Chapter Two: . . . death will not prevail.

The sun bathed the ashes in red-orange light. Tears flowed from beautiful, turquoise-blue eyes. The sorrow in the air thickened with each, small drop.

A small girl wrapped her arms around her mother's leg, wide, blue eyes staring up at the brunette.

"Momma," she asked in her three-year-old tone, "whe's Dadda?"

Cat picked up her only child and cradled her in her arms.

"Daddy's going away for a time," she said, rubbing at the tears on her face. Moe wrapped her arms around her mother's neck and cried with her.

"He come back?"

Cat sniffled and shook her head.

"No," she replied softly. "Daddy won't be coming back, but we'll go to him eventually. He's waiting for us."

Moe's tears seeped into Cat's dress but the brunette didn't mind. She heard footsteps behind her before her best friend stopped by her side.

"He wouldn't want you to cry anymore, Cat," Kay said, rocking her sleeping child.

"I know," Cat whispered, listening to Moe's breathing.

"He would want you to keep living life, too," Kay continued as Aelita, her only daughter, shifted.

"I know." Cat's voice cracked and she almost choked on her tears.

"We're all here for you," Kay said, motioning behind her. Cat smiled as she met the eyes of each of her friends.

"I know." She gently embraced Kay without waking Moe and Aelita before turning back to the horizon. The ocean breeze gently blew her hair away from her face as she softly began to sing.

Kimi wo suki ni natte dorekurai tatsu no kana?
Kimochi fukurande yuku bakari de
Kimi wa kono omoi kidzuiteiru no kana?
Ichido mo kotoba ni wa shitenai kedo

Yuki no youn tada shizukani
Furitsumori tsudzukete yuku

Hold me tight konna omoi nara
Dareka wo suki ni naru kimochi
Shiritaku nakatta yo
I love you namida tomaranai
Konnan ja kimi no koto
Shirazuni ireba yokatta yo

Kimi wo itsumade omotteiru no kana?
Tameiki ga mado garasu kumoraseta

Yureru kokoro tomosu kyandoru de
Ima tokashite yukenai kana?

Hold me tight oreru hodo tsuyoku
Kogarashi fubuki ni deatte mo
Samukunai youni to
I miss you kimi wo omou tabi
Amikake no kono mafuraa
Konya mo hitori dakishimeru yo

Eien ni furu yukiga aru nara
Kimi he to tsudzuku kono omoi kakuseru no kana?

Hold me tight konna omoi nara
Dareka wo suki ni naru kimochi
Shiritaku nakatta yo
I love you mune ni komiageru
Fuyuzora ni sakebitai
Ima sugu kimi ni aitai yo

Cat smiled into the sunset and gently brushed her tears away. Her time would come and she would be reunited with her beloved. Until then, she had to raise little Moe to be strong like her father.

"Rest in peace . . . Atemu."