“I miss you.” Jade smiled through his tears, running his fingers gently against a photo frame. An aged picture of him stood beside the first love of his life. His mum.
Even though he had been 86, the aching hole of his mother’s death haunted him nightly. If only he had been smarter. If only he wasn’t a reckless child to get into an accident. If only they weren’t so poor. If only…
So many Ifs but no solution prevailed.
The presence of people overpowered Jade’s subconscious mind. He constantly heard people coming in and stepping out.
Silent prayers were said when a calloused hand held onto his. His fingers felt saturated from tears, he immediately knew it was her.
There was no one else that could be this close to him. The familiar aroma of her skin invaded his nostrils. Bleach mixed with cheap soap and something that was just unique to his mum, the fragrance of her skin. Her earthy scent calmed his nerves even before he was born.
“Ma…” He finally mustered the courage, overcoming the barrier that was between his conscious and subconscious state. His eyelids faltered, too heavy to fling open.
His mother’s lips cracked into a wide smile, welcoming her child after two long weeks. “You’re awake…”
“And, you’re alive…” His rejoinder wasn’t what she had been expecting but was welcomed nonetheless. A gentle squeeze of his hand before she reached over to his head. Caressing it tenderly, as if she was trying to deplete all the pain he had felt. The doctors had informed her of the inflammation around his brain, she wasn’t sure how drastic it was until now.“
Yes, and I have missed you.” The sweet voice of his mother forced his eyes open as little clouds of joy formed in them.
It was her. She was really here!!
“I have missed you. So bloody much…” Jade whispered and in came the waterworks. He could see her before him, but his mind was in a fog.
Had this been a memory? He was just crying and missing his mother, what is he doing here 74 years in the past?
Jade tried to move his limbs, other than the external pain he could see from the accident, there was nothing else. No aching back. No throbbing knee pain. Even the skin on his hands was soft and supple.
Could he be alive? Importantly, could she be alive?
Jade pinched his arm and the skin around it pruned like the fruit.
“Jade!” She looked at him alarmed. This was real. She was real. He remembered this moment in the past. His heart crushed down into tiny little pieces. Jade reached forward and hugged his mother the best he could. He filled his lungs with her scent. Heart-breaking cries erupted from his lips Not because he couldn’t remember how he had died. But he recollected how she had…
A robbery went wrong at Hotel Serenity.