Do you love me?

“Do you love me?” She asked, trying hard to keep emotion out of her voice. Silence sprouted and grew between them, suffocating and numbing her at the same time. She dropped her eyes to the coarse sand beneath her feet as the realization sank in slowly. She watched him walk away from her. She was in pain. But there was relief too. She didn’t have to speculate anymore. Now she knew.