They sat close on the floor, he held her hand… Hearing her discomfort, her problems, his heart melted like gold, his heart shattered into pieces like glass, it sunk to the deepest depths of the ocean of shared grief… He understood her words, wished he could do something to make it all go away, like a fairy tale… But alas, this wasn’t one. Her tears hurt him, in a way that his helplessness poked in his heart and his mind ran and searched for the answer it could not find.
Seeing her tears, he could bear no more. He hugged her tightly, held her head to his chest, rocked her back and forth, slowly, trying to calm her down, and tried to tell her, even though he knew not how, that everything was going to get better. He rocked her back and forth, shushing her light sobs, she sitting in his lap, her arms around him. He knew she held him for support, not just physically, but against all the load of the world, and he knew at any cost, he could not risk faltering even for the blink of an eye.
He kissed her forehead, and sang a lullaby, still rocking back and forth, slowly put her to sleep. He held her tight, like his holding her so would protect her from any oncoming trouble in the world, and somewhere he felt that she felt the same. As she slept finally, the embers of a dying fire, the slight frown and the slow sobs and remaining drying path of tears, her problems seemed to slowly melt away… After what seemed forever, his eyes seemed to drift slowly to sleep, with her still in his arms, his gaze still on her face, which now seemed like there never existed any bad in the world, like the place of her dreams was her refuge against them all. The last thought he had was, how could it be so for anyone? Why was life so cruel to his Darling, his Love? All she ever wanted, was to be loved… He knew, he would always love her… Always… an in the dream of a place where the eternal sun shone onto them, where there existed to troubles, no fears, he awoke.