take care of yourself, she said.
remember not to think too much.
you have a tendency to do that.
he smiled knowing she was right
and she looked not at him
but through him
at the parts he was proud of
but also inside the places he still covered up, hidden in dark corners.
she saw it all
and still loved him anyway
and that should have been enough to make him stay.
she walked home on the familiar sidewalks
with a heart that should have been defeated.
but deep down inside,
she knew there was something more.
as he drove back to his apartment,
a small voice inside his head
told him the same.
and the universe left it at that, only providing the necessary guidance
through a gentle whisper.
the rest, it explained, would be up to them.