She stared at the intricate designs on the handles of the scissors; tilted her wrist up and down slowly to feel their weight. Her hand, holding onto them rather loosely, dropped towards her side as she sighed and closed her eyes; the fire popped and crackled.
Sitting on the couch, straight backed and proper even with no one else in the room, she began to brush out her hair. Her arm moved slowly and she could feel every strand being gently pushed into place by each firm yet motherly bristle. Now, relaxed and foggy-headed, she once again closed her eyes and allowed her neck to remember the feel of his perfect lips just barely grazing the pale skin on her neck, and the way he’d breathe and it would roll across her skin like fog over the ocean. The memory snaked up her spine and ended in a chill.
Memories like sparklers shined only for a few moments before losing their light and leaving her suddenly dark and chilled. Her eyes opened and she focused on her task as she carefully split her hair into three sections and began to braid.
Careful not to leave any loose, she remembered without meaning to the way his fingers would drift through her hair and down to her waist. He would lean closer and inhale the scent before tilting her head up for a kiss as he brushed it out of her face. Sometimes he would emerge grinning with a long maple strand of hair clinging to the stubble on his cheek.
In one movement she had the braid finished and the scissors back in her hand. The braid fell with a gentle thud onto the floor, and looked out of place laying on top of the polished wood. She watched, dazed, as a few solitary locks drifted lazily down through the air and landed on the floor without much commotion.
In bed, she wore a scarf to keep her newly bare neck warm. Her head felt light; she panicked, and feeling like she was missing something essential above her, moved her hand in the air above her head and felt nothing but the headboard.
Suddenly tired, she pulled the blankets up over her face and closed her eyes. She held her clasped hands to her mouth. No sound came out as she prayed.