Your breath rasped through your throat, your ashen complexion doing nothing to comfort the trembling man next to you. The look of pure pain on his face only continued to squeeze your heart with a vice-like grip.
“I wanted to protect you.”
No, it’s, it’s not your fault.
“I should have been there to save you.”
You couldn’t have known, it’s okay.
“I’ve failed you.”
You’ve given me everything I could’ve ever wanted, how can you say something like that?
Emil rubbed his eyes roughly. “I only wish you could see her growing up.”
Yeah me too. You’ll take good care of her right?
“I promise I’ll do everything to protect her.”
Good. Get your brothers to help, though keep Mathias away from her, I don’t want her to be drinking beer so soon.
“I’ll bet I’ll hardly be able to get between them. Tino and Ber are already so attached. Big brother likes babying her too. I’ll keep Mathias away though, I don’t want his awful drinking habits to rub off on her.”
You’ll be a good dad, Emil. I know you will.
He cradled your cold hand in his own. “I don’t want you to leave me.” His voice cracked, his lips marked from where he’d bitten down on them.
I’ll watch over you, I promise.
“Will you tell me, give me advice when I do something wrong? I don’t want to bring up our daughter badly.”
Not that you’re going to need it Emil, but yes, I will.
“You were the best thing that happened to me.”
As you were to me.
A weak sigh escaped your chapped lips, your chest settling down for the last time.
“I love you and I always will.”
With the last strength that would ever flow through you, you smiled, tightening your grip on his fingers for a moment before releasing.
Your words came as a whisper but he heard them clear as day.
“Live for me.”