I walked down the hallway and was met by a pair of eyes. Unfortunately for me, they were not followed by a smile. No words were spoken. She turned and walked way, her hips speaking words to me that she would never say.

I felt listless and afraid. My mind fluttered. My tongue sputtered. My feet tried to follow her, but slowed to a crawl to a stop. There was nothing left for me to do. I could think of nothing to say.

It’s not that my mind was empty. It’s not because of apathy. It just shut down non-essential functions on its own accord. Slowly, it rebooted and I came to life.

Her shadow had escaped my vision. I sat on the floor with my back to the wall. I closed my eyes. Thought of her plagued my soul.