Raelyn took her steps slowly as she walked with Zaiden up the sidewalk into the house. He lightly squeezed her hand and smiled.
“Thank you for being so patient with me.”
“I waited thirteen years for you. I am a very patient woman.”
She nodded as she thought about it. “I knew the day that I met you that I was going to marry you. We were six. We were nineteen when we got married.”
He put his arm around her and kissed her cheek. “I need to talk to you about something. Is there somewhere we can sit down?”
“Sure.” She helped him to the sofa.
“I made a decision last night while I watched you sleep. I am tired of hurting you.” She started to say something, but he put his hand over hers. “I see the pain in your eyes every time you want me to remember something and I can’t. It hurts me to see that pain in your eyes.”
“Baby, it’s not your fault.”
“Please, let me finish.” He held her hand in his. “I have decided to stop trying to remember. I want to focus on making new memories instead of trying to remember old ones.” He smiled softly at her. “I do still want to hear the stories though. I enjoy those.”
Raelyn leaned toward him and kissed him softly. “I love you and I am happy to spend the next 20 or 30 years making new memories with you.”
Zaiden looked at her and smiled softly. “I may not remember our time together, but my feelings are still there.” He softly caressed her cheek. “I love you.”
He stood up and gently tugged her hand. “Show me our bedroom. I want to get to know my wife again…and her body.”