Disclaimer: I do not own Madame Giry, Meg Giry, Erik or any other characters from the movie/stage play/book. I only own my own characters.
Author's Note: I had a lot of fun writing "The Whispers of the Dark" for you guys! Here is the sequel, "A Haunting Lullaby" featuring many new characters and a new plot.
Reviews are respected and appreciated and I hope you like "A Haunting Lullaby".
Forgive the shortness of the chapter. The first chapter of any story is always hard for me.
A Haunting Lullaby
I sat at the windowsill, looking out at the sky. The moon shone down and I hummed a familiar tune to myself. Then I looked down at my swollen stomach and placed a hand gently on it. I had almost forgotten I would be a mother soon.
"Emily?" a soothing voice entered the room, making me turn. I looked at the man who stood in the doorway of my bedroom. His dark brown hair was combed back and his cloudy blue-green eyes looked at me worriedly.
"Oh, Armand," I breathed. "It's just you."
Armand nodded and walked over. He sat beside me and gave me a light kiss on the cheek. "How are you?"
"I'm alright," I said with a smile. I was happy with my husband; he was, after all, a vicomte: Vicomte Armand de Maurier, to be exact. "You?"
"Perfect," he smiled. "Just perfect." He placed a gentle hand on my stomach. "You will be an excellent mother. And I hope the baby is just like you."
I kissed him. "Thank you, Armand," I said. "You will make a great father."
He smiled that charming smile of his and almost every thought inside of my head left. Everything except my husband, myself and our child. I hadn't forgotten about Erik, but, at times, I thought I had forgotten all the love we shared.
"I'll leave you to rest, my love," he whispered in my ear, his lips brushing against my cheek as he moved away. He exited the room.
After he was gone I looked down at a pillow by the windowsill. Moving it away, I picked up the crumpled letter. After a year, the writing on the front was a bit faded but I could make out my own name written in perfect penmanship. I closed my eyes and put the letter over my heart. "I haven't forgotten you, Erik," I whispered, my voice traveling out the window and onto the wind. "I haven't forgotten our love. I will never experience a love such as that. Never." A single tear fell from my eye now and I sniffed. I placed the letter back where I'd kept it and stood up stiffly, making my way to the bed.
Lying down, I closed my eyes and breathed deep breaths and I could swear I heard Erik's voice whisper in my ear as I fell asleep. "I haven't forgotten either, my love; my dear, Emily."
"Thank you, Rose," I said. I lifted the glass of water to my lips and the maid left the room. I swallowed and shut my eyes as I felt the child kick in my womb again.
"What is it?" Armand asked, a bit worried.
"Just the child, Armand," I said, placing a hand on his shoulder. He came into my room the moment I'd awoken and hadn't left my side. The doctor said the baby would be due any day now. "Nothing to be worried about, dear."
He managed a small smile for me. "I'm just so nervous."
"Don't be," I soothed. "Everything will be fine." Then the pains hit me. I sat up, eyes shut tight, teeth gritted. "Armand! Fetch the doctor!"
Without hesitation, my husband jumped up and ran out the door. I heard him order a servant to send for the doctor.
"She's absolutely beautiful, Emily," my husband said. He sat at my bedside, staring down at our newborn daughter. He looked at me and smiled widely.
I looked at him and reached over, giving him a light kiss. I looked back at our daughter, and she snuggled into my chest tiredly. I smiled and placed a kiss on her head.
"What shall we name her?" Armand questioned.
I studied her in thought. Then I thought of it, "Grace." I looked at him. "We'll name her Grace."
"It's perfect, Emily," he said with a small sigh. "She looks just like you."
"Do you want to hold her?"
"Yes, of course."
I handed Grace to him and he took her with trembling hands. He stared at her, in total awe. He was a father and he couldn't believe it.
Then something occurred to me. If Erik does see me again, what will happen?
Author's Note: School ended for me yesterday (YAY!) and I got time to write this.
I'm still working things out, so you'll have to be patient while waiting for Chapter Two. ;)
Yay for short chapters, because this is it for Chapter One. Couldn't really think of anything else. Please read and review! :D