Sandcastles

And we were kids again that day. The sun was up high even though it was winter. You woke up with the biggest grin on your face I hadn’t seen in months. "I had a beautiful dream," you said. "We were at the beach." 
I looked out the window at the sea. "Let’s make it real," I piqued
You laughed. That childlike sonorous laughter I had come to love so much. Leaned in and kissed my forehead. "You read my mind!"

We ran outside like children. Chasing each other, falling, getting up, running and falling all over again. It was a beautiful day. The kind when all your troubles seem so small and you feel so big. Like you could trample on them and walk away. And that's what we did on the way to the beach. Today, no one was ill. No one was dying. It was a good day and we could make it timeless.

We decided to build a sandcastle. You stretched your arms and demanded that the castle be that big. I rolled my eyes. Kids gathered around. Everyone wanted to do something to help build the castle. It was like an event and everyone wanted to be a part of it. It was your event. Naturally, everyone was a part of it. I don't remember much of the castle but I remember the little things - your hair flying about your face as you sat there concentrating hard on a turret. The sunlight on your face as you looked across at me smiling. Your face could have been the sun, I thought. It lit a thousand lights. I remember the sun kissed scent of your warm body as you hugged me and the taste of your tongue when you kissed me and said, "This is the best day of my life!". I was airless. I was always airless around you. You had stumbled into my life and knocked out my senses. It was everything the way they said would happen in the books. The world did shudder and everything around me had shattered into pieces somehow knowing that things will never be the same again.

And midst all this, as we stood at the end of the day, next to our castle, the waves dancing at our feet, I remember you looking at me as I was staring into the distance. I knew what you would say and I didn't want to hear you or look at you when you say it. Cause I knew that would crush me. And I had nothing else to give. You just drew me close. Thankfully I was still tiny compared to your tall and frail frame. You kissed my head again as the sun set over the horizon.