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Chapter 72

  • Brandi
  • Tes closes the door and walks away with Cops following him. I inhale and settle back in the seat, resting my head as I think about everything that happened today. Fighting Carmen, Carina, Collin killing Carmen and me killing Collin. I look down at my hands that pull the trigger and shiver. I killed someone. Not just someone, Colin, the man who has haunted me for years. The reason I never felt safe until I got with Tes. The man who killed my mother and shot my father. Shouldn’t I feel something? Relief? Joy? Now that he is gone? Why do I feel nothing? Just a hollow feeling of emptiness. Maybe the emotions will come later when all the adrenaline and shock wear off, or perhaps they will never come because I found peace the last couple of months with Tes. Colin had long become an afterthought, who no longer had any power over me. Either way, I’m glad it’s over and done with. No more looking behind my shoulder, wondering if he’ll be coming after me next. Now all I want to do is put this behind me, marry the love of my life, and raise our children together. And of course, see dad again. I can’t wait to hear his voice and hug him again. He’s going to be so shocked to see me like this, but I know he’ll be a fantastic pop-pop because he was an amazing father.
  • Mom would have been great, too. Mom, I pause as my eyes water. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to meet your grandchildren. I hope you are watching us from heaven. I hope you can see how happy I am. I know you were probably worried about me before, but I’m finally okay. I promise. I promise. Suddenly, something taps me on my cheek. I turn my head as a sunflower pushed by the wind leans over and kisses my cheek as if it’s my mother kissing me. I wipe away my tears and touch the sunflower gently. I know you’re with me, mom. I smile, feeling much better as I decide to go for a walk. I’ll never return to this place, but one last look would be nice. I push the door open and step out of the car, smiling. The sun feels so amazing on my skin. I close my eyes to bask in it for a bit.
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