Time had passed, several years. Memories may have cooled or they might not have. Passions had cooled, at least as far as they knew, but that had not been tested nor was it likely to be tested.
He looked at her calmly and knew that he did not love her although someone who had once worn his body probably had, those memories were not his to ponder. Not anymore. Blessedly.
She returned his gaze calmly and knew that she did not love him although someone who had once worn hers body probably had, those memories were not hers to ponder. Not anymore. A shame.
The indifference seemed surprising, they’d not known it would be there, comforting and protective.
From a frozen past that which had once crystalized now seemed calcified, desperate emotions frozen in time, imprisoned within impenetrable walls deep within two souls, isolated and solitary prisoners, still sensing the sundering and the cry that never stopped. Or perhaps it was only one soul and one cry and one prisoner. There was no way to know.
There never would be.
She looked at him wondering whether she could still harvest his feelings the way she once had, she’d like that, although she didn’t know or care why.
He wondered the same but with trepidation rather than curiosity or pleasure, he’d not like that, not at all, although he didn’t know or care why.
But what if time didn’t real pass? What if it just accumulated, frozen? What if the one’s they’d once been still existed frozen in time, feelings still blazing. All of them.
But, he assured himself, time had passed, several years. Memories may have cooled or they might not have. Passions had cooled, at least as far as they knew, but that had not been tested nor was it likely to be tested.
At least he hoped not.
© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2017; all rights reserved
Guillermo Calvo Mahé is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia. Until recently he chaired the Political Science, Government and International Relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science, law, international legal studies and translation studies and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.