If you missed reading Part 1 on Monday, here is the link to it. The Wings of Love
“Should we “fly” over to the Ice Cream shop?”
The Ice Cream shop was just a little walk away from the grocery store.
“Yes, yes, I may see more butterflies Daddy!”
They pretended they were airplanes as they stretched out their arms pretending to fly. Before they knew it they were at the Ice Cream shop! Conner always got his favorite, mint chocolate chip. They were having a good time eating and chatting, but Drew noticed that Conner was starting to get sleepy. Ice cream was dripping from his cone, as well as dripping down his chin.
“Hey buddy, why don’t we head back to the car. You can finish your cone on the way.” Drew reached over and tousled his hair. Conner agreed as he rubbed his eyes with one hand.
They soon made it to the car and Conner had finished his cone. Now he was using both hands to rub his eyes. Drew buckled him into his car seat and then spotted a cart that someone had left in the parking space beside them.
“I’ll be right back, I’m going to put this cart away.” Conner nodded sleepily. Drew smiled, he probably would be asleep before they got out of the parking lot. He grabbed the cart and pushed it back to where the other carts were. Went to his car and got in, looking in the back seat at Conner. Drew was right, he was sound asleep.
Drew was sitting at the light waiting for it to turn green, thinking that perhaps he would surprise Madeline. Take her and Conner out to dinner tonight at the new Italian restaurant that she has been wanting to try.
The light turned green and he went. He only saw the speeding car for a split second before it crashed into Conner’s side of the car. The car spun and Drew heard the sound of crunching metal as his heart was wildly beating. “Conner! Conner! Do you hear me? Conner!” There was no response to his cries.
As soon as they got to the hospital they whisked Conner away. Drew had to stay to be checked out, but he was fine except for minor injuries. His bruises didn’t hurt at all compared to what his heart was feeling right now. His heart was on the floor as he watched the stretcher carrying his precious son roll down the hall.
It wasn’t too long until Madeline burst into his room. Her face was full of worry and fear. They embraced and he assured her that he was fine. Her bottom lip trembled as she asked about Conner. They embraced again, not being able to speak a word.
It seemed like forever until the Doctor came to them. He was wearing a very grim expression. “I’m sorry, we tried everything. He had massive internal bleeding. He took the full impact of the crash. I am so sorry! I can take you both to see him now.” The words were like arrows piercing their hearts!
Bile started rising in Drew’s throat. Madeline felt faint and started to sway. He quickly grabbed hold of her and held her tight as they numbly followed the Doctor down the hall.
Madeline was crying as she softly spoke when they entered the room.
“Oh Connor, is that you? Is that really you underneath all those tubes and laying there all black and blue. Your beautiful black curls are matted with bright red blood. The beeps of the machine are going to drive me out of my mind. I want to take you home! I’ll place you on the couch and Jasmine can snuggle up to you.”
The lump in her throat was hard to swallow, she was squeezing Conner’s hand with one hand and Drew’s with the other. Drew felt like his hand may break as she was squeezing so hard. His heart was being squeezed at the same time. His hand may not be breaking, but his heart sure was!
“We can watch your favorite movies and cuddle on the couch until you are well again. When you get tired of movies I will read your favorite book to you over and over again. Please don’t leave me sweetheart, please! Wake up my son!”
She turned and collapsed into Drew’s arms. He was standing there, his face was pale staring at his little boy.
How could this be? How could they be here right now? He wanted to go back to this morning when everything seemed so perfect. How could things have taken such a sudden and drastic turn.
“Conner, my boy, wake up please! I’ll push you on the swing as high as you want to go. I’ll make you feel like you are flying. “
The words came back to Drew so suddenly, they felt like a punch in the gut.
“Daddy push me high, as high as my purple butterfly!”
Beep … Beep … Beep went the machines and all Drew could do was to bury his head in Madeline’s shoulder and cry. They clung to each other feeling like they were drowning in an ocean of sorrow.
The days passed by in a blur. At the graveside service everyone had butterflies to release. Madeline caught her breath as they watched the beauty of hundreds of butterflies flying into the wind.
Drew made sure to get two special purple butterflies for him and Madeline. She was touched by his thoughtfulness. Purple had now become their favorite color as well.
They softly spoke to the butterflies as they released them, “Fly butterflies fly, carry messages of love on your wings to our precious boy up in the sky.”
They were wrapped in each others arms as they watched the butterflies.
I know I probably just got a lot of you upset with me. I know several of you talked about how you wanted a Happy Ending! Part 2 though had already been written. My eyes teared up as well while writing. I am sorry.