Stretching, I glancing around. I was at Max’s condo, in his bed. The curtains were open, letting the sunshine warm my face. I smiled. I was actually warm, my scars didn’t hurt, and I’d slept for three days, without nightmares.
The only decision I had to make right now was whether I should get out of bed.
“Brunch is served,” Max said, pushing the door open with his shoulder.
I sat up. A tray with coffee, OJ, spinach and cheese omelet, toast, and fruit was placed beside me. Hmm… more like breakfast, but the clock did read 1pm.
“Thanks Max,” I gave him a huge smile and a kiss on the cheek.
Yes, it was back to meditation to keep other peoples pesky energy away. Someday I might be able to find a good balance.
“Doc says he’ll be by today to check on you, now that you’re awake.”
Max raised his eyebrow.
I took a bite of the omelet, savoring its flavor before replying.
“If I’m correct he’s been by several times already checking on me. And I’m not in the hospital yet, so that must mean I’m all right.”
Max’s grin deepened, “You’re right, he has and so far so good, but you haven’t been out of bed yet.”
“I just woke up.”
“My point exactly.”
I laughed, “So does this mean you still like me?”
He bent down, kissing me deeply, “Yes I do.”
Starving, I finished my meal before getting out of bed and into a nice warm shower. I only had to apply a touch of makeup; my raccoon eyes were almost gone. I smiled, heading for the balcony to stand under blue skies and sun.
Doc came by and gave me the thumbs up. Chase came by and hugged me fiercely; he was staying at my place for the duration.
I refused to ask about what happened or think about it for that matter. I needed a couple more days of blissfulness before I went there.
I went to bed early for the next couple of days, snuggled up against Max, my favorite spot, woke up late, and just relaxed.
“Hi Montana,” Jamie said, meeting me at the shop door. “Max,” she smiled and gave him a hug.
“I’m glad both of you are here. And I’m really glad you’re doing better Montana, follow me.”
We followed her into the kitchen. She handed us some coffee and motioned for us to sit. Sam ran in and gave me a hug before I’d even managed to pull out the chair.
“Thanks,” I whispered in her ear.
She tightened her grip on me before letting go.
“Chase, and, Doc, are on the way,” she said, planting herself next to me. “Chase is staying here for a while. I hope you don’t mind?”
I shook my head no. Chase was a big boy, he could take care of himself.
“I’m thinking about taking a little R&R soon. Chase, Doc, and, Sam, have agreed to keep the shop open for me,” Jamie said, sitting down, “unless you need him Max?”
“Not at all, I’m taking Montana back up to the mountains with me,” he replied with a wolfish grin. “She can stay at my place for a while.”
I pictured his outdoor hot tub with him in it and smiled back at him. He had reverted back to the perfect gentleman, dating scenario. My plan was to end that as soon as we reached the mountains. I wanted him by my side as long as he would have me.
“I confiscated the booty, Sterling, left and put it in a safe place.” Jamie mentioned, opening up for the conversation I’d been trying to avoid.
“I noticed it was gone,” I replied blandly. “It’s nice to have a name to go with the face.” Not! I didn’t ever want that face coming back to haunt me in my dreams, even if he had a name.
She gave me a strange look.
“I’m done with the whole thing, treasure included.”
“That is good,” Doc said, coming in and fishing through the tea bags. Chase poured himself some coffee and sat by Max.
“Chase, and I went diving this morning, nothing is left of Sterling. His ship is even floating around in bits and pieces.”
“How did you find it?” I asked.
“Your journal and dreams. Every time you fell asleep what you were dreaming about seeped into Max. We had a good idea.”
“The sharks let you in the cave?” I was astonished.
“The sharks vacated the area.”
I reached for my neck, then glanced at my hand.
“What about the pendant, earrings, and ring?”
“The ring we found on the beach after Max carried you away. The pendant and earrings we had to wait on, they were too hot to the touch to remove. We had to wait two days before we could get them off of you.” Jamie said.
My hand automatically rubbed my neckline, “but I’m not burnt or scared.”
“No, it was just the energy flowing through the jewelry that made it hot. You probably could have taken it off yourself, but you needed the sleep,” Doc replied.
“If you had let, Sterling, give you that ring you would have been history, un-dead like him. Sam saved you,” Chase interjected.
I glanced down at my fingers again, before looking over at Sam.
“Jamie actually found the spell to break the energy field around you and Sterling, I just perfected it.”
I waited. My memories were still blurred. I hadn’t taken the time to sort through them. I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to.
“We couldn’t get to you without breaking the spell, and none of us knew what to do, so we waited. When we saw he was going to give you the ring I used the spell. What a shock it was seeing a ring that matched the pendant and earrings, we had no idea there was one.” Sam’s grin widened, she proudly looked at Jamie, who smiled back at her.
“But I saw you…” I couldn’t explain the rest, it was confusing enough to me.
“We all just thought about you real hard. Once I broke the shield we needed you to remember where you really were. The timing had to be perfect.”
“We didn’t know what was going to happen; only that she would break the shield and we would get to you as quick as possible.” Chase interrupted. “You put on quite the light show. Unfortunately you wouldn’t let go of Sterling. Max had to slam you into the ground then Sterling just…”
“You turned him into a bright white ghostly thing. You were turning too. When Max knocked you off of him he kind of imploded and then was gone. Nothing left of him at all.” Sam smirked.
I shuddered thinking about it.
“Will this happen to me again?” I asked Doc.
“I cannot tell you, but if it starts to happen again I think you will realize it.”