the hidden heart

"Scarlett," he says to me, tears streaming down his cheeks, "You promised."

I did, and I know that I will have to go through with this, no matter how much I do not want to.

My feet take small, slow steps toward a kneeling Silas with his head bowed to me, as if to prolong the inevitable. I stop a few inches away from him and grip my hatchet tightly. One second passes. And then another. But nothing happens.

I'm supposed to kill him but why can't I force my hand to swing down the axe? If I didn't kill him now he would definitely go after Rosie. But if I did then there would be no more Silas. His kind face, his warm eyes, his strong hands, his friendship…I would be killing everything that I loved about him. But I didn't love him. No, I don't love him. I don't. I don't. The only person in this world that I can't live without is Rosie. I can live without Silas. I can.

My hands tremble and I feel the need to wretch and cry and scream about the unfairness of it all.

He tries to coach me through it all, but I try still try to object. And then the churches' mechanical bells chime loudly, marking the turn of midnight.

I fall to my knees, disbelief coloring both of our faces as we try to make sense of what has happened. The annoying ringing of the church bells have become something akin to a wonderful revelation, a miracle in the making. I take his hand in mine and revel in the warmth that it gives me, and for a moment, I feel a great surging within my heart, so powerful and hauntingly painful. I wonder for a fleeting second on whether or not Silas can feel what I am feeling now.

Hands intertwined, hearts beating as one, we stare at each other in awe.

But then Rosie's cries rip us away from this silent haven of ours and I release Silas' hands to crawl to my sister.

And when Rosie and Silas collapse into each other, folding, and melding their bodies, I cannot but feel a bitter happiness for them.

So I finally finished Sisters Red! And while the plot was pretty unique and interesting, I wasn't all that thrilled with the ending. I don't know about anybody else, but I kinda felt like I had been punched in the gut when the revelation that Scarlett would never end up with Silas hit me. So this mini-story is going to compensate all my girly fantasies. They will have a happy fantasy dammit!

And ummm... was it just me, or were any of you really confused with the ending, you know, when the clock struck midnight or something? I didn't really get that part...hahahahaha... So if any of the story information is wrong please tell me!