Chapter 17

Dream A Dream Worth Living

The sun was out, but for Ashley the day couldn't have been any more gloomy. She'd just had to bury the love of her life. She'd watched them lower her body into the ground, watched them throw dirt down that dark hole, words being uttered by the priest - but she wasn't listening. She was oblivious to everything and everybody around her, wrapped up in her own anguish all she could think about was jumping into that dark hole herself.

She could feel Anabelle's presence behind her, her hand on her shoulder.

"Ashley...everybody's going back to the house. Do you want to come back with me?"

She didn't reply. Her gaze solely focused on the pile of fresh dirt that she knew Spencer's body was under. Eventually, she no longer felt Anabelle's presence behind her, she had gone and Ashley was relieved. She wanted to be alone, to be as close to Spencer as she could be.

She didn't know how long she had stood there for, but the sound of the church bell ringing told her that it had to have at least been an hour. Disappointed, she got into her car and drove back to the house. She didn't know what she expected, but she thought if she could be as close to Spencer as possible then somehow she would be able to feel her again, to know that she was still there and maybe she wasn't gone after all.

Pulling into the driveway she could see people milling in and out, everyone dressed in black, looking down at her own back dress she picked off a piece of hair that had clung to it. She hadn't even realized she had been crying until she felt the wetness of a teardrop on her black dress. She just wanted to feel Spencer again, to know that she was close, and to protect her. Protect her the way that she couldn't before, the way she had failed.

Her feet found themselves making their way down the path that they had walked down so many times. As soon as she entered the clearing into their secret garden, memories of Spencer seemed to flood her. She almost staggered under the weight of all the memories, bracing herself against a tree, she took the time to take deep breaths and let the images overtake her completely.

"I told you I'd never leave you."

Ashley looked up quickly, not completely believing what she was seeing. Spencer was smiling, her body radiant, glowing with light. It seemed like her beauty had been magnified by a hundred. Ashley had never seen anything more beautiful in her life.

"Spencer..." Ashley didn't know what to say. Just seeing her floating on air was enough to make her believe she might be dreaming.

"You're beautiful."

"What?" Ashley replied softly, her dazed eyes never leaving Spencer's.

"You're so beautiful. I never thought I'd ever get the chance to see your face, and now that I can, I don't think I'll ever want to look at anything else."

"Spencer I...I don't know what's going on."

"It's okay, neither do I." She smiled.

"I don't think I can let you leave me again. I can't watch you go, so if I'm dreaming, I don't want to wake up."

Spencer held out her hand.

"Come with me."

Their eyes never leaving each other, Ashley placed her hand in Spencer's. Her feet were lifting off the ground and soon enough she found herself floating next to Spencer.

"I missed you," Spencer said tucking a stray curl behind Ashley's ear.

"I missed you too, you have no idea how much."

"Oh, I think I might have a clue," Spencer smiled and Ashley couldn't help but burst out into her nose crinkling grin.

"So what's up there?" Ashley raised her eyes to the sky.

"I don't know. Wanna check it out together?"

"Yes." Ashley smiled at her.

Their forms ascended up into the heavens, hands held, they embarked on their next journey of life, gradually getting smaller. Anabelle stood in the front yard looking up at the two bright stars in the sky that seemed to mesh into one, and smiled.

When two people are meant to be together, nothing in the universe can keep them apart. You see, there's a bond formed when two people are made for each other that can't be broken. Where one goes, the other will follow, into the next life, and the life after that, and so on for all eternity...until the end of time.

The End