Mrs. Kowan and Emily sat by Yuri’s
bedside. The air was filled with misery as even the
weather was mourning. The wind howled and it began
It was seven o’clock in the morning in the ward. There
was nobody except the patient in the ward. The clock struck seven
and the patient’s fingers moved very slightly. Her eyelids
twitched and fluttered open, like a butterfly spreading its wings.
Yuri sat up very slowly. The last time she was conscious, she
coughed blood and couldn’t breathe. However, her breath
is back now. She got up slowly and walked along the hallway. For
some reason, she was glad of the eerie silence and peacefulness.
The hallways were empty and Yuri went down to the beach. She bent
down before the rock she had sat together with Thomas and took
out a piece of chalk. Yuri wrote the words very slowly as her
hand shook from weakness, “Yuri and Thomas Forever.”
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“Dr. Brown, where is Yuri?” Thomas demanded.
Thomas swung free of the doctor looking shocked. It was Yuri who had saved him. If it wasn’t for Yuri, he would be dead. If it wasn’t for him, Yuri would be able to live longer today. It was his fault. Thomas bolted out the hospital gates towards the beach, where he assumed she was. He was right. Far away seated on a rock, there was a figure in blue. He ran up to her but froze as he was three feet away. She turned and gazed back at him. They stared at each other for a moment and then Thomas, for the first time in his life, started to cry. He ran up and hugged Yuri. He kissed her cheek and her forehead. The tears he had been holding back his whole life spilled.
“Yuri, why did you have to save me?” Thomas cried
as tears streamed down his pale face.
“Love is a legend, love is a story.
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They stopped together. Yuri’s arms felt heavy
but she managed a soft laugh as she struggled to keep
her eyes open.
“I’ll hold your hand and help you stand
Yuri stopped clapping and chanting. Her hands fell onto her lap and her head rolled to the side against Thomas’s shoulder. Thomas felt tears penetrate his eyes but he did not stop. He continued chanting and clapping and finished the poem.
“And nothing to hide.
Thomas looked down at Yuri but she had died. He felt
pain strike through his heart and he cupped her head
in his hands.
A huge wave crashed against the rock with the words, “Yuri and Thomas Forever”. The words were washed away by that wave along with Yuri’s life.
Yuri Kowan died on December 14th, exactly two years after her brother’s death.
Thomas stood by the ocean. It was three months after Yuri’s death. He glared at the ocean with tears falling unashamedly down his cheeks. He had promised Yuri they would be together forever, and he had decided that if she couldn’t stay with him, he would go to her. He took a step into the cold ocean… and then took another step … and then another…
~ Epilogue ~
Emily gazed at her happy family. She was filled with joy at what was given to her today and she would never forget Yuri Kowan, the girl who gave her all she had today. Far away, they could hear an orchestra playing the song of love. Yuri Kowan, you will always be Thomas’s girl… Thomas’s memory… Thomas’s love… His princess… His angel… And Thomas’s universe…
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