It was a beautiful autumn day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and I hadn't slept at all last night. I was so excited. Today was the day. I was getting married.
It was the day I had waited for all my life. As I sat up in bed, I thought about all the things I had to do today. Hair, makeup, getting dressed, jewelry and making sure I ate breakfast.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially on this day.
I was just about to get up when I heard the sound of my parents bedroom door open and I heard the sound of my mothers slippers shuffling across the floor.
The sound got louder as she went into the kitchen to start coffee. The sweet smoky aroma wafted into the room and I inhaled a deep breath.
"Mmmm that smells good"
The door to my room opened and mom poked her head into the room, noticing I was awake, she smiled at me.
"Good Morning sweetie"
"Good Morning Mama"
"How did you sleep?"
"Not well, too excited" I told her with a grin
"Well come have some coffee and oatmeal, so you have energy to get through the day"
"Ya, it wouldn't be very good for the bride to pass out during her own wedding" I chuckled
"No, it would not" Mom agreed
"I'll be right out mama, I'm just going to get dressed"
"Ok sweetie" Mom headed back into the kitchen
I swung my legs over the side of the bed but as soon as my feet hit the ground everything started to shake, and pieces of the ceiling started falling around me.
"MOM!?!?! Mom, what's happening??!!"
I stumbled towards the door, avoiding the falling pieces of drywall. I made it to the door and flung it open, I stumbled down the hall to the kitchen. My Mom was nowhere around
"Mom??!! Where are you?"
The cabinets were shaking so violently they threatened to fall off the walls. I narrowly escaped another piece of ceiling that fell as I ran to the wall to help me stay balanced.
"Mom?! Dad?! Hello?! Where is everyone?!"
I made it to the basement stairs, where my fiance had been sleeping.
Tradition says that it's bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding so we slept in separate rooms last night.
"Vincent?!! Honey, are you down there?! VINCENT??!!"
I was getting more scared and worried and slightly angry.
I started to go down the stairs but just as I reached the bottom of the first landing I saw that the rest of the steps had been destroyed.
I ran back up the stairs and headed towards the backdoor
'What in the world is happening? We don't get earthquakes here. How is this happening and where is everyone? Did they leave me behind? They wouldn't do something like that' I thought to myself
The house began to shake more violently and the ceiling started to split in half. Suddenly a huge chunk fell off and even though I tried to avoid it, I wasn't fast enough.
The corner piece clipped me in the head and I was knocked unconscious. It felt like I was unconscious for hours, I cracked my eyes open and looked around.
Suddenly I heard a high pitched scream and my eyes flew open. I was staring up at the sky and everything around me looked different. I was out in the open
"What is going on? Where am I?"
As I started to look around I noticed a chunk from a nearby building falling towards me.
I quickly rolled out of the way and narrowly escaped being crushed.
As I scrambled to stand up, I saw where the scream had come from. Everyone was running from everything. Buildings we're falling in pieces, people were pushing and falling over each other.
The ground was cracked and chunks of building were strewn across the streets. Bodies were on the ground everywhere I looked, all covered in blood.
some with crushed body parts, others with missing limbs. It was horrific.
I started stumbling forward, trying to fight my way through the crowds of people. Trying to figure out where I was while my brain cleared itself.
I walked for what felt about 10 minutes when I caught a glimpse of familiar dark hair
'Ashley? Is that my sister?'
"Ashley?! Is that you?!" I called into the crowd
The dark haired girl turned around. It was her. I was so glad she had heard me
"Oh thank the Lord, Ashley I found you. What is going on? Where is Vincent? Where is your family? Why are we here? Where are we? Ashley what is happening?"
I bombarded her with these questions while I hugged her tightly
"Oh my god Iris, I'm so glad you're safe. You need to calm down though! We need to get someplace safe and I will explain everything to you"
"But where is Vincent?"
"Iris, it's not safe here. We need to go. Come on" Ashley grabbed my hand and pulled me through the crowd. I had to hold on tight to keep from getting separated.
There were so many people pushing and screaming. After what felt like forever we found a safer place to stop and rest.
"Ashley will you please tell me what's going on? Where is everyone? Where is Vincent?"
"I don't know, I thought you had found him. That's why you're here, you came looking for him."
"Where is here? Where am I?One minute I'm at home, starting to get ready for the wedding and the next minute the house is falling apart and everyone disappeared."
"Iris, we're in Tokyo"
"WHAT?! What the hell are we doing in Tokyo?"
"Do you remember anything that happened?"
"No! Remember what? Why are we in Tokyo? Why did Vincent come here? Why are you here?"
Ashley sighed heavily "I can't tell you Iris, it's not my place"
"Can't tell me what Ashley, please, What is going on, I'm so scared"
"Iris, Vincent left you. That's all I can tell you"
"What? Why? What did I do?"
"Iris, this isn't the place to be talking about this"
My ears suddenly brought me back to the real world. There were people screaming all around us, calling out for help, calling the names of their lost friends and loved ones.
The ground had stopped shaking for now, but another shockwave could hit anytime.
"Where did you last see Vincent?"
"In our hotel room with Andrew, but I just came from there and I can't find either of them"
"Andrew is here too? Are mom and dad here"
"No, mom and dad are back home and I would really like to see them again. Can we please find somewhere safe?" Ashley's eyes begged me to let this go for now
"Fine, where are we going?"
"The hospital is probably the safest place, if it's still standing"
"But it's going to be so full of people. How are we going to be able to find them?"
"I don't know, we will figure it out when we get there"
We walked in silence through the crowds of people.
"Why did Vincent decide to come to Tokyo?"
Ashley sighed and looked at me with sad eyes.
"Iris, please don't make me go through this. I don't know the full reason and I don't want to give you wrong information. You will have you talk to Vincent when we find him"
"If we find him. Ashley please tell me what I did wrong? Just give me something"
"Iris please, I don't know what to tell you. Vincent didn't tell me the whole story. He just told me he wanted to get away from you."
"DAMN IT ASHLEY!! PLEASE!!"
I stopped dead in my tracks and stared at Ashley with tear filled eyes, Ashley turned around to look at me, I fell to my knees sobbing.
"What if I never see him again Ashley!? Then what!? How will I ever know what the problem was?"
Ashley walked over to me and knelt down beside me, her eyes tearing up slightly.
"What did I do that was so bad? Please tell me Ashley"
"He told me he was sick of you. He said he's had enough of you"
I looked at Ashley with shock
"What was he sick of? What did I do? Was it my attitude? My weight? My looks? What!?"
"Just everything Iris. He was sick of everything about you. At least that's what he told me. He didn't go into a lot of details. He said he just wanted to come here to get away.
He said he needed to think.
I'd heard enough, my eyes overflowed with tears and my heart with pain.
"Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?"
"I don't know Iris. Im so sorry"
The screams around us finally caught up with my ears. I remembered where we were, but I didn't care. My tears continued to flow like a dam had just broken.
Suddenly amongst all the screaming I heard faint music. I looked at Ashley, she dug her phone out of her pocket
"We still have service here? How?"
"I don't know" Ashley said as she looked at her phone
"Oh my gosh it's Vincent!"
"Don't tell him i'm here, please Ashley"
"Hello? Vincent? Hello?"
I could hear garbled words coming out of the earpiece
"Vincent? Where are you? We will come to you?
"What? Vincent? You're cutting out. Where are you?"
"I'm with Adrew at the Japan R...Cr...Medic...Center. What do...mean we? Who...with y...?"
Ashley looked at me with questioning eyes I shook my head at her
"Sorry" she whispered
"Iris is with me. We'll be there soon" hanging up