"It's okay," she said as she blinked, her eyelashes sticking together with salty tears that were yet to fall.
They didn't believe her words but they let it go, holding her as they waited for the peace that always came after a storm.
That peace never came. Instead, the storm ravaged her heart and mind, tearing away her sanity and letting loose her tears.
She didn't try to hold on; she couldn't even if she'd tried.