“I kept seeing stars, especially when I closed my eyes. So I kept them shut.”

The statement was essentially meaningless, but she can still hear him speak the words so clearly in her mind because in the same second they left his tongue, he reached for her hand.

It happened so casually, as if he’d done it a million and one times before, and they kept walking, fingers entwined, and he kept talking but she had no idea what he said because her insides were exploding and the only thing she could hear from that moment on was the deafening sound of her own silent screams.

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