Margaret sullenly walked out of her tent and to the end of the compound where the crowd was gathering. She stopped by the swamp and peered inside. It was perfectly neat and in order. The still was gone and an empty cot sat in the corner.

I'm so tired of being here

Suppressed by all my childish fears

And if you have to leave

I wish that you would just leave

'Cause your presence still lingers here

And it won't leave me alone

It seemed like he was still here. As if he would magically appear on his cot, bathrobe on, and a martini glass in hand. Tentatively Margaret stepped inside the tent. She sat down on the cot nearest the door and dissolved into tears.

These wounds won't seem to heal

This pain is just too real

There's just too much that time cannot erase

Margaret wrapped her arms around her body and leaned forward as if in pain. Why? Why did you leave me you bastard? She screamed inwardly. I need you, I need you… She could remember all the times when he had held her in a comforting embrace and wiped away her tears. All the times she needed him most he had been there for her. He wasn't here now; she was alone, all alone.

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears

When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears

I held your hand through all of these years

But you still have

All of me

She could still hear his laughter so clearly. She could see his bright blue eyes as he threw back his head in merriment. She wondered if she would ever forget him. It didn't seem that way. In the past two days and nights his memory had crept into her every thought. Her dreams were filled with memories, some good, some sad, and some terrifying.

You used to captivate me

By your resonating life

Now I'm bound by the life you left behind

Your face it haunts

My once pleasant dreams

Your voice it chased away

All the sanity in me

Margaret stood as she heard Klinger attempting to play taps. She didn't want to miss the memorial. She hurried out of the tent and up the small hill to where everyone else was standing. She slipped in beside BJ who wrapped an arm around her comfortingly.

These wounds won't seem to heal

This pain is just too real

There's just too much that time cannot erase

Margaret stood there with the crowd for only a moment before fleeing. She was upset that she was missing the service but she couldn't take it anymore. She couldn't keep acting like there was nothing wrong. The only man who had ever cared about her was gone; the only man she had ever loved. And now she was alone, again.

I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone

But though you're still with me

I've been alone all along