Chapter 7.5Mature

Those few days waiting for the passes were complete and utter hell. I was restless, unable to sleep at all, pacing around Mollie's hospital room all day and night. Her condition hadn't changed at all, for which I was both glad and more worried; glad that her body hadn't passed on and her lungs hadn't filled with fluid, but worried because I didn't know what she was going through in Eden.

Joe stayed in the hospital too, going downstairs to the café every few hours to get a coffee that kept him going until he needed another one. He'd just got back from said journey.

"Coffee is bad for you, you know," I pointed out to him, needing a distraction from my thoughts.

He shrugged. "Only in huge amounts."

"So a coffee - with sugar - every three hours isn't a huge amount?" I asked, raising an eyebrow at him.

He shrugged again, looking at Mollie's face.

"Has that guy got back to you yet?" Joe asked.

"Not yet. He'll call as soon as he's got them."

He nodded slowly.

"I'll keep fighting for her, you know," he said quietly.

"I wouldn't expect any different," I replied, knowing he was talking about our feelings for the girl that now lay before us in hospital.

"Will you?" he asked, meeting my eyes.

"I think it's unnecessary to say that I will. Though I won't bother you if she pushes me away."

"What will you do, if she doesn't choose you?"

"I don't know," I admitted. "Maybe go back to Scotland."


"I lived there when I was human, I think," I said. "Or maybe Australia. I've been nearly everywhere. That's the problem with an immortal life: it never ends."

"You wouldn't go to Eden?"

I shook my head immediately. "No. I've never liked it there, much less now."

Neither of us said anything further. After a while, the phone in my pocket rang and I hurriedly pulled it out, answering it.

"It's done," Oscar's voice said.

"I'll meet you in the usual place," I replied before hanging up. "We're ready to go. Get your things. I'll be back in ten minutes, so where the hell is Alistair?"

"He went downstairs a little while ago. I passed him on my way down for more coffee."

"Find him," I said before immediately leaving to get the passes from Oscar.


"Thank you for this, Oscar," I said as I stood up from the table in the café we always met in for this sort of business.

"It's not a problem, Ryder, you know that. Can I ask about this girl with whom you've fallen in love?"

"If you must," I said, pausing with the thin folder in hand.

"How long has she got left?" he asked quietly.

I hesitated in answering. "Not long enough," I replied before turning and leaving.

As I walked underneath the Spanish sun, I tried not to dwell on how depressingly little time Mollie actually had left. I wanted to spend forever with her, and that obviously wasn't going to happen.

I darted into the first empty alleyway I came across and disappeared back to the hospital. Joe was still sitting in the chair he'd been occupying before I'd left but he seemed to have moved during the time period.

"You're back," he said, sounding relieved, when he saw me.

"Is everything okay?"

"Her family's coming now. They're downstairs - Alistair is distracting them."

"We need to go now then. Have you got everything you need?" I asked, preparing to leave.


"Then let's go. Go and get Alistair, I'll meet you outside."

"Why aren't you coming straight away?"

"I need to check these passes," I lied easily.

He nodded. "Please don't be long," he said before rushing out of the door.

I sighed and walked to Mollie's bedside, taking her hand.

"I love you, Mollie," I whispered, kissing her forehead. "I should have told you sooner, but I love you. And I'm coming to get you."

I kissed her dry lips gently and disappeared downstairs, still clutching to the folder that held our illegitimate access passes. Alistair and Joe were just coming out of the building.

"Let's go," I said to them. "In fact, sort him out before we go anywhere," I added to Alistair.

He nodded and turned to Joe, making him invisible like us. It would only work for an hour or so, but that was all we needed.

We made our way through town until we reached the access points that led into the underground tunnels. Climbing down, the three of us were silent. I let Alistair take over; he knew exactly where we were going.

As we reached the nearest portal, I handed out the passes. They looked absolutely perfect, as always.

We turned to the portal and stepped through it. I was a step closer to Mollie.

The End

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