me
By your resonating light
Now I'm bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts
My once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away
All the sanity in me

"Dylan, I'm not a baby. I can take care of myself," she answered.

"I know that princess. But I want to see how big Junior has gotten. Uncle's privilege you know," he huffed and Teresa laughed.

"You're a great friend Dillweed," Teresa told him pressing a soft kiss on his cheek before turning to board the plane.

Downtown Harmony

Fox cursed the heavy traffic as he made his way to the airport. He'd been in such a rush to leave he'd forgotten his cell phone and so he couldn't even call the airport to ask security to delay Teresa's flight.

"Come on, come on move it," he muttered. "Damn it Teresa, why couldn't you have waited for us to talk?" he muttered.

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

But he knew why. Pilar had told him Teresa had gone to look for him and one of the maids had confirmed that she'd told Teresa to look for him in the solarium. She had obviously walked in and seen him and Chelsea together and assumed the worst.

"What did you expect her to think you idiot?" he reprimanded himself cursing again when he saw that the cars ahead of him had crawled to a halt. "Shit, what now? God, please let me get there on time," he murmured.

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me

Harmony Airport

Leaning back in the plushy seat, Teresa closed her eyes and let the tears fall. Today was supposed to have been the happiest day of her life. For a few short hours she had held heaven in her arms. And now she was aching, alone, and broken. Once more her dreams had been shattered and had scattered in the wind and she was left with…nothing.

I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone
But though you're still with me
I've been alone all this time.

Running into the airport, a breathless Fox searched around for the exit that led to the terminal where private planes were chartered. Reading the neon sign above his head, he brushed past the crush of people milling around and made his way to exit 33. When he got there it was to see a jet taxi off the landing. His heart breaking in two he waved his hands in the air to grab the pilot's attention.

"Teresaaaa, Teresaaaaaaaaa," he shouted hoping against hope that his Resa had changed her mind and had decided to return home.

When a voice called out his name, he turned around; a wave of relief washing over him when he realized that she hadn't left after all. His relief was short-lived as the figure in the distance approached him and he realized it wasn't Teresa.

"I'm sorry man. I did everything I could to stop her especially after Pilar called and told me you were on your way but she was adamant. The pilot just took off," a somber Dylan told his friend.

Fox turned away and let the tears slip down his cheeks.

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me

"I've lost her," he murmured brokenly, sinking down on the wet pavement and bawling like a baby.

Lifting his gaze to the star filled sky he saw the jet disappearing and a ruthless smile curved his lips. Teresa was his. They'd been made for each other and he meant to bring her back. If he had to chase her around the globe, so be it. He was a Crane and he wasn't going to let the woman he loved more than life itself slip through his fingers because of a misunderstanding

"I'm going to get you back, Teresa. No matter what I have to do or however long it takes, I'm going to win you back," he swore to himself.