By Mallory Quinn
“The heart in ashes…”
It was a cold and
stormy night and the snow was falling abundantly with big flakes. Candy was
walking with her head down, her heart in ashes. Tears of sadness, tears of love,
tears of goodbye, were coming down her cheeks. She had just closed the door on
her past, present and future. She had just left the man she loved more than
anything in the world, to another woman, because she needed him; Susanna Marlowe
had saved Terry’s life, risking her own. She had lost her leg in the process.
Feeling like a burden in Terry’s life; knowing he was in love with another
woman, had driven her to suicide. Candy arrived at the right moment and had
saved her life. Terry arrived and he carried Susanna in his arms to take her
back to her room. To be in Terry’s arms had made Susanna so happy that it gave
her the will to live. Candy said goodbye to her asking her to take good care of
Terry. She then got out of the room to tell Terry that she was going back to
Chicago and that she didn’t want him to go with her to the train station. He had
caught up with her in the stairs, held her from the back and cried, wishing that
time suspended its flight, asking her to be happy.
you…” thought Candy.
Candy also wanted
like Terry that time had suspend its flight for good. And if Terry had held her
for one more minute, she wouldn’t have been unable to go; she would’ve turned
around and would have hugged him… never to let him go again. She loved him so
much and he loved her too. She thought about the summer in Scotland and St. Paul
college, that’s all she had left from Terry, now; memories. She continued
crying, she’d just took the most difficult decision of her short life. Why was
life against her? She lost Anthony the first love of her life and now Terry… her
other love. Why did life allowed her to fall in love again, just to rip it out
of her hands again?
She arrived at the
hotel and took her luggage, paid the room and went to the station to take the
train back to Chicago. In the train, she listened to Stear box of happiness and
she continued crying in silence. The other passengers were looking at her and
were wondering what had happened, to make a young girl so beautiful, so sad.
“Oh Terry, I
love you so much. Would I be able to forget about you? But I have to. I have to
forget about you. I have to forget about Terry, I have to forget about
repeating that phrase until she fell asleep. She said to herself with the power
persuasion, she would be able to forget about Terry, so her heart won’t be
hurting too much. She didn’t want to feel the pain that was hurting her so much.
She thought she was going to die, that’s how much it was hurting.
“Dear God, give
me the force to support and to forget this love that is hurting me so much, and
making me suffer,” she said when she
woke up for a brief moment.
repeating in her head:
“I have to
forget about Terry, I have to forget about Terry…”
The power of
persuasion was really strong and powerful to execute this perpetual order coming
from the bottom of her heart… to forget about Terry, to forget about
A very big noise
was heard followed by a big bang. The train stopped abruptly making the
passengers fell violently on the floor, but the train continued moving and the
carriages were derailing colliding with each other and piling up one on top of
the other. The noise from the accident and the cries of the passengers was a
dark portrait of horror; and after a while, when everything stopped, there was
only pain and despair. The train was completely derailed and all the passengers
were hurt, some lightly some badly some weren’t so lucky and they had just lost
The emergency crew
arrived slowly because of the snow that was still falling abundantly. The
rescued crew did their best to help the wounded and took them to local hospitals
close by; the train was almost in Chicago. All the hospitals were invaded by the
wounded from the train. The operation rooms were all occupied. The wounded were
literally on line to get operated on, and for some the waiting was fatal. The
doctors and the nurses did their best. For the new in the field; they were able
to live for the first time how to save lives and also how lives were lost. The
emotions were at daggers drawn. But they held on. The family members were all in
the hospitals looking for their loved ones. With the chaos of the accident, the
handbags and luggage were lost, so were the identities. So, if some wounded
weren’t conscious, nobody knew who they were and only family members could
identify them. But with the general panic, some people became impatient and
started shouting on the hospital staff and the paramedics. After a few hours of
chaos the calm finally came back at dawn.
There was a
patient that had been very badly hurt during the accident. She had to have
surgery on the abdomen and another one on the head. She had an angelic and
innocent face. The doctors and the nurses were waiting for her to wake up. But
they didn’t know that the young girl in question had no intention to wake up.
Being asleep, to be in the void, not feeling anything was all our young patient
wanted. She was in the coma; a deep coma in which she wasn’t feeling anything
and it was better that way, than the pain she had in her heart in the leaving
world. Christmas and New Year passed, without our sleeping beauty waking
Terry found a
house in which Susanna would be able to move around with her wheel chair without
problem, than in his small apartment. That’s not how he wanted to move. He
thought he would move with Candy. Candy… oh he loved her so much! But it was
like fate was against them. He had a moral obligation. Susanna saved his life
and she lost her leg. She was in love with him, the logic for him was to marry
her and take care of her for the rest of his life. But that also meant, to live
without Candy, the girl he loved more than anything in the world. Would he be
able to be a good husband for Susanna, while he was feeling such an intense love
for another woman? Every time he looked at Susanna, he saw Candy, who, with her
big heart, left, sacrificed herself so he could take care of
will never love anyone like I love you,” he said to himself.
He’d just come
back from the theatre and found Susanna in the kitchen, giving orders to the
maid. She smiled when she saw Terry.
- Terry, she said happily, good
evening! How are you? Did you have a good day?
- Yes. Good evening, Susanna.
- Diner is almost ready. Go freshen
up and we can eat in a little bit.
- Thanks, see you later.
Terry went to
change and got ready for diner. Susanna was taking care good care of him. But he
couldn’t return her love. He felt friendship for her, she was a good friend but
he couldn’t give her more than that. His heart was already taken.
Ever since the
night that Candy left, he couldn’t stop dreaming about her. He missed her so
much! He was dreaming about her very single night and it was always the same
dream; he was with Candy, they were laughing and they were happy and then, Candy
started to disappear little by little screaming:
“Terry! Help! I
need help! Terry help me! Terry!!!”
And then he woke
up in sweats. He was doing the same dream almost every night, every time Candy
called for help and he didn’t know how to help her. Having the same dream every
night, Terry understood how the Pharaoh in the bible felt before Joseph came to
put some light in his dreams. Terry was in a bad mood and barely smiled since
Candy’s departure. Susanna was doing her best to cheer him up, without any
you trying to tell me something? Or do I miss you so much that I dream about you
He couldn’t talk
to Susanna about it, so he went to see his mother one night.
- Here goes noTerry, said Eleonor Baker, how are
- Not really good, mum…
- It’s Candy, isn’t it?
- How do you know?
- All I have to do is, look at you.
Ever since Candy left, you’ve got this bad temper… you miss her, she’s
the woman you love.
- Mum... Things are not what they
- Ok. I won’t say anything more.
- I wanted to talk to you about
- I’m listening.
confide in anybody, but these dreams were driving him crazy. He had to talk to
someone.thing… Mum, ever since
Candy’s departure, I can’t stop dreaming about her….
- You love her, that’s normal.
- That’s what I thought in the
beginning too, but it’s the content of the dream that intrigues me.
- What is it?
- We are together, we are happy and
then it’s like she disappears little by little and she’s screaming for
- Oh… and that’s every night?
- I understand now why you’re in such
a bad mood… she said ironically.
- Mum, please…
- I’m sorry. Candy is asking for your
help… maybe she needs help… maybe she’s in danger.
- I have a bad feeling, but maybe
it’s because of the fact that I lost her for good.
- Maybe it’s telepathic message… if
you have to help her, you’ll get another sign.
- You believe that?
- Well you’re the one getting a
telepathic SOS from your beloved…!
- Thanks, Mum. I have to go now.
- Bye, honey.
- Bye, mum, he said kissing her on
woke up and went to check if the mail had come. Maybe there was a letter from
Candy. Ever since she went to New York, she didn't have any news from her. Did
she marry Terry and decided not to come back to Chicago? How could she forget
about her best friends? Something was not right. There was no letter from Candy.
Annie got ready
sadly and went downstairs for breakfast. Her mother who was already at the
table, saw her long face.
- Annie, honey, said her mother,
- Mom, I have no news from Candy. I
hope nothing happened to her.
- That’s odd, really. Since when
don’t you have any news from her?
- Since November…
- That’s a long time alright.
- I'm going to see Archie to see if
he has any news.
- I hope nothing happened to her.
She’s a nice girl, so full of life.
Annie finished her
breakfast and barely ate. She was too stressed by Candy’s absence. She went to
get Patty and they went together to see Archie at the Andrew manor. Archibald
arrived with a smile.
- Annie, good morning, Patty he said
kissing them on the cheek.
- Archie, good morning, said Annie,
do you have any news from Candy?
- I just checked the mail. Nothing.
- This is becoming worrying, said
Patty, she would have give us some news…
GRANDCHESTER, rising star from Broadway, just got engaged to SUSANNA
Annie was looking
at the pile of mail. Maybe Archie didn’t look well. She was looking at a
magazine and she saw a title that jumped in front of her.
that he had reacted a little violently and that he sounded like a jealous
boyfriend. Annie understood, but didn’t say anything. She was very patient and
he was grateful to her for that. To leave the girls alone in New York? No, if
Stear were there….
- Look at this magazine! She said
- What? Said Archie, but… what’s
- He got engaged to Susanna? What
about Candy? Said Patty.
- The bastard! Said Archie, he broke
- But, if that’s the case, said
Annie, she should’ve come back here, to us. Where is she? At least
before we thought she was with Terry and now… it’s worse!
- Yes, said Patty, knowing Candy even
if she were hurt, and didn’t want to talk about it, she would’ve want to
be with us.
- Archie, said Patty, we have to go
see Terry to ask him what happened.
- I’m going to beat him up! Said
- Archie! Think about Candy. Terry is
the last one to have seen her. If it bothers you, you can stay here and
go to the police so they can start to investigate. I’ll go to New York
with Patty to see Terry.
Stear had made the
decision to enrol in the army and had left without saying anything to anybody.
The whole family was completely devastated, not to mention his girlfriend,
- No, we are all going to New York to
see Grandchester… Two young girls alone, Stear would never forgive me if
something happens to you.
Annie told her
parents that she was going to New York with Archie and Patty to get some news of
Candy from Terry. Since she was going to be in Archie’s company, Mrs Brighton
didn’t object. Patty had no problem convincing her parents either.
The trio left for
New York to look for their best friend. During the trip, they were trying to
talk about other stuff, but they were all thinking about Candy. Where was she?
What was she doing?
Once in New York,
they went to the theatre to see Terry, but since it was the end of the day, he
was already gone. One of the employees gave them Terry’s address. They went to a
hotel first to change and eat.
their meal and went at Terry’s in early evening. They rang and a butler opened
- I hope Terry would be able to tell
us where Candy is, said Annie.
- Archie, try to get a hold of
yourself, said Patty.
- Yes, we need his help and his
cooperation, said Annie, so be calm, ok?
- He got engaged to Susanna Marlowe…
When I think how much Candy loved him. You remember before she left how
dreamy she was? She was humming songs…
- She passed in front of us without
seeing us! Said Patty she was only thinking about Terry.
- When we wanted to buy some ice
cream, she said it was going to melt until she gets to New York… she
thought it was to bring to Terry! Said Annie laughing.
- And now… what happened? Where is
she? Asked Archie sadly.
The butler went in
the living room and found Terry with Susanna.
- Yes? May I help you?
- We came to see Mr. Grandchester,
- Do you have an appointment?
- No. It’s an emergency.
- Who should I announce?
- Annie, Patty and Archie, Candy’s
- One moment, please.
Terry raised his
head surprised and Susanna had a twinge in her heart. Candy’s friends? What did
they want? Did Candy send them? Did she want Terry back? What was it all
- Sir, you have visitors.
- Who is it?
- Annie, Patty and Archie, Candy’s
Annie, Patty and
Archie came in the room. Terry stood up to greet them smiling.
- Let them in, said Terry.
- But what do they want? Asked
- We’ll know soon enough, said Terry.
understand why Annie was asking her that question. Did something happen to
Candy? But he said suspicious:
- Annie, Patricia, Cornwell, Hello!
What brings you by?
- Good evening, Terry, said Annie,
- Good evening, said Susanna.
- Susanna, Terry, said Patty, hi.
- Granchester, Susanna, said Archie.
- Have a sit, said Terry, you want
something to drink?
- No, thanks, said Annie and Patty.
- I’m fine, said Archie.
- Ok, Terry, said Annie, we came to
ask you something…
- What happened between you and
- We broke up, said Terry
- Oh… that’s why you’re with Susanna
now, obviously, said Patty.
- Yes… said Terry.
- I knew you were going to hurt her!
- Archie… said Annie.
- You don’t know the whole story,
said Terry, it’s complicated…
- For me it’s simple, you got tired
of her… said Archie.
- ARCHIE! Said Annie, that’s not why
- Why did you come here? Asked
Susanna who couldn’t take it anymore, is it about Candy?
- Yes, said Patty, but not in the way
- Terry, said Annie, when was the
last time you saw Candy?
silent. He thought about his dreams. Did Candy really needed his help? His
mother told him that if it was a telepathic message, there will be another sign;
Candy’s friends telling him that she had disappeared… He wanted to say
something, but not in front of Susanna.
“Where are you,
Freckles?” he asked
- In November, after the premiere, we
broke up and she went to the train station. She didn’t want me to go
with her. Why, what’s happening?
- Terry, said Annie, Candy never came
back to Chicago….
- WHAT???!!! Yelled Terry, WHERE IS
- We don’t know, said Patty, she
- What do you mean disappeared? Asked
- We mean that she didn’t write, or
call, said Patty.
- In fact, said Annie, until we saw
the announcement of your engagement in the magazine, we thought she was
with you and was being lazy writing or enjoying your company or
- Oh my God! Said Terry visibly
upset. We have to do something… I’m going to go to the police so they’ll
start looking her, I had no idea. If something happened to her, I will
never forgive myself!
- You can say that again! Said Archie
- You’re the last person to have seen
her in fact, said Patty.
left. Susanna was a little disappointed. Candy couldn’t leave them
- Since you don’t know anything, said
Annie, we’re going back to Chicago. I’ll give you my phone number if you
hear anything, call me.
- Thanks, said Terry, I’ll give you
my phone number too. Call me as soon as you hear something.
- Ok. Said Annie, Thank you.
- No, thanks to you for the
information. Let’s keep in touch.
Terry went to the
police station the same day to report Candy’s disappearance. Needless to say
that Terry spent a very bad night! The dream he had about Candy became more and
Come and save me!! Terry help!!!”
- Candy has disappeared…
- Maybe it’s a trick to get
- Susanna, she saved your life, she
left me so I can be with you… be a little compassionate!
- I’m sorry, said Susanna ashamed, I
hope she’s fine.
- Me too.
He spent a very
returned to Chicago and went to the police to report Candy’s disappearance, so
the police will start to look for her in Chicago.
Albert, got his
memory back and since Candy didn’t come back, he went on his adventure trips,
thinking Candy was happy with Terry.
Eliza and Neil
learned about Candy’s disappearance, too. Eliza was glad.
girl got only what she deserves! May she be gone forever!”
felt very sad. Candy, he won’t see Candy anymore. He liked to tease her, but he
realised that he liked her! Those beautiful emerald green eyes, that long blond
hair, and those freckles she was beautiful… And now, he won’t see her anymore!
No, she had just disappeared, she might reappear… he prayed that Candy was
The Great Aunt
Elroy was maybe motionless towards Candy but she was following the researches
closely, after all she was a member or the family.
The young patient
with blond hair and freckles, that the nurses had nicely nicknamed “angel face”,
was still in the coma. Her body was starting to suffer because of the
non-nutrition and non-activity.
But the “Angel
face” was not moving and she was mute. The void, the nothingness the darkness,
the darkness, was not good for health. You have to come towards the light, but
the darkness was not hurting, the darkness was motionless and emotions hurt. But
she needed strengths; her body needed strengths and activity. But… later,
A month passed
before the light came back in the long black hallway, without life and without
emotions. The light was hurting her eyes. The sun; feeling a little heat did her
good. But she was incapable of moving. Only her eyes were opened.
- Wake up, Angel face, was saying a
young doctor, your body needs activity, come on wake up… wake up, oh ye
who sleeps, wake up from among the dead… come back among the living.
Your place is not with the invalids. Wake up so you can tell us your
name, Angel face.