Thursday, June 29, 2017

I will be home for late summer

Angelina poured herself a large glass of wine, pulled out one of Joshua's last letters to her and started reading it. By the end of the day, she had read each one slowly, taking in every last written word. Once again, the tears flowed like a running stream. However much she tried, Angelina could not stem the flow. Just seeing his spidery handwriting pulled heavily on her heart.
The last letter read,

My dearest, sweetest, Angelina,

“How I miss you so very much. I cannot tell you how desperate I am too see you. It's been tough out here. I have seen things that are unimaginable. The fight is a hard one and the destruction is so apparent everywhere we go. It makes all of us soldiers out here appreciate what we have back home so much. I love you, sweetheart. You are my angel. I cannot wait to have you in my arms once more and hold you close. Just know this, I will be home for late summer and I will fulfill my promise. There is nothing I want more in the whole world than for you to be my wife. With you by my side, I know I can do anything. Stay strong and know not a single moment goes by that I don't think of you.”
All my love now and always, Joshua. Xxx

With her head resting on her knees and her arms wrapped around her legs, Angelina cried until she could cry no more. The pain was crippling. She wondered how she could go on living without him. 

Excerpt from Broken Wings by D.G. Torrens
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