We walked to my car and I drove to Lake Lure. We arrived and I had to convince her to get out of the car.
“But this is where it happened” she said holding onto the seat.
“Yes it is and I got her out now let’s go”
“I don’t think I can”
“You have to now please get out of the car”
“Fine” she got out and I held her hand in a friendly way as we walked through the forest to the pier. We sat down and she was looking down trying not to feel where she was I was the first to speak.
“It’s going to be ok but I have a question and I need you to answer it from your memory. Ok?”
“Good I know she told you everything but did she ever tell you what she felt when I never said I love you?”
“Erm yea she did she was waiting for you to say it she said she knew you did but you never told her.”
“Oh what a boyfriend I turned out to be I told her I loved her 1 minute before she died” I put my head in my hands and felt deeply ashamed.
“Hey it’s alright don’t beat yourself up about it you were waiting for the right moment” Jayla said I looked up and she was behind Jade
“Can you hear her?” I asked Jade
“Jayla she is right behind you”
“Kaine stop It no-one is there she has gone and she is being buried on Wednesday and there is nothing we can do about it unless you had a time machine and could go back and save her. But I’m sorry Kaine she is not coming back.”
“Oh my god Jade you’re a genius” I said jumping to my feet I looked at Jayla she was standing at the edge of the lake. I smiled at her “Jayla I’m going to bring you home for good you’re going to be saved.”
She smiled and spoke with a voice that disrupted the sky “I love you Kaine Williams I knew you would figure it out.”
“I love you too Jayla McKenzie.”
Jade stood up she looked at me like I was crazy “Kaine, Kaine listen to me she isn’t there anymore”
“You're wrong I’m sorting it out” we walked away from the lake Jade completely freaked out and me completely happy I was going to save Jayla. I drove Jade back to her a car the journey back was silent she was sat looking out the window probably trying to figure out ways to leg it. I couldn’t stand the silence any longer so I had to say something.
“Look I’m sorry I didn’t mean to freak you out its just sometimes I think I can see her.”
“It’s alright its natural to think you can see her, I mean you were with her when she died.”
“Sorry at least you were there if she did it alone when would we have found her?”
“But she wouldn’t have gone to the lake she would have probably stayed home and read her books”
The silence came back and I just pulled up into school. She got out and thanked me and ran to her car.
I huffed and drove back to the lake. I walked slowly to the edge of the pier and sat down, she sat next to me and stroked my face with her soft warm hand I closed my eyes feeling a tingling sensation I grabbed her hand kissed it. I moved in closer kissing her cheek and her lips feeling static all over my body I held her close to me she was warm all over she was kissing me back. Her soft lips were like fixed onto mine I didn’t want to let her go. She drew back and smiled.
“I love you” she said smiling
“I love you too” I smiled and kissed her lips again
“I have to go now goodbye Kaine”
“Goodbye” I waved and she went back through the light.
I stared into the lake and then closed my eyes.
I was standing on the pier face to face with Jayla she looked pretty as always, this was the memory when I first asked her out; we had just finished play fighting. “Will you go out with me?” I asked looking into her eyes. She smiled
“Yeah I will” she replied nodding I gave her a hug and smiled wider, she sat down and I sat with her holding her hand.
I opened my eyes again smiling to myself. I was always happy when I was with her she just made me alive and I felt a better person. I lay down and looked up at the sky.
“Is her dad coming to the funeral?” I asked remembering she had a dad
“He doesn’t know he hasn’t been her life anyway so I don’t think he would care.”
“Where does he live?”
“Somewhere in Marion I think.”
Maybe I should drive there tomorrow and inviting him to the funeral or just let him know that his daughter is dead. Yes that’s what I will do I will drive to Marion first thing in the morning. I stood up and stretched and walked out of the deserted forest. My car was still waiting for me I got in and drove home. It was 9pm I went up to my room and looked at the county McDowell map and looked for Marion. It was a big place but it has one big town so surely people in local shops would have seen him. So I marked what bit to go to and packed it in my rucksack. It’s going to be a big journey.
I got out tomorrows clothes and put them on my desk I put my bag with them so I didn’t forget it.
I got in to bed and set my alarm for 6am. I looked up at the ceiling and said “good night my Jayla” I turned off my lamp and went to sleep.
My dream was about Jayla again she was smiling at me on the pier and I was stroking her cheek it was ice cold like the water her hair was all wet so were her clothes the light was now red and her eyes were black I tried to look away but I couldn’t keep my eyes off her she stopped smiling and started frowning I woke up sweating I was burning up. I turned the lamp on and sat up and she was on the edge of the bed with her back turned to me.
“Nightmares?” she asked sharply
“You could say that yeah I did”
“Good. Where you going?”
“Visiting your dad’s grave?”
“How did you know he was dead?”
“I met him he is really nice. I told him you told me you visit him and he was kind of disappointed.”
“Look I’m sorry I just wasn’t ready to talk about it to you I didn’t want you to see me sad I knew it would make you sad.”
“Will you stop thinking about my feelings for once and think about your own I can’t stand seeing you waste your life because of me, it’s just not fair on you.”
“I know I’m sorry.”
“So how’s my saving coming along?”
“I decided to do it on your funeral day like before it starts I just don’t know how to work it. How does it happen?”
“You just concentrate really hard on it and it will happen.”
“Okay thanks can I go back to sleep now?”
“And can you stop haunting my dreams with bad nightmares of you evil.”
“Give me a break I was angry. Got your attention of my dark side though didn’t I?”
“Yeah, yeah whatever heather”
“Goodnight babe. I love you.”
“I love you too.”
“By the way when you’re saved will we remember all this?”
“I don’t know. Goodnight”
“Night.” I said blowing her a kiss and she disappeared through the light again. I turned the lamp off and went back to sleep.
I was on the pier with Jayla again she was smiling she kissed my lips and giggled I wrapped her in my arms and whispered into her ear “you will be saved soon” I kissed her and she kissed me back. We lay on the pier holding each other close.
“I am the luckiest girl in the world” she whispered into my ear.
I nodded and she lay on top of me looking into my eyes her long lashes shined her skin sparkled like water in being hit by the sun her hair fell down her shoulders my arms were around her waist her hands were touching my chest we were floating off the ground she smiled and kissed my neck I kissed hers and we entwined together our body connected like a jigsaw puzzle. I knew we were meant to be. Just looking into her eyes I knew I would be with her forever she smiled at me and whispered in my ear again “time to wake up its 6am”
“Yep we have been like this for 7 hours”
“Yep now wake up lazy”
I kissed her one more time and I fell to the ground it was soft, I opened my eyes I was in bed and the alarm was beeping.
“Yeah I heard you the first time” I said to it turning it off. I got out of bed and put my clothes on sprayed myself with deodorant and put my bag on. I took 50 bucks out of my draw and slid it into my pocket and walked out the room.