Her eyes where glazed over and I could see the universe reflected in them as she stared up at the sky in its darkest hour. Her dark blue eyes looked almost black in the near pitch darkness and the pattern of her dress was getting lost in the grass. I could just make out the pearly shine of drying tears on her face as I tried to think back to the moment when they first fell. There was no change in her heart beat, I know because I almost fell asleep to the rhythmic beating nor did her breathing change as I felt every inhale and exhale as I rested my head on her chest.
As if reading my mind her soft voice broke through the silence that was steadily growing louder as morning approached. "I'm happy," she said "so happy that all I can do is cry." I didn't know what to say so I said nothing as I could feel my heart swell with love and pride. The shy, lonely girl I met 2 years ago was now a strong independent young lady.
I heard her take a deep breath as we watched the first layer of the night change to a dark grey. The sand was about to run out. The clock was about to stop ticking. It was my turn to sigh deeply, inhaling the cool damp air and the faint smell of lavender from her hair. I sat up and looked at her still lying on the grass with eyes closed. I slid closer to her and took one last long look at her to keep forever in my heart.
I could see her lips begin to tremble and see her closed eyes shut a little more tightly knowing she was trying to hold back more tears. "Don't cry beautiful, everything will be alright, you'll see, after all memories last forever." I said as softly and sweetly as I could as I held back my own pain.
This was the moment I loved and also dreaded, knowing I had done my job and now had to say goodbye. Swallowing back my own private tears and ignoring the familiar sting behind my eyelids and the burning that was slowly growing in intensity in my throat.
I let a few moments go by to allow myself to calm down and collect strength. I looked up at the sky and as I watched the first few rays of sunlight lighten the sky I knew it was time. I took a deep breath and with all my strength I focused all my attention away from the tingling forming on my fingertips that was quickly spreading over my hands and arms.
When I looked at her again she was already looking at me and in that moment we smiled softly as we curled into each other's arms and with all our strength we held onto each other as tightly as we could.
At the very last second I kissed her forehead knowing as our grip loosened she would open her eyes and I wouldn't be there, but in her memory I would always stay and that was more than enough for me, her imaginary friend.