And there were so many questions she needed to ask Caleb. How much did he really remember?
Would he go back with her, together, this time? Would he remember?
And most of all, did he still love her? Would he love her again? Would they have another child?
She needed some time to prepare for the transition. Even just a few minutes.
But it was not meant to be.
As the vampires continued with the funeral service, repeating it a second time, she felt increasingly light-headed.
She grabbed Caleb’s hand tightly, and she felt him grab hers back. It felt so good to be with him, to be by his side. She hoped it would never end. She hoped that this time they would go back together, never leave each other’s sides. She never wanted to be apart from him again.
As they began the funeral service a third time, she felt him lean over and whisper, “I love you, Caitlin. And I always will.”
She felt herself getting lighter and lighter, drifting towards the ceiling, towards the sky, towards some far-off place where heaven and earth met.
And she knew, she just knew, that there was something bigger than this world. That there was some magical opening in the universe where destiny and love prevailed. And that, no matter what, she and Caleb would be together again.