art by Melissa Mead
by Kathryn Felice Board
"I'm so sorry."
As the words slipped from Jane's mouth, another blue Line of Apology on her arm disappeared in a searing--but brief--slice of pain. She only had ten Apology Lines left. Most people her age had blue streaks marking their arms all the way to shoulder.
As the pain in Jane's arm faded, so did the look of suffering on the young man's face. She reminded herself that Andrew had a much harder life than she did. His wife of five years had died in a horrible accident. She left him with an infant child to care for, when all he wanted to do was die with his spouse. Jane's apology wouldn't remove the hurt, but it would start the healing process.