Departure – Austin L. Wiggins

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Mark’s departure had nothing to do with no longer being in love with his wife Lexie, but it did promise a reprieve from the constant fighting and mutual torment.

The drive to the airport was quiet and neither dared to share a word with the other. There were half utterances trying to mention a fleeting thought or a joke, but they held back. Instead Lexie drove and Mark counted the broken lines on the highway while checking his phone time for their arrival.

They didn’t share a word with each other, but Lexie helped with his bags and treated him as gently as should could. Lexie was no longer in love with Mark.

“You don’t have to wait for the plane to come,” Mark said to Lexie.

“I know,” she said. She stayed around anyway. They still didn’t talk.

The plane arrived an hour later and Mark boarded. Before entering the gate Lexie shouted, “I love you.”  Mark said it back.

Mark’s departure had nothing to do with wanting to rekindle his marriage, but he was hoping to do so on his return.

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