as she told me the stories of her life
the struggle against demons that I could not imagine,
and the slow effort to rise up again.
as he unburdened his soul
explaining why he did what he did
his confusion in the midst of decision-making,
and the peace in his voice at the end.
as she talked about her love
laughing as she explained exactly what it was,
how it was that they arrived at this point.
as his voice changed when he talked about a girl
that he never met, but wanted to get to know,
and how she changed his life.
as her voice dropped when she explained
the circumstances that forced her to this place,
and tears filled her eyes.
as he told jokes to lighten my mood
even as he struggled with the anxiety of not knowing,
and the fear of change.
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