Echoes of Life
Title: Echoes of Life
Word Count: 200
Challenge: #109 – under the stars
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A hand rose, cupping around a clenched jaw and he breathed into it a few times before dragging it back and forth across several days’ worth of stubble as he glared up a star filled sky. He glared past it, into the heavens and wondered where the fuck God was in all of this.
“I’m sorry,” the quiet utterance had Pike stiffening and turning his glare on the intruder of his misery as she explained, “I don’t usually tell the truth. I usually just tell folks what they wanna hear.”
“How? How is she in hell?” His voice caught and he swallowed thickly before snapping, “She—”
“Was one of the good ones,” she interrupted and brown eyes caught his gaze, held it, “I know, Oliver. I know you loved her,” his mouth opened and she spoke over him, spoke his thoughts without accusation, “And you never told her. Never the right time.”
He turned his gaze back on the sky, the stars and knew some of them were already dead and all that was above him was echoes of life and all he loved was beneath him.
He’d gone to Missouri and learned the truth.
He wished he hadn’t.