A Visit

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


"I brought a blanket this time".  She smiled, keeping her gaze outward. "You seemed upset that I was cold last time."


He had never liked seeing her uncomfortable. If she was cold, feverish, or in pain... and forget crying. Seeing her in tears had always torn away the facade he kept on his features. His hardened gaze would melt; Brows lowered, lips pursed, and irises fluctuating as leveled himself off on eye level with her.

 
Many others might have used it to their advantage. He was a powerful man with an enigmatic magnetism, who showed just enough of a shine to make people want to dig for the gold at his heart. Instead of using her knowledge to take advantage of that weakness he showed her, she had sought to create her own facade. She worked hard to keep herself up and about, smiling and content, so that he would never feel the crushing weight of worry or doubt. She was comfortable, and in that moment, nice and warm. It was a good blanket. 


"This is a good one," she admitted. "The sunset, I mean." 


She felt his agreement and approval, even as his hands ran up and down over the blanket on either of her arms. Of course, he would try to keep her warm despite the blanket. 


They watched in silence as the sun went down, painting the sky with colors that they had both seen before, but never failed to appreciate. After a few long moments, she stood and turned to begin her way back down from the hilltop.


She knew that he would worry if she waited too long. After all, a father always worried when his daughter walked alone in the dark. 

 


Submitted: June 29, 2021

© Copyright 2021 M. W. Morrison. All rights reserved.

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