The sun you didn't see

I don’t even know where we were when you said it.

I’d been driving for hours. There was no-one on the highway but us; not a single light on the road ahead, not a blink in the night behind. You were drowsing, head back against the seat as your eyelids flickered. I didn’t want any music, just the rhythm of your breathing.

Then your head fell forward, and when you spoke, your voice was husky with slumber.

I dreamt about us.

You rubbed the back of your hand against your cheek.

We were back in Los Lunas…remember, outside Albuquerque, where we found the coffee tequila? I dreamt we stopped our car by the side of the road, to sit on the bonnet and watch the sun set over the desert.

I kept my eyes on the road.

What was the sunset like?

You nuzzled your face into the fur of the seat cover, and smiled into its warmth.

I don’t know…I was too busy looking at you.

I kept my hands on the wheel as the heat spread through my chest, shooting sparks leaving glowing trails as they tumbled down my ribs.

I was smiling as the car slid through the darkness, tyres humming on the bitumen, but you didn’t see it. Your breathing was deepening and your hand, resting on your lap, twitched as you dived back into sleep.

I aimed for the cat’s eye reflectors in the centre of the road, and just kept driving.

The sun you didn't see

bellmusker

Melbourne, Australia

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I think I remember how this feels.

Lord knows, it’s been a while.

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