I uttered nearly choking to the words as she held me tight in her arms, wiping her tears time and again with the sleeves of her free hand.
“I will return soon”, escaped from my mouth, and that was all I could provide to comfort her.
Tapping her back gently, I slowly parted myself away from her embrace and stepped away.
She turned around to hide her tears as I stepped back, but held onto my fingers in a strange grasp that radiated the intensity of her ache in this separation.
I stepped away from her, dragging my heavy chest and gulping the dry throat.
And she broke out in sobs in the distance.
I drove away without having had to look at her face again for once. Perhaps that was what evoked an emptiness somewhere, missing that last glance.
And I went away on a journey which held no certainty of bringing us back together the same.
I squeezed my eyes shut, which have been hurting trying to hold back the torrents of tears behind its walls all along.
A universe happened in that moment.
Another memory embarked on the trunk of time, with the sharpness of her tears and the stings in my heart.