The Freedom Five

Funeral for a friend...

The mass starts and everyone is seated. Kirt sits in a row near the front, with his wife; Heather, son; Adam and his daughter; Hope.

Looking about he sees Kennedy and gives a wave and solemn gaze.

A priest stands before the gathered family, friends and loved ones. “It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited.” He pauses, “God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.”

Kirt holds onto Heather’s hand squeezing it gently, looking at her, and then at his kids.

Adam is fidgeting in his seat, bored, playing on his Nintendo handheld to keep him quiet and occupied.

Hope is trying to understand all of this. She is looking at all of the people.

After a few prayers are offered Director Kane steps up to the podium and starts to read off Russell’s achievements and about his service to the city.

Eventually after various family members spoke about the two their lives both separate and together.

Kirt trying to be strong for the gathered family and friends. He can’t but help have a feeling of overwhelming sorrow forming a lump in his chest. Russell was a near and dear friend of his, forged in the trenches and then in the break room and real life after the job ended for the day.

Bowing his head, he thinks back to the good times. Soon it is his turn, standing looking at his family, Heather grasping his hand as he heads down the church isle.

Taking the stand he is quiet for a moment, clearing his throat before addressing the audience, "I stand here before everyone today to talk about a man well two men actually, Russell and Guillermo. These two men were friends, lovers, husbands. Where they perfect?, No but none of us are perfect however they try to make everything work. They have been through some very trying times together.

Hope frowns her eyes water, sniffling tugging on Heather’s sleeve, “But mommy… Uncle Russ and Mo… Death is the termination of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Why did they have to die… Mommy?” She says loudly during Kirt’s eulogy that display was enough to start the waterworks from gathered family and friends.

Kirt started to cry, trying to make it through his eulogy almost failing as he returned to his seat to hug his family as the mass continued around them to honor their fallen friends and family.

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