Amidst the chaos, her voice whispered through the system. That was when the first explosion struck, the force of impact tossing them through the vacuum. They never spoke again. Meaningless years slipped away, yet time failed to dim her ageless ghost: ever radiant with inner light, a manifestation of longing no amount of hard-earned bitterness could extinguish. Something stirred deep within, a twisted pang stranger than love, more desperate than hunger. He tried to swallow, couldn't think. Drowning the memory only made it louder, echoing endlessly in the emptiness, unquenchable. All he could do was listen, listen in the dark...
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