The brief account of the events leading to that moment was over and the lady in front of him was silent now, waiting for him to react. Statuesque and commanding, yet somehow maternal, that’s how the officer’s wife appeared to him that evening. The professor slipped the wedding band on his little finger. It used to go only half way, but he had become a shadow of the man he once was. Fear of losing it had made him move his own wedding band on the middle finger – the idea of not wearing it was inconceivable to him. He looked at his bony hand, their wedding bands together again. Too bad they weren’t… He shuddered. Not yet, there wasn’t any time for tears. Later.
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