Chapter 2: Missing You

Georg lay on his bed, hugging his other pillow.

He ached to feel her hands again. He ached to gaze into her sapphire blue eyes again. He needed her. Wanted her. Loved her.

Yes, he looked stupid, but what's wrong with that?

Elsa explained everything to him. At first he was angry, but now, he was sad. He gets Elsa's point. She didn't mean it, anyway. Elsa left a while ago morning with Max as her "chauffeur", and his children was grieving.

He picked up the letter she left from his bedside table, and read it again.

Dear Captain, children,

I'm sorry for not saying goodbye properly, and for leaving too early.

I missed my life in the Abbey too much, and decided to come back.

I also felt that my job here is done. Thank you for everything, I won't forget you all.

All my love,

Maria

Missed her life in the Abbey! What kind of excuse was that! She couldn't be crying because of that!

"Why did you leave me?" he muttered.

Suddenly, there was a knock on the door.

He got up from his bed and went to answer the door.

He opened the door and saw Gretl with her doll in hand.

"Gretl? What's the matter?" he said, crouching down to her level.

"I heard noises in my room. I'm scared, father," she muttered, clutching her doll.

He put his hand on her shoulder and thought for a while.

"How about you sleep with me here? Will that make you feel better?" Georg suggested, giving his daughter. a small smile.

Gretl smiled.

"That would be wonderful, father!" Gretl exclaimed, yawning.

Georg chuckled before carrying her to the bed.

"Father?" Gretl muttered.

"Yes, Gretl?" he replied.

"Do you know when Fräulein Maria will come back?" Gretl said.

He felt his heart swell.

"I'm afraid not, sweetheart," he replied.

"Oh," Gretl said, disappointed.

"But will she come back, father?" Gretl continued.

"Well, let's hope she will," Georg replied.

"Really? Then I will hope, too!" Gretl exclaimed, cheerfully. Georg chuckled.

"Father?" Gretl said.

"What is it?" he replied.

"Could you sing me a song? Fräulein Maria always sings me and Marta a song so we could go to sleep," Gretl said, sadly.

Georg felt his heart swell upon being reminded of her. Again.

"Is that so? Well, alright. What would you like me to sing?" he said, stroking his daughter's hair.

"Edelweiss!" Gretl beamed. He chuckled at her cheerfulness.

"Okay. Here it goes. Edelweiss, edelweiss, every morning you greet me…" he sang as his daughter slowly drifted off to a peaceful slumber.

As he finished the song, he kissed his daughter's forehead.

"I do hope for her to come back as well, Gretl," he said.

He looked up at the ceiling.

"I miss you, Maria."


A/N: Sentimental Captain there. XD Here's chappy number two! Please R&R! It would mean a lot. :)))