“Spring’s on the horizon,” he whispers through the cool wind.
She shivers and wraps the knitted shawl tighter around her bare arms. “Do you see the light yet?” she asks tight-lipped, watching the children on the see-saw point and stare.
“So eager to get rid of me.” He smirks, and the wrinkles in his cheek disappear into the scenery behind him.
She shrugs and plucks a leaf from the shrub planted next to her. She crumbles it in her fist, opens her hand and lets the crisp brown pieces flutter to the ground like confetti.
“Everything’s dead.” She swings her foot into the dirt, kicking up dust.
“Not this.” He pats the bench on which they sit, and she can see the bright coat of red paint through his pale skin. “Not our love.” He beats his chest, and the hollow sound echoes through the park.
“Excuse me? I aim to feed the ducks.” A elderly woman carrying a loaf of bread sits in his place, and he evaporates around her curled body.
word count: 173
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