Inspired by RDP Tuesday’s Prompt: SYMBIOTIC
The woman with dark hair frosted with dust
sat across from her friend with his manicured nails and smelling of after shave that
that reminded her bit like the water at the bottom of a flower vase clotted with rose
petals and crispy curled dark green leaves.
She pressed her finger to her lips and looked at the spot between his eyes. After a
second she looked away and waited for him to speak first.
” I’ll only be gone for a little while, ” he promised ” I’ll be back before you know it ”
Despair reached for Hope and grasped her cool hands in his warm ones. He told
her ” I’m lost without you. ”
He brought her hands to his face and pushed his cheek against her small cool fingers.
She said, ” I know . I know. I’ll be waiting. I promise. ”
He opened his hands and freed her.
Hope leaned back in her chair and waited for the last rays of the sun setting outside of
their window to carry scour Despair away and she took a little breath, just one sad
little breath because she knew he would be back.
No matter how far away he traveled, no matter how many locked doors he was trapped
behind, Despair always came back to Hope and she was always there waiting for him.
Like she promised.