I couldn't leave the story like that.... just couldn't!!!
A single moment of abject grief overcame poor Mary, as the sudden horrible realisation of what had just happened hit home.
She dropped to her knees, sobbing, open-mouthed...just staring at her mother as the paramedics tried to prise the lifeless body from her grasp.
Her mum's cries cut her to the very soul and she could swear that she could feel her tears as they dropped down onto her own face.
As quickly as the grief had come... it was suddenly gone, and a serenity like nothing she had ever felt flowed all around her.
She saw the medics lay her body out flat, pulling open the front of her halloween cloak... checking for a heartbeat... listening for breath... but she
knew in her own heart that it was too late.
She saw the blood seep through her leggings and let out a curious smirk as she noted the strange angle that her thigh was jutting out at. It just
looked so... "weird" she thought to herself, "like a rag-doll".
It was somehow like watching a movie. She was observing it from a distance, detached and safe from its grasp.
Mary began to feel dizzy, like she was floating adrift on a small boat. Her mum looked so small as she knelt, staring at the face of the paramedic,
searching forlornly for any sign of hope. Mum was becoming... hazy?
It was hard to focus, like a fog was swirling all around her, and Mary felt like she was falling into a dream.
The light was changing from the dusky tones that had been there just seconds before into a beautiful golden glow, and Mary turned around to see what
she thought was the most incredible sunrise EVER!
The light was becoming intensely bright, almost blue in the centre but fading through yellows, golds and shades of orange out towards the edges.
She felt drawn to this beautiful sight, and she had almost forgotten the chaotic scene that was now unfolding behind her...
"150 joules... CLEAR!"
It reached Mary's ear like a distant whisper... "Jewels??? what do they want jewels for??"
The light reached out to her and warmed her to the core, this was no normal sunrise! and anyway... hadn't it only been a few seconds since the....?
Mary suddenly felt a burst of energy in her chest, it exploded out sending tingles up through her neck... down her arms... and legs...
It was then that Mary screamed with pain. Her left leg felt like someone had just stabbed it with a red-hot poker. She collapsed to the ground in
agony, clutching at her thigh...
She opened her eyes to see the light once more. Dimmer than before, but still beautiful and calm and serene. Her pain eased and she rose to her feet
"Let's try 200... CLEAR!"
The light was growing once more, caressing her, healing her pain... she felt herself drawn to it's power, it's beauty...
Something slammed into Mary's chest, knocking her off her feet, away from the light. The sudden rush of tingling energy engulfed her and the searing
agony of her broken leg returned once more.
She screamed, and clutched at her thigh... and suddenly realised that she could hear her Mum crying again...
"MUM! MUM!! I'm HERE!!"
The paramedics shoulders slumped as he sat the paddles of the defibrilator down by Marys side and slowly shook his head.
"I'm so sorry" he whispered, as Mary's Mum let out a cry that only a newly-berieved mother can summon from the depths of her heart.
"No, Noooo... no. n mum .. . I . . . i . . i'm .. . . . s t i l l . . . "
Mary began to drift away again...
"I lo ve y o u . . . mum!" and the light engulfed her tiny frame and pulled her away.
Her Mum suddenly stopped crying and a look of steely determination came to her face.
She turned to the nearest paramedic...
"I can feel her. She's here. and YOU are NOT going to give up on her.... NOT YET." she said firmly as she held the paramedic in her gaze....
The moment hung for what seemed and age... and then... then...
"OK - give me 300 joules! NOW! CLEAR!!"
A HUGE Explosion of energy and pain engulfed Mary one last time and it was just too much for her to bear, she blacked out, lost consciousness and fell
limply to the ground.
There are no words that can convey the feelings of isolation and utter loneliness that creep into the soul when you are faced with complete silence
and total darkness.
No sound, no smell, no warmth, no light... you drift alone on your journey - destination unknown.
The light when it came, hurt Mary's eyes. She blinked and screwed up her face and blinked again.
There were fuzzy, indistinct shapes there. Mostly white... some... turquoise blue??
There was movement... Mary blinked again... yes definitely movement... and a strange beeping noise...
Like one of those heart monitors they have in the..... in the HOSPITAL!
She blinked again, and her little eyes began to clear... she could see ceiling tiles.... a curtain rail... a fluorescent strip light... and there, to
her left... was Mum, sitting by the hospital bed... smiling.
"Happy Halloween Mary" was all she said, as mother and daughter hugged like they had never hugged before.
edit on 8-10-2015 by Gordi The Drummer because: spelling