Unimaginable Treasure – Chapter Three

Here it is, the third chapter of my new story. It’s called Unimaginable Treasure. Please know, that I will never judge anyone from holding on certain things. So there’s no need to feel embarrassed about it. We are all humans, and we are doing our best. I am not one to judge or express shame among anyone. Please feel free to provide me with any feedback. I will be posting a chapter every Wednesday. Although I am a bit late with posting this week. I apologize for that I was just thinking about what I should write next. I can’t wait to start writing chapter three of this story. I hope you like it.

For those of you who will like to catch up or just reread the first two chapters of the story, click here, threeyellowdaisies.ca/category/unimaginable-treasure/

Chapter Three

After Ben had dropped Sophie off at her house from donating their winter accessories to the homeless people. She walked up to her room, and realized that her room was too cluttered, despite giving away some of her things. She came to the realization that she was just like her Grandma, Mary. She had kept things that she no longer needed to keep. She didn’t need to hold on to three of her Grandma’s tea collection to hold on to her memories of her Grandma. She only needed to keep one set. She decided to keep the rose set, which is the collection her Grandma used whenever she visited her.

Sophie knew that Lisa admired the blue porcelain set, so she figured she would give that to her the next time she saw her. As for the teddy bear collection. She figured a little girl would be able to make memories with her grandma, the same way Sophie has memories of her Grandma.

Sophie later learned that she didn’t need to keep a bunch of Grandma’s belongings to remind herself of Mary. Sophie knew that her Grandma lived in her heart.

She became inspired that she had asked if her parents can help her declutter their whole house. She even called her cousin and asked if they go through their house, donating various items.

She has been encouraging her friends to participate in their school’s donation drive. A few days she had talked it over with her principal, Mr. Johnson, if she can be in charge of the donations. She was planning on giving them to various shelters. Shelters that helped the homeless, men and women who have recently left abusive relationships and didn’t have much of anything since they left in a hurry. Depending on how many people, she would donate some things to thrift and second hand stores.

Mr. Johnson said she could make an announcement on the P.A. system during their morning announcement on Monday. She was so excited that she had began writing her speech.

***

Meanwhile Lisa is asking her mom if there are any duplicate items in their kitchen. Her mom then joins her with donating some of the things she no longer uses. Lisa’s mom is very proud of Sophie for organizing this event to help others.

Ben is in the garage with his Dad and he is asking if there are any items that they no longer need anymore.

Monday morning rolls around. Sophie is in the principal’s office with her cue cards waiting for her turn to speak during the morning announcements. When it comes her turn, she clears her throat, and grabs the micrphone.

“Hey there, everyone. My name is Sophie and I’m in the twelfth grade. I have decided that this is the perfect time for us to go through our belongings. Carefully examining if we still use these items, if we have duplicates of them, if they genuinely add happiness to our lives. And whatever we no longer use can be brought in to be donated. There will be a few boxes in front of the principal office which is where we will place our donations. You can donate anything to clothes, kitchen ware, books, games, and any hygiene products. I will then organize everything, and send them to various locations such as shelters that will help out homeless people, people who have left abusive relationships and don’t have much. There’s no better time than right now, since the weather is getting colder, and there are so many people that are in need. We can add some cheer to people’s hearts. We will be accepting donations until next Friday. Thank you so much. Have a great day!” Sophie explained, as she handed the microphone back to the principal.

Sophie was very eager to partake in this challenge. She hoped that everyone donated at least 10 items. She figured she would be spend an hour after school with her friends organizing everything. But as long as she was with her friends, she didn’t seem to mind. She also loved the idea of being able to help others. From a young age, Sophie enjoyed helping others.

Unimaginable Treasure Chapter Two

Here it is, the second chapter of my new story. It’s called Unimaginable Treasure. Please know, that I will never judge anyone from holding on certain things. So there’s no need to feel embarrassed about it. We are all humans, and we are doing our best. I am not one to judge or express shame among anyone. Please feel free to provide me with any feedback. I will be posting a chapter every Wednesday. Although I am a bit late with posting this week. I apologize for that I was just thinking about what I should write next. I can’t wait to start writing chapter three of this story. I hope you like it.

For those of you who will like to catch up or just reread the first chapter of the story, click here, threeyellowdaisies.ca/category/unimaginable-treasure/

Chapter Two

They entered Ben’s room and it was fairly organized for the most part. He had two dirty mugs on his night stand, but it was fairly cleaned. Although he could have used a good dusting.

Sophie sneezed loudly.

“Bless you.” Ben said, handing her a tissue. “Sorry, I should dust more frequently.”

“It’s fine. Don’t worry about it.” Said Sophie.

“So where should we start?” Lisa asked as she made a spot for her tea cup on his desk. Ben and Sophie then placed their cups and the plate of cookies beside Lisa’s tea cup.

“For me I think it is easiest to start with the closet, and the clothes. I recommend that you start with the things you don’t have much attachment with first. That way you can build up the strength to get rid of more things, including your sentimental items.” Sophie announced as Ben opened his closet.

“Hm. This is interesting. For starters I have never see you wear this shirt before.” Sophie confessed. She was surprised to see a tie dye shirt stashed away in his closet.

“Okay, well I just thought, I’ll wear it for whenever my aunt comes over. She bought it a few years ago.” Ben admitted, as Lisa laughed.

“Oh, my word! I can’t picture you having that shirt.”

“No, if you haven’t worn it a year, it goes. There are so many people in need, and would love to have this shirt.” Sophie explained.

“This is so much fun. I’m going to quickly grab a reusable bag from the kitchen. I’ll be right back. Does anyone want anything?” Lisa offered.

“Perhaps, you can boil the kettle, if you don’t mind? Maybe in a few minutes you can make us more tea. Cool?” Ben suggested.

Lisa then departed the room.

“I love that girl.” Ben said with the biggest smile on his face.

“I know that! I’m happy that she has found someone as amazing as you.” Sophie replied.

Lisa came back and began placing all of the clothes that Ben no longer wanted in the bags.

“I think the kettle finished brewing. I’ll go make us another cup.” Lisa announced as she carefully carried their mugs downstairs.

“So I see that you have three suits and jackets to match. I think that is a bit much. I think you should see if any one of these sets fits you. Then decide from there.” Sophie ordered, as she removed his suits from their hangers and placed them in his hands.

“I know that this one is too small. I actually forgot that I had this. But this one is my favourite. And I also like this one, too. Is that okay?” Ben asked as he grabbed another suit.

“Well, it depends. If you were to see this in a store, would you buy it?” Sophie asked.

“Hm…” Ben began to ponder. “I would want to buy this one, but I don’t think I would buy this one.”

“Okay, that’s great.” Sophie said as Lisa had brought up Sophie’s and Ben’s cups of tea. She had to go back down to the kitchen for her cup.

Lisa came back up with her tea, and she had curled up on his bed.

“Wait, are you really getting rid of your suits. But your parents spent a lot of money on those?” Lisa wondered.

“Yes, it would appear like they have, but to be fair, one of them no longer fits. And secondly, it would be expensive for him to keep it.” Sophie explained.

“What do you mean? I don’t get it.” Lisa answered.

“Because it will be taking up space in the closet. And someone else can benefit by having this suit. This sophisticated suit will make someone happy, especially this is something not everyone can afford.” Sophie confessed.

“That is an interesting way of explaining things.” Lisa said.

“Now, that you say that, I think I might add a few more shirts.” Ben admitted, removing clothes from their hangers.

“This is awesome!” Sophie squealed.

“This is making me happy knowing that I am helping someone else.” Ben admitted.

“Next, we should see if you have any winter accessories, like extra coats, scarves, etc.” Sophie said, grabbing a cookie.

Ben grabbed a container at the bottom of his closet. He went through it, and followed Sophie’s rule of only keeping two of everything. She explained that if he had to wash something, he would have an extra to wear if he needed to go out.

After sorting through this container, he ended up giving away several things. He had six different jackets, and he realized that he should only need two jackets. He donated a bunch of shoes as well. He didn’t need five sneakers. He had kept a pair of waterproof sneakers, when he realized that his boots would suffice. Sophie had told Ben that he should set aside his winter accessories from his clothes, although he didn’t ask why he needed to separate it from his other belongings.

Sophie suggested that he go through his bed sheets. A lot of people can use these — more than we realize. She told him to put his bed sheets next to his winter accessories.

Lisa was observing Sophie’s method of how to declutter.

“Sophie, you are amazing! His closet is really starting to look more spacious already.” Lisa expressed.

“Thanks, and we’re just getting started.” Sophie admitted.

“I’m so happy with this process.” Ben confessed.

“We can probably work on Lisa’s room next weekend. I’m really glad you two are on board. The donation week is in two weeks. Perhaps, you two can talk to your parents and see what they are willing to donate, as well?” Sophie asked with sincerity hoping that their parents were willing to help.

“Oh no! It’s already 10 o’clock. Ben, you have to drive us home, it’s already passed curfew.” Lisa said with frustration.

“I feel incredibly bad but I won’t be able to wash my tea set before I leave. But we’ll be back tomorrow. Perhaps, that can be your homework for tonight.” Sophie announced.

“Sure, thing. I will take good care of it, for the night.” Ben promised, as he was grabbing the car keys.

Ben’s parents were nice enough to let Ben borrow the family car from time to time. Sophie and Lisa grabbed their purses and walked out of the room.

As they were putting on their shoes, Sophie said, “I couldn’t help but notice, but you have six umbrellas!”

“That I didn’t realize, but maybe I’ll work on that later.” Ben said, as he locked the front door. They were suddenly hit by a chilly breeze, that caused the fallen leaves to dance with the wind. It was also a bit foggy, too.

Ben started the car, and he drove to Sophie’s house, and thanked her for all of her help.

“Thank you so much, Ben! I really appreciated you driving us home. It sure beats walking in this.” Sophie said as she opened the car door, and walked towards her house.

“I feel really good about myself, and all of my progress.” Ben said.

“I’m proud of you, too.” Lisa said, giving Ben a quick peck on the cheek.

When Sophie unlocked her door, she gave them a wave as Ben resumed driving. Ben was raised to always wait until the person he is dropping off is safe in their house before driving away. Thankfully, Sophie and Lisa lived within a few blocks from each other.

“I can only imagine how many bags I am going to get rid of.” Lisa wondered.

Ben and Lisa arrived at her house, he ended up walking her to the door, and kissed her good night.

“Good night, I love you.” Lisa announced.

“Good night, I love you, too.” Ben said kissing her, before she went into her house.

Ben drove home, and began washing the dirty dishes from his room. He even made a vow to never leave his room messy, again.

After all that, he decided to go to bed.

***

Sophie woke up and she immediately called Lisa.

A few rings went by before she heard Lisa pick up her phone.

“Hey?” Lisa had said sluggishly.
“Oh, did I wake you? Sorry.” Sophie apologized.
“It’s seven thirty.” Lisa asked as she slowly sat up in her bed.
“I know, but in the morning is the best time to get things done!”
“I guess so, it just isn’t me, but… What’s up?”
“I organized my winter gear, so I was thinking that Ben could pick me up, so I can bring my winter gear with me to your place. As can Ben.”

Lisa didn’t seem to respond since she had nodded off.

“Uhm, hello?” Sophie asked.
“Yeah.” Lisa said as she yawned.
“Oh, okay, you know what I’ll call you back in a few hours. Bye.” Sophie said as she hung up.

***

Sophie had called Ben asking him to pack all of his winter gear that he no longer wanted, and she had asked if he can pick her up before they headed off to Lisa’s house.

They eventually arrived at Lisa’s. Ben and Sophie left their containers of winter accessories in the car. They made sure it wasn’t too early for her, since she isn’t the biggest morning person, especially on the weekends.

“Let’s go through your winter gear. We’re going to be doing something special today.” Sophie announced.
“Okay, I actually have a lot of winter gear. Like more than I thought I did.” Lisa said, all embarrassed.

Ben sat on Lisa’s unmade bed as Sophie began digging through the piles of winter coats and scarves. Lisa was kind of the messy one.

“That’s okay. I don’t judge anyone for having too much stuff. My Grandma’s house was filled with stuff. Like floor to ceiling of things. So I understand.” Sophie explained.

“I’m sorry to hear that.” Lisa said.
“It’s okay. I just wished I could have been there for her more. I feel like I could have helped.” Sophie confessed.

There was a short pause, as Lisa and Ben didn’t know what to say to Sophie.

“I have never seen you wear this before!” Sophie exclaimed, as she held up a coat to Lisa, so she could see it.

“Ooh, I was looking for that!” Lisa said.
“Were you actually though?” Sophie asked.
“I guess not, no. But it looks cute.” Lisa expressed.
“Yes, but if you haven’t worn it in a year, you should let it go.” Sophie explained.
“Well, I guess if you put that way, okay, I’ll get rid of it.” Lisa replied as she set her coat aside in a pile filled with her other coats she was letting go.

Sophie came across as a hat with a price tag on it.

“You bought something that you haven’t worn, yet?” Sophie asked as Lisa looked guilty.

“It was on sale, and I thought I needed it.” Lisa added.
“Did you know that things are 100% off if you don’t buy it?” Sophie asked.
“I guess I never really thought about it like that before.” Lisa revealed.

When a container became empty, Ben began folding all of Lisa’s coats and her other accessories she no longer needed.

“Now, you officially own two of everything for this winter.” Sophie happily said.

“Now what?” Lisa asked.

“We have to load it up in the car. We’re going on a mission.” Sophie answered.

As they were starting to put on their gear. It began snowing — the first snowfall of the season.

“You ladies stay here, let me put the container in the car, and I just got to brush off of the snow on my windshield.” Ben said as he was carrying out Lisa’s container.

“You should be so proud of yourself. We’re about to make a lot of people warm and happy.” Sophie said.

“Yeah, I think so.” Lisa said, as she was locking up her house. Sophie and Lisa carefully walked to the end of the driveway to Ben’s car. Lisa sat up front, and Sophie sat in the back seat next to their three containers of stuff.

“Ben, do you remember the plan?” Sophie asked.
“Yes, I sure do.” He replied.

Ben drove them to the downtown mall, because there were a lot of homeless people who looked really cold. Most people didn’t have a lot of stuff. They parked the car in a designated parking lot, as they each carried a container.

“What are we going to do with all of our stuff?” Lisa asked.
“We’re going to give it away to others.” Sophie said.

They began handing out their clothes that they no longer wanted anymore.

They walked up to a middle aged woman, who had a walker filled with miscellaneous items. She was wearing a pair of gloves that had several holes in them.

“Hi there.” Sophie said as she walked up to her.

The lady looked scared.

“It’s okay. We’re not trying to hurt you, or take anything from you.” Sophie said, as she was taking out a pair of pink gloves for her.

“Here, we thought you might like these.” Sophie explained, as the lady smiled when Sophie gave her a pair of new gloves.

“Thank you so much.” She said as she had put them on.

“I wish there is something more I can to do to help everyone. It breaks my heart knowing that there are people who are living out in the streets all cold, and lonely.” Sophie expressed.

“Yes, but these gloves will make a difference.” She said.

“It isn’t much, but I have some change for you, too.” Sophie said, as she pulled out a $5 bill.

“Sweetie, I love your kindness, but I don’t need it. There’s someone else in the world that needs it more than me.” She said, smiling at Sophie and her friends.

“Okay, I guess so. It was nice to meet you. Stay safe out here.” Sophie said as she put her money away back in her pocket.

“You, too.” The lady said, as she admired her gloves.

The three friends walked around to see more people.

“Where did you get that money from?” Lisa wondered.
“It’s from my Grandma’s inheritance.” Sophie answered.
“This is really noble of you, Sophie.” Ben said.
“Yeah, but I want to help people.” Sophie explained.

They came across a father and a daughter sitting in the cold, as his daughter was in his lap.

“Hi, there. You look so cold. Let me help you.” Sophie said, as she was digging through her container to find some extra blankets to give them.

“Here, this might help.” Sophie said, as she handed it to the father.

“Thank you so much!” He said, as he was unfolding it to cover his daughter with it.

Ben was digging through his container and he gave him a hat.

“You are really nice. Her mother was so sick, and I had just lost my job at the time. And between paying for her medicine, her funeral costs, we just couldn’t stay ahead with the bills.” He explained.

“I’m really sorry to hear that. I know it must be hard. I lost my Grandma not too long ago.” Sophie explained.

“I don’t even know what to do anymore.” He said, as he began crying.

“Here, I know it isn’t much, but I hope you can get some soup with it.” Sophie said, handing him a $20 bill.

“You have no idea how much this means to me.” He said, as tears rolled his cheeks.

“Trust me, one day I will make this world a better place.” Sophie promised.

They spent the rest of the afternoon, helping and talking to various people. Lisa was really proud to have Sophie as her best friend, since she has the biggest heart.

They have enjoyed helping people throughout the day. They had learned a lot from other people. They were glad that they were able to let go of these things and make others smile, and keep them warm. They gave others some change as well.

“Sophie, you’re amazing! I am really glad to have a best friend like you. Thank you for encouraging me to get rid of this stuff that was just stashed away in a container. I feel so proud of myself.” Lisa expressed.

“Thank you. I am proud of you both.” Sophie said, as they carried their empty containers back to the car.

Taxi Driver Chapter Seven

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Chapter Seven

Meanwhile…

Elizabeth decided she was done browsing around the gift shop, until something drew her attention. She knew she had to immediately buy it.

She decided to go back up to see Theodore and Evan. She hopped on the nearest elevator and pressed button four, and waited for the doors to close, suddenly someone had extended their arm in the nick of time. It was a gentleman about her age. He was able to hop on to the elevator as well.

“Good afternoon”, he said as he pressed button five.

“Hi,” Elizabeth said, patiently waiting for the elevator to reach the fourth floor.

“I’m visiting my mom. She had surgery yesterday.” He said, making conversation.

“Nice, I hope she is okay. I’m visiting my father-in-law. Have a great day!” She said, as she waved back, hopping off the elevator.

She then walked down the long hallway, thinking about what she would say to Evan after he had said something so hurtful. Tears began to roll down her cheeks.

Finally, after that long walk to Theodore’s room, she wiped all of her tears before she knocked on the door.

The knock then alerted Theodore, who was lost in thought at the time.

“Come in!” Theodore said, not knowing who it was.

“Hey, I just need to talk to Evan. Alone. If that’s okay?” Elizabeth said.

“Sure. I’ll be right back, Dad.” Evan said squeezing his Dad’s hand before departing the room.

“I heard what you had said to Theodore.” Elizabeth confessed.

“Babe, what are you talking about?” Evan said all confused.

“That you wished you weren’t having a baby!” Elizabeth raised her voice a bit.

“There is something I have been keeping from you.” Evan began.

“Oh, yeah? What’s that?” Elizabeth asked, trying to fight back the tears, again.

“Look, you can’t tell my sisters, and especially not my mother. Promise?” Evan asked.

“Okay, I promise.” Elizabeth said meaningfully.

“My dad was born with this super power, if you will call it that. He has been able to help others deal with their problems.” Evan confessed.

“So, he’s like what? A therapist on the side? Or something?” Elizabeth wondered.

“No, not exactly. Let’s take a walk around the hospital, instead of just standing here. Like when he was driving his cab, he was able to detect what was actually happening in his clients’ lives. Like he met your dad awhile back.” Evan replied.

“What about my dad?”

“Our memories must have gotten altered as we grew up. My dad told me that our dads go way back. He also said that he stopped Deryck from robbing a bank in order to help your grandparents, since they didn’t have a lot of money at the time. He couldn’t find a job, so he resorted to rob a bank. Because my dad stopped him from doing that, they became really good friends, and you and I got to hang out a lot when we were babies and toddlers. In fact our Godparents are now our in-laws.”

“That is really crazy. How come my dad never told me this?”

“Maybe he was embarrassed. But anyway, I’m getting off track now. My dad was able to help out so many people like your father make better choices for themselves. I’m proud of him. He has an amazing legacy. But what he failed to tell me was that…” Evan said, but he paused to clear his throat because his eyes became glossy.

“Let’s sit. You seem really distressed.” Elizabeth said, as they walked over to chairs in the seated area.

“See, this secret power is passed down a father to his son, so my sisters don’t have this ability, like I do. The same thing has happened to me before, I took people to places they didn’t realize they needed to go. It happened countless of times. All this time, I felt like I had to hide this from everyone, but I actually didn’t. My dad knew I had this whole time. My dad was born with this, just like I was. And so was my grandfather.”

“Okay, but I don’t see how this resulted in you saying that you don’t want a baby.” Elizabeth said with sadness.

“See, that’s the thing. There can only be two of us that have this magical power at a time. So, because we are having a son, he will be born with this, which means the world doesn’t need my dad anymore.” Evan said, as he sobbed.

“So, you’re saying that’s how he knew we were having a son? Because he knew he was dying.” Elizabeth asked.

“Yes. I said that if I had knew that us having a baby boy, would result in my dad dying, I would have waited a few more years, or something. Or just adopted, or anything so I could have had more time with him.”

“Honey, listen. I know this must be tough for you, and I somewhat get everything, although this has been a lot to take in. But, just know that your dad did a lot of great things. He has helped many people. He brought us together, which I am really happy. Eventually, we all have to go through those gates, he is just going there before us. With his passing, he will be able to be reunited with all of the other people that have passed before him. It doesn’t mean that we won’t ever see him again. His memory will live on in us. In our baby. So, don’t be sad. Be glad that he was able to live such an amazing life.” Elizabeth said, as she hugged Evan.

Evan released himself from the hug, to sob in his hands.

“Yeah, I guess you’re right. His memory will live on. This isn’t the end.” Evan admitted, reaching out and touching Elizabeth’s stomach, and felt him kick.

They both laughed, through their tears.

“Just know that your dad wouldn’t want you hate yourself. He wanted to live out your life to the fullest, just like he had.” Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth’s words really did comfort Evan.

They decided to go back to his dad’s room.

When they had walked in, Elizabeth pulled out her gift from the gift bag. It was a blue onesie that read “My Grandpa loves me” with a big red heart.

Evan and Theodore both smiled.

“Well, Dad, we should getting go, dinner is going to be here soon. We love you so much.” Evan said as they gathered their belongings.

They each gave him a kiss good bye, before departing from the room.

When they got back, they ate dinner, and began getting ready for bed.

Elizabeth had woken up in pain, as she noticed her water just broke.

“Evan! It’s happening!” Elizabeth yelled as she changed her clothes.

Evan took off the sheets so he can eventually clean them. He was feeling really happy, until… the phone rang.

He ran to his phone and answered it.

“Hey, it’s me, Sarah, sorry for calling this hour, but I just got off the phone with one of dad’s doctors.”

“Yeah, bad news I assume?” Evan asked, fully knowing what Sarah was going to say.

“Yeah, they are telling us he doesn’t have a lot of time left. They have sedated him since he has been in a lot of pain.”

“Yeah, I gotta take Elizabeth to the hospital, do you think you can call Olivia?” Evan asked.

“Oh, wow! Is it happening?”

“Yes.” Evan said nervously.

“Well, I gotta call Olivia, so I’ll meet you there. I love you.” Sarah said.

Evan and Elizabeth grabbed their overnight bag, and hurried over to the hospital. They eventually met up with Olivia and Sarah. Their husbands stayed with the children since they were all too young to understand.

Evan and Elizabeth excused themselves because a nurse was escorting them to their delivering room.

“When you have our baby, my Dad will pass away, just like when my parents had me, my grandpa died. I would like to spend the last few hours with my Dad, if that’s okay. I’m so sorry.” Evan confessed.

“Yes, you can do that. I won’t mind. My mom will be here shortly. Tell him I love him, too.” Elizabeth said.

Evan ran to Theodore’s room, where Olivia and Sarah were. Eventually so after that Amelia walks into the room.

The three children all looked sad and hugged their mom.

“Wait, Evan, why are you? Aren’t you supposed to be with Elizabeth?” Sarah asked.

A moment passed before Amelia pieced the puzzle together.

“Elizabeth is having the baby?!” Amelia said with joy and sadness.

“Do you think she would want me there with her?” Olivia offered.

“Her mom is coming, so it’s up to you. She will understand.”

Evan, his sisters and his mom decided to stay with Theodore.

Olivia and Amelia went to the cafeteria to get everyone some tea.

“I’m going to miss him so much.” Sarah said crying.

“Me, too.” Evan said, as him and Sarah held onto Theodore’s hand ever tighter.

They all shared their favourite memories growing up, and how their father shaped them into becoming the best versions of themselves because of him.

Simultaneously, as Theodore left Earth, Evan’s and Elizabeth’s son was born.

They all took some time to mourn him. A priest came by to bless him on his journey to Heaven.

They eventually would say goodbye to him as they took his belongings with them.

“I’m going to check on Elizabeth now, I’ll be right back.” Evan said slowly walking to the nurse’s station to find out which room she was in.

He eventually found his way after getting lost.

“Hey, I’m here.” Evan said walking into the room, looking at his precious son in Elizabeth’s arms.

Evan kissed Elizabeth, and then gave his son a peck on the forehead.

“Meet Eli Theodore Henderson.” Elizabeth said.

“I love it. Thank you for adding my father’s name. That means so much to me.” Evan said as he threw himself onto the chair.

“Well, Theodore will live on in Eli.” Elizabeth said.

“He looks like my dad and myself.” Evan realized, as Elizabeth smiled.

Eventually the ladies stopped by to meet Eli. They were admiring how cute he is.

A few days have passed and they had laid Theodore to rest. It was an emotional day, but they got through because they had each other.

Although the pain and emptiness was too much for Amelia to bear, and she had passed away a few months later. The siblings were able to stay in touch and be apart of each other’s lives throughout the months. The deaths of their parents actually brought them closer, as they learned not to take moments for granted.

April 2082

All of the Henderson family members are doing well. The siblings are all close, and the cousins get along just fine.

They were all celebrating Easter dinner.

“Would you like some wine, Ashley?” Erica asked.

Ashley politely declined.

“There is something we would like to tell you. We are pregnant with a baby boy, and he’ll be here at the end of August!”

“Oh my goodness! I’m going to be an auntie!” Emily exclaimed, jumping up to hug Ashley.

Eli was the first one of the cousins to get married and have a baby. Evan was secretly sad but happy for Eli. He realized that his grandson was the reason why he hasn’t been feeling all that great since the year started.

Elizabeth was too happy to realize why Evan wasn’t as joyful as she was, until the day drew to a close.

Evan made plans and goals for himself that he could do with the remaining four months of his life.

He spent a lot of time with his family. Him and Elizabeth prepared their will, and he donated lots of things.

Evan and Elizabeth spent the summer at a cottage. He picked up the skills of fishing by watching videos and reading books. It was a hot day in July. They really enjoyed their vacation together. They expected it to be their last one.

After a delicious lunch, Elizabeth decided to take a nap, because Evan was going to to the pond and catch some fish.

Evan took all of fishing accessories and rods with him to the pond. He began to set up his station, by organizing his bait.

Suddenly the clouds got darker. Evan didn’t think it was supposed to storm today, but he thought wrong. It began to pour and lightning lit up the sky. And eventually struck him knocking him to the ground.

The loud thunder woken Elizabeth up. Elizabeth realized she had overslept from her nap, and woke up to an empty cottage. She began to panic, calling out for him.

No answer.

She wondered if he was still fishing, although he doesn’t stay out this late.

She put on her shoes and grabbed her phone as she ran out towards the pond.

The ground was drenched from the downpour so she had almost fell a few times.

She then saw Evan’s motionless body. She ran up to him and saw his lightning burn. She quickly called an ambulance. Elizabeth hugged him dearly until the paramedics came.

They placed Evan on the stretcher and loaded him into the ambulance. Elizabeth hopped into the back and held his hand.

They went over his medical history and she had told them that he has been experiencing headaches for the past few months now.

Evan was in a coma, but that never stopped Elizabeth or his family to visit him.

A few weeks and he was still unresponsive. Elizabeth couldn’t let her husband go, so she never let any of the doctors unplug him.

Elizabeth still remembers what happened to Theodore. She was counting down the days until August 19th – Ashley’s due date.

Suddenly in the evening of August 18th, Ashley was feeling severe stomach pain, followed by her water breaking.

Elizabeth stood by Evan’s side, holding his hand, telling him all of their great memories they’ve shared together. She had seen something that she hasn’t seen before.

“Nurse! Somebody please!” Elizabeth hollered as she ran into the hallway begging for someone’s assistance.

Ashley and Eli rushed to the hospital, where she had gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

“What do you think of Eric?” Eli asked.

“Yes! That’s it!” Ashley said giving Eric a kiss.

Meanwhile, the nurse came in and asked Elizabeth what happened.

“He squeezed my hand, and he opened his eyes!” Elizabeth exclaimed as the nurse was examining Evan.

Three Days Later

Eli, Ashley and Eric all stopped by to visit Elizabeth and Evan in Evan’s hospital.

“Hey, Eli” Evan said weakly.

“We would love for you to meet Eric Evan Henderson.” Ashley said handing him to Elizabeth.

Elizabeth had the biggest smile on her face, as she was in awe.

Ashley and Eli eventually left.

Elizabeth was so happy that she still had Evan.

“Honey, you did it! You’ve beat the curse.” Elizabeth exclaimed.

“I guess me getting struck by lightning saved my life.” Evan said, as Elizabeth held his hand.