Subtraction

Fossilised words. Permanent scars.

She wasn’t willing to give up on him.

Not just yet.

So she decided to stay. At the exact moment he chose to walk away.

Unfathomable anguish. Steely resolve.

subtraction 
/səbˈtrakʃn/
noun
the process or skill of taking one number or amount away from another.
subtraction of this figure from the total”

 

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Because

 

‘Good Morning!’ she smiles at him.

Quiet elevator swish. The space in between filled with incessant muted storms. Recurring constants in a whimsical equation.

’I’ll email those metrics,’ he says.

’Hmm,’ she nods, her expression neutral.

Equals. No more, no less.

because  /bɪˈkɒz/
conjunction
for the reason that; since.

Mirror

 

‘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 /mɪ/ Noun
a surface, typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, which reflects a clear image.
mirror

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Confluence

‘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

Physics

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.

Physics /ˈfɪzɪks/noun
the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.

avant-garde

The doorbell rang, he stepped inside with a smile.

She sipped her latte, carefully examining her work, paintbrush in hand.
‘Next time, something earthier.’

Her wallpaper designs were widely acclaimed. Made from colors that dripped like blood.

avant-garde /ˌavɒ̃ˈɡɑːd/ noun
new and experimental ideas and methods in art, music, or literature.

au revoir

‘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.