[Chapter Fourteen – “Awake” — Part Two of Seventeen]
[To be continued…]
[Original writing & photography by J. E. Lattimer]
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“Yes, it‘s true.” Jack said.
“How is this possible? I don’t understand!” Charlotte said.
Jack walked over and stood next to where she was laying down.
“I’m not sure if I understand everything that has happened today, either.” He said.
Charlotte turned over and slowly rose up to a sitting position. Her expression was a jumbled mixture of joy and fear.
“My life has been hell since you left me here.” She said. A tear was starting to well up in the corner of her eye.
“I know, sweetheart.” Jack said. He shook his head slightly and sighed. “I am truly sorry.”
He sat down on the edge of the mattress beside her and, using the back of his hand, wiped away the tear as it streaked down her cheek.
Charlotte leaned forward and wrapped her arms around him. It was the embrace she had spent two years longing for. The moment that she had been praying for.
Jack placed his hands on her lower back and pulled her close, then nuzzled the side of her neck.
“The world has changed so much…” Charlotte whispered.
“Jack- Everything that you predicted and warned people about, all of your research- It has all happened! The world is spiraling out of control- Consumed by hatred and darkness. Most of the people have been ignoring it, acting like everything is still the same…”
“Shhh. I think everything will be okay. Remember, love conquers all…”
He moved his mouth up to hers and initiated a long, slow kiss.