Forbidden Love

In a small town there's always a scandal. But never something on the scale of this stature.

Derek Masters has lived through hell. That's putting it lightly. When he was only just entering teen years his girlfriend was killed in a bitter rage. Then the mayor of his town passes the Law,


Farmers and City Folk Will Not Mingle, Flirt, Romance, or Marry. Under the decree of the Mayor.


You see that could be a slight problem for our Derek Masters. In his freshman year of High School he fell in love with Daisy Malone.


The Mayor's daughter.



Daisy Malone has a secret. She's in love with a farm boy. With the initials DM.

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10. Chapter Ten

Derek watched as Daisy paced back and forth from one end of the waiting room to the other. Derek was worried, not because the mayor of his town was in a heart attack induced coma, but because he didn't know what Daisy would do if her father died. After they had worked so hard to get the Law abolished what would happen when the new mayor decided to put the Law back into affect? He watched Daisy closely and saw to his morbid amusement that she to was smiling a guilty smile. Mrs. Malone was nervously biting her perfectly manicured nails as she waited to hear the fate of her husband, Daisy finally tired of pacing went over to Derek and sat next to him and placed her head on his shoulder. 

 

Daisy began to cry against her better judgement. She knew her father wasn't worth the tears, he was a hypocrite born and raised. This was karma coming to bite him in his pudgy ass. Daisy immediately felt guilty over such thoughts when she looked over to her mother who was biting off her finger nails. She looked over to see the doors marked 'Hospital Personnel Only' swing open and a young doctor around thirty five walk swiftly over to her mother. Daisy nudged Derek who opened his eyes and walked Daisy cautiously over to where her mother sat. 

 

"Mrs. Malone we're deeply sorry to inform you that your husband didn't make it. When we were stitching him up, a stitch burst in an artery and his heart seized and the blood was coming much to fast for us to save him." 

 

"No, my father can't be dead. Who will run the town?"

 

"Your mother for the time being I suppose, by the way I'm Doctor Huffman."

 

"I know. You're one of Natalie's doctors."

 

"Yes what an unfortunate case." she felt Derek seize up as the doctor spoke of Natalie being 'unfortunate' this doctor spoke of Natalie as if she was already dead...she wasn't was she? Daisy wondered how Natalie could have passed so quickly, they had just left her side only hours before. Not even.  She looked to Derek who's jaw was clenched in anger as he pulled her off towards the elevators. 

 

 

"Derek, where are we going?"

 

"To see if Natalie is alright."

 

"Derek," It was too late to change his mind, he had already pressed the button with her floor. As Derek walked briskly towards the reception desk, the nurse sitting saw us and her smile turned into a frown- not a good sign.

 

"Natalie Clearwafler. Is she alright?"

 

"Derek, I'm so sorry but she's dead. You were her last visitors besides her father. He's still in the room with the body, if you'd like to say your goodbyes." Derek looked like he had died himself. He crumpled to the ground and started to cry, gut wrenching sobs erupted from deep within him as he grieved his best friend. Daisy left him there and ventured into Natalie's old room where her father sat motionless starring at the sheet covered form that had been his daughter only hours before.

 

"Mr. Clearwafler. I'm so sorry for your loss." the man who had been so full of life looked like a shell of himself. His emerald pools that were his eyes were now dull pond scum green, and his face once handsome was drawn and consumed with sadness he looked at Daisy with such a sense of forlorn that she herself wanted to curl up and cry. 

 

"First her mother, and now my only daughter. What am I going to do now?" Daisy walked over to him and placed her delicate pale hand on his shoulder and whispered.

 

"What are we going to do? I lost my father, the town lost a leader and a lone man lost all he ever known." Daisy looked up to find Derek standing in the doorway his body still shaking with sobs. His grief dimmed the lights and cast a shadow on the walls as he went over to the white sheet. He placed his hand on the head of the girl they had both known, and whom she had come to love. He pulled back the sheet and the sight that welcomed them made Daisy want to puke. Natalie's beautiful face was littered with trails of drying blood. Her eyes were sunken in and her lips once rosy pink were now a ghostly shade of blue. Daisy covered her mouth and looked away. "Cover her up Derek." Daisy pleaded. Derek did so and collapsed in the chair Daisy had occupied earlier that day. 

 

"She's dead." Derek croaked. Daisy moved to where Derek sat and comforted him the best she could, but the image of Natalie in her final state was still replaying her head and she had could do to keep from running from the room. "Daisy don't ever leave me." Derek whispered. "You, Alex and Betty are all I have left besides my parents." Daisy let the tears come as she made her promise to Derek,

 

"I won't leave you Derek, not ever." Daisy collapsed into his arms and they cried together over Natalie and her father until the nurses came to take Natalie to the morgue. 

 

 

***

 

News traveled fast in such a small high school. Daisy and Derek walked hand in hand beside Alex and Betty as they made their way towards the Forbidden Courtyard to paint a mural for Natalie. Daisy had cried the whole weekend and wouldn't let anyone come to see her. The funerals were being planned and poor Derek had to do most of the work with Natalie's, her father was very much a vegetable, he was so deep into his depression that Derek was surprised he remembered to get dressed in the morning much less eat. Derek sat on a bench with Alex as they watched their girlfriends begin to paint a mural for Natalie Clearwafler. Derek's gaze shifted to the one made for Rebecca mere weeks before. Rebecca's beautiful eyes cast an eerie shadow over Derek as he searched for the answers he so desperately sought. 

 

 

School for lack of a better word; sucked. Derek was left alone most of the day so all he could think about was Natalie, Rebecca, Daisy, Mr. Clearwafler, and Daisy's father. Oh and Rebecca's sister. He went from being depressed, to happy, to confused, to depressed, and then confused and depressed. He was on an emotional roller-coaster of the century.

 

 

**Funerals**

 

 

Daisy stood at the base of the six foot deep hole where her father would rest peacefully the rest of his eternal life. She did not cry she did not sniffle. She calmly threw her sketch of a rose into the hole where it rested on the black shiny coffin. The rest of the funeral party followed and as the dirt was shoveled, Daisy began to sing 'Amazing Grace' and then cut into 'She thinks my Tractor's sexy'  She made the party laugh since they all knew of the Law and his history as a farm boy. 

 

 

Derek sat on the white wicker chair as he listened to the preacher speak of the tragic event that was Natalie's death. Her death was too soon after her mother's, blah blah blah. She was too young, blah blah blah, she was a bright girl with a promising tomorrow, blah blah blah. Derek stood to say a few words when he spotted Daisy running bare foot to this side of the cemetery he began to speak when she took her seat.

 

"Natalie was my best friend. She helped me through a lot of tough times, namely Rebecca's death, and I helped her through her mother's tragic passing. She helped me, she took me in when that Law was passed and I was taken away from my friends. Her life may be over here, but somewhere out there her light still shines bright, and with each twinkling star I'll know that she's smiling wherever she is. Although I love her in a way she wouldn't have liked, as a sister I love her more now then I did when she was with me. I took her love for granted, I indulged in my fantasies and I neglected her and for that I'm sorry. Its my fault she was in the car accident I realize this now, if I would've told her of my relationship with Daisy Malone, maybe she would be here still, but as I remember someone saying; "If she hadn't been in the car accident, the doctor's would never have found the tumor. She's still dead, but at least she had a chance at living." Derek wiped his tears and returned to his seat beside Daisy. 

 

"That was beautiful Derek." Daisy whispered, as the preacher returned to the podium,

 

"That will conclude our services for today." Daisy stood and took Derek's hand and they made their way out of the cemetery and into Derek's truck. 

 

"McCready's?" Daisy asked.

 

"Sure why not." Derek drove to town not speaking, Daisy was smiling Derek looked handsome in his black tailored suit. She couldn't keep her eyes off of him. He noticed because his crooked grin spread a crossed his face. "I love you Daisy." he said as he laughed.

 

"I love you too."

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