(A continuation of the Albatross <——– Click to read previous episode)
I am not interested in talking to anyone” Tiffany said in a very cold emotionless voice, what do they have to say to me? Have they found his body? What can they say to change anything? Victor please I just want to be left alone, don’t try to make me look for any bright side just leave me let me mourn… I am allowed to mourn right? Please let me be alone she said as she walked out of the living room to the bedroom. Victor heaved and said as he put his head in his palms “I can’t handle it all, oh lord why did this have to happen? This is too hard for me… for us.”
Sheri, Victor’s mother who had been sitting quietly got up and sat beside Victor after five minutes of what seemed like Victor was crying she gave him a hug and said “We all loved Brian, I waited many years to carry your kids. God eventually did it but now we have lost him. It is no one’s fault, what was meant to be happened. We have to move on… you can definitely handle everything that comes your way. You are stronger than this situation. God knows you will overcome this and even as hard as it is for even me to say… God knows best.”
“Thank you mum for being so supportive, it’s just that whenever I face any challenge I am always assured that I will overcome it because I have Tiffany. We were always a team that’s why we managed through all these years…” Victor paused and continued on to say “but Tiff is different, I don’t know how to handle the situation with her. The first day she wouldn’t talk throughout or even shed a tear, two days later she’s blaming herself for not being sensitive enough and that she could have saved Brian by taking him home. Even then she still wouldn’t listen or take any comfort I had to give her. Then she finally got to the phase where she blames me for not allowing her to be a stay at home mum as she wanted. She keeps on saying “if Brian was at home, this wouldn’t have happened”. “God probably took him from us because we didn’t pay enough attention to him…” can you imagine Tiff saying all that?” she won’t talk to anyone, she’s just absolved in herself… its almost two weeks now and I feel like it isn’t just Brian I lost… I have lost Tiff too. This is not the first time we will lose a child but this is just different”
Sheri got up and walked towards the direction of their bedroom then turned around to say “you have not lost her Victor, this will pass. This home will be filled with laughter again. Yes, even though I have seen that Tiffany has changed but can I blame her? I have never gone through what she’s going through and if this is how she is handling it… we just have to do our best to get her back! I lost Brian, I am not losing my daughter to despair too. Tiffany is a wonderful girl, don’t let this past two weeks make you forget all the years she was a teammate… We will be fine… I’m going in to talk to her before I leave and I think you can discuss whatever you want to discuss with the policeman without Tiffany. Leave her out of it if she wants to be left out” with that Sheri walked away.
Tiffany was sitting in front of her mirror when she heard Sheri knock and say “Hey Tiff I’ll be leaving soon, is it okay to come in before I leave?” Tiffany didn’t want to talk to anyone, she just kept quiet and ignored her mother in law. Sheri went in notwithstanding and sat on the bed, “I couldn’t help it, I had to check on you before leaving… My baby girl come sit with me, we don’t have to talk. I just want to be here with you for a while”. “I think I would rather lie down”, Tiff said as she walked towards the bed and got under the sheets. Sheri got up from the bed and lay down beside Tiffany hugging her. Sheri sensed the stiffness from Tiffany and it broke her heart. Why did her children have to go through this? Tiffany and Victor had already been through a lot why is this happening to them? Had she done anything to offend anyone in the past to deserve this? Did she not pray well enough? Did she not… “I can’t stop judging myself mum” Tiffany’s statement cut in through Sheri’s thoughts. Sheri realized that Tiffany was sobbing so she moved closer to hug her tighter.
Tiffany couldn’t handle the emotions, why was her mother in law hugging her tightly? She already hated herself as it is, why isn’t anyone making it easier for her by blaming her? She wanted to hurt alone, she wanted to dwell in her guilt alone why was Sheri showing her so much love? “I also want to comfort Victor too, after all he lost his son too or I lost his son but I can’t… I just want everyone to leave me or hate me for being a failure… I don’t know why… I can’t help it. I know I have been mean but I feel like I need to suffer a lot more for losing our son”.
“Hey it’s okay to feel that way right now”, Sheri said as she wiped some tears of Tiffany’s face even though she was fighting back her tears. “You know we all handle things differently, this is not your fault. Have you thought about a parallel universe where you were in that building when it collapsed? How do you think I would cope? How do you think Victor would manage? You are stronger than this… it hurts so much for me so I can’t begin to imagine how you feel. I thank God that at least you were not there. So many things could have happened. This could have been worse. What if you didn’t wake up after you collapsed too? My dear come back to us… we love you. Let’s make this easier for everyone, Let us share the pain. Brian wouldn’t want you ignoring his dad at least. Your home was filled with love before him, he came and you both showered him with love… Brian shouldn’t be your excuse to stop showing love” Sheri consoled Tiffany
“I love you Tiffany, you are my daughter and it hurts me to see you this way. Victor loves you even more… he lost a son and he’s trying to deal with that… don’t make him deal with losing you even in this trying period. You guys have always been a team… do not stop being that” after a brief moment of silence Sheri gave Tiffany a kiss on the cheek and started to get up to leave, Tiffany held her back and said “I love you too mommy, thank you for this… for everything” then she let go.
After a nonproductive phone call with the owner of the crèche Victor was drained. He didn’t even get to say bye to his mum. The house was so quiet, it was him and Tiffany but he felt like he was actually alone. He heard Tiffany’s sniff from behind and he turned around to look at his wife, she was in tears hugging Brian’s favorite Toy… “What are we going to do, daadaa” Tiff said breaking down into more tears. Victor rushed to meet her and hugged her… for the first time in two weeks he felt like there was hope, for the first time in two weeks he felt some peace… for the first time in two weeks he was sure they would be fine. “We’ve got this babe… we always win as a team, we will definitely overcome this together” victor said. Tiffany hugged her husband letting the toy fall and she said “We were awesome parents at least, God gave us the opportunity to be one… we were awesome at it, we will definitely be awesome at whatever comes next” with that they both stood in a tight hug crying their hearts out over the loss of dear Baby Brian.
Darkness serves a purpose: to show us that there is redemption through chaos.
– Brendan Fraser
IBK tried to influence this story “it shouldn’t end this way” he said, imagine his reaction when I sent the story and Brian is still dead. Well he requested for a sequel… there you have it. It’s a long read I agree so I will leave you with just a few questions today.
- Who else agrees with me that Sheri is an awesome woman her relationship with her daughter in law is perfect. Can we really have mother in laws like this?
- Victor and Tiff looking like their love is still strong. Can we talk about Tiffany’s reaction to Brian’s death and the way Victor handled it?
- Should Victor have told his mother or he was wrong for involving a third party into their affairs.
- Do you see how I made a sad story look cute with Victor and Tiff being a team? We can’t even classify this as a sad story anymore.
The Triangle; There are three sides to a story, is a short series coming soon on stories that touch. Watch out!!! (Totally excited about this one)