Mei had managed to clamber downstairs when she heard her Mom yelling for her. She couldn’t ignore the desperation in Raelynn’s voice, and she had to go. However, she was astounded by what she found at the end of the stairs: her Mom laying crumpled on the ground. “Mom!” Mei screeched as she ran down the stairs to her Mom’s side. It was at about that time the Grim Reaper showed along with Seth. “No, please let her live!” Mei begged the Grim Reaper.
He laughed maniacally and swiped Raelynn off his list. “Sorry.” He grumbled as he continued laughing and then vanished.
“Oh, Seth.” Mei said as she fell into his arms. He held her close, rubbing her hair in an attempt to soothe her. She sobbed onto his shoulder until she was finally able to pull away a while later. “I’m going to miss her so much.” Mei told him, starting to cry again.
“Shhh, I know. We’ll both miss her.” Seth replied. Their embrace was interrupted by little Naomi’s cries.
“I’ll go get her.” Mei said, pulling away from him but pausing to look into his eyes for a few moments with their hands interlocked.
“Shhh.” Mei soothed Noami cuddling her to her shoulder. “It’ll be okay.” Mei told her daughter, saddened by the thought that she’d never really get to meet her Grandma. Naomi seemed to sense that something terrible had just happened because she wouldn’t stop crying. Mei tried feeding her, changing her, and cuddling her, but she wouldn’t stop.
It wasn’t until Seth came into the room and combined his efforts with Mei’s that they finally got her to fall asleep and stop crying. “It’s like she knows.” Mei observed.
The next night after work, Mei came home distraught. Seth took her over to the couch for a moment to help cheer her up. He hated seeing her so depressed, but he knew that there wasn’t much he could do under the given circumstances. Mei poured her heart out to Seth, telling him about all the good times she had with her Mom, but she stopped short of the fight they had before she passed. Mei hated that she couldn’t tell her Mom she loved her or that she understood her concerns. She felt terrible, disappointing both of her parents before they left the world.
For the next couple days, Seth tended to Naomi. Mei didn’t seem to want anything to do with her, and Seth was starting to become worried. Was Mei ready to become a Mom or had Raelynn’s passing taken that much of a toll on her? Mei would just sit there and let Naomi cry and cry until Seth finally gave in and went to care for his daughter. He was hoping that if he waited long enough, Mei’s maternal instincts would kick in, but they never did. He figured he would wait a while before he would bring this up to her. Seth rocked little Naomi hoping that Mei would come around and be the Mom that he knew Naomi deserved.
Even though Mei was acting differently than she had before, Seth still loved her. He knew he wanted to spend forever with her and marry her. Plus, he thought it would be a piece of good news when Raelynn’s death seemed to weigh so heavily on Mei. “I know we’re not really dressed for this,” Seth started, “but I can’t wait any longer. Mei Wynngarden, I love you. Will you marry me?”
For the first time in a few days, Mei managed to smile. “Of course!” She said, almost giddy. I can’t believe he just asked me to marry him, she gushed to herself. Mom would be so happy.