they’d only been together a few weeks, still young in their relationship.
the end of this day found them at the marina for a walk along the river. after the walk, they settled on their usual park bench. they’d had conversations here before.
he’d gotten more bad news. he was hurting. badly. his expression showed it. so did his body language. she could feel his pain.
he leaned forward with his elbows on his knees, head in his hands. she knew he felt defeated, that he had nothing to offer. she knew she would walk with him as he healed and learned his true value.
she rubbed his back lightly with her right hand. after a few minutes of silence, he slowly turned his head back toward her. then came the question. “what do you want from me?”
she drew in a breath and waited for holy spirit to give her words. “i don’t want anything from you until you’re ready. i promise you this: whatever the nature of our relationship, i will love you fiercely.”
he had never heard anything like this.
she didn’t want anything from him and she would love him anyway. he had no response.
she had no more words. but she’d said it and it was out there.
and so it went.
(copyright 2017 jane doe)