His voice cracked on that one name, eyes burning bright while his heart beat an unstable rhythm against his ribcage. "Matthew !"
He keened those syllables over and over again until his voice ran raw with pain and overuse.
How could one name mean so much?
Moonlight cascaded across the wooden floor, lonely and cold and beautiful as he paced back and forth like a starved wolf. How much longer? How much longer until he'd return?
He worked himself into a lather at all the possibilities that could've befallen his love, and in hopes to retain his sanity, he tried to come up with reasonable solutions. It had been over a month since he had seen him last, but he kept in touch with many phone calls and texts. He said he would be home tonight, but evening had long passed and now the dark leaned towards the first hour of the day. He had said he would come back. He said he would come back.
In his haste, the empty beer he had been holding earlier fell from his grasp and broke o