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Beta-read by Sara and Carolina. Written May 30, 2010.

Hands, arms clinging together, inseparably tight. They need to be.

"I love you."

"Do you mean...?"

"I don't say things I don't mean. You know that."

"Hold on to me. I won't let you fall."

"I fell a long time ago, you know."

A pause. A shoulder straining under the weight of another body. A breathless response.

"How long?"

"Long enough."

A shudder. A small sound that could be a whimper. Slipping fingers.

"Oh, God, don't let go!"

A swallowed gasp.

"Never."

Running footsteps nearby. All the breath that's left goes into one last yell.

"Over here!"

Help, at last. Pulling, heaving, a weight, almost nothing, still far too heavy for anyone to hold by one hand for too long. Up over the edge.

Safety.

Gulping breaths. A cradling hug while they wait for the paramedics to arrive.

"I love you too."

A shaky laugh. A brief kiss.

"I know."


-fin


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