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Open Final Good Bye for Tomas Del Bosque

Discussion in 'City Life' started by Zora, Sep 7, 2018.

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    Trigger warning. Death mentioned.


    The room was almost empty, except for the open casket. There were no flowers, no candles, no pictures, nothing to commemorate the deceased. Zoraida hadn't even wanted to even do a service or a viewing of her brother. She didn't think he deserved that much, it was like paying tribute to a life wasted, spent hurting others and just poorly lived.

    However, her grandfather had pointed out that that was exactly why she needed to hold a service - because of the pain and destruction he had caused. It offered closure to those he had hurt, allowed others the peace of mind that he was truly gone and would not be coming back - ever.

    Sighing sadly, Zora walked up to the casket, dressed in a simple black shift dress, plain black high heels, simply done up, hair loose, no jewellery. She looked at her brother lying there, still, unmoving, and felt nothing but sadness, sadness for a brother she had never had, sadness for the man before her that had caused so much pain and destruction to those around her and to the island itself. Part of her hoped he'd rot in hell, the other part ached because she was simply relieved he was gone. How terrible was that to be glad one's own brother was gone and could not hurt anyone else ever again?

    Feeling wetness on her cheeks, Zora felt the hot tears on her cheeks and a warm hand on her shoulder as he grandfather stood by her and gazed down at his grandson. "It's alright to cry. He does not deserve your tears though," he said simply as he gazed down at his granddaughter.

    "They aren't for him..." Zora whispered as she wiped away the tears, blinking back as more threatened to fall, "They are for me. I am glad he's gone," she admitted softly. ashamed for admitting to something so horrible.

    "Tomas, I fear, was incapable of love, and therefore deserves no love back, no pity, only indifference and hate... Don´t feel bad, hija mia..." Rafael said softly as he squeezed her shoulder and lead her off to the side of the room to a refreshments table, away from her bother, and away from any guilt, she might feel for feeling relieved Tomas was gone.

    "Let's wait over here," Rafael said, "Let others come in, pay their respects if they so chose, you can just relax and greet people if you choose to," he said wanting Zora to distract herself with something besides her guilt and unacknowledged grief.
     
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    #2 Zora, Sep 9, 2018
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    Celeste quietly entered into the hall with Shale and Ebviony in tow, she wasn't sure if Azure was coming too or not. She certainly wasn't going to force anybody to go to a funeral, especially not a child, teenager. Heaven knows, they would have time enough in their lives to learn about death.

    Seeing her niece, talking to Rafael, Celeste's own father, looking like a shell of her former self, made Celeste undeniably sad. She wanted to hold Zoraida, take away her pain if she could, but she knew that there was no way that she could do that. Only time and the support of those who loved or cared for her would help - Celeste knew this from experience.

    "Zoraida, love... [french] Are you okay? Please let me know. Let me know what you need, I am here for you, so are the kids," she said her voice low and comforting, slipping easily into French as she hugged her niece tightly, just holding her, feeling Zoraida's tears on her bare shoulders as she embraced her niece.

    "It's fine and thank you," Zora said finally breaking away, "I am good, it's just a shock. I never thought..." here she stopped as her gaze fell on Ebviony and then to Shale, amazed they had come, and smiled softly at both, Zora realised then just how very lucky her aunt was. "I am glad you came," she said to the three as she wiped away her tears with her thumb and shook her head lightly, vowing not to cry anymore. Tomas did not deserve her tears.

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    It wasn't the aura of death coming from the casket or the feeling of sadness hanging in the air that disturbed Ebvion. It was the adults. Ebvion hung close to Shale. He was older than they would have liked, but it was better than being near any of the adults, no matter how familiar they were. Knowing this island was still their reality sent a terrified shiver down their spine. Perhaps crying would be fine here. Funerals liked it when people cry. But then that would bring attention to Ebvion.

    Funerals weren't a thing Ebvion was experienced with, but they tried to look as sad as everyone else. At least their wariness didn't look out of place here, and when Zora smiled down at them, they gave a shy smile back. Almost forgetting themself, they gave her a quiet, "Hello."

    Zora was crying, and wiping her tears didn't hide that fact. When someone was sad, you were supposed to try to comfort them. Putting a tentative hand on Zora's leg, they dropped their smile and asked her, "Are you okay? Do you want cake?"

     
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    Zora looked down kindly at Ebviony, Celeste's little girl when she greeted her and couldn't help but smile and then laugh softly when she offered her some cake. For some reason, this kind, very innocent gesture made Zora feel better, lifted her spirits somewhat. "You know what? I'd love some cake," she told her.

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    Shale rubbed his arm and eyes over the people assembled in the room; his feet shifted a smidge in discomfort combined with a lack of definite purpose. He'd never once attended an event like this, hardly familiar at all with the idea of a funeral in the first place. He'd seen many, many friends die in his former home, and not one of them was regarded with this level of...no, he wouldn't call ti respect. Formality was more apt. He held no love for the man before him, cold and unmoving as he was, but his affection and care for his mother was something else entirely. He gave Ebviony's hand a gentle squeeze, looking down at them with the lightest, most strained smile before moving quietly forward to join Celeste and Zora.

    First placing his hand lightly on his mom's shoulder and leaning briefly against her, he then stepped forward and looked to Zora with a quiet sigh. "I, uh...sorry. I don't really know what I'm supposed to be doing at something like this, but...I am sorry. For whatever pain you've gone through, or what you may be feeling now, and...I want you to know that it'll get better, and easier." He then took what was to him a small gamble and went to softly embrace her, holding her for as long as felt appropriate in the moment before stepping sheepishly back.
     
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    Celeste glanced at Shale when she felt his hand on her shoulder, and nodded gratefully, glad and somewhat proud of both her children for their gentle support of their cousin in her time of grief. Celeste knew that Zora was more upset than she'd even admit to. Things had not been easy lately for her niece, and she was actually surprised everything had not affected her as deeply or badly as she had thought it had ... but then maybe it had, and Zora was just putting on a brave face. Celeste knew her niece often hid away her feelings, wanting to be, appear, stronger than she was. This was actually something that concerned Celeste, and she knew they needed to talk about it. She could easily see Zora heading towards a break down if she didn't get help.

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    Seeing Shale now, Zora smiled sadly at her cousin, tears forming again when he said he was sorry. "Nobody knows what to say or do really..." Zora replied, grateful, trying to make him feel better, her voice almost breaking as she stepped forward to embrace Shale when he hugged her.

    "Thank you for coming by the way, I really appreciate it," Zora confessed as she looked at Ebviony and Shale, not ever having thought they'd come. She was so touched and glad that they had though.
     
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    With just a thought, a cupcake appeared in Ebvion's hand to give to Zora. They weren't sure what flavor to make it, so they went with a rainbow cupcake with rainbow frosting. Ebvion liked to imagine rainbows meant all flavors mixed into good sweetness, but when they tried to make that, it tasted like a disaster.

    "It's vanilla. I can change it if you want." They looked up excitedly in hopes that their snack would cheer Zora up. Adults weren't the safest beings, but it was hard for a child like them to not adore validation of any kind. When she said thanks though, Ebvion's smile faltered for a second. It was hard for them to shake off that thanks and apologies weren't an admission of debt.
     
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    As soon as the rainbow coloured cupcake appeared in Ebvion's hand, Zora just smiled, "Vanilla is perfectly fine. I love it," and held out her hand. She knew it was only imagination, but it was a lovely, awe-inspiring thing to behold and to believe in, and Zora admired her younger cousin's skill.
     
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    Shale wasn't having the same sort of emotional response as Zora or even Celeste by any means, but to see someone his mom cared so deeply for hurting hurt him too, in turn. He gave Zora's hand a gentle squeeze, smiling faintly at Ebvion's imagination powers at work. He found them more than a little interesting, unlike anything he'd seen prior to coming here. "Yeah, uh...well, the thing is, I guess, that you don't have to say anything. It's...I'll admit that I forgot how to react to this kind of thing a long time ago, at least in a way other people might. All I can really say is that you're welcome to come over if you ever want to, to visit or talk, or whatever. I, um...I love my family, so. Yeah..." The gargoyle had a light golden blush displayed on his cheeks, a little bit embarrassed in this situation due to his lack of eloquence.
     
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    Ebvion's smile only widened at the compliments. Funerals were supposed to be sad, but they felt great! Now Ebvion began to wonder why funerals had to be sad. It didn't seem fair that they had to be unhappy when the dead may not even want that.

    After Shale awkwardly gave his support (that almost made Ebvion cringe and tease him), Ebvion tugged Celeste's clothing and asked, "Why do funerals have to be sad? Won't the dead be happier if we're happy?"
     


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