The water was colder, much colder than it had been that day. Their movements were stiffer, and the music only played in their heads, but none of that mattered. They were here on their beach, all these years later.
Ethel would not have thought it possible that she could be happier, now, thirty years later, than she had been on their wedding day. She smiled into Henry's eyes, and even though he could not see her anymore, he smiled back. The connection they shared had only become stronger through the years.
He stumbled and she caught him. Concern for the man she loved made tears well up in her eyes.
"Don't cry, my darling. I'm still here."
His once so strong voice was a mere whisper across the background of the waves rolling over their feet, yet his inner strength remained. He pulled her close, his hot breath feathering over the spot under her ear that always turned her insides to mush.
"Guide me home, my love. There is something else we have to do."
He kissed her tears off her face, and she felt the shudder go through him, as he tried to hide his pain.
"I love you."
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