Two white-tipped paws moved closer to the edge of the rooftop, wary blue eyes looking down at the streets far below. The she-cat's heart pounded against her ribcage, growing painful by the minute.
A famililar voice behind her made her turn around and stare at the tom whom she once loved. Drake..
Drake panted for a moment then looked straight into her eyes, his gaze feirce. "Sapphira, please don't do this." He moved closer to her, trying to coax her off the ledge.
Sapphira shook her head and backed up more, tears flowing down her cheeks. "I told you I would die for you. Did you not believe me?" She laughed softly despite the pain from her broken heart. "I always loved you, Drake."
She turned and leaped off the roof, ignoring the horrified cries from Drake. The silver tabby felt light in mid-air, like she was flying. A smile appeared on her face as she closed her eyes and continued to fall.
Her small body hit the ground with a sickening thud, with the sound of bones breaking. She lay on her back, staring up at the night sky. Despite the pain racking her body at that moment, she felt happy.
Shrieks of horror filled the air as cats stopped to stare at the broken she-cat lying on the ground. The Casino's owner, Baxter, came out to see what all the commotion was about and he froze in terror when he saw what lay before him.
He rushed over to Sapphira and looked over her damaged body, gasping softly. "Oh Sapphira." He let his eyes meet hers and she smiled.
"Hey Baxter." Blood dripped from the corner of her mouth as she spoke. Her breath became gasps for air as her damaged lungs fought to breathe. "How are the kittens?"
Baxter's eyes watered up, filled with sorrow for his love. "They're fine. You're going to be fine, Sapphira."
Sapphira shuddered slightly and looked at him. "You don't have to lie, Baxter. I know I'm not coming back." Her voice dropped to a pain-filled whisper.
She paused as Drake ran over, his breathing rapid with panic. "Saph.." He took one of her small paws and held it in his larger ones. "Don't go."
"Drake.." Sapphira whimpered softly with a smile. "I told you I would."
Baxter looked at Sapphira and Drake, his ears laying back. He knew what they once had but he also knew that she still loved him. "Shh Sapphira. Don't talk."
She looked back at Baxter and reached up her other paw, placing it on his cheek lovingly. "Take care of them Baxter. Let them know that I loved them so much."
Baxter nodded sadly. "I promise." He brushed her bangs aside, looking into her beautiful blue eyes.
"I always loved your eyes." Drake meowed softly, also staring into her eyes.
"You both did." Sapphira purred softly. Her eyes went wide as she convulsed on the ground, more blood pouring from her mouth. "I'm sorry.. For all the lies I told."
Drake was silent, thinking over her words. He would forever regret it if he never forgave her. "I forgive you Saph."
Sapphira looked over as three kits bounded out, their faces shocked.
"Mom!" One of the girls, Demi, rushed over. She pushed past her father Baxter and looked at Sapphira, tears rolling down her face. "Mama?"
Sapphira smiled at her daughter. "Hey sweetheart." She purred and wrapped her paw around her daughter's back, pulling her close to give her a kiss on the cheek. "I love you darling."
"I love you Mama." Demi whimpered and pressed her muzzle into her mother's neck fur.
Sapphira looked at her only son and gave him a serious look. "Chandler, promise me you'll take care of your sisters?"
"I promise Mama." Chandler hugged Sapphira neck tightly, not wanting to let go.
Sapphira purred and let him hug her for a moment then gently pushed him back. "I love you all. You're all my family, the family I thought I'd never have." Her eyes clouded over and she struggled to breathe. "I'll miss you.." She gave a final cough and her body went still, her eyes dull and lifeless.
Baxter shuddered visibly. He tilted his head towards the night sky and screamed out his grief. "NO!" He cried while his kittens stared in horror at their dead mother's body.
Drake was too sick to speak. He lowered his head and gently kissed Sapphira's cold cheek. "I'll never forget you Saph." He straightened up and turned, padding back into the Casino, leaving the grieving family of cats behind him.