A soft hand

meets gentle skin

There is a beating

a heavy pulsing

beneath

like a butterfly trying to

break free of its trap


Sudden lightning cracks

spreading from the core

and reaching to the outer boundaries

of its host


And then it is frozen

Outstretched

And determined to make its pain known


A debilitating ache courses

bringing the host to tears

Slowly she turns

forcing her gaze to leave the photo

of the one who froze lightning


'Just a couple more days' she tells herself

'Just a couple more'