Episode 6: Until Death Do Us Part

A light blue colored the horizon. Not even one small white spot could be found across the sky. A soft and gentle breeze blew the summer heat out of your skin. The waves were shallow and barely made any sound when they touched the shores of Bayville, Long Island. It felt just like another day in paradise. But for Levi, that day on the beach wouldn’t be like any other.

“How are you feeling, brother? Are you nervous?” asked Marcel.

“Nervous? Of course not,” said Levi struggling to get the knot of his tie right.

“Really?”

“Can’t you see I am freaking out?”

“Well, if you decide to go ahead with this, you might never be able to get out of it. Are you sure you want to do this?” asked Marcel with a straight face.

“You’re joking, right?” replied Levi. 

Marcel broke down laughing, unable to keep his act together. “Come here. Let me help you with that. You can’t even tie your own tie.”

“Hey!” said Jacob opening the door abruptly. 

“Haaa!” screamed Levi jumping back at the scare Jacob had just given him. “Don’t scare me like that, grandpa!”

“Are you guys ready yet? It’s time,” said Jacob acutely and left, completely ignoring Levi’s overreaction. 

“Ok!” Levi took a deep breath and said, “Let’s do this.”

They had decided to make it a small occasion for family and friends only. They were all gathered in this beautiful house by the beach from where you could hear the waves and smell the ocean. White chairs were placed on the green grass, facing the water, under the refreshing shade of palm trees. The view was astonishing with the sunset. The skies were changing color, from a yellow-brown palette to a vibrant orange-red, when Levi went out and walked through the aisle between the chairs. He greeted everyone present with a smile, moving slowly towards a friendly face waiting for him under the flowering pergola.

“Hi, grandpa. Thanks for doing this.”

“Hi, son. My pleasure,” said Jacob. 

Levi was a son of immigrants. His father’s dream was for him to graduate
from university and eventually to give him many grandchildren. Sadly, his
father passed away when Levi was still a boy. Levi was determined to be the
man his father wanted him to be. Inheriting skepticism from his father and
sense of wonder from his mother, Levi always pursued the answers to the
big questions through science. He attended the University of Chicago,
graduating in Physics, where he met his wife, Anne Castle. Anne was the
most beautiful girl Levi had ever met. She was almost as tall as he was. Her
blond hair shined blinding lights of gold, each time the sun looked at it. Her
lips were intoxicating, and her blue-green eyes were nothing less than
hypnotic, winning Levi’s heart over at first glance. Levi graduated from
university, which would have made his father very proud. Right after
graduation, NASA invited Levi to work on their new James Web Space
telescope. Levi moved to Maryland, and Anne moved in with him. Two years later, Levi and Anne decided that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives in love with each other.

Suddenly, musicians came out of the house—four violinists, dressed up as if for an opera performance. Coming down through the corridor, they played and walked in Levi’s direction. They arrived in front of the gathered guests, placing themselves at the pergola’s sides. They stopped playing for one second. All present stood up and turned around, fixing their eyes on the entrance of the house. The violins began their music again while the most breathtaking woman walked through the door, provoking sighs and whispers from the audience. 

“There she is,” said Levi.

She walked down the corridor, escorted by the sound of violins. She finally met Levi under the pergola.

“Hi, there,” said Levi. 

Anne came closer, and with a kiss in his ear, she whispered, “I love you.”

~

“That was the best day of my life,” said Levi from the white armchair turning the pages of their wedding album. “Remember the rusty old Ford we had? The car was falling apart, even had a hole in the floor, remember that? But somehow, I loved it.”

“I do,” Anne confirmed from the white sofa vertically placed beside Levi’s armchair. “We squeezed all our friends into that thing and headed to city hall for our civil wedding. You drove like a lunatic, almost killed us all, and we still almost didn’t make it on time.”

“Oh yeah. That was crazy. We were never very good at being on time, were we?” 

“Running late even for our wedding,” said Anne. Both kept laughing at those memories until tears ran down their faces.

“Those first couple years were a lot of fun,” Levi said, recovering his breath. “Remember how we used to make people jealous of how happy we were together?”

“Yes. I felt bad for our friends sometimes. We just couldn’t help it.”

“We had a great time. It just ended too soon,” Levi said, changing the tone in his voice. “The dream became a nightmare very fast.” Levi paused and put the album down on the coffee table.” After you got sick and left me, a part of me died with you. Not a single day passed by that I didn’t think of you,” said Levi.

Anne looked at Levi. They locked eyes for a moment. Then, she picked the album from the table. Anne kept turning the pages in silence for a while until she stopped and took one of the pictures out. “I love this one of you and Jacob. Is he here?”

“Yes. Jacob is outside, with Rachel waiting for you. You are going to stay with them for a while,” Levi said, standing up from the white chair, moved towards Anne, and sat by her side on the sofa. 

“I am not coming home with you?” said Anne holding Levis’s hand.

“Would you like that?” said Levi.

“You are my husband, aren’t you?” Anne said, touching Levi’s face, still amazed by how young he looked. 

“Actually…” Levi paused, confronted with the new reality. “No. I’m not.” 

“Oh, I see. ‘In sickness and in health, until death do us part,’ right?” Anne said, retracting her hands of Levi’s face and moving an inch away from him. “Are you married to someone else now?”

“No,” Levi replied while touching the tip of Anne’s long hair. She looked so different from the last time he saw her. Then, all her hair was gone after chemotherapy. But now, her hair was as beautiful as the day they got married. 

Anne smiled pleased with Levi’s answer. Moving closer to him, she held his hands, looked deep into his eyes, and in her typical sweet way, she asked: “Would you marry me? Again?”

“Do you really want that?” Levi replied, carefully teasing her. 

“I don’t know,” Anne said with a haughty yet jocular tone. “Maybe I should consider my options, right? From what you told me it seems that things are a lot more interesting and very much improved here in the future. And, I mean, look at my new me, right? Who knows what a girl like me might find  out there, huh?” 

Levi was beside himself. Being able to play and laugh with Anne once again was a dream come true for him. “I missed this. You have no idea how much I missed you.”

“And I would love to hear all about it,” said Anne with a grin.

“Come on. Let’s go.” Levi said, standing up and offering his hand to Anne. “Let me introduce you to the future.” 

“The future,” Anne gasped. “I was brought back to life in the future! How crazy is that? I want to know all about the technology that makes it possible. How does it work? Did my parents pay for this? You couldn’t; I know that much. You were a broke astrophysicist. How could you, right? Right?”

“All good questions. You will have your answers soon enough. I promise,” Levi thought about what Marcel used to tell him and smiled.



Who are you looking forward to seeing again? Leave a comment below.

1 comment

  1. Death leaves holes in one’s heart.
    Looking forward? Like thinking of having a cool glass of water on a hot day. It is called hope.

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