One more day with you
Last night I had a crazy dream. A wish was granted just for me. It could be for anything. I didn't ask for money or a mansion in Malibu. I simply wished for one more day with you. One more day, one more time, one more sun set maybe I'd be satisfied. Then again I know what it would do. It would leave me wishing still for one more day with you.
Ally sat in her rocking chair in the apartment she shared with Aiden holding her son in her arms. Caroline was on the floor in front of her drawing a picture of the two of them. It had been one year since the accident. Six months earlier she had given birth to her son who she called Tyler Jr.
It was quiet for a long time before Caroline broke the silence, "Ally can we go to the park? I want to write to Tyler."
Ally nodded sadly and wrapped the twelve year old girl in a hug. She answered in a soft voice, "We can go see him. I just have to get Tyler Jr. changed and then we can stay as long as you like. Go grab your coat and let Aiden know we are going. He might want to come with us this time."
Caroline nodded and ran down the stairs two at a time. Once the young girl was out of sight Ally stood up and held her son to her chest, "You ready for a change? We are going to go see your daddy. You look so much like him."
Meanwhile Caroline was downstairs talking to Aiden. Aiden turned the TV off and snapped in a voice sounding harsher then he had meant it to, "Caroline no! I've told you a hundred times in the past year every time you and Ally go to see him…"
Caroline stared at Aiden with tears silently running down her face, "Don't you miss him at all?"
Aiden sighed, "Caroline, he was my best friend. I miss him very much. I shouldn't have yelled at you like that. Can I have a hug?"
Caroline dried her eyes with a tissue and hugged Aiden gently, "It's alright. Ally and I should get going. I think she is taking Tyler Jr. with her this time."
Aiden got up off the couch, "I'll watch him. You and Ally need this time to talk to Tyler not worrying about what Tyler Jr. maybe getting into. Go get your coat it's really cold outside today. I'll let Ally know I'm coming with her."
When they reached the park Caroline climbed up on the Alice and wonderland statue. Tears landed on her dress but she didn't care. Ally went over and sat beside the young girl, "Caroline? Are you ok?"
The girl sniffed, "Fine just really wish he was still here. I wish I knew he could hear me."
Ally kissed the young girl's temple, "Take this penny and make a wish. It will make you feel better."
Caroline climbed off the statue and went to stand in front of the wishing well. In a soft voice she said, "I wish my brother was still alive. I wish I could feel him hug me one more time."
Just after sunset Aiden said, "Caroline I think we should be getting you home. Tyler Jr. fell asleep in the baby swing and we don't want to keep him up too late or he will be crabby. I promise once he's a little older and sleeps through the night you can spend the night again. Ok?"
Caroline nodded and got off the statue. Tears were burning in her eyes but she refused to let them out. Quietly she murmured, "I love you Tyler. I'll see you tomorrow."
When they reached Caroline's house Ally opened the door for her and said, "Tomorrow we can stay longer with your brother. Get some sleep ok."
Once they reached the apartment Ally asked, "Aiden can you put Tyler Jr. to bed for me? I'm really not feeling well. I think I'm just going to get some rest."
Aiden nodded and unbuckled the sleeping baby from his car seat. Ally smiled and made her way over to the bed she slept in. She was shocked when she saw the face she never expected to see again. Tears rolled down her cheeks when she gasped, "Tyler?"
The young man in the bed blinked and rubbed his eyes, "Ally I know you aren't here for me. It's great that you came anyway. Caroline is really upset about what those girls did to her hair. I haven't ever seen her like this. I'm sorry about the bet. I'm sorry for not telling you. I'm sorry for hurting you. I hope you can forgive me. Even if you can't I still love you."
Ally broke down crying and flung herself into his arms, "I forgive you. Tyler I love you so much. That bet didn't mean anything. All that matters is that you and I are together now. God don't let go of me."
Tyler blinked his eyes, "Ally what's the matter? You look like you've seen a ghost. Hey don't cry. It's ok. I've got you. I've got you."
Ally sniffled, "I'm fine. I just really missed you. I don't ever want to fight again. Life is way too short for that."
Tyler kissed her damp cheeks, "I didn't like fighting with you either. I felt so lost without you. I love you so much. Now try to sleep."
Ally nodded, "You probably want the bed to yourself. I'll just go sleep on the couch."
Tyler shook his head, "I want you up here with me. Lay down Ally. Goodnight. I love you."
In the middle of the night Ally saw her mother standing in front of her bed. She spoke in a soft voice, "Ally honey. I'm so proud of the way you are growing up I decided to send this young man back to you. However there is a catch."
Ally sat bolt upright in the bed with out waking Tyler, "What catch? He's not going to suffer is he? If he is mom then just take it back!"
Ally's mom sighed and put a hand on her daughter gently, "No sweetheart. He's exactly in perfect health. However when September eleventh comes around he will still meet his fate. You have three days with him no more, no less. I love you sweetheart. I have to go now."
First thing I'd do is pray for time to crawl. I'd unplug the telephone and keep the TV off. I'd hold you every second. Say a million I love you. That's what I'd do with one more day with you.
After Caroline got out of school that morning Aiden brought her over to the house. Ally still had not told either of them that Tyler was back. She wasn't sure how Caroline would take it. Quickly she called Aiden into the bedroom. Aiden came running, "Ally is everything ok? I swear I checked the baby monitor. I had one next to me the whole time."
Ally forced herself to keep from laughing, "Aiden everything is fine. There is just something I want to tell you, well more like someone… Caroline can't know yet."
Aiden frowned, "Why do I smell beer and cigarettes?"
Ally laughed, "Aiden this might sound crazy but… my mom brought Tyler back to life for three days. He doesn't remember the attack or anything. He thinks it's exactly what the calendar says three days before the planes hit the towers. When those three days are up he will still meet his fate."
Aiden pulled Ally into a hug, "You are sure he's here? You are sure that my best friend is alive? Oh my God I need to see him!"
Ally smiled, "He's here Aiden. I think he's still asleep though. I didn't want to wake him."
Aiden went over to the bed, "Tyler if you don't wake up I'm telling Caroline about toothbrush girl!"
Tyler rolled over and yawned, "Aiden shut up! You'll wake Caroline she's upset enough as it is. It took forever to get her to sleep last night. Where is she?"
Aiden didn't speak he just pulled his friend into a one armed hug, "Caroline is at home Tyler. Did you want to go out for lunch just me and you? Maybe go for a few drinks?"
Tyler shook his head, "Every time you say a few drinks you come home drunk. Would you mind if Caroline spent the night to night? I think it will make her feel better to be around me. If you mind then I'll just sleep at home tonight."
Aiden sighed, "Of course we don't mind man. I will go pick her up though. You look like you could use more sleep."
After Aiden left the room Caroline came walking down the hallway carrying Tyler Jr. her breath hitched in her throat when she saw her brother's face. She handed Tyler Jr. to Ally and ran over to the bed. She flung herself into his arms, "I thought I'd never see you again. I missed you so much. Tyler I love you."
Tyler kissed his little sister's temple, "I'm here Maestro. I love you to. Now I talked to mom and Less and you are spending the night here with me, Ally and Aiden. You go back to school in three days. Now what would you say to going to a movie?"
Caroline nodded but didn't release her grip on her older brother. Tyler ruffled his sister's hair, "Maestro you really need to let go. I'll be back downstairs in just a minute."
After Tyler and Caroline got back from the movies Ally was in her room putting Tyler Jr. to bed when she heard Tyler knock on the door. She opened the door and smiled at him, "Hey."
Tyler smiled back, "Hey yourself. Listen do you or Aiden have any idea what is wrong with Caroline? I mean I know she's shaken up about her hair but this is something else. It's almost like she's scared I'm going to disappear. Ally I don't mean to sound forward but what's with the kid?"
Ally looked away from Tyler. She couldn't look into his eyes when she said, "Tyler this is your son."
Tyler blinked, "Ally you are joking right? We can't have a son. You and I just got back together last night. Unless you adopted and didn't tell me there is no way you could have a kid right now. Don't cry Ally. Please look at me."
Ally brushed a tear off her cheek and whispered, "His name is Tyler Jr. He was born six months after you died in the attacks. I don't know how but something… something brought you back to me… to all of us. What sucks is I can't even be truly happy about it because it's only for three days."
Tyler's mouth fell open and tears ran down his cheeks, "My baby… can I hold him?"
Ally nodded and handed Tyler his son. Then she kissed his hair and wrapped her arms around both of them. She felt Tyler's tears soaking her shirt but she didn't care, "Hey its ok. I'm here. Shh…"
One more day, one more time, one more sun set maybe I'd be satisfied. Then again I know what it would do. It would leave me wishing still for one more day with you.
Tyler got up the next morning and went into his sister's room. Gently he shook her shoulder, "Maestro. Can I talk to you a second?"
Caroline sat up, "What is it Tyler?"
Tyler smiled, "I know why you are scared. Caroline I'm here now and I love you. We are going to make the best of the time we have together. Would you like me to sleep in here tonight?"
Caroline nodded and wrapped her arms around her brother, "What do you mean time? You are back. I don't understand."
Tyler sighed, "Maestro I wish it were that simple. I only have three days. I'm so sorry."
Caroline buried her face in her brother's shirt and cried, "This isn't fair! Please don't go."
Tyler kissed her hair, "Caroline I'm so sorry. I will always be with you forever. I love you. Remember what I said our fingerprints don't fade from the lives we touch. Now try and go back to sleep."
Caroline murmured in a voice thick with sleep, "I will do whatever it takes to keep you here."