‘I won’t drag you down,’ he said in quiet anguish.
Her world slowly shattered into pieces.
Each shard etching its memory in blood.
His strength dwindled to emptiness in a twisted world.
Her heart froze.
She remembered, she knew how to forget.
Mirror /mɪrə / Noun
a surface, typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, which reflects a clear image.
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‘Good Morning,’ said the warm friendly voice in her headset.
Keen intellect. Intuitive empathy. Quiet vulnerability.
They both shared a childlike conviction – in azure skies, vibrant rainbows, mythical creatures.
Smiling, she turned up the volume. Her voice calm as she articulated her plans.
For one enchanted moment across continents, the Sun and Moon cast their languorous incandescence in complete harmony.
Confluence / kɒnflʊəns / Noun
An act or process of merging. Often used to talk about the coming together of factors or ideas, or of cultures in a diverse city
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’