They spent their last day together on the boardwalk, just the two of them.
This was it. Tomorrow, he was flying back to college halfway across the country.
She was staying. She always did.
A life apart was a relationship always longing and never quite fulfilling. Neither of them wanted that. Not for themselves. Not for one another.
It was over. Tomorrow would be a day for new beginnings, for fresh starts, for days without each other. A first day alone.
He wrapped an arm around her, pulled her close.
She let him and wondered how she would survive it.