Dusk had fallen and the wind was getting colder. They will be home any moment now. It will complete 4 years this coming fall and every single day, Jasmine waits for them, sitting by the window. The wait has provided a welcome respite; to cherish beautiful memories, before her children
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Dusk had fallen and the wind was getting colder. They will be home any moment now.
It will complete 4 years this coming fall and every single day, Jasmine waits for them, sitting by the window. The wait has provided a welcome respite; to cherish beautiful memories, before her children started to grow up and everything changed. They were a happy family, also rich and regal. Her children Chris, 15 and Ben, 12 were exceptionally affectionate, sensitive and humble.
The divorce, which happened a year after Ben was born, made her excessively protective of her family. Though she had never had any problems with her children before, a few inevitable changes in Chris were visible lately. Owing to his sensitive teenage years, she tried her best to be understanding and friendly. Yet she had been outraged on discovering a pack or cigarette in his backpack one day. She grounded him for a week which metamorphosed him into a completely different person. Grim, arrogant, impulsive and angry. Very angry!
The little arguments kept increasing, as did the rift in the family. The day is still clearly etched in her mind. She had been home early and it was unusually quiet. On receiving no answer to her incessant calling, she barged into her sons’ room the sight made her feel weak in the knees. The room was pervaded by thick smoke which unmistakably reeked of marijuana. Her boys along with another friend, whom she had never seen or heard of, had turned around in horror. There, that was the exact moment when she had lost control and leashed out her anger like never before. Things got out of hand and the infuriated boys left in Chris’s car. It was exactly 51 minutes later that she had received the call about their accident. That one call irrevocably changed her life forever.
A cold sweat breaks off at the back of her neck. She abruptly realizes something is different. The Ouija board, the candles and their favorite dinner are set up perfectly. The only change is a slight cold breeze flowing through the window. It caresses her neck and sends a shiver down her spine. She suddenly relaxes and smiles widely, with tears in her eyes.
They are home.