Ava slowly rolled over to the other side of the bed. It was a delicate but deliberate maneuver to unwind her limbs from Will and leave his arms to find her own stretch of mattress space. She closed her eyes and felt the light sheen of sweat cool as it dried; relishing the deep breaths of cold night air drawn into her lungs from the dimly lit space above her. Her space. Her air. Cool, cold air. It wasn't long before the sweat had dissipated from her skin and drifted into the corners of the room.
Ava's body felt still and her breath settled and slowed into long
lasting streams of air. She was calm. Her mind was clear, or maybe her
mind was gone. The thought didn't make her panic, the inner empty
feeling was not a hollow or a fog or any other type of frightening
mental existence. It was stillness, pure perfection. Then it slowly came
to her like the sun rising inch by inch at a clear sharp dawn - she
wasn't empty. Her mind and limbs and every inch of her felt full of
fairy dust. Not heavy like sand but similar in form. Lighter than sand,
it glowed, each piece of magic rich and golden. She wondered if it
would blow away into the cool air above her.
Ava's eyes closed and
gradually sleep came, stealing each piece of dust from her body, one by one, moment by
moment, slowly taking her stillness