They sat together as the sun set. The shadows were lengthening, but with every moment they turned a richer gold. The wind ran through the field around them, making the grass shimmer like the ocean.

He stared at the warm blue of the sky, his mind simultaneously far away and completely aware of her head on his chest. Eliza’s eyes had fallen closed and the faint lavender of her eyelids faintly reflected the gold of the sun.

She listened to his heart and thought of places far away.

The silence around them was deep, only broken by the soft whispering of shifting grass and the distant calls of small birds.

He listened to her quiet. The even spaces of her breaths. And felt the weight of unspoken emotions press into him. The silence was a heavy one.

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