The Ghosts of Temple Bruer part 13

Sarah had awoken up to a terrible scream one morning. She got out of bed, put on her rob, and followed the screams out into the hallway. She was still groggy from her slumber, trying to recollect her thoughts. She followed the cries that lead her to the west terrace, facing the pond. There she found Aki crying loudly at something she oversaw at the gardens. Sarah approached.

“What’s wrong?” Sarah asked her.

Aki, too distraught to answer, pointed in the direction of the pond. Sarah’s heart stopped in horror. Floating in the pond was Haruki’s listless body. Sarah without hesitation ran downstairs, across the garden, and into the pond, pulling Haruki out of the water. She tried to resuscitate him, but he was long gone. Aki came running over, and held her son.

The next few days were troubled. Aki mourned the death of Haruki, and felt the curse of the castle was to blame. Aki wouldn’t let them bury Haruki at the Bruer’s cemetery, instead, shipped him back to her home town.

A few weeks later, Philip finally returned home. Sarah was very happy to see him. She told him about Haruki’s death which he seemed indifferent to.

“Did she bury him here?” Philip asked.

“No,” Sarah said with tears in her eyes. “She had his body taken home.”

“As it should be,” Philip said. “Only family gets buried here.”

Sarah couldn’t understand her husband’s callousness.

“Didn’t you hear me when I said Haruki died,” Sarah said. “Does it really matter where he is buried?”

“It does to me,” Philip said. “He wasn’t family.”

“Have you no heart?” Sarah was awed by his uncaring manner.

“Of course I do, darling,” he smiled at her. “I’m sorry to hear he passed away.”

 

 

 

 

“Of course, I do,” he said. “What a silly question you ask me.”

“I don’t think it’s silly. I want to know if you like children.”

“Of course, I want children,” his eyebrows arched in anger. “What is all these questions about? Do you really think I’m heartless?”

“I wonder if you really want children,” Sarah knew she pushed too far when she said that.

“How dare you question me?” He arose in rage.

“If you were distraught why did you leave? I needed you too.”

“I couldn’t handle it! I don’t know how to handle these things!”

“Do you love me, Philip?”

“How dare you question my loyalty to you!” he sneered. “I’ve given you everything!”

“But the truth,” Sarah said.

“What are you talking about?”

“Lunette, Sophie, Hannah,” Sarah said. “Did you love them too? Why didn’t you tell me about them?”

“How did you–”

“Haruki told me,” Sarah said.

“How did he–”

“He was just a baby, but he remembered,” Sarah said.

Philip was silent for a moment.

“I was married before,” Philip said. “They meant nothing to me.”

“Do I mean nothing to you?” Sarah asked. “I can’t believe you no more, Philip. I want to go home.”

Without waiting for his answer, Sarah ran out. She locked herself in their room and refused to speak with him for days. She finally relented when he promised her to let her visit her sister.