This had been her fifth rejection letter. Samantha sighed and felt herself reflexively tearing up and as quickly tried to brush the teardrops away. She prided herself as someone emotionally strong and didn’t want Jerry seeing her at her weakest.
When he entered the room Samantha was her usual cheery self but after seven years of marriage, Jerry could always tell. He knew when to give her space and now was not that time.
“You don’t need to cry alone honey,” he said softly, putting his arms around her.
Her instinct was to bury her face in his shoulders but she feigned an angry glare to control herself breaking down.
“So you’re fine with me crying?!” she snapped.
Jerry smiled and kissed her on the forehead.
“Only when you really feel like, but always with me to help carry the weight of your emotions.”
Gratefully melting into his warm embrace, Samantha gladly pushed her ego aside and let the man she had rightly chosen to spend the rest of her life with, alleviate her sorrow.