He emptied the vial into his mouth, his features transformed into a familiar face. And then another. One by one. People she knew well over the years, loved dearly.
‘We’re programmed to love a certain kind of person. That’s absolute.
Names? faces? Those are random.’
He walked out of the door, from her life.
the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.
‘My demons won’t go away, you can’t deal with them.’
She smiled at him, eyes glittering bright with hidden anguish.
He looked at her helplessly, the inexplicable torment of their complex existence writ large on his face.
They both knew he wasn’t strong enough. For her.
Some goodbyes are real.
Covered up with fake hellos.
au revoir /ˌəʊ rəˈvwɑː French o ʀəvwaʀ/ exclamation
goodbye until we meet again.
Piercing grey eyes, mop of brown hair, boyish smile. Striking ink-blue T-shirt.
And a lazy afternoon.
His arm almost around her waist, not touching her at all.
She steps a little closer, shy, confused.
His eyes never left hers that day on.
And she never stopped smiling.
Love /lʌv/ noun
a strong feeling of affection.
Waves crashed mercilessly against black jagged rocks.
She met his eyes, her face filled with tenderness and equanimity. And jumped into the icy-cold waters, the foam warmly beckoning as it churned ferociously.
She woke up with a start.
‘Honey? It’s Sunday. Breakfast in bed,’ he grinned, placing the tray in front of her.
Her wrists bruised blue from the gnarled rope, ankles chafed from rusted chains bound to the bed.
Surrender /səˈrɛndə/ verb
stop resisting to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority.
She tiptoed silently into the kitchen, her family fast asleep.
He sat at the table munching cookies. They talked in hushed voices. Animated conversations about life, books, films, music.
Daylight broke, he said goodbye.
She made breakfast, humming cheerfully.
He’ll return tonight.
Her best friend and unborn twin. Her alter.
à bientôt / ä-byaⁿ-tō
French phrase meaning ‘See You Soon’
‘Push the Frankfurt meeting to 14:00. My flight’s delayed,’ she emailed the office.
She glanced at the motley crew of co-passengers.
He gave her a slow smile.
Moors, horses, castles
A bloody war
She smiled back.
Her soul consumed with rage and vengeance.
a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, but the extremes are quite distinct.
She sat down at the table for two.
‘When do we start.. the.. umm,’ he stammered.
‘Flawless,’ he thought, holding the baby close as he walked out of the building.
The cryogenic chamber slowly closed shut.
The production line was buzzing with rows of baby-machines hooked to monitors.
No one saw the possessive gleam in her wide-open eyes beneath the glass.
‘Zahra, Hussein, Latika, Jason and sweet little Abigail.’
Hermetic /həːˈmɛtɪk/ adjective
(of a seal or closure) complete and airtight.