Wild Card Wednesday is a challenge between us. Each will provide a prompt to the other. That prompt will allow us 1000 words or so to complete the challenge.
Today Aaron Hall prompted me with: A Couple’s Final Conversation. Enjoy.
“I am well aware that you don’t have a choice in the matter,” Luna shouted, tears streaming down her face. “That doesn’t change the fact that we will never see each other again.”
“You don’t know that’s actually true,” Reyn responded.
“Okay, fine we might see each other again, but if we do I will be, like ninety-five years old and you’ll still be a twenty-four year old kid.”
Reyn had just been assigned to a peacekeeper assignment on an outpost several lightyears away. Of course, neither of them had expected this to happen. It was so rare that any officer would be forced off-world, especially into another galaxy. Lightspeed travel was still fairly new, only a few centuries old. Each hour that passed aboard a ship travelling at lightspeed was years for those planetside—decades even.
“It’s easy for you to act so calm, you aren’t giving up fifty years of your life. This trip is going to cost you a few weeks.” Although Luna was still crying. Anger was beginning to rise up as the dominant emotion. She was throwing things, unable to find a better way to cope with her feelings.
“Oh, give me a break!” Reyn was shouting now too, trying to make his voice heard over that of his wife. “You think I want to leave? How is it any harder on you than me? I am still losing you and there’s not a thing I can do about it. As you said, I don’t have a choice. It’s not my fault that the peacekeepers couldn’t keep peace on Gressin. It’s not my fault that the people are rebelling. What should I do? We both signed papers. We both agreed to serve the Star System when I became an Elite Guard.”
“What is the point?” she asked. “By the time you get there, it’ll be a new generation and they’ll have established a new government. No one will even remember the uprising. Just let them live their lives!”
Reyn thought that she was right. But the council believed that Gressin needed to be made an example of. If they weren’t punished, what would stop other colonies from rising up to establish their own leaders and law?
“No one told me that they’d tear you away from me.” She had calmed down a bit and was now crumpled over on the bed sobbing.
Reyn placed his hand on her shoulder and spoke softly. “I didn’t expect this either. But it is this, or I get tried as a deserter. Either way, we lose each other.”
“Why can’t we just run away together? We’d talked about doing it before we got married. You knew my dad hated you. You knew that was the easier option.”
“That’s right, it was the easier option. But it was also the one with the least integrity. I swore honor and integrity when I stood before the council. I plan to—”
“And you swore vows to me as well, Reyn!” Luna was shouting again, but Reyn put his arm around her and consoled her. “I just don’t understand why I can’t come with you.”
“I don’t either, but rules are rules, my love.”
Engines began to rev in the street in front of the small apartment. There was a knock on the door. Luna began shouting uncontrollably. “No! No, you can’t go!”
She was clutching at his legs as he started toward the door. It opened before he’d reached it.
“Time to move out,” said a large man wearing full combat gear.
Luna stood to her feet and lunged for the man standing at the door. Two more soldiers stepped in and restrained her.
“Luna, please,” said Reyn, “I don’t want to remember you like this.”
“You won’t remember me at all!”
Reyn knew her words did not reflect how she truly felt. He allowed her to vent without a response, turned to the men in the doorway and spoke a few hushed words. The large one nodded slightly, motioned to the others and went outside.
When they were alone, Reyn spoke.
“Luna, I will think about you every moment of every day for the rest of my existence. I love you with all that I am and all that I will be.”
“I will wait for you,” she said.
“No, you won’t. You are far too beautiful, too perfect to wait around for me. Live your life. Get remarried, have children, live and love life. I know you’ll never forget me, but you’ll be able to move on. You have my love, my heart.”
He passionately kissed his wife, then stood and walked toward the door.
“I love you,” he whispered.
“Reyn,” Luna said, “I’m pregnant.”