VAELIS EMBRACED CHRIS'S MIND in a way that was so subtle and tender, anyone else would have dismissed the caress as something they'd imagined. Chris, however, recognized Vaelis's touch, and knew it for what it was. Smiling, he stood and looked about, ready to go home.
Erin was standing in the field- corn grew through her body. Chris held out his hand to her, and she walked forward, taking it. No words were necessary, they both knew what was happening, and speech would have taken away from the greatness of the moment.
Erin and Chris returned to their sleeping bodies, then woke with the sun kissing their faces. Chris sat up and saw the opening. It was like a rip through the air itself, and warmth and happiness poured out of it, filling the dead field with song and laughter and new growth.
Erin and Chris held hands and stepped forward. The happiness that made up Evglesst itself enveloped them. Their bodies melted away, as did their fear and worry and sadness. Erin and Chris then made their change complete, becoming pure, white light.
iI will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree
a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.
-William Butler Yeats /i