we are bathed in chips of ice and arcs of blue electricity as the world tears itself apart.

i lose everyone faster than i could have imagined, swallowed in the waves and fire and we

fall with hands locked together.

" please don't let go," you beg me, a prayer on your lips, and

you make no promises yourself.

.

i don't want to be the last person on earth, but i crawl gasping out of the tides and find that i kept my promise, and you were the one to let go

because you didn't want to be the only person (and left me here alone).