Sally didn’t try to hold back the tears as her eyes focused on the two headstones in front of her. It was impossible to believe. It had only been a trip to the store, if only she hadn’t asked him to go… This shouldn’t have happened.
Looking back on the memory of The dance we shared 'neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye Dou touched Sally’s shoulder trying to comfort her, “ Are you ready for us to start?”
Sally nodded and allowed Noin to lead her to a chair, so she could sit down. A boy of about three climbed into her lap. Sally managed a teary smile as she settled the boy on her lap. She hugged him tightly and kissed the top of his head.
And now I'm glad I didn't know The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance Dou cleared his throat as he looked out at the small group, “ I don’t exactly know if I’m the one who should be doing this, but Sally asked me if I would say a few words.” Dou closed his eyes and wiped the tears away that started to fall.
“ Mommy what’s wrong with Daddy?” A young girl asked a bit too loudly.
“ Shh, Journey, remember what mommy said about quiet.” Hilde admonished, while shifting Ash to her other shoulder.
“Sorry.” She whispered and turned to her twin to say something, but Helen held her finger to her lips.
Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have chanced it all
Dou smiled despite the circumstances, “ A few words, that always seemed to be a topic of conversation between Wufei and me. Him of course accusing me that I couldn’t say just a few words…” Dou trailed off and took a deep breath. “ Well what can I say? He was quite a fighter and a better friend, even if he was trying to kill you.”
A few of those attending managed a tear-choked snicker.
And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain But I'd of had to miss the dance
“ And so we lay to rest a great warrior and his baby daughter. Wufei, Merien you will be missed.” Dou walked over to Sally and offered her his hand.
Sally shook it and whispered an almost inaudible, “ Thank you.”
Dou nodded and ruffled the little Lee’s hair, the boy started to scowl, but broke down in fit of giggles.
Sally set Lee down and then on shaky legs she rose to her feet. Milliardo Peacecraft gave her a hug and whispered something to her; she thanked him and continued to speak to those in attendance. The three other gundam pilots were also there. Heero Yuy had his eyes clamped closed, he took a deep breath as Relena leaned against him. Their son, Peter, was being held by nine-year Alaska, who was now officially Relena’s daughter. Quatre had tears running down his cheeks, his wife was openly weeping, their son Berrien was with his sister Ira back home. Trowa and red-haired woman stood silently, grieving in the only way they knew how, in silence respect. Their son Adian clasped his mother’s hand unsure of what was happening around him. Many of the Preventors were there to pay their respects and offer sympathy. Finally a young girl of about twelve came up to Sally, her eyes full of tears.
“ Mrs. Chang, I wanted to say how sorry I am. I’m the reason your husband and daughter died; I was running after my ball, he swerved to miss me. I’m so sorry.” The little girl broke down.
Sally looked shocked, then her expression softened, “ It’s okay. You didn’t do anything wrong.” She assured the girl, while hugging her.
The girl’s mother looked very grateful as she took hold her daughters hand, and lead her away.
Sally felt the tears well up in her eyes again, as fell to her knees in front of her the two headstones.
Yes my life is better left to chance I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance She read the inscription on the stones,
“Here lies Chang Wufei “Here lies Chang Merien Beth
Husband, Father, Warrior Precious Angel taken too soon
May he find the peace he fought, We will miss you.”
so hard to obtain”
“Mommy?” Lee tugged at his mother’s coat.
Sally looked at her son, “ Yes, honey.”
“ Where are Daddy and Merien? I don’t understand.”
“ AAAAHHHH!!!” Sally shot up in bed her eyes darting around the bedroom. She looked next her on the bed and found it empty, dread began to creep in until she realized that Wufei was only gone on a mission. The nightmare that plagued her wouldn’t go away, she felt a surge of panic for her children. She jumped out of bed and rushed down the hallway. First, she looked in on Lee, who was fast asleep. She smiled down at the three-year old and pulled the covers closer to chin, before kissing his forehead. But her heart rate was still racing; she crept out of her son’s room and walked into the nursery. Little Merien was fast asleep, and even though she knew it had been a dream, she couldn’t dispel the images from her mind. She picked Merien up cradling her gently, sat in the rocking chair, and began to cry.
Wufei checked his watch, it was 2:30am; everyone in the house should be asleep unless Sally had waited up for him, which he doubted. When he opened the door he was met with an eerie almost tangible silence. He listened for a few moments longer, when he heard crying, it was Merien and Sally. He closed and locked the door, then started down the hallway, very confused. Sally wasn’t the type to cry over the children, she had a remarkable patience for them, even if they were being impossible. He looked into the nursery and saw Sally sitting in rocking chair, Merien in her arms; both of them seemed unharmed, why was she crying? Their tears were cutting into his heart; he entered the nursery quietly and knelt next to the chair.
Sally was so startled she nearly dropped Merien, but caught her at the last moment. She looked wide-eyed at the “intruder” only to discover that it was her husband. She didn’t say anything only looked at him as he reached for Merien.
Wufei careful pried his daughter away from his wife. Merien wailed for a bit longer as he tried to calm her. Wufei kept speaking to her softly until she stopped and looked up at him with sleepy eyes. He laid her back in the crib, than turned to his wife.
Sally wiped her eyes, and took Wufei’s offered hand. She allowed him to lead her back to their bedroom. She sat down on the bed and stared at the covers, before she felt Wufei’s hand cup the side of her face.
“ What is it?” he asked softly.
Sally threw her arms around his neck and started crying again. “ It was so awful.” She managed to whisper.
Wufei held onto his wife and tried to comfort her the best he could, but he wanted to know what was going on. “ Sally, you need tell me what’s wrong.”
“ I had a nightmare.” She chocked out.
“ This is over a nightmare?” He asked before he even thought about it.
Sally pulled away a little angry, “ It was awful! You and Merien died in a car accident. A little girl ran out front of your car and you swerved to miss her and lost control.”
“ You have that little faith in me?”
“ It was a nightmare! I don’t have any control over what I dream!” Sally sat up straighter.
Wufei couldn’t help but feel a little smug he had gotten her to think about something other than crying. “ Typical.”
“ If the next word out of your mouth is woman or women, I’ll…”
Wufei arched his eyebrow, “ Woman, do not…”
Sally tackled him on the bed and rested her elbows on his chest, “ How many times do we have go over the fact that my name starts with a ‘S’?”
Wufei rolled her over and kissed her passionately, as he ran his fingers through her hair.
Sally, who was quite shocked, although not unhappily so, promptly returned his embrace. He pulled away and just stared at her, finally unnerved by the whole chain of events Sally spoke. “ Is there something wrong?”
Wufei smiled and lay down on his side, drawing her into his arms, “ I missed you.” He told her simply.
Sally sighed sleepily, “ I missed you too.”
Wufei watched her fall back to sleep before he slowly closed his own eyes.
“ Where’d Daddy go?” Lee asked his mother as they stood outside an old shrine.
Sally crouched down by him and pointed towards the shrine, “ Daddy went inside the shrine to pray.”
“ Why’d he take Merien and not me?” Lee questioned.
“ Because he took you in there when you were a baby and now it’s Merien’s turn. You were only four months old when he took you in.”
“ How come you don’t go in?”
“ Because this is something your Daddy does alone.”
Wufei knelt in the shrine and prayed silently to himself, Merien, nearly a year old resting just at his knees. His prayers were focused, but kept checking on his baby daughter, who was looking at him with her beautiful blue eyes. He was almost finished, when he heard Merien giggle loudly. He looked down to see her tiny fist curled around seemly nothing. He felt a soft breeze and smelled a familiar scent.
A fourteen or fifteen-year old girl in a blue coat appeared in front of him a soft smile crossing her face as she looked from him to his child. She voice was almost inaudible, “ She’s pretty.”
Wufei nodded unsure if he was hallucinating or not. He settled his daughter into his arms and rose to his feet.
“ I’m at peace, don’t worry.” The young girl assured him. “ I will watch over her.” She promised touching young Merien’s arm, the baby giggled.
“ Are you alright?” Sally asked as her husband approached.
He kissed Sally on the cheek, “ I just met Merien’s guardian angel. Come on we need to get on the road if we are going to make to the party.”
Sally blinked a few times shocked at the fact that he kissed her in public. She smiled happily and called to her son, “ Come on Lee. We’re going to go see Journey and the other kids.”
“ YAY! I want to see Journey.” Lee smiled broadly as he climbed into the car.
Sally smirked as she heard Wufei mutter something about Maxwell’s. She made sure both of the kids were carefully buckled up and put into their respective seats. She climbed into the passenger seat and buckled her own seatbelt. “ All set.”
Wufei nodded to her and pulled away from the shrine. “ Oh yes, we’ll need to give this to Merien when she’s older.” He handed Sally a small pendant.
Sally took the necklace and looked at it, “This is sign of Nataku. She has a strong angel.”
“ Very true. Second strongest woman I know.”
Wufei sighed, “ Hush woman. Don’t fish for compliments.”
“ Of course my husband.” Sally laughed.
Okay, so this ep. was a little weird. But people begged me to write an ep. so I did. I hope you enjoyed it! I will be coming out with something soon. That will include all my favorite characters! Thanks for reading! –Tashana Ambrosia