How could something so beautiful be the beginning to an end? All who were in attendance could not tear themselves away. The white sands of the beach held each captive. Each grain of sand was a link to a chain, tightly wrapped around all ankles. Uncontrollable tears were wept as puddles of salty water grew in depth at their feet.
I watched as their figures grew smaller and the distance between us and them grew longer. I will never forget the happiness in their eyes or the extraordinary warm glow each wore on their face. They were so at peace with themselves and each other, and the depth of their love was beyond comprehension to all who watched. How could eminent death not be reflected in their eyes? How is it possible for their happiness during the ceremony to radiate outwardly to the watchers, and consume all in unimaginable bliss? Only as they turned and walked away did the reality of it all sink in. All the happiness, peace and blissfulness instantly turned into an indescribable hurt that washed over each of us. It all happened so fast it was in likeness of the flip of a switch.
Suicide is usually a very private act, but not in the case of Steven and Marcy. They always dreamed of a wedding one day; they just never realized it had to be immediate. Each had fallen victim to the death seeds implanted into their brains. Horrible, torturous deaths lay ahead of them in a matter of days. They knew they could not witness the other going through such a hideous death … they also wished to spare their loved ones. Victims of the death seeds were all randomly selected. As more and more victims were witnessed in the throes of such horrid, excruciating deaths, a group was formed known as the Guarantor of Death (G.O.D.). The sole purpose of the group was to provide assisted suicide in a pleasant, dignified way. Today Steven and Marcy would celebrate their love and consummate their union of marriage. Tomorrow they would check into the G.O.D. facility.
The words played over and over in my head, “until death do us part.” How surreal this all was.