"Right," I replied distractedly, wondering what he was gazing at.
"How about winter? I'll give you winter."
The night was cloudless. Inviting.I think I would live in the stars, if I could.
I glanced at him, studying his profile. I wasn't sure if he was mocking me or if he actually meant anything hesaid. I would never find out. I would die not knowing.
"Winter?" I asked, hoping that for just a moment he would look at me. "You can't just...give me a season.That's not possible."
He laughed. I loved it when he laughed. His cheeks dimpled; it took away his intensity and for one joyous moment, he appeared lessburdened. Then his smile faded and he said softly, "Sure I can. I can give you anything you desire. Any season you wish. But I think winter fits best."
"BecauseI'm a frigid bitch?" I was joking. I wanted to see him laugh one more time before everything ended.
Finally, he looked down at me. Bottomless, steel grey eyesmet mine and I lost everything I was thinking. Jaded thoughts and doubts and worries fled. I felt weightless, liberated. When he touched my cheek, his hand waswarm. When he kissed me, it was achingly soft. He whispered against my lips, "There's beauty in it. Crystalline snow, silver skies…despite it, everything seemsmore overwhelming. The cold, the death, the lack of light. But you know what?"
"What?" I breathed.
"They always appreciate you more when you're gone."