that’s what she managed to say despite the tubes stuck through her nose and mouth. he fought back the tears and tried to shut out the pain.
the news of the cancer struck them so hard and fast, that they barely had time to reel. like the pang of their first fight. the throb of their Nth quarrel 40 years later. the slap they felt when they realized they somehow became total strangers. like the heartbreak in her face when he said he was leaving. then this.
so he stayed.