Tanner smiled. “I’m fine.”
Kamala turned around and left without a word.
When Pearl looked back at Tanner, she looked into his eyes and then looked down. “Are you… really fine?”
Tanner looked away. “I’m fine. Let me put the nest back.”
After placing the nest back, Tanner turned to look at Pearl, who stood there unmoving. He slowly got closer and stopped in front of her. “Pearl, there’s no need to feel guilty. I’m fine.”
But when he saw her tears falling, he was surprised and didn’t know what to do.
He held her face and wiped away her tears. “Pearl, why are you crying?”
She didn’t know why she was feeling so bad. Maybe she remembered their past, or maybe she just remembered the feeling, but her tears just kept falling.
Tanner lowered his head and lightly kissed where the tears rolled past.
Pearl’s lashes fluttered, but she didn’t move away when he stopped at the side of her lips. Tanner stared at her for a long moment before slowly kissing her when she didn’t push him away as
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