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An episodic story told in 60 micro-scenes, this is the story of a love affair that blooms, grows and eventually withers. Although it doesn't have a happy ending, I think there is something affirming about the final scene. We've all been there, and sometimes the journey is worth it, even if the ending makes you cry.
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Excerpt (Chapter 24):
Julian looks up from his book and nudges Tony with his foot.
“Hey, listen to this: ‘Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.’ Do you think that’s true?”
“Who said that?”
“I dunno. Maybe.” Tony takes Julian’s foot in his hands, massaging the sole gently with his fingers. “Love is precious, but I don’t think it has to be fleeting.”
“Do you think you lose love when you hold on too tight?”
“Sometimes,” he says.
Julian can see Tony watching his own memories parade by like they’re being projected on a movie screen behind those wide, beautiful brown eyes.
“I want us to have space, but not too much. And I want us to be close enough not to feel lonely or incomplete, even when we are alone or even when things aren’t clicking.”
“Me too, baby.”
“Fingers open, Tony.”