Stay Strong (9 Fanfiction)5 inhaled slowly, until his buttoned chest could expand no more, then exhaled the same. The tiny aluminum bucket he held in one hand felt far heavier then it actually was. The bit of rainwater collected at the bottom sloshed merrily. The mechanic stared at the dark green fabric before him, the threadbare curtain pulled around out of respect. It was obvious no one had disturbed it since last night.
He continued to stand there, mind blank. He'd not approached the cold corner of the drawing room yet, but as the evening light beamed weakly through the towering window, 5 knew he must complete the task at hand before it was too dark.
With his free hand, 5 closed his fingers on the curtain and pulled it away. As the room and what lay therein was revealed, 5 felt as if he took an arrow to the heart. He forced himself not to pause again as he stepped past the curtain, letting it fall behind him. The fabric whispered slightly as it brushed against the floor. The soft sound