The wind was blowing, slowly carrying the first premises of winter into the evening sky of early November. Trees were moving their bare branches in synch with it, dancing silhouettes cut from the cloudy sky. The large field was kept peaceful, and there was no one in sight. No one but a man walking amongst stones. After a while, Aqui sat down at Disee's side. He watched the clouds go by, the crows flying over their heads, the few dead leaves floating around in the wind. Truly a quiet scene.
"It's been a long time.", he commented.
Disee didn't say anything, his face turned towards one of the few trees. Aqui rubbed the back of his neck, hesitantly, before talking again. "I know this is becoming awkward. But still... I felt the need to come by. I needed some company."
He ran a hand through his red hair, looking at his feet. Then, he produced a bouquet from under his arm, and lay it in front of his lover.
"I...brought you some marigolds. It seemed fitting, because...you know."
He chuckled slightly.
"You and flowers, and bees, it's been a long story. Something about 'making the best honey'. I never got it, but yeah...that was your thing."
Disee didn't even look at the colorful flowers, his green eyes still lost somewhere in the horizon. Those beautiful turquoises, in which Aqui could have lost his own glances for who knows how long. He sighed, and took the basket he's been carrying. He pulled out a couple loaves of pumpkin bread, and gave Disee his share.
"I know you don't believe in these things...but it makes me feel better. Knowing you're fine, and happy... I just can't help it."
Silence. Aqui gazed at the trees as he was eating, wondering why they were alone on such a day. Maybe there weren't many people out there who'd be willing to come out in the rising cold, even for such an occasion. Aqui felt somewhat ashamed, but tried not to show it.
"We've been through a lot, together.", he said sadly after a moment. "We've lived many things...some which I'll never forget."
He glanced at the silver ring on his finger, which was shaped like a tiny rose vine. He smiled, remembering their wonderful wedding, when they finally became a family. Disee had looked so handsome in his suit; he had been all flustered and nervous, but Aqui had been there to help him whenever he needed. He remembered their vows, their dance under starlight, their loveful embraces, their honeymoon. He had felt like the happiest man in the world.
"It happened so fast... And then, Dante came along, and joined our family..."
Dante, their adopted son, had brought so much happiness in their world. He was a shy, discret child with many insecurities, to which Disee and Aqui have replied with love and support. They have watched him grow, learn, pass through the different phases of life, always with that same parental pride, until he had successfully flown away from the nest.
"Can you believe he's graduated from college already? We were so proud of him. He's become a fine young man. Got married, and gave us two adorable grandkids."
Aqui chuckled as he remembered the twins' visits home. Surprisingly enough, being grandparents wasn't such a bad experience, and even though it couldn't fill the void of their only son being away from home, it made the pain slowly fade away each time. Rose and Andrew were adorable little ones, and made their life much more sweet.
"This was when you retired, and started beekeeping. I couldn't stand your bees, but I never said anything. It was making you so happy, so why would I have stopped you?"
He closed his eyes, recalling the taste of that delicious honey Disee would manage to harvest. He was so proud of it, and every time he'd eat some, his wonderful eyes would lit up with cheer. Aqui could never have been happier than with Disee, the man he loved more than anyone. All those moments, all those happy times, and everything they've shared over the years have been a blessing. He was glad, so glad he could have lived at his side for so long. Even though reality soon caught up to them. Night had fallen a long time ago. Aqui took a lighter, and slowly lit the candles on the flat stone. Under the wavering light, Disee's face was smiling happily, his eyes looking into the horizon. At least *he* had aged over time. Aqui lowered his head, and prayed silently.
"I hope you're in a better place, my love. I hope you're happy, and you're safe. You will be remembered, and you'll always stay in my heart."
Via his fingers, he put a kiss on Disee's portrait, his eyes already welling up. His sight blurred as he sobbed, and the candles became vague light dots in front of him. Every year, his heart was breaking once more. That's when a voice called.
He looked up. A woman in her forties had put a hand on his shoulder, before kneeling to his level. She had a small bouquet in her hands, which she put on the stone, next to Aqui's. She then looked at him, not saying anything. After a moment, she stood up, offering him a hand.
"We have to go. Grandma Rose is waiting for you."
"Give me five minutes, my child, would you."
As his great-great-granddaughter nodded and left in silence, Aqui sighed, a hand delicately stroking the stone. He read the name engraved on it, the dates inscribed in golden letters. He can't believe it's already been a century. As he cried, he wished he could just die already.