Untimely End

Oct 15 20:36:27 <Dexanote> It's not cold, but it's not warm.
Oct 15 20:36:58 <E4D> John Sadie stands there, looking around for his wife, tears in his eyes.
Oct 15 20:38:07 <Dexanote> "Mm." The reaper places a hand on his shoulder. He's tall, indistinct, dark. Burning eyes and a zigzag mouth.
Oct 15 20:38:58 <E4D> He turns, jumping, sobbing harder, and screams when he sees what's touching him, pulling away and stepping back away from him.
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Oct 15 20:39:30 <Dexanote> "'m sorry, so sorry."
Oct 15 20:40:51 <E4D> His words are barely comprehensible as his shoulder shake with each gasping sob. "Who are you, and w-where's my wife? What happened? Where is she?
Oct 15 20:41:56 <Dexanote> "I'm yor guide to tha next life. I'm sorry to say, but yor dead." He shifts, leaning on the Scythe. "Shall we go an' find your wife?"
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Oct 15 20:43:48 <E4D> The man stands for a second, still crying, tears rolling down his face. "… dead?" He drops to his knees. "Please? Oh God, oh no, he's here, too?"
Oct 15 20:44:24 <Dexanote> "She is."
Oct 15 20:45:01 <Dexanote> He leans down, placing a hand on the man's shoulder. "Whaz yor name, sir?"
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Oct 15 20:45:46 <E4D> He looks down at the ground, then up at the Chainshank. "John Sadie, s-sir."
Oct 15 20:48:08 <Dexanote> "Mm. John. Good name." He pulls away; the whiteness fills in, gradually forming a reflection of his home. "Again, 'm sorry for yor end. But there's a time an' place for these things; shall we find Mrs Sadie, before she gets lonely an' lost?"
Oct 15 20:48:27 <E4D> He stutters again as he speaks. "Her name was S-Sheila if it helps." He tremors, then breaks down again, quaking under Shank's hand.
Oct 15 20:49:51 <E4D> He makes an effort to stand, his knees weak as he rises, and looks around.
Oct 15 20:50:22 <Dexanote> He pauses, before turning to lead the way. The world's filled in; they're in an extremely clean mirror of the house.
Oct 15 20:50:37 <E4D> He nods quickly a few times, glancing around again as he frowns. "How do we know where to go?"
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Oct 15 20:52:10 <Dexanote> They step outside; instead of the front yard, the house is sitting on a clean, everlasting beach. A pale white sun is visible in the golden sky, shining down on the paper-white sand. "We do."
Oct 15 20:52:46 <E4D> "Is she here?"
Oct 15 20:53:44 <Dexanote> He points; a figure is walking down the beach, away from where they're standing. The house is gone, replaced with a single perfect palm tree.
Oct 15 20:54:32 <E4D> "Can I go to her? I'm afraid she might be scared…"
Oct 15 20:55:22 <Dexanote> "She is." he motions.
Oct 15 20:55:38 <Dexanote> "Go on, save her."
Oct 15 20:56:18 <E4D> He nods again, a quick gesture. "T-thank you, sir." He turns and runs off toward her as quickly as can.
Oct 15 20:58:09 <E4D> When he reaches her, Shank can see the man throw his arms around his wife, holding her tight. His apologies for not being able to save her come quickly, profuse and heartfelt, sorrowful, regretful, honest.
Oct 15 20:58:59 <Dexanote> The couple will reunite; walking down the beach, reflecting on their lives together, they will learn to move past this life. They will forgive their assailant, and they will decide to spend eternity together. And when they do, they will find a single sailing vessel, one with sails of music and a hull of hope; they will travel across the sea and into a land of lights Beyond.
Oct 15 21:00:54 <Dexanote> Chainshank watches from afar, timeless in this place, and slowly nods. As the Sadies pass over, he closes his eyes and returns to the world of the living.