Conundrum (Chapter 9 – The Light)

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Cathy went speechless. She didn’t know what to say.

“I know you are still mad at me,” said David.

“You might be thinking I abandoned you. I did, but as I witnessed Angelyn’s growth, I thought you should be with us. When I realized my mistake, it was too late. You would have been three by then. I came looking for you at that house where I left you, but the landlord said that the family had already left. I didn’t know that your lifeless body was there inside. I am sorry, Cathy, I was not thinking straight then. I am… a bad father.”

“I forgive you, Daddy, and I hope you forgive me too.” she stopped and sobbed. “I didn’t mean for you to die. I just wanted to confront you. I am sorry. I didn’t think you would die. I was angry… I was upset. I didn’t mean to…”

“Shhh… I understand… I forgive you too.”

Both of them smiled. Cathy wanted to hug him, but she took his hands in hers and held onto them.

“I have one little wish. I need to see Dalia and tell her everything. I need to ask forgiveness.” Hopefully, he stared into Cathy’s face. She thought for some time and said,

“Hold my hand. Don’t leave it until I say so.” He nodded.

“Detective, let’s go home.” She moved to the back seat. The Detective could see David through the mirror. He was happy for both of them. He drove as fast as he could. Finally, they reached Dalia’s home.

“Daddy, stay here. Detective, my daddy wishes to see my mother. Let Angelyn know that,” she said to David and continued, “If I am doing this, I gotta do this right. My deal with Angelyn is done. From this moment, she will know what she should do.”

“Wait, what are you doing?” asked a panicked detective. Without listening to him, she said, “I renounce the body.”

Angelyn was back in control. She saw herself in front of her mom’s house. “Did we win?”

The Detective shook his head. The Detective narrated what happened.
“I can’t believe this; I almost married a psycho-killer. If Cathy wasn’t here… wait… where is she? Did she find the light? I didn’t even get to say goodbye!” Angeline’s face turned dim.

“Actually, she couldn’t find light, so I took her to the place where her father met with the accident. I believe you are holding onto his hands now, Angelyn. Your father is here with you. Cathy wants you to bring him to Dalia.”

She couldn’t believe what she heard; tears filled up her eyes, “Daddy is here?” She was excited to see him. She led him to the house. The Detective stayed outside. He didn’t want to interrupt the family reunion, so he got into his car and drove back to Tommy’s mansion. Angelyn moved towards the mirror. She closed her eyes and said, “Please let me see him.” As she opened her eyes, she saw her father holding onto her hands. She laughed and cried at the same time. He said,

“You have grown into a beautiful woman, my princess.”

She was hearing his voice after a long time. Even Dalia heard it too. She ran to the place where she heard the voice, “Angelyn! I think I heard your dad…” She couldn’t believe what she saw. She saw her husband’s reflection beside Angelyn. “What is this? How can he? I…” Suddenly, she fainted. Angelyn ran towards her mother and caught her

“What happened? What did I do?” asked David.

“You didn’t do anything, Daddy. She is seeing you for the first time after your death. A normal person would faint.”

“Ah… Right! Wake her up! I need to tell her everything.”


“Yes, I need to tell her about Cathy. She must know the truth. I might never see the light if I didn’t do that.”

She tried to shake her up, smoothly patting Dalia’s face, “Mom, Can you hear me? Mom?”

Slowly she woke up as if she woke up from a dream. Again as she stared into the mirror, she saw her David. As handsome as she remembered. “David? Is that really you?”

“Yes, it is me, my love.” She stared into the mirror. “I didn’t even get to say goodbye to you. I miss you every day David… I ..” She started to sob. He tried to console her, “I am sorry.” He said finally.

“What for?”

“I made a terrible mistake.” She listened closely. He narrated the whole story to her. She didn’t say anything.

“I thought the pain wouldn’t matter if you thought you lost her before you could even see her but, I was wrong. It hurts more when you don’t even get to say goodbye to them or see them for the last time. We should have taken care of her until she said goodbye. I am sorry, Dalia. I am a bad person. I was selfish. I am…”

“Can I see her?” Everybody looked surprised. Dalia looked expectedly at the mirror. “Can I see my little girl?”

Angelyn stood in front of the mirror. “Cathy? Can you hear me? Please come back. I am not mad at you. Please come back.”

A little girl appeared in the mirror. Dalia looked at her affectionately. Angelyn stood in between David and Cathy holding their hands. Cathy started to talk, “I am sorry, Mommy, I didn’t mean to hurt you. I just wanted to confront Daddy. I was upset. I was… ” Dalia just wanted to hold her baby in her hands but couldn’t. She stood in front of the mirror and placed her hand on it, crying, “No, baby, it’s not your fault.”
Angelyn then knew what she had to do.

“This is the last time I am doing this for you, sister,” She winked at Cathy, “I let you in.”

Suddenly Cathy was back in Angelyn’s body. “Mommy,” called Cathy with tears falling down her cheek. Dalia went closer and hugged her. She didn’t know what to say. All she yearned was to hold her little girl one last time…” I am sorry, Mommy.”

“Shh… I know… I am here… I love you, baby.” She placed a kiss on her forehead.

Cathy smiled, “I love you too.” Deep down, Cathy knew she longed for this moment too.

“Daddy is that what I think it is.” She pointed in a direction.

“I think it is Cathy.”

“My deepest desire was to be hugged by Mommy?” she smiled, realizing her hidden desire, and she said, “I renounce the body.”

Angelyn was back. Cathy, who still looked like a toddler, held forward her hands to hold David’s hand. David picked her up. They said, “It’s time!”

“They can see the light!” Exclaimed Angelyn.

“Tell the detective thanks for trusting me.” They both smiled.

Dalia and Angelyn stood on the other side of the mirror and bid goodbye to them one last time. Cathy and David disappeared from the mirror. Dalia hugged Angelyn, “We got to say goodbye to them. Not everyone gets that lucky.”

“We sure were lucky.” Angelyn sighed and stared back into the mirror. “I hope she forgives me for not understanding her.”

“Mom, can I stay in your room today?”

Dalia shook her and smiled.

The clock struck 10. Angelyn hopped in with Dalia on her bed and hugged her tight. “I love you, mom.”

“I love you too, baby.” She slowly patted on Angelyn’s hair, and both fell into a deep sleep.


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