N i g h t
had fallen and there was a coolness in the air that left a chill in her bones
so that when she folded herself around him,
the warmth of his
brought immediate relief.
She breathed him in
and watched the lights
appear and fade
against the wall of his darkened room,
from passing cars outside.
She felt her pulse slow to a
rhythmic and c a l m i n g
He had a way of soothing her shaking bones simply by
His touch could
t h a w
layers that encompassed
each vein beneath
her moonlit skin.
She could feel the unspoken words
h a n g i n g
on the edge of his tongue…
“What are you thinking about?”
Gemma probed him.
Caleb’s body tensed suddenly,
and he let out a fast breath as though he was about to tell her something urgent,
but decided against it at the last second.
She let go of him so that
he could roll over to face her.
Dark as it was she could not make out his features,
so instead she traced her fingers
along the edges and creases in his face
that she knew so well.
His bone structure was striking,
and she enjoyed the feeling of his skeleton beneath her hands.
“It’s too soon.”
He said, so silently
she wasn’t sure if she’d imagined it.
She reassured him,
“you can tell me.”
This time there was no hesitation,
although his tone spilled of
d e l i c a t e l y
as though the words themselves were made of the thinnest glass.
“I love you.”
vulnerable words hung
in the s i l e n t air.
She smiled to herself,
thinking of when she first realized she loved him…
the very first night she cut the invisible strings
attached to her limbs;
the ones that told her where to go
and what to do.
And she invited him in.
She loved him at once
with imminence and immediate longing.
Longing to be with him,
to know him,
to love him with every atom,
every strain of energy
that formed the body
cocooning her soul-
and her soul along with it.
So she did.
“I love you too.”
The words, which rolled with ease,
were strung together in gladness.
He kissed and pulled her closer to him
until their limbs were so intricately intertwined
that one was not discernible from the other.