Blades of grass pierced through the sheet below her, pricking gently at her skin as she lie awake. Her eyelids fluttered as she gazed at the vast twinkling space above. She pulled the fur blanket closer to her, letting out a soft breath as she felt the lingering warmth press against her. The moon was high in the sky, not quite ready to come down. She closed her eyes for a few moments. Her mind trying desperately to paint pictures of a dream hoping it would bring her closer to sleep. But it would only lead to images of horror and death. The nightmares that corrupted her dreams never left. Diana turned on her side to face Jahan, curling her knees upwards towards her chest. A sense of tranquility eased her thoughts the moment she fixed her eyes on him.
They had been on the road for a few days, finding a place to call home wherever they could. This place rested off the path in a little clearing within the depths of the forest. There was a waterfall that flowed gently off of the flat stones that held up the stream and into the pond below. Around them was a sparse field of short grass and bright red poppies that curled their petals under the light of the full moon. It was like a dream.
Her hand emerged from the cocoon of fur around her, gently cupping his face. She left it there for a moment, feeling the warmth of his skin. His presence was magnetic, drawing her closer the longer she gazed at him. He looked as if he was in a deep sleep; his breaths calm and steady with her own. This dream she was in, this reality, it was lonely. Her thumb pressed gently along his cheek bone down to his jawline. Her heart stopped for just a moment as time slowed around her. She pulled away, resting her hand next to her head. Her eyebrows drew back and a soft, somber smile formed from her lips. How foolish she felt yet confused with her actions.
She tapped her hand a few times against his face and tried to wake him with a calm voice, “Hey.” Diana wanted him to come back into this dream. For a reason that fleeted her mind and lingered within her heart, she wanted to hear his voice. Just once.
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