Outside there was the muted late night hum of the traffic. A voice rose up mysteriously from the street, its message inaudible. The last tram pinged its bell at an errant car. A sash window was slammed down. A distant dog barked.
They lay in each other’s arms.
Her eyes were wet, and so, she saw in the light from the window, were his.
“Silly,” he said kindly, gruffly. “Sex is supposed to make you happy.”
She smiled through the tears. “I am,” she whispered.
His eyes drooped closed. She didn’t sleep for ages, watching patterns of light on the ceiling as cars or pedestrians went by, feeling the drift of the thin curtains in the breeze as if they were on her own skin.
Whatever happens now, she thought, even if he leaves me for someone else, it doesn’t matter.
It was just four months later that Jason started work at the pub, and she met him for the first time.
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