he kisses her, one of those kinds
where it's quick, as if you'll be
doing it for the rest of your life
with that one person.

"your hands are cold,"

she smiles softly,
"they always are,"

"I'll keep you warm, every part of you.
you'll never have to be cold again."

time stopped for her when he left.
when he went away.
and she tried her best
to hold herself together,
but she couldn't, and damn,

she was always so cold.

"I know you will."