He knew she was there, at least part of her. The feeling of oneness was not as strong, not nearly as complete as when they were just married, but there was a remnant. A yearning to put the puzzle back together. It was a puzzle he sought to complete for several years. Finding Cammie at twenty-six years of age was a miracle. He had literally thrown in the towel after many failed relationships. The “normal” his parents knew of thirty plus years of bliss would not be his.
Cammie was a force of nature like none he had ever known. Her presence in a room, yard, concert arena or whatever they did immediately changed the dynamics. He could see her described so well in every love song that filled his ears. She was everything he could ever dream of and a lot of things he had not yet. That is why he knocked himself out to make sure her every wish and whim came true at their wedding.
Then came the honeymoon in the Cayman Islands. He would have gone to the next city if that had been her wish, but this was her dream. She loved diving and there was a new attraction where guests could try out their skill in the clear blue waters of the eastern shores. Cammie was good enough to have been an Olympic diver, but just wasn’t interested in committing so many years of her life.
To her this was a slice of nirvana. Dive after dive powered her million watt smile to grow even brighter. Sam wanted to freeze this moment so he could enjoy it forever. He had no idea that wish would be one he would want to have over on over for the rest of his life. It was the most beautiful dive of the day that caused the problem. Cammie barely even disturbed the water, her entry was so fluid. But then she did not surface. Five seconds, ten and then Sam went after her, followed quickly by others who were there.
Sam found her fifteen feet below the surface, and her ankle was caught in a narrow crevice. She struggled to get free and to not panic, but the truth was too clear. He could see the fear and dread in her eyes. Seconds ticked away as they struggled to free his forever love. Her ankle would not budge at first, but finally they worked it free, but only after severing a big vein.
The doctors shook their heads in the hospital. She was submerged way too long, the air deprivation too severe. She could help others, but they could not help her. Sam held her hand for an entire day before he could come to terms and nod his agreement.
Now here he was in their home of Charleston and he could feel Cammie. He knew he wasn’t imagining, there had been too many days without this feeling to be mistaken.
“You don’t know me,” the young woman said.
“You have Cammie’s heart,” Sam smiled.
“How did you know?”
“Let’s just say I know.”
“I had to find you, to thank you. I wouldn’t be here if not for Cammie’s sacrifice. I get to finish medical school now. I am studying to be an oncologist at Emory University.”
“I know you will do well.”
“I hope I have the heart for it, it will be demanding.”
“Trust me when I say you do,” Sam smiled.