Fragile
By: Kitten Kisses (Manna)

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He understood, now, how hard it was to marry a human, as he sat by her bedside while the sun blazed in the sky outside the window.

She was full of spunk of vigor when they had chanced to meet, but now, her body was only an empty shell of what it had once been.

He still loved her- her soul, her spirit, and the fire that he knew was still there, somewhere, though it refused to show itself.

Was she afraid of dying?

He wondered, sometimes.

She wasn't as young as she had once been, but she certainly wasn't old. He could remember making her his- all his… but the fact that she could be so easily broken had been out of reach to his vulnerable mind.

He could remember a time when he would have thought nothing, had this simple human woman died… His opinions on the matter had changed drastically, as he found himself enjoying his family.

This race of people used the emotions- that his people never would have dreamt of showing publicly- everywhere. In movies and in books… on television, and in the newspaper.

He fought for his family, and he loved them with everything he had. Could it be that he had fought in vain for a woman who would leave this Earth after only sixty-five seemingly short years on it?

No, it hadn't been for nothing. Their children were still alive; it had been worth everything.

Slowly, he stood; his dark eyes on her still form the entire time. "Goodbye Bulma," he said, his rough voice not hindered by tears, though his heart was dragging. Bending slightly, he put a rough hand to one side of her face while gently pressing his lips against the other.

Nothing else was said as he slowly walked from the room, shutting the door behind him.

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Author Notes:

I've had this summary in my "Story Ideas" document for a while now. After reading Aussie Girl1990's fic, "The Moment He Fell in Love", I felt more inspired to finish this. I'm glad I didn't drag it out like I usually do. Nice and short.

By the way, Bulma had recently died before the story started, if you couldn't tell.

Thanks so much for reading, and let me know what you thought, if you don't mind.