WEEK 22: Thunder rolls in the distance

Prompted by: Ben Mariner

As thunder rolls in the distance…

My heart aches.

I can’t imagine the demons haunting his dreams. I can’t even fathom the horror he must be reliving. The only thing I know is that he’s still battling something. And it’s tearing him apart.

It tears me apart too.

It kills me to watch him struggle. To see him hurting.

Night after night.

All I want to do is take him into my arms. But I won’t. No matter how much I wish I could hold him. Tell him it’s okay. I just can’t.

Because he doesn’t need a soft place to fall.

Trust me. I know this man inside and out.

He refuses to fall. Period.

And I will always respect his choice. Even if I don’t agree.

That’s love, right?

When he finally awakens with a groan, pain etched deep into his handsome features, I whisper, “Tom, are you okay?”

He immediately turns to face me, his arm snaking around my waist. “Better than okay.”

It’s scary how fast he regains his composure.

I wipe the sweat from his brow with the heel of my hand and smile. “You could use a shower.”

He jerks me into his chest. Kisses me hard. Then pulls away and smiles back. “I need coffee first.”

“Actually, you need legs first,” I tease.

Chuckling, he says, “Yeah, I guess I do.”

What’s the prompt for next week, guys? 

Make suggestions below. 7 words or less.

10 thoughts on “WEEK 22: Thunder rolls in the distance

  1. Oh, so good, Mistress Ann!! Even if you did make me wait 9 extra minutes!! I love Tom and his girl, but next week can you please tell us the girl’s name?!

    Prompt suggestion . . .
    “Did you really just say that?”

    1. Awesome suggestion, Princess Jane!

      And of course, I can tell you the girl’s name next week!! No problemo! Yeahhh…


      What’s her name??? Seriously, I dunno what it is. Tee hee.


  2. Haha, you two are so funny! How about her name is Jerri (with an i to make it more girly) hehe.

    Another great week. I enjoyed their teasing:)

    Prompt: Drink up!

    1. Nice suggestion, Queen Amanda!! Thank you!!!

      Hmm. We could spell it “Geri” instead. Plot twist: Tom is sleeping with Ginger Spice!! 😛

      Okay, I’m a dork. Yeah. I know.

      Dorky hugs,

  3. See? This is how I know you’re lying when you say you work hard. Clearly, you have some understanding of how PTSD works, or some empathy I’m not aware of 😉

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