1.10 – A Thousand Years

*The song for this post is ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri.*

Tyler Memory179

After nearly 14 hours of labor and a couple day stay in the hospital, Carina was finally being released from the hospital so she and Tyler could take their newborn son home.

She sat in the wheelchair in the lobby holding Sebastian, their baby boy, as Tyler made sure everything was in order so they could finally leave. She looked down at the sleeping child in her arms, and smiled to herself amazed that he was really hers. ‘This sweet angel is really the product of true love…‘ she thought to herself as Tyler finally started pushing her wheelchair out to the cab so they could go home.

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I’m afraid
To fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt
Suddenly goes away somehow

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The first few weeks were the hardest for Carina and Tyler, because neither of them got much rest. Carina was lucky to get 3 or 4 consecutive hours of sleep without being awoken by Sebastian’s hungry cries, and once fed he would fuss until Tyler would sing him back to sleep.

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But they didn’t mind, because their new son was the best thing that had ever happened to them. His little smiles and gurgles brought a joy to their lives that they didn’t know they could experience, and their hearts overflowed with more love that they thought possible for such a small, helpless creature. It hadn’t been more than a month and Sebastian already had his parents wrapped around his little finger.

-:- 4 Months Later -:-
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Carina walked into Sebastian’s nursery just as Tyler had laid their son down for a nap. She smiled as she saw Tyler kiss his little head and whisper how much he loved him into his ear.

Hey sweetie,” she whispered to Tyler. “How is he?

He’s doing good. He was fussy about taking his nap though until I sang to him. That always seems to work,” he smiled, pleased with himself.

I swear, that voice of yours is something special,” Carina winked at him. “So are you heading back out to drum up some performances this week? Because I can’t get back to work until after his age-day, and I’m worried about the bills Ty…

Yup, I was actually just about to head out now that he’s napping. Don’t worry Car, I’ll get some more gigs with that ‘special’ voice of mine,” he laughed and then kissed her on the cheek as he left.

One step closer

Tyler Memory183

Since Sebastian was napping and Tyler was out searching for gigs, Carina got back to what she had been doing most of her maternity leave… working on her skills for work. She was anxious to get a promotion because it had been a while, and was hoping to get one not too long after she got back to work. If she didn’t start getting back on track with her career, she feared she’d never accomplish what she wanted to, which was to become a Creature-Robot Cross Breeder.

To most people it had always seemed like an odd dream to have, except to Tyler. He supported her as kids, and always told her that if she wished it and worked at it, it would come true. She figured she could blame her love of video games for her dream, but regardless of where it came from, she was determined to achieve it before she died someday.

-:- 6 Months Later -:-
Tyler Memory184

I can hardly believe it’s your Age-Day already Sebastian,” Carina cooed at her son as she woke him up from his nap. “Your daddy and I planned a special day for you, because it’s your first age-day and all. I even baked you a cake!

Sebastian stare up at his mother and made gurgling baby sounds as he went to grab for her glasses.

No no sweetie, you don’t need to take mommy’s glasses,” she laughed.

Tyler Memory185

Carina brought Sebastian out to Tyler, who had already lit the single candle in the cake.

Let me take him Car,” Tyler said holding his arms out. Carina gently put Sebastian in Tyler’s arms and stepped back as Tyler brought him closer to the cake. “It’s your age-day bud, time to make a wish! And be sure you don’t tell anyone, otherwise it won’t come true!

As Sebastian continued to make gurgling baby sounds, Tyler waited a few seconds as though Sebastian was actually making a wish, and then leaned in and blew out the candle for him.

I have died everyday
waiting for you
Darlin’ don’t be afraid
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I’ll love you for a
Thousand more

Tyler Memory186

Woo!! Happy Age-Day Sebastian!” Carina cheered and then pulled out a party horn and started blowing it as she and Tyler watched Sebastian become surrounded by sparkles and then grow into an adorable toddler.

-:- A Few Months Later -:-

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Tyler and Carina’s lives had settled into a new routine with their son. Tyler would take care of Sebastian while Carina was hard at work during the week, and when she’d come home she would take care of him while Tyler headed out to perform around town.

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Okay now Sebastian, repeat after mommy,” Carina instructed her son. “When I grow up, I’m not going to be like Dada and get into lots of fights.

Dada… fight… no!” Sebastian managed to say in his adorable voice.

Carina shook her head and laughed, which caused Sebastian to copy her and laugh too. “I funny!” he proclaimed.

Yes, yes you are,” she giggled.

Tyler Memory190

Carina hadn’t realized how much more work a toddler was than an infant. Sebastian not only needed to learn to talk, but he also needed to learn to walk and go potty before his next age-day came. It was nearly impossible for her to juggle teaching him his skills while attempting to maintain her own for her job.

Tyler Memory191

But thankfully Tyler was always there to help her out. He would take Sebastian and just play with him for hours on end, whether it was blocks, or drawing, Tyler was right there by his side when he was home.

Da-da, peek boo!” Sebastian said one day as Tyler walked in the door from performing some Sing-A-Grams. “Peek boo!!

Alright kiddo,” he said as he rustled Sebastian’s hair and scooped him up into his arms. He covered his eyes with the hand that wasn’t supporting Sebastian’s little bottom and said, “Where’s Da-da??

When he uncovered his eyes, Sebastian shouted “There is! There is!” and then giggled.

Oh, you like laughing do you bud? Let me help you laugh some more!” Tyler said before tickling his son’s stomach, causing another wave of giggles to emerge from him.

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Carina and Tyler hadn’t been out on a date since before Sebastian was born, so one night Tyler planned a surprise date night for her.

Hey sweetie, go put on your nicest dress, you and I have reservations downtown for dinner,” he told her.

We do??” she said surprised. She had just walked in the door from work and looked exhausted.

We do indeed my love. Now chop chop, the babysitter is gonna be here in 30 minutes!” he said.

A smile appeared on Carina’s face as she kissed him on the cheek and headed into their bathroom to shower and get ready.


After Carina slipped into her light blue dress, she nervously looked herself over in the bathroom mirror. The dress hugged her body in all the right places, but she hadn’t worn something that exposed her sides like that since before her pregnancy, and she was concerned that she was too big to wear something like that.

It seemed as though Tyler could read her mind though, because just as she was smoothing out a part of the dress and turning around to see it from a different angle, he walked into the bathroom and gasped.

Car…” he stuttered.

What?” she said worried. “Is it too much? I can change. I don’t think I look right in it…

No,” was all he said as walked up to her and pressed his lips to hers. After their kiss broke, he looked her in the eyes and said “the dress is perfect, you’re perfect…“.

Carina blushed profusely as Tyler took her by the hand and led her to Sebastian so they could kiss him goodnight before heading out to dinner.

Time stands still
beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything
Take away
What’s standing in front of me
Every breath,
Every hour has come to this

Tyler Memory194

After their meal they decided to stand outside the restaurant for a bit and enjoy the cool, crisp air.

Thank you,” Carina said as she slid her hand into Tyler’s. “I really needed to get out of the house for something other than work.

We both did, and no problem my love,” he smiled at her. “I don’t know about you though, but I’m absolutely stuffed! I forgot how well that bistro feeds you…

Ugh… me too! I feel like if I move the wrong way I’m going to burst out of my dress!” Carina said, moving to pretend to hold her dress together and laughing.

“I wouldn’t mind if that happened, lady. You’re hot!” said a guy from the sidewalk in front of the bistro.

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Excuse me??” Tyler said, immediately becoming angry. He looked over his shoulder to see a teenager who was waiting by the curb for his parents to bring the car around from the parking lot to pick him up. “Are you the one that just said that?

“Uh, yeah… Who else would say it, old man?” the teenager rolled his eyes.

You apologize to my wife this instant,” Tyler said, his face red with anger.

“Yeah right, she’s hot. There’s no need to apologize, it’s a compliment that I wouldn’t mind if her dress tore off and I could see that luscious body of hers naked…” he said leaning around Tyler and winking at Carina.

Carina gasped and narrowed her eyes at the teenager. Just as she was about to open her mouth and tell him off for not having any manners and how he can’t just speak to people like that, Tyler was standing inches from him and had his hand raised, ready to strike.

Ty…” Carina said, worried about what he was about to possibly do. “What are you doing??

What does it look like? I’m going to put this punk in his place unless he apologizes for speaking to you like that.” he growled in the teens direction.

“Uh, are you deaf? Didn’t you hear me when I told you the first time that I wasn’t apologizing for a compliment??” he rolled his eyes and started to turn away from Tyler.

Just as he started to turn, Carina saw something snap inside Tyler and just as she shouted “Ty, don’t!” he had moved his hand and slapped the boy hard across his face.

“Ow! What the fuck man! I’m a fucking minor, you can’t just do that shit! I’m calling the cops on you!” he threatened.

Do I look like I care?” he said as he raised his hand again. “Now this is your last chance to apologize to my wife, before you get it again.

The boy stood there in silence, refusing to say another word… that is until Tyler moved to slap him again. “Fine, fine! Alright, I’m sorry lady… There, ya happy now?”

Of course I’m not happy, you little prick. You have no manners what-so-ever…” Tyler fumed. “But at least you apologized… And don’t you ever speak to my wife, or any woman for that matter, like that again!

Just as Tyler finished yelling at the teenage boy, Carina came up behind him, took him by the hand, and led him away. “Thank you for defending my honor, my noble prince,” she smiled at him. “But let’s not get you landed in jail for defending me too literally, shall we? Now take me to your steed fine prince, and let’s return to your castle so I can give you my thanks for rescuing me,” she said with a quick peck on his lips and a wink.

One step closer

Tyler Memory196

Things for Tyler and Carina continued without incident after their night out. Well, without incident in the way that meant no cops had shown up to arrest Tyler for slapping a minor. The incidents that kept occurring however were their appliances constantly breaking, despite Carina and Tyler upgrading things as they could afford it.

So finally, despite his lack of handiness with these things, Tyler decided to try his hand at upgrading the stove. He was better at hiding his neurotic worries now that Sebastian was mobile and toddling everywhere, because he didn’t want to frighten his son, but that didn’t mean they weren’t still there. And his latest concern had to do with the stove catching on fire and burning the house down with his wife and child inside while he wasn’t home.

I have died everyday
Waiting for you
Darlin’ don’t be afraid,
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I’ll love you for a
Thousand more

Tyler Memory197

As he was toiling away at his repair, Tyler realized a second too late that he had just broken the spot where the cord that plugs into the wall connects to the oven, and within seconds his entire body was seizing up as electricity from the socket surged through him.

He screamed and screamed until finally he could feel nothing. Somehow, the connection between he and the spot he had just damaged broke, and he collapsed into a heap on the kitchen floor.

One step closer
One step closer

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Carina had been in Sebastian’s nursery playing with him when she heard something that made her blood chill. She heard Tyler start screaming from the kitchen, a god-awful, ghastly sound. She froze for a moment as she stared at her son, who’s eyes had grown wide with terror. It seemed like minutes, but in the span of a few seconds Sebastian’s silence soon turned into screams like his fathers, which broke Carina out of her frozen state.

She rushed to her feet and out of the nursery to find Tyler being electrocuted via a hammer in his hand that was stuck on a broken piece on the back of the oven. She quickly dashed into the kitchen and searched through the drawers until she found what she was looking for, a rubber spatula, to break the connection between Tyler and the oven. The moment she did, his screaming stopped and he collapsed into a pile in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Oh my god, oh my god…‘ Carina thought as she stared at her husband’s still body. She quickly grabbed for her phone and dialed 911 as she knelt down, searching for his pulse. After 911 assured her that an ambulance was in route, Carina’s body crumpled onto Tyler’s as Sebastian’s cries echoed throughout the house.

I have died everyday
Waiting for you
Darlin’ don’t be afraid,
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I’ll love you for a
Thousand more

Tyler Memory209

The paramedics assured Carina that Tyler still had a pulse, albeit a very faint one, as they loaded him into the ambulance. As Tyler was rushed to the hospital, Carina scooped a wailing Sebastian, and hailed a taxi to follow the ambulance.

Please… just please let him be okay… he’s my everything. I can’t lose him!‘ Carina thought as she worked on calming down her son.

After arriving at the hospital, she tracked down where Tyler had been taken. When she found his room, she set Sebastian down on the floor, gave him a toy to play with, and rushed over to her still unconscious husband lying on the hospital bed.

Oh god… look at him…‘ she thought as tears rolled down her cheeks.

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Doctors and nurses were in and out of Tyler’s room for hours, without much word on what was going on for Carina. Eventually Carina fell asleep in a chair next to Tyler’s bed, hoping beyond hope that her husband was going to be alright.

And all along I believed
I would find you
Time has brought
Your heart to me
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I’ll love you for a
Thousand more


Thanks for reading guys! I’m sorry it took me so long to get the next chapter out, but things have been extremely hectic with this semester of school, plus my computer has been on the fritz… But things *seem* to be working at least semi-normally on my computer, so I will be sure to not wait as long between chapters next time!
I hope you all enjoyed this chapter, and thanks for sticking with my story after all this time. You all are amazing!!

❤ and harp strings,


5 thoughts on “1.10 – A Thousand Years

  1. Well done on the chapter kate ❤ so good to see this story with some poses now too 🙂
    Glad the song was going to help with the chapter 🙂
    Can't wait for more journey adventures
    AND OMG POOR TYLER, FIRST SOME LITTLE TEEN MOVES IN ON HIS WIFE AND NOW HE GETS FRIED, POOR GUY. But why do I have this awful feeling things will be going down hill from here 😦
    xoxo Aideybabes ❤

    • Thanks Aidey!! And yeah, the song helped me write the chapter SO much! Excellent pic, if I do say so myself 😉 Yeah… Tyler is sorta unlucky… I suppose I should have made one of his damn traits actually BE unlucky, huh? That way I wouldn’t feel so bad for all this stuff that happens to him… =/ And you very well could be right Aiden… only time will tell! 😉

      ❤ and harp strings,

    • Thanks! ^_^ I feel bad for what I’ve done to Tyler and Carina… but alas, it came with the rolls I got for this generation! Although Tyler’s life won’t be long, hopefully Carina will be able to enjoy the remainder of her life after his passing 😦

      Also I’m working on getting another chapter out for my Baby Challenge at the moment (it should be out this weekend sometime), so I won’t be able to start working on the next chapter for this story until next week. So hopefully I can have the next chapter (1.11) out the weekend after that? I’ll have to see how things go with school, but that’s my goal anyways! lol

      ❤ and harp strings,

    • The cruse of the single family structure, You fall in love with this beautiful family and then find out so one has do be a jerk and leave their family or Died!

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