Forever and Always - Parachute
She's sitting at the table, the hours get later
He was supposed to be here
She's sure he would have called
Sarah almost felt disappointed. Will had rang three hours ago to tell her the mission in Hawaii (that still made her jealous) had gone fine and he'd be home soon. That was 180 minutes ago. Not that she was counting. She hadn't heard anything for anyone. Ironhide would've rung if there was going to be a delay, especially as she'd told Will that she was going to allow Belle to wait up for him tonight.
The child was playing with her Lego in the living room, the drawing she'd made of Ironhide and Will on the fridge, waiting for her daddy to see it.
She waits a little longer, there's no one in the driveway
Sarah rose to her feet and padded to the door, opening it and scanning the street. It was empty and dark, the lights in the houses across the street having been turned out an hour ago. "Is dada there?" Belle called and Sarah shook her head before remembering her daughter couldn't see her.
"No, sweetie. Not yet."
No one's said they've seen him
Why, is something wrong?
Trying to ignore the rising feeling of dread she headed back to the kitchen to dial the array of numbers she has stored on her phone. There's no answer from any of the 'bots, Epps or her husband. The dread is getting stronger as the clock passes half past eleven. "Where are you, Will?" she whispered into the dark kitchen.
She looks back to the window
Suddenly the phone rings
A voice says something's happened
That she should come right now
She paced into the living room, phone clutched tightly in her hand as it starts to vibrate.. She doesn't check the ID, bringing it to her ear and answering it before the ringtones' kicked in. "Hello?"
Sarah. The voice isn't Will's, the one voice she wants to hear right now. It's Rachet.
"Rachet, where's Will?"
Something's happened. You need to come right away.
I can't divulge information over the phone. We're at the hospital. The line goes dead as Sarah slowly lowers the phone from her ear. The Hospital. Not the NEST hospital but the actual hospital. Oh God.
Her mind goes to December
She thinks of when he asked her
He bent down on his knees first
She collected Belle from the living room and the picture from the fridge, carrying her daughter to the rental car as she remembers back to Christmas.
The present she'd opened last was a small box shape and Will sat watching with a smile on his face. Belle was sitting behind him on the sofa, half her attention on the new Lego set next to her. Sarah removed the paper with her usual delicacy, causing Will to roll his eyes. "Just open the present, woman!" he grumbled and Sarah only laughed as the small, velvet box fell out onto her lap.
"Will?" she glanced up at him, remembering the last time she'd been given a box like this.
"Just open it." he urged, shuffling forwards. Sarah merely rolled her eyes and did as her husband asked. Opening the box her eyebrows shot up and her gaze flew to Will's. "Marry me?" he asked, referring to the delicate ring in the box.
"We're already married you fool!" she laughed, gaining the attention of her daughter as she pushed Will's chest.
"Marry me again, then. Re-knew our vows. We both know I've been absent in the past few months."
"A small price to pay when your husband saves the world!" Sarah teased and Will grabbed her wrists as he shuffled closer.
"Please, Sarah. Marry me again." Sarah saw the raw emotion in his eyes and her smile softened.
"Of course I will."
The scene replayed over and over in her mind as she sped towards the hospital. They were getting 're-married' in three months. Just three precious months and they were treating it like a proper wedding. Belle was even going to be a bridesmaid.
And he said
I want you forever, forever and always
Through the good and the bad and the ugly
We'll grow old together
Forever and always
Will was keeping his vows the same, just editing them. The usual 'I'll love you forever' would be joined with 'Even through the good, the bad and the ugly'. She knew that he would direct a look at Ironhide then. It was a running joke that Ironhide was the ugly on of the 'bots. Personally Sarah adored him. But not as much as her Will obviously.
Her Will. Please, God, let him be okay. Please. She begged silently as she pulled up into the hospital car park.
"Why are we here, mama?" Belle asked from the back seat, looking at her mother through the back window.
"I don't know, sweetie. I think daddy's been a little clumsy again." Sarah forced a smile that became a small, genuine one when she saw the Peterbuilt across the road. They were all here, the Autobots. Even Bumblebee was parked a few cars across. They were still and quiet, suggesting the Holoforms were already inside the hospital. "Lets go and see your daddy." Sarah said, lifting Belle from the car and heading towards the entrance.
She pulls up to the entrance
She walks right to the front desk
They lead her down a million halls, a maze that's never ending
They talk about what happened but she can barely hear them
She was met and the front desk by Rachet, Optimus and Ironhide, the latter of whom pulled her into a bone crushing hug before plucking Belle from her arms. The little girl squealed happily at the sight of her family's guardian. She was quickly hugged by Rachet and Optimus, a sign that something was truly wrong. They led her down the hall, explaining in hushed tones what had happened whilst Ironhide walked behind with Belle, distracting her from the adult's conversation.
Sarah could hear their lips moving but few words made it past the blood rushing through her ears.
"Thought we got 'em... one left behind... attacked the plane... Colorado... Will made sure... others were safe... I'm so sorry." Rachet was probably aware that what he was saying wasn't getting through so he was speaking slowly, repeating everything as Optimus supported her elbow.
She tries to keep a straight face as she walks into the room
She sits by his bedside, holds his hand too tight
When Rachet held the door to the private room open she was greeted by the faces of Epps, Acree, Bumblebee, Sideswipe and the others. She took a deep, shuddering breath as she strode forwards, the sea of faces parting as they blurred into one. She almost looses her resolve when she sees Will.
The bed sheets are wrapped around his waist, a bandage around his temple, a drip in his arm, cuts and scrapes along the visible parts of his skin and a heart monitor beeping next to his bed.
Someone places a chair behind her and she sinks into it as her vision blurs and she grabs Will's hand. She's aware that she's probably holding it way too tight, but it serves him right.
They talk about the kids they're gonna have and the good life
The house on the hillside, where they would stay
"What did you do?" she asks quietly.
"I'm sorry, Sarah." he responds at a tone to match hers. He sounds to weak. "But I had to make sure the others were safe."
"And their lives are more important than yours?" she demands before wincing as a sob tears through her body. "I'm sorry."
"It's okay." Will squeezes her hand, smiling slightly. "I'm so sorry."
"Daddy?" Sarah doesn't turn her head to look at Belle as Will smiles.
"Hey there, Princess. C'mere." he holds out his good hand and Ironhide carries the little girl over, placing her on the bed next to her father.
"Were you being clumsy again?" the little girl asks, oblivious to the time slipping though her fingers like grains of sand. Will manages a weak laugh and an equally as weak nod.
"Guess I was."
Then she gets an idea and calls in the nurses
Brings up the chaplain and he says a couple verses
She borrows some rings from the couple next door
Everybody's laughing as the tears fall on the floor
She looks into his eyes, and she says
Sarah rose unsteadily to her feet, turning to the others. Ironhide seems to know what she wants without her having to ask and he steps forwards, his hand clenched and out infront of him. He allows their wedding rings to fall into her own hands, the ones they gave to him on boxing day, agreeing to only wear their engagement rings until the ceremony. She turns back to Will who's smiling softly at her, all to aware of what she's doing. Belle frowns, not really understanding but a signal from Ironhide makes her slide from the bed and toddle towards him.
Sarah perches herself on the side of Will's bed, taking his left hand in hers and laying a kiss to the palm of it.
I want you forever, forever and always
Through the good and the bad and the ugly
We'll grow old together, and always remember
Whether happy or sad or whatever
We'll still love each other, forever and always
Forever and always, forever and always
"I love you, Will, and have done since we met. You are my life and there's not one thing I would've changed for the world. Except for this." tears begin to slide down her face now as Will reaches up to brush them away. "This has been the best few years of my life and you've given me so much. Without you I would've married some low-life and have never met our wonderful friends." she replaces his wedding band as Will struggles to sit up straighter.
"I'll love you forever and a day. Through the good and the bad and the ugly," as promised Will directs a look at Ironhide who can't help but laugh. "We're meant to grow old together, and always remember, whether happy or sad or whatever, we'll still love each other, forever and always" Will slides Sarah's old band onto her finger but not before she notices the 'Forever and always – Will x' engraved on the inside.
She finishes the vows but the beeps are getting too slow
His voice is almost too low
The heart monitor is getting to slow as Will sinks back into his pillows. Sarah extends an arm behind her and Belle runs to her, almost as though she now understands what's about to happen.
The Autobots say their quick goodbyes before filing from the room, Ironhide remaining by the door for moral support. "My two beautiful ladies."
"Daddy, look at this!" Annabelle says suddenly, remembering the drawing clutched in her hand.
"Oh, that's wonderful, Princess." Will smiled as best as he could but it was only a twitch of the lips.
As he says, I love you forever, forever and always
Please just remember even if I'm not there
I'll always love you, forever and always
"I love you both, forever and always. Just promise me that you'll remember that even though I'm not there." Anabelle scrambles over the bed to the other side, tucking herself under Will's arms as she begins to sniffle.
"I'll love you forever too, daddy."
"I love you so much, Will." Sarah says quietly as she leans forwards to press her lips to her husbands for the last time. She lays her head on his chest, interlocks one hand with his and rests the other over his heart as Will sighs, his eyes sliding closed and his heart beating for the last time.
I'm thinking of starting a story set when Annabelle's a teenager, a follow on from this story. What do you think?
Sorry about the whole depressing stuff.