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The whole world changed on a Wednesday. Unfortunately, nobody knew it but me.
You see, that was the day I watched myself die. Then again, that was only the trigger for something larger. Much larger. Something big enough to bankrupt companies hundreds of years old, topple governments, and threaten the very idea of what it meant to be human.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Maybe it’s best if I started at the beginning so you can understand why I did what I did. Why I had no other choice.
That day started out like any other.
I woke up beside my husband to see him watching me in the faint light of the morning.
He smiled as soon as my eyes fluttered open.
“Morning sleepyhead,” he said as he pushed some stray hairs to one side of my face.
I smiled back up at him.
He leaned down and kissed me tenderly.
I welcomed the love and wrapped my arms around his neck, keeping him close. After nearly three years of marriage, there was still that spark that reminded me of why I fell in love with him. It was because he fell in love with me first.
His cell phone buzzed on the nightstand, its vibrating hum echoing in the hollow wood.
“Ugh,” he complained.
“Leave it,” I whispered.
He pulled away grudgingly.
“Just this once,” I said as I batted my eyes at him.
He gave me a quick peck on the lips and rolled away to answer his phone.
“This is Robert.”
He glanced at me and winked.
“No, I’m already in the car. The traffic is heavy. Looks like some construction, so I might be a little late. Okay. Hold the plane. Bye.”
He switched off the phone and gave me a pitiful look.
“No,” I whined as my shoulders dropped.
“Somebody’s gotta pay the bills around here.”
“I could get a part time job.”
He knelt next to me on the bed.
“You already have a full time job.”
I sat up and crossed my arms.
“I can do both.”
He rested a hand on my shoulder.
“I want you to get better. I want you to remember us, like I remember us.”
“I know you are.”
He stood up quickly.
“I’ve got to get going. Promise me you will make it to the doctor’s on time this week.”
He cocked his head to one side and smiled playfully.
“Say that one more time. And mean it.”
I sat up straight and held up three fingers together in the Boy Scout salute.
He smiled and gave me another kiss before he grabbed the handle of the suitcase at the foot of the bed.
“I’ll call you when I’m settled into the hotel.”
“I’ll miss you,” I said.
His smile returned.
“Not as much as I’ll miss you. Now, don’t be late for your appointment.”
“I won’t,” I said, and meant it.
Well, I meant it when I said it.