Oh my goodness. This is actually the last day of the ‘Lil Hoohaa blog writing challenge and I DID it! Woooo hoooo! Today is the final installment of the four part Friday story post. As you can see from the title, the subject is “Sydney, Australia.
Lisa was aware of noises around her but wasn’t able to focus on anything but the horrible pain in her head. She was aware of being on her back but something didn’t feel quite right. As much as she tried, she couldn’t force her eyes to open.
The last thing she remembered was sitting next to Morgan on a plane headed for Sydney, Australia. What had she been thinking? He was so convincing. Not only had he purchased a ticket for her, but also got one for her return flight home to show good faith. He had some kind of business to tend to and said he really needed her there to help finish the job. So why not? She was single, had plenty of vacation time and had loved every minute with this amazing man. Why didn’t she listen to that damn fortune cookie.
But why wouldn’t her head stop throbbing, for goodness sake?
Pain. Noise. Confusion.
“Lisa. Open your eyes.”
“Yes, you can. The sooner you do, the quicker your pain will go away.”
Slowly… ever so slowly, Lisa began to open her eyes. She glanced left. Right. And found she was in the grass on a hillside. But the noise? The sharp feeling under her back? What…?
Finally she looked up and found Morgan leaning over her, arms on either side of her body. Her body? Why couldn’t she feel her body?
“It’s your time Lisa. Come with me.”
Morgan took his hands and raised them over her head. As he slowly moved his hands down her face, the pain began to leave her. Then down her shoulders, her chest, her entire body. She felt no more pain. It was almost as if she was floating.
Finally she was able to raise her head. That was when everything came in to focus. The toppled seats. The mangled metal. The burning flesh.
“It’s your time, Lisa. I came to take you. I couldn’t let you go right away. I felt so connected. I… I… “
A rush of complete understanding came over her as she took one of Morgan’s hands, and then the other. As they began to rise she said, “Thank you. I understand now. And… thank you.”