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A very short anecdote about love and loss.
I write stories like this often; it's catharsis.
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He looked over at her to see her smiling. That old familiar face, her pale eyes, and those laugh lines that grow ever so heavy as the years progress. A morning like this was consistent, yet seemed fresh, demanding; special. He lay on the bed next to her, and they just stared at one another, without a word. Silence like this used to be deafening, but on this day it is welcome and valued. He broke the silence. Not with a word, but a brush of his hand across her forehead, moving strands of wispy gray hair away, positioning themselves over her once-vacant ear. She coughed, but then smiled wide, and that smile still melted him to the bone after all these years.
He planted a kiss on her cheek, and got up. He then sat down in his nearby broken-in lounge chair and blankly stared at the bed. "What's wrong, dear?"
"Hey, Jerry, you coming? We're ready to head out to the funeral."
"Yeah, yeah. I'll be right there."
"Whoa, hey there pal, what's wrong?"
"Nothing, nothing." He averts his stare from the bed and gets up. "Just. . . Just seeing ghosts, is all."
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