The explosion is visible from Centauri-Earth. There is no mushroom cloud or sound of explosion, just a flash of light and he’s gone. Just like that he’s gone, never to be seen again. I willed myself not to cry. I will not show weakness in front of Chris and Zane even though I lost everyone I loved in less than 24 hours.
Then I was in the forest following the tracker toward the shuttle. When I found the shuttle the glass was covered in dirt. I used my sleeve to wipe away the dirt, praying I don't see what I don't want to see. But when I rub away the dirt I see the cold, lifeless, face of Elder. I blink thinking it's a trick of the light but it's not. He's dead and I can’t bring him back.
I woke up gasping, covered in sweat and tears. The faint flow of the solar cube allowed me to take in my surroundings. I was in mine and Elders huts. Roll over and see Elders peaceful face. And the memories of my dream flood my mind. I gently shake Elder awake just so I can look into those dark eyes. He blinks the sleep out of his eyes and looks into my eyes.
I wake up and blink the sleep out of my eyes and see that Amy is also awake. But when I look into her eyes she starts crying.
“Amy, are you okay,” I ask gently rubbing her arm.
Amy hugs me and presses a kiss to my lips.
“Amy what's wrong,” I ask when she finally pulls away.
“I thought I lost you again,” she says while clinging to me.
“I’m here okay. You didn’t lose me, I'm alive,” I tell her.
“But I was so afraid. And I lost my mom and dad in the same day and I thought I lost you as well,” she says. “And I had to go several days thinking I had lost everyone I loved.”
“I'm sorry but I had to, it was the only way to save you and everyone else,” I say.
“I know but please don't do that ever again. Okay,” she says extending her pinky towards me.
“I promise,” I say, wrapping my pinky around hers.
I smile as Elder wraps his pinky around mine. I press a soft kiss to his lips then curl up against his chest. He wraps his arms around me and plants a kiss to the top of my head.
“Good night Elder,” I mumble into his chest.
“Good night Amy,” he says.
I fall asleep to the sound of his heart. Knowing everything will be alright.