Longer Than to Death

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
A bride refuses to leave her groom, even after death.

Submitted: May 11, 2011

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Her heels sank into the mud of the newly thawing ground with each step she took; the soggy leaves were being dragged along by the hem of her dress. She followed the old snowmobile trail to the river. The water was calm but this was the river that took her life.

She remembered the times she and Michael spent by the water. The scene wasn’t much different from this, the sun high in the sky sparkled on the water’s surface. Thinking of those times brought her joy, but remembering that she’d never have them again tore her apart. She wiped the tears away from her eyes; she refused to be sad on her wedding day. They had even planed on getting married by the ocean, but a river would have to do.

The emotions fought in the pit of her stomach as she took her first steps into the Water. This was not how she had imagined her wedding. She thought she’d be surrounded by friends and family, but a lot of things hadn’t gone as she planned in the past few months. She didn’t care; she had no life here before him and there would be none after. Her dress floated on the glass surface of the water until the air had escaped and it was pulled under.

The river had just thawed and the piercing cold water helped her imagine what her fiancé felt that day. She’d never forget the day his friends came back from the snowmobile trip without him or the feeling of her heart cracking open when they told her about the accident. They were never able to find his body so perhaps it was still here, in the river.

Today was the day they were going to get married and finally be together. She walked until the water level was just below her bust and the skirt of her dress was completely under the water making it hard for her to move. She imagined him beside her and everyone she would have invited to the wedding on the shore watching them.

“Do you, Michael Elliot Kemp take Elise Katherine Lajeune to be your lawfully wedded wife; to love and cherish, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in heath until death do you part?” The imaginary priest said.

Michael looked at her with his warm brown eyes. “I do,” he said.

“And do you, Elise Katherine Lajeune take Michael Elliot Kemp as your lawfully wedded husband; to love and honor, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health until death do you part?”

Elise laid back in the icy water and let her dress pull her under. She gazed up at the clear sky filled with new hope and opened her mouth to say, “I do.” Her body tried to cough out the water that rushed into her lungs and gasped for air only to bring more water in. Her body started to convulse as the underwater current pulled her farther away from the shore. Her heart was pounding against her chest because of the lack of air and for the first time she realized that she didn’t know what came after life. Slowly her muscles stopped working and her vision got darker. Finally her body stopped fighting and floated down the river.


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