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She knew it to be a dream when she fell into a deep sleep, what she didn't expect to be in was the alleyway where she was found in Dallas, TX after killing Richard Troy. A traumatic event that she tried to get over, but after meeting Stella and McQueen in late summer she realized that it was a part of her whether she liked it or not, she thought to herself even in that dream. Even then this dream felt a little off even for her. She was still in the rag that was considered a nightgown, she was dirty from walking in Dallas the day she killed that monster. More importantly, she began to smell the rain, a different kind of rain compared to the wedding night in Paris she and Roarke had.

She then began to see lightning striking above the Dallas skyline, the thunder it left rumbling was a distinct pattern of specific sounds, so much so that she was certain that she heard this type of thunder before. Compared to her being abused as a child, the idea of thunder and lightning scaring her seemed very foreign. The lightning scared her again though, when it flashed bright enough to see the shadow of a man, instinct automatically told her it was Richard Troy, coming back from the dead and finding her. But when lighting flashed again, she saw that shadow again and saw the figure wearing a cowboy hat. He never wore a cowboy hat, she realized, she never remembered him wearing a hat of any kind. A cowboy hat of all things, but this figure slowly walking to her did.

 

She shouldn't have recognized him, he should've been older if not dead by the time she was born. But here he was in his thirties, wearing all black from cowboy hat, to denim shirt, jeans and boots. And she didn't feel afraid of him, she didn't feel scared the way she felt when an adult approached her back then, he didn't smile at her the way those cops did when they found her in the real alleyway. Instead he looked at her with those intense eyes that glowed with the lightning as rain began to pour down. Another thing she noticed with the rain in this dream, it felt warm, not hot compared to her showers at home, the rain felt like a warm blanket, a baby blanket to be exact. Being so taken by the rain, she didn't notice the man finding an old leather sofa that appeared out of nowhere, she even heard the guitar that played in the background, but he didn't carry a guitar, instead his hand reached out in an invite for the child to sit on his lap while he sat on that sofa. Accepting this mans kindness and as thanks for not scaring her, she took his hand and sat on his lap. The guitar continued playing as the man began to sing to her ever so gently.

Three thirty in the morning

Not a soul insight

The city's lookin' like a ghost town

On a moonless summer night

Raindrops on the windshield

There's a storm moving in

He's headin' back from somewhere

That he never should have been

And the thunder rolls

And the thunder rolls

 

While the man sang to her, she began to realize what the song was, her adult self heard it so why was her eight year old self hearing it. This was a song about domestic abuse and murder, no child should ever hear this song, let alone watch a rated-R movie which this song was the equivalent to. But sitting in this man's lap, singing to her and holding her comfortably in his arms, like how a real father should hold a little girl, she just took in the security and warmth being offered to her even in the rain.

 

Every light is burnin'

In a house across town

She's pacin' by the telephone

In her faded flannel gown

Askin' for a miracle

Hopin' she's not right

Prayin' it's the weather

That's kept him out all night

And the thunder rolls

And the thunder rolls

 

The lightning picked up in frequency as the song picked up the speed when she heard him sing the chorus of the song, his voice was raised a bit when he sang it, but not once did he break that gentle hold on her and she didn't feel scared of him. Like a real father again, the fierceness she saw in his eyes were those of ones wanting to protect a little girl. He was sensing the monsters in her dream and was doing his job to ward them away, particularly the ones that were her "parents", Max Ricker and Issac McQueen. Those people kept haunting her for years and years, yet here she was in the arms of a man around her real age being kept safe from those same monsters and deciding not to think on those demons anymore she decided to wrap her arms around him like a shield as he continued singing to her.

 

The thunder rolls

And the lightnin' strikes

Another love grows cold

On a sleepless night

As the storm blows on

Out of control

Deep in her heart

The thunder rolls

 

Across another street from her alley, he rose up from laying down on the concrete. The same position he was in when he was nearly beaten to death by his father before being discovered by Summerset. But this time he was able to get up by himself without any help, and immediately he felt something odd when he did get up. Why was he in an alleyway in Dallas? He should've been in Dublin where he was found, he even grew more curious when rain began to fall down from the night sky and how warm it felt. Then when he heard a guitar being played out of nowhere, instinct told him to follow the direction of the sound. After doing some running, he caught a glimpse of a man in a black cowboy hat, walking into an alley that he instantly recognized. Again instinct told him that it was Richard Troy's ghost coming back to haunt his girl, or worse, maybe his father coming over to her to continue the torture. But he'd be damned if this stranger were to walk down the aisle of his girl and torture her.

 

She's waitin' by the window

When he pulls into the drive

She rushes out to hold him

Thankful he's alive

 

But on the wind and rain

A strange new perfume blows

And the lightnin' flashes in her eyes

And he knows that she knows

And the thunder rolls

And the thunder rolls

 

When he eventually caught up to that cowboy, he would've been ready to attack the first chance that man would attack his girl. Instead he caught her being in the comfort of his arms, holding her like a real father would when a child had nightmares. He saw that she didn't feel scared of this man, instead she felt at peace. Even now, him watching that cowboy sing to his girl, the singer did give off an intense presence, but even the boy felt that the intensity wasn't directed at him per se. He immediately began to realize that this cowboy was warding off the evil spirits of his father, her parents and Max Ricker in this dream and making his girl feel at peace. Another thing he noticed was how different she looked from the woman she would become, she still looked beautiful but a lot more fragile than she would be now. Seeing that this cowboy was no longer a threat to his girl, he began to walk in the direction of the sofa that they sat at, envying how the cowboy's singing voice gave his girl comfort even as he sang a song about murder.

 

The thunder rolls

And the lightnin' strikes

Another love grows cold

On a sleepless night

As the storm blows on

Out of control

Deep in her heart

The thunder rolls

 

Suddenly she felt that familiar tenseness in the back of her neck, the same she feels in her adult form when sensing him. Turning around slowly and cautiously, she saw him walking slowly in the alleyway of Dallas. Other than his picture as a baby with his mother, she never saw childhood pictures of him and neither did he of her. But there he stood in a white t-shirt, blue gym shorts, white tennis shoes. His hair was shorter than what it is now, but it still stopped at neck level. His face looked beautiful at twelve years old, eyes as blue as those shorts, hair as black as the night. She knew him then and felt the love for him sweep over her like a wave.

 

She runs back down the hallway

And through the bedroom door

She reaches for the pistol

Kept in the dresser drawer

 

Tells the lady in the mirror

He won't do this again

Cause tonight will be the last time

She'll wonder where he's been

 

Easing herself off the cowboy's lap, Eve ran to the younger version of Roarke and clung to him tightly like a lifeline. She didn't hide the fact that she was weeping over him in the rain, but he held her just as tightly because she was also his lifeline. They were afraid to let go of each other in this moment of innocent passion. Passion that should've been reserved for adults washed through Eve and Roarke at 8 and 12 years old just like it still did at 32 and 36 years old respectively. Even as the song and the dream began to end, the connection carried with them into the real world.

 

The thunder rolls

And the lightnin' strikes

Another love grows cold

On a sleepless night

As the storm blows on

Out of control

Deep in her heart

 

"I saw you Roarke," Eve wept gently as she repeated that statement like a prayer to a God. "I saw you."

 

"I know baby...I know." Roarke stroked her naked back as she wept happy tears onto his shoulder, their connection really did run that deep.

 

The thunder rolls