Tuesday Tales – Save
Gideon shuffled to the kitchen to find the old biscuit box. Tears burned his eyes. He dug for the money he stuffed at the bottom until he brushed the currency. Wrapping it in his fist he trudged back to the living area where Emma and Edgar waited.
“We will destroy your notes, Gideon,” Edgar assured. “No one will be able to trace Katarina’s plot to you. Now, we need to go.”
Silently the three stepped out onto the street and hurried towards the dirigible. Gideon wrapped his hand tightly around hers. He memorized the feel of her flesh. He would never get to touch it again. He felt her shudder beside him. Would she miss him as much as he would her? He couldn’t live without her.
The dirigible floated like a shadow against the night sky, the curve of the balloon turning the full moon into a sliver. Crowds of passengers roamed towards the behemoth to board for their trip to the New World.
Gideon stopped dead in his tracks. “No. I won’t do this.”
Emma wrapped her arms tight around him. “Gideon, you have to save yourself.”
“I will not leave you.”
He looked into her eyes. “Find love.”
Her smile was sad. “I already have. And I never will again.”
The sound of footsteps turned their attention. Constables swarmed the area. Edgar nudged him towards the dirigible. “Go. Now. You’ll be arrested if you don’t.”
Gideon stared at Emma long and hard one last time before he spun on his toe and rushed to the dirigible. He took one more glance at her then boarded. He slumped on the floor of the deck and buried his face in his hands. He never felt love like this, not even with his wife. He knew he never would again.