“You shouldn’t be here” echoed throughout Ben and Maggie’s life. It was the first thing five-year-old Maggie said to Ben, the only boy in their ballet class. It was what Madame yelled when she found them splitting Maggie’s gummy fruit apology in the closet.
Years later Maggie whispered it as she pulled Ben into her old playhouse and into their first kiss.
It was spoken on the night before Maggie’s wedding.
And it was certainly the first thing Maggie said when Ben burst through the gates of Hell.
He’d follow her anywhere. Smoke nearly choked his response: “And yet I am.”