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Eyes Open - Part 15
Published May 6, 2012


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Milii454

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All this feels strange and untrue
And I won't waste a minute without you
My bones ache, my skin feels cold
And I'm getting so tired and so old

The anger swells in my guts
And I won't feel these slices and cuts
I want so much to open your eyes
'Cause I need you to look into mine

Tell me that you'll open your eyes
Tell me that you'll open your eyes
Tell me that you'll open your eyes
Tell me that you'll open your eyes

Get up, get out, get away from these liars
'Cause they don't get your soul or your fire
Take my hand, knot your fingers through mine
And we'll walk from this dark room for the last time

Every minute from this minute now
We can do what we like anywhere
I want so much to open your eyes
'Cause I need you to look into mine

Snow Patrol, “Open your eyes”

All this feels strange and untrue
And I won't waste a minute without you
My bones ache, my skin feels cold
And I'm getting so tired and so old

The anger swells in my guts
And I won't feel these slices and cuts
I want so much to open your eyes
'Cause I need you to look into mine

Tell me that you'll open your eyes
Tell me that you'll open your eyes
Tell me that you'll open your eyes
Tell me that you'll open your eyes

Get up, get out, get away from these liars
'Cause they don't get your soul or your fire
Take my hand, knot your fingers through mine
And we'll walk from this dark room for the last time

Every minute from this minute now
We can do what we like anywhere
I want so much to open your eyes
'Cause I need you to look into mine

Snow Patrol, “Open your eyes”
*ring ring*

..........
Solomon McGraw looked down, listening to the dial tone as it reverberated from the receiver. He replaced his phone in his pocket. It had been a year. He had wondered when this day would come. Numbly, he turned and walked back to the white house; rising gently from the sand. He climbed the spiral staircase and opened the glass door to the study. Hearing the click of the latch, his wife rose from her desk chair and looked at him.

The look on his face told her all that she needed to know. He never took his calls outside. She pushed past him icily and sat on the balcony; watching the waves roll in and out.
He ignored her; she knew all too well what was going on. However the small toddler, sitting on the floor playing with her blocks on the floor. The toddler grinned as Solomon approached.

“Dada!” She demanded, lifting her little arms above her head.
Sonny obeyed and picked up his precious daughter. She snuggled into his shoulder, her baby scent overwhelming him. He took her to the window.

“Look Pearl, see the fishy’s in the sea?” Sonny pointed to a school of jumping fish close to the shore. Pearl placed her fist on the window, trying to catch the fish.
“Now my precious Pearl, listen closely to Daddy. He has to go away for a while. But he loves you. And your Mummy. So very much. He doesn’t want to go. No. He doesn’t. But he has to. Or else you and Mummy will be in trouble.” “Dada?”

“Yes Pearly?”

“Lobe you.”
Emma watched the waves roll in and out, in and out, ripping at the sand, like she was ripping apart her family. “Why now Sonny?”

“Why else Emma? Laura. She’s caught up with her.”

“Why would she need you? She has another person to help her!”

“That other person isn’t her son though.” Sonny responded.
Emma’s eyes began to well and Sonny kissed her gently on the lips.

“Pack up in case of. Well. Go to your parents. Keep our little Pearl safe.”
He drew her in close, holding her, remembering the feel of her skin against his.

“I love you.”

“I love you too.”
As he descended the staircase, he realised that his sister was a blessing and a curse. By causing his mother’s imprisonment, he’d been able to make a life for himself as an honest businessman. Through those company links he’d met Thornton Wolff and through him his daughter Emma. They’d got married and had his little Pearl, and Thornton had rewarded him when he’d retired with his controlling stake in the company. But Laura had caused a deep, dark hatred within his mother; now that Sonny was a father he could sympathise with his mother; the desire to do the best for your children, putting yourself on the line for them. But his mother went the wrong way about it; crime wasn’t ever going to pay and disapproving of David; the scene at the funeral, that wasn’t ever going to bring Laura back into her arms.

And Sonny still had a problem with Laura for the incidents with his father.

As he walked away from the house, he couldn’t turn back and look at the life he was leaving.
Meanwhile, in Riverview...

The thick envelope thumped on the door mat, prompting Timmy to begin barking at the invisible person hidden by the door.

Max grabbed his collar and pulled him back before he tried to bite the door handle off. The envelope was thick with a swirly silver print.
“You are cordially invited to the renewal of vows between Alucard Der Blutegel and Khilda Der Blutegel....”

The glen was dapped with sunlight that streamed through the oak trees. An ivy covered arch stood in the corner, surrounded by yellow rose bushes. Silver and cream seats sat in patches of clover and a stone fountain trickled in the corner.

It was hard to believe that this silent place was so close to the main road into town; it felt like they were in the middle of nowhere.
Max and Anna took their seats; they were the first guests to arrive. Max had been acting funnily since he’d picked her up at Macy’s, quiet and reserved like usual, but twitchy and jumpy. He kept turning towards her, opening his mouth but no sound came out. After a couple of minutes, more of the guests began to arrive, taking their respective seats. Alucard arrived too, his cane making a muffled noise against the natural carpet below. Khilda swept up the aisle, faint strains of music coming from somewhere deep within the clearing. Her hair was swept up and held back by a tiara, her dress a cream colour with silver gems glinting down the side. She looked much younger than her years and perfectly content. The rings were exchanged and confetti fell from within the arch, scattering across the ground. People milled around clapping, congratulating and throwing rice and confetti at the couple. It was soon time to cut the ornate cake positioned further towards the outskirts of the glen. “Congratulations!” Anna said, embracing her old friend. Now that everybody was eating there was less of a crowd around Khilda and a chance to finally talk to her.

“Ah, my dear, I have been very lucky; two weddings in my lifetime! Not many have that chance, and to actually share it with my family this time around as well; I couldn’t be happier today.”
Khilda heard a noise behind her and looked over her shoulder. She leant in closer to Anna and smiled a cunning smile.

“As I said, I have been very lucky to marry Alucard not once; but twice! But we are old my dear, and life rushes through your fingertips at a moment’s notice. Not everybody is fond of marriage, but once you find the one, then more often than not the wind will simply change direction and they will be gone. Take the chance whilst you can my dear; for not everything is set in stone as we mere mortals believe it to be.”
It seemed like the whole town had turned up for the reception. A chance to interact with the mysterious Der Blutegel’s was hardly one to turn down! Anna spent an hour weaving between the pockets of people until she found Max by the roads edge watching the sun set, a pensive look upon his face.

She walked up to him and held him tightly, the gesture reciprocated.
He took her hand and they sat watching the stars whilst the party grew in volume; the traditional sound at a Der Blutegel party of smashing glass tinkling over the chatter and music. Soon it was pitch black. A cool breeze had created a chill in the air and everybody was packing up and getting ready to leave. Max took Anna’s hand and walked her home to Macy’s house.

“I really enjoyed today.” Max said quietly.

He hesitated.
He looked like he was going to say something more but instead wrapped her up in his arms and kissed her on the mouth.

He turned and began walking quickly, leaving Anna both a little confused and disappointed.
The long walk home had given him time to think. He stopped at the lake that sat in front of his home, elevated by a rock. He looked down at his reflection and thrust his hand in his pocket.

His fingers clasped around the ring box in his pocket; the engagement ring which had Anna’s name engraved next to his inside on it inside.

Coward. Coward. Coward.

That’s all that had been running through his mind the whole walk home.
He jumped from the rock and despondently walked towards the house.

How could anybody be too scared to ask one stupid little question?

Will you marry me?

Coward.

Timmy barked from inside the house; loud, raucous, warning barks.

He heard footsteps behind him.
Then everything went dark.
A big thanks for reading and for everybody’s patience with me whilst I was writing this chapter; I’m afraid though it’s going to be another long wait before the next one is ready!

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#1fruitopiaVIPMay 7, 2012

Eyes Wide Open is back.

#2jv_137May 7, 2012

I really love this story!

#3spitzmagicMay 8, 2012

YAY!!! great chapter. I hope Sonny doesn't go all bad. Can't wait to find out who was waiting for his return. I hope it wasn't Sonny...Congrats on the feature too.\:rah\:

#4spladoumMay 23, 2012

High drama indeed! Anxiously awaiting the next part ...

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