Romance Fiction posted August 4, 2017

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Why did you go?

You're Gone

by Thomas Bowling

When I woke up this morning, I reached out for you. I suppose it was out of habit. I knew before I put my hand on your side of the bed, you wouldn't be there. Old habits die hard. Especially where you're concerned.

How long has it been? Only two months? It seems like longer. I still don't know why you had to go. For that matter, I don't know why I'm still here. I should have been the one to leave. After all we've been through, that's the way I always thought it would be.

You told me I should move on, find someone new. Never. It's just not in me. There'll never be another you. Since the day we met, I've known you were the one. Don't you believe everyone has a soulmate? There I go again, still talking to you, even though you're not here. I probably always will. After all the years we spent together, I can't get used to the thought of you not being here.

I know people think I'm crazy, but what business is it of theirs? I can talk to whoever I want, and the person that I want to talk to is you. You were always my best friend. We shared a special bond that most people never find.

Why did you have to go? Every day I wake up and pray that this is a bad dream, I'll roll over and you'll be next to me. I miss your smile, your embrace. I miss your soft, gentle touch. It's not fair.

Yesterday the phone rang. I let it ring, thinking that you would answer it. I still don't know who it was. It's just as well. I don't want anyone else asking me how I'm doing. They use that sing-song voice trying to express sorrow. All it expresses is a condescending attitude. I wish they would just shut up. It's the same voice the doctor used when he told me you were dead.


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