Thursday, August 9th, 2076
Alyce is in bed next to Grace, listening to her soft breathing. She does not have to turn her head to watch the gentle movement of the younger woman's breasts as they rise and fall. Alyce's body is still tingling from the afterglow of extended sex as she relaxes and composes the message that she wants to send.
>>Al [Alyce]: Hey, you. I miss you already. I wanted to get a message off to you before the words got out of my head. I hope that you read this but you should not feel obligated to reply. First, and most importantly, you are the love of my life, Al, and my very best friend. I know that something is bothering you and that this vacation was supposed to be a time when you could figure things out and talk to me about them, and I blame myself for saying and doing things that did not help you get to that point.
No matter where you are, I am just a call away if you want to talk to me. You have two numbers now that you can use. The old one is still tied to that ancient meta you gave me years ago, which is never turned off and will forward to me wherever I am. I have attached that number here just in case you have misplaced the note I wrote you in Cambodia. The second number, also attached, is to my current ‘link and should also get to me anywhere. I feel confident that we will meet each other professionally on occasion, but would love to see you at other times as well. Call me and we can meet. Call me from anywhere and I will get there.
By the way, I wrote down those words you spoke to me at that breakfast, just to make sure that I never forget them. They have already given me a peace I probably do not deserve and a certain contentment that I wish my words could give you. I know that you meant every word and they are the most precious things anyone has ever said to me.
I am going to stay on the train with Grace and see where that may lead for me. We both miss you very much. Good night and please be happy.
I love you, Al.
After sending the message, Alyce rolls to her side, facing the sleeping Grace and folds an arm around the young woman before falling asleep.