The Heart’s Expanse

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Photo by Nicole De Khors from Burst

(100 word challenge)

It was a well-traveled road with detours that tested them. The journey took most of their lives. At last they crested the rise where a familiar sun greeted them.

“Take my hand once again,” Sonny said, inspired.

“After all we have been through.” Rae took his hand without hesitating.

“I don’t understand why you’re still here.”

She said, as plainly as she always had, “I love you.”

He did not understand why and never would, but as they reached the summit, the expanse of rock and cliff and deepest ocean stole his breath. Finally, he accepted it.