Prompt was a black & white pic of two women in the 1920's era, sitting and drinking coffee at an outdoor café, along with a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald "I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything."

I see you, love. You're still in there.

I sit next to your bed, hold your hand. Your flesh is weak, but I feel your spirit. Still fighting.

I smooth the lines on your forehead. You hate them, but find them hilarious, too. That's you, notoriously passionate to both extremes. A smart mouth and an enormous heart. Your words made me think. Your honesty made me laugh.

You taught me how to love big.

I feel honored to have done life with you. Decades of giggles, gasps, and rogue tears. Always synced in thought and heart. Tethered by some inexplicable power. The intimacy we shared transcended physical need. Not friends, not quite lovers. No one understood. They judged what they thought they knew, but they could never get us. You never cared to explain. Our love was undefined, and therefore unacceptable.

And now here we are. I'm holding my favorite picture of us. So much has changed since that day when we were young and ambitious in the city.

My beautiful best friend.

I said I'd be here until the end. You said you'd never let go.

I want you to now.

You have a new beginning waiting for you.