Two young lovers laughed and carried on. Sneaking glances at the doors, at the people, and mostly at each other.
“Let's run away together.”
Two best friends cradle bottles of dark, musky beer. The first of many they will share as men. The memories of a life spent within a mile of each other, and the docks.
“Velcro shoes, with power rangers on the side!”
Two brothers sit quietly and watch as their sister walks the aisle. Her white dress a constant inside joke. They look at each other and smile, she looks so beautiful, so happy.
“Congratulations! Your vows were lovely.”
One man sits alone in the living room of his home. Their home, not so long ago. He looks at the photo. The one of her, the one he keeps by his favorite chair. He never thought he would be the one alone. He had never prepared for it. He doesn't know how to sleep alone.
“I miss her.”
One woman misses the man who isn't around. She had told herself that she wouldn't be the type. That she would never become so dependent on him, that she would be strong. Now he is so far away, she could call him, but she won't. It's not the same. She wishes he was with her again.
“Come back to me, when you can.”
One father rests his son on his knee. The young man is not yet aware that his dad is a mortal man, with mortal fears. With an expiration date. His son giggles his boyish giggle as the father imparts greater wisdom, that the young boy is still too young to understand.
“You are the greatest miracle of all. I live forever, through you.”