They’d had their chat. And that was that. He lifted the bag up over his shoulder and steadied himself, taking with him a far heavier load.
“You should go now”, she encouraged. “I’m about to take my clothes off”.
He stopped. They each took a turn to stare at one another. No words. Nothing for a while. Quite a while, or at least it seemed.
“In another lifetime”, she started, then waited, then exhaled, “I’d ask you to stay”.
“In another lifetime”, he sighed, “I would”.