Eric could already feel Alexandria's breath slipping away. He was begging her to live; just to live long enough for the medicine to sink in- but it wasn't going to, ever. Eric knew that she was going to die. He simply wouldn't accept it, though. His wife of three years, his happy, lovely wife, sinking away.
"Eric", her soft voice said. It was costing her a lot of energy just to talk.
It hurt her to see tears in his eyes. She had never seen him cry before.
"After I die, will you put some roses on my grave? I've always loved them. They're so beautiful..."
He gripped her chilled hand, and then looked into her fading blue eyes. He remembered the light that had once been in them. They were soon about to completely die.
"Will you, honey?"
Eric still didn't answer. It hurt him to hear her say that.
You're not going to die he thought. I won't let you.
"Sir?" The doctor was standing outside the doorway.
Eric didn't look to him. He hated him for not being able to cure her. But no one could, really. It was unlikely that anyone was searching for a cure for a disease that was as rare as her's. No one seemed to care...
"I need to talk to you", the doctor said. "It's urgent."
Eric slowly stood up. The light from the hospital window was casting a bright glow around the room. If a nearly-dead person weren't in it, the place would almost be happy. He walked to the doorway. It felt so sad to feel Alexandria's gaze on his back. Eric thought it was wrong to leave her.
The doctor was a thin man with a white beard and thick eyebrows. He was frowning.
"Yes?" Eric asked sharply. He wanted to get back to Alexandria.
"There is actually still a chance that your wife could live..." he said softly looking into Eric's eyes. "A cure that only I could find. But it has a great price to pay."
Eric was listening very much intently. He would pay any money for her to live. He would pay anything, even his life.
"The price is..." the doctor paused, giving him a peculiar look. His eyes were almost on fire, the words were on the tip of his tongue. "You will have to live the rest of your life as a wolf."
Eric laughed, his eyes shining. He knew it was a bad time for the doctor to be making jokes, but his wife was going to live! They would live happily together, forever, in peace! An unimaginable feeling of happiness spread through him. There was no price to pay. Live his life as a wolf? Of course not! He ran back into his wife's room, only thinking of the happiness that would follow.
But the doctor was not the same. He shook his head, knowing that Eric had no idea that he was telling the truth. But he was soon going to find out...