she could feel the leaf brush against her face and she thought of
his breathe whispering against her ear;
telling her all of his secrets and his lies and the
truths that he had hidden for so long, but relenquished to her
ever-waiting ears with her head on his shoulder and his arms around her
and their bodies pressed together, fitting together like
two puzzle pieces that were a perfect match.
but now the only thing that her body was pressed against
was the cold tree, bark digging into her back through her light jacket
that let the wind cut right through to her bones making her shiver, making her
feel cold all the way through her body
like her bones had been frozen once again, brought back to the
brittle fragileness that they had been before him, before he
came along and began to thaw her out,
make her warm again.
her eyes were hard, the sparkle they had when she
was held in his arms next to the tree that was now the only thing
keeping her standing
and she refused to shed a tear, refused to look down at the letter
crumpled in her hand that told her that the man she loved, the only person
in the world who had been her perfect match,
killed in battle, fighting bravely for his country and
killed far away from home, far away from her arms
and now she was alone next to the tree that once was
where they had their first kiss, where he proposed, where she told him she was
pregnant with his child just two days before he was deployed, where they said
goodbye and he promised to come home soon to her and their child.
but now he wasn't ever coming home, he would never meet his
newborn son and she would never feel his arms around her again.
so she leaned against the tree that had their initials carved on a
low-hanging branch, encased in a heart that was supposed to mean
that their love would last
and she looked up at the cloudy sky and promised him
that she would tell their son about his brave daddy who was
an amazing man and loved them both more than anything, loved them
so much that he was willing to give his life to ensure their safety and freedom.
because she would never forget him and she would always love him, always
be waiting for the day when they would be reunited again