"Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The day of my brother's funeral was the worst of my life. I was numb; I couldn't believe my little brother was gone.

"When hearts listen, angels sing."
-Unknown

It seemed like I only had a short time with my little brother, my little angel. God had blessed me with him, and now he's gone.

"We are each of us angels with only one wing, to fly we need only embrace each other."
-Unknown

There comes a time when you realize that there is reason for everything. Aaron did everything he was meant to do; he made sure I could live without him.

"It's only for a moment you were mine to hold. The plans that Heaven has for you will all too soon unfold...I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams. And that faith gives you the courage to dare to do great things. I'm here for you, whatever this life brings. So let my love give you roots, to help you find your wings."
-Mark Harris

As I walked up the alter, I took the deepest breaths I could manage, holding a crumpled paper in my hands. Before my brother was lost, he wrote a note for us all to read. It read:

When I must leave you
For a little while,
Please do not grieve
And shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you
Through the years,
But start out bravely
With a smile.

And for my sake
And in my name,
Live on and do
All the things the same.

Feed not your loneliness
On empty days,
But fill each waking hour
In useful ways.

Reach out your hand in comfort
And in cheer,
And I, in turn, will comfort you
And hold you near.
And never, never
Be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you
In the sky.

Helen Steiner Rice

Now, I didn't write that, but I thought it fit. To my best friend; please don't grieve to much for me. Really, I'm going to be alright and I'll be watching over you forever. That's a promise, one I'll never break. I love you, Raina, and I know you will be fine. You're the strongest person I've ever met and Mom and Dad are going to look after you. I love you.

At that point, I had to stop, letting the sound of my sobs echo throughout the church. With more deep breaths, I got the courage to continue. I had to, for everyone.

Mom and Dad, you are the best. I know you think you did something wrong, or that this was your fault, but it wasn't. Don't blame yourself. I was just needed in Heaven, is all. Take care of Raina for me. We're the same person now so don't be upset; I'll be with you through her. We're a part of each other.

Grandma and Grandpa, I know you think this is all backwards. You think that you should be the first to go and I should be the last. How I wish it was. But that can't be and it's really alright. There's a reason for all of this, I know there is. You need to know that.

And to Connor, take care of my sister. She means the world to me and I want her to be comforted, safe, and taken care of. Make sure to give her hugs for me, please. I know you're her best friend and you'll do everything you can to take care of her.

I love you all, and I know you're going to miss me, but know that I will always be there, watching. You'll be okay, I know you will.

I love you.

Goodbye for now,
Aaron.

At this point, I couldn't hold back the tears and made my way back to me seat, blinded by my tears. As I sat down, I hear Connor's voice echoing through the church.

"There is no other bond greater than family. And now, I asked Raina to join me in singing Amazing Grace."

With confusion, I slowly made my way up to the podeum as the music started. Sheet music was in front of us and we started to sing together. The pure sadness of it all made my eyes cloud with tears and the music no longer made sense in my eyes. My lips continued with the words as if I'd known them all my life. Connor took my hand and I became even more blind.

"I love you, little brother."


I wanted to tell you how closely I've kept
The memories of you in my heart
And all of the lifetimes that we've had to share
Live even though we're apart

But don't cry for me
'Cause I'm finally free

To run with the angels
On streets made of gold
To listen to stories of saints new and old
To worship our Maker
That's where I'll be
When you finally find me

Now don't you be weary cause waiting for you
Are wonders that you've never known
Just hold on to Jesus, reach out for His hands
And one day they'll welcome you home

And that's when you'll be
Finally Free
Finally Free

To run with the angels
On streets made of gold
To listen to stories of saints new and old
To worship our Maker
That's where I'll be
When you finally find me

I wish you were here
I wish you were here

And all of the dreams that you treasure
Will soon come together
And that's when your sorrow will find tomorrow
And you will rise again

To run with the angels
On streets made of gold
To listen to stories of saints new and old
To worship our Maker
That's where I'll be
When you finally find me

To run with the angels
On streets made of gold
To listen to stories of saints new and old
To worship our Maker
That's where I'll be
When you finally find me
I wish you were here
I wish you were here
I wish you were here


A/N: And that's the end. I decided to go with a more sad approach. I know this ending is very sad and there wasn't much joy, but there is possibly going to be an epilogue, if I decide this isn't it. All credits for quotes and such go to their respectable owners. Thank you for following this story! I had fun! I love all of you guys and really hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.