Title: Exhale

Author: Letting The Rain In

Disclaimer: As always, sadly, I only own the order that the words are written in.

Challenge Phrase: Lash/es/ed

Word Count: 100

Fellow Players: Too many to name, but you know who you are! Also, there's a list. Just in case.

A/N: Aaaaaaand, back to the sad drabbles!

She's been crying, Sam can see the tears still clinging possessively to her lashes, liquid stars that glitter and shine and for a moment Sam allows himself to be distracted, mesmerized that beauty dazzles in its dying moments.

She lifts her head and tries to smile bravely at him, but her lips tremble and a tear spills down her cheek. With his left hand, Sam removes the moisture. With his right, he takes her life.

She crumples slowly. Sam sinks with her, unable to look away while her eyes retain the vestige of life. Her last exhale is her release.