August 10, 2009

The two of them might as well have been underwater, far from the surface. He knew she spoke, but could not hear the words.

I don’t understand, she said, or, at least, he thought she said. He had never been very good at reading lips.

She lifted a hand to her cheek. He tried to ignore any lack of oxygen. He wanted to reach out to touch her, but he was afraid to weaken her further, leave her even more vulnerable than she already was.

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