The days went by at school for the following weeks and Dahlia found herself loving her assistance job of helping tutor the dance students. Her teacher said that she was doing great work and that she could see improvements in the students work.
Drew continued to have his headaches, some days were not bad and other days, he had to have a fill-in teacher replace him, as his headaches would place him in bed for the day. Several visits were made to the doctor for check-ups for Drew, and the doctor said the same repeat words each time. There is nothing that he can do anymore but to prescribe the pain medications, and that Drew’s life was now in God’s hands. Each Sunday the church would pray for Drew and there were even special times when hands were laid on Drew for healing.
Drake spent a lot of time with his students and helping them to get prepared for final exams. He stayed many afternoons with students that were requesting help, and if he was not doing this, he was spending time with his brother Drew, trying to comfort him by sitting with him for hours at a time.
When Dahlia had spare time, she would get a ride and go over and visit with her father. Her visits at first were strained, but each time she went to him, she learned more and more about him and within a month, the two found themselves not wanting to leave each other. Her father asked her once if she would consider moving back into the family home, but Dahlia declined his request, stating she had school to finish, and that she was planning on being married the day after graduation. She also was planning on having a job lined up before school was over.
She explained to him that although the two of them had drawn much closer, she could not do as he wished, but she would continue to visit. The hours they visited with each other were filled with many questions and through these talks many questions had been answered.
On Saturdays, Drake and Dahlia went shopping. They had went to the church and asked for an open date for their wedding and asked the minister if he would kindly marry them, and the minister had agreed to both of their request. The two went shopping also for Dahlia’s wedding dress and Drake found a nice suit for himself. He was going to wear a jet-black suit, with a white shirt underneath, with a sky-blue tie. They found a dress for Dahlia, and she used some of the money left to her from her mother, and picked out a dream dress, every little girl wants.
The dress was virgin white in color, and it was tight-fitted at the waist. The dress was knee-length, and under the taffeta was layers of lace that was so beautiful to her touch. Covering the entire dress was baby pearls. The neck was a scoop neck line. The veil that matched was a veil that protruded half-way down her back. It was made of total lace and the head-piece was decorated in baby lilies, with pearls mixed in between the flowers. She had no need to have anything done to the dress as far as altering, as the dress fit perfectly. She paid for the dress and left it at the store for safe keeping.
Dahlia and Drake met up at the little town cafe after their shopping for their outfits, and they had lunch. Dahlia was so excited over her dress. She explained to him how it felt on her and how it felt when she ran her fingers over the lace and the little pearls. She said that she hoped he would love it as much as she did, and he said not to worry, he would love her if she wore only her every day dress. She smiled at him when he said this, and he reached under the table and squeezed her leg to let her know how much he loved her this very minute.
After they ate their lunch, he took her and walked her out the door and they walked a few doors down and he opened a door and told her to follow him in. She asked where they were and he told her they were at the jewelry store where he had purchased her ring.
He led her to the counter and when the sales girl approached them, he asked to see pearl earrings. Dahlia could not believe he was going to consider buying her another gift. She remained quiet as the sales girl showed Drake a few sets of what she thought he may like. Without asking Dahlia, he picked out a pair that he knew would look perfect on her delicate ear lobes, and told the lady that he wanted to purchase these, and he held the box out to her. She said that he had made a wonderful choice, and she reached over and placed her hand over Dahlia’s hand, and said, you are a lucky lady to have found a man with such wonderful taste, and this made Dahlia smile. She also made a mental note to herself that she needed to come back here on her first free day and pick out a ring for Drake.
The two walked out of the store hand in hand, the box in Drake’s pocket and each were smiling at the world and to them, there was no one else on the streets. They walked home and the house was quiet. Drake called out but no one answered. As he went through the house, he came into the kitchen and found a note for him left on the table.
It said that Drew had begun vomiting and there was traces of blood in it.They had called the doctor and the doctor ordered them to bring Drew to the hospital and he would meet them there.
Drake read the letter to Dahlia and he told her he needed to go to the hospital now, and did she want to go along or to stay here, and she answered quickly, that she considered him a part of her family, and she wanted to be nowhere else but there with him also.
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