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‘Til Death Do Us Part

The lights of an oncoming truck slammed against the windshield with blinding force. Todd Gibson was instantly robbed of his vision. Being unable to see the winding road ahead of him, Todd fought to keep the tires on the pavement. The unfamiliar turns and rocky terrain were too much. In a moment of panic he grasped his sleeping bride by her arm, “Jen!” Jennifer woke with a start as their car plummeted down a steep, rocky ravine. In an instant, it was over.

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Despairingly, Jennifer turned toward her new husband. She knew immediately that his life had fled him. “No!” she choked, “No Todd, it’s not fair…” she heard her own voice fade into merely a whisper. It had only been a few hours since Jennifer and Todd’s honeymoon began. Struggling to remain conscious, her mind wandered to the beautiful day prior. The day Jennifer and Todd had taken their vows and become man and wife. Now, “until death do us part”, had in reality, been only a matter of moments. She thought back just a few hours earlier as they were to begin their trip to the mountains. Todd opened the door to their SUV for her and lightheartedly said, “Mrs. Gibson, your chariot awaits”.

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With all of the energy she could gather, Jennifer reached out and feebly grasped Todd’s hand. She tried to find some sense in what had just happened, but her mind was becoming unclear, and an eerie darkness closed in around her…

Jennifer found herself alone in a strange, ominous world. Ahead of her was only more of the same cold blackness, but from behind her, Jennifer felt a comforting warmth. She turned toward the source of the heat to see a brilliant blue light. Inside of this majestic glow was the hazy shadow of a man. She was sure it was God. Knowing she would find comfort and safety with Him, Jennifer started toward the silhouette. The shadow became clearer as she drew closer. The figure offered his hand as if to beckon her, guide her to him. However, from deep within the darkness, Jennifer began to hear voices…

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They were mere whispers at first, but gradually they grew stronger. She recognized these voices. They were those of family, friends, her loved ones. Again she turned toward the inviting light; the shadowy figure grew closer still. As she turned back once more to the haunting darkness, the voices of her loved ones were unmistakable. Jennifer longed desperately to run to them, to mourn her loss with them, to let them comfort her. Still something in the light held her there. Finally, as she stared once more into the welcoming illumination, she knew what it was. The shadowy figure wasn’t God; it was her husband. It was Todd. Jennifer realized now that there was life in the darkness and death in the light.

Instantaneously the light dimmed, and the voices faded. It was time for Jennifer to make a choice or risk being trapped in this dark abyss for an eternity. She wanted so terribly to be with her loved ones, but losing Todd forever was more than she could bear.

Jennifer Gibson died at 11:37 p.m., on the evening of June 22, 2013.

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Tragic Reunion: A Love Story

She drew a deep breath, held out her hand,
In it a glowing diamond sparkled on an endless gold band.

Reluctantly he took it back, clenching it tight,
Searching for the words to set it all right.

Instead they turned – their eyes never met,
Quietly they let go of a love they’d not soon forget.

They put miles between them and distance in their hearts,
Now believing they’d spend an eternity apart.

Guilt loomed while he longed to make that call,
Grief struck as she stared at the phone upon the wall.

Yet he resisted, and the phone never rang,
The mournful silence nearly driving her insane.

Little did they know, their love was so pure.
It was true, it was deep, it was meant to endure.

The time was too long, the distance too great.
They were so hasty, too stubborn to wait.

Slowly and painfully the days passed him by.
Memories of her love were not going to die.

Nor could she cope, the loss agonized her:
The days and the nights became but a blur.

Then the day came, a decision in his life.
He had to have her. She would be his wife.

She too decided to fill that great hole,
She turned to another who’d offered to console.

A stranger embraced her from dusk until dawn,
Still she longed only for the one who had gone.

Meanwhile, he boarded his plane, flowers in hand.
Clutching that diamond on the endless gold band.

What happened next, it’s far beyond tragic.
Not every good ending is filled full of magic.

She raced home that morning, dialed the phone.
It rang and it rang, but he wasn’t at home.

For it was then that his plane crashed into the ocean,
And he died holding her ring with the greatest devotion.

A knock at the door woke her late the next night.
Instantly gripped with panic, her stomach grew tight.

Before they spoke, she already knew:
Revealing that ring was all they had to do.

She shook violently as they placed it into her hand.
Grief stricken, her heart numbed until she could no longer stand.

As she kneeled at his casket, despairingly she cried,
Placing upon her finger the ring for which he died.

At his tomb, a beautiful memorial she built.
Still she mourned, still riddled with guilt.

She could resist no longer what she needed to do.
Her heart was shattered as her soul was too.

At his grave site, her sacred vows she read,
Then she picked up her gun, placed it to her head.

She fired the shot that ended her life,
Dying to join him, now as his wife.

Their deaths together, like the diamond upon her hand,
Were forever and ever, like that endless gold band.