he listened to her as she enumerated the too many missteps and wrong turns in her life. her voice was at times soft and wavering, at other times harshly agitated. she detailed a life of dreams not chased, questions not answered or not even asked, disappointment in others and disappointment in herself.
it was this self- attack that seemed to upset her the most. he told her not to be so hard on herself, as everyone misjudges, including him. he held her hand firmly.
she nestled into his shoulder as he embraced her.
the night was warm and comforting for them both