The unthinkable has happened.
I'm leaving her. For good. For decades.
There's a good chance I'll never see her again.
I'm leaving. I have no control over this.
I can't bear the thought. I can't bear to leave this woman.
But I have to.
I hold on to her as hard as I can. As if, if I hold on to her tight enough, this will all go away. Disappear.
No train station. No Sections. No threats.
It doesn't work. The train whistles.
It's time to board. I have to leave her. I have to leave her now.
I love you, Michael.
She said it. She said it first. It should have been me.
Better late then never is what I have to settle for.
I love you, too.
And the embrace is broken. A tiny hand is placed in mine.
I board the train.
And watch her cry in heartbreak as it pulls out of the station.
I love her.
And I left her alone to live out her every nightmare.
But I'll return her. I have to. There's no other fate for me. I can't leave her alone forever.
I don't deserve this woman. But nothing, nothing, will keep me away from her forever.