…the storm raged around him

There was no apology for his violent reaction to the cool later summer breeze
His head whistled around on his shoulders like a broken circus toy
His knees buckled under the weight of the charred remains of his soul

He finally allowed her to peel away the dead skin that protected him
She dragged him out of the darkness where he had lingered for so long
Her strong back propped him up against the storm that raged around him

A sliver of sun punctured the sky and forced its way out and across her face
The ray of light brought with it the warmth and love of a litany of strangers
He wrapped himself around her tender body but it was she who protected him

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