TITLE: Emma's Heaven
GENRE: Adult Up
Two years ago, Megan forgot to breathe. Ever since, her life had been on pause. If there were a rewind option, she'd wish this day away.
She closed her eyes, clenched her jaw and counted to five. Her white knuckles gripped the doorknob as she struggled to turn it. With a steeled determination, Megan took a step through the open doorway. A bright light blinded her as she entered the room. It wasn't a day for the sun to shine, not in this room.
The carpet under her feet tickled her bare toes. Megan glanced down at the floor.
An envelope lay at her feet. Where did this come from?
She picked it up and turned it over. Her eyes stung as she stared at the writing on the card. Bold, cursive writing stood out against the white paper.
Happy 5th Birthday Emma. Love, Daddy.
Tears fell onto the envelope, white smudges soaked through the paper.
She'd forgotten to get a card.
A car door slammed outside. She walked to the window and saw Peter's car in the driveway. He's home early. She leaned her head against the window. The grass needed to be cut, and her gardens were a mess. If it weren't for the tulips, the garden beds would be empty.
The heavy tread on the stairway announced her husband's presence. She waited, silent, unable to call out to him. He stood in the open doorway. She didn't turn her head.
She didn't want him to see her swollen eyes.