The words were soft, barely heard over the constant, haunting beeping of machines surrounding the pair curled up in the middle of the hospital bed.
“Matvey” the name quivered, hanging heavily in the air. “It’s okay.”
Katyusha could feel the tears trailing down her face but ignored them, training every fiber of her being of the body of her dying husband, gently cradled in her arms.
He was so thin… Nothing but a wisp of his former self. Katyusha couldn’t stand the sight of all the wires and tubes and needles and IV bags anymore, nor did she want to acknowledge the pacing shadows of their family ghosting back and forth beyond the hospital room door.
Resting her forehead against Matthew’s, Katyusha let the tears fall freely now.
“The girls and I will be okay. You can let go now.”
Two fading violet eyes half focused on hers. He looked so tired, so very tired. “B-b”
“You always were stubborn.” Katyusha cupped his gaunt face, giving him a watery smile. “And that’s one of the reasons I love you. Love, it’s okay to stop fighting now.”
There was a full minute of silence and the smile faded into whole body, gut wrenching sobs. There was no more light in her husband’s eyes.
In my life,
She has burst like the music of angels,
The light of the sun!
Also this because cutie patooties
Matthew and Katyusha have been known to have long, dragged-out pun wars with each other, especially on dates. Matt’s usually the instigator with short puns, while Kat tends to go for a longer set-up with a horrible pun at the end. Whenever they have double-dates with someone and start punning, the other couple will inevitably beg Matt and Kat to stop.
Matt and Kat tend to switch where they stay over Christmas each year; one year they stay at Matt’s house in Canada, and the year after they stay at Kat’s house in Ukraine. For them, it doesn’t really matter where they are as long as they can celebrate the holidays together.
It doesn’t happen often, but there have been times when both Matthew and Katyusha have found themselves wide awake and unable to sleep after particularly nasty nightmares. When this happens, they either hold on to each other and try to get back to sleep, or they stay up all night, embracing each other and talking, or doing other things.
Ahh Twyx I’m so sorry! I’ve been super duper busy with school. Now that I only have half days from now on i’ll get to it. Sorry, about that!
So a while ago, I had this thought:
Matt and Kat are on a date, and Kat has to use the restroom, and she overhears a couple women chatting about what turns out to be herself and Matthew.
Here’s the thing - they said Kat was a “cradle-robber”. Her eyes practically pop out of her head and she…
they’d get each other small fluffy gifts (throw blankets, small pillows, plushies, etc). Whenever Katya missed Matt, she’d sleep surrounded by the gifts she had gotten from him.