Emerson sees two silhouetted figures against the burning building and she hopes they are Liam and Michael. But, the two figures are enjoying themselves watching the fire burn instead of rushing to get help. Just as she recognizes the woman, Emerson hears Liam calling for her. Liam tells her that he’s been looking for Michael and he’s sure he didn’t make it out of the building.
Quote: My tears flowed so furiously that they blinded me. “I’m not leaving without Michael.”
“Emerson, we’re about to be surrounded by firemen and policemen. We’ve got to get back to where the car is hidden before we’re trapped.”
“I can’t leave without him, Liam. I can’t.”
“Sweetheart. He’s already gone.” (Hourglass, page 318)
Here we see a chapter that really reflects what Myra does best–the description of the fallout of Michael’s decision and the feelings of elation from Kaleb and despair from Em.
While Liam and Kaleb reunite, Cat lets Emerson know that Michael traveled to the future and when he returned, he knew that he wouldn’t make it through the rescue. Emerson clings to the hope that Michael still may return if he survived the fire and found the bridge. She decides to wait for him.
Quote: Dawn came. The sunrise brought no hope.
When the chimes sounded seven times, I stood, pushed the blanket to the floor, and walked up the stairs to Michael’s bed. Alone.
He wasn’t coming back. (Hourglass, page 322)