The Embrace

“They stand together, in an embrace which surprises both of them, and he feels one of her arms under his shoulder blades and the other one low down on his back, bringing him in towards her. He feels her adjusting herself, making herself comfortable, turning her face into his chest, like a child would do.  He smells her hair and he wonders. He wonders about all the embraces he’s missed over the years. All the comfort he has to offer, going nowhere.

When she pulls away from him he sees her eyes are a little wet and her face seems younger, more vulnerable and uncomposed than he’s seen it before.”

-from Sea Change, by Jeremy Page.625040

 

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