I saw him…sinking further and further away into the distance as I slowly drifted away from him, unable to return to his loving embrace. I never wanted to leave those arms, but it wasn't really my choice. Those arms were where I belonged, they were my home, the place I felt safest and the dwelling spot of the most love I had ever experienced in my life. But no matter how much I tried, my body wouldn't descend back to him. I kept going higher and higher, taking in that unforgettable face for the last time in what would seem like an eternity before we would meet again. I wanted to leave with the memory of his phenomenally warm smile that always got to me, but instead I parted with the reminiscence of his sorrowful tears, one of the few times I ever saw him cry. At least I knew he would always love me, even after I was gone.
He was faithful to me until the end, and with that I felt the ultimate satisfaction. I was always faithful to him too, of course, but I preferred to think of him more than myself. I couldn't believe that this was how it all had to end – so suddenly and so swiftly, sweeping through like a highly skilled thief, robbing the victims of the most valuable thing in an instant and escaping without a sound. Yes, this was the definite final time that he and I would see each other face to face for a long time…a very long time. I could never forget our final kiss before my ascent – so gentle, yet so powerful and so full of love. Out of all our kisses over the years, this one would have to be the most special. The way his lips always locked perfectly with mine, that was something I could never give up until now, and certainly not willingly.
The way we both exchanged our final phrases of those three simple words – I love you. Hearing him say that in such an amorous tone with his deep voice never ceased to excite me, even now as my energy deteriorated quicker than ever. I returned these words, for they were the last he ever heard from me as I touched his face, his tears running down my finger, and unintentionally withdrawing from his embrace, approaching that inviting bright light. I did want to go there, but not now. Not when things were getting so good. Yet the choice did not belong to me, and I could still see him, only he became less and less as I followed the path to where I was forever destined. Then my whole life flashed before my eyes, and everything went white.
Goodbye, my darling…thank you for everything, and I will always love you…