She waited.

In silence, her heart growing heavier and heavier with every second that ticked by. She looked at the television, but she wasn’t really watching it. She tried to read a book, but after six pages she realized she hadn’t actually read anything at all.

When her phone rang, she jumped. Almost like if the sound jolted her alive again. Relief, and excitement, and comfort, and yearning took her breath away.

It wasn’t even him.

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