In A Hundred Words

I knew what I’d done as soon as the door closed. I heard the soft click of a lock sliding into place. I heard the soft intake of breath and the shaky exhale of her trying to be strong. She knew I was still standing there, just on the other side of a plank of wood.

I reached out and rested my palm on the door, in the spot I thought hers was.

Silence for long moments.

Then the click of her heels on the hardwood floor as she moved away from the door. Away from me. Away from us.

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