We stood in the middle of the street, hugging fiercely while revelers partied around us.
“I’ll be back.” The odds weren’t in my favor.
“I’ll wait.” His voice was hoarse from crying.
I knew he meant what he said in this moment, but two-and-a-half years was a long time. There’d be someone new.
I whispered against his ear, “I won’t sleep tonight.” I was too excited. I was also terrified. “Stay with me until dawn?”
He sniffled. “Just try and get rid of me.”
The first manned Mars mission lifted off at 0700, and I would be on it.
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