Paper Ashes

[For the Name on Your Wrist Competition] She cries. He sighs. She smiles. He files. She writes. He lights. She dies. He lies.


9. Two Halves Make a Whole

Dear Ty,



You haven't sent me



I haven't gotten a letter in a while



Is everything okay?


Adrella sighed and screwed up the latest attempt. She did that a lot, she noted. Sighing. 

The new nurse walked in.

"You've got a delivery," she said, her face neutral. "Here." Adrella found herself being handed a giant Hotel Chocolat bear.

"Uh, does this say who it's from?"

"No. I'll leave you with that."


Fingering the blue ribbon that had been clumsily tied around the box, Adrella smiled. How long must it have taken for him to save up for this? He wasn't rich, she knew that.

Thinking of him sent a pang through her chest. She needed him here. She'd been dishonest for far too long. She reached for the pen and paper that were always by her bed.

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