darling, dear miss

by @ella

ella

she was like a fading photograph that ceased to exist in my mind.

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She had burned so brightly before my eyes — a Phoenix surrounded by licking flames — before curling away and turning to ashes that fell like brittle snow onto the soft earth. If I expected her to rise up again, she didn’t. She stayed on the earth, ruby red spilling from her, eyes muted and lifeless.