I had a dream last night where I told her the truth. Out loud. Tongue against teeth, it snaked out from pressed lips, the sound escaping with the slowest release of air. As if I had been holding my breath for days.
This is what happened – and there it was. Such freedom in the words, the way I suddenly released all of our secrets from where they had so long been sitting. These sugared pills hidden under the tongue, and now spat out at her feet.
She stared in surprise – but just for a second. I felt a cloudless relief to say where I had been.
And as she took my hand, we saw nothing but sky.
^^ The epilogue to The Memory of Stars …