over the eclipse (short story) -first place in the Beauty and the Beast competition

Kohl has been alone since two. He raised himself even though his father was still present. Kohl's life flipped upside down in high school after following the footsteps of his drunken father. Luna was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia at the age of eighteen and has been institutionalized ever since, but only recently was released. When Kohl is asked to speak about his painful childhood to a mental facility he winds up at the same place that Luna stayed at. Ever since their first coffee date, their relationship has been growing stronger than ever, but how long can their love distract them from their harsh past? This story provokes the message of loving somebody despite their flaws.


6. five

As I stare into the mirror in my dressing room, I am taken aback by the turn of events. It still shocks me that I am getting married to my one true love, and I am not still lying on my couch as a drunk. My beautiful girl is just across the hall waiting for me to promise her my love and have her be mine forever.

The door knocks breaking my concentration away from my image in the mirror. The handle wiggles before opening to reveal the man I call my father. Shivers run through my body as I stare at him face to face for the first time in years. Everyone in the room exists leaving us two alone to reunite. My father is the first to speak, as I stand in the same spot completely speechless. He looks much older but cleaner than he did when I last saw him. His face is cleanly shaven, his hair is neatly gelled back, and his suit has been ironed.


“Kohl,” he whispers placing a hand over his mouth. “Wow. You are so grown up. I- can’t believe this is happening. My son is getting married.” I step forward a bit smiling slightly and not wanting to yell at him now. Today is a good day and I wont ruin it.


“Hi- um how have you been?” I ask still in shock.


“Not as good as you apparently,” he softly laughs at his remark. “Um- look, Kohl. I just wanted to say that I am really sorry for what I used to do to you. I barely raised you and I was abusive and I just… well one of my obligations in therapy is to make amends with everybody I have hurt in my life and it would mean the world to me if you would accept my apology. You don’t have to forgive me because what I did was unforgivable, but I just wanted to say I’m sorry for messing you up like that. You have turned out to be exactly what I hoped you would be and I am so proud of you.” My heart aches and my head fills with confusion. I really do not know how to respond.


“Uh yeah um okay… thank you I appreciate it. I- I just do not know what to say.” I stutter completely at loss of words


“It’s okay son you don’t have to say anything I just wanted to say I’m sorry. Um also would it be okay if I- uh hugged you?” He asks shyly. I nod in response as I watch him come closer wrapping his arms around my body.


“I’m so proud of you son.”


“Thanks dad.” After saying those words I feel my father sob into my shoulder. When I ask why he’s crying he pulls away wiping his tears.


“I thought you would never call me dad again.” As he wipes his tears away I turn around wiping mine too. I did not want my father seeing me cry for him; I am too embarrassed. He finally fixes himself telling me he is going to let me finish getting ready and go back into the venue.


Moments later a staff member of the venue comes into my dressing room notifying me it is time to start the ceremony. My nerves build up and sit in the pit of my stomach, as I get closer to the room. As I stand up on the stage I gaze around the room to see all of Luna’s friends and family, but only a little bit of mine. My eyes make contact with my father, and my heart begins to pace. He smiles and waves at me, but I just slightly smile back.  Nobody in this room would expect him to come from jail. Seeing his face again feels so foreign even though it is my father.


The far doors open revealing three of Luna’s close friends from the institution she was at all in the same dress. As they clear the sight of the doors, I am faced with the most beautiful girl in the room. I watch as my soon to be wife swiftly walks down the aisle. Tears well up in my eyes as I think about how grateful I am for this new life. Luna’s father passes me her hand, patting me on the back afterward. Luna and I keep eye contact, tears occasionally flowing from our eyes. The priest begins the ceremony, as the room remains silent.


“Kohl, Luna, if you have vows, you would like to say now is the time.” I separate my hands from Luna’s and reach down into my pocket pulling out my scrap paper of vows.


“Luna,” I start as my eyes pour deeply into her eyes.  “You are my one true love, and I am so thankful that I found you. You have brightened my days since I have met you and I would never have thought I would see a brighter day in my life. You make me so happy and proud to love you. You, Luna, are the light at the end of a long tunnel I have been struggling to find for years. I promise right here, and right now to honor your love, and never let you go. I promise to stick by you through every little bump that comes in our way, and I promise to never walk out on you no matter what. Thank you for loving me the way you do. You accept me for who I am and whom I used to be, and I would never have thought I would find someone as amazing as you. You love me through thick and thin, and I promise to do the same forever. I am so incredibly happy that I have you and I get to marry you in front of all of our friends and family. You are my sunshine, and I long for us to spend forever together. I love you, my princess.” By the time I manage to get the last word out my face is soaked with tears of joy. Luna occasionally had to wipe her tears away so they would not ruin her makeup. My heart feels heavy but in an exquisite way. I feel like somebody finally loves me the way I have always wanted to be loved.


Luna’s father hands her paper from the front row with her vows written on it also. As soon as she begins speaking her voice breaks with tears spilling down her face.


“Kohl. Oh, Kohl where do I begin. Let's start from the day I first met you at the mental health facility. When you shared your story, I was so moved I knew i had to talk to you. We went on our first date, and honestly it was the best date I have ever been on in my life. We quickly moved on to our relationship, moved in together and even went to Paris together. I have spent the best four and a half years with you, and I do not regret one minute of it. You treat me like the beautiful princess I’ve always dreamed of being. I feel safe whenever I am with you, and I feel loved regularly. I would never have thought I would be loved with an illness like this, but you show me differently. Thank you for loving me and taking care of me. I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life loving you back. I love you so much Kohl, so here’s to us.”


As I stand here in this spot with my beautiful new wife standing before me, I cannot help but cry at how my life has turned around. I have finally found somebody to love me for the rest of my life, and I am so grateful for it. Luna loves me despite my flaws, and I am excited to see what our future holds. Here’s to us Luna I love you forever.


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