"Restrain yourself" he said
That was a common phrase for him,
She wasn't suprised.
What he didn't hear, realize, recognize
was that she had long since stopped
heeding him. She knew,
even if he didn't
that there was no bite
behind that bark
it wasn't as if he was going to restrain her
no, not her, not now.
He heard himself say the words
and he felt the pit of his stomach tighten
and then a lump rose up in his throat
He could feel her ~ ethereal
slipping through his outstretched
He'd tried to hold the words back
ever since they'd burst forth the first time
and he saw her
wince, cringe, recoil.
He didn't like to see her like that
closed, hardened ~
Cronus sat in the corner
nursing the grainy dregs of a Turkish coffee
its stimulating effect long side lost on him.
Heavy lidded, he knows he should eat something
but that's not really his MO - mode of operating.
He waits - breathing shallowly
only passively watching the couple
observing their relationship~
decline or grow.
It's no difference to him
it will end ~
and he's many places tonight
in the presence of