astronomy; a star showing a sudden increase in brightness before returning to its original state.

“Do you think about these moments often?”

I made a small, inquisitive noise and glanced up at him from where I lay with my head rested against his thigh.

“The time we spend together.”

I moved to a sitting position, my eyes flickering to line up with his and search for a little more reason in his words.

“Fleetingly.” I responded honestly and saw the look of disappointment flow across his face. “I daren’t focus too long on these moments lest I make them too big in my mind.”

“Fleetingly.” He repeated with a small smile of understanding. “A candle you don’t want to burn down.”

I nodded, moving close and clutching to him whilst the flame still lasted.