Sunday, June 23, 2013

Adrift Again

She had lain in his arms, snuggled deep into his chest and smelled him. She smiled, just small, to herself, curving her lips in secret.

"I feel safe in your arms. Will you keep me safe?'

"Yes, I will."

He caressed her hair and kissed her forehead. No one had ever done that before. Ever.

"Will you protect me?"

"Yes, I will."

She breathed and smiled again.

But he didn't. He didn't lie. He just didn't realize he was the only one he could not protect her from.

Maybe she should have clarified that part.

But now she cut the rope and set the small boat adrift. Back to where she had been. She pivoted her whole body with a practiced swing of her legs up and over, from bow to stern, and didn't look again. She just stared at the openness in front of her, numbed.

She had drifted this way before and was afraid but not as much as last time. She thought that was maybe a good start. Tomorrow she would look at this new drift as an adventure. Today she just wanted to sleep.


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