Back again this week with another deleted scene from Road to Destiny. I cut this scene because I changed how the death of her mother played out. It’s more impactful now in version 4, but version 1-3, Pia’s death happened when Adamaris was young.
Miles helped his wife up the creaking steps of their home. He held her close as he unlocked the door.
“I’m okay,” Pia said. “I can stand on my own.”
“I don’t mind helping you. You might have another episode,” he said.
Pia chuckled weakly. “You worry too much.”
“I worry just enough.” He opened the door and escorted her inside. He grabbed the com from the table and sat beside her on the couch.
She shivered and laid her head back. Pia had bags under her eyes and her eyelids were heavy. She mumbled as she shut her eyes. Miles ran his hands over his face and stared at the nobs on the com. His nostrils flared and his face was hot as he thought back to the doctor and his inability to help his wife. He recalled what he said all the way back home.
“There’s nothing we can do to help her.” The same answer the last five doctors gave him. Other doctors denied that she was even sick, but for the past 6 months, he watched her go through spells of extreme cold. It worried him because she was an ice mage. Some episodes lasted for a few minutes, while others much longer. To him, it was like hours, but to her, it must have been an eternity.
Miles locked his jaw. She groaned and lifted her feet. He helped her turn them and pulled the blanket from the arm of the chair. He draped it over her and massaged her feet. Relaxation made its way to her face.
“How are you?” Dumb question. He knew, or at least he imagined. She didn’t have to tell him because he read her mind. He knew her true thoughts.
“I’m okay right now. The last episode didn’t last too long.” Pia chuckled.
He gripped her hand. “It shouldn’t be happening period. They should research this… someone should be able to help.”
Pia opened her big brown eyes—the ones he fell in love with over 10 years ago. She caressed his hands. “Miles, whatever happens. It’s okay.” She offered him a smile, but it gave him no comfort.
His lip trembled, and his stomach turned. “You’re okay with dying. Why are you okay with dying?” His voice broke. What would life be like without her? How could he raise their only daughter on his own without her infinite wisdom?
“I will fight this to the end, but I don’t want the stress to overtake me and cause me to miss out on what time I have with my family.”
He wiped the tears from his eyes. “I love you so much.”
She leaned up and kissed his cheek.
“I will call every doctor in Gold Gate to get help.” His voice was barely above a whisper.
She caressed his face. “You’re a wonderful man.”
“Because you made me that way,” he replied. He kissed her palm.
She giggled. “We should get Adamaris from Jara and Klaus. I’m sure she and Max are causing them trouble.”
“It’s hard to believe she’s already four years old.” He chuckled, thinking of his daughter. “She’s like a little lady.” He kissed Pia’s forehead. “Will you be okay here?”
“I’ll heat some leftovers for you two,” Pia said.
He stared at her. His eyes searched her face, and he kissed her again. “I’ll be back soon.”
He left the house as the evening heat of Silt Glen wrapped him in an embrace. The sun slowly descended behind the hills outside of town, turning the sky a pale purple. Normally he and his family walked this time of day or they would watch Adamaris play in the yard, but since Pia got sick things changed. Miles passed by the community garden started by Pia and Jara and the pub he took Pia on their first date. He smiled for a moment, but the thoughts of losing her viciously attacked him. With clenched hands, he shook his head.
He swung open the creaking gate in front of the Rivet’s house. A pinwheel spun in the flowerbeds as it clanked behind him.
The small voice warmed his heart. He kneeled as his toddler rushed into his arms. He kissed her head as she giggled, running his hand over her puffy black pigtails. Love overwhelmed him as he held his baby girl.
“Did you have fun today?”
“We made a cake with Auntie Jara.”
“You did? Maybe we can bring some for Mommy.” He poked her nose and stood up.
From around back came Jara with her son, Max. She wore a smile on her skinny face as she wiped her brow.
“She heard you coming.” Jara chuckled.
“Was she good today?” Miles asked.
“She and Max played nicely.”
“Mari helped us make a cake!” Max exclaimed.
“I already told him!” Adamaris giggled. She punched Max in the arm. “You’re it!” She ran away from him, screaming as he chased her.
Jara and Miles chuckled and shook their heads.
“So how is she?”
Miles wrung his hands. “She’s resting at home.” He sighed. “The doctor’s can’t do anything to help her, but I’ll call more doctors on other continents to see if they can help her.”
“How’s she taking it?”
“Well.” His voice cracked. “Almost too well. I can’t lose her. How will I explain this to Adamaris? How can I tell her that her mother won’t be here to watch her milestones?”
Jara frowned. Before she could say anything Adamaris cried. Miles jumped and rushed over to his daughter as she sat holding her knee.
“Snowflake, what happened?”
“We were playing, and she tripped.” Max hid behind his mother, who rubbed his head.
He picked up his sniffling daughter. “I should get her home and take care of this. Thank you for watching her.”
“We’re family. Give Pia my blessing.”
He nodded. “Will do.”
He headed out the gate with his daughter in his arms. He looked down at her skinned knee.
“My knee hurts.”
He kissed her head. “Mommy will kiss it and make it better, okay?”
“I love mommy’s kisses!”
He chuckled. “I do too.” He hoped she’d get to experience Pia’s kisses for the rest of her life.
Adamaris poked at her knee. “Is mommy okay?”
“Yeah. Why do you ask?”
“Sometimes she’s so cold.”
He bit his lip as he walked up the steps of their home. “Mommy is okay. You don’t have to worry.”
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