The Gift of Life

Part 3

When You Believe

Song By Mariah Carrey
Story By Saint Raven

One Year Later...

Many nights we pray
With no proof anyone could hear
And our hearts a hopeful song
We barely understood
Now we are not afraid
Although we know there's much to fear
We were moving mountains long
Before we know we could

T.K. stood in front of the place which he hated the most in the entire world.

Kari's grave. It had been a year . . . an entire year. Exactly to this date. He had lost his one and only love exactly one year ago.

And he had been in pain since.

There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
It's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will
You will when you believe

He had hoped that his family and friends would have been there for him; to help him deal with this terrible tragedy. But it was not meant to be.

T.K. looked to the right of Kari's grave, to her brother's tombstone. Tai had committed suicide shortly after Kari died; throwing himself from the Kamiya's apartment balcony. And to the right of Tai's grave...

T.K. turned even more, to the right of Tai's grave, to the sight that hurt him just as much as Kari's.

With trembling fingers, he caressed the words he had read and re-read over and over again, hoping, just as he did each time he visited, that they would be different...

Sadly, just like every other visit, he was sorely disappointed.

Yamato and Jesanae Ishida

February 18, 1986 - April 20, 2013

February 11, 1986 - April 20, 2013

May we never forget this couple, whose lives were taken so unfairly from this world. May they find eternal happiness with God and his angels in Heaven.

In this time of fear
When prayer so often proves in vain
Hope seems like the summer birds
Too swiftly flown away
And now I am standing here
My heart's so full I can't explain
Seeking faith and speaking words
I never thought I'd say

A car accident, T.K. remembered. A drunk driver. They didn't stand a chance.

T.K. reached down to place the bouquet of flowers of his brother- and sister-in-law's grave. He repeated this to Tai's grave and to Kari's.

There can be miracles
When you believe (When you believe)
Though hope is frail
It's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve (You can achieve)
When you believe
Somehow you will
You will when you believe

"Takeru!" a voice called up to him. "It's time to go home now."

Home... That place isn't home... But I guess I should, or the doctor'll get angry... I don't like getting her angry... She's really nice to me, after all...

T.K. turned and walked down the hill, slower than he should because of the shackles that kept his legs close together. His hands, also, were handcuffed in front of him.

The doctor smiled kindly at him. "Are you alright?"

"Yes, ma'am." T.K. said politely.

They got into the doctor's car, with her assistant riding shotgun. She smiled at him.

"Dr. Katsuragi?"

"Yes, Takeru?"

"Would it be alright if I read a little when we get back?"

"Of course, Takeru."

"Thank you."

They don't always happen when you ask
And it's easy to give in to your fear
But when you're blinded by your pain
Can't see your way safe through the rain
Thought of a still resilient voice
Says love is very near

T.K. sighed. He really missed seeing the rest of his family and friends. After his third suicide attempt, his Mom and Dad had committed him to a special home for disturbed people.

T.K. had no grudge against them.

In fact, truth be told, he was thankful.

If he had been left alone, he probably would be dead by now.

T.K. had wanted to stay in the custody of his brother Christochi and his new sister-in-law Jaina, but with their first child on the way, everyone had decided that it would be too much for the young couple.

The Ishidas had fought for him all the way, but it was him, T.K., who finally said, to the shock of all, that he wanted to go to the hospital. He didn't want to burden his last brother and his wife.

They visited him at least twice a week, anyway. He was lucky to have people like them who cared about him.

His Mom visited at least three times a week. Dad died of a heart attack last year. He missed his Dad.

"Actually, Takeru, there's someone special waiting for you at the hospital."

"Who?"

"Let's just say, he's been hanging with Mickey Mouse and sleeping with the bats."

T.K. was confused for a moment, then got it. He clapped his hands together happily. "Alright! Patamon's there."

Dr. Katsuragi and her assistant exchanged pleased, yet sad, looks. The assistant turned back to the notebook she was writing in.

Patient Name: Takashi, Takeru
Age: 24
Condition: Mental Instability, Definite Suicidal Behavior Patterns
Length of treatment: 11 Months
Status: Unchanged

There can be miracles (miracles)
When you believe (When you believe)
Though hope is frail
It's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve (You can achieve)
When you believe
Somehow you will
You will when you believe

The End